I write to you from apartment 216 in Fairfield, Ohio! Elder McMichael (who is from Georgia and has been on his mission for 15 months) and I are working on getting used to the area and figuring out what we can do here. It's so beautiful everywhere out here! It's all rolling hills, tons of trees and shrubbery, and not too bad weather! Got all unpacked yesterday and met with the ward mission leader. He's quite the character. As are all the other people out here. I'm loving this work and love wearing this name tag. I know He's there by my side through it all and I know I couldn't do it without Him. This place is awesome and life's good! I love and miss you!
Elder Gunnoe with his Mission President and his wife (Elder and Sister Porter)
What a treat today to be able to email back and forth today with Elder Gunnoe. Instead of writing a letter for me to copy and paste I will be posting pieces of our "chat."
Elder Gunnoe said he loves his companions and has never been so close to 3 other guys in his life (even though he has only known them for 1 week). He said they are all doing well and are having so much fun together. They are looking forward to leaving for Cincinnati on July 24th.
Before Elder Gunnoe left he hadn't been eating much and he said that now multiple people have told him that he eats the most out of anyone in the district. Cole had asked Elder Gunnoe what was his favorite food and he replied that the MTC has the best Biscuits and Gravy (which he usually has 2 plates of) for breakfast, the best lunch is either the chicken wrap, orange chicken or BBQ wings and the best dinner was the night they all got Papa Johns pizza and either more BBQ chicken or wraps. I have also been spoiling him with brownies, lemon cake and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. We better be careful or we will be needing to send him new suits. Elder Gunnoe said they are able to work out either as a room in the residence hall with just body workouts or during gym time they play hard core basketball. It is good for him to stay fit!!
I asked Elder Gunnoe if his testimony has grown and he said "Quite a lot my friends. All I do is teach by the spirit." He said the devotional was great and that they were able to sit super close. Elder Hinckley was the speaker. He said they took a picture of all the missionaries in the MTC which has only happened 3 other times so we'll have to watch for it in the Church newspapers or magazines.
Here are a few of the pictures he sent:
Elder Conner Gunnoe with Elder JC Eastwood (his friend from back home who is going to Iowa on his mission).
Elder Conner Gunnoe and his District (minus one pair of Sisters) in front of the Provo, UT Temple.
Elder Conner Gunnoe with Elder Soper (his companion at the MTC who is also going to the Cincinnati Ohio Mission).
Elder Conner Gunnoe and his entire District at the MTC (including an instructor - the one with the white badge).
Elder Gunnoe sounds like he is doing amazing!! He only has a few days left at the MTC before leaving for his mission. We are so proud of him and know he will be an amazing missionary and will be blessed beyond measure for his service to the Lord and the people of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
We love you Elder Gunnoe!!
Week 1 (or first 4 days) at the MTC have been amazing! I am learing so much and growing so much it's amazing! My companion, Elder Soper, and I have grown close and are finding that we both are progressing in our teaching very quickly. Elder Bradshaw and Elder Martinez are our roomates. So Elder Soper (Manti Utah), Elder Bradshaw (Beaver Utah), Elder Martinez (Hatch New Mexico), Elder Pingel (Post Falls Idaho), Elder Fadely (south of Missoula Montana), Sister Parker (don't remember), Sister White (Glendale California), Sister Anderson (Orange County California), Sister Flannigan (Orem Utah), and I all make up District A in Zone 3 of the MTC. And our entire district is going to Cincinnati which is unheard of to have an entire district going to the same mission. So needless to say we are all bonding and learning together and growing close as we learn how to effectively teach and share the message of the gospel. I love all of them and we all can't wait to fly out on the 24th together to go to the field! The food is quite delicious here! Breakfasts are always good, lunches are varying styles, and dinners have all been appetizing. Last night was Pizza night and they ordered Papa Johns for the entire MTC! Oh ya I forgot to mention on wednesday I reported along with 839 other ready to serve missionaries! That's a lot by the way. Anyways this week we have just been going through class times and getting to know how the MTC works and what our purpose will be in the field. Yesterday we also had gym time which was super fun! We played knock out and I was beat by a sister missionary which I found to be quite humbling. Today during P-Day I am doing my laundry and writing this letter. The laundry room literally has like 100 washers and 100 dryers. It's kind of crazy but understandable with how many people are here. I love my companion and roomates. We all get along very well and are having a great time getting the most out of the MTC we can. I will have pictures to send next Saturday as we have things to do this weekend which I would like to include pictures of. I saw my main man Elder Eastwood the first day I was here and I saw him today as well. I have also seen a few people that I met at college which is quite awesome! I saw Sister Avarell the other day which was a nice surprise! Small world the MTC is! I'm in the main building's computer lab and being P-day the only thing you can hear is the very fast clitter clatter of fingers on the keyboards as missionaries write home to their parents! I am looking forward to the next 11 days with my companion and fellow elders and sisters in my district as we prepare to enter the mission field and do the work we were called to do! I hope all is well back home and I hope to hear from some of you as we stay in touch! I love letters but email is fine as well (i can only check it once a week for an hour). I love you all! I love the Lord and His Gospel and I know it to be true!