Friday, October 20, 2017

Week 37: Miguel Aleman, Mexico.

Week 37:

This week I have seen a few miracles happen... The first of which is that its finally gotten a little bit colder around here. It has been super weird, my body has gotten accustomed to the heat here so when it dropped to like 70 degrees, I was freezing cold.  It was super weird to see my companion Elder De la Rosa end his 2 year mission and prepare to return home to his family. However, it was time and my new companion is Elder Polanco. He is from Mérida, Yucatan. For those who don't know Mexico very well, it is right next to Cancun. He has 15 months in the mission. It was been super cool to work with him this week, we were able to find alot of success!
Another little miracle we saw this week was the following: We have an investigator named Patricia and she has been listening to the missionaries since August of 2013. Never once has she excepted a baptism date for some personal doubts that she has. However Elder Polanco and I decided that we were going to invite her to be baptized knowing that she was most likely going to reject us. We had a super good lesson and at the end we gave her the invite and to our surprise she excepted the date. We obviously were shocked and we asked why she hadn't ever expected a date until now. She responded with a unique answer, she said "I never have felt the necessity to say yes until now". This has showed me that God has his time for all things. He has a perfect time for everything in this life. If we have confidence in this, EVERYTHING will eventually turn out to be alright! Hope all is well, take care everyone!

Pictures during transfers with Elder Ortiz! I also had to buy a new sweater today haha!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Week 34, Week 35, Week 36. Miguel Aleman, Mexico.

We have been having problems lately getting Jared's emails and when we do get them the pictures aren't coming through. So hopefully we now have it all and can update his blog!

Week 34: Special Week!

This week was extra special! We baptized our family of 3 on Sunday and confirmed them yesterday. I baptized the oldest Michelle, the bishop baptized Mauricio, and Elder De la Rosa baptized Christopher. Their mother showed up which was awesome. After the services, she came up and told us that she wants to start to hear the lessons! I am super happy for the Martínez family!
Today my district and I went to some of the waterfalls here in Monterrey. We went on like a 3 hour hike and it was awesome to get away from the city for once! It was also pouring rain which made the experience a lot better. We got super muddy and had a good time. 
I am super content with life right now as I have the opportunity to focus on this work! To focus on helping others come unto Christ. Its amazing to see a grand change take place in someones life. Everyone enjoy football for me please and take care! ¡Cuídense! 
-Elder Gibson
 

Week 35: ¡La vida es buena!

This week I am happy as could be. Became an uncle of a beautiful girl Evelyn Jo Clark! So excited for the time I can return to see this little one with my own eyes. We also had our zone conference and General Conference this past week. I was able to receive a ton of great counsel! After hearing 10 hours of General Conference in español, I`ll be honest my mind hurt just a little bit. The translators talked suuuuper fast.  To top off the week we played a whole lot of basketball today.
A little story of the week, because anything else I believe is boring for you all to read. We got a call from a family of the ward and told us that they had a neighbor who was having problems within her household. The family explained to this neighbor that people can dedicate a house and give blessings. They were interested so they gave us a call. As soon as we got the call we walked to their house and had a brief conversation with them. After we gave them a blessing and dedicated their house, we all felt the spirit very strongly. It was a great experience and after they told us that they desired to learn more. We have been teaching them and they are great! It is amazing to watch the ways the Lord prepares people to hear the message. This next week are transfers, so next Monday Ill know who my new companion is! Take care!

Love, Elder Gibson
(No pictures this week, they had a power outage so his time emailing was cut short)


Week 36: Transfers!

This week has been interesting! We got put in a trio companionship for this past week.  The companion of Elder Ortiz went home a week early to make it on time for his work, for this reason we has been with us. He is from Dominican Republic and crazy to say the least! We have been working in both areas this past week so that has been pretty nice to work out on a new area.

So yes, we had transfers! My companion Elder De la Rosa ended his mission so i knew that I was going to get a new companion. His name is Elder Polanco, by the name I am sure you all can figure out that he is Latino. I am actually super pumped about that because the Mexicans are normally a lot of chill than the Americans (How bias right?) Anyways, I am going to stay here in my area Miguel Alemán. I am super excited to have more time here!

Surprisingly, I have come to love the culture and the people in México. Also I have come to love serving others! I hope that everyone is enjoying football for me. I am suffering only just a little bit here without it.... However if you were wondering, yes its another snake I found with an investigator! This time however, I was a little bit more nervous(Check the picture). The other picture is the parents of a family we are teaching! Apart from the gospel, I taught them how to bake cookies (thanks mom). The Mexicans sure do know how to cook, however to bake is a weakness.  Take care everyone!

Love, Elder Gibson
 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mexico City Earthquake.

Jared was able to get online today to send out an email letting us know that he is safe and everything is fine in Monterrey. 
Mexico City was hit with a large earthquake yesterday, September 19, but Jared said that he didn't feel anything in Monterrey and all is well! Yay. We are so glad he is safe.

Week 33: Miguel Aleman, Mexico.

Week 33: ¡VIVA MÉXICO!

Well this week has been interesting! It was the Independence day for México the 16th. We had a fiesta and I´ll be honest the Mexicans know how to celebrate a little bit better than us Americans... This week has also been super humid for some reason. I have came to conclusion that there is hot and humid hot. I have been ironing 2 shirts in the morning because mid-day I have to return to the house to change shirts. We also went to the temple this morning which was a good experience.
We have a baptism date this Saturday for 3 of our investigators. Mauricio, Michelle, and Christopher. I hope we can complete this goal for them. My entire district are Latinos so I have been 100% in Spanish this transfer. Its helped me a lot and I also take time in our meetings to teach them English. I don´t have much to say this week but just remember that in order to receive blessings or anything great in life, we need to make sacrifices! Sacrifice the time and energy to reach out to those in need! I have been blessed to not have been effected by any of the earthquakes here in Mexico yet so don´t worry, everything will be fine! Take care.

Love, Elder Gibson

Pictures with Elder Cambell, The man who always hooks us up with free ice cream, my district, and companion.


 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 32. Miguel Aleman, Mexico.

Week 32: What a week!

Man! It sure has been a crazy week here in Mexico and throughout the world. My companion Elder De la Rosa is from Chiapas which got pretty torn up from the earthquake this past week. His hometown got hit pretty hard leaving a lot dead and injured. However, everyone of his family members is okay. I also know 3 other Elders from Chiapas, and their families too are all okay. I have been thinking about how the Lord blesses the families of a missionary. It truly is miraculous how a family can be protected and blessed with just one family member out on a mission. However, we dont need to have a mission out on a mission to receive these types of blessing. We can all receive them with living a Christ centered life!

Now if anyone is wondering what happened here in Monterrey, everything is okay! 
Thankfully, we didn't get affected by the earthquake. There were only thunder and lightening storms and a power outage. However inconvenient this power outage was, I learned something essential. The power went out in Monterrey and the surrounding cities for 9 hours. With this power outage there wasn't any service for the telephones during this time. After all of the devastating natural disasters, the people seemed to be more concerned and preoccupied about their cellphone than the people suffering in their same country. I realized that the things of this world to the people are more important the world itself. I hope that all of us can live a more simple life. The simple things that bring the most happiness. Ill be the first to say that the newest technology brings a whole lot of worldly happiness but not eternal joy. Now what are these simple things I speak of? Its visiting the people in need, its providing for the poor and less fortunate, its building a strong relationship with family and friends, its putting aside the things of the world for the benefit of others. When we participate in this kind of service with will experience eternal joy that will last us beyond this life. I can promise a simple life is a happier life. Be humble and put others first and watch the blessings that will come! I hope the best for you all. Take care! 

Love, Elder Gibson

P.S. The dog a always play fetch with when I pass by, my house, and me walking the streets of this crazy world!


Friday, September 8, 2017

Week 31: Miguel Aleman, Mexico.

Week 31: Miguel Alemán! oh and an interesting story.


Love, Elder Gibson

P.S. Some pictures with my new companion and my boy Ricky!!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 30: San Miguel, Mexico.

Week 30: Transfers!

I have transfers! My companion ended his mission this past week so I knew that I was going to have transfers. Our mission President called me last Thursday and asked me if our house and area would be good for sister missionaries. I should of lied but I told him the truth that yes our area and house are super nice. So yes the sister missionaries hijacked my area and I was a little upset because it was progressing bastante! However I know that the sister missionaries are going to continue the work ☺
I just got moved to an area thats called Miguel Alemán and my new companion is Elder De la Rosa from Chiapas, Mexico. He ends his mission after this transfer so next transfer i'm going to have transfers otra vez! I am super excited to get to know a new area and new people! I have came to realize it doesn't matter in what area or with who, you can always kind happiness. 
I am going to miss my companion Elder Gamboa, he has been super cool! We have made plans for me to go and visit him in his house in Cancun when I end my mission. Also, this week for my district I grilled up Carne Asada and hamburgers for completing some goals we put in the pasado! What a blessing!!! 

I hope you all enjoy the pictures! I got the opportunity to take a picture with our investigators before we leave. It is crazy to see how this gospel can change a persons life and how to can help any person find true happiness! Take care everyone.