Thursday, April 21, 2011


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 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.


  1. Gates you have many friends & family who loves you & will be by your side all the way just as the scripture says in the blog for today. Im telling you, I tell you this everyday, Tears roll down my check because I feel the spirit so strong as read of you everyday. Fund raisers are being done out of love. Its all over the world what an example & inspiration you are. I get messages all the time from my friends & family asking of you. They dont know you, but they know of you & are praying daily for you & your family. Love you Gates keep up the good work.

  2. Gates, My name is Angie Fennemore. My husband John and I have met you, but when you were much younger. Your parents were in our ward when we were first married and we were also part of a dinner group with them for quite a while. They are amazing people and the way you are handling this is also a tribute to them and how they have raised you. What an incredible example you have been so far in this challenge you are facing. You are not only meeting it head on, but with absolute faith. I have shared your experience with my friend and she has been following your blog with her family as well. She shared a quote with me that is so applicable to how you are handling this. President Hinckley said, "In my 90+ years, I have learned a secret. I have learned that when good men & women face challenges with optimism, things will always work out! Truly, things always work out! Despite how difficult circumstances may look at the moment, those who have faith and move forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out." (Way to Be, p. 84). Keep that optimistic attitude as often as possible. Heavenly Father is keenly aware of everything you are experiencing and is very anxious to carry you through. You are continually in our prayers. Keep pressing forward! Love, The Fennemores

  3. Gates, just got home again from another trip and saw that you have been moved out of ICU and into therapy. Fantastic news. We are watching closely and look forward to when you can come home.
    Take care and work hard.
    What a great attitude you have.
    Dennis and Jeri