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 😂

-Elder Gibson