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Aubrea and Grant did well on their auditions for choirs and Musical Theatre class for next year. Michael and Grant in the Comedy Improv night! Megan and Luke in a Stake Musical Production and star as Belle and Gaston AnnAlyse is almost done with her first semester of College!! Way to go!

The Gibbons Gazette
V O L U M E 1 , I S S U E 1 A P R I L 2 0 0 9

A Turning of Hearts
Andrew Smith Gibbons and his wife Ripzah Knight Gibbons were Mormon pioneers. They helped establish at least 10 new towns and settlements. “Their pioneering included a number of “firsts.” They were among the first generation of children to grow up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Andrew was in the first company of Mormon pioneers to arrive in the Salt Lake Valley July 24, 1847… They were among the first settlers in Kanesville, Iowas; Bountiful, Cedar City, Santa Clara, St. George, and Glendale, Utah. Andrew was an explorer, adventurer, a trailblazer and Church ambassador to the Indians. “Andrew, born a twin, in Union Township (now Hebron), Ohio, never knew his mother. She died soon after his birth. Unable to care for the tiny, motherless babies, William Davidson Gibbons, their father, gave them into the care of other families. Joshua and Sarah Baldsame year… In 1836, the year after Vinson Knight [Ripzah’s father] joined the Church and moved his family to Kirtland, Ohio, Joshua Smith [Andrew’s adopted father] also moved his family to Kirtland. There, he was also baptized… By 1840, as the Latter-day Saints began moving into Hancock County, Illinois, 15 year old Andrew S. Gibbons was employed on a Mississippi riverboat. In that same year he was baptized. Both Vinson Knight and Joshua Smith played significant leadership roles in the development of the new city of Nauvoo. But two years later, a sudden illness took the life of Bishop Vinson Knight, in July 1842, leaving his widow alone with a young family. Joseph Smith himself wrote a eulogy to Vinson Knight.” TO BE CONTINUED...

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
A Turning of Hearts Hello from “Nauvoo.... Eliza, the Escape Artist Bountiful, life at the home front Words from Elder Jibbons From the Flinders Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Andrew and Ripzah Gibbons win Smith took Andrew—hence the middle name, “Smith”. They were kind and loving to him and became his family… Ripzah was born May 13, 1829 in Perrysburg, New York, where her father heard the gospel and joined the Church in 1835. He moved his family to Kirtland, Ohio that

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Hello from "Nauvoo, the Beautiful"
Tulips are sprouting all around the Nauvoo Temple grounds which seems convincing evidence that our cold winter days are "descending to a close" here in Old Nauvoo. It is truly beautiful here but I'm warned that it sometimes snows in May. (Sounds a bit like Utah to me.) Tomorrow morning at our daily preparation meeting, we will be instructed on where and how to find shelter during a Tornado! I am therefore savoring this calm beautiful, sixty degree Spring day. Today, (March 26th), we attended a mission conference with Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander. He spoke in length about the meaning of the Atonement and the mortal ministry of the Savior and how that relates to our choices and our responsibilities for

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Continued: Hello from “Nauvoo, the beautiful”
our decisions in life. He spoke of how our choice to repent opens up the law of mercy to us. He pointed out that repentance isn't "harsh" but it really is the "promise of God that we can turn things around and the promise of regeneration; of putting things right." His message generated tender feelings of gratitude for Christ's atonement and resurrection for it is only through His infinite love and sacrifice that there is hope of eternal relationships with those we love. The Relief Society Commemoration program in the upper room of "Joseph's Red Brick Store" was nearly flawless. It was a unique blessing in my life to help plan this historic event. It was an added bonus to have my daughters, Tricia and Sara here to participate. They sang beautifully, as did all the other sisters who were part of the program. It was a beautiful day which allowed us to gather approximately one hundred and fifty women who were in attendance for a group picture between the two sessions of the program. The picture and a news bulletin of the event should show up in Church publications, we are told. Just as the Relief Society assignment was completed, I jumped head-first into my new assignment with "Rendezvous". It will keep me very busy. In addition to those presently performing in the shows, we have twenty new missionaries arriving this weekend who I will be responsible to audition, cast in parts, stage and rehearse music and scripts with. The love I have for this show and for the missionaries who are the performers, make most of what I do an absolute joy! (Every single missionary becomes a performer!) Most of those who perform have never been on stage before so this production is, in and of itself, a "Nauvoo Miracle"! I wish all of you could come here and experience the spirit and message of "Rendezvous". I love my mission and the opportunity to serve and bear witness of the Restoration. My love and prayers reach out to all of you as I remain so grateful for your love and support. Sister Donna Gibbons

“I love my mission and the opportunity to serve and bear witness of the Restoration.”

Eliza, the escape artist {Part 2}
By now we’ve all heard the story of Eliza escaping from nursery to play the organ in the other ward’s sacrament meeting. Well here is the latest escape story: First of all, we should have seen it coming, red flag #1: there were a lot of kids in her nursery class today; red flag #2: New nursery leaders, they don’t know Eliza’s escape history. It was between 2nd and 3rd hour of church. Men and Women were combined in the Sacrament room for Ward Conference and our home teacher taps Daniel on the shoulder and points up to the pulpit area. There is Eliza with the loose microphone (the one they use for baby blessings and such) singing Twinkle. Twinkle Little Star. Jeremy the hometeacher offers to take her back to nursery, he is going there for his own daughter. As soon as they are in the nursery room she is out again, booking down the hallway. Jeremy just barely catches her before she gets to sacrament room again. When I went from the YM/ YW combined lesson to pick up Eliza I saw they put a gate in front of the door. I didn’t know about the earlier incident, but I immediately knew that gate was there for my child, Eliza, the escape artist.

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Bountiful, life at the home front
with everyone, his work ethic, his wisdom, his testimony and his love for family, the gospel and our Father in Heaven and Savior (I also think he’s extremely handsomebonus!). I think the most amazing thing about him is the fact that he loves me - this man knows all my faults and he still loves me. I know I can’t come up with the words to truly express how I feel about him but it is the deepest emotion I have along with my feelings for my Savior and Heavenly Father. I want each of you to always remember your mother loves your father more than words can say! I also want to you know that my testimony is strong and solid. I know it’s ALL true. It’s my greatest joy and what makes everything else in my life more joyous. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! Dad and I are fine, busy and crazy. Dad’s a good man, Bishop and Business Owner. Biz P. Wood complimented him by saying he always makes her feel like she’s part owner of the company because he asks and cares about her opinion. I think that’s says a lot about him. Love to you all and hope this Gibbons Gazette really takes off - join the fun!!! XOXO Marmie and Mimi

I think the most important thing I can do to start our first family Gibbons Gazette is to remind all of you how much I love your father. I could not have accomplished even half of what I have done thus far in my life without him and his love and support for me. I love his humor and quit whit, his patience, his kindness, his love for all people, his soft and gentle nature, his talents (not just the musical ones, all of them), his ability (gift) to get along

I think the most important thing I can do to start our first family Gibbons Gazette is to remind all of

Life of Grant
Grant is as busy as ever and we all kind of feel a little sorry for him because he has no life (trust me when I say he has friends but no time for playing). He’s swamped at school and then straight from school he goes to work and is swamped there. His current joy is playing the piano (when he has a spare minute) and can play ANYTHING!!! (I know we all think he’s a little bit of a freak of nature but seriously that kid can whip out anything on the piano - amazing!!!) He’s looking forward to having NO school at BHS this summer but still has to take online classes in order to graduate (because of all his music classes he has) but at least he won’t have to physically be at BHS. He’ll also have time to get his Eagle done this summer.

you of how much I love your father.

The Bebe graduating from Jr. High
I know this will be a chock to everyone but I’ve been a little emotional lately because Aubrea will be in High School soon. She is turning 15 this week and had auditions for Musical Theater on her Birthday! I’m NOT worried about the auditions she is very talented but it’s all happening at once! She is VERY excited for High School and especially excited to already have friends going into H.S. (thanks Grant). Grant has included her with his group of friends and she is already lined up with her “showmance” (as Grant calls it) for next year. She really wanted the both of them (she and Grant) to try out for an office at BHS but Grant just doesn’t have the time, so now I’m not sure if Aubrea will or not. She is such a happy young lady!

Words of Elder Jibbons
I love to see the temple! It has been a while since I saw one in real life but I Love looking at pictures of them! Actually my companion elder Wynder, who is one of my best friends, can look at any picture of any temple and with out any moment of hesitation he can tell which temple it is! he is incredible! he really has a strong testimony and a clear vision of the work. Thanks to his faith and our Heavenly Father we set a baptismal date with our ami Wang Shing Ye to be baptised!!! She set it for this saturday! How exciting for her! She is making the best choice of her life! But really if you think about it we already chose this plan, and accepted Jesus Christ as our savior before this life, so really when we choose in this life to follow Him, we are really just choosing to stick to the choice that we already made! YiPPPPPEEEEE! Please pray that She will be ready. Well, life seems to take some really strange turns sometimes, and last week I wasnt quick enough on the draw... I was driving and we were on our way to the church, I was trying to change to my right lane and right when I looked to check my right blind spot the lady in front of me chose to stop for an oncomming pedestrian. my companion screamed and I veared right and slammed on my breaks.... I, like the girl that hit me, was too late. I hit their tale end on the back right side. no more than a small crack and a few scratches. but honestly, cant we all just be friends? I dont want no trouble. I felt terrible. It was a wrong moment-right time ordeal. Thankfuly there was no one hurt and the damage was really minor. Plus the lady who was driving was extremely nice (I think she felt a little guilty for stopping so suddenly for a pedestrian who hadn't yet reached the crosswalk). in any case, it was my fault and so I lost the priveledge of driving for a time. I spoke with the bureau and they said that if an accident like that happens the Mission will pay for the costs, but if, for example, I was out in the car with my companion goofing around and something happened, it would be on my shoulders to pay. I feel really bad about it, but am grateful that no one got hurt. Once again the Lord put someone in our path. We have her address now and we are going to take her cookies tomorrow! I am sorry about that folks; as dad would say this experience just "wasnt what I had in mind..." apart from that this week has been a really good week. I love the work so much, we see miracle after miracle everyday! Elder Wynder and I have a favorite song that we listen to all of the time it is found in General Conference October 2008 sunday morning or afternoon session its called "Faith in Every Footstep." I love that song so much! at the end the choir is at full force and about to sing the final phrase when they sing a breathtaking chord while singing the word "LOVE" (to me, it is ironic, craig jessop knows what he is doing because the very moment when they hold this chord and sing "Love" is the when they sing an extra note... the major 7th ;) "the chord of LOVE".) You need to hear it, it is really moving when they sing love and they are singing the chord of love at the same time. I hope that makes sense. It is really amazing. well yesterday at church we were blessed with 7 amis at church! it was so great! we have some amazing members that are right there to be with our amis. I wish you could meet them all! Ok, so there are some kids in the ward of Capitole who are so cute! I love em so much! One is called Mattieu (matthew). He is 4 years old I believe and has an amazing imagination. another little girl loves a little harmonica that someone gave me. she is a pro at making noise exude from the 'petite' bellows of the harmonica. another little girl and her little sister believe that I am magic (I do the tie trick, dad) and that I can fly. But the reason that I dont fly at church is because "it is the sabbath and that I have to keep the sabbath day holy." They are all little adorable kids that remind me of the cuties in our ward and eliza, I am sure that they would remind me of Porker and Brockton but I havent yet met the dudes. In all cases I love you all so much and I love being a missionary. I think of you often think of you all. I see you all in the people here that I love. I love you all from the bottom, to the top, of my heart!

Elder Jibbons

Gibbons Family Contact Info
Barry and Lucie Gibbons 981 E. 250 S. Bountiful, Ut 84010 (801)298-2893 Daniel and Brook Black 7611 Wrigley Dr. Pasco. Wa (509)380-0852 Michael and Jenny Gibbons 280 S. 425 W. Apt. C2 Bountiful, Ut 84010 Michael’s Cell: (801)643-1246 Jenny’s Cell:(801)712-9269 Luke and Megan Flinders 700 S. Clearwater Falls Dr. Layton, Ut 84041 (801)726-0233 Elder Guy Gibbons La Mission Francaise de Toulouse 4, rue Alaric II Compans Cafferellia F-31000 FRANCE AnnAlyse Gibbons BYU IDAHO 156 Barnes Hall Rexburg, Id 83460 Sister Donna Gibbons (Grandma)

"Kindness begins with Christ" The finisher of our Faith. I love Him and I know He lives!

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From the Flinders
Brock is becoming quite the little socialite! He will smile and talk to just about anyone or anything. The hills are alive with the sound of music for the Flinders family! Being involved in 2 stake musicals within a few days of each other has kept us busier than ever! Our current stake put on an Easter concert "Behold The Lamb Of God" on March 29th and asked Luke and I to sing a duet in the program. We sang the beautiful arrangement of "Jesus The Very Thought Of Thee" from the EFY 2008 cd. Jenny was wonderful enough to learn the difficult piece on short notice and play piano for us. It turned out to be a really nice evening of music. Our old stake asked us to come back and perform in their musical revue "Back To Broadway" on April 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. We get to perform together as Belle and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast. Luke is also in a scene from The Scarlet Pimpernel and I am a Hot Box dancer from Guys and Dolls. We've had a lot of fun performing together but boy has it all been time consuming! Speaking of performing, Brock is becoming quite the little socialite! He will smile and talk to just about anyone or anything. He has several “friends” (his toys) that he carries on conversations with and he’s starting to giggle here and there too! He just keeps getting smarter and more fun each day! He’s been enjoying the time he’s gotten to spend with his Mimi, Beebee and Granty while Luke and I have been away. He’s such a joy and we love him so much! Just one last note, Luke and I just received new callings in our ward! Luke has been called to teach Sunday school to the 13 year olds and I have been called to be a Laurel advisor in the Young Womens and we are excited to serve! Check out our blog at : lukeandmegz.blogspot.com to see more pictures of Brock!

Joke Corner
A three year old walked over to a pregnant lady while waiting with his mother in the doctor’s office. He inquisitively asked the lady, “Why is your stomach so big?” She replied, “I am having a baby.” “Is the baby in you stomach?” He asked with big eyes. “He sure is.” She said. Then the little boy, with a puzzled look, asked, “Is it a good baby?” She said “Yes, it is a good baby.” With an even more surprised and shocked look, he asked…”Then why did you eat him?” Please don’t let Brook be in charge of the Joke Corner again, submit a joke for the next newsletter!!

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Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Preparation Time: 15-30 minutes Refrigerator Time: 4 hours or overnight Cooking Time: 8 minutes per batch Cinnamon Mixture 4 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

From the Kitchen of :

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Cookie Dough 1 Butter Flavor CRISCO Stick or 1 cup Butter Flavor CRISCO all-vegetable shortening 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 cups all-purpose flower (wait, I mean flour, I wonder what it would taste like if you added dandelions)?? 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1. For cinnamon mixture, combine granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon in small bowl; mix well. Set aside. 2. For cookie dough, combine shortening and brown sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well blended. 3. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in small bowl. Add to creamed mixture; mix well. 3 and 1/2. Make sure to taste the dough, just to be sure it turned out okay (and because it is DELICIOUS). 4. Turn dough onto sheet of waxed paper. Spread into 9x6-inch rectangle using rubber spatula, you might need to make it a little thinner, in order to get the greatest amount of swirls. Sprinkle with 4 tablespoons cinnamon mixture to within 1 inch of edge. 5. Slowly roll up jelly-roll style into log (the goal is to get as many swirls as you can). If dough cracks, smooth with fingers while rolling. Dust log with remaining cinnamon mixture. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap; refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. 6. After waiting for this spectacular cookie. Heat oven to 375 degrees Farenheight (sp?). Spray cookie sheets with CRISCO No-Stick Cooking Spray. 7. Slice dough 1/3 inch thick. Place on prepared cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees (I don't know why it's different, I think you change it for the cookies' sake) for 8 minutes or until lightly browned on top (watch closely because the color can be a bit deceiving with the cinnamon). Cool on cookie sheets for 4 minutes (you must do this, or else the cookies will fall apart); transfer to cooling racks. GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!!