Monthly Archives: July 2015

Week #49- They Knew Who They Were

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Hey mom sorry, I am emailing late, we moved apartments and this week has been crazy I am training a new missionary his name is Elder Kittrell, he is awesome! He is from Saint George, and he was on the diving team. He is super chill and we are going to dominate pearl, pearl is now full bike yeeehawwww. Good news, I talked to my last companion Elder Lesuma, he is doing great with his trainee, and the old people that I had taught with him have a baptismal date for next sunday, both of them are progressing and they are going to be getting baptized, we will see what happens! It will be awesome! Im so excited if they get baptized, before I left we were able to teach them the restoration, the plan, and the gospel, with the commandments, all four of those lessons, with a little bit of blessings and such thrown in between! So i really hope, that I had helped them in anyway to work towards baptism, I hope they feel the love of the gospel! Recently in DDMs, I have been teaching alot on the prayer of faith, and how through, truly desiring the salvation of souls, and truly wanting to labor with all your heart might and strength. By applying what we learn from alma in Alma 31:30-38, by doing what alma did, by loving the people of the south, by praying for my fellow servants, yea Elder Kittrell, and Elder Clyde, Elder Beckstrom, and yea even the two sisters, Sister Poulson and Sister Harrison. O Lord wilt thow grant unto us success that we may again bring these our brethren again unto the in christ! in vs 35 yeh give unto us POWER and WISDOM. When we pray like this and from the bottom of our hearts we are trying to do everything we can, that is when the lord has put people into our path, that is when he can say, your offering is acceptable unto me…….. remember that is what a broken heart and a contrite spirit is! That is how we get to those people of the south.  There are so many spiritual and mental people that have no idea what the bible really is and what it is saying, they live off the government don’t work, all they do is smoke and want another drink, and they do many things that are contrary to the will of the lord. But over the last couple of months i have really learned to start loving the people here. and that is when I can truly feel the spirit more, I have loved people on my mission before, but not generally for the whole south. But myself, unlike alma, I was not able to do what alma does in vs 36-38, he gives no thought for what he will eat, or what he drink, or where he will sleep, or how long he will live, he trusts in the lord and then, goes to work. I really like when it talks about how all there sufferings were swallowed up in the joy of christ. They learned to love Christ and the gospel so intimately that no matter what happened to them in life, no matter what infirmities overcame them, they were HAPPY! THEY KNEW WHO THEY WERE, THEY KNEW WHY THEY WERE HERE, THEY KNEW THERE WAS WORK TO BE DONE, THEY KNEW WHERE THEY WERE GOING, AND THEY KNEW THAT THEY WOULD STAND ACCOUNTABLE BEFORE GOD IF THEY DID NOT SHARE IT, but THEY LOVED TO SERVE THE LORD! What a marvelous example are the the courageous missionaries in the Book of Mormon. I hope that I can have the same zeal, and confidence before God for the rest of my life.
But it is like all things, we have to strive for it! I know the lord will give us the power, through his spirit, conditional upon us praying, studying, and developing a heart of solid light, full of faith, hope and charity. That is what QUALIFIES US FOR THE WORK! I think the lord tells us that in D&C 4 because, we can come on a mission and do work, tract, ai, reactive, and teach investigators, but it doesn’t mean you are going to get a baptism or do any REAL WORK. I believe what he means by the three attributes QUALIFYING someone is because without one of the three you wont be able to get any REAL work done! YOU will do some work, but you wont be as good and effective if you had the three. Its that simple! You wont be the tool in the lords hand that you want to be, “yeah even though i have the tongues of angels, and the gift of prophecy and revelation, and have not charity, it is as sounding brass” (i’m paraphrasing) 1 Cor. 13:1-2.
THIs is why we are on the earth it is for the perfecting of the saints! I read the vision of the south, i believe it to be true, I have faith that if we as a people of the church can consecrate ourselves, that not just the people in the south but the people all over the world, will flock to the restored gospel, but we must ALL DEVELOP these attributes, I am thankful to serve I love the lord, it is so awesome, love the people around you, love them that hate you, and serve them that despise, you and HOW GREAT SHALL BE YOUR JOY. GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen!

Love yall Elder Brenan Corbin

Ps. I had some members, two families, on tuesday night when i got my greene, we went to the Statums house for dinner, Bro Statum pretended to be gay with Brother Porter pretending to be co-workers to Sister Statum so my greene had no idea that they were members, and Bro Statum was questioning Elder Kittrell and asking him really hard questions about gays and acting really femmy, and was like calling him out saying “just say it mormons dont like gays”, meanwhile everyone is trying to not laugh, and people were just asking really awkward questions and just making it really uncomfortable for him. I was playing as if i was trying to teach them the gospel and asking who they were how they met and so forth, and at the middle of the dinner, Brother Statum comes behind Elder Kittrell and puts his hand around his shoulder with his head real close, squeezes his chest and says “You know I really like you…………… “(squeezes) then says “Where is your white handbook Elder” then Elder Kittrell got the clue that he was a member and turned and said, “You guys aren’t gay are you?” then everyone just started laughing hysterically! Then Brother Statum said, ” No we are not, Im brother Statum” Then Elder Kittrell jokingly said “im going to go home and cry” we almost started crying my abs started hurting i was laughing so hard. It was an awesome prank, after I told him, I said, you will never have to worry for the rest of your mission about awkward dinner appointments because I bet they will never get even close to that. We both just started laughing!

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Week #48- Help Us Along

Hey mom, so Im just gonna send a short email this week, things are going in the mission. I hope that all back home is just fantastic and that things are going well! I hope that we can all draw closer to the lord this week and really pray with our full hearts to him. I know that he will bless us and help us along the way of trials. I know that the Lord is so mercy to all of his children and that he is there for us. Stay safe and draw closer to the lord.

Love Elder B. Corbin

Ill write more next week, love ya fam!

Kill em with Aloha

Week #47 – Turn to the Lord

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Love you mom thanks so much! Everything is good, I have learned to learn to turn to the lord through the mission! No matter what we face, the Lord is there to help us and lead us. I know that to be true! Its simply beautiful to live the gospel! Life is just so great, and no greater joy and happiness comes from it! Im so thankful for the gospel in my life and the opportunity to serve a mission! THe church is absolutely the best thing. I know that by being a disciple of Christ there is no path more rewarding of the joys of life and eternity! I hope your back feels better Mom, i will pray for you ! IM not sure what is going to happen next transfer! But im excited to see! Sooo crazy so many things are going on! Aubree and Chase will be Married on my 1 year mark in he mission field, august 8th what the! I go home aug 8th 2016, soooo crazy! Just got to live it up, for “this too shall pass” right aubree! hahaha I love yall so much! The lord has blessed our family immensely! Its incredible! We just have to get on FIRE!!!!!! hahah on FIRE!!!!!!!!! hahaha THis week, we taught our neighbor the stop smoking program and we hope that she will quit but we are not sure what will happen. For some reason she does not want to follow all the steps of the program but is giving up cigarettes for now. Its weird. One thing i have learned is that you cannot force people to change, you can only influence them, there is no way to make someone change, agency, is given to all beings. RIght now we have the miller family as investigators, but they haven’t come to church, we have taught them the resto, salvation, gospel, and have visited with them, and we are trying to set them with a baptismal date, but they have had different excuses for why they haven’t come to church. Its frustrating, I just want people to be able to take full advantage of the atonement of Jesus Christ but they cant, unless they follow the ordinances of the gospel, some people to just understand, and for some reason they have different reasons that are unknown that they just don’t partake. its very difficult, to watch someone who you are teaching eventually reject the gospel. I know how much joy and happiness can await them, but they have not felt the spirit like that yet in there life so they don’t comprehend what they are missing. We just have to keep our heads held high and DOMINATE! thats all it comes down to, I came on a mission not quite sure what my purpose was, I knew I was to help people. But how, through helping receive the restored gospel through the faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, and receiving the holy ghost. That is it, we are to preach the gospel of the kingdom, and to baptize. We need the ward members help on finding those who have been prepared ! Let me be clear, and I didn’t understand this until i came on a mission, but we do not help the missionaries, the missionaries help us. It is the ward members who have the primary responsibility in the area to find and refer people who are ready to be taught. NOW this is not an excuse for disobedient missionaries to do nothing, but what it is, is that we must work together on bringing those valiant and elect souls into the gospel! Let us commit, as we always do when we partake of the sacrement, that we will take upon us the “name” of the lord. REplace “name” with “work” to take upon us the work of the Lord, for the edifying of the saints, the perfecting of Gods children. I love Heavenly Father, embrace him, listen to him, listen for him, and obey him. That is how we enjoy true happiness. I love all yall, and i pray that yall can feel my love for you! I care for you, do what it right and let the consequences follow!

Love Elder B. Corbin

Dominate!

Week #46 – Dares to Preach

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Fireworks behind statue of liberty

So yesterday i got to meet President Olsen and Sister Olsen, they are awesome, they are a lot like you mom and dad. THey are fantastic, this next year with them is going to fantastic! I am learning to be humble, it is the christ like attribute i am working on right now. It is so hard, the savior is absolutely incredible, i dont even come close to the comprehending what he did for us. I was thinking the other day of the most important things this world has ever heard, what information is so important that everyone needs to know? Other than “It is finished” said by the savior. I believe the most important sentence ever said was and is, “Joseph, this is my beloved son hear him!” said by Heavenly Father. When we truly understand the significance of this statement and the absolute miracles wrought today because of this experience and sentence it is incomprehensible. With the first vision we understand that God called joseph smith to be a prophet, we understand that if that happened, then everything after happened and is true. That means that Christ is real, it for our day.
It shows that God is the same today yesterday and forever. If this didn’t happen then there would have been no restoration, therefore if there was no restoration, then God would have not church today, and all the prophecies would be not fulfilled therefore God would cease to be God. No other Church dares to preach such doctrine and only the Book of Mormon contains such doctrine, that God can fall, he wont, because he knows how to avoid it, but he wants us to know how fine of an edge he walks. Because God its God and he wont fall, the restoration did happen and Joseph Smith was the one who was prepared from eons of time to restore the church to the earth, by asking a question. Questions are the beginnings of answers, how can we have an answer if there is not question, you cant. This week I had a great experience with an answer to my prayer, my testimony of the gospel was strengthened, and I was able to draw closer to the Lord. THe savior taught everyone through his example, how to act, how to think, how to be a disciple of our Heavenly Father. Our challenge in this life is to change ourselves to be like him. I know this work is true, I know that the Lord has prepared people all around us to teach and to be an example to, whether or not they are baptized at the last day, they cannot say, “why didnt you tell me, i didnt see anything different about you” we can say, ” Lord we labored diligently and that there sins may not come upon us.” Jacob 1:19.

I love yall Im glad yall had a happy fourth of july, i bet it was absolutely paradise! thanks everyone love you!

Love Elder B. Corbin

Week #45 – Learning from Trials

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ViviLnk

“Because of His infinite and eternal sacrifice (see Alma 34:14), [the Savior] has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy. He can reach out, touch, succor, heal, and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do relying only upon our own power. …

“The unique burdens in each of our lives help us to rely upon the merits, mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah (see 2 Nephi 2:8). I testify and promise the Savior will help us to bear up our burdens with ease (see Mosiah 24:15).”

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease,” Ensign,May 2014, 90.

Learning from Trials

While it is important to pray for strength and help in trials, it is also important to pray to learn from trials. You can pray for “eyes to see, and ears to hear” (Deuteronomy 29:4) the Lord’s tender mercies and grace in your life (see Ether 6:12).

Mom everything’s going good! The church is true, this new elder is difficult but it will be good, it’s only for a month. Dang it’s gonna be hard but, the lord is so merciful it’s so awesome. Im just trying to find people to teach, and get to church. But I’M just gonna keep it short. Pearl is good. Other than that everything is going good! I know this is what i am to be doing, This is Christ’s church, the book of mormon is the word of god and the prophet Joseph Smith is the prophet who restored the church to the earth. Hallelujah what a blessing! Love Elder B. Corbin