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

Pictures Only this Week!

Monday, February 19, 2018

19 February 2018 WEEK 87

From page 7 of Preach My Gospel, “The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is convincing evidence that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored. It is the keystone of our religion, the most powerful resource for teaching this message.” 
In Alma 32, the prophet Alma teaches us about faith, and how if we would experiment upon his words (he mentions experimenting 3 times), that we would find his words to be good. When I connect this sermon on faith with Moroni’s challenge in Moroni 10: 3-5, I think that Moroni is asking us to “experiment” upon his word. Now, most of you know that I have a scientific background and thus have done lots of experiments. The basis of any experiment is to have carefully controlled conditions. Then if you follow the procedure, you will obtain a certain result and it will be the same result every time!
Alma says to, “exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than to desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.”
Moroni tells us to, “Ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
When we challenge an investigator to experiment upon the word, if they come up with any other result except that the BOM is true, and is the word of God, they did the experiment wrong! Let’s help them learn to listen to the Spirit, and to exercise a particle of faith. Let’s help them to pray, not just to pray as they always have, but with a sincere heart and with real intent, meaning that they intend to change according to the answer they receive. Certainly, only they can open their heart and sincerely yearn for truth. So, if they did not obtain the correct result in their experiment, they did not control the conditions of the experiment as set forth by Alma and Moroni. 

This week we received our transfer calls and Elder Fua and I will be staying together for another transfer! Crazy to think that I only have three left. I hope that Everyone was able to have a great Valentines day as we as missionaries were able to. We had the privilege to be waitors at our valentines party at the branch here in Sav. We spent the night serving others and just being goofy haha. 

A  next thing that happened this week was we had 3 baptisms!!! Most stressful planning of my life so far haha. Because one of the parents backed out of letting her son be baptized but we were able to set some goals with her and she gave him permission so we took him haha. Dante was baptized and it was so awesome:)

We also had Zone Conference this week and it was so nice to be able to see some good friends. I love being able to interact with previous companions or even missionaries that I have served around. It fills you with so much joy. 

-Elder Gibbons-

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


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

12 February 2018 WEEK 86 600- Days!

So this week we have been working really hard to get Dante prepared for baptism. He will be interviewed this week, so lets pray for him. 

Also we had the opportunity to have district conference on Sunday. We took the long travel of 4 hours on a bus, knee to knee. It was so awesome though, I had a whole lot of fun. It was so good to be able to see all the missionaries from my last couple areas and get to see them. I got to see Elder Miller again which was awesome as usual. The main teaching was focused on having a Book of Mormon on  you at all times to hasten sharing the gospel with others. I leave you with the same invitation to carry a soft copy of the Book of Mormon with you at all times and in all things, and in all places.

In Jamaica, we are in the "gathering the low hanging fruit" phase of preaching repentance and baptizing converts. There may be beautiful and delicious fruits high up in the tree, but you must climb and exert great time and effort to harvest them. There are fruits lower down on the tree that would take less effort to pick and gather. But, here in Jamaica, the ground under the tree is covered with fruit that is fully ripe. We don't need to reach up into the tree at all. All we need do is get down on our knees on the ground under the tree with our basket, and gather the fully ripe fruit. This is a fast process; you can fill your bucket in a couple minutes. Then you turn your harvested fruit over to another (your ward or branch leaders and members) for processing. You want to be on your knees under the tree, filling your basket up as fast as you can, over and over. 

This Gospel is true. Jesus lives! We have tons of help on the other side of the veil waiting and eager to help us with this work. 
-Elder Gibbons-

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

Monday, February 5, 2018

5 February 2018 WEEK 85

So this week not to much has happened. But we put one of our investigators on date for the 17th of February and he excepted and is really excited. His name is Dante and he is 13 years old. Loves coming to church and has so many friend there it is awesome. 

Today is Elder Fua Birthday so if you would all like to send him and email to wish him happy 20th here is his email:

But I have been super happy this week and just continuously get closer and closer to our Father in Heaven, and his beloved son, Jesus Christ. I know this work is true and miracles are coming forth. 

-Elder Gibbons-

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

Monday, January 29, 2018

29 January 2018 WEEK 84

As I continue to study chapter 1 in PMG, as well as lesson 3, and Faith from chapter 6, I learn more and more. For this week, I thought I would share some of my thoughts on these sections, as represented by my personal notes at the outside of each page. So, here we go:

The Atonement is the only way!

Quote from bottom of page 32: “Our Father’s plan for us to be successful in this life and to return to live with Him is called the gospel of Jesus Christ”. My comment: Good, simple definition of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our Prophet: Has Priesthood authority. Presides over God’s earthly kingdom. 
His main role is to get God’s children back to God. This has happened over and over in each dispensation.

Our Savior: Gave His Apostles priesthood authority. Established His Church. Taught the gospel. Performed miracles. Set an example of love, service, and humility. Atonement – beat physical and spiritual death. 
Fulfilled prophecy. Taught us obedience and forgiveness through his example.

Joseph Smith used the scriptures and prayer to find enlightenment, rather than listening to somebody else’s opinion. Most wise! I believe the Spirit led Joseph to James 1:5. Then, he exercised his faith by doing something; he prayed!

The heavens were truly opened – the fulness of the gospel restored. Revelation. Priesthood authority. Sacred saving ordinances. God’s kingdom on earth established. This is exciting news! 

If the Spirit is ever going to testify to the truthfulness of what you say, it will be when you tell the story of the First Vision. I testify this is true!

The Spirit will testify to any honest seeker of truth that the Book of Mormon is true. Believe it!

Quote from page 39: “Knowing that the Book of Mormon is true leads to a knowledge that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet and that the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored through him.” My comment: These three things are inextricably tied together. Either they are all a lie, or they are all true.

Prayer is not just talking to God, it is talking with God.  

​What a blessing that Elder Fua and I received this past week! We were able to have the baptism for Deneka. I could tell that the adversary was trying really hard to not allow this marvelous event to occur, because right as the program was starting it began to pour as hard as it ever has here in 
Sav! But we waited it out and was able to continue on with Deneka's baptism in the ocean. What a spiritual experience it was. 

We have been receiving so many blessings from the lord this week, and we are so grateful for it. The week was rough, but something that I have come to learn and love on my mission, is when there is trial, challenge, tribulation, persecution, ect... Something good always lies on the horizon.​

-Elder Gibbons-

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