Friday, July 18, 2014

July 14, 2014

It is getting warm! I don't remember it getting this hot last summer. But hey, its been a good week.

I have been studying a lot about faith recently. It has really changed the way I view the Gospel. It makes me think about the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 82 "I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise." We have control over what happens. Maybe not over every little detail or trial, but we can control the outcome. That is the blessing of agency.

I am going to attach a picture of the war memorial in the little part of Leeds we live in called Headingley. The memorial have all the men who died in the war that were from Headingley.

Well I am really happy, the mission is the best thing I have ever done.

Love you guys!

Elder Gurney

I found this in a skip!! So stoked. #4front

Monday, July 7, 2014

July 7, 2014

Well another week in Leeds! I love it here. We have been doing a lot more finding lately and it has been a lot of fun. We found a Slovakian family! The Bodnars. The father is from Hungary and the mother is from Slovakia. They are incredible. Me and Elder Jensen were walking through a pretty dodgy part of our area and we saw a man sitting on his porch and we approached him. He didn't speak much english but we communicated well enough to ask us for a picture of Jesus Christ. We told him we would bring him one. Anyway me and Elder Hobby were on exchange and we went by and his family was there and it was one of the most powerful lessons of my mission. The son Richard spoke a little bit of english, but mostly we just taught them out of the Book of Mormon in Slovak and google translate. Even through the language barrier the Spirit was so strong. Part way through the lesson the family was trying to explain something to us but we couldn't understand. They invited us upstairs to the top of their tiny terraced house and they showed us 3 of their 5 children who were in bed, severely handicap. As we spoke to them we were able to testify that this is what they need in their life. This is what they were looking for. I will never forget that night.

Well I am doing good. I am happy. I love being a missionary.

"Whether or not you choose to keep your covenant to always remember Him, He always remembers you." Always - President Henry B. Eyring

Love all of you.

Elder Gurney

June 30, 2014

What a week! I love the church in England.

We had a ward BBQ on saturday and it went so well. So many non-members came and really enjoyed it. That was some of the best food I have had on my entire mission.

I was sick for a few days last week which was no fun, but I am feeling a lot better now. We had some really interesting lessons in the week. We went by a less active member in a super posh area a few weeks ago and he was really friendly and so was his wife so we decided to go back a few nights ago and see if we can teach them. It was an interesting lesson. They are both extremely atheist. We didn't do much speaking, and there really was no need for it. The only thing that popped into my mind was the story of Korihor in Alma 31. This man was so nice. He was a good father, honest husband, and a hard worker. But he has become so hardened to the gospel. He told us how he reached a pointed growing up where he decided to hope the church wasn't true. It really made me think about how if you give the adversary an inch he will take a mile. In the end we were able to bear testimony and share with him and his wife something that cannot be contended against. It certainly was a lesson I will never forget, and a lesson that has strengthened my faith.

I love this church. I know it is true. I love sharing with people all about how it can change their lives if they let it.

Love you,

Elder Gurney

Monday, June 23, 2014

June 23, 2014

Well it is warming up! We also have a new rule, suit jackets, all day everyday. It is brutal. But it still is only like 75 degrees. So glad I am in England.

The world cup is crazy. We had to be in at like 7 last Thursday when England played and we might have to be in at 4 this Tuesday. We were walking past a pub a couple days ago during the world cup and it was straight up like the great and spacious building. Ridiculous.

Last week we were doing a garden for a members neighbor and her neighbor came over and started talking to us. His name is Maher and he is from Iraq. He is so good! We taught him after we did service and he came to church with his two boys on Sunday and loved it. Such a good family. I love being a missionary.

Well I am pretty sick and am really tired so sorry to make it so short.

I love you guys!

Elder Gurney

PS President told us the first one to get a picture in a Rolls Royce Phantom got taken out to dinner by him and Sister Pilkington. We were about a day late:(


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June 16, 2014

Okay I just want to talk about Peter.

Peter is one of the most wonderful people I have every met. He is semi-active member I have been visiting since I came to Leeds. He is 69 and He joined the church 20 years ago this summer. He progressed well and gained the Melchizedek Priesthood and went to the temple and held callings and did his duty better than most men. All while being a bus driver. About 12 years ago he started slipping up. Stopped reading. Stopped praying. Stopped going to church. Slowly he just fell. He was miserable. He would drive the busses, and just cry. He would go home and turn on the TV and just sit. Or sleep till his next shift. He recognized that the adversary had got him. He was miserable. SO he started reading a chapter out of 2 Nephi. He still felt terrible. So he read it again. Terrible. 3 times he read it and nothing. So he went to sleep. He woke up and read it again. Nothing. So he turned a few pages and read a different chapter. He felt The Spirit for probably the first time in a long time. That was 12 years ago. Peter's testimony is incredible. He can hardly read the words of the Saviour without tearing up. Now Peter might still struggle with a few things. Not with commandments or anything we might view as wrong, but he struggles. But this man loves his Saviour. He loves his God. He is one of the many reasons I am on my mission. He has made an impact on me that I will never forget.

I love this church so much. I am starting, just starting to figure it out. What all of this means. As Boyd K Packer spoke of in his last talk, I am starting to learn things that cannot be taught.

Elder Gurney

Moroni 7:45-47:

45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—

47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

Monday, June 9, 2014

June 9, 2014

Hey there everyone!

What a week! Full of ups and downs, but mostly ups, so it is okay.

We recently met a family from Pakistan. Khalid and his son Yasir. They are so incredibly prepared for the gospel. The only problem is we have to find out if they are in danger or not, and if they are we can't teach them....and there is a really high chance they are in danger. I am praying everything will work out.

I had the opportunity to interview a man named Ranjit (Ron-Jay) yesterday for baptism. This man is incredible. He has been coming to church for a 2-3 months and he is such a good man. He has had a really hard life and he just hit rock bottom when his wife left him for another man, and took nearly everything he had. Me and Elder Olsen were talking about how when God's children really need him, he will send us to them to share with them the gospel. We experienced this as well when we met a man who was drunk and had just been beaten up really bad.

I know that this church is true. I know that the restored gospel changed peoples lives into exactly what they need, even if they don't know it yet. I love this church, and I feel it such a privilege to be out here every single day representing my Saviour.

I love you guys!

Elder Gurney
This country is beautiful.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

June 2, 2014

It has been such a good week! I am excited it is my birthday tomorrow, and all I want for my birthday is to not write this email. hahaha I love you guys but this group email is always so hard to come up with. I love all of you and i am really happy. It has been a good week.

Elder Gurney

hey look, its the district! 
Elder Olauson, me, Elder Jensen, Sister Zurcher, Sister Kuhn, Sister Jodicke, and Sister Arreve