Sunday, April 10, 2011

“Faith and hope are inseparable..."

When we started this blog, we asked the question, “What do we name it?”  There were various proposals made; we landed on the idea of “Gates, Hope and Miracles.”  This was no coincidence of sequence, “Gates” sounded a little like “Faith” and “Hope” and “Miracles” goes without saying.

“Faith and hope are inseparable. Hope enables [us] to have faith in the first instance and then because of faith that hope increases until [the miracle] is gained” - Elder Bruce R. McConkie

Today, because of our collective Faith and Hope…  another Miracle was wrought. 

As my fingers work on the keyboard, my cheeks are bathed in tears.  “But behold, I will show unto you a God of miracles, even the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and it is that same God who created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are.”  - Mormon 9:11.

Brian, while positioned at the side of his prostrate son, reached out his “big paw” and placed it on Gates’ left hand. 

Gates acknowledged the loving touch of his father.

When Brian recognized Gates’ reaction, he asked him, “Gates, do you feel me touching your hand?”  Gates, calling on the only response he could perform, nodded his head in the affirmative.

The nurse in the room hurriedly walked to the bedside.  She asked Brian to remove his hand and petitioned Gates to close his eyes.  She then asked, “Gates, do you feel me touching your hand.”  After only a brief moment, Gates responded, “No.”  The nurse was not touching Gates hand.

If we back up a couple nights ago, immediately after the surgeons left the waiting room while Gates lay in recovery, I overheard Brian say, with a cracked and emotional voice, “I just want Gates to be happy.  I pray he will have use of his hands; that would be a miracle in and of itself.”

By way of health, unfortunately, doctors found fluid in the upper portions of his lungs.  He has started a cocktail of antibiotics to fight off the infection, but this news, though frustrating, is to be expected.  It is common for individuals who have suffered injuries, such as Gates has suffered, to have small lapses in the healing process.

Gates has a long way to go; it’s understood.  We recognize the hand of our Father in Heaven thus far and carry on in prayer for Gates’ recovery, knowing full well this will not come without the continued faith and hope of all of us who keep Gates in our hearts. 

Again, the Hunsakers thank you and express their deepest appreciation to you for what you’ve done in your faithful efforts.

Miracles and Tender Mercies:
  • Gates was favored with the good fortune of sitting up twice today.
  • Visits from friends and family helped him, respirator and all, SMILE.

Gosh, Gates, we love you buddy!  


  1. Dang it, I'm sorry to hear about the fluid in Gates' lungs, but SO happy to hear he could feel his dad touching his hand that is amazing :)Gates you're an inspiration to us, hang in there!! We're still praying for you all daily, love you all!
    Thank you so much for keeping us all updated!

  2. Hi Hunsaker Family, you don't know me, but i was given a link to this blog by a mutual friend. I am very touched by the strength and faith that Gates and your family have. Your story also touches me, because we have a son Gates age and he is on his mission right now. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I believe Heavenly Father can perform miracles! Faith is powerful!

  3. Dear Hunsaker Family: Bridger Clayton is my son and is friends with Gates. Upon hearing of Gates accident, his entire district fasted at the MTC for him and continues to pray for him each and every day. Our family also has added Gates to our prayers. I appreciate the blog so much, this way we can follow and know for sure the progress and miracles that are happening to this sweet young man.

  4. i was lucky enough to enjoy his smile today. gates and i have been through a lot and we havent been as close as we used to but when i heard about his accident my heart went out to him and i care about him as much as a always have. he is amazing everyone with his progress so far! and i know that the fasting and prayers are so important. he has a huge support system, and his parents are two amazing people, he always told me how much he loves and respects them. ill keep on praying and fasting for him, and his family, and the miracles will keep happening! our heavenly father has something higher in store for gates, and he loves him so much. i know he would never give him a trial that he knew gates couldnt overcome.