As seen by the pictures, comments and stories, friends are the one thing of which Gates has no shortage of supply. His farewell was one of the largest congregations I’ve seen in all my years of sacrament meeting attendance, filling the overflows, both foyers and even the choir seats.
Almost exactly 24 hours after his accident, a scurry of electronic media brought a few of Gates’ friends together for an impromptu assembly. Buddies already serving missions and dozens of other classmates on spring break allowed for those away to be there, only in spirit. Meanwhile, cell phones, set on the ground and coffee table, were used to broadcast the meeting from Logan to Provo and beyond.
The group met at Christine Cole’s place, with Kirsten Laurence companioning the efforts; Brother Hanna, 2nd Counselor to Bishop Nelson, of Gates’ home ward, presided over the meeting.
He shared with them the importance of sincere and united prayer. He explained to the youth (40+ physically in attendance, countless others in their hearts) what had transpired just the night previous.
Brother Hanna expressed, “Friends are really crucial for Gates. There will be different stages in his healing process where Gates will need long term companions who will love him, and be with him, throughout his life.”
This army of youth knelt, reverently, heads bowed in humble prayer.
The Savior instructed his disciples, saying, “If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (St. Matthew 18:19-20).
These kids have heard call! They are the “reward” at the end of Gates’ therapy drenched day. Please continue to visit, post comments, leave messages and especially pray for Gates.
By way of update, Gates’ day was about the same as yesterday and the forecast shows more of the same tomorrow. He starts with the occupational therapy, then works out in physical therapy, followed by a lunch break, speech therapy and like clockwork the “every four-hour” respirational therapy.
The “carrot” is the 3:30pm theoretical bell where visitors are welcome.
A tab, in the administrator’s section of this blog, caught my eye last night. People have viewed this page from: The United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Mexico, Australia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, France and more.
Thank you, for all the emails to firstname.lastname@example.org offering encouragement, stories of personal triumph over tribulation, fun anecdotes of Gates and offers to help, have poured in.
As an FYI: Friends of Gates have put together various fundraising activities and opportunities for those looking to help. Each one of these activities was done at the discretion of Gates’ friends and not the Hunsaker family.
Many of the events were orchestrated to take place on the same day, thus an informational page has been created for any looking to participate. Please click the link to see the page: Gates' May Day
All proceeds go to Gates and his speedy recovery.