Sunday, April 24, 2011


Today is Easter Sunday.

Nineteen days ago my nineteen year old son's life took a sharp turn in a different direction than any one could have imagined. Words can't express how we feel. We are overwhelmed by this tragic accident that Gates is experiencing. We are equally overwhelmed by the outreach to Gates and our family of love, and support in so many ways.

“Incredible” is a word that Gates uttered to me while he lay in the ER room while I told him about the seriousness of his accident. “Incredible” is a word that I have uttered, under my breath, many times over the past 19 days as I try to comprehend all the implications of this accident on Gates and our family.

As I drove home yesterday morning from the hospital and turned the corner up Sunset Way I uttered the words "Incredible" again as viewed Sunset Way and the vehicle lined street while dozens of our friends, neighbors, and ward members were at our home lending support to our family.

We have been lifted and buoyed up by your support. This is a trial that Gates and our family will get through. The burden is heavy, but the burden has been made lighter by so many!

Many have been helping behind the scenes offering support to our family. We feel so blessed. I can't believe I can utter those words considering the magnitude of this accident. But I can say we are so blessed because so many are willing to make the burden a little lighter.

We love you!

Our family has been a huge support and we love you! I know Gates burden has been lifted by his amazing friends. They have been a huge support for him as well to our family. We knew Gates had great friends, but so many! You have been awesome we love you!


Brian and Cherie Hunsaker

“’Jesus’ perfect empathy was ensured when, along with His Atonement for our sins, He took upon Himself our sicknesses, sorrows, griefs, and infirmities and came to know these ‘according to the flesh’ (Alma 7:11–12). He did this in order that He might be filled with perfect, personal mercy and empathy and thereby know how to succor us in our infirmities. He thus fully comprehends human suffering. Truly Christ ‘descended below all things, in that He comprehended all things’ (D&C 88:6).

“Part of enduring well consists of being meek enough, amid our suffering, to learn from our relevant experiences. Rather than simply passing through these things, they must pass through us and do so in ways which sanctify these experiences for our good (see D&C 122:7). Thereby, our empathy, too, is enriched and everlasting.” – Elder Neal A. Maxwell


  1. brian and cherie,
    i think that you two are incredible parents. gates always told me how much he respects and loves you. and look at the person he has become! he wouldnt be who he is today without you, and he is pretty dang awesome :) you have been amazing examples to him.

  2. Brian and Cherie,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Gates, and your family. What a wonderful family you have and we can tell just by reading this blog, that your family has incredible strength and faith. Our hearts go out to you as you face this. What an amazing young man Gates is. We will continue to keep him in our prayers.
    Dan and Natalie Hill