Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Elder David Gurr at the Zone Leadership Meeting in Honduras. 09/17/13

Elder Gurr with a dog adopted by the Elders. 9/16/13

Elder Gurr with a puppy named "Oso". 9/16/13

9/16/2013 September 16th Elder Gurr

Hello Family,

On Monday I didn't write because I got my residency updated. It took all day and I ended up finishing late. Tuesday, I had to go with my companion to a leadership meeting.  We stayed at another missionary's house, then the next morning around 5:00 am we drove to the Temple.  It was about a 4-5 hours drive to get there.  I was able to sleep during the drive.  Attending the Honduras Temple was awesome because we got to visit the temple and feel the spirit inside.  We then ate a pizza at Little Caesars and food at Wendy's.  We got home about 9:00 pm so I didn't have time to write.

The next day we arrived back home and then the power went out.  All day there was no power on Thursday.  By Friday we had a zone leader with us.  We couldn't spend time writing so we taught one investigator and didn't do much else.

Our Saturday was OK, we taught a few lessons, but the best was on Sunday, yesterday.  It was awesome!  We left the house and went tracking and we were able to teach a bunch of people.  We found a group of 7 people and one of them was really interested.  She's Catholic which is the biggest religion in this country.  She wanted to know more about the church.  The spirit in that room was so strong.

Later we helped a family of 7 kids and a mom to teach the kids something while the mom could cook food for the kids.  I have photos this week.

Elder Gurr

Sunday, September 15, 2013

9/9/2013 September 9th Elder Gurr

Hello Family,

Sorry, it's been a long time since writing, but I am back online and I am alive.

Here's my week...
On Monday, I woke up at 3:00 am to go 4-hours from Marcala to Tegucigalpa to talk to someone to get residency paperwork and I didn't get home till 7:00 pm at night.  Nothing is open past 7:00 pm.  Long Day...  
Tuesday I met someone who I believed was prepared by God.  He is ready to hear the gospel and knows how to speak English.  Wednesday I went with another companion to do interchanges and we were able to teach some people. We found a new person who seemed to be interested. Friday, I found a blanket with a picture of wolves on it because it's cold in my area. It's awesome!  
On Saturday there was a celebration of the children. There was a fun activity at the church for all the children. Yes, there is a kids day called "Día de los Niños".

Sunday we taught someone and it was so powerful and spiritual that he felt the spirit and he is going to be baptized I know it. He is awesome. I talked to people in English from the United Kingdom, but they left today. It was fun to talk in English with them.

Out of time, but I will email you all next week.

Elder Gurr

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Elder Gurr and Elder Osborn in Marcala, La Paz, Honduras.  9/2/2013

9/2/2013 September 2nd Elder Gurr

Hello Everyone,

This week has been very spiritual to me personally. I had the privilege to help the other new missionaries in my district.  They had been struggling with getting a baptism date confirmed for an investigator.  We went with the Sister Missionaries, Sister Kuhns and Sister Olacho to help and they were able to set a date for baptism for the investigator.  It was such a spiritual experience for all of us.  We all felt the spirit.  The spirit testified to her of the true church of God.  It was so powerful it's hard to describe the feeling I felt in that room.  It was interesting to see so much love the sisters had for this investigator.  It reminded me a lot of the sisters in the movie District 2.

We also worked on someone's papers to get them married and it took a lot of time and money but we were able to fix the problem.  There is joy that comes over me when I am able to help a family enter into the kingdom of God.  

We were able to eat at Burger King which was the first time in a while.  We don't have a Burger King and Little Caesar's Pizza near us.

The rest of the week we worked with the district to help them.  We all have trials but God gives trials to us so we can learn. My faith is tested every day.  It's not easy being a missionary but it is worth it.  The journey, the trials, the fun, and the memories.  I can't believe how much fun it is being here.  It's safer out here in Marcala and the people are so nice.  I am learning to humble myself to have the spirit with me always. Thanks for the support.

Elder Gurr

Haz lo Justo!
(Choose the Right!)
Elder Gurr and Elder Osborn at the Marcala, Honduras waterfall. 9/2/2013

Elder Gurr with two members in Marcala, Honduras. 9/2/2013

Elder Gurr at a Pulperia (Minimart) in Marcala, Honduras.  9/2/2013

Elder David Gurr with friends in Quezada, Honduras. 8/29/2013

Open field near the waterfall in Marcala, Honduras. 9/2/2013

Elder Gurr climbing to the top of the waterfall in Marcala, Honduras. 9/2/2013

Elder Gurr at the top of the waterfall in Marcala, Honduras. 9/2/2013

Elder Gurr at the Rock Formations in Marcala, Honduras.  9/2/2013

Marcala, Honduras District missionaries with some local members.  9/2/2013

Elder Gurr and Elder Osborn with a donkey. 9/2/2013

8/26/2013 August 26th Elder David Gurr

Hello Family,

I was transferred and I'm in my new area.  I am a senior companion with Elder Osborn. This week was really weird for many reasons.  Monday in Quezada the power went out again almost all day but we were able to talk to a few investigators.  

Tuesday was very good and we worked super hard on my last day teaching people.  I feel like I just saw them yesterday but it's been almost a week.  We taught an investigator that we have been working with for a long time.  She is awesome, but I won't be there for her baptism. Then I said my goodbye's to all of the other investigators that we were able to contact.  

Then transfer day happened and I was eager to see what was going to happen.  I found out I was called to the farthest corner of the mission.  I met Elder Osborn who was my first companion's trainer.  Small world!  Thursday we visited a less active but he wasn't able to come to church so we are going to help him with what he needs.  Friday we were helping another set of Elders that had to process a  wedding paper for a couple and that took all day.  Saturday was good, we taught a few investigators.  Sunday I found out that the whole ward is less than a year old with 40 to 50 people. There are only  3 members with the priesthood so I had to pass the sacrament.  That was really weird. Monday was late because we had to travel and I am waiting for more money to be put in my missionary account.  It is taking longer to add the funds into my account this month.

We hiked today to see the sights here in Marcala, so I am a little bit sore. We saw a water fall and were able to do other things.

Love you all see you next week.

Elder Gurr

8/19/2013 August 19th Elder David Gurr

Hello Family,

How is it going this week?  Thanks for all the pictures you have sent me. This week has been interesting.  We taught some member families about the progress of our missionary work to get help from the members in the ward.  Tuesday was the best because we found a member who makes tortillas.  She is super positive and she is willing to do baptisms for the dead because her Mom died and she wants to be sealed to her again.  She has been great when we visit her.  She has been one of the most interesting characters I have ever met.  She knew instantly that the church was true.
On Friday I gave a full lesson to the district about being obedient and that we can receive miracles if we work hard.  That's what happened this week.

See you all later.

Elder Gurr
Zone Meeting in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. 8/12/13

Monday, September 2, 2013

8/12/2013 August 12th Elder David Gurr

Hello Family,
This week has been good because we are teaching this family but the problem is that we can't baptize them until they get a marriage license.  We are helping them with the paperwork.  We are working on that and in about a month we can baptize them.
All the missionaries are asked to read the Book of Mormon and to read Preach My Gospel during our 1-hour of personal study time. It has been really effective for me to do that.

On Thursday we had another power outage and it went on and off about 7 times.  It was hard to decide to go out because we were wondering "Is it safe to go outside or not?" Then on Friday was the biggest flood I had ever seen. There was a river blocking us from going to the church and it hailed.  It was incredible!

On Saturday the other Elders had a baptism and it was interesting because we invited no one because the kid was afraid of water and almost the whole ward showed up.  Then we had to usher them out because he was petrified.  Now he is a member and he can feel the Holy Ghost inside of him. It took about a half an hour to dunk him. :)   He is happy he did it but I think he doesn't want to be near water anymore.  
On Sunday we had an important appointment with a family that is investigating the church.  During the visit the Father in his prayer thanked the Lord that we came and he is excited for his baptism on August 24th.  We have a goal this week to find 3 new families because we are working hard to find new people. I love you all. Thanks for the support.
Elder Gurr

"Como Hágalo"

8/5/2013 August 5th Elder David Gurr

Hello Family,

Hello everyone this week has come and gone again. Here are some things that happened this week. On Tuesday we were walking when we saw someone trying to move some rocks to turn on their water valve. He was interested in our message but he lives in another part of town. He comes here a lot, especially Sundays.
Later we were teaching an investigator and her brother came in and we talked to him to build a relationship.  Then on Thursday we went to a member's home and we taught her less active husband. He came to church which was really cool.  Later we were walking home when we saw someone ask us to come to her house to take back a few Book of Mormons. She had a 1950 Edition of the Book of Mormon in Spanish. The pictures in there were incredible.

On Friday we helped a kid we found with firewood and brought it to his house. The Dad wasn't interested but he thanked us for helping his son bring firewood to his home.  Then we found someone knocking doors and we found out he was a Baptist and he was interested to learn anything and everything about Christ.  We asked him if he knew that Jesus Christ came to America and he was shocked and said no.  We gave him the book and he promised to read it because he wants to know everything Christ did.  He loves to follow him which was a strong testimony builder for me and it makes me want to know more as well. 
On Saturday we gave gifts to some recent converts.  We gave them the triple combination (Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, Doctrine and Covenants), the Bible and also a hymn book they use.  They need their own hymn book because the churches don't have it. They buy it for less than $.50 I think.  I gave one of the new members my pen and she thanked me. It was a purple pen.

Another family that we have been working hard with, that is investigating the church now has a baptism date for August 24, 2013.
I am out of time till next time.

Elder Gurr

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Elder Gurr and the other missionaries at a Service Project in Honduras 7/29/2013.

Celebrating Christmas in July in Honduras 7/29/2013.

7/29/2013 July 29th Elder David Gurr

Hello Family,

I can't believe another week has gone by. On Tuesday we found a kid who is 16 and he had listened to the missionaries because his grandma was taking the discussions.  They moved away so he didn't finish the discussions.  He has always been interested in the church and then we found him so we are working with him.  

Another investigator that we are working with is reading the Book of Mormon and enjoying it a lot. He is almost to the book of Jacob in the Book of Mormon.  I am reading the Book of Mormon in English and I am keeping up with him so we can talk about the book. There are very interesting and helpful things in it.  We started to teach the investigator's child.  He loves computers and technology like I do. He is very good with computers.

Yesterday we found a couple and they are going to church. They want to be baptized.  The problem is that he works in a water company and we couldn´t visit him because they were giving out the bills at the end of the month.  He says he tries to go to church as time allows him.  We are working with them as well.  

It was incredible yesterday!  We started by talking to the father that won't let us baptize their daughter and he was fixing his trail in the backyard so we went and helped him. We talked with him about the Bible because he loves it.

Then we visited another person, a sister, who recently wanted to go to church.  She has been to church the last two weeks.  She is ready to be baptized, and we challenged her to a baptism date and she excepted to on, August 10.

This week has been crazy and I am excited for the baptism.  Having a lot of fun here. Living in Central America is incredible. I hope you all have a wonderful week. See you all next week.

Elder Gurr

7/22/2013 July 22nd Elder David Gurr Honduras

Hello Family,

How are things going? Here is a little bit about what has happened this week. The new member is doing good again this week. We taught her the importance of listening to good music. Then we taught two other investigators.

Another investigator is progressing, we might ask him on Wednesday to baptism again. The cool thing was we went to go bring an investigator to church, but he showed up by himself, which was really cool. We think there is a big future for him soon.

On Sunday, we found a member family where the daughter hasn't been baptized but the dad won't let her join the church. We told the daughter keep asking and maybe he will change his mind. She might have to wait a year, she just turned 17.  

Nothing big happened this past week, but we hope to continue finding more people to teach and will just keep searching. The investigator that showed up at church also fasted this week to help with his problems, so we think he is ready.  We are doing two service projects this week. It will involve moving rocks and helping move fire wood. More info next week.

Elder Gurr
Elder David Gurr in his apartment in Honduras 7/15/2013.

Elder David Gurr at a member's home 7/15/2013.

Elder David Gurr and Elder Agundez 7/15/2013

7/15/2013  July 15th Elder David Gurr Honduras

Wow, this week has been incredible and magnificent. First I am still in the same area and with the same companion, but some things were interesting.

I can't remember when but we had a day where we saw some kids playing jump rope.  We decided to play to get the adults attention.  They got a good laugh from us, but they went inside.  We had fun anyway and did make the kids there have a lot of fun, too.
Then it seemed like nothing was happening, so we went to dinner.  Before I say what happened I was really excited to go to work and after hearing one of the mission presidents speak.  I said we are going to find someone really positive.  
We went to go walk to dinner then all of the sudden a man about the height of my 13 year old brother came to us and asked, "Are you missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?" We said, "Yes", and he said that he loved the church and would be baptized. We were shocked and got his address.  God has given us miracles.

We have also contacted people from their doors and one lady wanted us to come back because she wanted to be baptized. It's crazy because one day it seems like your area is finished, but then God starts preparing people and getting them ready to hear the message of the restoration.  I love the work and I am learning a lot.
One last thing the Zone leaders had a baptism but what happened was the 13 year old kid had friends in another church.  He wanted to be baptized and it looked like he wasn't going to be baptized because his answer seemed like no.  We decided to pray to help him to choose the right, then the Zone leaders phone rang and someone told them he's not coming.  We told everyone no more baptisms, but as we left the other missionaries yelled for us to come back and said he came.  There he was, he had made his decision because we had prayed.

Prayer is very powerful.  Prayer can affect your future.  I urge all of you to pray for help. The Lord can help you. I love you all. See you next week.

 Elder Gurr
Elder David Gurr and Elder Rogriguez in Honduras 7/8/13.

Zone Conference picture in Tegucigalpa, Honduras 7/8/13.


Elder David Gurr in front of  the Tegucigalpa, Honduras Temple model 7/8/13.  The temple opened March 17, 2013.

7/8/2013 July 8th Elder David Gurr Honduras


Hello Family,

This has been a very interesting week because here is what we did. We have been looking for new people and Havier, who is a member here and just got his mission call to El Salvador, gave us a referral we could work with.  We weren't able to find him so we decided to visit another investigator and we found two girls that heard that we were going to start teaching English classes. Then we started talking about the church because one asked why our name is Elder and the other asked about the temple that was built here recently.  We are planning on teaching them because they really seemed interested.  

For the fourth of July we made hamburgers and fries. It was a fun day.  Then on Sunday we went to a member's house to eat food because it was Elder Agundez's (in our district) birthday.  We had the best American meal that I have had here.   The meat that she had was incredible and she bought this really good tasting cake.  It was a fun Sunday. Then later we saw a member and she asked us if we could give a blessing to a sister who's less active because the doctor thinks that she has a tumor. The blessing didn't promise her that there is nothing wrong but she needs to rely on the Lord and they will be able to get through it.  This week has been crazy and I hope that everyone else is having a great week see you all next week.

Elder Gurr

7/1/2013 July 1st Elder David Gurr Honduras

Hello Family,

This week has been long as in we haven't found many investigators to work with.  We found some people but others haven't been home.  This week has been crazy.  We went on interchanges with the Zone leaders.  We have investigators working on following the word of wisdom. They drink coffee so we helped them by buying a substitute drink like orange juice.  
The Zone leaders had a baptism and we always try to help the other companionship get the baptism service done.  Yesterday we found a new person who has been going to church and isn´t baptized. The problem is she is 16 or 17 and doesn't have permission from her parents. We are going to work on getting contact with her parents so she can get baptized.

Elder David Gurr

6/24/13 June 24th Elder David Gurr Honduras


Hello Family,

Here is the week. We had a lot going on. We baptized an investigator and she was so happy to go the waters of baptism. She was so excited!  I had a photo but the computer here corrupted it so I will try to get a picture with her another day.  This week, work wise has been a little slow but we put a date with two other investigators. We got 4 contacts on Tuesday and we found a less active member.  

We were walking and I noticed a house and the spirit told me to knock on the door of that house.  It was really cool because we brought her to church but the problem is she didn't have friends so she hasn't been in church for 10 years.  Now she is ready to come back to church. She actually thanked us for coming by and she said she will try to go back to the church all the time. It is really cool.  
Later the ward had a talent show and we had 40 contacts from the show, which was really cool.  We are going to contact them all very soon. It is going to be a great week. We also saw the missionary broadcast.  It was so cool to watch.  They want the members to do the finding not us. Yes that is important because knocking doors is not the best way to find people.

Elder Gurr

Monday, July 15, 2013

Elder David Gurr on missionary exchanges in Quezada, Honduras 6/17/13.

Elder David Gurr during a downpour in Honduras 6/17/13.

Elder David Gurr and other missionaries on the way to the
Tegicigalpa, Honduras Temple to sing in a program for investigators 6/16/13.

An example of an Elder's bed in Honduras 6/17/13.

Elder Gurr in Quezada, Honduras 6/17/13.

Elder David Gurr practicing at the chapel for the choir,
prior to singing at the Tegucigalpa, Honduras Temple. 6/15/13

6/17/13 June 17th Elder David Gurr Honduras

This week has been interesting. I was in a choir last Sunday and I got to sing to a bunch of investigators. It was insane! The thing was that we had investigators come to this big activity at the temple. We had a lot of fun singing to them.

This week has been interesting we found a new family. They are going to church and the family's father became less active, but he came back to church last week. I also had interchanges with someone in my district and his name was Elder Duron.We took some pictures so I have a lot of pictures to show.

This week has been fast.One week goes by so fast it's crazy. I received my package and got everything that I need for the mission. I am almost a fourth of the way done through my mission and almost half way through the year as well. I also can't believe that Father's day was this week because the time goes by so fast. I felt like I called home for Mother's Day a week ago.

We were going to put a date with a family but it did not happen. They were not home on Sunday, but they did go to church. Yah! We are preparing a woman for her baptism that we have been working on for a while.She is still wanting to be baptized. It is so cool to see the progress that she has made.It is incredible. See you next week.

Elder Gurr
6/10/13 June 10th Elder David Gurr Honduras
Dear Family,

This week has come and gone. I feel like I wrote to you yesterday. I had been sick on and off so it has been a little hard, but now I feel better. We are still working hard with one family because we found out yesterday the father had a doubt about the authority that the church had.

This week we found a new family. The son is married and has not joined the church so they have been to church twice and they like what they see. We found out they came to church last week. We are starting to work with them so we can put a baptism date together soon. They might be our family we have been searching for.

One of the families, we visited have a father that was less active, but recently he came to church. He hasn't been there in a long time so that was cool to see him go back to church. We are still working with part or less active families and we are receiving references that are helping us a lot.

This is all I have to report. Sorry no pictures but I will try to take some soon. You have no idea how fast a week goes on a mission. Time doesn't make sense. I almost wrote something in Spanish so my Spanish is getting better. I can also talk to people and write to the mission president in Spanish a lot easier now.

Good bye love you all, will try to take pictures soon.
Love you all my family.

Elder Gurr
Elder Halversen and Elder Gurr, Honduras 6/3/13

06/03/13 June 3rd Elder David Gurr Honduras

Hello family,

How's it going? My week has been very interesting. I hope I have time to write all of it.

So this week I got a new companion. I am staying in the same area. My new companion is Elder Jamieson. He is a very hard worker and we had some very spiritual experiences these last four days.

Day one we went to go teach a family. They have been investigating for quite some time. They didn't have faith in tithing The wife asks questions but doesn't really listen to our answers. We taught them with my new companion. This was the first time that the man seemed interested. He might help his wife build a testimony.

On Sunday we went to go see another investigator. We have been teaching her on and off. The weirdest thing is she didn't seem interested when we met with her, but the spirit was so strong and I challenged her to baptism and she said she wanted to. I was shocked. She then told us she wanted to be baptized 5 years ago. We have been teaching her forever and my testimony has expounded so much it is crazy.

The same night after dinner at 8:00 pm the zone leaders said that he had a package for me. It was the package you sent. I received the filtered water bottles and the cards. Thanks for the package.

I have one more story, when we went to our lunch appointment and we got lost I was going the right way, but I felt like we were not so we walked around for awhile and then the spirit told me walk this way so we did. We found someone on the street who was interested to talking to the missionaries. He said he wants to go to the temple someday.

The spirit is incredible because the spirit told me where to find him. That was not by accident that was where we needed to be. I know my Savior lives!

Thanks for all the support. I love you all see you next week.

Elder David Gurr
Elder Gurr and Elder Rodriguez. Honduras 5/27/13

Typical Food in Honduras 5/27/13

Typical Food in Honduras 5/27/13

Typical Food in Honduras 5/27
5/27/13 May 27th Elder David Gurr

Hello Family,
Missionary work has been hard this week because of how hard the rain has been pouring. Our numbers are very low this week. My companion is district leader and he had two days where he interviewed a family to get baptized. The baptism is for next week but it is with other elders.

President Fortuna, the mission president, came to see the family baptism but it did not happen. My companion has been sick this week but he is better now. He is back on his feet. It's because the weather here has been really hot and cold.
Right now no one is progressing. We baptized all the progressing investigators. We plan on finding more people today because we don't really have good investigators right now.

This week an area of the seventy showed up and he told us that 80 percent of convert baptisms are in Latin America. His name is Elder Amado. He was at a conference for a part of the mission which lasted all day. I could understand most of what he was saying.
While we were walking we saw a pulperia named David. A pulperia is a small place like a 7'eleven but different because it's part of someone's house. Maybe one day I can take a picture of one so you can see. If we need food we go there. This week has been a little slow but hopefully we find more people to teach.

Elder Gurr

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Saturday, July 13, 2013

5/20/13 May 20th Elder David Gurr 

Wow it has been over a week since I called home, that is crazy! This week has been interesting. We had a baptism and that was the highlight of the week.

We went and visited a lot of less actives this week and were able to get 3 less active families to come to church which was so cool to see. The investigator that was baptized was very excited to be baptized and is continuing to be strong in the church. He is going to be a good member in the church.

This week has been hard to find people and we only have currently one investigator progressing but we are planning on finding new people. We had more lessons with less actives members. This was more of a less active week.

Things here are going good and I am excited to learn more Spanish. I am starting to understand people a lot better and understand the things I read and watch on DVD's. The mission here has been a little bit hot this week but besides that everything has been good here. The next change meeting is happening really soon in about a week or two.

The mission is going so fast I can't believe I am almost half way into the year. I am learning so much Spanish and the culture here. Thanks for all the support. Sorry not much happened this week. We only taught 7 lessons to investigators this week which is low but 9 to less actives which is high. We are ready and willing to find those who are ready to receive the gospel.

Thanks for all your support and everything. I love you all so very much see you next week.

Elder David Gurr