Monday, November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014: Hey thur friends!

What a week! We have really seen miracles this week.

It has been a good week! I am really happy. I love my companion with all my heart but he struggles with english, so he gets frustrated. Maybe if you guys could say a prayer or two for Elder Korenkov (kah-rain-cough) It would be appreciated.

I have really hit a turning point this week. I am so happy working now. I just love it. I got a bit complacent. I have had the same assignment for nearly a year now, and it is easy to get complacent. I have gotten a lot more involved with my purpose this week.

I love the scriptures. I love studying. I cannot read enough. I have read the entire missionary library and a marvelous work and a wonder, now I am reading Articles of Faith. I have been reading the scriptures a lot as well. I have read the Book of Mormon twice and started a third time but then I moved to the new testament. I am in the gospel of Luke and loving it. I don't think I am a slow reader, but I want to understand everything, so I don't read a whole lot during study. My scriptures look like a coloring book. Mom, thank you for the example you set of scripture study. You always talked about it and I do remember. For a long time I wanted to know all the deep doctrine and things (every missionary hits that at their six month mark) but to be honest all I study now are the simple truths of the gospel. I love Preach My Gospel and I hope you guys study it often.

I do love hearing about home. Don't worry I am long past the homesick thing. I do miss you guys, but I love my mission. I love being a missionary. Mostly I am just tired. All the time. It is a weird feeling to be able to sleep no matter what time of day it is. I don't even know what it is like to have physical energy anymore. I think I spent all of that by my year mark. Now I am just running on spiritual power. That sounds lame but it is true.

I love this gospel. I know it is true. I know it intellectually and infinitely more important, I know it spiritually. Through the Holy Ghost. I know it not just because I have studied it, but because I have applied it. I love bringing the gospel unto peoples lives.

I went on exchange at the beginning of the week and I realized that I waste a lot of time. I am here to baptise people. So when I came back to my area we just hit the ground running. Well walking really fast, then stopping and talking to someone, then walking really fast, then stopping....you get the picture. We found a family!

So Ahmed and Shirin are the parents. He is from Pakistan and she is from Persia. They have a 13 year old son named Hamzeh. They are solid! The mom was almost baptised a few years ago, and she loves the church. The dad is so open minded and loved the idea of searching out a new religion, telling us the Qur'an actually teaches people to do that. So yeah they are muslim, but I don't think they really practice. So me and my Russian friend are excited for that.

We had a mission presidents fireside last night for the stake and we filled the room full. 285 people. I have no idea what that compares to a utah ward, but for a fireside that was record breaking here. Literally. This is the 6th and last one of the year and we had the most attend. So it was really exciting.

Hmmm what else. Hugh went to the temple this week! So did Jess. They both loved it. It kills me being so close to a temple (45 min) and not being able to go.

Well I love you guys and miss you!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Elder Gurney

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014

I haven't seen the sun in a long time.

Look outside. Yep there is sunlight. Not here!

Well anyway despite the lack of sunlight Huddersfield is fantastic. This has been my shortest area, but one of my favorites. I told the assistants the other day that if I got transferred on December 3rd I would cry. Like real life tears. They said they would keep that in mind...it is easier to convince the APs than God though. We will see what happens.

I was reading the last chapter of John this morning, well skimming it, I didn't have much time. But I was thinking about Peter and all he had been asked to do and leave. I watched Holland's MTC talk "feed my sheep" which is fantastic if you can find it. Once we are called. It is forever. Sure a mission is 2 years but our call as disciples of jesus christ is for forever.

It has been a fast week with a lot of meetings. On Wednesday we had zone conference which was incredible. Then we had stake conference during the weekend, but prayers were answered and my talk got canceled:) We had an area seventy, Elder Charles, presiding and it was a fantastic meeting. Hugh Moses, the man who was baptised on September 20th gave a talk and it was incredible. I don't want to sound biased or anything but I think his talk was the best one there...he spoke about how the missionaries came around and all they did was ask him to read and pray and he kept saying God has stopped talking to me. But finally he did it and it was the trick. He very quickly gained a testimony and was baptised after that. We had the privilege of having lunch with them after church and it was so great. I love that family so much. The gospel has improved their home so much. They are such an incredible family without the gospel and the gospel in their home has made it even better. I think I got a glimpse of the promise in D&C about great shall be their joy in heaven.

Anyway I love this gospel. I know it is true. It makes me so happy to know that. I know that one of the best ways to grow close to the Saviour is to embrace his Atonement and study his life.

I love you guys!

Elder Gurney

Thursday, November 13, 2014

November 10, 2014: Bon fire night!

This is a holiday the states definitely needs.
(Brother Pollentine, his nephew, Alicia, Elder Carrano, Sam, Emily)



its kind of like an english 4th of july, but on the 5th of November

anyway it has been a good week. Elder Korenkov was sick at the beginning so it was kind of slow, but this weekend made up for it. Our investigator Shay came to church yesterday and she loved it. We have been teaching both her and her mom and she is determined to be here next sunday with her mom. I am really scared I am going to get transferred on the 3rd of dec. I love this area and this ward and this companion. That is why I am so scared I am leaving.

Well sorry that it is so short, I love you guys!


Elder Gurney

November 3, 2014

Hmmm what to write about.....

Well Hugh Moses blessed the sacrament on sunday, that was so great. I love that guy.

Hmm We had a ward halloween party that was a lot of fun. A truck or treat, out of the boot of the cars. I still don't get it.

Well I am happy and I love Huddersfield and never want to move.

Love you guys!

Elder Gurney

Friday, October 31, 2014

October 27, 2014: I am staying in Huddersfield!

Great news! I am staying here with my Russian friend Elder Korenkov!!
So I am happy.

It has been such a good week. We have been doing a lot of teaching which is nice. It is crazy how an area can change so much in just a couple of weeks.

We had a great lesson with our investigator Robert this last week. He is the partner of a less active member, but they are both so good. We usually see them together but Tamy had to go out and we just got to talk to Robert about faith and scripture and the purpose of life. It was such a great lesson and I learned so much from him. He is such a good humble man.

Well I just love being a missionary. I love sharing the gospel. I love you guys!

Elder Gurney

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 20, 2014

What a week!

There have been so many miracles in Huddersfield. Our teaching pool is growing very quickly, so we are happy. It is such a blessing when people will open their doors to you and will listen to the restored gospel.

We have met a lot of Africans this week so hopefully this next week will be full of some good cookin!

So yesterday was super busy. We went to church and then after headed straight to an appointment with an investigator and a member was coming with us. The flogged so we decided to actually eat some lunch. Then we went and saw Annette and the appointment was great. She is so excited to follow the gospel and she committed to be baptised on the 22nd of November. Then we went and saw a woman, Letti, who we met on the bus. She is great! She is 78 and loves Jesus Christ. She doesn't believe it was coincidence that we met and she is so excited for church. Then we had ward correlation and went home. It feels so good after days like that. I love being a missionary.


Love you!

Elder Gurney

Monday, October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014

Another good week in Huddersfield!

winter is coming, starting to get cold! hmmm let me think of some stories...So me and Elder Faingata'a were on exchange this week and we had a great time. We taught a less active member named Lynn Murphy. She was a temple worker years back and she is just fantastic. The Spirit was so strong. We have visited her two or three times, and this last lesson she said she feels like she is coming out of a dark tunnel. She is so excited to come back to church, just like the old days. It was incredible. That is what missionary work is about. Then she was at church yesterday and loved it.
The work is moving forward! I love being a missionary. Love you!

Elder Gurney
​Chinese back massage
Yes that mark is there from him messing up the first time and burning my back!