Elder Michael Combrink

excerpts from Michael's Mission Call:

Dear Elder Combrink,

You are hereby called to serve as a Young Church-Service Missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. You have been assigned to serve in the Sacramento California Young Church-Service Missionary Group...
You have been recommended as one worthy to represent the Lord. As such, you will be expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct and appearance by keeping the commandments, living mission standards, and following the direction of your supervisors and priesthood leaders. 
As you devote your time and attention to serving the Lord, He will bless you with increased knowledge and testimony of the Restoration and the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. You will experience joy and satisfaction that come from giving of yourself for the blessing of others as you serve with all your heart, might, mind, and strength.
The Lord will reward you for your service. Greater blessings and more happiness than you have yet experienced await you as you humbly, prayerfully, and faithfully serve the Lord. We have confidence in you and pray that the Lord will help you become an effective young Church-Service Missionary.

Michael was set apart and received his missionary badge on Sunday August 13, 2017

He started serving on Wednesday August 16, 2017
He went to the temple on Saturday August 19, 2017
and he spoke in Sacrament Meeting on Sunday August 20, 2017
For starters, Michael is serving at the Bishop's Storehouse, and at Deseret Industries, and with Facility Maintenance.
website: www.lds.org/ycsm


N's pictures from transfer #17 - Fred/Batista - 10/4/2016 to 11/14/2016

area: Fred Branch (Silsbee, Texas)
zone: Beaumont
companion: Elder Batista













N's email 11/14/2016

area: Fred Branch (Silsbee, Texas)
zone: Beaumont
companion: Elder Batista

2 Nephi 9:54

I love you'll! And I love Jesus Christ!

Your favorite missionary, Elder Combrink

N's email 11/7/2016

area: Fred Branch (Silsbee, Texas)
zone: Beaumont
companion: Elder Batista

This week was really good! Jacob and Sadie, 12 year old twins, are going to be baptized this upcoming Sunday right after church! I testify our Heavenly Father hears our prayers and grants according to the desires of our hearts.

Our FNM2 was really low, we just didn't really try earlier in the week, procrastinating and stuff, so we only had 2 by Sunday. But then we realized that last week's key indicators were going to be the last ones we would report before the district in the greatest mission ever, and we didn't want to report less than 14 FNM2, so we went out and started finding. But in Fred, there's hardly ever people outside. And through Tracting, we only get 1, maybe 2, at a time. But the Lord in His infinite mercy placed 2 groups of 6 people outside of their homes in our path. If I were the Lord, I would have said, "Ha! You wasted all the opportunities I gave you all week, and now, in the eleventh hour, you want to meet your goal? Ha!" But no. He saw that we wanted to reach our goal, and that we were out working, and He was merciful. I love being a missionary!

I guess this is my last email. I hope everyone really knows how much I love being a missionary.

I love y'all. But I love Jesus Christ more. And this is where He wants me. So this is where I want to be.

See y'all soon.

Your favorite missionary, Elder Combrink

N's email 10/31/2016

area: Fred Branch (Silsbee, Texas)
zone: Beaumont
companion: Elder Batista

This week was good! I just want to share a few experiences we had.

The first is on Wednesday we went to Houston and had new missionary training because Elder Batista is new. It was so spiritual, I loved it.

On Saturday we wanted to go to Warren to see Jamie, someone we're teaching, but we didn't have the miles. So we biked there. We rode 43.4 miles that day and nearly 10 miles out of that on a sandy road. It's hard to ride a bike in sand... oh well. It was worth it. We got to teach Jamie.
I love Fred! I love being a missionary.

I love y'all. But I love Jesus Christ more. And this is where He wants me. So this is where I want to be


Your favorite missionary, Elder Combrink

N's email 10/24/2016

area: Fred, Texas (Silsbee, Texas)
zone: Beaumont
companion: Elder Batista

This week was good!

We had a Zone Conference on Thursday and I felt the Spirit so strong throughout the whole thing. At the end they asked missionaries who are going home this transfer to bear their testimonies. I was the second out of three of us.

I said something like, “Well President, I don't know why I'm up here, I've only been out a little over a year.” (Missionaries who have been out over a year usually just keep saying “Oh, I've been out a little over a year” whenever anyone asks to keep from getting anxious about going home.)

I continued, “But I'm grateful for any chance I get to bear my testimony. I would like to start by testifying of Jesus Christ. I know Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem and died on the cross. I know He rose the third day. I know He lives and loves us. And I know He loves you, personally and individually. I know Jesus Christ appeared with our Heavenly Father to Joseph Smith in 1820. I know our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ called Joseph Smith to be a prophet. I know President Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet of God on the Earth today.

“My grandpa would often ask me a question while I was growing up that has shaped the course of my life. I grew up in California and he would ask me, ‘If the prophet called on the phone and told you to pack what you can and be in Utah by sunrise tomorrow would you go?’ As a 10 year old I would think, ‘Grandpa, why would the prophet need a 10 year old...?’ But I also decided that if the prophet called, then I would go. When President Monson said that every worthy and able young man should serve a mission I knew he meant me.

“I am so grateful for the gift of serving a mission. I love being a missionary! I wish I had a count for how many times I have said that... I love being a missionary! I waited 19 years for this gift, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I love being a missionary!

“I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. And I know God loves His children.

“In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”

I love being a missionary!

I love y'all. But I love Jesus Christ more. And this is where He wants me. So this is where I want to be.


From his email to Mom:
I accepted the invitation to attend BYU Provo. It still feels right. Thank you for everything!