Thursday, January 18, 2018

Week 50: La Pastora, Mexico.

Week 50: ¡Una semana exitosa!

This past week has been great! We have been finding alot of great people to teach. We have found a family that was referred to us by some members. They are super excited to learn more and willing to make changes in thier lives. We are super excited to teach them and watch them progress! We are hoping to work super hard and find more people this week who need the gosple the most! We also have 2 baptism dates with 2 investigators. Their names are Marlon and Abel. We have been working alot with them that they can gain a testimony and get ready for thier baptism!
This past week I have learned that God listenes and answers our prayers. We were having a rough time here in the area finding new people to teach. We we praying to God constantly to put people in our path that will be open to our message. We were able to find alot of great people through our efforts and mainly through our prayers! Dont be hesitant to express your feelings, doubts, and thoughts to God. As our Heavenly Father, he is always willing to give us answers and most importanty, give us peace. I hope all is well. Take care everyone!

Love, Elder Gibson

A picture with my Companion Elder Bautista and Elder Young when we bought pizza for our zone activity (and yes its little ceasers here in Mexico 😂).

Week 49. La Pastora, Mexico.

Week 49: La Pastora!

This first week here in La Pastora was awesome! Our house is super nice, like I am pretty sure it is one of the nicest houses here in the mission. Our area is the area thats closest to El Cerro de la Silla (The big hill here). Alot of our area we have to trek up the big hill. Ill be honest, my legs are killing me!! My new companion Elder Bautista is awesome, he is from Pachuca here in Mexico. The area is very difficult here because everyone has alot of money and arent open to hear our message. I have came to learn alot about how pride and money go hand in hand 😂. Oh well, it is what it is and im super exciting to find the people out there that are waiting to hear the gospel.
Now that I am coming up on one year, I have learned alot of things. One the most important things I have learned is that God loves us and is willing to bless us in our lives if we are willing to do our part. He has promised us, "I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise." I love this scripture and the knowledge that if we do our part, he will do his. I hope all of you can start this new year great and enjoy all of our blessing from our Heavenly Father.
Take care!

Love, Elder Gibson

I am going to miss my last area Miguel Alemán alot! I put some pictures down below of some of the great people from that area! Oh and the view from our new house!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Week 48. Miguel Aleman, Mexico.

Week 48: New Year, going to a New Area

Well as you all know, it has been a while since the last time I have wrote. I have been super busy with activities and I wasnt able to write last week. However, my birthday was great. We passed by like 3 families and they gave us a bunch of food and cake! We have also been super busy with doing some activities in some flea markets here. It has been pretty cold so we had some activites where we gave out free hot chocolate and contacted the people in the market! We found alot of sucess through our efforts, what great memories!
This week we have transfers. I am getting moved to an area called La Pastora. It is right in the city of Monterrey. It should be a new experience. I have areas where the people are very poor and humble. This new area is more wealthy and I imagine they might be a little bit more prideful as well. I am going to be Zone Leader as well in the Zone Paraíso. I am super excited for the new assignment and for the oppurtunity to serve!
I am so excited for this year 2018. A year of much success! Last night everyone was lighting off fireworks. I felt like World War 3 had taken place. haha. However, I really hope all of you the best of wishes in 2018. I hope that we can all get to know our Lord Jesus Christ a little bit more. Through this, we can find peace and happiness in our lives.
This past transfer we have been working alot with a less acitve family. This family hadnt been to church for some years now. We arrived about 8 weeks ago and ever since we have met this family, we have felt a grand desire to help them progress as a family. They finally have gotten back to church and yesterday the dad expressed to us how grateful he is to have the desire to be back in the church. These type of moments are very special. These type of things I will never forget and cherish this relationship with this family for the rest of my life. What great blessings from the Lord. Have a great week!

Love, Elder Gibson

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Week 46. Week 47. Miguel Aleman, Mexico.

Week 46: Dec. 17

Thank you all for the birthday wishes! It was great, we ate like 3 different cakes. Some families from the ward got together and we celebrated a little bit!!! I don't have a lot of time today to talk but I can't wait to talk to you guys next week!! I hope my English is sufficient! Hope all is well, take care, until Monday!!!

Week 47: Phone call home on Christmas Day!!!

We were able to talk with Jared for almost 2 hours on Christmas Day. He looked great! He was wearing a sweater that a lady knitted him and used a members home computer to Skype in with us. We talked with his companion in some broken English that Jared has been teaching him. We also got serenaded to by him in Spanish with one of his favorite Spanish songs and it was hilarious. It was so fun to see him and hear some of his favorite parts of his mission. He loves Mexico and the people down there one year and counting until he comes home!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Week 43. Week 44. Week 45. Miguel Aleman, Mexico.

How did I ever get three weeks behind! Sorry little brother.... here are his last three emails.

Week 43: Not so thanksgiving weekend.

To start off, yes the caption is for real. This week I really missed a nice thanksgiving feast and most importantly some football. Oh also it's still hot outside at the end of November. However, I heard that my Redskins won so that's the good news. 
Honestly, this week was awesome! My companion and I were praying all last week that we could find a new investigator that has been waiting to hear the gospel. This past Tuesday we had planned out to have one last lesson with a sister who just really hasn't been progressing. When we entered we saw that there was a young man sitting in back part of the house. We invited this young man, that we later came to know that his name Israel and is the grandson of the sister to join in on the lesson. We taught a little bit and he was so excited and wanted to learn more! We had the chance to put a baptism date with him for the 17th of December. I think it would be a pretty good birthday present. Also, he came with us to church on Sunday and he told us that he could barely sleep the night before because he was so excited to go to church. The best part of it all is that now his grandmother is progressing too! I know that God really does answer our prayers.
I am super excited for this time of year. This time of year we have the chance to celebrate the birth of the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. The church has made a video and a program called #LightTheWorld. I hope all of you can check out the videos and the ways that we can #LightTheWorld or #IluminaElMundo. Ill drop the link here: 

Love, Elder Gibson
Week 44: Futbol Madness

This week has been interesting. First of all we started December and its still like 85 degrees. Its hard to be in the Christmas spirit when i walk outside for only 5 minutes and start to sweat . Also something crazy happened this week! The soccer league here in Mexico is like the NBA or NFL in the United States. There are two teams here in Monterrey, Monterrey Rayados and UANL Tigres. They both were in the semi-finals this past week to make it into the championship. Both teams ended up winning, but the crazy part is that this has never happened. I know its hard for you guys to find out why this is crazy and all but let me explain a little bit more haha. The two teams hate each other, always have.  With all this being said, they are going to shut down a lot of the stores for the games. The people here are already going crazy! In fact mostly everyone has already been going to buy the meat and food they are going to eat during the games because they predict that all the stores are going to run out for all the parties that are going to take place! All of this is going to be kind of hard for us because I am almost sure no one is going to be willing to hear the gospel during these 2 days. However, we will see how things go.
This week was a little bit rough. A lot of our investigators we weren't able to get into contact this past week due to their work situations. The effect of this is that they weren't able to make it out to church. However, this week is a new week that we have to really focus in on them. We had the opportunity to watch the devotional last night and it was awesome! I am so energetic for this time of year. I hope that we are all doing our part this Christmas season by serving those in need. WE can find great happiness in our willingness to serve. Always keep in mind that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God. Take care and enjoy this wonderful time of year!

I am going to attach some pictures of my zone! 

Love, Elder Gibson
Week 45: The Christmas Spirit

Well this week we got hit with a cold front. We even woke up one day with a little bit of snow. This was crazy because it hasn't snowed here in a very long time! When I figured out I was going to Mexico, I never thought I would have to deal with the cold weather... In my past email I commented about the big soccer game here in Mexico. It was last night and we had to be in our house at 7 because after the game the people went crazy! Los Tigres won so all of the people who like Los Rayados stayed at home this morning and didn't go to work because they were still super sad. 
Right now we have quite a few of people who we are teaching. We have 2 teenagers ready and are waiting to be baptized. We are just waiting for the permission from their parents.  Soltan, who we teach in English is really progressing!  We are super happy with all of the wonderful people we are able to teach!  What a blessing it is to bring the gospel into the lives of these people.
This next week my district and I have some great activities planned out. We are going to set up in 2 huge street markets, we will sing, hand out hot chocolate (if its cold...), and teach a little bit about the birth of Jesus Christ. With the help of some members we have printed out huge banners to attract the people to hear about the great message of Jesus! I know that I sing super ugly but its okay right? 
I hope you all have a great Christmas Season and never lose track of the real meaning of it. Take care everyone!
Love, Elder Gibson

Monday, November 27, 2017

Week 42: Miguel Aleman, Mexico.

Week 42: Good Week

This week we had transfers but I didn't have any which was a huge relief. I am going to stay here with Elder Polanco. I am super excited that I didn't get changed! I finally know most of the members in the ward here so we plan on working with them a lot this holiday season. Speaking of holidays, this week might be a little bit sad. It will be sad because Thanksgiving does not exist here... BOO!  Oh well, one of our investigators invited us over Thanksgiving night for Turkey, so I guess that will have to do!
Saturday, I had the opportunity to baptize José Luis! He was an investigator of the sister missionaries in my district! I had his baptism interview on Tuesday and after he asked me if I would do the baptism ordinance. The baptism service was great, other than one thing... The water heater to the church building didn't have any gas. With that being said, we had to fill the baptismal font with freezing cold water! As José and I entered we realized how cold the water actually was.  However, we completed the ordinance and it was such a great experience! José didn't complain or say one word about the temperature of the water. Really the only thing he said after was how pure and clean he felt. Also congrats to my nephew Burke that he too got baptized this past Saturday! 
I hope that we can all take advantage of the holiday season. That we can give service to those in need. Or more than anything spend time with friends and family. Take care.

Love, Elder Gibson

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Week 41. Miguel Aleman, Mexico.

Week 41: Que Pasa Cuates
Well you all know that I always start out with the weather. So this past week was actually pretty cold. It was nice to feel a cool breeze for the first time in 9 months. We had some exchanges this past week on Tuesday. I was with Elder Muñoz from Puebla, we found and taught a family of 5 who were super exited about our message of The Restoration and they ended up coming to church yesterday! We also had our Zone conference with our mission president Thursday. It was great and we really focused on the life of Jesus Christ. I have came to love this scripture here in the mission its in John 8:12. It says:

12 ¶ Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." I especially like this as we approach Christmas time. A time that we can praise, serve, and give our thanks to the LIGHT of this dark world, Jesus Christ.
The sister missionaries in my district baptized a couple yesterday. Their names are Christopher and Rebecca. I have known them for quite awhile now, I always have talked with them Sundays at church and they are awesome! I also had the opportunity to do their baptism interviews. During the interviews Rebecca shared her testimony with me on how she has came to find the truth and light. How she has came to find peace and happiness. It really sunk in deep to see how much peace the gospel brings. Right now they live in separate houses and this next month they have plans of getting married. They have invited me to be one of the witnesses for their wedding. I was honored and am so happy for them and their future. I know that the timing of God is perfect. I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ! Take care everyone. I will also attach a picture with My district and Rebecca and Christopher after their wedding!

Love, Elder Gibson