Anything is possible through Christ. -February 29, 2016

  • Companion: Elder Heath
  • Area: Kingwood 2nd

 

So today is transfers and I’m staying and Elder Souza is leaving. So I’m still in Kingwood. Elder Souza has an amazing testimony and is a great missionary and I’m going to miss him. But the Lord calls us where he needs when he needs.

This week was a good week. We got to go to the temple which was my first time even seeing the Houston temple other than pictures. It was really cool. The members who took us (The Dobson’s) also took us to lunch at Cracker Barrel with the Swank’s (senior couple) and then later that night fed us dinner. Great day! The next day for whatever reason Elder Souza got sick. He ended up throwing up quite a bit in a 10 min span. After that he did not have a problem, but he didn’t feel the best so we called sister Drake and were told something was going around and we would probably need to lay low for 24 hours. So that made for a fun day! I may or may not of gotten a hold of the apartment and deep cleaned the kitchen and reorganized it. When I got here most the food that we used on a regular basis was just put on the counter and the pantry was full of all the food we didn’t use. So I went through it and now we have a clean kitchen, laundry room, closet and front room. Never made it to the bathroom, but it wasn’t that bad because I hit it a few weeks ago, same with the bedroom. Clean apartments are happy apartments! The next day he was feeling better but still a bit sick feeling, but we got out and he felt a lot better. We were able to help with family history class again. There is one more week of it and hopefully we get to help again.
This week we also got 2 new investigators from the bible study we go to. A few transfers ago the missionaries knocked on a door and they told them they were busy having a bible study and being missionaries they jumped all over it. And it is 2 hours every Wednesday night. Dinner then studying the bible with Kim and Karl who are Catholic and live in the house we meet at. Mike who is Catholic and Annie his fiancée who is converting from Jehovah Witness to marry him. And Dave and Zach (father and son) Dave is Methodist and his son Zach is still looking for something, he has had a rough past. But Zach got a bit emotional one bible study and we told him we have a message that could really bless his life and we would love to share it and he told us the sooner the better! So we set up a time and we taught him, and his dad joined us too and we are teaching them both. Which is really cool. So for the month of March our Ward is having a month long fast for missionary work, more specifically, for us to have a Baptism in the Ward in the month of March. Every hour of March will have a family fasting, from 6pm to 6pm and as missionaries they assigned us to call the family the day before and remind them. So we will have a baptism this month. Faith is an action word, it leads us to do something, if we have passive faith nothing will happen. If we have true faith and trust God, and then do everything in our power to help it happen then he will provide. Sometimes we can honestly not do much, other times we can do a lot. The key to fasting is prayer. Without prayer you are just starving yourself. They key with this fast is not just prayer and hope. It’s for every member to have true faith that we as a Ward will Baptize a family this month and to do everything in their power to help that happen. Miracles happen today, they are not just a thing of the past. Anything is possible thru Christ. 3 Nephi 18:20 and D&C 50:29-30

Elder Brian Hobbs

D&C50.29-30

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Mini Missionary Weekend – February 23, 2016

  • Companion: Elder Souza
  • Area: Kingwood 2nd

So this last week was really good! Monday was just a normal Monday, P-Day and a little Proselyting. And Tuesday we had a zone conference and that was great! We learned that planning is a Godly principal (hence the PLAN of Salvation, the PLAN of Happiness, etc.) we also learned a lot about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Atonement, in ways to teach it better. After our zone conference, we were out biking and we talked to a guy and invited him to be baptized, but he pretty much ignored the question. Then we were biking past a recent convert’s house (let’s call him Andrew), who still needs to have the lessons retaught to him and we decided to stop by and see if he was home. (He is only 18 and he is a senior in High school) He was home and as we were teaching the lessons, one of his triplet brothers (how about Samuel) walks in and tells his brother something. As he was walking out we invited him to join us and he said sure. And he was way more attentive then Andrew and we were teaching the Plan of Salvation and we repetitively stressed the need to be baptized in this life to make it to the celestial kingdom. And then in the midst of all that we invited him to baptism and he accepted! Not with a date but still! He had been taught before but dropped the missionaries after the first lesson because he thought we were a cult. Andrew was introduced to the church by a friend that ALWAYS kept a Book of Mormon on the passenger seat of his car so that when a friend would get into the car they had to pick it up and move it, and usually they asked what it was. But eventually he (Andrew) asked if he could read it and the rest is history. But we were talking to Samuel the next day we asked when we could meet up again and he told us. And so we asked him if he wanted to meet at his house or our church and he said “How about your church, and while we are at it do you think you could give me a tour?” We were excited to hear that! We gave him the tour and taught him along the way and we passed a picture of the first vision and he asked what it is. So we taught him about the first vision standing in front of a picture of it in the church. The Spirit was amazing! And we tried to set a date with him but he wouldn’t, he doesn’t think he will be ready “he knows he won’t” so we will continue to teach him and hopefully baptize him so he can experience the full joy that comes from this gospel!

We also did some service this week for a former investigator her name is Mary (name changed) and we helped her put in a barrier to go between rocks and her dirt, soon to be grass. Sound familiar mom? 🙂 We also helped with a family history class that a member offers to the public, and ever since day 2 in this area when the ward mission leaders wife found out I was a family history consultant and I love doing it, I have gotten myself into trouble! It seems that follows me around! But it has been fun helping others find their families!

We had a mini missionary this weekend his name was Isaac Rascon (Rass-Cone) and he happens to me the son of the 2nd counselor in the mission presidency. And it was really cool to have him. He didn’t have a bike because he was told we were a car area and he didn’t need one. But just because we have a car doesn’t mean we don’t bike a lot! But oh well things worked out! And it was great having him. He was able to be part of our church tour with Samuel and got to meet Andrew and help us with even more service! We sorted rubber duckies and made bags of 70 and we rolled a little over 4000 tokens (thank goodness for a coin counter)! And we helped sort food storage, then we played a card game during lunch (Cover Your Assets) which was so much fun. But we did this with other Elders in 1st Ward (Elder Heaps, Elder Andrew, and their mini missionary) but the lady we helped does rewards systems for the local schools and dental offices and such, with a lot of things in the little plastic bubbles and bouncy balls and such. But this is the 2nd time we helped her. We have helped her organize and sort and label and count and she feeds us and plays Cover Your Assets with us and her nephew is not a member.

This week I also found out that there is a family that knows Debbie and Dennis MacDonald from the 2nd Ward (in Wellington) very well. They found out where I lived and they told me it sounded very familiar and so they asked me if I knew them because they were pretty sure that’s where they lived and they happened to sound very familiar so I pulled out LDS tools and looked through our Stake’s records and found them. And sure enough, Gary and Michelle White is who knows them and it’s funny (to me) that they are both in 2nd Ward. Kingwood 2nd and Wellington 2nd!

Anyways it’s been a good week!

 

Elder Brian Hobbs

Short and Sweet – February 15, 2016

  • Companion: Elder Souza
  • Area: Kingwood 2nd

This week was good we talked to a lot of people and I’m getting more and more out of my shell. But not a lot happened. We get a mini missionary this weekend which will be a blast! We have a less active member who’s girlfriend’s daughter is deaf. She is 11 and we are going to try to meet up with them and teach them because they are Catholic. But over all that’s my week. Not a lot happening but it was the best week this transfer. We got 3 new investigators and invited them all to be baptized and they all accepted. We don’t have a date for them yet thou. But we will get there! Have a good week I love you, I will try to write more next week!

Elder Brian Hobbs