Wednesday- Hey Mom, Life is great and I love how merciful the lord is. I’m gonna keep it short bcus I don’t have much time but. I just want to say that the Lord loves us and gives us trials to learn and to grow.
Yesterday the library crashed and so we came back today to finish emailing and to do my plan. Life is great. in the field and I am enjoying my time left here in the mission. There are so many great and wonderful things that the lord has blessed us with. I am thankful for trials because I know that as we work through them the Lord will bless us and we will become closer to him, and we will be more like him.
I love each and everyone one of you and I can not wait to hug and see yall!
Love Elder Brenan Corbin
Here is a great quote that I think we should all apply.
“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle. But you shall be a miracle.” -Phillips Brooks
Monday- Hey Mom, thank you for this wonderful talk. I really enjoyed it, it really is inspiring and it is so true. I can’t wait to see ya’ll soon, two weeks!
I am doing great, I am ready to come home, and move to the next stage but i’m enjoying the rest of the mission. I would like to go to the temple at least once when i’m in cali maybe newport and
San Diego that would be cool, bcus i have never been in the San Diego temple.
This is the talk Brenan is referring to.
I wanted to share some thoughts about a talk by Elder Kevin W. Pearson called “Stay By the Tree”.
It’s basically about Lehi’s vision of the tree of life as a powerful payable on enduring to the end. If enduring to the end is essential to eternal life, why do we struggle to be faithful? We struggle when we are caught between competing priorities. Casual obedience and lukewarm commitment weaken faith. Enduring to the end requires total commitment to the Savor and to our covenants. Enduring to the end is a hallmark of true discipleship and is essential to eternal life. But when trials and challenges come our way, we are often told you simply “hang in there”. Let me be clear to “hang in there” is not a principle of the gospel. Enduring to the end means constantly coming to Christ and being perfected in him.
Carefully consider six important principles that help us endure to the end.
1. Don’t forget to pray-
We begin with the Lehi alone “in a dark and dreary waste”. Each of us experiences periods of darkness and loneliness. Pray for strength to endure to the end.
2. Come unto Christ and be perfected in him-
The tree represents Christ, who is the clear manifestation of the love of God. The ternal life with our loved ones is sweeter and more desirable than any other thing he is “the way the truth and the life.” We can fill our lives with accomplishment and well doing, but in the end, if we do not enter into sacred covenants to follow Christ and faithfully keep them, we will have utterly and completely missed the mark.
3. Press forward with faith-
There is a path that leads to the tree of life, to Christ. It is straight and narrow, strength and exact. Obedient to builds faith in Christ. Faith is the principle of action and power. Consistently following the saviors example produce a spiritual power and capacity. Without the strengthening and enabling power of the atonement, it’s impossible to stay on the path and endure.
4. the book of Mormon is key to spiritual survival-
Life’s journey is challenging. It’s easy to be distracted, wander off the path, and get lost. Be patient, cling to the truth, understanding will come. The book of Mormon and the words of the living profits every day. It’s the key to spiritual survival and avoiding deception. Without it, we are spiritually lost.
5. don’t be distracted and deceived-
Searching for spacious buildings for knowledge will not lead you to truth. It’s not posted there. Only the Savior has the word to be turned away. Everything else is just words.
6. stay by the tree-
We stay because we are converted unto the Lord. As we you our hearts to God, the Holy Ghost changes our very natures, we become deeply converted unto the Lord.
Apostasy is the reverse of conversion.
Returns Aug. 17th…