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Monday, March 26, 2012

German word of the Week: [Kirche Jesu Christi der Heligien der Letzen Tage] I know this is more of a phrase, but I thought that you guys would be interested in knowing what my nametage [Namenshield] says under my name in German.
     Week 2 of the MTC. It's been a great week filled with some awesome moments. First off, I wanted to let everyone know that I won't be able to participate in the General Conference choir. I put in a tryout slip, but since I didn't do singing in high school or anything I didn't make it in. As far as our first investigator we are teaching, we finished with him. On Tuesday, my companion and I were trying to figure out exactly what we thought we needed him to learn for his last lesson. We had some differing ideas, so we decided to pray again as a companionship to figure out exactly what we thought he needed. It was amazing because once we finished the prayer, we literally had the same thoughts come out of our mouths at the exact same time. It was pretty awesome, and by the end of that lesson we committed him to baptism and gave him a book of mormon to read until he could "call us back".
    The next day, we found out that he is really one of our teachers! His name is Brother Duvall, and he's going to be co-teaching with one of the other German teachers. He's pretty awesome, but it's still weird to think of him as not-Stephan. That night, we had Dallin H. Oaks as the special-guest speaker for the fireside. He gave a good talk about how important the sacrament is for missionaries and for members. I also found out that Sterling Farmer, one of my good friends from elementary school, was only just down the hall. We were talking to some missionaries that were going to the Netherlands and then one of them was just like, "Hey, what is your first name?" I took one look at him and was like, "Wait, Sterling?!" It was pretty awesome, and he just took off this morning for his mission so I wish him luck.
     Something funny that also happened this week came from one of the other districts. A set of missionaries were trying to talk about how Jesus had died for them, but accidentally translated it into 'killed'. Their investigator was like "wie viel? or how many?, and the other companion thought he meant who, and was said "all of the Jews in Jerusalem!" It was pretty said and they had to clarify that Jesus didn't kill any Jews later on in the lesson when one of them realized the slip up. 
     I can feel the spirit on this campus. (oh, and by the way, it has BYU written all over it from the electric boxes to the cleaning supplies and even the food, so it's offical that it is technically part of BYU Jacob ;) I know that this church is true and the power and happiness that can come from reading from the Book of Mormon. Best wishes to everyone and I'll keep you updated next week.
-Elder Eric Gibson

Monday, March 19, 2012

 Once I stepped out of the car everything seemed really rushed and I didn't even have time to take a breath (phew!) Yeah, it felt like they hit me with a truck, but they did it so effectively that it somehow didn't make me feel too overwhelmed. once we got introduced to the MTC presidency, an ambassador from Mongolia spoke to us, which I guess only happens once or twice a year (it really wasn't that great, but whatever I guess). I also met my first companion, Elder Miles, who is a pretty nice guy. He's kind of like a hybrid of Jacob and me, so we get along pretty well.
     Next came us entering the classroom which I will stay in for at least 6+ hours a day, in which the instructor talked completely in German. I was surprised by both how much German I remembered and how much I still didn't know (which felt like pretty much all of it).
     By day two, we met our actual teacher, Bruder Luna, and we were also informed that we were teaching our first investigator in German the following day. For those of you wondering how it feels to try to teach someone in a language you've only been learning for about 40 hours, its kinda hard. I was pretty sure that you could make a guess that the first lesson in German wasn't very efficacious. He talked really fast and we could not express what we wanted to say because we didn't have the knowledge respond to him correctly and answer his questions. We both didn't catch many of his concerns, and so our lesson didn't go in any direction. He was really confused, and we basically had to restart when we taught him at the next lesson. We made sure to slow it down this time, actually care about his concerns, and followed the prompting of the spirit. Using broken German, we were able to commit him to praying on his own, which he has not done since he was a little kid. the second lesson went much more auspiciously, and we were able to teach him better.
     As far as the zone and leadership, we arrived only five days before the previous Germans are taking off for Germany. They leave tomorrow, so our entire zone has to be rearranged and new zone leaders called. They are calling us the Moroni districts, because we will be gone before the next set of Germans come into the MTC. The good news is that our zone is being cut in half before my companion and I truly start our leadership responsibilities.
     Things are going good here at the MTC and the language learning is progressing fairly well. I'm glad that I can take it easy for a bit today though. It feels like I've been running since Wednesday (time is crazy warped here). Hope things are going good in the outside world. I love all of you and wish the best.
Elder Eric Gibson

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Eric Leaving Gibson Grandparents house Wed morning

Taking Eric to the MTC Provo, Utah

We left Durango on Friday, March 9. Hooper Utah was our first stop to visit the  Miles relatives. 
Saturday morning Grandma Erwin made us breakfast and then it was off to a Jr. High basketball game (Go Zac!) then shopping to get last minute items needed for the mission. Next we met family at Applebees for lunch.

Sunday we had dinner and then chilled the rest of the day. That evening we went to Kearns  to spend time with the Gibson Family.

Monday we spent time with Emily, Joseph and the girls and that afternoon Jacob and Eric went to Provo  to meet some friends. Close traffic call on the way there!

Tuesday we were ale to go to the Salt Lake Temple for a session . It was nice to have Jacob Eric Emily and Joseph with us.(We Missed you Steven and Mindy!)

Wednesday Morning it was the last of the packing and then off to the MTC . Emily and the girls were able to go with us to say goodbye. Then Home to Durango. It sure was a quiet ride home. We miss Eric, but we know that he is where the Lord wants him to be.  

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Mission Mailing Address

If you want to send me a letter or package before April 24th, 2012, send it to:

Provo Missionary Training Center
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604

If it's after April 24th, 2012, send it to:

Elder Eric Laine Gibson
Germany Berlin Mission
Zerbster Strasse 42
12209 Berlin