N's email 8/8/2016

area: Beaumont YSA Branch (Beaumont, Texas)
zone: Beaumont
companion: Elder Chamberlin

This was a good week.

We went to Houston Monday night and stayed in Atascocita. We took Elder Schenk, one of the District Leaders with us. We had so much fun, he's awesome!

Tuesday we had MLC and we learned so much! A few missionaries bore their testimonies. One, who I had served around earlier, talked about the Atonement. He shared that in June President Drake showed up at their apartment early in the morning and informed this missionary that his father passed away in a car accident. He talked about before his mission telling himself that nothing would keep him from going home from a mission, except his dad dying. Then in the MTC he received an impression to ask his companion, "what would you do if your dad died while you're on your mission?" His companion replied, "well, that's a tough question, and I don't know exactly but I hope that I would stay on my mission." This missionary thought about what his companion said and decided then that if his dad died while he was a missionary that he would stay on his mission. He talked about how grateful he was for being prepared for this trial. He also shared that after President Drake left his apartment he walked to the mirror and envisioned two reflections. One of himself being scared, timid, shy, depressed, and weak. The other was of himself, but strong, courageous, confident, faithful, determined. And he knew he needed to decide then who he would choose to be. He chose the latter.

Two other missionaries bore testimonies and told stories about their moms removing their records from the church while they (the missionaries) were on their missions and telling them (the missionaries) to not write about church things anymore. Both of them have stayed on their missions and are finishing this transfer. Amazing missionaries and examples of living the first great commandment, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."

Zone meeting was Friday it was awesome! We did a walk with Christ, one room was Gethsemane, another Calvary, and the last was the garden tomb. Super spiritual! We also did a skit and I was a nerdy professor, everyone said I fit very well... Haha!

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