New Companion Elder McDougal in Brookhaven, MS
Hey Mom! This last week has been awesome. I got transfered to Brookhaven Ms, to white wash with Elder McDougal. He is a good kid. We are going to be working really hard. He has been out about a year and is from Safford AZ.
This past week we did a lot of tracting to get this place rolling! We have found a lot of solid investigators, and we are excited to see where it goes. We have two church buildings we are working with. Red Star Ward and Brookhaven Branch. it is funny because it is basically a giant family out here. The Britt family basically runs this entire place, the bishop’s grand father basically started the building in Red Star.
It is a good ole town, about 12,000 i would guess. One day this past week we biked close to 30 miles. it was rough but it was worth it. I love biking around, everyone waves and honks their horn at us, it’s legit. Right now, they say. haha. Like always, there are tons of dogs that chase us and we always yell “NOT TODAY”!!!!! as we bike as fast as we can bye. It’s hilarious. they chase us for at least a block, we will get a video next time don’t worry. the love of missionary work is real.
Exciting news with Amanda and James, moving to the Tennessee. That will be interesting. I don’t know if it is as hot there as it is here. But its gonna be nice and humid. Welcome to the sauna of the world. haha. I hope that it all works out. Hopefully everything continues to work out. Elder McDougal and I are really working hard to find a family, and if we don’t at least several people to entire into the waters of baptism. I love this gospel, it is so true, I have seen doors open for us as we have been working hard and being obedient. President Olson planned with us on Saturday night. It was way cool. Then he came to church with us the next day. He is an inspiring man and I know the spirit of the Lord is with him. I love the mission, I am so glad I got called to serve here in the Mississippi Jackson Mission, it is the best mission on earth. I have met so many wonderful people and I love the south. It took me a while but I really do enjoy it. There are a lot of hard headed people but those few people we do meet makes it all worth it.
yesterday we tracted into this old guy named Keith. he is pretty cool, he is a “backslide baptist” we helped him for an hour or so building an old trailer. It was pretty rednecked engineered. It was fun, he is missing his two bottom teeth, like everyone in the south haha.
I cannot believe it is almost June, crazy how time flies! So awesome. It is getting hotter down here as the days go by. We had a fun memorial day yesterday so many people were bbqing. Earlier in the week, I think it might have been our first day, we tracted into a person named Eugene, it was funny because he thought he knew the scriptures like everyone down here, and he was making no sense, and I was trying so hard not to laugh and look at elder Mcdougal, I have been in so many situations where people try to quote stuff to us and they end up making no sense and talking in circles and the funny person that I am I can’t help myself. i feel so sorry for some of these people because the pastors lead them so far astray and because of pride they don’t listen to us. We showed Eugene love but at the end I just kindly dominated him with the scripts. then we left.
I always joke with Elder Mcdougal saying let’s go back and he just laughs because it was a waste of time. our time truly is precious and we have to spend as much of it as we can finding those who will receive us and recognize us as the Lord’s servants.
Anyways I can not wait to see all the wonderful miracles the lord is working here. I have seen tender mercies of the Lord letting us find people here who seem ready. We also tracted into this potential who didn’t really want to talk to us because she was so busy, but we kept following up and we came in and talked to her. her name is Jeneva, and her husband Jeff is in the hospital and will most likely be coming back in a wheelchair. So she has been stressed out, and when we offered her service to help get her house ready for his return, she started crying, and said that is was an answer to her prayers. So tomorrow we are going to go help and hopefully get to know her better.
I love this gospel and the opportunity i have to serve. We have an opportunity in life to make the days count. If we do our best and realize that nothing in our life is promised. We could die at any moment. Most of us live life like we have a thousand years to live and WE DON’T! WE have to do something TODAY!
Choose this day whom ye will serve, and I promise that you will look back on your life and it will be full of more love and joy than you have ever experienced.
I miss and love each and everyone of you! Don’t try to change the past, you can’t change it, the bible says that when you here my voice harden not your heart, you have to chase your dreams, you might have messed up in high school, or college or whatever, your job, your relationship, but it is never to late to change!!!! YOU CAN CHANGE AND BE YOUR BEST!!!
Christ descended below them all, art thou greater than he?
The answer is no, we are not, he is there and he has reminded us that he has engraven us upon his palms, he will not forsake us.
Elder Brenan Corbin
Ps. THE FUTURE IS AS BRIGHT AS YOUR FAITH!~