Elder Gibson completed an honorable mission and left Trujillo Peru on Monday, February 8, 2016. He flew to Lima where he had a very long 7.5 hour layover! He then flew to LA, then Phoenix and finally to Salt Lake City where his parents, Ethan, Winston and both sets of grandparents were there to greet him. His Uncle Steve and cousins Haley, Emily and Andy also came to the airport. His flight was slightly delayed and he arrived tired and happy.
We then spent the night in Provo at the Gibson’s so that he could see Justin in the MTC the next morning at 9 a.m.
He had a great visit with his younger brother, a brand new missionary and was able to grab a photo.
We then toured the Provo City Center Temple, which was having an open house in anticipation of it’s dedication later in the year.
We all then got on the road toward Boise. Alex finally arrived HOME on February 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Alex reported his mission to the Boise North Stake High Council at 8 a.m. on February 21, 2016. He then gave his final address on his mission to the Goddard ward at 9 a.m. His dad, Ethan, uncles, grandpas, and older male cousins sang, Ye Elders Of Israel as the music number. Alex gave a wonderful talk on how to be sure we keep our faith and protect ourselves against evil with the RPG, read, pray and go to church. It was wonderful.
We then had family and a few friends eat lunch at the Orangerie at Ball Manor. Uncle Jon had prepared his pulled pork and we had rolls and salads and cake. A wonderful celebration of Alex’s honorable mission.
He got a job 6 days after returning home at Peterson Toyota moving cars and was very glad to have something to keep him busy. He’s hoping to attend BYU-I in Rexburg, if they have room for him, in April 2016.
As Alex continues to remain faithful, remembering all that he learned on his mission and continues to build on his testimony, I know he will live a fruitful, happy life. I am so grateful for his example of faith and courage and love. I love you Alex!