The Williams had a pogo stick so Cassinat and I had some fun on it. Here is a picture of those magnolia trees. I remember we used to have these in the front of our house in Tennessee. They have beautiful white blossoms.
It was good to heard from Jared again. He is very busy in Gadsden - that is good for the Bible Belt in the deep south. He writes, "[w]e have been having a wonderful week so far. We continue to be super busy and are trying our hardest to stay focused and get everything done."
It looks as if Jared will be able to participate in another baptism. "Friday night we taught Wayne again at the William's home. We taught him more of the commandments and will finish teaching him this Thursday. His baptismal interview is Friday and we are pumped for his baptism on Sunday."
As a District Leader, Jared holds training meetings with his district. "I had each companionship prepare part of it so everyone gave a little bit of a training. I did it on the scripture Alma 26:22 “Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing,... and it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance.” I was mainly focusing on preparing a lesson plan. Missionaries tend to get stuck in ruts and do the same lesson over and over again. It's not good to be robotic. We need to spice up our lessons with stories, questions, object lessons, etc. I think it will really help a lot."
I see a lot of growth and maturing taking place on his mission. It is really a blessing to see your children mature into capable, responsible and spiritual adults.
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.