It seems every boy, no matter the age, loves to smash stuff. It’s even better still, when it’s walls, bricks or anything of structure. Saturday morning, boys, “young” and “old”, with gloves and goggles in place, will begin the demolition of the Hunsaker home for an expansion, accommodating Gates and his new mode of transportation (Brian and Cherie, if you’re reading this and this is news to you… I’m sorry, I’m only the messenger).
|Gentry, Gates, Avery and Reese|
Wednesday morning, before the sun’s light settled on Gates’ hometown, several men congregated to discuss a remodel of the Hunsaker’s current floor plan. The blueprints, electrical, framing, insulation, HVAC, lighting, ramps, elevators, finish work and everything in-between was deliberated. Each one of these charitable brethren sought additional responsibilities for said projects, bargaining for more chance to serve. These willing souls are experts in their field of construction, development and engineering; no better team could be assembled to accomplish this task.
“True faith is focused in and on the Lord Jesus Christ and always leads to righteous action. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that ‘faith [is] the first principle in revealed religion, and the foundation of all righteousness’ and that it is also ‘the principle of action in all intelligent beings.’ Action alone is not faith in the Savior, but acting in accordance with correct principles is a central component of faith. Thus, ‘faith without works is dead’ (James 2:20).” – Elder David A. Bednar
Gates is doing the work(s); it’s up to us to use our faith, a focused faith, on the healing process. As we collectively prayed for Gates’ increased ability to breathe, a miracle happened and he was blessed to progress without the assistance of the tracheotomy. As of today, Gates, though he has feeling in his hands, has no use of his lower forearms and wrists. I’m astounded daily when considering all I take for granted; what a blessing it is have wrist function and mobility.
As Gates rehabilitates over the next six-weeks, these updates will slow from their daily arrival. Each post will have a focus as to where we can demonstrate our faith in prayer. At this time, our prayers and faith should be focused on Gates receiving the blessing of use of his lower arms and wrist. This function is the difference between Gates in a wheelchair which he can push himself and one that requires a joystick.
“Breaking News” in Gates’ recovery will come immediately upon its delivery to me.
Finally, though posts won’t be new each day, our prayers for him should continue with the same fervor with which they’ve persisted the last two and a half weeks. Gates is now feeling well enough to spend time reading the blog, so another plea to leave your messages for Gates, is where I will end tonight.
|Cherie, Avery, Gentry, Brian, Reese, Brian, Gates,|
Grandma and Grandpa Hunsaker
(Gates' Ordination to Elder)