Tuesday, April 10, 2018

9 April 2018 WEEK 94

One of the many challenges we face as missionaries is being God’s servants while at the same time being ourselves. This requires balance, maturity, and a deep understanding of our purpose. Some may struggle with this balance. I believe this comes from a misunderstanding of our purpose. We all understand that one day we will be like Jesus. This is everybody’s goal. But we are all unique, so how is this possible? Are we all going to end up as Jesus clones? I think not. 
Perhaps an easy way to find this balance is to ask, for any situation you are in, or action you are considering taking, what would Jesus do or say? Let’s look at a few examples:
Would Jesus love everybody, even that “difficult” companion, and how would this look?
Would Jesus help somebody fix their motorcycle or computer, or help clean the house?
Would Jesus serve somebody who had no chance of being baptized?
Would Jesus ever refuse to talk to someone?
Would Jesus love and serve the unlovable just as much as the “golden investigator”?
Would Jesus gossip about the perceived shortcomings of other missionaries?
Would Jesus ever reprimand another without showing more love afterwards?
Would Jesus ever hold a grudge?
Would Jesus ever be part of a “less obedient” group of missionaries that looked with disdain or derision at fully obedient (less fun) missionaries?
Would Jesus turn every possible interaction with other people into teaching moments? (meals with friends, meals with strangers, interactions on the way to an appointment, huge groups, single individuals, when reproving and correcting, P-day activities)
Would Jesus teach using the most effective method for his audience? (Parables-stories, scriptures, by example, metaphors-the Kingdom of Heaven is like . . . )

Things went by too quick this week. It felt like I just got Elder Hudson yesterday. Elder Hudson is from St. Elizebeth Jamaica. He just recently returned from the MTC is the Dominican Republics. He is From a small town called Junction. He is a big boss, we have been walking Endlessly trying to figure out our area. My feet have been in so much pain it is crazy haha. 

And to top it off we have been playing a lot of basketball lately, with my feet hurting it did not make them better, but my basketball skills are improving haha. We are thinking of setting up a 3-on-3 basketball tournament in a community in our area.

I love you all. May God bless you!


-Elder Gibbons-

Keep Trying. Keep Pushing. Keep Believing. Keep Growing. Heaven is Cheering You on Today, Tomorrow, and Forever.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

3 April 2018 WEEK 93

    It was invigorating to see the changes that were announced - in how we who hold the Priesthood will meet together as Elders and High Priests, and how we will be “ministering” rather than Home and Visiting Teaching, and to hear the additional new temples that will dot the Earth in the future. 

“The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth, and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands shall roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth.” -Theodore M. Burton. 
A Happy Easter to all this glad season of Remembering our Dear Savior and beloved Older Brother, and his resurrection!

We had 2 miracles happen this week that I am pleased to share with you! A member from Kingston asked us to come by and give her son a blessing. She informed us that his memory and been taken from him and he was left dumb you could say. They asked if I would give the blessing, and a couple of days later we received a call from the mother, and she rejoiced in telling us that her son had been healed. 
Another miracle happened earlier this week when we had to bring a missionary to the hospital as he broke out in hives. Before we departed for the hospital, he suggested we give him a blessing. Again he asked me to do it. After we attended the hospital that night and early the next morning the hives were gone. Truly these are the works of God!

Transfer calls were this week, and I will be receiving Elder Hudson who is a native to the island of Jamaica. First Jamaican companion! We will be serving in Kingston as added missionaries to the Constant Springs Ward. I will also be serving as the District leader of over 20 missionaries. How exciting is that! 

-Elder Gibbons-

Keep Trying. Keep Pushing. Keep Believing. Keep Growing. Heaven is Cheering You on Today, Tomorrow, and Forever.

Monday, March 26, 2018

26 March 2018 WEEK 92

Elser Gibbons and Elder Fua were emergency transferred last Monday night from Savannah La Mar to Kingston - Another Elder was hurt badly and Stone was assigned to be with him while he recuperates and Elder Fua has been assigned to the hurt elders companion.  So with transfers coming up next week we will see where he ends up or if he'll stay in Kingston for his duration.  

From Stone: 
So crazy things happened this last week that I am very excited to share with all of you!
Me and my companion, Elder Fua, were emergency transferred from Savanna La Mar, to the big city of Kingston. This took both of us by huge suprise. It was like trying to hit a curveball. 
So we have been spending this last week with the Kingston Zone leaders and meeting with their investigators. We still haven't had the opportunity to meet with Bishop Singh and figure out our area so that is on the list of to do items! 

But as well this last week we were able to attend Zone Conference and that was awesome as usual:) I was really able to find the ways that Christ has impacted  my life. My testimony of the Gospel was strengthened and I have found a pure love for the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith and the First Vision! I always love seeing the other missionaries, it is even more cool to see how they look to me as an example as I am getting close to finishing my mission.  

I have been asked how to be bold yet loving when correcting someone. This is such a good question, I thought I would share my thoughts on this with all of you. We are all familiar with D&C 121: 43 Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy. The key here is when moved upon by the Holy Ghost. If you are angry, shouting, feeling hate, are trying to harm the other person with your words or actions, or don’t even care what impact your words could have on the other person, then you are not being moved upon by the Holy Ghost. On the other hand, if your reproof hurts you as much as it hurts the other person, if your reproof is followed by an increase of love (not the silent treatment), and if you feel peace after the reproof, you are probably being moved upon by the Holy Ghost. If your desire is for the welfare and well-being of the other person, you are probably on the right track.

As we approach Easter, take some time to remember. Remember that you are a child of God, and so is everybody else. Remember that your Elder Brother is Jesus Christ. Remember that He created this earth for you, suffered, died, and was resurrected for you, giving you a way back to your heavenly family. Remember that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, you represent him, you do what He would do if He were here. Remember that Jesus loves every one of His siblings dearly, and so should we. 

-Elder Gibbons-

Keep Trying. Keep Pushing. Keep Believing. Keep Growing. Heaven is Cheering You on Today, Tomorrow, and Forever.

Monday, March 19, 2018

19 March 2018 WEEK 91

    As I was paging through the parts of PMG that are assigned for this transfer, the quote from President Boyd K. Packer in the box at the top of page 19 caught my eye. “True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.” 
Why do you think the Brethren included this quote, and even put it inside its very own box? Well, because it is probably very important to missionary work! Why is it important? Do we ever encourage our investigators to change a behavior? That’s about all we do or should be doing! Another word for this change in behavior that we seek is repentance. Preaching repentance is the first half of our purpose. When you are trying to get your investigators to church, to change their behavior, to repent, what is your strategy? According to President Packer, it should be to help them understand true doctrine. 
You may now be asking: Doctrine? Doctrine? What true doctrine? Once more, the Brethren have made it easy for us. At the beginning of each of the first three lessons in Chapter 3 of PMG, inside the “Your Purpose” box, are the baptismal interview questions. Here they are, the answers to these 5 questions are everything your investigator should understand to qualify for baptism: 

Do you believe that God is our eternal Father?

Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world?

Do you believe that the Church and the gospel of Jesus Christ have been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith?

Do you believe that Russell M. Nelson is a prophet of God? What does this mean to you?

    Are you willing to keep the Sabbath Day holy, including partaking of the sacrament weekly and rendering service to fellow members?

    As you work with your investigators that are struggling to keep a commitment, ask yourself, which of the above questions do they not understand, that is keeping them from keeping the commitment? The answers to these questions are our doctrine. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, our doctrine is designed to get God’s children to know how to come unto Christ and be saved. This is what we teach. It is simple. We should strive to keep it simple by focusing on the doctrine of Christ, and nothing else. Jesus made this point clearly and powerfully when speaking to the Nephites: And whoso shall declare more or less than this, and establish it for my doctrine, the same cometh of evil, and is not built upon my rock" (3 Ne. 11:40).

-Elder Gibbons-

Keep Trying. Keep Pushing. Keep Believing. Keep Growing. Heaven is Cheering You on Today, Tomorrow, and Forever.

Monday, March 12, 2018

12 March 2018 WEEK 90

​​The gospel plan is simple. It is perfect. It is infinite in its’ reach. Despite its’ simplicity, one can spend a lifetime learning and living it better and better. As full-time missionaries, our mission is very focused: Preach repentance and baptize converts. Even though our purpose and focus can be summarized in five words, we have been taught and learned many lessons on how to be as good as we can be at preaching repentance and baptizing converts. 
Obedience brings blessings, exact obedience brings miracles.
We cannot teach without the Spirit and without unity.
We can boldly challenge 10 people a day to baptism, using the BOM.
We want to move from a “wishy-hopey” faith to a “knowy” faith. 
Teach investigators using the BOM and inspired questions; let them feel the Spirit and receive their own personal revelation.
The best finding is done while teaching; so, teach as much as you can.
Part member families are a rich source of new investigators and baptisms. Most families in the Church in Jamaica are part member families. 
Read the Missionary Handbook every day.
Read PMG every day; it is inspired. Apply what you read.
Strive to be passionate about your calling. Go for that A+, and find ways to get “extra credit” every day.
Your Area Book is like the “Brass Plates” for your area. Treasure it. Maintain it. Use it!
Sing hymns in your studies, in your teaching, and in your finding. It will invite the Spirit. 

We have seen many miracles in our work this week! Elder Fua and I continue to work hard everyday. I have gained with the strongest conviction that the Book of Mormon is true and it is the most correct of any book on Earth. My challenge is for all of you to Reflect on the blessing that the book of mormon has given you and then ask yourself the questions from President Nelson, What would I not have without the book of mormon, what would my life be like without the book of mormon? 

There was a really funny fight that happened this last week at church... A couple of the children began to fight each other in the bathroom, so me and another missionary had to stop it. I was laughing so hard afterwards. But we made sure they knew where they were and why! 

-Elder Gibbons-

Keep Trying. Keep Pushing. Keep Believing. Keep Growing. Heaven is Cheering You on Today, Tomorrow, and Forever.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

5 March 2018 WEEK 89

​​     Here’s a few things from Preach My Gospel that have stood out to me this past week. From Chapter 2, Effective Study:
“Effective daily study must always begin with prayer.” “Getting good results from your study depends on having a strong desire to learn, studying with real intent, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and searching for answers to your investigator’s questions and concerns.” “Like Enos, as you hunger to know the words of eternal life and as you allow these words to sink deep into your heart, the Holy Ghost will open your mind and heart to greater light and understanding.” And finally, under Studying and Preparing to Teach Lessons, the first bullet point reads – Focus on commitments and baptismal interview questions. So, when we are teaching lessons 1-3, are these baptismal interview questions and the accompanying commitments what we are focusing on?

     This has been a really good week. We have been working really hard with Tavill, Ramel, and Taeshawn. All of them are progressing really well and are super solid. All of them even came to church. 
Other than that this week is going to be really good, we have a FHE set up for every night and will be celebrating a birthday for one of them on wednesday

Love you all! Remember to keep safe and be happy:)

-Elder Gibbons-

Keep Trying. Keep Pushing. Keep Believing. Keep Growing. Heaven is Cheering You on Today, Tomorrow, and Forever.

28 February 2018 WEEK 88

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