Pictures are worth a thousand words. – April 25, 2016

  • Companion: Elder Heath
  • Area: Kingwood 2nd

One of Elder Hobbs’ close friends, Arianna Wood, just received her mission call to the mission connecting the east border of his mission (Baton Rouge, Louisianna Mission). The following is a few of his reflections of the area:

I’ve been there! I’ve been to Baton Rouge and I’ve met missionaries from Baton Rouge mission. I’ve been to Lafayette and Rayne  and I know Oberlin and I’ve been to Eunice. Jennings branch boarders that mission on 3 sides and every time I talked about leaving the mission that’s the mission I went to! Ahh I miss Louisiana! Ha Ha. Louisiana is a very very very very interesting place. But the further north the not so weird it gets! In Jennings we meet some interesting people who were legitimately crazy. 

Anyways, I’m still called as a stake family history councilor on LDS tools. I like it! Haha. We taught Maria 3 times and she is officially being baptized this coming Sunday!!! That’s why we are singing. (A sweet sister in the ward emailed a beautiful letter and video of Elder Hobbs and Elder Heath singing I Know That My Redeemer Lives. See link below.)

I am safe in all the flooding, so no worries there! You know me the things I get myself in to and usually don’t get into too much trouble! I LOVE bad weather! The worse it gets the more I love it!! I know I’m a horrible person!

Elder Brian Hobbs

P.S. I got this pin for doing family history from the stake president. He gave the challenge to the whole stake and I did it! 🙂

 

Elder Hobbs & Elder Heath practicing, I Know That My Redeemer Lives:

 

 

 

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April 18, 2016

  • Companion: Elder Heath
  • Area: Kingwood 2nd 

So this week was a better week, we have been teaching Maria about every other day since March 29th and she has since gain a testimony of The Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints being the true church and Thomas S. Monson being a prophet and has a Baptism date for April 30th! We did find out though we will have to move the date. She has a class reunion that day, and she thought we were going to be mad about it but it doesn’t matter we can just do it May 1st :). She has been reading every chapter we give her to read, but she still is having a hard time understanding that she still can’t keep attending both churches. She has attended the Sunday afternoon session of General Conference, a different ward than ours the following Sunday (because of conflict with her church), and this last Saturday went to a Baptism with us in the San Jacinto Branch (the Spanish Branch) (good thing she knows Spanish because it was all in Spanish), and the Adult session of Stake Conference.

This week we also did get to help with family history again, which was nice.

This weekend I also got to sing a song in Spanish with the Hermanas (Robles & Archuleta) at their Baptism. It was Divina Luz (Lead Kindly Light) we sang the 1st and the 3rd verse in Spanish and the 2nd was English. I was told (asked) Thursday night to sing, we practiced a bit on Friday and the Baptism was Saturday morning. It was really fun to sing, I haven’t had a chance to sing since I have been on my mission.

Transfers are today, I am staying in Kingwood 2nd Ward and so is Elder Heath. Our whole district minus Elder Schenk are all staying, which is sweet! They are all great missionaries!

So it was transfers this weekend and I’m staying in Kingwood. But the the actual transferring for other missionaries to move to their new areas has been postponed until Saturday because of the weather! We had an imminent threat extreme weather alerts all night including a alert for a tornado telling us to take shelter at 12:08am. We were wide awake from 4:30 to 6am because of the storm, it was a long night! Lots of roads are flooded and part of the city too we had to turn around so many times to get around flooded roads it has been ridiculous! The internet isn’t even working all that well, so I’m not emailing much! So this week I’m just taking a few mins to let you know about transfers and the weather. I am still alive. And all is good. So I’ll be sure to email more next week if I can!

This week went by pretty fast and it was really good!

Elder Brian Hobbs

 

Progressing – April 11, 2016

  • Companion: Elder Heath
  • Area: Kingwood 2nd

My goal is to have at least 8 Baptisms in the year 2016 and I plan on reaching that goal. So we can have an amazing last week in the transfer! Oh ya it’s the last week in the transfer.
This week we have been teaching Maria, she is pretty much our only investigator. She is in her early 60’s and had a stroke several years ago. So she is home most all the time. She came to the last session of conference and loved it. And we got her to church, sort of. It wasn’t our ward, because our ward conflicted with her current church. So this Sunday we went to to sacrament meetings, and classes, so it kind of made for along Fast Sunday! We were at the church from 9:30 am for meetings until 5:30pm then we were back at 6:30pm until 8:30pm so lots of time spent at the church. But Maria loved church and we are hoping to get her to stake conference this coming week. She is actually on date for baptism for April 30th! Which is sweet! We are not sure if she realizes that she has to give up her church tho… She doesn’t have any spiritual ties to her church from the sounds of things, it’s just ALL social. So that might be interesting to break to her.

My companion… he likes to talk a ton when we are in the apt…even until it starts to become 11pm and I’ve saying good night like 5 times and told him we will talk in the morning, then it becomes 12am and on and on…. He doesn’t really talk a lot in most lessons, but he’s a great teacher.

Have a great week!

Elder Brian Hobbs

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Flood Cleanup – April 4, 2016

  • Companion: Elder Heath
  • Area: Kingwood 2nd

So this week was a pretty good week, we got 5 new investigators this week. We will see how it goes with them. We did get one lady who actually came to the last session of general conference and she loved Elder Holland’s talk. She kept saying Amen threw the whole thing, it was great.

But Saturday we went and helped flood victims in Deweyville Texas. It’s on the Texas Louisiana border. The water was about 5-6 feet high over most of the city. Deweyville was the place I was at but many other places flooded too. These houses were under water. There was a reservoir up the river that was over flowing through the spill way and it had started to wash away the back side of the dam so they opened up the gates and let it all go. From the looks of it they gave everyone ample warning, because not a single car that was a nice car was caught, everyone was able to get out. But we went to the church at 6 am and were in Deweyville at 9 am. We worked until 4 pm and drove back to make it to the priesthood session. We were in groups of 10 and usually you only worked with your group. But we cleaned up the debris at one house and it took about an hour. Then we spent the rest of the time at another house finishing striping all the sheet rock and nails out of this house and by the time we were done it looked like the house had only been framed. But that was so much fun. If you want to know what it looked like just look back to last year at home, but this time it was a lot more extensive and a lot more people were affected by it! And they all lost almost everything. But overall it was a good week!

Below is parts of a letter we received for the cleanup…

Elder Brian Hobbs

Brethren:

We have received a request from Elder Dan Jones of the Seventy requesting our help in providing 50 volunteers from our stake to help with the clean up after the flooding along the Sabine River in Texas
and Louisiana…

… It is recognized that Saturday is the first day of General Conference weekend, but there is an immediate need to render help and aid to the overwhelmed victims of the flooding along the Sabine. Brethren, we cannot neglect this call for help to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Members of the Beaumont and Orange Texas Stakes have been aiding in the flood clean-up but are in desperate need of additional help. The clean-up projects will start at 9am in both Deweyville and Starks, and
will continue until about 4pm. This schedule, while conflicting with the Saturday morning and afternoon General Conference sessions, will allow most brethren to attend their locally broadcast Priesthood meeting in the evening. Daytime sessions could be recorded for later viewing.

The clean-up work will be strenuous, wet and dirty. As such, each ward should send physically qualified men and accompanied mature teenagers (ages 17-19) to the two specified location for assignment on work crews. Work assignments… given to individual work crews prior to departure for Deweyville and Starks on Saturday morning.

Members of the work crews should bring appropriate tools such as chain saws, shovels, crow bars, wrecking bars, sledge hammers, claw hammers, etc. If you don’t have any tools, bring your willingness to work- that
will prove to be the most effective tool of all.  Each crew member should dress in work clothes such as jeans, tennis shoes, boots and lightweight long sleeve shirts. Mosquito repellent is highly recommended. Additionally if crew members have not had a tetanus shot within the last 10 years, it would be a good idea to get one.

Each crew member should bring a sack lunch and an ample supply of water

President Nielson has to ‘return and report’ as to how many volunteers will be provided from the Kingwood Stake…

This is a wonderful way to provide service to those in need. Our stake responded well to the call for volunteers after hurricanes Rita and Ike. Let’s put forth that same spirit in answering this call, knowing that our efforts will have testified of the Savior’s admonition to love and serve one another.