- Companion: Elder Combrink
- Area: Jennings Branch, Louisiana
Can anyone else believe I’ve been gone for 12 weeks!? Ok, well, 12 weeks in the field a little longer being gone from home.
So 1 week from today is transfers! So if anyone wants to send me a letter this week, don’t do it! Wait till next week and then I will be able to tell you where I am or if I even moved.
This week has been a good week. On Wednesday morning at 7:30, we got a visit from some Missionaries in the Baton Rouge Mission who we have been in close contact with, giving each other names of people to go see. It was their transfers so they wanted to come meet us in person! So they drove 50 Miles, out of their way, to come see us. Their names were Elder Rush and Elder Ralph.
Well, we did go “Mountain” biking. We went to Sam Houston State Park and there were hills. It was about 20 feet hills up and down through a forest next to a river. The river also had alligators in it and there is a warning sign on the trails saying watch out for alligators. But overall it was fun! The family we went biking with actually came to church! This was so exciting to see them there!
This week I learned of the importance of communication with family. We are watching a family go through a hard time. The single Mom (older lady) won’t tell her son (who is about 40) that she has cancer again. And there are a lot of financial problems going on that he doesn’t know about, and we have been asked not to tell. Now there is a lot more to the story which I’m not going to share but the point i want to expound on is that we need to communicate our problems with our family, no matter how old you or your kids/parents are. Even if we don’t want them to know it’s better to tell them than to let other problems arise. There is a quote from I think Ezra Taft Benson [1987 December Ensign, News of the Church, see link below], but he said, “It’s better to prepare and prevent, than it is to repair an repent.” Which can be used in a lot of situations. But in this case it is better to tell those close to us now, things they probably should know and will find out later, than it is to not tell and let the problem get worse and then have it blow up later! And that can also go with repentance. Talk to your parents, or bishop, or whoever, now. Don’t let the shame and guilt build up. We also need to take precautions (or prepare) to avoid the situations in the first place. The barriers are not to inhibit us but to keep us safe. There was a great talk on that last conference, by Elder Von G. Keetch, called Blessed and Happy are Those Who Keep the Commandments of God. It’s GREAT, read it again! I know that through obedience to the commandments, our lives will be blessed more than we can ever imagine. That through Jesus Christ’s Atonement when we do slip and fall, He will pick us back up and when we stray off course and He will put us on the right path again if only we let Him, through prayer. I know Christ lives. I know he loves me and each of you. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
Elder Brian Hobbs