Christmas Report – December 28, 2015

  • Companion: Elder Johnson
  • Area: Jennings

Talking to family was nice talking to everyone. I kind of wish I could of saved the opportunity for a time that I needed it more.  I feels like I have only been away for a week or two, but then also feels forever long!! Weird how that works! I know it was more for you than me, but hey, I enjoyed it too! On Christmas we had a district meeting, then we Skyped, then we ate food at a member’s house, where I got to ride a “swag way” or “hover board” which are apparently extremely popular. The day after we saw several large groups of teenagers riding them.  Funny thing is, that is was in the extremely poor part of town! But in the 30 mins combine I spent riding it, I got really good! So much fun, just dangerous in so many ways, like they can catch on fire if you charge them too long!

Anyways after we went to the Memmott’s house (their from Centerville) and played games with him and his wife.  We played Munchkin  which was really fun! But they also have Dominion (with all the expansion packs), 7 Wonders, Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan and all the goodies! …. We are going to spend all of P-Day at his house playing games with him because he has today off!! So much fun! He also made his own card game with cards he got printed and everything and it’s really fun! After we played games we went home. We were supposed to proselyte but by the time our dinner appointment was over there was no point so we went back to the Memmott’s (because they invited us over, after we had chart as eve dinner) and we played games with them. On Christmas Eve we set up a tramp and we also helped Bro Caple [(cape-uL, not cap-uL) the spelling is for Mom because she couldn’t pronounce his name right] get his truck unstuck from the mud (his back lawn). I think I told you that story when we FaceTimed. Anyways I love you, it been a good week. I hope your week has been good! Keep emailing me 😉 Ha Ha

Elder Brian Hobbs
PS dad is a dork I love him! Him and Star Wars, I have a star wars LSU shirt from a member! It’s great! Haha I also got 2 new ties, the members around here are great!!! Thank you for the gifts I love them all! I like the sweater vest, maybe I will get a chance to wear it
this next week!

I will be on my mission for a week longer!! Yay! There had been rumors going around and I was going to tell you on Christmas but I forgot! Sorry.

From President Drake
“FYI Many of you are aware that transfer dates have been revised by Salt Lake for 2016. This is the information I received: Due to the recent change from 2 week to 3 week training, we have had to adjust the intake schedule for MTC’s around the world. The change in training will become effective beginning in March of 2016. To help this transition, your mission may experience a shorter or longer transfer period once in 2016.
Below is a list of departing dates for your mission.

Jan 19
Mar 01
Apr 19
May 31
Jul 12
Aug 23
Oct 04
Nov 15
Dec 27
I hope this helps clarify some of the questions you might have. The transfer in March will  be seven weeks but all others will be six

“Departing” dates or “transfer dates”



Christmas Morning – Call Home

It was great to see a smiling young man, grinning from ear to ear, on the screen of our iPad! He introduced us quickly to the Caple’s and then went into another room to talk with us.  We got to show him all the snow we received (being there wasn’t a lot of snow last year) and he showed us the rain he was experiencing (just a light drizzle, nothing like he’d been experiencing most of the fall).  We were able to Face Time most of the cousins and Elder Hobbs’ grandparents on our phones and hold them up to the iPad, so they could talk and at least see one another a talk for a quick minute (technology, who would have thought). Once that was done and the siblings had a chance to ask all of the questions, they wanted, then came the heart to heart.  Mom decided that since he didn’t feel like he had a chance to feel like Christmas, we would sing together.  We took the iPad to the piano and as a family we sang, Were You There On That Christmas Night.  This is a song that we knew and have sung the previous years as a family.  This was a special experience to have.  Elder Hobbs was able to sign Away In A Manger for us.  He previously videoed this for a friend that he has gotten to know in the area.  This friend is who has taught Elder Hobbs to speak in ASL (American Sign Language).  Elder Hobbs also signed more, off and on, as he talked with us.

Much was said, but the highlight of being able to talk with him, was being able to have family prayer.  Before Elder Hobbs left, he put little notes on our family calendar for the 2 years that he would be gone.  Of which, one was stating on Christmas Day we would have family prayer and the locations would be Utah and Texas.  Well he was only a few hours off of his location, but that was trivial.  There’s nothing like being able to have a prayer together as a family.  The gospel that he so willingly shares and testifies of, with others, is the reason that we know that families will be and are together forever.  This was testified even more on Christmas morning as we were able to thank our Heavenly Father for the blessings He has given us and the opportunity for Elder Hobbs to serve a mission. As a family and parents we are grateful for Elder Brian Hobbs’ sacrifice and willingness to serve a mission.  We love him and miss him, but know that he is right where is supposed to be.  He will be eternally blessed for his service and dedication to the Lord.


Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas -December 21, 2015

  • Companion: Elder Johnson
  • Area: Jennings

It definitely does not feel like Christmas around here. No snow not really that cold, and most of all I’m a musician! Where are all the performances? Where is singing and playing Christmas music!?!? That was a really huge part of my Christmas season and now I don’t have it, minus singing in our Branch Choir which the women consisted of 2 Sopranos and 3 Altos (which two of them were little boys, singing with a Mom). The men consisted of 4 Elders and the choir director’s husband. That was fun, we sang Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plain.

We had our mission Christmas conference, which was amazing. It turns out that President and Sister Drake know Hank Smith really good and when they found out we all listen to his talks they had him send a personal video (him talking specifically to us!) and that was really cool!

I had a dog bite me. Well it wasn’t really a bite but it did damage. The dog was about 150 lb Rottweiler who is a big teddy bear, but he went to get after another dog and my wrist got in the way. I just had to sew my hand back on but you know, nothing big! And that was actually last night! I was right next to the owner of the dog and I’ve been around this dog a lot. I knew before I pet him, that there was a chance he would get me. Because we were on the other side of a board (wall) and the dog  has a problem with barriers. But he was protecting a bone and another dog bumped in to him and that’s when he got me. He wasn’t after me, but my wrist got in the way.

My new companion is Elder Johnson and things are going good.

Elder Brian Hobbs


My Week In a Small Nut Shell – December 14,2015

  • Companion: Elder Johnson
  • Area: Jennings Branch, Louisiana

My week in a nutshell:

Well the first week of transfers are always long! My new companion is Elder Johnson, he came out with me, he is from Morgan, Utah.  We had a really awesome Sunday School class on Sunday. It was just the 4 of us missionaries and President Harris who is a member of the Stake Presidency. He just sat us down and asked us what questions we had about anything! Missionary work, gospel doctrine, things we have studied, etc, it was a really cool class.

Today we got our miles reduced from 1850 a month to 1200 that is quite a difference! The thing is, I know we can do it. Hard, yes. Doable, YES! It puts us about 38 miles a day and sometimes we drive 30 miles one way, just to get to a town we have investigators and members in. It definitely pushes us and stretches us with how far we are already spread out, but I know we can do it! I know that through obedience will be blessed. God gives us mountains to climb in order for us to grow. If not we wouldn’t be going anywhere. I know this is God’s way of testing us. He gives us little things to be obedient to and if we are obedient he will trust us with more. I know this and I fully believe this!

Elder Brian Hobbs