February 21, 2014

Dear Fans of Mine,

I’ve successfully survived my first week at the CCM, in a skirt. I’ve NEVER had so much of a hard time trying to sit properly, but I made it. Haha! It’s official…even without saying anything, my new name is ‘Barbie’. (THAT IS WHY IT SHOULD BE THE TITLE OF MY BLOG ;)). The CCM currently has 9 Sisters (including myself) and probably 40 Elders. Once again I’m part of the minority, being a giant and blonde, but I love it.

The food is FANTASTIC, and when we were having orientation (all in spanish, but luckily I had a translator) the man in charge said that their job was to fatten us up before sending us out, then after he said that he stopped in front of me, looked directly at me and raised his eye brows. Undoubtedly I’m pretty sure I’ve gained a minimum of 2 kilos. Haha! Jk, but really though…

Waking up at 6:30 is a challenge but I’m doing better at it! It’s amazing how the Lord will bless us when we do what is right. I love the CCM Presidente and su esposa (the president and his wife). They are the sweetest couple I’ve ever seen! I’ll make sure my lovely sister Allison posts my pictures here. So I only get to write every 10 days and then 4 days.

IT TRULY IS A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL. So far I’ve run into people who know my brother from Argentina and an elder who knows a friend from Snow College. IT’S AMAZING! I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that it is true, with all my heart. I know that I’m meant to be here in Colombia learning Spanish, and I know that there are people who I’m meant to help in Bolivia.

This past week I think the most different thing I’ve had to eat.. was.. fried pig skin. I made a mistake of asking what it was and I couldn’t eat more than a bite. The Elders in my district sing ALL THE TIME, it’s awesome because they’ll serenade us with Disney songs 24/7. I have two spanish teachers, one is Hermana V. and Hermano M. Both are awesome and it’s crazy because they both look like someone I know back at home.

So basically I wanna live in Colombia when I get off my mission. I’ve already gotten a tan from being outside for 10 minutes. Okay it was more of a burn but it’s turning into a tan. It rains between 1:30-3:30 pm EVERYDAY. I love it!

I’m not sure what else to write, but I’ll write more next week on Tuesday. If you wanna know more about our church, go to mormon.org.

I love you all dearly! I know I say that all the time, but I truly feel that way about all my family, friends, leaders, etc. I’ll be sending all the photos I can this week and next week.

CON AMOR!

Hermana Gibbs (or Jibbs/Gibby, thats what the latino guys call me, ahahah!)

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Colombia Mailing Address

Sister Rachel Gibbs would love to hear from all of her friends and family!

You may send letters to the following address:

Sister Rachel Gibbs
Bolivia Santa Cruz Mission
Colombia Missionary Training Center
Carrera 45 # 57B-26
Barrio Nicolas de Federman
Bogota Distrito Capital
Colombia

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February 12, 2014

Buenos Dias!

Colombia is SOOO beautiful! I made it just fine to the Colombia CCM (Missionary Training Center). Luckily I found the Elder and Sister I was suppose to travel with. Turns out all the Norte Americanos that came to the CCM yesterday are tall and blonde. I know the least amount of Spanish out of the three. Which is fine, I just have to catch up. My companion is Sister E. She is the sister from Hawaii that I flew in with. Also, the three of us are going to the same Mission as well. WHAT A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL. Haha!

We got to watch 17 Miracles yesterday since it was all mainly English\Portuguese speakers, so there were subtitles in Portuguese. You would be so proud of me, I am THE FIRST ONE AWAKE in the morning. I am the only one with an alarm clock so basically after I start moving around in the morning, everyone else has to wake up.

I honestly cannot for the life of me remember everyone’s names, but inshallah I’ll remember soon. I really should have stuck with one language because when I think I know the word in Spanish it turns out to be Arabic or German. FAIL. I’m already suffering from not having my iPhone with me. It’s like I’m missing a part of me. But I’m excited to be mainly disconnected from the internet world.

On the first plane ride over here there was a little girl who sat a seat away from me. I told her I liked her backpack, and when I wasn’t looking she moved. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? Hahaha. DRIVING HERE IN COLOMBIA IS CRAZY. Dad if you had come with me you wouldn’t have known what to do. Anywho, gotta go! LOVE YOU GUYS! Remind people to write to me!

Con Amor

Sister Gibbs

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Called to Serve

Sister Rachel Gibbs has been called to serve an 18-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Bolivia Santa Cruz Mission. She will be teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Bolivia in Spanish.

Sister Gibbs will first go to the Bogota, Colombia Missionary Training Center for approximately 6 weeks. Then she will be off to Bolivia for the remainder of her 18-month mission.

Sister Gibbs would love to hear from all of her friends and family. We will keep this blog updated with her most current address.

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