Monday, August 13, 2012

August 13, 2012

Hola familia y amigos!

Well this week has gone by fast. Has it for anyone else?? Haha I guess the time here on a mission just flies by. But it's okay because we are still plenty busy, that's for sure. So this week we had some really good experiences. And it goes along with some of your questions mom so that's perfect!

So Richard and his kids were home on Tuesday and we stopped by, and we started teaching the new member lessons, but about 5 minutes in we both felt that wasn't important, and we started talking about baptism to Richard, and we just straight up asked Richard what do we need to do to get your wife and kids on board with this decision to be baptized? And he gave us some answers and then his kids were sitting there and Elder Calles said to them, What is the point of baptism? Why would you want to be baptized? And he just gave a really good lesson and asked them to pray about baptism and we know they felt the Spirit. They opened up like they never have before, and really talked to us instead of letting their dad dictate the conversation like normal. So we feel that was a breakthrough with them. Beacuse if the kids are on board, then his wife is going to have to try and find out if this is true or not. And well that can lead to a couple options, but most of them are good! We were really excited about that. And I should probably give the credit to Elder Calles because when I say 'we' in this story I mean 'he'. I was a little distracted entertaining their youngest daughter Alex who has a bottomopless pit of energy and likes to go through my backpack and break my pens and write on everything, so he really did it all. But I had a chance to talk with Richard the next time and we had a really good talk, and Elder Calles took charge of the entertainment. So we're definitely putting out some team effort haha :) That's what companionships are for eh? So we are really hoping to get them a baptismal date soon. We just have to be careful not to go against the wife's acknowledgement, you know? But we are confident.

Also we met with Tom again, and we got him to look up some hymns on and we sang and actually recorded them, and I think it was a really good experience. Since he loves music, we just got him to sing the hymns, and we hope he felt something while singing them. It was a little werid to be singing into microphones and recording our singing, but I still felt the spirit so that's all that's important! I just HATE listening to my voice recorded--I sound so... wrong. haha Anyway we're really trying to get him on board to come to Sacrament Meeting because we told him there are usually musical numbers, and he loves music! We're just not to the point where he wants to go to church though. We'll keep working, but he might be one of the people we stop by less and less if he doesn't progress. I hate that feeling of knowing we might have to drop him, and it just makes me want to work harder! But sometimes people aren't ready yet. So I'm glad I'm getting all these different ranges of experiences already.

Anyway one last experience was awesome. We met with this Iranian family who moved from Utah and we were contaceted by their friends in Utah who said that they are so close to joining because they've been so well fellowshipped. So we went and visitied them and we got along so good! Shayan loves soccer and I tried my best to convince him to try out for the soccer team, and Shaya likes basketball and soccer, and we told them we'd try to set something up to play with them. Hopefully it works out! They need friends here because they don't know anyone, but they are so ready for the Gospel, it's like a slap in the face, but we'll do our best to be cordial about it and get them on board before we expect them to do anything. But they were a really great family, Their mom was so nice, and their dad seemed so cool, even though I didn't really get to know him. He came home from work about 5 minutes before we left. But he looks like Mr. Bean, it's awesome! Sorry I had to add that. :) But their family was great! So we have new potentials now, and we're really excited about that.

Wow it's so weird to be hearing about school starting up. Yes it's weird knowing I don't have to worry about that for two years! I feel like I should be in the dorms getting ready for another year at college. It's really weird, but it's also nice to not have to worry about anything like that. Two years to just learn the gospel and teach and bring people happiness. I can't ask for much more than that! :) Although the chance to speak Spanish more often would be nice for sure! I haven't had any more chances to speak since that one meeting when I taught the grandmother who only speaks spanish. But we're trying really hard to get more. I don't want to lose the language! But I do study in Spanish so that helps. I spent a long time two nights ago just reading out loud and working on my pronunciation. I can almost roll my r's! But only when I don't focus on doing it hahahah it's annoying. But it will come. I just have to put my trust in the Lord and try my best, that's really all he asks of us in this life. With our best efforts and his help we can do anything we need to! Like not watching Olympics. It's TORTURE for Elder Calles, he can't stand missing them, he loves the Olympics so much. But the members give us updates every time we go over, which is torture but I did hear the women's soccer team won gold! That's awesome. I'm glad I'm not missing the world cup when I get back :) Anyway that's basically all that's happened this last week besides the normal things like meetings. But I don't have much time so I'm going to have to go. I'm sorry if I didn't answer all the questions! But those experiences are what stood out to me this week, so hopefully you enjoy them too.

Also, Stephen Bush met President Miller yesterday and asked about me, so they sent me a text during church saying that the Bush family said hi!!!!! That was way cool. Apparently they are in ABQ East stake, which is right next to ours. Crazy huh? Anyway, that's all for now. We've got a packed schedule today! I love you all and hope that things are going well with you! Keep in touch, and let me know of anything life changing that happens in any of your lives :) haha because this is really changing my life, that's for sure. Buenas tardes!

Elder Tyson Gibbons

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