Thursday, November 8, 2012

More Baptisms

Leading Up to Baptisms

Dear Family,
   Sorry I have been a little chambone about my letters.  The start of my mission has been a little crazy.  Litterally everything is happening so fast.  I never thought It would be happening like this.  There are some times throughought the day where I am so deep in a lesson and I look out the window for a second and I think to myself...I am in the middle of El Salvador and I am teaching the word of God in a different language.  I am so comfortable here, it is so natural.  When these times hit me, I can feel the love of God overcome me.  In these moments I testify for why I am here in the mission.  I tell them all the things I have left behind to help these humble people.  Awesome Experiences.
   First off I know its wierd that I am writing on a Tuesday.  It is because we have a huge temple activity tomorrow and We havent had a normal PDAY in a while. President told us to have PDAY today.  First things first.  My new companion is doing so much better.  The best way to help him out is by loving him more and more.  I have been trying to dig deeper into his life to get to know him better and better.  When he can be more comfortable with me, he will open up with me and he will be more trainable.  The thing I learned from my first week of training is that I have just as much to learn, apart from the Spanish.  He is struggling but we are working hard, speaking spanish all day if we can.  I leave time every lesson for him to share what he can but most importnatly his testimony.  I told him how important his testimony is and he told me, no they can't even understand it.  I shared some experiences that I have had where I am teaching and I instantly know I made a bunch of grammar mistakes and they dont even catch it because they are being filled with the Spirit.  The Spirit really testifies of our message no matter how butchered our Spanish is.  Elder Thornton is doing awesome.  Baptized before he even finished his first week, and he will be baptizing again next week.  I really wanted him to have the opportunity to baptize Giovanni, but our Zone leader accidently asked Giovanni who he wanted to be baptized by and he said me.  Also my companion was fine with it because he still is trying to memorize the prayer.  He will be ready for the baptisms next week.  The two baptisms we have next week are two kids.   We had to work hard with the parents to get permission and we are still working with them to get baptized following the example of their kids.
    We have been looking for alot of new investigators, working with the members.  We are a little low on the progressing investigators right now because we found a ton of people that live out of our area. We have this activity for the members and investigators tomorrow to invite everyone to this activity.  We are looking to have 4 or 5 investigators at this activity.  The temple is the best missionary in this country.  More people who have come to these activities have been baptized than anyone.  Pray for us tonight that we can bring alot of investigators to this activity.  We are working with the rest of the family that we baptized, grisselda and Wilber.  They are looking very positive. 
   I got a lot of letters from new people this week.  Brother Ballard, the best seminary teacher ever, and many more people.  I dont have much time to respond to all of them but thanks for the love.  I haven't gotten those packages that are coming. 
Mom, I am still waiting for those pictures.
Aj, keep being a boss, I love you man.
I love all of you.  Keep working hard and dont forgot the work of the Lord in your own lives.  I am still alive and healthier than ever.  The Lord blesses us in many ways.  I am praying for Madeline...I have heard what happened in New York.
Elder Gubernick

Changes and New Responsibilities

Dear Family,
   As mom saw on facebook, yes I am training...but what she couldnt see is that I am also a district leader.  What is President thinking, haha.  No I know he is inspired and he has confidence in our work.  He told me in my interview that I have a lot of potential, but I didnt think that would mean training and leading a district my 3 change.  I know I can do it, but I will need all the prayers I can get and I have faith that it is the best thing for a missionary to grow.  I realized with this change that I can understand pretty much everything and I can say whatever I want.  That's fluent right?  Sometimes there are words that I don't know but I can understand everything.  Right now is the most important part of my mission, I can speak well, understand, and have this opportunity to learn alot of words and ways to teach the doctrine of Christ.  I am so happy right now.  So yes, I have alot of new things going on and I will tell you how it goes.
Did you get a new companion ? Yes
What's his name? Elder Thornton
Where is he from? Utah, Ogden
Are you in the same area? Yes Piramidal
Did you get to see Elder Draper? Yes, he is doing awesome, he has a good trainer and from what I heard can speak well.
Do you still take the pills? Everyday of my life.
Did you here Steven Doughrty got into BYU? YUP
Did you here that Mark Doughrty is our new Bishop?Gnarly
     So this week we had another baptism, but not just a normal baptism.  Martìn Cornejo, one of the most powerful investigators I have ever taught.  He was baptized and took us aside and bore the most powerful testimony I have ever heard.  He began to weep and hugged us for 5 minutes.  It was an awesome experience.  I couldnt help but to cry.  He is so awesome and so willing to do whatever it takes to be the best disciple of Christ.  I dont have pictures because my  companion Elder Nunez hasnt sent me them.  I will send them out next week.  It was awesome.
   We have two more dates for this Sunday.  Giovanni which was a friend of Martin, and Maria Lena who is a little girl.  My new comp will baptized his first week in the mission.  How awesome is that.  I am stoked for him, because he needs it. He is really quiet and really doesn't like Spanish.  I am only speaking to him in Spanish to help him out.  We are working hard, I need to help him realize how this work goes.  He will learn how to work hard very soon.  I need to be an example like you said DAD.  I am willing to do whatever.  With a companion that is learning spanish, I have a large majority of the time to speak.  My spanish is growing so fast and my teachings are getting better and better everyday.  Haha his first day he didnt really talk, so my mouth hurt so much that night.  He is learning so fast though and I am so grateful for this opportunity. 
   We are working with other families and references.  We are looking good for the first weeks in November but we will have some dates for the end of November.  We are working hard and I love and miss you guys so much.  I thank you for teaching me how to work hard in everything.  There are missionaries here who dont know how to work hard.  I wish the best for the family.  Sounds like you guys are always doing awesome.  Tell AJ to answer my emails.  Slacker REturn MisSionARy...  Always remember why we are here, and where we are going.
I love you guys so much.  You mean the most to me and I am always praying for your success Spiritually.
Elder Gubernick


Families Can Be Together Forever

To explain how this week was, I sent some pictures.  We ended up having the sweetest wedding and baptism.  So many members were involved helping out and everything.  Both of the services were remarkable.  We baptized a FAMILY!!!  They were so happy.  As you can see in the pictures, Wilber, the groom wore my suit, haha he looked pretty good.  We had many investigators there to watch and two of them have dates for this Sunday and the following.  Martín and Giovanni.  They told us that they were so happy for them and cant wait for thier own baptism.  They felt the Spirit sooo strong.   This was a day I will never forget.  I am attached to this couple, they made so many changes and leaps of faith with their baby and everything.  They should get their baby soon.
    We had interviews with President and it was such an awesome experience to talk to this man who knows so much and loves us so much.  He had some good stuff to say about our area and our work.  He also told me that soon I will have to lead in the area, basically telling me that my companion is going to leave.  I am excited for a change but I am sad that he will be leaving.  He will be missed.
  We also had the most amazing opportunity to go to the temple yesterday.  We did a session as a zone and my zone is so sweet. First time in the temple of San Salvador and what an spiritual experience.  As missionaries we are engulfed in this gospel.  Going to the temple was a well needed moment to sit back and count my blessings.  Also to focus on the most important promises I have made in my life.  I understand more and more everytime we go.  It was so fun and well needed.
  The missionary work is killing it right now.  We were really busy this week doing all this stuff.  We are still trying to baptized 6 this month.  We have another family that is looking positive but they will need to be more committed.
    You guys all sound so happy and ready to take on the challenges of the world.  You are an example to my investigators of how a family can be together and enjoy the blessings of this gospel.  I hope that you guys are having success in your life.  Brothers and sisters, thank you for everything and your example to the people here in El Salvador.  Mom and Dad Thanks for everything, you know everything you have done for me.  If I tried to write it out, I would be here for days.  This work really does bless the family.  I hope you can see the little blessings every day.  Whether it is in your jobs or in your health.  He always provides.  Trust in him.
    I hope you guys have an awesome week. 
Your Son, Brother, Nepew, Grandson, and friend,
Elder Gubernick

General Conference


   Whats up guys?!!!!  How was the conference for you guys?  Wow! we were shocked here with everything that happened.  I love conference and feel so bad for not listening all those years. I want to dedicate this letter to CADE... As you all know, the age to serve changed.  Cade! Are you preparing, this is a huge change but it is revelation directly from GOD.  For some reason he wants younger boys and girls to serve.  With this change their will be a boom of new missionaries all over the world.  In your situation Cade, this is a blessing.  With the whole BYU situation and the grades, all you have to focus on now is your grades and your spiritual growth.  Are you prepared Cade?  You should be fine if you are going to seminary and taking it seriously.  READ the Book of Mormon and learn, learn, and learn... PRAYYYYY man seriously, how are you doing with these things.  I hope you all enjoyed conference and learned alot.
    I loved conference and so did all my investigators.  Mom, no she didnt hear that talk but we are going to get it for her because I thought the same exact thing...she needs to hear this.  Other than that, we are dominating hear in Piramidal.  I love the success we are having but we are trying to be humble.  The wedding is still on for this wednesday and the baptism to follow.  We put a date with Martin two nights ago for the 21st of October and a date with Maria Lena for the 28th.  We are going to have at least 6 baptisms this month and we are soooo stoked.  Dad I am so glad to hear work is going well and you are recieving the benefits of this work.  Temporal and Spiritual.  Read Mosiah 3:41 the key to success... I love you fam.

Love you guys!

A Wedding and A Baptism

Dear Family,

   Once again, thanks for the package...  I have been snacking on that all week and all the companions have been snacking on that.  I got a card from the Garlocks and I am stoked for John.  Tell John Congratulations, I am really proud of him.  The girl looks sweet too.  The pictures of Australia are sweet pops, working hard.  Mom the scriptures I am talking about are the small, English ones that are like Orange.  Look in the box next to the TV to the right and down.  If you are sending a package can you send the scriptures, another pair of pants, black, razors, and nutella again.  But if you can send the pictures sometime this week that would be awesome.  I just want pictures the week before my mission with the family and my friends and just a bunch of pictures.  Also maybe a picture of my baptism would be sweet too.   I heard from Bergen! Sounds like volley ball is fun.  Work hard as a freshman...It will pay off.  Dont slack in school.  How are your grades?

    Well now with the good news.  My area has turned around a whole 180 degrees.  The first month we had no one to teach no one progressing.  The past two weeks we have brought 6 and 7 people to church and we have families and people that are so powerful.  Right now we are working with a lot of people who have dates and are preparing for the month of October.  With Grisselda and Wilber, we are planning a BautiBoda...A wedding and baptism in the same day.  This couple is sweet and they have a little baby in the hospital.  Grisselda was pregnant with twins.  They lost one and the other is sick in the hospital.  The miracle is we taught Grisselda the first time and taught the Plan of Salvation of course.  She was touched and so were we.  We then met the husband and starting teaching him.  As she starting keeping her commitments and coming to church this couple started to see miracles.  They started to see their little baby get better in the hospital.  They will get their baby back before the wedding and baptism.  They have such strong testimonies that when the keep a commandment they are going to get blessings.  Expect pictures in two weeks of a wedding and baptism and pictures in one year when we come back to visit them get sealed in the temple...!
   We also are teaching Martin who is also the most committed guy I have ever seen.  He told us already he is going to get baptized but he doesn't just want to get baptized.  He wants to literally leave his sins behind, get a calling, and serve a mission later in his life with his girlfriend who is a member.  He has a date for the 14th as well.
   We are working with two kids in families that are split up.  We will have two youth baptisms in October as well...
   We found the other day anothe miracle.  This women named Xiomara is very poor and humble. We were teaching her the first vision for the first time and she Asked us the name of this 14 year old boy.  We told her about Joseph Smith and she told us that she had that name in her mind for some reason.  She is going to get baptized this month too.  She is awesome.
    CONFERENCE is this week.  I am soo stoked and so are our investigators.  I can't wait and I know we will be spiritually fed.
I love you guys so much.  I don't have much time because we are goiung to Presidents House to Watch a movie and eat lunch for PDAY.  Love you guys so much and Keep working hard.  All is well!!!

 Elder Gubernick

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Best Day So Far


   I got all your emails and everything.  I GOT THE PACKAGE... thank you so much.  The cable works, and the snacks are awesome.  Thank you so much mom and dad.  I got a letter from Grandma and Grandpa and that was awesome too.  I really appreciate all the love here.  I feel bad for the other missionaries who dont get anything.  I know its expensive so you dont have to keep it up but I appreciate it.  
  Well... This week was the best week in my mission.  to be more specific, the 23 of September was the best day yet.  Why?  We started our day of normal.  We went to this couple that we are talking to that are taking the lessons and progressing super fast.  They were our focus and we went to teach them more stuff to prepare them for baptism.  They are not married yet so they need to get married.  This is a problem!  We went and taught them and talked about this problem.  They told us that they were ready and this message is true.  They are going to get married in October and baptized the next day.  We are marrying people HAHA!!!!
   Then we went to another girl who we are teaching who has a boyfriend that is a member.  We taught her the Law of Chastity invited her to get baptized and she said yes.  She is getting baptized the first week in October too.  This day was miraculous.  I will always remember this day.  We have some really positive people right now.  We are expecting big things this month.  I hope all things will work out.  
Happy Birthday Neno!!! You have been an awesome example to me and my family, as to how to be a member of this church.  Thank you for Everything!  pero ¿cuantos años tiene? No sabemos!

Happy Birthday Marissa!!! Your not a little teenager any more.  Enjoy the real life!

Family, keep doing awesome.  Dad good luck in Australia, take pics and send them to me.  Mom, keep taking care of the kids and sending me your love.  I know your worried but I am fantastic.  Brothers and Sisters, make me proud in sports and at BYU and in everything.  Love you all!!!

Elder Gubernick

Working Hard

Dear Family,

How much money do you get every month? About 185 a month, I took out some from my credit card to buy a couple of things and folders for my scriptures.
How are your feet with all the walking? No, the mission comes with a lot of dolores but this is not one of them. 
Do you ride the bus a lot and how much does it cost you? Average amount costs 20 cents.
How are your shoes? Hanging in there, comfy.  My boots came in handy, look at the pictures.
Do you live with another companionship? We want to see pictures of your
apt. inside.  Does the maid live with you or close to you? No only us two, our house is nice and no our cook lives close and our laundry person works near us.
Are there alot of bugs there? Especially in the jungle area. Yeah, there are these giant grass hoppers that can fly, alacranes or scorpions, and more but we dont see them that often.
I am still waiting to hear from Cade and Bergen... The family sounds magnificent.  Keep up with the updates, it doesn't make me homesick, only when I see a picture of the beach that Leslie Dougherty sent Elder Dougherty who fowarded it to me.  Please dont send me pics of the beach or talk about the Hurley Pro haha.  
   I have not gotten the package yet but it should come this wednesday.  I hope it has my English Scriptures and the cord.  Other than that I will be grateful for whatever.  
   This week was a little different.  I had a different outlook on the mission.  Instead of focusing on the numbers like we always try not to do, we worked very hard following the section in Preach My Gospel about a Succesful Missionary. Love the people, follow the rules, and if you can feel the spirit testify through you, you are serving successfully.  I worked hard with this and I could see the fruits of my labor.  We found two more families that are preparing for baptism.  The only problem is, they arent legally a familly yet or in other words, "están acompañados", living together before marriage not living the law of chastity.  We are having success with this family teaching them the Law of Chastity and we are expecting the baptism of one of the families at the end of this month.  One of these in particular is a little weird.  This girl is 15 years old, she is with this 17 year old kid who is a member.  This girl is living in our area with this kid and her mom lives in San Salvador and doesnt have a dad.  Therefore, to get married there is paper work necessary.  We got the paper worked signed and everything.  All we need is them to live in different houses and they are getting married in december.  Pray for this family and pray that this girl can get baptized the 29 of September.
    I could write alot more about this area but I want to keep it simple.  We are teaching a bunch, we drop people when they can't progress, and we are continually finding new people.  The Catholics are hard, I won't lie.  But we are working hard and enjoying the weather.  When it rains it is beautiful.  I love and miss you guys.  How's the missionary work in Irvine?  There is always room for imporvement.  If Cade can, go serve with the missionaries.  The best way to learn is do.  Thank you for writing me and telling me all about the life in California.  Keep up the good work.  Good Luck Bergen in Volleyball, Cade in Football and school, and Aj in school.  Mom and Dad keep up the good work providing for us kids, we are grateful for your love and your work.  Although we don't show it sometimes we will always love you.

Elder Gubernick

Getting in the Water



How close do you live to the mission home?  I tried to look up pirimidal on Google and it didn't even show up..TRY Piramidal (with an A, spell it right and see if that works)  I live rather close to the home and office.  About 15 min in bus.
What is the closest big city to you? SANTA ANA, but look up Paraiso or Modelo 
How's your health?  Pocito más gordo.  Haha I weigh 160 but I am am actually exercising alot and feel like I am getting in better shape.  Without the cannon center haha I am eating alot more healthy.
How is the missionary work going? Unbelievable
What have you been doing on P Days? We play basketball, write the family, watch movies, buy groceries.
I noticed that there are ruins in El Salvador. Do you guys get to visit them ever on your mission?  I haven't heard anything about that I doubt it.  We will go after.
How close to the temple are you? 45 minutes in bus, we have trips every three months.  President loves us to constantly be thinking of the temple.

As you can see from the picture we baptized a family!  Familia Hernandez.  The are so powerful.  It was an awesome experience that I will not forget and that I should be getting used to.  I am starting to understand a little more about this work and I think I have felt only a part of the joy and happiness this work has in store.  In my life I admit I have been a little self centered and I used to think alot about myself.  The mission changes people for this aspect.  In reality, I think about my investigators 24/7.  What are we going to teach them? What do they need? Can we help them with this? Why are they doing that? Its very rare that I think what do I need or, what am I going to do for myself.  I am pretty sure this is exactly what I needed.  
    This week was one of my favorite weeks in the mission.  We baptized the Hernandez family and they are so active.  I baptized two of the daughters.  17 year old Ingred and 14 year old Katherine.  The bishop baptized the Dad and my  Comp baptized the mom.  It was marvelous and I could truly remember my baptism, being in the font with dad and looking through the glass at my whole family.  I also could remember how dad would say he is going to hold me under longer than usual.  My first baptism was succesful.  I watched my companion struggle a little because he is rather new too.  He had to re baptize the mom.  I learned the tricks and It was a succesful first experience.  
   We are still teaching the Escobar Family.  They drink coffee and we are working super hard with them.  We are still teaching Esmeralda, the mom of another Hernandez family.  We put a date for the 23rd with her and we are going to start visiting her every day so she can progress and prepare faster for this date.  We have some new families and people we are teaching.  We will see how they can progress this week if they go to church.  Thank you so much for praying for these awesome people.  I love you guys so much.  
    I heard from the one and only, ALEX MACDONALD yesterday in a DearElder.  It was probably the coolest thing every to hear from him.  He truly cares about me and It was the coolest letter.  He told me about the last days with door and what he did over summer.  He had some awesome questions and told me how Cade is maturing and staying strong.  I love you AMAC.  He told me how he feels the Spirit when he reads my letters.  His life is going well right now and he has God to thank.  I hope I have been a good example to my friends and my siblings.  I have seen the power of examples in my life.  I also heard from Marissa who is sending me ties.  What an awesome friend.  I heard from Elder Congo, Elder Reese, Elder DOOR.  the gang all in the field.  
     I didn´t get transfered, nor my companion.  We have too much work to do here to be changed.  We have the families ready, we just need to baptize them.  We are so close with these families.  I hope we can convert them in the hearts so they can be active leaders in this church.  There are some more pictures of the jungle I have to walk through to get to some of our investigators.  It is so awesome and exactly the experience I hoped for.  I am looking foward to the package.  Thank You so much.  I hope the family is doing alright.  Grandma and Grandpa, Neno and the whole family.  I can see how blessed we are as a family all in the same church, the one and only true church of God.  Send my love to them and I wish you all the best.  Work hard and keep making me proud.  I love you guys and pray for you all the time.  

"The feeling of love from our Heavenly Father is like a gravitational pull from Heaven.  As we remove the distractions that pull us toward the world and excercise our agency to seek him, we open our hearts to a celestial force which draws us toward him!"

Elder Gubernick

Welcome to the Jungle

The Work in Piramidal

Dear Family,
The questions are awesome.
Did you feel the earthquake? No
What were you doing when it happened? Sleeping
How close are you to the ocean? They said there were tsunami warnings. 
Water is not an issue here.  They supply us with 3 big jugs every two 
weeks and also we have the filter.  It is safe my pro biotics are 
awesome and so is my stomache. 
How's your weight? Lost or gained? Gained 10 from the CCM and maintaing 
here, I am getting jacked as Cade would say.
  From these questions I can tell you still worry about me.  They take 
care of the missionaries.  They honestly make sure we are safe and 
healthy.  I lost my voice the other day from talking alot and the rain 
and the nurse called me to make sure I was alright.  I told her that i 
just lost my voice.  They really do take care of us trust me. 
     I spent alot of time in San Salvador this week for all the 
residence stuff.   The office messed up a number on my records so I had 
to go back to San Salvador again.  This is wasted time but it is always 
awesome because I get to eat Wendys or KFC or anything I want.  We 
always get to go to the temple for a little bit to just to watch it. 
    Therefore not alot went down this week.  However, that new family 
we found, familia Escobar, is awesome.  We are having success but we 
are not baptizing.  I have realized I am in one of the more rich 
areas.  Half my area is jungle remember and half my area is the rich 
Catholic pastors.   We teach a lot of people everyday but we struggle 
to truly convert and get in the water.  We are looking to have a good 
month of September.  I know you pray for me all the time and especially 
my health but I humbly ask that you pray for the families and people we 
teach here.  We have so many people close to baptism.  They all have 
certain challenges and have to work so hard to overcome them.  The work 
here in Piramidal is moving alot.  We will baptize this month so expect 
pictures.  That is a promise and one of my goals.  I honestly thought 
this country would be more receptive but in reality, Central America is 
very catholic.  We have to work hard .  
   We had another meeting with President today and so I dont have that 
much to write.  I will have alot more to write next week.
    I love and miss you all, tell Jeff I said congrats and Molly too.  
Tell the whole extended family I miss them.  Enjoy this week and make 
the best of it.
Elder Gubernick

Feeling the Spirit

Dear Family, 

   Have you really already forgotten about me, is time going by fast or slow for you?  For me time is slipping away.  Before the mission I looked at 2 years a lot differently, almost like a burden.  It is starting to slowly seem like not enough time.  When the missionaries would tell me I wish I could go back or start over I didn't believe them.  I do now because I have had some awesome experiences and I haven`t even baptized yet.  Simply by seeing the changes in other people, I have receive more joy and peace in a way I have never felt.  It is different because I think of our family trips and how good and happy I felt but that is because we are a family who has this gospel and the guidance of or Heavenly Father.  As a 19 year old kid I have the calling to help and teach other people and when we teach with the power and authority of the Spirit I get this warm feeling.  A feeling that everyone talks about.  We try to point this out to everyone one we teach.  The way you feel right now is the Spirit, it is trying to testify the truthfulness of this message.  You can feel this feeling more often, you just have to follow us onto the path of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  
    We had some awesome lessons today, very powerful lessons.
    We taught a 20 year old young woman.  She had some problems with the law of chastity and she has been taught this lesson many times.  She has been taught all the lessons many times but has told my companion that she is addicted and can't stop and that her father in heaven understands her problem and that she is fine.  She wants to change but this is her challenge.  We prayed hard about what we should teach her and what do you know, La Expiaciòn.  The Atonement.  A little more background about her.  She comes to church every Sunday, she has a lot of support in the church because her boss/ basically her mom is a member.  She goes to institute every now and then throughout the week and she knows the lessons.  Anyway, we began teaching the lesson with pictures, diagrams, and paintings of Christ.  We taught her with sincere love for her progression.  It was a powerful lesson and we all felt the spirit.  She began to cry and tell us her situation over again and she told us that after the lesson prior to this one she decided to try and stop her bad decisions and change.  She told us that she had been doing well and this was what she needed.  We extended an invitation  to be baptized and she accepted.  She told us she didn`t know when exactly but we are going to try and put a date for the 2 of September.  She is ready and we need to follow up with her.  Satan works hard on our investigators with dates.  She is awesome though.
    We also saw the fruits of our labor and our focus in finding families.  While tracting we walked past the family I asked you guys to pray for.  We said hey and the mom called us over.  There was a young girl buying something from her shop, and the mom of this family said hey elders, teach this girl.  We began talking to this girl and at first she acted real shy saying "no i didnt say i want to be taught" but then she opened up and invited us in to teach.  We walked in thinking, oh we need to find a family, lets teach her real quick.  However, we walked in and she went into the back and brought out 2 brothers and 2 other sisters.  A family of 6 kids and 2 parents.  The parents live in North Carolina.  We were so shocked how interested this family was and all the kids were listening carefully.  Familia Escobar.  They are awesome and becuase of the Munguìa family, we are able to teach these golden investigators.  We see the Lords  hand in our work this week.  Thank you family for praying for my investigators and me.  I learn more and more about this gospel everyday.  I can`t wait to get in the water to baptize.  We had to push a few more dates back.  Keep praying for them and I am sure we will have a lot of success the month of September.  
    I miss you guys and love you so much.  I know you guys are busy, but you are never to busy for the Lord.

    Elder Gubernick

Basketball with the President

Dear Family,
    This week flew by me.  I wonder why...the prophets say when you get lost in the work, time loses you.  Can you believe it has almost been 3 months.  Crazy.  I feel like just yesterday we were eating JDAWGS.  I will tell you why I think this week flew by.  Because we are so busy.  Progressing investigators: Carlos, Ronald, Nery, Patty, William, Familia Munguía, Lorenzo, Hilda, Grisselda and Josseline.
    Right after I wrote you guys last week I went out to play basketball with my zone and a car rolled up.  Yupp that looks like Presidents car.  President hops out with his shoes on and a ball.  Lets Play he said.  It was so hilarious because we were all just in shock.  How often do you get to play with President.  SO we split up and President gets first pick.  "Elder Gubernick" I was suprised and thought oh since I am new he doesnt want me to be picked last.  Turns out that President can ball.  He is 43 years old or so and still has it.  Latinos as you know can't play basketball and also kids from Utah.  Therefore, me and President ran the court all day.  President is probably the most competitive guy out there, I wanted to pull out a page in the white handbook and "machete" him as they call chastising him but I figured he's on my team and we are dominating.  Haha It was a cool experience and an awesome second impression with the President. 
    We set two dates for baptism.  26 de Agosto for Herman Carlos.  53 years of age, doesnt understand much but has a sincere desire to change.  He is an awesome guy and will probably be my first baptism.  There is a mission goal for all the new missionaries to baptize in their first month.  It will be awesome to mark that goal off.  We set an iffy date with Ronald who told us for sure he will be baptized, he just doesnt know when.  We are going to whip out the big guns with him and tell him that this is his trial of faith and that the sooner he enters the waters of baptism the sooner her will reap the blessings of this decision.  A member family, the Contreras family is huge in this conversion.  He is looking to be baptized the 2 of September but we want to push it foward for the 26th as well.
   We are planning on setting more dates this upcoming week.  One sister who had a problem with the law of chastity before I cam here.  For some reason we decided to visit her, out of random and she told us that she decided to commit and leave these things behind and how she has a firm desire to be baptized.  She has 4 asistencias so she is ready and we will put a date for the 26th this month. 
  WE FOUND OUR FAMILY!  Families are my favorite and we are teaching this family.  Hermano Rolando, Hermana Mabel, Orlando 12 years old, and Kevin 7.  Little Orlandito wants to get baptized and the mom likes the plan of salvation.  Our big challenge is the papa.  He has some gnarly questions and doesnt believe in the formation of church because it is run by men and corrupt.  This is perfect because our church is so unique in that noone gets paid.  He was fascinated that we pay for our missions and that our tithing goes straight to the church and to no one.  This church is voluntary.  He is a smart guy and he will figure it out.  As a family, Will you pray especially for this family?  Will you keep the Mungía Family in your prayers? We need to baptized them so they can go to the temple in about a year and get sealed.  Please! 
   Many more investigators but these are our focuse right now. 
   The language again I learn more and more every day.  It is gnarly what the gift of tongues can do.
   We had a MULTI ZONE meeting this week and I learned so much.  President Cordón and his wife talked about many things that for some reason I just needed.  It was awesome and we always eat good food.
   I heard from Sister Larsen, Heidi Debbie and everyone.  Everyone seems to be doing so well.  COUNT YOUR MANY BLESSINGS.  You have a lot more than you think.
   I had a gnarly spiritual experience last night.  Basically we taught the Munguía family last night and we promised some blessings and answers through the direction of the spirit.  The spirit was so strong and this man who is usually very comical and outgoing just listened and meditated as we bore testimony.  I bore testimony of the importance of families in this gospel.  I showed him our christmas card and told him that this happiness only comes through the knowledge of unity for eternity.  I know he felt the spirit and desired to know.  We left him and his family to read 3 Nephi 11 because this also answered one of his questions.  We left and before I went to bed I decided to read this chapter over again for myself in English.  I again felt the comfort of the scriptures and a good feeling.  When I finished, my patriarchal blessing fell out and I read it.  Everyone always says they find something knew every time the read it.  Yeah I never believed that until last night.  I read my blessing and there were words I know were not there before.  I have read this blessing so many times and It didnt mention much about my mission.  But there they were, the specific words close to this "the spirit will put thoughts and words in your mind and they will be believed by others..." This was an awesome experience.  I pray for this family every night, every time i Pray.  Please Help me pray for this family because I have mentioned, I have left my family for 2 years, to help other families live together forever.
    This week was awesome I learned so much.  I know this church I testify of everyday is the one and only, el mismo iglesia Jesucristo estableció muchos años pasado.  I love Spanish so much.  I love Preach My Gospel.  I love my companion.  I love my area.  I love you guys so much. 
Be safe and so will I.
Till we meet again...
Elder Reed Allen Gubernick

Piramidal, Santa Ana

Dear Loving Family,

      Well lets start now.  I loved hearing from everyone this week.  Bergen and Cade, you sound awesome.  Have an awesome experience at EFY.  Meet friends, thats where I met Marissa.  You will have those friends forever.  Have fun. I love hearing from Madeline and Ramsey as well.  I keep in touch with Elder Reynolds too haha.  Yes the only thing I need is pictures.  If you could send them to the office I am sure they will get to me.  Everything else is just perfect.  I didnt expect it to be going by this fast, but everyone says it does, and it really does.  When we work hard, we have fun, and when we have fun, we teach effectively.  When we teach effectively, we baptize.  I havent got to baptize yet but I will soon.  We are so close with a couple of people.  I did however get to confirm a recent convert this week and it was an awesome experience.  The of my biggest challenges, but it is coming along.  I wish I could talk to you dad right now to see what you think.  I can fluently read spanish, I hope thats worth something.  And also I had a dream in Spanish last night about something I forgot.  SWEET The people talk so wierd here.  I am in Piramidal a town right outside of a big city Santa Ana.  It is average size but alot of people.  The people here are in the middle class range.  About 10% of the members have cars.  It is a semi poor area but there are alot worse.  The members are awesome.  We teach alot with the members in the ward that have just returned from their missions and I learn alot.  My comp has only 3 months in the field and is training me so we need all the help we can get.  My first week and his 3 month and we are together, both fairly new, a challenge President say neccesary .  I love it because we both teach each other.  Our district is awesome, the Hermanas are awesome too.
      Currently, we have 7 progressing investigators.  The 3 closest to baptism are NERY GUITERREZ, a 19 year old and he came to the temple with us for a little ground walking.  He had an awesome experience at the temple and we are extending an invitation this week.  He is so close and so interested.  Our next one is WILLIAM.  He lived in LA for a short time and honestly keeps every commitement.  He told us he will get baptized but we havent set a date because we have only taught him 2.  He has problems with his family and is thinking about moving down the street so he can fully commit to this gospel.  He is awesome.  Next is a 24 your old man named RONALD.  He is a good friend of a member so it is awesome.  He comes to church every week and we taught him this week and he said he is going to get baptized too but he just doesnt know when.  A committment will change his mind.  These three are the closest.  A mission goal is for the new missionaries to baptize in their first month.  I am shooting for this goal.  I cant send pictures cause I dont have a cord to connect it, but I am looking to buy one.  I have some good pics of the temple and other things.  
    Like I said, the people here look ASIAN.  It is awesome.  Everyone feeds us, non members, members, and even investigators.  Even if they dont like us, they will feed us.  The food here is delicious.  Hermana Arisely is our cook and she makes bomb soups and meals.  I forgot to mention this last week.  When the people talk here they say "MON" all the time.  "va pues mon"  Puchica mon"  like Jamaicans.  Its hilarious and I have been saying it on accident haha.  The dialect here is different but awesome.  Everything is better than I expected.  The spiritual experiences I have everyday dont compare to the life in the world.  I can see my Heavenly Father help me and the people I teach.  His hand is in this work.  When I testify, I can feel the power of my calling.  I hope I can continue to progress in this work and in the language.  With a larger vocabulary and a better grasp on PMG, the Lord will help us as instruments convert the people of this area.  My testimony grows everyday.  Especially about the importance of families.  Some of the responses i get when I ask, Cree que su familia puede ser juntos para siempre? are unbelievable because some people just dont believe it is possible.  We have the restored gospel and with that comes the knowledge of the Pan of Salvation.  I am thankful for this knowledge and I know my calling is here in EL Salvador.   "A missionary is a willing worthy young man who leaves his family for two years to help others live with their families for eternity"   This is my purpose and our mission has a strong emphasis in finding families.  I love this emphasis.  We have 2 families that are progressing but families are hard to maintain.  I have faith that teaching families is possible, and I cant wait to save my first family.  
     Thank you all for your love and support.  I pray for you back home everyday.  Be safe and count your many blessings.  You live in the UNITED STATES for crying out loud.  Enjoy it.  Don't worry about me.  Love you all.
Obedezca como NEFI
Ore como ENOS
Predique como ABINIDI
Bautice como ALMA
Sirva como AMMON
Luche como MORONI
Ame como Jesucristo

     With Love, Your Son
     Elder Gubernick