(Jared in a hat somebody gave him), (Elders Gibby and Lee), (The Suit Burning Ritual - held at 2 years)
Another day, another week gone by (already), my how time flies when you're having fun or not sleeping. We received our Wednesday email today. Jared is doing great! He sent his previous companion home (after the ritual suit burning - things have changed somewhat since I went, we just gave some other elders our ties). He is now the senior companion with an elder who goes home in just a couple of months. He really wants this elder to have a baptism before he goes home (a noble goal which I hope they are blessed with). Elder Lee apparently hasn't had a baptism yet and if anybody can pull it off, it will be Jared. I really enjoy receiving his letters because they are infused with so much enthusiasm. It doesn't matter whether they've had a baptism, they're looking for a lost bicycle helmet, or they've been riding bikes in a downpour, he enjoys it all and relays it via his emails in an uplifting manner (thanks Jared). They are building their teaching pool but dealing with the plague of all missionaries, investigators who don't want to pursue any investigation outside of their own living room. The nice people who will talk to you tend to also be the ones who never to commit to anything (or commit to everything without ever following through). He is working hard and I know he will see success from it. I'm very proud of his achievements, his attitude and his commitment (now I have to get off and deal with my emotions - too many children leaving home and being successful without me).
I am the father of 4 great children and two incredible daughters-in-law. I have been married to the same amazingwoman for over 26 years. I enjoy life especially when I am outdoors. I am employed as the Environmental Manager for a mining company.
I think that the Disney character that I'm most like would have to be
Aladdin. I'm not sure if this is because it was my favorite Disney movie as
a child ...
10 years ago
Elder Jared Gibby
Jared preparing to leave on his mission to Birmingham, Alabama
My sister Kimberly is 10 years my junior. She is among the most adventuresome and accomplished of my siblings. She is married to Sione Fifita and they have one son Viliami who just turned two. She has been a professor of English in Hawaii and currently works for a scrapbooking supply company (Stampin Up). She has actually changed jobs more often than I have! She is writing a novel (has been for years) which I am eagerly anticipating. She has always been a great sister and in some sense is the glue that keeps all six of us bonded together. It has been nice to have her family back on the mainland and to live closer to them.