Tuesday, February 28, 2012

February 14, 2012

Querida familia,

Greetings from the increasingly less cold city of Escondido! Everything is going incredible, as always. The zone continues to push the boundaries of what we thought was possible for a single zone to accomplish. We have the best Spanish missionaries in the mission right now in our zone. We are having several more baptisms this week (including two investigators who had been waiting forever on permission from the husband/father, who finally were able to receive permission after fasting with the missionaries), and a recent convert in San Marcos received the Melchizedek Priesthood, with several more recent convert brothers on the way. President Cook has really been focusing on helping Spanish units increase the percentage of brethren with the Melchizedek Priesthood, so that the Church actually gets stronger as well as bigger. With transfers coming up, we are hoping that President Cook leaves everything and everyone the way they are right now, but we will have to see.

I passed my six-month mark in this area, which is awesome (the longest I have ever stayed in a single area). I was almost sure that I would be transferred at the end of this transfer, but because of various conversations and indicators, I have been lead to believe that my chances of staying in this area longer are greater than I had previously supposed. This morning I read Alma 16-19 in the Book of Mormon, and thought about how cool it would to stay here until the "day that I die." Who knows? Whatever happens, I will be happy.

We have been very blessed this week. The amazing family that we found last Friday came to Church on Sunday (to our surprise--they hadn't given us a definite 'yes' when we had asked them, which for investigators usually means 'no'), and they loved it (and sat by their member neighbors in sacrament meeting). But wait, there's more--we gave one of our investigators a tour of the Church building on Saturday and she felt the Spirit strongly in the chapel, and the next morning she was one of the first people in the chapel for sacrament meeting (she beat most of the members).

But wait, there's more--a family that the sister missionaries had been teaching who they passed off to us came to Church on Sunday for the first time and loved it (the first family I have taught from Guatemala), and last night we went and taught them and set baptismal dates with the four oldest children (seven children total). The sisters did a really good job with teaching them. Those little kids knew more than some recent converts know!

Well, that is all for right now. Thanks for the letters! Enjoy your week!

Elder Gibbons

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