Week 82: Whiteout. September 4, 2017

Well down here in the Mission Field theres a thing called whiteout, where the missionaries in an area are both transferred out, and 2 missionaries arrive there not nowing a thing about the members or the area.

Me and my old pal Elder McMillan are about to experience what a whiteout is really like up here in Villa Madero. Its awesome because Elder McMillan is one of my good friends from the beginning of my mission, and also because Villa Madero is the northernmost area of our mission. So I have officially shared borders with the Bahía Blanca, BsAs West, BsAs East, and BsAs North missions. All of em. Isnt that nifty? I kinda always was one to just drift around the outside anyway. Also we are a highway away from the capital of Buenos Aires, and by that i mean the whole area that is none as capital, nowhere near the obelisko and all that jenk. at least i dont think. not 100% sure. Anyway, I just got here today.
My last week in Catan was pretty good! We had a Family Home Evening with the Paso Guillén family and the Monaca Family, which went really well! We talked a little bit about temples and Family History. Great time. The next day only Camila and Alberto made it to church, but we were super greatful for that anyway, cuz it was kinda a rainy morning, and not a lot of members made it actually haha. We also were invited to a huge asado and we all ate so much that we could barely eat the dinner that some other members invited us to that night.
Here´s Camila and Alberto and then Yamila and Cristian, the children of a different family who always gave us lunch and who are awesome, and then the Monaca Family, then when I was headed out of Catán. Elder Hall, the chunky one, goes home tonight, so it was a pretty interesting weekend. He goes home honorably by the way, just so thats clear.

Love you!

Elder Gibson
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Week 77: Good Weeks Go By Quick, July 31, 2017

SO yeah this week was pretty solid. We found a good amount of people to teach, part of the family Paso Guillén came to church, so thats good, my comps a baller, and the ward is gettin more and more jacked to help us with things. HEre´s a picture of right before Elder Jesson left. I actually dont have a picture with my comp yet but we´ll probably sack one today. Sorry, sacar in spanish is how we say take, like take a picture, so, Spanglish. There´s your spanish for the day, also I don`t have a lot to write, but I will probably have more to write and more time next week. Hopefully. We`ll see. Love you all anyway!

Love you!

Elder Gibson
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Week 39: Halloween, October 31, 2016

Heres chorizo for ya. looks wierd. super good though. i think we bought a different type. its tough not speaking the more-then-national language. want a little preview of how tough it is just watch the video attached. if you can. idk if technology works that well. my companion has his camera out a lot.
dont worry though i wasnt actually mad or anything, we were just goofing around on Pday. Also attached is a nice little behind the scenes view on our morning routine. Happy Halloween!
Anyway, todays halloween! were gunna eat some ´fast food´ and then make some stuff for the district meeting tomorrow. gunna be good. American candy beats all other types. Dont have any of that though.
We got an investigator to church this Sunday! He actually got up and made a less active friend come with him. And a couple in our ward recently baptized their daughter and got sealed in the temple with the family, and they spoke when the investigator came. It was super spiritual and super awesome. The Lord has a marvelous work and a wonder prepared, and Im glad i will be able to see even the smallest part of it.
We havent had as much success recently but we have a lot of people to teach and a few of em are progressing really well, and we are excited and happy to say the least!
On Tuesday we had splits with the Zone Leaders, I went with Elder Shill again, he was super sick, so we stayed in his pension almost the whole time. He went to the hospital the next day. Hes fine though, was just a little rough for like a week.

Love you all!

Elder Gibson

Week 36: White. October 10, 2016

Well, some poeple have been gettin quite the kick out of Elder Funk and Elder Gibson being companions, usually only those special Argentines who know a bit about American music. Including this one guy we found who makes tiny metal sculptures and speaks and understands English. It was weird but super funny cuz he knows cusswords too.
Anyway yeah we´ve been contacting a ton, meaning we just meet people and testify and invite then to act. We´ve found a couple new people to teach and we´re excited about that.
We´ve been working super hard and I love it. I really feel like if we keep up the exact obedience and hard work we will see miracles, in our lives and in the lives of those we teach. Our area has a lot of opportunity and we´re excited about it.
Here are a couple pictures Elder Funk took of me, just normal missionary life here. Its still weird having a companion that understands English almost perfectly. I say almost because we´ve both been talking Spanish for a while now and our English is slowly slipping away.
Not much to report on this week, but the Hermana Shepard, who was in Las Flores during my training, got transferred into our ward, so were in the same ward again! Shes awesome and its cool to see how we both have progressed in our language and work ethic.
I love you all and I hope youre all enjoying life, even though its super tiring at times! Have a great week!

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Love you!

Elder Gibson

Week 13: Every Missionaries Favorite Email, April 25, 2016

Disculpe (sorry) for last week, internets and computers down here are as you would expect. But all is well! In fact, recently all has been amazing!

This last Saturday we had two baptisms!! Una hermana Griselda who lives single with her 4 sons and 1 daughter, and is a great woman. Here´s a small story to describe how strong she is. She has been in a little pain recently, but it was kinda bad at the baptismal service, but she got baptised and after the service they took her to the Hospital across the street, where her 2 year old son had been this week as well with super inflamed legs, and Griselda´s legs were hurting her too, she might have to have surgery, she was not able to be confirmed on Sunday though.
The other was Alejandro, who lives with his wife (legally married, which is rare) and their little boy. He has progressed quickly, and reads the Book of Mormon a lot despite his distorted eyesight (not sure why, they speak Spanish here and stuff, so I dont catch a lot), and he used to smoke more than a pack a day, but he has succesfully dejó de fumar! (Quit smoking)! Which is a huge blessing and miracle, all his friends and most of his coworkers, and most adult residents of Las Flores, smoke so its tough to say no. He was able to be confirmed this Sunday even though his brothers wedding was Saturday night! Unfortunately the Presidente de Rama didnt invite us to be in the circle with him, so we didnt get to participate haha, but of course we are as happy as ever.
Now I would have weeks of pictures, but my camera died, and I forgot the thing to put the SD card in the computer.
Our District Leader and his new companion, Elder Bonifas, de España, who came on Tuesday to the field, had to come to Las Flores twice this week for the 2 interviews bautismal, which is very expensive as you can guess. He apparently has no food, his monthly asignación is gone, but the travel costs are reimbursable. He had to come twice cuz the first time Griseldas son was in the hospital so she couldnt come. Hospital is more like an intense doctors office here as opposed to what we would think of like an emergency room, so still not great news, but not terribly scary, we also had the opportunity to bless the little boy, Thian, who loves me! And of course I love him.
Well we´re learning new things and improving daily, and we´re just happier and happier. Though it is weird to not be the youngest in our District, Im excited to get more into the culture, language, and of course missionary life routine. But also to see where you guys go with your lives! Also weve been finding a lot of big and little wolf spider things in our pensión recently, so were worried there could be a little giant family somewhere. But we´re alright. Love you all! ¡Godspeed!

Love you!

Elder Gibson