Week 28: One of them rollercoaster weeks. August 15, 2016

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Week 27: Egg Nog. August 8, 2016

Week 18: Time. June 6, 2016

When we had the misioneros viajeros, one thing they always emphasized was our limited time on the mission to work. This week we have really started to see that. We arrived in Las Flores on Monday, and were able to work a little bit on Monday and Tuesday, but we had to do a bunch of P-Day stuff. Then on Wednesday we left after studies and lunch to go to Adrogué, becuase on Thursday Elder Gonzales had a training for District Leaders, and during that time I went on splits. It actually ended up being me, Elder Styles, and Elder Beard. All of us gringos arrived together, and for some reason us 3 out of all 6 of us (the other 3 being native speakers) went to lunch with a member and less active. But we did alright! It was cool to spend some time with those guys and see how far we´ve all come.

Then on Friday we had Trámites, which is Visa stuff, I ended up not doing anything except being other missionaries companion but it was fun! Except me and Elder Gonzales got split up, and him and a different missionary decided to go to the other missionaries first area for fun. I was able to spend some time with Elder Derbez and his companion though! But instead of going back to Las Flores after Trámites, we had to wait for Elder Gonzales to get back. He also left his backpack in a remis (taxi) ,so we spent a couple hours getting that back, and ended up sleeping in Cañuelas and coming back Saturday morning. We barely missed the bus on Saturday morning so we had to pay 600 pesos to come back to Las Flores in a remis haha. The other option would be wait for 3 hours.

Today we had grilled cheese sandwhiches, tomato soup, and ´Gibson Potatoes´ ,cuz I wanted Elder Gonzales to get a little taste of America, but we have to go to Cañuelas in a few hours to attend a training thing for District Leaders early in the morning tomorrow in Buenos Aires haha. I hope we will have enough money to pay for rent.

On Sunday we had an amazing sacrament meeting. Our congregation of 24 members and investigators was crying after the Branch President bore his testimony for a second time. He´s the best, definintely a general authority some day, he bore his testimony after me and talked about the power of missionaries and how though I couldnt speak well i could express my love and invite the Spirit. He also served where my companion is from! So thats cool.

Well I love you all and am glad to recieve all your emails and hear from you, even if it takes awhile for me to respond. Im also glad to hear my sweet little cousin friend Grace has decided to take upon herself the name of her Savior! She will feel blessings for the rest of her life for what she did this last week! Same with you Paden, my big friend (theres an Aquabats reference for ya)!

Love you!

Elder Gibson

Week 11: Un Mes, April 11, 2016

One month in the field! They say the first month or two or three go by the slowest, but this month seems like it went by kinda quick. Anyway, recently in Las Flores its been raining like crazy. Our shoes, bikes, and slacks have been pretty much caked in mud recently, but its kinda fun.

Well we are improving everyday, me and Elder Derbez, and my Spanish is doing the same! We were supposed to have 2 baptisms this Saturday, and they both looked like they were gunna fall through thanks to Satan the Serpent, but we might be able to still have one. Will we triumph regardless, and the work outside of those 2 individuals is going great regardless. We might have to travel a lot this week again so thats another reason we may not have all the baptisms. They´ll come eventually, my trainer has taught me a lot about how when Elder Bednar came to Argentina he talked a lot about being patient with investigators, so we´re not worried.
Big shot out to a couple of my best bros!: Allison and Calvin! DJ Fur and Freaking Allison Potter herself! They got married! Its crazy, but its awesome, and i love em both and theyre both amazing, wonderful people!
Alls good down here, love you all! I will make you proud by working as hard as you´d want me to, if you make me proud by growing your testimony and giving a little more to the Lord each week!
Also really great passage of scripture I came across this week: 1 Nephi 17: 41-52!
Also this week our District Leader and his mini-missionary companion came and ended up having to stay the night because they missed the last bus back home, me and the District Leader stayed up talking so late that I lost my voice from lack of sleep and talking a bunch. But its coming back!
3 pics this week:
Hilarious little roundabout in Las Flores. They have a lot of them, and their usually these white obelisk things or just grass, but this dirty tiny one just has a beat up metal trash can on it haha. Made me laugh. Sorry Argentina.
This is Elder Derbez and Rodrigo, the twelve year old son of one of our investigators with a Baptismal date. He´s borrowing Elder Derbez´s tie and nametag.
Still havent tried it yet but heres an Argentinian Barbeque, they smell amazing, and I get hungry every time I see it.

Love you!

Elder Gibson

Week 9: Tres Semanas, March 28, 2016

First of all, big welcome home to my brother Wes, big shout out to his dedication and his commiting to live in the wilderness for 50 days, and of course his beautiful beard. Winston is now the only brother who has yet to show off his beard. Yes Ethan, that means I finally admit what you had was, barely, a beard.

Speaking of Winston, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS! TE AMO! You little champ, I loved the pictures, do what I did at about your age and wear your new costume for days at a time. Hahaha im not kidding. We celebrated your birthday by going and getting ice cream. Winston, we didnt have bills payed, we had to travel, we had 0 money, but thanks to your mother i was able to go to the bank and we got ice cream for you, twice! We ate it both times but it was good. White chocolate and dulce de leche.
So we got our lights back. I went on exchanges with Elder Padilla, whose home ward is in the BAS mission haha. He´s a mini missionary. Hes only here for 6 weeks with our District Leader, He doesnt even have his endowments yet haha. He doesnt speak English but we had a good time, and after seeing a “mochilero” (literally translated: backpacker) I convinced him and we went and talked to him. His name is Coco (i think) and I left him a Libro de Mormón.
That night we hung out with the 2 other elders in their city, one is super cool, the other one is super cool too, he´s from Peru, he speaks a tiny bit of english but not enough to understand whats funny about him having songs like The Metal-Tenacious D, Imagine Dragons, Evanescence(?), Ellie Goulding, and Girls-Cyndi Lauper that he listens to hahaha.
Anyway we have interviews with the Mission President tomorrow then we´re traveling all week apparently so im excited and nervous for the interview and sad to leave for a while haha. I love you all! Keep it up! Big shout out to my cousin and best buddy Jack! I miss our good times, I love you, keep being awesome and exploring your talents, and you will never spend your time better than when youre helping others, especially your family.
Theres always long lines of tons of giant ants walking back and forth in Argentina carrying all sorts of oranges and leaves and sandwhiches and stuff to snack on in the big ant parties they have somewhere and its super cool, not sure you can see well.

Love you!

Elder Gibson
Hi mom! I love you! imma send these and upload them while i read emails. i love wess beard

The first one is this little boy named Tean who lives with his mom and 3 brothers and sister who calls me papa and always wants me to hold him. in the picture hes sleeping on one of their beds in a new house with their cat whose neck is super messed up. like it can rotate, but its like at a weird angle the whole time haha
Then we celebrated Winstons birthday! Ill talk about that more later
Also Ill talk about exchanges with Elder Padilla later, but we found these two baby dogs in this dish on all this trash and of course disturbed them to take pictures

Fat pig we saw, terrible picture, I know.

We were excited to finally have money today, but the cheap grocery store had a ton of empty shelves, so we had to go to the more expensive one, but we were still able to have amazing hamburgers with all sorts of sauces thanks to my comp, whose el capo.
At night tons and tons of little beetle things gather under every light and its super gross and cool. Every black spot is one of em here.

Week 7: ARGENTINA! March 14, 2016

Wooh! How yall doin? I made it! The flight was long, but it actually felt really short. I didnt sleep at all. I mostly just played Sodoku. It went by quick, but I was super exhausted when I got to BA. First things I noticed were the humidity and how everything is green. Love em both.

So we met the Mission President and his Assistants and wife, and her sister and brother in law who are part of the mission Presidency? Not a hundred percent sure. Anyway, I got assigned Elder Derbez from Mexico! He´s super awesome and speaks a lot of English, which is good and bad. We get a long super well. He just finished his training which makes me scared to be a trainer haha.
But if I get to be in Las Flores, all will be well. I love Las Flores. Me and Elder Derbez have half this little town, and Hermana Shepard form SoCal and Hermana Molinero from Tuceman, Argentina, have the other half! We´re the farthest area out in the mission, so we´ve hardly had much time to do much in our area! We had to go into town (about 7.5-8 hrs roundtrip) 3 times this week, but usually we only do once, so itll be aight.
There´s one ward here, few members, in the stake Monte Grande (i think). A lot of less actives and a lot of people to visit that are either progressing or future investigators. The language is hard, I have a hard time understanding it, but I can clearly see process as I continue to learn, Im not too worried, I just need to practice patience, because I wish I could talk and understand more in lessons and when we visit people.
So Las Flores is great, mission work is great, there´s dogs everywhere. And I mean everywhere. I havent gotten bit yet, but theres only been like one or two close calls. The drivers are nuts, especially when we got into town. But everyones pretty friendly. I´ll send pictures of our actually pretty nice Pensión.
Also the food is great, no problems at all with it, and Elder Derbez is a great chef. Idk how to cook at all. Spices are unheard of here haha, so the flavor of the food is what you get, which isnt bad. Shout out to everyone who emailed me! Ill try to email back, no mucho tiempo. Pictures to come! Love you all! Keep striving to show the Lord that you understand that everything is his, and that everything you give to those around will be returned tenfold, albeit later!
And of course, Happy Birthday Mom!! I love you! Everyone who reads this agrees that youre the best Mom in the world! No doubt about that. Here´s how we celebrated:
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Our Pension and my companion! So theres always frogs in our backyard at night, which is super dope. Elder Derbez hates frogs. Also we saw a dog walking around with one of his legs freshly removed a little less than halfway down, that was nuts. Most of the dogs are nice. We have one that I named Jefe today that lives around our Pension. Also we have Bikes! Big surprise. Theyve actually probably wasted more time, because we had to walk to the shop like 4 times before it was opened, and then he got a flat tire twice, anyway…

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Week 5: On My Way Out! March 1, 2016

Well that was quick. We got our travel plans on Friday. We leave Monday morning to fly to Atlanta, then from there strait to Buenos Aires. We will land around 9:30, and we will land in my mission. I know a few elders going to BAS as well, and most of my district is on the same flight. Super excited and ready to not be ready.

Great news, with tie trades and all I found out I currently have just barely enough ties to wear a different one every day in the MTC. Super excited about that.
We had a great Sunday devotional by Stephen B Allen , who is like the head of the Missionary committee or something, he talked about Repentance. A lot of elders were kinda complaining cuz he brought up some stuff that could be taken as akward and uncomfortable to hear, but I loved his message and I think a lot of it needed to be said.
New District came in on Wednesday, we got to show em around that night. They’re advanced and theyre all awesome. 2 elders and 3 sisters. The elders are in a different building though which is sad because we dont have the opportunity to get to know em as well. It also doesnt make sense cuz there’s like one other zone on our entire floor. Might be closing down our building, Dan Jones/15M, for the empty part of the year.
I love being the Zone Leader because I can see and feel the Lord working through me and blessing me to know who to assign and how to handle interviews and other things. It’s great and a huge testimony builder, and of course great preparation for the field.
I love you all and I love any communication, especially DEAR ELDERS. Favorite thing besides packages haha. Miss you guys, everyone give Winston a high five and knucks for me! And bretheren and father, help my mom! Help her clean or cook or take care of the small baby or whatever it may be! She’s the best.
Us and the new District.
The Zone as it is.
Our TRC ‘investigator’ Jose whose from Guatemala and is super awesome. We got to know him really well and see him around a lot. We didnt know it would be our last lesson but he was afraid of the idea of “Enduring to the End’ because we talked about baptism and because of what he had seen happen in other peoples lives after baptism. I was able to share my favorite scripture Helaman 5:12 and it was super good and emotional, for him especially.

Love you!

Elder Gibson
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