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