Monthly Archives: October 2014

Week #12 1/2 – Sweetly Bold

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Hey mom so i got my medicine! It is a different kind in the sense of the tablet, one is a a bar tablet and the other was a capsule but the person told me it was the same thing, so its all good! This week went by fast! We worked and got alot done, we got in 19 hours of tracting and we got 26 other lessons and we gave out 13 boms. Thats alot for us, we usually dont get that many lessons, but it seems the lord humbled those people with the tornado. Its funny because we sometimes prove people completely wrong with some of there ideas in a nice and simple way, being sweetly bold, but have the time they don’t really get what we just said. For Example we would explain to them that when Christ set up his earthly ministry, he called apostles by the laying of hands, so that when Christ died, his church and authority could go on. Then when the apostles were killed off, his priesthood authority was taken from the earth( it was taken away because people were wicked). So ordinances such as baptism could no longer be preformed properly. If a an ice cream truck tried to pull you over on the freeway would you pull over? No. Why? Sorry Jack, Ice cream man got nah authority. Why do you think Jesus Christ walked 40 miles to be baptized by John the Baptist. Because he was the only one with the authority. So we understand that all the prophets were killed off, what then? Then, that means there is no prophet. If there is no prophet how is the world going to receive revelation. Elder Corbin can only receive revelation for Elder Corbin, Elder Adams can only receive revelation for Elder Adams, but if God has called a TRUE prophet, that Prophet can receive revelation for everyone. Now, if we don’t have a prophet, and in the 4th century we didn’t, Constantine, gathered his peeps together, to form what they thought was the right way to live, WITHOUT A PROPHET, therefore it was all human wisdom that they relied upon. So Constantine and the bishops of the time formed the bible, putting what they THOUGHT was the best. That’s why we have books in the Bible like Songs of Solomon, Hebrews 6 : 1. Which contradicts the entire king james verson of the bible. On top of that the bible has been translated so many times! So, Constantine forms a new church not lead by god. Every other church falls under or is a break off of Constantines orginal church. THEREFORE THERE MUST BE A RESTORATION. Here is a quote from The Book Of Mormon, 2 Nephi 29-

6 Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews?
7 Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?

8 Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.

9 And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever.

10 Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written.

Know ye not that there are more nations than one?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DOGGGG GONIT FIGURE IT OUT YOU JAYBIRDS GOSH DANG!

Anyways church is true. So last week or so on Friday, so about week and a half ago, a wife gave us 40 dollars for us 4 elders to go get some food for dinner, because we cleaned there yard for daysss haha, so insisted and gave us 40 dollars, so then we went to Waffle house its ight, and some one payed for out dinner they payed for our ticket! So someone gave us money then payed for our dinner, so then the next night we went to this buffet place, Called #1 Habachi, it was good, i had craw-fish for the first time, sucked the brain juices it seriously is salty shrimp and then sucking warm ocean water of the brain haha, its not that bad and not that good haha, at least thats for the ones that i had, i also had frog legs, fried, they were okay, its like a chicken wing but like a tougher texture almost its unique its hard to explain. Then, since being out on the mission, a couple weeks ago I had some fried alligator which is not bad, some catfish which taste like dirt, and some fried okra. Which is like a weird vegetable, it aint to bad. Then we went to this little shack type place, and its pretty good its called Shawnuffs, its some really good bbq. Then about a couple of days ago we tracted into this guy called Norris. LEGEND, he was in the airforce, a retired lawyer and the airforce gives him money every month because he served for like 40 years or something. But we were talking to him, and he was telling us that if we can serve a mission we could do anything else in the world, hes like “i really like you guys, i served with some mormons in my flight team and they didnt commit adultery, smoke drink, nothing, it was amazing they are what true christians should really be” and we were like yeeee boiii, then he goes on ” i really admire you guys because if u can come out here and sell religion, you will be able to conquer anything when you get back, this is the hardest thing you will ever do, selling religion, i mean that is the hardest thing to sell” We just all laugh haha Norris he is the man, then we kind of taught him the restoration and the salvation, then on the way out he gave us 40 DOLLARS for us 2 elders, and were like what the heck the Lord is blessing us like no tomorrow! And he insisted, he like forced it into our hands and we were like okay, thanks norris! your the man, he basically is a mormon, but just does not realize it, he will in the next life tho! Anyways Mom, I love you, I love you fam, James Mandy Haley awwww sweet girl she is so cute i wish i could hold babies! Some of them are the cutest! I miss mason! MASSONNN BOIIII!!! Give him a treat ahha! BLake dominate dude keep up date money doe! BANK SON! Aubree AMber Taylor all the kids DAd, dominate gospel is true, the ATONEMENT IS REAL ! haha!

KEEp up the good work, do not waste the days of your “probation”. Life is short, the mission shorter, god speed!

Love Elder Corbin

Ps. Stay Schemin. GET some waves, i am absolutly having withdrals fromt he water and the sun and the waves hitting me and surfing~!!!!! OMG SURFING IS THE ONLY THING I TALK ABOUT ANYMORE AHAAH! LOVE YOU ALL! DOMINATE I MISS TACOS!!!! I MISS PICK UP STIX! SO GOOOD OMG IN N OUT OWWEEEEEEEEEEEE NAYWAYS love ya,

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Week #12 – Christ lives!

Hey mom so i sent a bunch of pictures to your email both gmail and hotmail.com anyways this week went by fast things are going good. I’m so glad I am on a mission, it is so fun and hard, I am so thankful for the atonement of christ! It is true. Christ lives! We must seek him and come unto him. Have the faith to fast and pray, to know if he is true, and after the trial of our faith we can receive a stronger witness. Christ is a god, he has infinite power, and is divine in every virtue with infinite strength, Christ, has power because he is perfectly righteous. Righteousness is power. He loves everyone with a perfect love, he suffered that we might choose to live righteously and if we do be happy and perfected. Christ commanded us to be “perfect” , he means it. The gospel is about perfecting the saints of god. Meaning that if we follow him repent and become perfect in some things through faith, that the mercy of the Atonement of Christ will exalt us at the last day. There are so many blessings of exaltation. We can become like Heavenly Father and have all that he has, and we will live with Jesus Christ, and experience those same blessings. I’ll keep it short today, but the main point is that we need to realize our divine potential, and not forget, our choices will and can be so much better, but we must always remember Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice trusting in him to deliver us from temptation. That is the only way to happiness, through humility, diligence, and virtue. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Love Elder B. Corbin

P.s Stay scheming!

Cleaning up debris!

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Week #11 – So a Tornado Hit Monroe

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So a tornado hit monroe! It was crazy, the wind was super strong. West monroe got hit the worst, and the Garden District behind where we live (which is the closest area to west monroe) got hit pretty bad. We have at least 18 hours of service this week, lifting logs for days. It was a blast serving and cleaning up the streets, its amazing how blessed we are back home. The weeks are going by faster! So today, we get the chance to watch meet the mormons, Im excited for that hopefully its really good. Our Mission President is showing it to everyone in the chapels across the mission. I think it is really cool that the church put out a movie that entails getting to know how normal mormons actually are. So Elder Zwick of the Seventy said at our zone conference yesterday, that within the next 45-60 days we will have mini-ipads, which have restrictions so we cannot be disobedient with them, but have super legit apps, that allow us to keep track of our investigators, make reminders, and use mormon.org and lds.org
to help spread the gospel more effectively, by flooding the earth with uplifting messages. Zone conference was great, Elder Zwick of the Seventy and his wife are absolutely some of the best speakers i have ever heard, i felt the spirit insanely strong in that meeting. They talked about how we are called to one of the hardest missions, in the sense of tracting, because all we do is tract in this mission, how we can get members more involved, and how if we did not baptize one soul, the mission would be a success, if we left the missions completely converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. They dissected the Book of Mormon, and they showed us how the Book of Mormon is a book about change in heart. Alma chapter 5 is by far now, one of my favorite chapters in the book of mormon. It is all about being humble enough to set aside pride, to acknowledge our dependence on the savior and then be able to ask ourselves if we can do better. And the answer always is yes, we CAN do better. Conversion is not a one time thing, it is a process that is diligent, takes humility, and takes effort. We must ask ourselves this, Alma 5:26, “… If ye have experienced a change in heart,and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?”

If we measure our lives based upon this questions, every single day, taking it one day at a time, we will be converted. Conversion is not a easy task, but we must remember that it does not have to be a sad one either. Conversion leads us to happy, so BE HAPPY, immortality is full of trials and hardships that is what we are here for, But our Attitude will decide how we face that adversity, we MUST EXERT ALL OF OUR EFFORTS to have a GREAT ATTITUDE, PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE DOG GONIT! Discouragement is one of the greatest tools that the adversary has against us, do not get discouraged, do not get depressed. Remember, in order to be “illuminated by the light of the everlasting word” we must have a happy attitude. (alma 5;7) The Gospel of Jesus Christ is one of calling sinners to repentance, which entails all of us!!! We must do works of righteousness so we can be happy. ” I would say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that (last) day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth? Or do ye imagine to yourselves that ye can lie unto the Lord in that day, and say-Lord, our works have been righteous works upon the face of the earth-and that he will save you? Or otherwise, can ye imagine yourselves brought before the tribunal of God with your souls filled with guilt and remorse, having a remembrance of all your guilt, yea, a perfect remembrance of all your wickedness, yea, a remembrance that ye have set at defiance the commandments of god?” Alma 5:16-18. Dear friends, if you imagine yourselves being called forth having brought forth more evil than righteousness, change it. How is your heart? We must go to the Lord in faith everyday, asking for a change in heart, asking for help, asking to be humble and stripped of pride, and the change will come. I was named after Neal A. Maxwell one of the greatest apostles of all time, the writer and founder of Chapter 6th in preach my gospel. Which is, The Attributes of Christ. If we can humbly develop the attributes of Christ, we will be happy, and we will gain a personal relationship with Christ, and experience the joy that he feels. Pray always so that he can overcome temptation, pray for more faith, pray exerting all the energy of your soul, FAST, fast and pray that you may have more power in receiving an answer.

We can always ask ourselves this, Am I always willing to follow the Savior by doing what he does?

Loved ones, I love you all, whether I know you or not, But I want you to understand that The Gospel of Jesus Christ, is not a story, or some legend that has been fictitiously created out of whole cloth, it is not a figment of our imagination, it is not a feeling that can be created by the brain releasing a hormone. It is the pure love of Christ, that can be felt by all those who repent, and are baptized by someone holding the proper priesthood authority of god. We have this authority. I would ask you this,

Are you happy, and what is your happiness based upon?

If you answered yes to being happy great, and if you answered that your happiness is based upon the Actions that you have made to correctly fufill all the correct ordinances of the gospel, to put your life inline with Jesus Christs, than you are converted. But if you said you were happy, with where you are and that you dont need christ, or that you already know him even though you have not partaken or maybe even already have partaken and have fallen of the narrow path, i would say unto you, hypocrite. Repent and change it so that your happiness can last, if we are willing to change we will have the spirit, if we are not willing to change we will not have the spirit. Heavenly Father is merciful on our weaknesses, but if we are rebelling out of shear will power to do wrong, apply the following, stop it. It is that easy, change it and make your weakness a strength. Brothers and sisters, peace and happiness can be your constant companion if you change, make the change. I would ask you “can you feel so now?”

I speak by the way of command unto you that belong to the church, and unto those who do not belong to the church I speak by the way of invitation, saying; Come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye also may be partakers of the fruit of the tree of life.
Alma 5: 62.

Oh dearest loved ones, Jesus Christ absolutely is, the Book Of Mormon cannot be rationalized out of existence, whether you believe it or not it is true, so come and see, find out for yourself, and if you already now, strengthen your foundation, that you may not be hewn down and cast into the fire at the last day. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is the church the Jesus Christ is the head of. He leads and guides this church by a modern day prophet, Amos 3;7. I believe with all my heart that Jesus Christ is our savior and redeemer, and that through diligent study, prayer , and fasting we can KNOW. Brothers and sisters we all must walk by faith, until we receive the witness of KNOWING. Dear brothers and sisters, if ye have no more that a desire to know let that desire work within you, and if ye Believe, continue to believe, until you know, and if you want to lean on my testimony do so, but hold on to the ground and belief that you have for it will always trump that of which you dont know, family and friends, I know that my redeemer lives, and what comfort this sweet sentence gives, I know that my redeemer lives.

In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Ps. Stay Schemin, study the scriptures everyday, pray

Love you all, and all is well.

Week #10 – West Monroe rocked by severe thunderstorms possible tornado

This was Brenan’s email to me this morning before the storm hit.

Hey mom, it was so good to read all the emails you all sent, i liked how it was in one that is cool, but its good to here from everyone, i will have to answer all the questions you all have, and make sure i respond to everyone tomorrow but for today have a great day! I’ll talk to you tomorrow, we are all brothers and sisters. love you

Elder B. Corbin

I received a call tonight at 6pm from the Relief Society in Brenan’s ward in Monroe. She said that Brenan will possibly not be able to write his email tomorrow. He wanted her to call me so that I wouldn’t worry. Brenan and his companion were caught in the torrential rain on their bikes. The went back to their apartment for safety. They had no power so they changed their clothes and headed to the church house. Their they went and helped clear the roads with chain saws and moving trees out of the road. He is okay, it has been quite the adventure for him and his companion. The Zone leaders are in Jackson for a training but Brenan is handling the load. I did not get a chance to talk to him, but i know he’s fine enough to worry about me not receiving his letter. HaHa, he’s worried about that, yikes! I’m worried about him. I know he is in good hands and good spirits. Hence, I don’t mind about the absent email. He’s helping the city get back to normal. Love to all of You! Keep him in your prayers! Love, Joni

Thought to be tornado

Don Wheeler, dean of technology, math and science at Louisiana Delta Community College said he watched the weather radar Monday morning as a tornadic cell hopscotched across Ouachita Parish.

“It stayed on the radar off and on – disappearing and then coming back again,” he said. “When it came over Monroe it had a very well defined signature on the radar.”

Wheeler said that the tornadic activity was difficult to detect within the thunderstorm.

“It creates a very difficult situation to see the tornado coming,” Wheeler said.

Although the National Weather Service will be the entity that will officially decide whether the storm that moved across northeastern Louisiana was indeed a tornado or if it was straight line winds, Wheeler said he believes it was.

The National Weather Service is expected to assess the damage on Tuesday.

Wheeler said if in fact the storm was a tornado, it dispels the long-held belief that a tornado has never hit the metropolitan area of Monroe.

He said it also dispels the myth that a tornado will not cross a river.

A tornado reportedly touched down near Bawcomville.

635488249085440804-DSC-8750 Strong thunderstorms moved through northeast Louisiana Monday morning and caused significant damage in West Monroe.

Reports of several tornado warnings were issued in the area throughout the morning, and strong winds caused widespread outages that left more than 39,000 people in the dark in Ouachita Parish.

Power lines and hotel signs were downed, and an 18-wheeler was overturned during the worst of the fierce weather.

KNOE-TV reports gridlock in Monroe along with storm damage, widespread power outages and damage to trees and limbs. The Monroe station experienced a power outage and staff were forced to take shelter during a tornado warning earlier this morning.

There is no word on injuries yet.

Week #8/9- We need a Rutter

Alright mom, so i don’t have to much time today and tomorrow is our actual p-day so i will be able to talk more about my week tomorrow and email you.

Conference was great, i loved it a lot different as a missionary i actually took notes for all the talks and learned a lot, one of my favorites was Lord, Is it I? by Elder Uchtdorf and my other favorite was Jorg Klabingat or something of the seventy, i also really like Elder Bednars talk at the very end where he was talking directly to the investigators, that was good, and i also like all of them !!! HAHA Thomas S Monsons about the bismark and how we need a rutter was really good too. Conference is awesome, i wish i would have listened when i was home, i just simply did not understand how important living the gospel was, and being spiritually fed and physically fed, both parts are of the soul, not just physical. But those four talks were my favorites even tho there are so many more! It is cooling off, its getting nice, outside almost like back home, maybe a little colder, but some days i like the weather a lot.
It’s not too bad. All is well and send me any more questions for tomorrow cus tomorrow is actually p-day, alright mother love you all and hope you all have a great week!

Love Elder B. Corbin

Email 2-
Oh and that guy did not get baptized yet, but he is progressing with a date his name is FRANK and he is going to get baptized. he is just taking it really seriously which is good, so that he can get his divorce papers done they have been dragging on for 2 years. So once he finishes those he will get baptized, he has stopped dipping(tabbacco) from 7 cans a week, to 1 can a week, so he has been working really hard to overcome his addiction! Now Bro. Brady, who my companionship ran into we had to give them to the zls cus they took half our area because the President did not like how huge our bike area was.

Love you All hope i answered all the questions

Love Elder B. Corbin

Ps. Stay Schemin

P-day email #3-Hey mom so everything went well this week! Im having a great time, ill have to write a detailed letter next week, because i had my email deleted on accident and it was really long so i’m bummed because i really don’t want to write another letter that is super long so ill keep it short. Danny Scaife, Who is Elder Scaife who is a zone leader, he is super chill and i’m bummed that he left. But other than that our district is still the same, and all is well, have another great week in paradise and i hope all goes well, ill send a letter sometime this week, love you all!

Love Elder B. Corbin

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Week #7 – The Mission is Awesome

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Awesome Mother, sounds like everything is starting to roll at home. Wow, the weeks are going by fast, weird, the days are slow while in them, but when I start to write in my journal entry every night, its like dang, where did the time go? Haha. But things are great, my companion/trainer is alright! He is from Utah, like all the Utah kids that I have met before,  nice. Good companion. I’m learning a lot from the Mission. It is a lot more fun than I thought. We get tons of work done, but we can have fun and loosen up too. People treat us different down here, especially when we have our badges on. People put up a wall and are afraid to let the spirit work within them. They are even afraid to learn more, people are scared of being converted. If people could just take 20 minutes to see what we are about and that we are normal. It would make a huge difference. Part of the problem is that Preachers tell there different congregations not to listen to the Mormons at all, and if they do they will go to hell.  In the Jehovah Witness church if they except anything from the Mormons they get ex-communicated. Nuts, people are ridiculous. The world deffintly needs the gospel. Anyways, i shared with some youth kids, some of the bands i used to listen to back home and they fell in love with them, I-ration, Rebulation, Kolohe Kai, Spawnbreezie, Jboog, The Green, and they all fell in love with it. They were like what the heck why have i never heard this before? hahAHA i told them its the Cali life, OC babay! lol but yeah the mission is awesome. We have a couple investigators ill you guys know if anythings happens concerning baptisms. My purpose i have realized has been more resolved meaning that I understand now why i’m out here more than ever. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the ONLY church on the face of the PLANET that can open up the gates of the CELESTIAL kingdom. I am serving a mission to find the Lords elect, those that have a contrite spirit, are humble, and are searching for the truth. Only someone that is truly searching, not just oh okay ill listen to you, but someone who is truly trying, giving it all they got, then the lord will bless them with his spirit and testify to there soul the truth. If it was easy to get a testimony of the church, the time we have on earth would be USELESS. Why? Because we have to exercise faith. FAITH, FAITH, FAITH. Faith is the key! Search diligently and ye shall find. We are join heirs if we can do that. Romans 8:16. I love you all and i can write to write you guys next week. Have a great week remember, that YOU are loved no matter what your circumstances, the LORD OUR GOD LOVES YOU AS MUCH AS THE SAVIOR, every soul is great in the sight of God. When Joseph Smith was in jail, he rebuked the jail keepers “SILENCE—Ye fiends of the infernal pit.  In the name of Jesus Christ I rebuke you, and command you to be still; I will not live another minute, and hear such language.  Cease such talk, or you or I die THIS MINUTE.” and then Parley P. Pratt stated that he said, right after that, that every soul is of great worth in the sight of God. Brothers and Sisters church is true.

Love you All-

Elder B. Corbin

Ps. stay schemin