Week 2: Almost 2 weeks! February 9, 2016

Almost 2 weeks now but it has been an eternity. Been super crazy here. And it’s gone by faster for me than mostly everyone because I’ve been doing a lot less studying, but there’s good reason for that! And I’ll explain.

So last week we had 2 trios in our district. On Wednedsay Elder Cisneros and Hermana Eliason came and they were technically in their own advanced Spanish class, but in our district as well, but they weren’t supposed to be alone so Elder Erickson was his part time companion. On Friday or Saturday Elder Cisneros and Erickson were stopped by a Branch President Counselor guy as we were headed to exercise time, which usually consists of four square or volleyball for me, and my and Elder Gubler went and got dressed and were caught up to by Elder Erickson, who said the counselor and Cisneros took him back to the residence cuz they were going to be talking for awhile. When we got back from Exercise time (1 hour) Cisneros’s stuff was gone and there was a note saying he had some stuff to take care of back home and he thanked us for being welcoming. So that was kindof a shock. 2nd missionary in our district to leave within a couple days.
So it went back to two trios, except on Monday morning Elders Bromley and Kreutz left for the Madrid MTC. Elder Hair would’ve gone too but on Sunday night he went to the ER because his leg was swelling up a ton and had started cutting of some circulation. He had had surgery on his legs 2 months prior to entering the MTC and hurt it playing volleyball. He leaves today at 11 and me and him have been companions since Monday morning.
We, me and Elder Hair, walked to the BYU Pharmacy yesterday to get some Aspirin for his flight. We were at a stoplight and these Elementary kids on a bus were waving at us and we felt like celebrities, then the light turned green, and this woman pulled over and I didnt hear her at first, but I thought she was just asking for directions and we told her we’d meet her in the parking lot of the pharmacy. My companion told me she had actually been asking for a blessing. As soon as we started talking to her we could tell there was something off. She was talking about having faith and miscarriages and ex-husbands trying to kill her and her daughter, she didnt have a place to stay and kept bringing up evil spirits and negative energy, and near death experiences and seeing Christ.
Anyway, we gave her a blessing while she sat in the front seat of her car in a parking lot. I was pretty sketched out and this was Elder Hair’s first. We were both pretty creeped out and she wanted our adresses but she liked Elder Hair better and he had her write her email in his missionary planner.
We called out Branch President, cuz youre supposed to report blessings, from the front offices and told him about it and he said we did the right thing and that there’s a sad amount of people like that, insane.
Anyway me and him have been able to hang out a lot as he has been trying to leave and get his leg all cleared and figured out and stuff, and thats why i havent been in the classroom much.
I actually was able to give Elder Hair a blessing on Sunday night. Elder Bromley didnt want to do the blessing part, I dont think he’s given one yet, so Hair asked me to do the blessing and it was very spiritual and amazing.
Anyway big shout out to Sister Wilcox for the Dear Elder! Loved it! Extremely grateful for any word from back home. I love and miss you all, but I’m happy and learning and working here and it’s a huge blessing and amazing.
I will meet with Alex tomorrow morning and that is going to be nuts. Super excited.

Love you!

Elder Gibson
A couple hours later this came:
Hi mom! Just sent off Elder Hair. Kinda sad but mostly cuz now theres no one to goof off a bunch with. Not too bad though haha. Here’s some pictures! Sending more. Love you so much! Give Win a big hug and a kiss for me!

Sending Elder Hair off.
District plus Elder Hair and new Hermana Eliason. We didnt actually get a picture with Elder Cisneros.
Me, Bromley, and Erickson before Bromley and Kreutz left.
Me and Hair with the Zone Leaders, who are awesome! Elder Hogge and Elder Barnett.