Hermana Sarah Gunderson

Retalhuleu, Guatemala Mission, September 2015-March 2017

April 10, 2017

I really can’t believe it. I has gone by so fast.
Well just so everyone knows Billi was baptized and we pulled off the most amazing wedding ever. But really only with the miracles and grace of God. They are doing amazing.
I cant quite put into words what this time in Guatemala serving as a missionary has meant to me. It has been the hardest thing that I have done. But it is also the thing that has brought me the most joy in my life. In this year and a half I have come to know the true meaning of charity, the pure love of Christ. These people will forever have a place in my heart. They have changed my very being. I love the chapines so so much. I feel like I am leaving behind my family. I have come to see them and love them like their Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ sees them and loves them.
I have come to understand a little bit better the true meaning of the word disciple. I am nowwhere near perfect but my most heartfelt desire is to serve my savior with all of my mind, heart, soul, and strength for the rest of my life. I have learned that this is true happiness. To forget about yourself and to serve others.
I understand and appreciate more the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that I have strength in Him. That He loves me, knows me, and will give me the strength that I need to overcome the world. I have seen the gospel change the lives of the people that I meet everyday. I have seen in my life and in the lives of others how Christ truly changes us. How we truly become more like Him when we follow Him and have faith in Him.
But the most important thing that I have recieved in this year and a half is a personal relationship with my Savior Jesus Christ. I have come to know Him. I know He lives. I know He loves us. I know that He is my Savior, that He suffered for my sins and imperfections. I have seen His power in my life. I have seen miracles. He truly is the prince of peace. He is my Savior and redeemer. I love my Savior with all my heart and soul. And I know He loves me.
I testify that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true church on the face of the earth. It is Christ´s church. I know the Book of Mormon is true, it is the word of God. Reading the Book of Mormon changes our lives and brings us closer to God. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that he saw Jesus Christ and God the Father. I know that God lives. I invite all to go to church, to read the Book of Mormon and to pray to God with real intent, to ask Him if these things are true. I know He will answer you. He will speak peace to your mind and heart. And if you feel these things I invite you to be baptized, to make a promise to God that you will serve Him for the rest of your life. I know that if you accept this gospel and are baptized, you will never regret your decision. I never have and I never will.
Hermana Sarah Gunderson



March 20, 2017

Hey this week has been super fun and busy like always. If you remember B from last week well we figured out the reason that he told us that he wasnt going to pass the interview. It turns out that they arent actually married. So we are working on helping them get married (im getting really good at weddings) but his wife H isnt too keen on the idea. but we went back with them and we animated them a lot to the idea of marriage and now we are just waiting on a date!!! #weddingnumber3
We are visiting the family of F, the convert of the elders and his daughter came to church for the second time and his wife for the first time. They really like the church and are really progressing. They are a great family. I hope that they will keep coming and that they will get baptized. they are miracles.
In the church so many members brought friends to church!!! it was amazing. I love the idea that we should never go to church alone. ALWAYS BRING A FRIEND.
This week i have learned that i am truly part chapina and that i understand all the jerga and can make an AMAZING TORTILLA.
We have found a lot of cool people this week!! and we are hoping for more miracles!!
we contacted a jehovas witness, taught her a little bit and then asked her if she knew of anyone that we could visit. She told us well i don’t know if you guys know but everybody runs away from you.
thanks. that’s comforting. We already knew that. haha
Hermana Gunderson

March 27, 2017

This week was a good week. We have been focusing alot on becoming better in the small things so that we can have success. We are still working with a family and they are doing well. We invited them to be baptized but they said that they aren’t quite prepared yet. But we are still working with them to help them be prepared and to have more of a desire. it was also hard because the didn’t come to church this week, but we do not lose hopé.
We talked with H (the girlfriend of B) about why she didn’t want to get married. And we figured out that the only thing that is stopping them is money for the lawyer. Well we know a lawyer thats a member that will do it for free. So we just have to talk to all of them this week and choose a date and start planning. Its really exciting. they are going to go to all sessions of conference this weekend. WOO
We ended up loosing alot of investigators this week because they stopped progressing and stopped wanting to repent and change their lives. This has been hard and a challenge of faith. I want so badly to finish with success but it is in the Lord’s hands. I just have to work diligently, have faith, and trust in the lord.
I did exchanges with Hna Taylor this week and she has grown so much as a missionary. I loved being able to work with her again.
in the womens conference there was a talk that really impacted me. it was about a woman with cancer that got back from her first session of Chemo and was feeling terrible and complaining to her husband and her husband just looked at her and said. well it looks like we have to find someone to serve. And i loved that. Sometimes there are things going on in our lives that are hard but the BEST way to find happiness is to serve someone else. I have learned that time and time again as a missionary. I love serving people.
Hermana Gunderson

March 13, 2017

This week we have had miracles with the investigators that we have. We have so many people that are SO CLOSE to baptism. There is a 14 year old named A that wants to get baptized. She only needs permission from her parents. She was a miracle because E Zapata, one of the assistants taught her and then found her in the bus to Xela and called us with her information and we went and visited her and she’s amazing. There’s also J the girlfirend of a member. She  is so close to getting baptized. She just has to recieve an answer and then stop working on Sundays and get married or move out of the member’s house. But shes really amazing. She is progressing a lot.
There is another hermano. B. He is the husband of a member and told us that he would get baptized this Saturday but he is scared of the interview. But I have faith that everthing will work out. He really has a big desire to get baptized.
We have started teaching the family of a recent convert of the elders and they came to church this Sunday. They are an amazing family and hopefully they can follow their father and husband into the waters of baptism. There is a returned missionary in the ward who presented us to her family and they are amazing. They are going to come to church and are praying about baptism. The Hermana wants so badly for her family to join the church. I have faith that we can help them.
And finally O is the boyfriend/husband of a member and is so close to baptism. He goes every week and is really repenting and changing his life. he loves church but is just a little scared of baptism and the commitment that it brings. He also has to get married.
We are working hard, trying to help every single one of these people get baptized. We can feel that the miracles are going to happen.
I have complete faith in the Lord.
I love the mission. I love the gospel.
Hermana Gunderson

March 6, 2017

Well first is that E GOT MARRIED AND BAPTISED!!!!!!!  It was a beautiful day. Her eyes just shone with happiness. She told me Hermana, I’m so happy.  All of my dreams are coming true. I can’t believe that it’s real. It feels like a dream. It was so amazing. I am so grateful that I got to see her change. I found her, taught her, saw her change and then saw her get baptized. She really is one of the chosen. I love her so much.
The other news is that yes I had transfers. I am now in S. It was the ONLY part of the mission that I didn’t know. Haha now I can say that I know the entire mission and have worked in every zone. My compañera is Hna Diego from Peru. She was the nurse but now I’m training her as an hermana leader. She’s adorable. We are opening the area so we literally know NO ONE but it’s an adventure and it’s something to keep me SUPER BUSY my last transfer. We have some cool people that the Hermanas and elders left behind that we are working with so that they can get baptized this month. Other than that it’s just learning the area and finding new people to teach. It’s an adventure.
My latina comps have been from Honduras and Peru mainly.
I have worked in every zone of the mission.
A peruana started my mission and one is going to end it.
God is amazing and works miracles. We were allowed to go to the baptism of E but we needed to be in La Virgen at 5 for the last bus. Well we did not make it and we ended up having to take a small bus to coatepeque to see what would happen. Then the tire blows out and we exit the bus and in literally two minutes a bus to Reu comes and saves us. And had the tire not blown out we would not have found the bus. God is always watching over us.
Hna Gunderson


February 27, 2017

It’s  my last transfer and I’m well I don’t know I how I feel right now. I’ve heard rumors that I have transfers and that makes me really sad. I just want to find out!! I think they will call us in the night. I really just want to stay in C  with hna Ordoñez but we will see what the Lord says…
This week we have seen literal miracles. FIRST, E IS GOING TO GET BAPTIZED!!!!! she said yes and its the best thing in the world. I cannot  explain to you the change that she has had. She is a different person, more confident, happier, she has light in her eyes now. It’s  amazing to see this change. And she is so excited to get baptized. And really she is a person that is truly converted. She is experiencing the joy of the gospel.
BUT with all good amazing miracles we have to fight satanas. So the husband of Elvira, Roni has started to change. He at first was like why would YOU go to a church?? don’t you know how you act? but now he is telling her we will go to church together and really if all that the hermanas are telling us is true our lives are going to change. He came to church and felt the spirit and really is making changes. But satan, in the form of his buddy, came in sunday morning, took away his desire to go to church that day and he just left the house and went drinking with his friends. Elvira came home to find them drunk and she kicked the friends out and just cried because she felt like she had been lied to by him. But being the amazing woman that she is she says the thing that gives her hope is what the bishop’s wife told her about their conversion story (a very similar situatuion). Now they aren’t married so they need to get married to be baptized but with this situation we don’t know about a wedding. Elvira told us if i cant get baptized right now im not going to leave the church. I’m never going to sop going why would i do that? ELVIRA IS AMAZING: Hna Ordoñez and i have faith and hope that we have a wedding and a baptism this Saturday. Satan is fighting hard but we are going to fight harder and do all that we can to pull this off. I know God will help us. Miracles exist. God’s  power is way bigger than Satan’s power. ITS WEDDING TIME AND BAPTISM TIME:
The mission is literally the best thing in the world. And the gospel of Jesus Christ is even better.
Hermana Gunderson

February 20, 2017

This week was an amazing week. First of all was all the miracles with hna E. She is such an amazing woman. She has a desire to learn and become better but she also has a lot of fears. But this week we have seen her shed a lot of her fears. We went to invite her to an activity thursday and her husband wasn’t home and she couldnt call and tell him she was going to leave. Normally she would have stayed home in fear of her husband but instead she was like NOPE im going. and she went and it was amazing. Then we were able to teach her husband and he prayed at the end and started crying. He told us that he felt something amazing in his heart and earlier in the lesson he was all maybe if i have time I’lol come to church but after that prayer he told us Hermanas we are all going to church tomorrow. AND THEY ALL CAME. It was beautiful. We felt like crying. Even their kids stayed quiet in the sacrament meeting. The gospel really changes lives and makes us into better people. We really did nothing to change either of them. they are changing because they have found the true gospel.
C came to church and to 3 church activities this week. He is still a bit hesitant but he accepted to get baptized the 4 of March. He really is a miracle.
On saturday was the conference with Elder Rasband. It was an amazing conference full of the spirit. it was such a priveledge to listen to him and to learn from him. We all felt the love of christ for us that he taught and the importance of our calling. It was an unforgettable experience.
Hermana Gunderson




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