Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June 29, 2015

Well, I am in the blessed north!!! I love these people. Such good hearts. I am serving in a Chinese area, so I don't understand a word, but I love serving with Elder Chan. The Chinese people are so kind. We have been street contacting all week and only 2 people didn't stop and talk to us. 2! Hopefully we are able to progress some of these people that we have found.

Well I would tell some more stories, but I don't actually know what happened because I can't understand anyone....Oh one that Elder Chan told me! So we street contacted a girl named Claire. She is from China (surprise!) and had a friend who had joined the church in Scotland while studying. She went home to China and then came back for her Masters at Newcastle and she invited Claire to church and she came. Well she wants to learn from us, but is busy reapplying for a visa so hopefully we will see her soon. The Lord really prepares people!

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

Elder Gurney

These pictures were sent to Nick's mom by Sister Thompson in Newcastle:

Thursday, June 25, 2015

June 23, 2015

Well.....back to the north!!

So I am getting transferred for my last two weeks to Newcastle Uni!! I am going to a chinese area!! I am so stoked. I will only be about 30 min on a train to North Shields as well so I will be able to go see some old friends.

This week was incredible. I couldn't think of a better way to end my time in Bridlington than with Lynn's baptism. It is going to be really hard to say good bye to all the good people here, but I have sure missed the Geordies.

We started teaching a new family this last week. Me and Elder Rife found them while walking by and they were moving house. We offered to help then proceeded to move a giant fridge, a huge wardrobe, and two sofas out of there 3rd floor flat. It was hard work, but they are great. Me and Elder Pryor have been teaching them and the one son who is about 18 is so good. He cannot wait to be baptised! Hopefully things will move forward with them. We go to say goodbye to them tonight.

I would send you guys pictures, but his computer is no good. Hopefully they will be better in Newcastle. I will try and send some of Lynn's baptism next week.

Well I love you guys!! Have a good week!

Elder Gurney

Sunday, June 21, 2015

June 15, 2015

So it has been a great week! We have don't a lot of teaching lately. Just struggling to get people to progress. Lynn is doing great though and she should be baptised on Friday. She is nothing short of a miracle. 3 weeks ago she could barely listen because she was such a severe alchoholic. But she quit it cold turkey (which we told her not to because it could kill her) and has been off everything for 2 weeks now!

All my flatmates got iPads....except me...I guess I am too old! I will survive. They are such great teaching tools though.

Well i love you guys and hope you have a great week! Sorry it was so short!

Elder Gurney

Monday, June 8, 2015

June 8, 2015

Well this week has been incredible. We found lots. We taught lots. We had lots of success. This is one of the weeks where at the end all you can do is be grateful. Lynn is looking good for her baptism on the 20th of June. Eddie will probably be baptised on the 4th of July, we even found and taught a family.

Tomomorrow we are off to York again to get iPads. Well my district, except me....I am too old I guess! So am I litterally the last to never use iPads in the ELM.

Dad and Bryan, I have a new appreciation for your line of work. Lynn's friend Rory, who is a less active member, asked us to fix his computer for him. It was stuck in a restart loop and had a corrupted BIOS, I think. We fixed it, but it took forever! Boo samsung.

The birthday was great. Thank you for the package and smarties especially! Those didn't last long!

I love you guys!

Elder Gurney

June 1, 2015

Well it has been a good week here in Brid. We have found a lot of new people, we are just struggling to meet with them! It is nice to see though. When I was in York during the holidays this area really struggled badly and we just always brushed it off as nothing happens in Brid. Well I have witnessed one baptism since I have been here and another one is on its way. It really built my testimony on attitude.

We don't have a lot of time to email today, we are headed to York, but I am happy and I am loving my mission. I hope you have a good week!

Love you guys,

Elder Gurney

May 26, 2015

Hey everyone! Well it has been a good week here in Brid. We had an open house for family history at the chapel so we spent a lot of time at that. We also did lots of finding and found a lot of good people so we are happy here on the coast.

Well I am extending my mission for two weeks! I never thought I would, but it just kind of happened and I am really happy about it. Sorry I didn't give more notice...So I should be flying home on the 9th of July.

Well I love you guys. Sorry for the short email, I hope you have a good week!

Elder Gurney

May 18, 2015: Summer is comin!

Well it is starting to warm up in Brid. I haven't touched my coat in weeks which is nice. Then it started raining today...guess that is just part of living in the UK.

Well I have a cool story to share. So me and Elder Pryor didn't start with a lot but desire when we became companions on Wednesday. Our finding wasn't too fruitful and I was begining to get a bit discouraged as Sunday evening rolled around. Well we headed out after tea to knock a street we had picked and we stood at the end and I asked Elder Pryor which side we should knock and he said 'choose the right' and we walked up to the first door and we met Mel. He invited us in and let us teach him about the restoration. We also told him we were going to teach him the plan of salvation next lesson and he got so excited he asked if he could invite a friend. We were able to schedule him for the 13th of June. The Lord really does bless us when we do what we should and when we are focused on our purpose.

We have zone conference on wednesday so I am looking forward to that.

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

Elder Gurney