Happy 19th Birthday Brenan!!!
(Thanks to all of you who sent him good wishes, he loved it!)
This week went by pretty fast, I did a lot of praying. In Monroe, our area is split into south side and north side. Our bike area is the biggest bike area in the mission. We just got our area split so we only have the north side now. Our area is probably the hardest area in the mission because north Monroe is one of the more wealthy area’s. We as a companionship had done a lot of praying for investigators. On our second to last day in south side, we started tracting three consecutive houses in a row. We were let in and one of them is a golden investigator, Brother Brady. He is learning to read the Book of Mormon. He has acknowledged that the Book of Mormon sheds a lot of light on different doctrines taught in the Bible. I have been studying the Bible a little bit along side the Book of Mormon. The Bible, you can tell has so many little corruptions in it since it has been translated so many times. The plainness of the King James version, which is the bible that has been translated the least amount of times(only three times), contains most of the correct and plain doctrine. Even then there are different verses and misunderstandings of the scholars who translated them. Which is why I’m starting to love the JST in the back by the TG. That is why I love the Book of Mormon so much, it contains the everlasting gospel like no other book. “It is the most correct book out of any book”. And that is evident to those who have faith to read it. If you are reading this and you are not LDS, ask yourself this. If god was the same today, yesterday, and forever; Why would God being perfect, all of a sudden stop calling prophets, and stop giving man revelation? The Bible is a record of prophets being called and taken away in different dispensations, (which are periods of times when prophets were on the earth) and apostasy (which are periods of times when the people do not have prophets). Why would God, after letting Jesus Christ die, and all of his apostles who had the priesthood authority, through the laying on of hands, to act in the name of Christ, let no other prophet be called to the earth for this the last days? It just would not happen, The Church of Jesus Christ has been restored through a prophet Joseph Smith. For all those who think we worship Joseph Smith, I just have to tell you that you are completely wrong. Anyways, through Joseph Smith the Lord led him to a hill, where ancient golden plates were buried, (which is not strange because that is what people wrote on back then). It is a record of the people in the America’s, and if you would even try to desire to want to know what the Book of Mormon is, and acted upon the little faith that you can muster, you would learn exactly how people got over to that side of the world before Columbus. The fact that we claim that we have modern day prophets and that we have the priesthood authority of god, and you are not even in a mood to even try to care to learn about it: means that you don’t care about Jesus Christ. Your faith in Jesus Christ is weak, and that is evident in your action of not reading and acting upon. If you think that The Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by THE MORMONS does not pertain to you, and if you think that you can be a church of your own and that your not a fan of organized religion, well let’s just say that means that you have not searched the scriptures enough. There is evidence all over that organization and order is of god, not mans wisdom of interpreting different scriptures. Don’t get me wrong we all make mistakes. I used to struggle with the facts about the Church, how can we claim that we are correct and every other church is wrong? How can we claim that we have a prophet today? How can we claim that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are separate but have the same will? How can we claim that the FULLNESS OF THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST HAS BEEN RESTORED? Well the answer is in the Book of Mormon. So why don’t you quit being so lazy, and skeptical, and pick the Book up, and start reading on verse 1 page 1. I testify to you that if you do so, and if you are a true follower of Christ, if you read with real intent and a desire to know, you will receive an answer the power of the Holy Ghost! It worked for me, it worked for my family members, it worked for millions of other people who had the faith to act! If you are not willing to even act to read? Well, I’m sorry. The Lord still loves you, but until you have the faith to act, well you can’t be on the Lords team. If your not on the Lords team, your on Lucifer’s team. So buckle your seat belt gents, and read the Book of Mormon. Church is true, prayer is powerful, pray always, in times of happiness, and in times of sorrow! Through prayer we can receive guidance and wisdom. Through prayer we can know the truth of all things. Through prayer can can be comforted. Through prayer our testimonies can be strengthened. Brothers and Sisters, life is short, it is shorter than a blink of an eye! Eternity is long, in fact it never ends. I was not sure if you knew what eternity meant, so I’ll spelt it out for you. FOREVER, NEVER ENDING, ETERNAL, NEVER STOPS, ALWAYS GOING, haha, so don’t spent the time down here that we have wasted. Serve others, help them in times of need and trial. We can all use help, we can all use a testimony strengthener. Like a dam stops a rivers flow and progress, when we are damned and our spiritual progress is stopped. That is the true hell knowing what potential you had and then knowing that you could have chosen better. Knowing that you could become like the Father, and be perfectly happy! Realizing that you traded it away for pure filth and absolute trash that has no worth. The worth there of is none existent, (the dirt we stand on has more worth than transgressions), that my friends is true hell. Stone me, burn me all you want but that is not worth it. The Lord loves us brethren, everything he does for us is out of love, you just have to realize it. He sent his only perfect son to die for the sins of the world, satisfying both the law of justice and the law of mercy, and for what, us? We do not deserve what the Lord has given us. It is a blessing! Our bodies are not out bodies, our spirits are not ours, the Lord has created us! He gave us our bodies, and then he bought them with his suffering. So treat yourself virtuously, let thy thoughts be clean and worthy, so that you may always be able to enter into the Lords house. For all the sacrifices we make are far less then the blessing we receive when we make them. The Lord thy God is waiting to poor out blessings unto you. I know that the Church is true! I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true! I know that Jesus Christ lives, and stands at the head of this church! I know that he is the only begotten son, and through him, we can endure all things. I know that Joseph Smith has done more for mankind than any other person save Jesus Christ himself. I know that Joseph Smith indeed saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, face to face, and received an answer to his humble prayer. I know through the power of the Holy Ghost which is more powerful than any drug, and pleasure, any feeling of pain or sorrow, has testified through the pure love of Christ that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that families can be together forever, and that it is not some fairy tale, that this is real, as real as you see the earth, for all things denote that there is a god. Have faith and stand strong in the storm for “Good timber does not grow with ease,
The stronger wind, the stronger trees.
The further sky, the greater length.
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.”
-Thomas S. Monson
I testify that I know these things are true and if you will take the time to find these things out for yourself, the lord will bless you for your diligence in seeking him out, In the sacred name of our lord and savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.
Love Elder B. Corbin
Ps. Mom the bugs bite no matter what, even when I’m using the spray, ill continue to use it, i have not seen a rite aid but we do have a Walmart, my medicine is not low but i probably need some soon, ill do what i can to keep things clean so no bugs are roaming around, its usually when i’m tracting is when i get bitten. Anyways, i love the family and i miss them and i hope all is well. And i realize how good our food is back home, haha, my cooking is improving but, nothings better than your food mom!
Elders from the MTC