Pre-Mission parties and events

Justin received his call on September 5, 2015. We had a large group at our house to watch him open it and grandparents on Skype.

Here is the video:

He had more than 4 months to prepare to leave. He worked full-time at Ball Manor until it was too cold in December. He then irritated his parents by mostly doing nothing and hanging out with friends until the last week before he left! He did get everything done even though he did not like shopping for sundry items that he needed! His Nana Gibson spend $1000 on him at the Missionary Mall getting his suits, pants, shirts, luggage, shoulder bag and other essentials! We were all very grateful for her willingness to do this.

On January 17, 2016 we hosted the traditional “Pies and Ties” event at our home from 6 to 9 p.m. There were a lot of friends there and quite a few members of the ward like the Fuhrimans, Munsons, Lows, and others. Here are some pics:

On January 24, 2016, Justin gave his final talk in the ward. It was a wonderful address full of laughs, insight and heart-felt messages that brought the spirit very strongly. It seemed that the whole congregation listened in rapt silence. It was awesome! We got lots of pics:

 

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016 we drove to Provo to spend the night at the Gibson guesthouse. The next morning, Wednesday January 27, 2016 we attended the Provo City Center Temple tour. It was a wonderful experience.

We then had to buy a belt and some hangers that Justin forgot to pack. We also had to stop and get a few more garments. We then picked up some burgers at Burger Supreme and took the food back to the guesthouse to eat with Nana and Grandpa. After we ate we took photos and cried and hugged. At 12:40 the Boise Gibsons piled into the car crying to take Justin to the MTC for his 12:45 drop off time.

Elder Gibson was very excited to begin this adventure in his life and this blog will be the way his mom records his mission! We love you Justin!