Mosiah 2:17 – January 25, 2016

  • Companion: Elder Souza
  • Area: Kingwood 2nd

So last week (or two weeks ago I guess) we did a lot, in Jennings we went to the very bottom of our area which required an hour drive and several mins of it out of the mission, and we went biking around there and mostly it was just a bunch of camps for the summer, but some people do live down there and most the people we talked to never have talked to missionaries before, and a couple of them have only heard the name Mormons and aren’t quite sure what religion it even was.

We also helped a member clean out her furnace, the fan was similar to a swamp cooler style fan but it was so covered in black crud you count see through the fan. Once we cleaned it all up, the air flow was 10x better! The only down side is we cleaned it with bleach, and I’ve handled a lot of bleach with my bare hands before with no problem, but this time, with how long my hands were in the bucket of water my knuckles became all dry and started to crack.

On the Saturday before I left we were doing service all day long, which was great because we didn’t have to be in proselyting clothes! We helped clean the church until about noon and they fed us breakfast in the morning. And then we helped Sister Rink’s family move all of their stuff from storage to there “house” (an old gas station, which is really cool) and helped clean up a lot of stuff and move a lot of big things around. Why is it people always use missionaries for the heavy things?? Just like David, I am on a strict gelatin diet! (Flick the arm). No actually I have been stronger than all of my companions. The objects they find heavy I have never seem to have a problem with! Probably because of all those rocks you have made me move around the house and building and moving! And growing up with Jjon and moving all the equipment around, at a young age.

Saying good bye to people wasn’t very fun, but wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. It helps if you look at the grand scheme of things and not worry about it.

This last week in Kingwood we have knocked a lot of doors and have fixed a bike tire one too many times, I’m glad it’s just not mine. The tire has ripped and the tube popped but between money. And miles to get to the place we need, it wasn’t possible to get a new one so with electrical tape and super glue I patched the tube and tire and so far it has held up for the better part of a week and still going good. It’s been a slow week and nothing too excited has happened. Except one thing…

We met a man one night and gave him a card and told him if he needs anything to give us a call. And the next day he did, he wanted us to come pray with his mom who was dying and so we did. She wasn’t coherent while we were there, but while we were there we said a prayer for her with him and after I thought about the experience with grandpa Craig and I felt a blessing is what needed to happen, so we briefly taught him about the priesthood restored and ask if he wanted us to give her a blessing and he said yes. Well I got to give it, and I didn’t feel it right to let her go like they did with grandpa. I don’t remember most of the blessing but I do remember the thought that she doesn’t have long at all and it was just really a blessing of peace and comfort and for angles to guide her home when the time comes. But the next day we found out that about 20 mins after we left, she passed away. That was defiantly a different and special experience…. I don’t know what it is about Grandpa, but I feel so close to him even though I was fairly young, well 8th grade, when he died. Every time I go through a rough spot or a really spiritual experience, like my first time in the temple. I just think of him and like he is watching over me and is taking care of me. Sometimes it feels like he is here with me. I love that man so much!

But anyways it’s been a fairly ok week, the transfer wasn’t all that bad I think I had prepared myself for it and I know that this is where I am supposed to be because it feels like home, again even though I miss Jennings. But the other Elder Hobbs’s aunt lives here! Ha, ha, I met her on Sunday. But there are some really good people in this ward. Over half the mission office is in our ward, pretty much, just not the Drakes [President Drake, THE Mission President], but I’ve seen him around on many different occasions.

We had a live missionary training broadcast aired from SLC on Wednesday. The first one in a little over a decade! From the apostles and this Saturday we have a tri-mission mission conference over in Houston and guess who is coming to talk to us!!!!!!! You got to guess!! President Russell M. Neilson! He is coming to talk to the 3 Houston missions with Elder Corbridge again! Oh I can’t wait!

Anyways it’s been a pretty good week but this week will be even better!! Ya a lot has changed in 6 months! And it feels like maybe 2 weeks have passed!!! I don’t like it!!!! Because also it feels like I have been doing this for as long as I can remember! High school is just a dream it doesn’t even feel like it happened! Anyways! I love you keep being amazing!

Elder Brian Hobbs

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