Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Look how far...

At a restaurant, on a business trip to Minneapolis, sitting at a black table, perched on a raised stool and looking out a large plate glass window – that’s where I was.

I can envision perfectly the lines in the sidewalk where my eyes were fixed, staring, as I listened intently to the story of Gates just one week ago.  I’m sure we can all remember exactly where we were, the details of our circumstance and the indescribable feeling of your heart sinking, on this solemn anniversary.

However, even more clear, I will forever bear in mind the lump in my throat and the silly crack my voice made, overcome with emotion, as I attempted to share with Brian my joy in hearing Gates could feel, on his left hand, his dad’s touch.

Today, just one week after his accident, Gates is having tingling feelings in his right hand.  He had some issue last night with breathing but today Gates was a whole new man.  His breathing is much improved, giving proverbial “light at the end of the [ICU] tunnel” and new hope he’ll be transferred soon.
Brian reminded me yesterday, that it has been only a week since this misfortune occurred and said, “Look how far he’s come.” 

“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God … and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father in heaven. …” - Orson F. Whitney


  1. Thanks so much to whomever continues to do these daily updates..The comments give us as friends greater insight and perspective as to Gates life and family. It has been so insightful to learn of all the details leading up to and since arriving at the hospital. It is also touching and inspiring to learn of all the people both local and worldwide who are praying for Gates. We certainly are in our home doing the same and reaching out on Facebook to reach out to others who want to know more and pray and help anyway they can. Though Gates is not currently on his mission in Louisiana, his experience,the way he lives life, and the entire Hunsaker family, is touching people both of the LDS faith and outside of it. Gates experience is planting seeds, more than we will ever know, but those seeds the the kinds of seeds missionaries plant...keep the faith Gates and family...you're touching far more people now than you can imagine.

  2. Gates it was so good seeing you today. Thanks for letting us come and say hello. I think about you everyday and I'm praying for you, and i know my family and friends in Pittsburgh are praying for you too. You are so loved by everyone. I will see you again soon :)!!
    Lots of Love

  3. Gates, we are happy to hear of your improvement. Everyone prayers for you every day in our family. We have submitted your name in the Mt. Timp and Bountiful temples.
    Kurt and Jen Richter