- Companion: Elder Combrink
- Area: Jennings, Louisiana
We had some weird stuff take place and some amazing miracles! As usual we plan our day the night prior and pray that we will be able to follow the spirit and go where the Lord wants us to go. The next day we planned to meet a new investigator, that was willing to drive 20 miles to meet us, at McDonald’s. Before we got out of our car we said a pray to help us teach by the spirit and help him feel the spirit. As soon as we got out of our car we heard some one shout “Elders!” and being over in Jennings Louisiana that is something you don’t hear. It was two ladies, who are members of the church and happened to be from the same part of California as Elder Combrink but they didn’t know each other. Well anyway they had sold everything they had in California and packed up their cars and started traveling the country in search of a better place to live. They both have a rare genetic disease that requires them to be within an hour of a major hospital but have good air quality unlike California and Salt lake area. They had just said a prayer for some guidance, and the moment they were done we got out of our car. We were able to help them and give them direction and advice. That definitely strengthened my testimony of prayer and that the Lord guides us to where we are supposed to go. But it turned out that our investigator completely forgot about our meeting, which is a good thing because we wouldn’t of been able to do both with our scheduled.
Yesterday (Sunday) it was raining and we didn’t know what we could do to be the most productive, so we prayed. And we got an answer! Not quite the one we wanted but it was a fun idea none the less. Our answer was to go bike in the rain! So we went out and biked in the rain, for an hour straight. After that hour it stopped raining, we were still biking but it was done raining. Still not sure what impact we had from biking in the rain except for the looks, from people we got when they saw two boys all dressed up biking in the rain! But we did meet several people that we tried to share the gospel with, some listened others did not, but at least we did our job!
One day this week we got fed 3 times! That’s why missionaries get fat! So I ate breakfast at 7 like any other day, then we were helping somebody move, and they took us to the Waffle House to eat at about 11:30. And I got a waffle that is 12″ across and 1/2″ thick, 2 eggs 2 pieces of toast, hash browns and 4 pieces of bacon… Lots of cheep good food, only $6. Then a few hours later we got a call from a recent convert asking when we were planning on coming over (we had made plans to come over at sometime that day, and when we were trying to figure out what we should do we got that call and he said we could come over now) so we went to their house at about 2:30 and they fed us fried chicken and potato salad, and ice cream and cake. And you can’t just turn down food that they made for you. And then at 6:30 we went to a house we had our original dinner plans and we had meatball stew with rice, and potatoes. LOTS OF FOOD!! that family feeds us every Thursday night with out fail.
When we were at their house we talked about blessings and tithing, pay your tithing it blesses lives!!!! But we also talked about spiritual umbrellas. God has a cloud of rain continually pouring over all of us, we just need to take down our spiritual umbrellas, you may of seen the church card that says let it (rain or pour) (I don’t know which one) but it has a girl in a yellow rain poncho standing in the rain with everyone else hold up umbrellas. We just need to take down our umbrellas by praying, paying our tithing, reading our scriptures, or any other thing that may stand in your way between you and coming closer to Christ. We also need to be sure we are not holding umbrellas over others. By not sharing the gospel, or anything that might stand in their way between them and God. Now occasionally as we are holding up our umbrellas a side wind will blow and we will get the blessings from God. But if we put them down God with pour his blessings out on us!
Something else that’s been a cool experience for me is getting better at sign language! We have been teaching a less active member who is deaf and I was able to use sign language to talk with him, and he has been teaching me a lot more. He has commented on how fast I’m learning! Sunday I was able to communicate most of the Sunday school and priesthood lessons to him! The gift of Tongues is real!!!!
This week we get to go to the Houston Temple, if we can get a ride from a member, it will be a 3 1/2 hour drive but I can’t wait! And I hope we get to go! We also just found out today that on Saturday we are having a mission wide mission Conference and a member of the first quorum of the 70 is coming, it’s the guy who talked about “The Forth Missionary” his name is something along the lines of Elder Corbrige. But I don’t know if the talk is advisable for public viewing but I’m sure it is (I have a paper copy of it) but you should all look up “the forth missionary” it’s a great talk!
This last week I got to hold a baby alligator! Which was fun. And we saw a turtle on the road and we stopped and picked it up and took pictures, ha we are weird. I haven’t been on my mission for a month but I already have 23 months left, to the day…… Some one is jiping me! Ha I spelled that wrong. But 5 days short of 24 months! Grrr! Haha. We have week long days and day long weeks on a mission. Every day is like Sunday, I don’t even realize it’s Sunday. But then then Monday is the day we shove the normal week into.
I hope you are all enjoying yourselves, with school about to start for some.
But the final thought I want to leave with you is of the power of prayer! It’s amazing! And it is truly a gift to us! I know that if we pray always that the Lord will guide us and bless us. He will help us through the hard times in our life. It may not be easy but it is the part that shapes us and benefits us the most! Remember that Christ is always with you, we always need to strive our best to be representatives of him.
Elder Brian Hobbs
Baton Rouge Temple
Baptisms- Baton Rouge Temple
Look Mom, No Hands!
Elder Combrink – Turtle Talk