Anyone Who Humbles Himself – June 27, 2016

  • Companion: Elder Heath
  • Area: Kingwood 2nd

So today I’ve decided to fast for help, for everything going on right now. I’ve fasted for help on fast Sunday, time and time again, but overall not a lot has come from it. Ok, well not how i want it, or in my time. However this time I’m fasting by myself, and on P-Day of all days. I’m positive that the Lord flat out told me I need to do this, it was quite the experience. Last night, I was “pondering” a lot of things. Then our district leader called (while Elder Heath was in the shower) making his nightly phone calls, and we talked about the week we had. I had two great exchanges, this week. (One with Elder Knebel our zone leader, and then one with Elder Andrew in Kingwood 1st, I was gone from Monday night to Wednesday night.) So after this conversation I remembered what President Drake said to me about pressure lasting a little longer at times than others, and that hit me. But the really cool part of it all, is out of the blue I had a book, chapter and verse come to my head. I had no clue what it was, so I quickly went to it. It was Mark 9:29 “And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” I can never recall reading this before, but it hit me like a freight train and I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at it. I needed to fast. I had been praying and occasionally fasting. But not outside of the once a month. Our lesson in Sunday school just happened to be on fasting too. Then another random book and chapter came to me. Matthew 18 and the first thing I saw was the only verse I have highlighted. Verse 4, “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Well that’s what I need to do, I need to be humble. Submissive, meek, and humble, willing to submit my will to His. Then for whatever reason, I asked Him if He had anything else for me. And of course, another book, chapter, and verse came to my head. I thought I knew what it was and on the way there (finding the scripture) I was thinking how in the world does this apply. Well I was mistaken… I thought verse 17, but what came to my mind was Mosiah 2:19 and the part that stuck out to me was, “O how you ought to thank your Heavenly King!” God sure does have a sense of humor, I’d like to think. I temped him to give me more, because at the time I was thinking if these really came from God, well then, he caused me to humble myself. So I got down on my knees, thanked him, and started my fast. I’m not sure what all I’m going to get from this, but I trust the Lord will give me the strength and help I need at this time, and I’m sure it’s going to require a little more patience. But I just need to press on, and he will bless me.

Elder Brian Hobbs

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A Greater Love for our Savior – June 20, 2016

  • Companion: Elder Heath
  • Area: Kingwood 2nd

On a little bit of a side note, I made up my mind toward the beginning of my mission that I wouldn’t come home for any reason unless a certain criteria was met, not even for a death, no mater who it is. The only other way I would go home is if President Drake strongly encourages (pushes) me to go home temporarily. But none of this ending early stuff, no way, no how. I was called and blessed that i would serve for 24 months, the scary part is I’m 2 days shy of 11 months…. Almost a year! Say what!?! I need to start back over, i haven’t done I’ll that i wanted to do yet!!

This week has been a blast though!!!! Let me tell you ALL about it! ………… Ugg…… Elder Heath has been sick. *deep breath* … Love at Home……*deep breath*……. Love at Home…… I just might be going insane. I have found a lot of time to just think though and recover from my mental overload last week. I just thought about life, and what’s going on, and put it all back into perspective, and realized I could be doing a whole lot better! Yet a whole lot worse! So over all I’m…. Ok. I could be better. I just want to go share the gospel and go bring souls to Christ.

It sounds like it’s going to be a bad hurricane season with all the heat and rain we have been getting so early. It’s been in the 90’s almost every day and it hits above 100 with humidity! Not fun! But hey, it’s part of the fun of being a missionary!!

P.S.
So I heard/read a quote this week from somewhere, but it pretty much said we need to learn enough about the Saviors life to love him. I wanted to gain a greater love for our Savior. So I prayed before studies and before I went to bed for help to learn more about the
Savior. I started reading the Book of Mormon like always and I was reading in Mormon 9 and the whole chapter hit me like never before, it’s a very powerful chapter! Moroni is writing it just after he witnessed the death and destruction of the entire Nephite nation. His friends, his family, every one he knew. And some how that all lead me to the New Testament and in Mathew 26, when Christ suffered in the garden and for the first time, understood what the whole kiss from Judas was about, and the fact it was a sign to the guards telling them it was Christ. But more importantly I started looking into all the
things Christ went through from the garden to the cross. Christ after bleeding from every pore, the amount of blood he lost would of been insane and made him really weak. Then he was taken and tried. He was beat and spit upon and really just went through crap. And here is Christ letting them do it, he had the power to stop it at any time and to decided not to go through with it. I read a quote from an apostle during this and he said that all Christ would just have to do is blink and our entire solar system could have been annihilated. But he didn’t. If he would of had one single negative thought the Atonement would of been invalid, but he had pure love, enough to go through it all for us. I learned a lot more, but needless to say my prayers were answered. I was able to learn more about Christ, and gain a greater love for him.

 

The Love of God: President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

 

Becoming like a precious gem – June 20, 2016

Part of a letter home to Dad:

The way I see it is; stones, like diamond, rubies, gems , etc. have to undergo a lot of pressure to become what they are, and that is just like us. God allows us to undergo pressure to shape us into something new. But he never lets us have more than we can handle. I told that to President Drake in an email and he said, “Great analogy and be patient. The pressure sometimes last longer than at other times. But understand you are doing well and the key word in that phrase is “doing”. Keep working and it will all come together.”

I agree, it’s just what to do in the mean time. Also there have been other things that have turned my mental state upside down too. (Mental because of just things changing, not physical.) Things in the district like missionaries randomly going home with just part of a day notice. No one knew, including the office, until the morning of, and by the after noon they were gone. (Depression) Other little things that I thought were “stable” and that I was leaning on them and had found relief in. Then they just changed, or disappeared. Honestly it’s just part of being on a mission. Sometimes I don’t feel very well, but during all of this stress and pressure, part of me is just thinking what is the problem and realizes there is nothing I can do about any of it, and that I just need to relax.
My motto I guess you can say (which I stole, and I’m paraphrasing extremely ) but I need to pray like it all depends on Him, and work like it all depends on Me. Well I got the praying part down, I could just use a push in the working part. Thanks for listening, like you had much of a choice, but thank you for everything you did to raise me and help me become who I am now! You have given me the ability to help others in ways not a lot of others can, especially with my handy skill set, but most importantly with a knowledge of the gospel, and my Savior, and for the way you lived your life as an example to me. Thank you Dad, I love you!
 Elder Hobbs
P.S. Can you read this?
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First you got to take a guess of what it is (you got it, I know you do)!
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Long, but Short (again) -June 13, 2016

  • Companion: Elder Heath
  • Area: Kingwood 2nd

Well, it’s been a week. It’s been long but short, it’s weird how that all works. On Wednesday we had exchanges, Elder Bigler was here in Kingwood 2nd with me and it was a great day. We got 2 member present and 3 LARCs in the one day. It was a really good day, I wish we could go at every day like that. The lessons we taught that day were the only lessons we taught all week. That’s all.

Elder Brian Hobbs

P.S. I love you. Have a good week.