Saturday, April 30, 2011

April 12, 2011

Querida familia,

Everything is going great here in San Clemente. The weather is amazing, as usual. This week the days were in about the lower 60s with no clouds. Tomorrow our district has interviews with President Cook, so I am very excited for that as well. Two weeks from today, the Carlsbad Mission and San Diego Mission (better known as the Carlsbad South Mission) are getting together in Del Mar to meet with Elder L. Tom Perry! We are so excited (speaking of which, that week our preparation day will be on Monday the 25th instead of Tuesday the 26th, so expect my email on Monday instead of Tuesday).

We have had a lot of great experiences this week and have seen a few miracles. One of the coolest things that happened this week occured in the space of about 5 minutes. It was Saturday, and a lesson had just fallen through so we were talking to all the people who were outside. We met a guy named Augustine, who told us that he was Catholic but never went to church, and we invited him to come to church the next day and gave him directions and he said he would try (we didn't actually expect him to come...we invite people to church all the time), but the next morning when we were passing the sacrament, as I was walked up the row, I saw Augustine sitting there! It completely surprised me. He stayed for all three hours, and loved it. He even said after we were done that he was going to come next week and he was going to try to help his wife see that this is the way that God wants them to go. We are looking forward to being able to teach him!

Miracle #2 (although slightly less eternally important): Last preparation day, everything we had scheduled canceled on us, and so we had the choice to go back and eat dinner or just keep going, and we decided to skip dinner that night and keep looking for people. We decided that the Lord would bless us with being able to find people since we were giving up dinner (we hadn't really eaten anything at all that day, it was such a busy day...not even breakfast), so we did find several promising potential investigators, but by when it was about time to go in, we were starving. About half an hour before we went in, we were walking down the street and saw a lady getting out of her car and we said hello and started talking to her. We had a great conversation and she gave us her phone number and address, and right before we left, she asked, "Hey, are you guys hungry? I just went and bought In-N-Out for my family but I bought extra." We couldn't believe it. We said, "No, we're fine" (to be polite) but when she re-extended the invitation we gladly accepted the manna that had just fallen from heaven. For some reason, the lady had just decided to buy extra hamburgers when she went and got food for her family ("take ye no thought for what ye shall eat, or drink" haha).

Oh, and we met possibly the grumpiest crusty old man in the world. It was pretty funny, we were knocking on doors and this old guy with a cane answers, and we say (smiling), "Hey! How are you doing?" And he scowls at us for a moment and then says grumpily "Worse, now that you knocked on my door." We laughed (we thought he was joking, but he just kept glaring at us), and so we smiled more and said, "Oh, sorry about that. We were just trying to brighten your day!" And he looked at us bitterly again and said, "Well, you didn't. You made me get out of my chair." And we said, "Is there anything we can help you with?" His refreshingly pleasant response: "You can say goodbye and never come back." We walked away and started laughing, but to top it all off, we knocked on the next house and the lady wasn't interested, but when we asked if she knew anyone who we could visit, she pointed at the old man's house and said, "Well, you can go visit my neighbor. He's a really nice guy." Trying not to laugh, my companion and I replied, "Oh, yeah, we just met him. He's unusually pleasant."

Well, that's about all. Oh, I turned 11 months old today (this is killing me...I feel like I just flew into the San Diego airport yesterday). These dumb library computers don't allow you to connect cameras, so I will send you pictures in the regular mail. Enjoy your week!

Sincerely,
Elder Gibbons

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