Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 12, 2015

Well I am staying my last six weeks here in Brid! No surprise. But I am getting a new companion, Elder Pryor, he has been out about 9 months.

Other than that, it has been a slow week. My companion had and ingrown toenail removed and it hasn't been healing right, so they are telling him to keep off it. But we are going to York again today to take picture so I will send those next week.

Love you!

Elder Gurney

Saturday, May 9, 2015

May 5, 2015

Well it will be a short email this week, we are going to York to do some shopping and it takes like an hour and a half to get there on the train.

This week we did a lot of traveling. We had to go to York for a district meeting with President on thursday then spent the night there so we could make it to Leeds for a 9 am meeting with Elder Dykes and Elder Allen of the Seventy, but more about that later.

We had the opprotunity to see a couple of investigators in York when I was there. I don't know if you remember Gillian and Rodger, her son, but they are great. Gillian comes to church nearly every week, but does't really want to be baptised. It was so good seeing them and catching up. It is hard to believe it has been 4 months since I was in York!

So the meeting in Leeds was all about the mission implimenting digital devices into the work. In other words we are getting iPads. I don't know when, I don't even know if I will see one, but we are having a zone conference in 2 weeks and I think it might be then. It won't really change the work much at all, it really is just another tool we can use. It was a really great meeting though.

The work is still a bit slow here in Brid. We are still teaching Rory and Lynn who are doing good. They have been coming to church, Lynn is just really struggling with the word of wisdom. We are trying to focus more on finding.

Well I am really happy and I am excited to skype you next week!

Love you!
Elder Gurney

April 27, 2015

Well it has been a great week in Bridlington!

We started teaching the Peal family. Husband and wife with 3 kids who believe in God. This is unheard of. No one gets married here anymore, and if they do they are too wealthy to accept the gospel. We are so excited for this family. Keep them in your prayers.

Our teaching pool is steadily growing which is really nice. We still are doing lots of finding though. We have to spend two days this week in York and Leeds so our time is limited. The mission will be having a seventy come on Friday to introduce iPads into the mission, so that will be interesting. I doubt everyone will get one though so we will see.

Well I am happy!

Love you guys!

Elder Gurney

pic: me and elder clifford

Monday, April 20, 2015

April 20, 2015: Hey Errbody!

Well Bridlington is great. I love this area.

This week we found. and found. and found some more. But we found and scheduled a new investigator who came to church!

Her name is Lynn and she is the partner of a less active member. She is so cool! We taught her the restoration and she just kept saying she knows its true. She came to church and she loved it.

Me and Elder Clifford also spoke in church yesterday. I spoke on Charity and the difference between the world's definition and the Lord's definition. It was a great opportunity to learn a lot about the importance of charity!

I read this morning out of the new testament the first two chapters of Philippians. I loved verse 20

"According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that‍ with all boldness, as always, so‍ now also Christ shall be magnified‍ in my body, whether it be‍ by life, or by death."

I hope you guys have a great week!

Love you!

Elder Gurney

Monday, April 13, 2015

April 13, 2015: Hello from Bridlington!

Well I am on the coast again, but this time for real! All my other areas "on the coast" have actually been a while from the actual ocean, in Grimsby I never even saw a beach! But here I am litterally a five minute walk to the sandy beach.

The difficult part is this place is a huge holiday spot. Trying to street contact town center is like trying to street contact in Disneyland. No one is from here, and no one wants to talk to you on their holiday. But luckily the locals are super friendly.

I didn't get a chance to meet the branch on Sunday becuase it was stake conference. But that was in York so I got to see lots of great members from when I served there.

We have been traveling a lot lately for diferenct meetings so we actually have only had 2 real days here. And we have to travel to Leeds tomorrow for a meeting, so hopefully we will actually get an opprotunity to do some work later in the week!

Well I love you guys and I hope you have a good week!

Elder Gurney

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April 7, 2015: I'm off!!!

Well I am headed up the coast to a small town in York stake called Bridlington! It is going to be hard to say goodbye to Grimsby, but I am super excited to serve with my new companion Elder Clifford.

We have tons to do today so I don't have much time to write. Love you guys!

Elder Gurney

March 30, 2015

Well another week has flown by. But things are going good here in Grimsby. Our teaching pool has been growing steadily, which is really nice.

So you guys might remember a few weeks ago about the woman named Sue whose door we knocked on and she didn't want to listen to us but was willing to let us do her garden. Well me and Elder Carrigan have been going there about twice a week since then and doing the garden, which was extremely overgrown. Over that time we got to know her and her son a lot better and after we finished we asked if we could come over and tell them why we came thousands of miles to do her garden. Well they accepted and we went last night to teach them. They are fantastic. Sue is especially prepared for the gospel. Her only issue with everything we taught her is that the Book of Mormon had too small of print. Well we have a large print one waiting for her now.

Our week has been really good and we have seen a lot of blessings. To think back when we got her 3 months ago we had nothing. I am dreading what might happen during transfers next week.

I just wanted to share a thought from President Monson's talk Guided Safely Home. He says; "A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder, never likely to reach home port."

This makes me question what my purpose is, which is something I think we all need to do. I believe that a lot of people think they have a purpose. Most of them probably even have it centered on something that is an eternal principle like family, charity or service. But although the principle might be eternal is the actuality of it eternal? Is the family eternal? Is the service heartfelt? Does the charity stem from the love of Christ? It is an extremely good opportunity to do some self reflection at this time of year, as the disciples did after the ascension of Christ. "Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?" John 21:15.

I know that this church is true. I know the gospel is what brings and keeps the family together, and I am so grateful for that.

I love all you guys! Have a great week!

Elder Gurney