Tuesday, January 16, 2018

15 January 2018 WEEK 82

This week was full of success! We were able to have 4 people on date ready to be baptized, and also had 6 Investigators come to church. We will be having a baptism for an 11 year old girl named Deneka on the 27th of January

I want to leave you with my testimony of the Great plan of Happiness considering the state of death. And I leave a second witness along with President Gordon B. Hinkley:

"I hope that prayer will take on a new luster in our lives. None of us knows what lies ahead. We may speculate, but we do not know. Sickness may strike us. Misfortune may overtake us. Fears may afflict us. Death may place his cold and solemn hand upon us or a loved one.

Regardless of what may come, may faith, immovable and constant, shine above us as the polar star."
  1. My love goes out to The friends and family of the Crawford family! In loving memory of my Beloved friend Logan Crawford, who passed away this last week due to tragic accidents. Death is not the end, God be with you, till we meet again!
  2. 1. God be with you till we meet again;
    By his counsels guide, uphold you;
    With his sheep securely fold you.
    God be with you till we meet again.
  3. Till we meet, till we meet,
    Till we meet at Jesus’ feet,
    Till we meet, till we meet,
    God be with you till we meet again.
  4. 2. God be with you till we meet again;
    When life’s perils thick confound you,
    Put his arms unfailing round you.
    God be with you till we meet again.
  5. Till we meet, till we meet,
    Till we meet at Jesus’ feet,
    Till we meet, till we meet,
    God be with you till we meet again.
  6. 3. God be with you till we meet again;
    Keep love’s banner floating o’er you;
    Smite death’s threat’ning wave before you.
    God be with you till we meet again.
  7. Till we meet, till we meet,
    Till we meet at Jesus’ feet,
    Till we meet, till we meet,
    God be with you till we meet again.

-- 
-Elder Gibbons-

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






 The Last one is in Loving Memory of My good friend Logan Crawford. I love you Man! 

Monday, January 8, 2018

8 January 2018 WEEK 81

Stone did not send a letter last week on New Years on Week 80 - He did a google hangouts conversation with us but no formal letter.  Tons of pictures to make up of it!

Choose to be happy!

“ . . .for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11

Things are moving a long here in Sav. Something I really have focused on these last couple of months is to be happy! We may not be seeing the success that we want to, but we have worked hard everyday and been extremely happy while doing it. I really love being here in this moment of time. I would not want to be anywhere else. I love the people of Jamaica! 

This past week I got a visit from some members and friends, but most importantly family, from back in Spanish Town. Momma Eddy, Tina Edwards and Shalawah Barnes. We went out to Burger King and got to catch up with each other. It was so good to see them after a long time. Memories like this will be something that I cherish for a lifetime. 

A lot of members have been starting to come back to church, and that is something that we have been focusing on. The retention level here is really low, but the membership of those who are active is so strong. We have been taking many people teaching and that has seemed to spark some interest in a friendship. 

Have a blessed week! 
Love Elder Gibbons

-- 
-Elder Gibbons-

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






















Wednesday, December 27, 2017

27 December 2017 WEEK 79

(We were able to Skype with Stone on Monday December 25th and Tuesday the 26th was Boxing Day - So P-day this week was Wednesday December 27th)  
I don't have to much to say this week but that I loved being able to see my family! It was so cool to see how much they have all grown up. I am grateful for the Christmas season as it brings family together. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know the Church is True! In the Name of Jesus Christ Amen. 


Stone and the Siblings! 
Stone with Sisters and Spouses ! 
Mom and Dad with Gibby! 
Skyler Norton (Just returned from serving in Mexico)  and Stone 

Monday, December 18, 2017

18 December 2017 WEEK 78

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. As a reminder, here are some of the things that we have learned over the past 18 months: 
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. 

So today was the day that I left the cool places of Mandeville with Elder Evans and arrived in the scorching heat of Savannah La Mar. I am going to miss him so much, but I am excited to train Elder Fua. I do not have much to report on seeing that I am new to here haha, but I am excited for this new adventure. I am grateful to the lord for allowing me to serve in this area. 
Love you all!!

--
-Elder Gibbons-

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

Monday, December 11, 2017

11 December 2017 WEEK 77

 In chapter 1 of PMG, President Ezra Taft Benson is quoted: “Only the gospel will bring joy, happiness, and salvation to the human family.” I love this statement; it is just so . . . basic. We don’t need think-tanks. We don’t need editorials. We don’t need focus groups. We don’t need the insightful opinions of our Hollywood and sports celebrities. All we need is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Referencing D&C 58: 26-29, just doing what we were commanded, such as attending our Sunday meetings, reading the scriptures, regular prayer, fulfilling our callings, doing our visiting and home teaching; these things if done will give us a “C” grade. These things are the basics. But I don’t think we will get into the Celestial Kingdom with a “C”. It is going to take an A+ to get into the Celestial kingdom. That means “extra credit”! We need to do more than what we are commanded. We’ve got to think up good things to do on our own. 
So, for a full time missionary, what is going to get us a “C”? If you want a C, just do what you are commanded. Get up at 6 or 6:30, kneeling united prayer, personal study, companion study, out the door on time. You know the drill. 
Now, what must you do to get that A+? I can’t tell you. That is in the nature of “extra credit”. It needs to come from your own free will, not mine. So, what is your own free will going to lead you to do? I will give you a hint, though. I think your “extra credit” is inspired by love. 

​So some unexpected news for you all, Elder Evans and I will no longer be with each other for this Christmas season which is a huge bummer. We are both being Emergency transferred due to missionaries going home (reasons unknown). Sorry family I was so excited for you to meet him. But Elder Evans will be going to the Cayman Islands, and I will  be heading to Savannah La Mar to train a new missionary. In all honestly I am super sad to leave Elder Evans. Me and him have become close brothers and work really well together. I guess the lord needs us else where then here in mandeville at this time. I am super excited though as I will be training a missionary from Tonga. His name is Elder Fua. I will be heading out on the 19th of December!

-- 
-Elder Gibbons-

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



Monday, December 4, 2017

4 December 2017 WEEK 76

No Letter today, just pictures - A Picture can paint a thousand words! 

 
-Elder Gibbons-

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




Wednesday, November 29, 2017

27 November 2017 WEEK 75

Not to much to talk about this week! But here are a couple of important things that you should know about!
  • We had a baptism for a cute quiet little 8 year old boy named mosiah johnson. We have been working with him and his family. We have been working to bring the family back into reactivity by teaching some of their children. The mom was able to get up and bare her testimony at the baptism and it was so spiritual.
  • This week we got transfer calls and Let me tell you I am super excited! I will be staying with Elder Evans here in Mandeville for another transfer. Our mission president specifically told us that we are staying because of our example to the other missionaries, our success, and that we are fantastic and bringing the branch into unity. I am so excited for my family to get to meet him over skype in the next couple of weeks.
  • Had a nice thanksgiving dinner at KFC because they don't celebrate it here:)
I will send some pictures a little later as the internet is really slow and does not allow me to do so on certain days. But I love you and pray for all of you:)

-- 
-Elder Gibbons-

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