Bagar Monson Focusing on what a missionary has instead of what they lack will transform each missionary and allowed them to focus on others. It seems to me that missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane. I plead with you. It is by Elder Lawrence E. Salvation never was easy.
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Corbridge, of the First Quorm of the Seventy, was born April 6, , in Moscow, Idaho, where his family lived while his father attended school. Growing up on a cattle ranch gave young Lawrence a perpective somewhat different from many young boys his age. It was cold and quiet. He felt the heat from the body of his horse, Rusty.
The sun had barely risen over the ridge. As far as he could see, there were cattle. It seemed "there was perfect balance in the world, he said. You just keep at it. In all, he said, his life is quite ordinary. Some might beg to differ. Elder Corbridge remembers a youth filled with hard work and extended family.
When he turned 10, his father told him the same words he had heard as a boy. I worked hard, as ranchers do. On the tractor or combine, he prayed for rain. Many days he worked from sun up to sun down.
I never resisted it. There were magical moments," he said, recalling the smell of fresh hay or the sight of early morning dew on a leaf. Like his father, he would be a rancher.
Like many young men, Lawrence attended a year of college before a mission call was extended. The call came and he was to serve in the North Argentina Mission. As a missionary in Argentina, he was asked by Elder David B. Haight what he wanted to do professionally when he returned. Ranching, he responded, was what he knew. Elder Haight offered a different career path: "You should be a lawyer," he told the young missionary.
He determined working in the law was a cause he should pursue. It was there he met Jacquelyn Shamo. As he got to know her, "my world got very small. From that point on there were only two places in the world: where she is and where she is not.
After graduation, they moved to Salt Lake City where he went to work for a local law firm. Then, at age 29, he was called to be a bishop. Soon he realized he could not reconcile the time demands of working for someone else with what he needed to do as a bishop. He left the firm and started practicing on his own.
The next month was not a lot better. But they "muddled through," happy to be on their own. Elder Corbridge said his career has given him the opportunity to help people solve problems they can not solve on their own.
Over the years, five sons joined the family. On Sunday afternoons, Elder Corbridge would gather his boys around and give them a lesson. He would teach Church principles. Sometimes he would talk about climbing and the need to depend on one another.
Other times he would talk about the "cowboy way. After a long and sucessful career in the law, and equally long service to the Church, he might have looked forward to a well-earned and peaceful retirement. The Lord had other plans for this son of the west. On April 5, , Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge was sustained as a General Authority, to serve as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He continues to serve at this posting.
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