Hey Mother and family and friends!!!! I had a great Valentine’s Day! Life in the mission field has been great. We are continuing to teach our main investigator, Brandi Majeska. She is awesome! I love her and her family! They are great. We are hoping she will be getting baptized in the end of February or the beginning of March! Life truly is great! What a blessing it is to teach these wonderful people the gospel! I know how the gospel enlightens one’s soul for it has enlightened mine.
Recently, our mission has had a big push on planning, and planning effectively! Planning and setting goals effectively makes a huge difference! Unfortunately everyone in the mission was planning incorrectly. Planning and setting goals for ourselves and the people we teach is very difficult, but I am thankful for it! I have spent some time re-learning goal setting and how it can bless my life.
We all have goals in life. Our goals reflect our desires. We need to learn how to set and achieve righteous goals!
When we set, SMART Goals, it helps us do this.
Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timetabled
When we plan and set goals this way it helps us to persevere, and do the things we need to do to achieve these goals. I hope and pray that we can all set personal goals to become a better disciple of Jesus Christ. Each week we have the chance to partake of the Sacrament, this is a great chance for us to set a righteous goal and then to do it.
If you are;
Struggling with reading the Book of Mormon each day?
Have a hard time living a specific commandment?
Struggling with your faith?
Feel you need answers to your prayers?
Select a specific thing you need or want to change. Then, set simple actions you will take to attain that goal, and promise the lord you will DO IT! Seek for his inspiration in prayer, he will tell you what to do. Then if you promise the Lord that takes the “good intentions” out of it and turns it into and “action” that you are accountable for.
For Example, If you struggle with reading the book of Mormon each day and saying a nightly prayer. Promise the Lord you will do it, then maybe a simple step you can take is to put your copy of the scriptures over your pillow each morning, so every night you will be reminded to read. Then it will be up to you to keep your promise to the Lord to remember him, (which is what we do anyway, when we partake of the sacrament) by reading his word to you.
As we strive to become better by “small and simple means” we will experience sweet repentance, develop Christlike attributes, and experience the “peace that exceeds all understanding”.
“Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.” Alma 37: 6
I promise and testify that if we can set SMART goals in our lives we will be blessed in everything that we do! The gospel challenges us to become! So let us become who the Lord wants us to become, by following his spirit, and setting righteous goals. For cubit upon cubit is our character built, moment upon moment our lives are lived, it is how we use our time that shapes our eternity, as in the wise words of Napoleon,
“He who fears being conquered, is sure of defeat.”
Let us have the courage, the faith, the determination to succeed, trusting in God, that we can overcome all things through “him who is mighty to save”, then have the conviction and the resolve to succeed. I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!
Then, when we get to the end of our course here in life, we can say as did Timothy,
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”
2 Timothy 4:7
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen!
Elder Brenan Neal Corbin
Mississippi Jackson Mission
Ps. Mom, I need another Journal, this one I got is almost out. THANKS I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!
Keep it REAL family and friends and remember, STAY SCHEMIN!