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Monday, March 24, 2014

The last full week- Weekly Letter

Well, I can say that this is certainly a fun day for me. I just read through tons of E-mails from family and friends reminding me of how little time I have. 
This week was really good. We met with quite a few people who we don't usually get to see, which was a huge blessing for us. Our investigators are progressing well, we have tons of work to do, and we are seeing growth in both the branch and in our efforts. There is seriously nothing else that a missionary can ask for. But I still expect some miracles. Those have been known to happen on a missionaries last week.
This last week, we had interview is our mission president. In my interview, he started it out by simply saying, "don't worry, Elder Gibson. We won't talk about eternal marriage. That is for April 1. I was so relieved, because I thought that he was going to give me a two-part talk on that particular topic. Fortunately, it was a very simple interview about what my plans are for after my mission and what my goals are before I finish.
This week should be really fun. I am going to take part in a musical event in which I will have the opportunity to play in a trumpet-duet with an inactive member. It should be really fun, as well as a wonderful chance to meet with him and see if we can't get him to come to church with his wife. Please pray for us this week so we can see if we can get him to come to church with us on Sunday.
I hope that everyone is doing well. Thanks once again for all of your support and love. Have a wonderful week and make sure that you look for other people that you can reach out to and share your love with.

- Elder Eric Gibson
  Kirche Jesu Christi derHeiligen der Letzen Tage 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Stop to smell the flowers- Weekly Letter

Spring is here in Germany! All of the flowers have begun to bloom, and the temperatures are heating up. I can't say that we had much of a winter. I think that is snowed a total of 2 times the whole winter, but spring is always welcome in my eyes. I wish that my allergies could say the same.
This week was wonderful. We had quite a few things happen that really made it into my journal.
Monday- We went into town and took pictures of the simply beautiful flowers that are now growing all over the city. It was a great P-day.
Tuesday- We found a new investigator. She is from Ghana, and she seems really interested in coming closer to God. We also met with Ralph, a man who we have been teaching for about a month now. He is not making the best progress, because he is torn between us and another church, and he is not very eager to make a decision to join either of them.
Wednesday- We had an appointment with our newly-baptized member. She is really awesome, and has an amazing testimony of the gospel. We are working with her to answer her questions and go through the lessons once again with her.
Thursday- I went to another city called Flendsburg, which is on the German-Danish border. I was unfortunately not able to get many pictures because we were running from one appointment to the next.
Friday- We went by quite a few less-actives, and we were able to contact one who is never home. It was a real miracle. After him, we continued going by on less-actives, and we were able to contact ANOTHER one the same way just an hour later.
Saturday- We ate with a member who is now 93 years-old. She makes the missionaries food every 2 weeks, which has to be the greatest honor that I have received from someone. It takes her about 2 whole days to prepare the meal for us, because she can no longer walk. So cool!
Sunday- We had another great session of church. I was glad, because it was not my week to lead =) 
I love you all and wish you the best for yet another week. Enjoy the spring picture!


- Elder Eric Gibson
  Kirche Jesu Christi derHeiligen der Letzen Tage

Monday, March 10, 2014

Color-changing Umbrella- Weekly Letter

This week was really good. I am not sure if I have had very many bad weeks, but I am always happy to report on a good one. I've decided to do it with a different flavor today so that you'll be able to see what I am doing day-for-day:
Monday- We took a half P-day due to an appointment half-way through the day. We took a bus to another city about 30 minutes away, but our contact was not home. We went to a shop to have lunch, and these three guys looked at us like we were aliens. We talked with them a bit about what we were doing, and they seemed to like us.

- A member took us around in his car to visit all of the single women that we can't visit alone. It was a miracle, because every single one of them were home AND still wanting to meet with us. SCORE! He is going to come with us again next Tuesday. We then did our weekly shopping, and I found the coolest thing in the world... A color changing umbrella!!!! When it gets wet, the pattern will turn into different colors. It is amazing!!!

- We went to another city (Kiel) to have Zone Training Meeting. The mission is expecting technology anytime, so each meeting is always one that could bring with it the I-Pads. This meeting, unfortunately, did not bring such things with. After we got back, we met with a man from Poland who has come to church almost every week this month. He seems to have quite a bit of potential.

- We had lunch with some members. It is a couple who has a really awesome conversion story. The man was totally against Joseph Smith, but then he had a dream in which it was confirmed to him that the church was true. He is now one of the high councilors for our stake.

 Was certainly the worst day of the week. We had 2 of our contacts call us within an hour of each other and cancel appointments. One of those dropped us completely and said that he wanted to stick with his own faith. We had two other appointments on that day which dropped.

 We biked to a town about 5 miles north ofRendsburg. It was all up-hill! We went by on a few of our contacts there, followed by doing some doors. This old lady stopped us on the street and talked at us (not with us) about her life, the wars, the walls, and all of those other awesome German things. We then went home with jelly-legs and then had an appointment with a member to help him write his talk for next Sunday. I assigned him to give the talk, so his deal with me was that I had to help him write it.

Sunday- I led sacrament meeting for my second time. It went alright. It still scares me to death for some reason. I am also the chorister, help to pass out the sacrament, and I am in charge of the primary auxiliary. The responsibilities sure make Sunday a very exciting day for us. Members were kind enough to bring food for us this Sunday. I am so grateful for them! In the evening, we went by on quite a few contacts, and we had tons of people talking to us.
I wish you all the best and may God bless you this week!

- Elder Eric Gibson
  Kirche Jesu Christi derHeiligen der Letzen Tage 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Another Week Gone By- Weekly Letter

Dear Family and Friends,
This was easily one of my favorite weeks here in this city. This week was really good for our program. We saw some really awesome progress with some of our investigators, had quite a few new appointments made out, and, of course, had some interesting miracles.
Our main investigators were not able to meet with us this week, which gave us some time to be able to go by on some people who we usually are not able to have time for in another city called Jevenstedt. There is a less-active there who we haven't gone by on for a while. He was not home, so we did some door, which was really fun. There are only missionaries in this tiny town of 500 people only every year or so. The usually men at the restaurant on the main street were there, which is probably very habitual for them. They looked at us as if we were some real foreigners, which I am happy to say we were. It was fairly successful, and we were able to even get an appointment made out with someone.
We also had a new investigator come to church, which was really awesome! Elder Pearson and I taught him 2 weeks ago, but there was a stake conference in another city that weekend, so he promised that he would come this Sunday, which he did. He was not quite ready to make out a new appointment with us, but he said that he liked what he saw, and that he would like to meet with us in the coming weeks. I think that he really enjoyed it.
There was a fun miracle that happened on Saturday. We missed the last bus to a pretty far away part of the city, but we felt like we should go there, so we decided to walk the whole thing. It took about 2 hours, but it was a trail of miracles, in which we had some great conversations with people about the gospel, as well as a new person that we are going to teach on Friday. This week, we are looking really busy with teaching appointments and things to do.
Thanks for your prayers. Keep them coming! I love you all and hope that your week is filled with missionary opportunities and fun experiences.

- Elder Eric Gibson
  Kirche Jesu Christi der Heiligen der Letzen Tage