Friday, August 18, 2017

Week 28: San Miguel, Mexico.

Week 28: Sleeping on the Roof!

This past week was a little bit stressful and frustrating. First of all we got our water cut because the Elders that lived there before us never paid the water bill. It is very difficult living the scorching heat without any water in the house, I wouldn't recommend it. Secondly, Thursday Elder Gamboa and I lost the keys to our house. I think you can piece together what happened next... We slept on the roof in our white shirts and ties.WE had some members bring a few blankets but thats about it. The next morning we got a little impatient and we decided the only option was to break down the door😂. Elder Gamboa told me to show him my football skills, so I decided to go at it with my shoulder. To my surprise the door busted open and all we did was break the dead bolt lock on the door. We screwed it back on and it was like nothing even happened ☺.  We later found the keys in the street in a different colonia and the water got fixed.

I tell this story because at times life is difficult. At times we wonder why life cant be easy or just go our way, however these kind of "bad days" are necessary. Without them we wouldn't understand what it feels like to enjoy the good days! Life is full of ups and downs, everyone has trials and difficulties. Keep in mind that we are here on the Earth today to experience JOY! When we have this mind set and perspective we will be able to find happiness in any situation this life has to throw at us! We will also be able to understand that in the end, everything will work out to be alright.Take care everyone!

Love, Elder Gibson

A few old pictures of my six month mark and me forcing my companions face into his birthday cake!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Week 27: San Miguel, Mexico.

Week 27: ¡Ã‰chele Ganas!

This week has gone by super fast and I feel as if I don't have mucho to talk about. 
However, to start out it was Elder Gamboa's birthday Saturday and I cooked up a lot of food in the morning! I was super proud because I found bacon here and I cooked it up and I came to find out that Elder Gamboa doesn't like bacon.  I also planned out a mini surprise party for him with some of the members which was a success! I even smashed his face into his birthday cake.
This week we were teaching an investigator and all of a sudden the drug military squad pulled up in a SWAT truck. My initial thoughts were that our investigator was selling drugs. However, truth be told their squad just passed by to get their haircut by her. We even got to snap a picture with them!
We have been working super hard to find the people that have been prepared to hear this message. We have seen the people in our area progress and make the changes needed to be right in the sight of our Lord. I am so thankful for all the many things I have learned here and look forward to the future. 
I want to end by saying that trials are necessary in this life, we are going to get knocked down but I promise we can endure and overcome these trials. Know that God has a plan, and that every little thing in this life happens for a reason. Stay positive, and enjoy this wonderful life! Take care, Cuidense.
-Elder Gibson

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Week 25 and Week 26: San Miguel, Mexico.

Week 25: San Miguel!

My first week in my new area was awesome! Its a lot different, the houses are so much nicer. I also feel a lot safer here in this area . I am accustomed to Jaurez where nobody has any money, but the truth is I miss it a lot! The people in Juarez were a lot more receptive and humble. I made so many amazing friends in Juarez that I will treasure forever. However, this new area it feels as if the temperature is more mild. We also have air conditioning in our bedroom which is a huge blessing. The house is also a lot bigger and 2 stories. The ward is also super supportive and always looking for ways to help us. Yesterday I gave a talk in church and I talked about the importance of missionary work. I am finally getting comfortable with speaking this language
Elder Gamboa has 5 weeks left in the mission so we are going to work super hard and do all we can to find success in his last few weeks. One of my favorite families from Juarez was in my area yesterday for a fiesta and stopped by to talk to me for a little, I was super excited! This area has a lot of potential and I am so excited to start working here!  
My favorite lesson to teach is the Plan of Salvation. This lesson seems to bring the most peace to all the people that I teach. I know that God has prepared a plan for all of us, and through our obedience and faithfulness we can obtain all of the blessing he has in store for us. He has paved the path for us to live again after this life! How wonderful this plan is for us. Always praying for you all, cuidese mucho!

P.S. I am a snake keeper and so fat that I broke a chair while eating. Also a picture of my old district in Juarez!

-Elder Gibson
Week 26: 6 months.... check!
Well I would like to start off by saying today I completed 6 months in the mission! It has gone by super fast and in this short time I have experienced so many things that will last a lifetime. I have experienced the ups and the downs but honestly I can only remember the good times and not the bad. I am grateful for this time and I hope that the time will slow down! Its going by way too fast.This week has been super hot! One day I forgot to put on sunscreen and got super burnt! I got a call from one of my super close friend from Jaurez this week. His name is Jonathan, the brother of my convert Karla (I sent pictures with him last week and his picture is below). When I was there in Jaurez, he always listened but never had the desire to go to church or progress. However, he called me and said he has the desire and we talk and had a great conversations about all of his questions and doubts. He went to church yesterday and had a great experience. Things like this are the things i love about my mission! Watching people have a change of heart and a strong desire to change their lives for the best! I am super happy and grateful for this time. Take care everyone and most importantly, BE HAPPY!
- Elder Gibson

Monday, July 17, 2017

Week 23 and Week 24. Juarez, Mexico.

Week 24: Semana Loco!

This week has been super good and I am super happy! First off, yesterday Elder Fernandez and I baptized Karla Luevanos AND the mom of our recent convert Martin. Her name is Maria! To top off this crazy week off, I HAVE TRANSFERS! I am going to an area that's called San Miguel. It is outside of Monterrey in a Municipio called Apodaca. I am super excited! My new companion is another Mexican, his name is Elder Gamboa. I am also going to remain district leader in this new area. However, to be honest I am a little sad to leave all the friends I have made in my area right now here in Jaurez!

Just a little story about our new convert Karla, Elder Rincon and I found her and her family in March! We have been teaching her for almost 5 months, FIVE MONTHS, she has had difficulties and doubts about some principles in the gospel during these 5 months which has been in the way of her baptism. This past week we didn't have in our plans to baptize her but Thursday we had a super cool experience! We had a super spiritual lesson with her and after this lesson we decided to put a date for her baptism to help her progress towards her baptism. Before this lesson Elder Fernandez and I decided for the 6th of August to give her time to resolve her doubts. However after this lesson she told us, "I want to get baptized... I want to be baptized this Sunday" I was shocked! But I was like okay, we can do that!!. We had her interview Friday and Sunday we baptized her. Its more special because it was my last Sunday here in this area! What a miracle! I am great for all the great experiences I have obtained here in Mexico! Take care and know that God loves you all!

P.S. I look like a giant again... 

-Elder Gibson

** i failed last week. here is his weekly email from the previous week**

Week 23: last week before transfers!

This week has been super cool, we got permission to buy bikes so we bought some bikes! It has helped so much and we can get a lot more work done, what a blessing! However for some strange reason, the dogs love to attack the people on the bikes. I had to defend myself more times than I can count this week. I came out successful without getting bit but my companion wasn't so successful. Lucky it was only a little dog that got a hold of my companions leg!!  But ive developed some defensive techniques so ill be alright. Also the mom of our recent convert Martín is ready for her baptism! We are planning on having it this Sunday. Super excited for her! This is the last week of this transfer, so next Monday ill know if im staying of leaving this area! Super excited. Take care!

-Elder Gibson

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Week 22: Juarez, Mexico.

Week 22: Semana....quien sabe.

Hello everyone! This week has been great, we confirmed Martin. His whole family came to church which was awesome. Super happy and excited for them. We also found a new investigator who is super cool and progressing super well. He has read almost the entire Book of Mormon in this week alone. His name is Jose and he lives alone but loves football! This is the first time here I have found someone who likes football more than soccer, so its been nice to talk about the game! However he likes the Cowboys (like all Mexicans), which is a problem with me being a Redskins fan.
This next week is when the canícula starts. The canícula is a time here where for 45 days its 45 degrees celcuis.  If you do the math thats 113 degrees so theres a chance I am going to die... However through all the heat and craziness of  Mexico I am able to find a sense of true happiness! I am always tired and wore out but always happy. I hope all of you are happy and are grateful for the wonderful life you have in the United States! It truly is a blessing. Take care

P.S. The picture with the phone is me pretending to know what the people are talking about ðŸ˜‚

-Elder Gibson

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Week 21: Juarez, Mexico.

 Week 21: Special Week!

This week was awesome! We had the baptism of Martin Barron. We have been teaching him for forever and he was in the hospital for 3 weeks for his illness! However, we finally had his baptism. He is super special. Its incredible to me that for his state and condition due to his illness, he is still always super happy. He has really helped me be grateful for my health and all my blessings. We plan on having more baptisms to come too so I am super excited!
We also went to parque fundidora in Monterrey today! It is super cool there, and massive. We got to mess around and teach my Mexican friends how to play football! I have some pictures that ill post! I hope all you are doing great!!! Cuidese Mucho!

Love, Elder Gibson

P.S. I am a giant here if you cant notice!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Week 20: Juarez, Mexico.

Week 20: ¿Que paso?

This week was awesome! We had the great opportunity to do alot of service. Doing service is the best! My companion and I found this super awesome family this week. They had been listening to the missionaries a while back and all of a sudden the missionaries had changes and never visited them again. However, we were contacting and found them and are teaching them again! It is crazy how God uses the unlikely (2 teenagers) to complete the impossible (help grown men and women come closer to their Savior, Jesus Christ).
This week there was also an old lady with 85 years and she was telling us about these tiny beetles that if you drink with water it gives you energy and prevents cancer. She was determined for us to try it, and I only did try it because I have a lot of trust in this old lady! So, she walks over to a cage with these live beetles that live inside. She takes about 20 and puts them in a cup with water and gives it to me and tells my to drink. I was a bit nervous because I looked inside they were just swimming in the water! However, I drank it and could feel every single of these insects in the back of my esophagus. Gross! But I will be honest, I had a weird amount of energy after! 
That's my crazy story for the week, we also have investigators that are in the door for baptism which is super exciting! Love you all and hope all is well!

-Elder Gibson