We received Jared's Wednesday letter and pictures. He is really have a good time and loves his mission. The couple they live with took them and some other missionaries to the NASA space center in Huntsville. He said it was kind of like Lagoon without the rides, although it did have rides. He rode a g-force simulator which apparently made him sick. He rode the takeoff and re-entry ride (missionaries get to do more on p-day than they did 25 years ago when I was out - ours was primarily letter writing and laundry day).
His companion finished up and went home last week. Jared is going to miss him, they got along very well. He is being made Senior companion (congratulations to him - only three months out). He is also getting a very difficult companion apparently. Just like I predicted (Eric commented that he was given difficult companions, and I had my share of difficult comps). It doesn't really seem fair that when you get along with people they give you the difficult ones. I am sure that Jared will do okay. He is having some interesting experiences in the Bible Belt. He had a big Bible bash with a guy that actually read the Book of Mormon with the intent to prove the missionaries wrong. After a while they realized that they were wasting their time and left. I am interested now to see how things go with this new companion.
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.