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.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Week 29: San Miguel, Mexico.

Week 29: Awesome Eclipse!

Okay to start off, the subject to this email is a joke. The eclipse here was very lame!  I would love to see all of the great pictures of it back home because it wasn't existent here. Today I had the opportunity to at Buffalo Wild Wings so you could say life has been pretty easy. However, this week has been a little bit lame to be honest!

My companion has had major problems with his knees this week. He has had a hard time walking so we talked with our Mission President and he set a few appointments with the doctors in the center of Monterrey. It was a great opportunity to get to know the center of Monterrey, it is super big and beautiful (Its the rich and nice part of Monterrey, the opposite of where I am). With that being said I want to get back to work, we have been limited to working because of Elder Gamboas knee. However, he ends his mission this next week. So his all means next Monday I will know who my new companion is. Interesting... I am super excited! I really hope that it is a Latino, to be honest they are a lot more interesting and helps me a lot with my Spanish .
This week my covert Karla from Juarez told me that she is going to serve a mission! It is crazy to see in just 5 months she has taken so many steps to progress and gain a strong testimony. I am very happy for her decision to start preparing to serve the Lord! Just one of many miracles I have seen here on my mission! I know through faith and scripture study we can find peace and joy. Happiness only lasts for a time but joy is everlasting happiness that can only be found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I hope the best for all of you. Count your many blessing, I promise there are A LOT ☺. Cuidese mucho. I want to see pictures of the eclipse if you have any! 

Love, Elder Gibson

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!