Monday, November 4, 2013

Blog time, week 9! 
-everybody give a high five to:
Maggie Beard! Got 2nd place at SC-Idol singing "Don't Rain on my Parade."! I don't think I know the song, but WOOT! She's a boss
Noah Burnett! Got 1st place SC-Idol doing a piano vocal thing! I don't know what song, but if it's Noah, you KNOW it's good.
Brad Rasmusen! (misspelled!) I saw his singing in the CES fireside like a boss! 
Madison Beard! Cause I'd imagine that she was singing there too, cause she's just that awesome. If not, she's still pretty awesome and always deserves some palm to palm contact (though she may look confused and awkwardly accept your high five)
-hi back to:
Coach Clark
Alright, Halloween was a blast! We played gatorball (which is a mix of football and soccer) for a bit then ultimate dodgeball (every man for himself. Hit you die, when the guy that got you get's out, you're alive.) THEN (drum roll) We watched...................................................... MONSTER'S UNIVERSITY! I forgot how good it is :) the short purple guy with the crazy legs and tiny arms is my favorite. "I CAN'T GO BACK TO JAIL!" "Yeah, I don't want to get... toooo big..." 
We had a great time :) 
The work this week has been tough. We only got 10 lessons... half of our goal, but due to interviews, Halloween, transfers, and other things, we weren't able to work really that much. We've got 
 zone training tomorrow which is going to be fun! I've been asked to lead the music :) And interviews with the Mission President and his wife were good. They're both amazing people, and I'm glad that they're my mission parents, cause I can't have my own... ;)
It's amazing how the Lord takes care of us, even though we're imperfect and dumb. He still loves all of us, his blind dogs, running into sin and transgression. If we listen to him, he will not lead us astray, but he'll lead us to his home once again.
Hearing about you all is a testimony builder. Even though I'm not there to help with anything, God is. always. I wish I could hear more from you, but this is where I need my focus. 
why must it be so hard to focus? Yesterday, actually, I actually helped with the lesson while the tv was on and loads of people in a small space. It's cause I had my back to the tv, but still. The Lord's mercies, I was having a hard day. 
I've been having a little trouble keeping my faith and my head up. Today I read some of my Patriaricle Blessing and Alma 32. Alma 32 says: 
 17 Yea, there are many who do say: If thou wilt show unto us a sign from heaven, then we shall know of a surety; then we shall believe.
18 Now I ask, is this faith? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for if a man knoweth a thing he hath no cause to believe, for he knoweth it.
I was asking for miracles, signs, amazing lessons with baptismal dates, and by doing so... I lacked actual faith. 
We need to experiment. We need to "just do it" (have faith) for a little while, then we will know.
33 And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the seed, and it swelleth and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, ye must needs know that the seed is good.
 34 And now, behold, is your knowledge perfect? Yea, your knowledge is perfect in that thing, and your faith is dormant; and this because you know, for ye know that the word hath swelled your souls, and ye also know that it hath sprouted up, that your understanding doth begin to be enlightened, and your mind doth begin to expand.
I don't know everything or even almost everything, but I have felt that swelling several times. I just need to have faith and remember what I have experienced, and hope for more experiences, though I may not be having one of those right now. 
I love all of you, I'm praying for you. Make the right choices and stay fresh. 
Elder Decker

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