“Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge,” Ensign, May 2008, 135
Elder Lawrence Edward Corbridge acknowledges his reliance on the Lord.
“Christ is our only hope and our every hope and the only way that we can do all He has asked us to do,” he says. “We can have full confidence that He will help us succeed.”
Elder Corbridge has gained this testimony from years of Church service, including as bishop, high councilor, stake president, and president of the Chile Santiago North Mission from 2002 to 2005.
Born on April 6, 1949, to Ivan Corbridge and Agnes Howe Corbridge, Elder Corbridge was raised in Provo, Utah, USA. From 1968 to 1970 he served full-time in the Argentina North Mission.
He received a bachelor of science degree in business management and a juris doctorate degree from Brigham Young University. After graduation he began a career in law, and at the time of his call to the First Quorum of the Seventy, he was a shareholder and senior attorney at a Salt Lake City law firm.
He married Jacquelyn Shamo in the Provo Utah Temple on December 21, 1974. As a young man, Elder Corbridge spent the summers working on cattle ranches in Idaho and Utah, where he learned to love the outdoors, a love he shares with his wife and five sons through various activities, including rock climbing, river rafting, skiing, and snowboarding.
“Knowledge, character, and relationships, especially with family, are among the few things in life that really matter,” he says. Another is “to remember Christ always.”
Elder Corbridge continues: “We covenant every week to do just that when we partake of the sacrament. We sometimes fall short. Yet the Lord says to look to Him in every thought. So whether we are working to support a family, being a mother and a homemaker, or lying in a hospital bed with six months to live, that is still our essential challenge—to remember Him and to do what He would do.”