Monday, May 29, 2017

29 MAY 2017 WEEK 49...

This week was by far one of the greatest weeks on my mission by far. I have never felt the spirit so strong in my mission then I did this week. What made it even better is the fact that we were in Nassau! (A.k.A the Bahamas)

It was an incredible experience to come together as a Bahamas Zone and be uplifted and edified by one another. It was also really good to get to see other missionaries and talk with them!

My key take away from this Zone conference was the power of the spirit. I never realized how sensitive the spirit can be until this week. The exercise that the Assistants to the president had us do was so spiritual. We got rid of all the white noise and were asked to close our eyes. They picked on a couple missionaries to bear testimony on certain subjects. After they were borne the spirit was peaking! Until someone said that I hate you and you don't deserve to be a missionary. Don't worry it was part of the exercise. The mood of the spirit changed instantly and dramatically. I felt it right in my bosom.

Another key take away was on the subject listening. There is 3 main ways of listening.
1.) causal listening- which means trying to multitask. 2.) interactive listening- which means that you acknowledge that you are there. 3.) compassionate listening- which means you look at it from there point of view and put yourself in there shoes.
Number three is the one that I have really began to work on and I have such a different attitude going into lessons. It makes them so much more enjoyable.

As taught in Zone conference we have been invited to use family history more in our missionary work. If you don't understand the importance I suggest you read D&C 128:18. We have began using it as a finding tool and we are still working out the kinks and following the spirit but it really is a way to get a step in the door. I know this is going to change the attitude of missionary work. I have full trust in the spirit of Elijah!

I know that all things retrace or are redirected toward the savior. I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know the words given by Elder M. Russel Ballard are true when they say, "It is impossible to fail when you do your best when you are on the lords errand."

To give an update on our investigators and finding. After Zone conference a fire was lit under us that we need to find more. I am excited to, seeing that it was not my favorite thing before. But I know the lord has prepared people waiting for us. Ken is preparing to be baptized this next week! He is just incredible. Lucien is going great he loves the gospel and wants tot continue to learn more. What is even better is that he has began to develop relationships with branch members. We are going to be giving John a break for a couple weeks and move him to the back burner to help him realize what he really needs to do. And that is to be baptized.


-Elder Gibbons-

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

22 MAY 2017 Week 48

Can I just say that I have really grown to love everyone this past week. I had many epiphanies this week about how much I really appreciate the influence and blessings of others who have really impacted my life. I owe this gospel everything. When I wake up in the morning I can just imagine myself putting on the armour of god! It really is a blessed feeling knowing that there lives to brighten and souls to save.

We are working with a couple of awesome investigators. We are still working with John to help him recognize how much the lord needs him on his side in this great battle that has been raging on. We have been teaching a man, Lucien, who is preparing to be baptized on the 4th of June. We are also working with a man, Patrick, who is so sweet and humble and has the biggest desire to find the truth. Finally we have been working really close with a man named Ken. He has grown so much and I can't help but love him. God is so pleased with him.

A little bit more on an unrelated note but I having been working a lot more on developing Christ like attributes. This has been a main focus in my studies. This week I was leaning toward more of finding ways I can serve my fellow beings- Mosiah 2:17. So every time that elder shepherd would get in the shower I would quickly iron his white shirt for him. His reaction every time to this was the best. Elder shepherd is great. We have also been looking for ways to serve others while contacting and it had become a great success.

But this week we taught a pastor of a baptist church. He showed us all his credentials. We thought it was about to blow up and turn into an huge argument, but what happened next was amazing. He was so fascinated by what we teach. He wants to learn more. He is originally from Haiti and wants to be taught by missionaries when he goes back next week. So that was something really cool. Please don't forget to be grateful for all things, whether they are good or bad.

-Elder Gibbons-

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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

15 May 2017 WEEK 47

No letter this week cause we were able to skype -AT least that's what we are assuming, So he sent pictures!!  He is doing amazing is doing some teaching in the Turks and is learning bits and bits of Haitian Creole.  He said he could be in Grand Turks for about 6-9 months, it's hard to have a lot of turn over on off island because Visa's are hard to come by. He hits his 11 month mark this week and we can't believe how fast it has gone by.
We were able to receive some amazing surprise photos and videos from some tourists that added to the great Mother's day Weekend! 

LUNCH with Tourists on the Turks & Caicos

Monday, May 8, 2017

8 May 2017 WEEK 46

Things are really beginning to pick up!
We are meeting some awesome new people and they are progressing very well. We have an investigator named Patrick on date for the 21st of May. We extended baptism to him the first lesson and felt prompted to extend a date and he had no problem with it.
We have a progressing investigator named ken. We will be putting him on date next week but he is doing amazing. We have to use a translator for him because he does not speak any English. He has such humility and compassion. I tear up almost every time we go see him.
But this week was just really good.
I had a scripture stick out to me this week during my studies, its found in the book Moroni: 48th verse of the 7th chapter. "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen." 
 President Monson promised us great blessings if we read the BOM regularly. He said, "My dear associates in the work of the Lord, I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives.
I know the Book of Mormon is true! I know this is the true church of Jesus Christ. I know... he lives.. I so testify with all my heart in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

-Elder Gibbons-

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

Monday, May 1, 2017

1 May 2017 WEEK 45

    We had a really good week. Elder Shepherd and I continue to work hard and be worthy instruments in the hand of the lord. We have set new goals this week and we are very excited to start putting them into action. We plan on trying to do some new finding ideas. One of them is going to be giving tours of the church building. 
    Another one we have is we are going to be teaching on the first contact. We already are having success with this already. But this last weekend we were able to have a training with elder Martinez via skype. And I very much enjoyed it. We received so much revelation for our proselyting area. 
    I almost forgot, but we have also come to a conclusion in our companionship that we need to be focusing our lessons more on our savior Jesus Christ, because that is the center of our message. As we focus on teaching the doctrine of Christ, we will begin to help people repent. But one really cool experience that we had this week; on Thursday night we had a tropical storm here and we were suppose to have a bible study class but no one showed up so we cancelled it due to weather. So we decided to go contacting out in the storm. On our way to an area we felt prompted to go there was a car in the middle of the street that ran out of gas. We parked our car and helped push the car out of the road while the husband went and got gas. Later that night after we got to teach a couple lessons in the rain we were wet and ready to turn in for the night, but on our way home we ran into the same car with the same problem. So we got out and helped push this car again, but this time we were pushing it up a hill. I was struggling helping push this car up this steep hill but the lord gave us strength and we helped this man and his wife. After we finished the man came up to us and thanked us a whole heap. He then said when I see you again I owe you big time. We then sat there and shared with him our message. He said he would look into it. But it really made me have a love for serving others. This is a personal goal I have set this week is to look for more opportunities to serve others.
Mosiah 2:17-" I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom, that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God."

(This is an exert from his note to the Mission President) 

What a marvelous privilege and experience it was to have our special "mission gathering" this past weekend. Our visitors all commented on the goodness and spirituality they felt as they shook our hands. I felt the same thing, and was overwhelmed several times. 
We were taught the importance of teaching by the Spirit, the doctrine of Christ, why we teach repentance and how repentance always leads to change, to focus on a dream about baptisms, that we are all a team and should support one another as we all work toward the same goals, the prayer of faith, not to play small but instead play big and lay all on the alter of sacrifice, the absolute necessity of having charity, staying focused on goals and working with faith to reach them, and finally we learned what a difference it can make if we are happy, smile, and are optimistic. 
-Elder Gibbons-

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