Saturday, January 25, 2014

Jan 13, 2014
Madness on the Jackson front!!! Emergency Transfers! AHHHHHH! BUT DON'T WORRY. I'm still in Jackson and so is my companion. The change is that... we've got..... ENGLISH ELDERS AGAIN IN JACKSON HOLE, WY! :DDDDDDDD
That's the news. I can now focus on Spanish! :D
Julio (Nolee) Banner: sorry, I forgot that you were my FRENCH texting buddy. So, you didn't understand what I said. That's ok though. ;)
Lauren Shaw: sorry! I forgot to say congrats!
Snow King Ski Resort: I hate you. I hate how tempting you are. You're like a 3 min drive from our house, and we have a snowboard. Not cool man, not cool. 
What I'd like to talk about today is faith. What is faith? We learn from James 2:17-18 that faith requires works. Faith is more than a belief, it's a belief applied. So What I'd like everybody who reads this blog to ask themselves is "Do you have faith?." If so, what are the ACTIONS that you are doing to APPLY your belief in Christ, your belief in the scriptures, or you belief that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that Thomas S. Monson is the current prophet. If you are not applying that belief, your faith is dead. So, how do you apply that belief? You apply your belief in Christ by repentance. You apply your belief in the scriptures by studying them. You apply your belief in this church by serving in it and sharing it. So, question, do you have faith?
Another thing that I'd like to talk about is the Commandments. The commandments DO NOT counter the concept of saved by grace. We are saved by grace as we do the will of our father in heaven. "Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord ,Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven: but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" Matthew 7:21 This scripture reaffirms that Christ requires actions of us. We need to do the will of God (i.e. live the commandments), or our belief is almost useless. The purpose of belief is to push toward action. 
What are you doing with your belief?
Honoring God
Elder Decker 

Jan 20, 2014
So. another crazy week has passed by. Nothing really interesting...
This past week I have passed my 5 month mark. That is madness. IN THIS TRANSFER I'll hit 6 months and, traditionally, have to burn a tie. I've already got one picked out, I bought it in the MTC, so it's SUPER cheap. I'm ready.
This past week we did a LOT of tracting. We found some super nice people! :) A quote that Elder Sanchez told me "Every day there are miracles if we have eyes to see them." Since he told me that I've really been looking for the miracles. There really are miracles every day. Just look.
That's about all that I have to say...
Honoring God
Elder Decker

Friday, January 10, 2014

New years was awesome! :D 
So, New Years Eve we had a night P-Day where we got together and played with our district and watched Despicable Me 2. New Years Day was an all day P-day! :D We played ultimate frisbee, watched Star Wars: A New Hope, played gatorball, and watched The Crudes. (which is a fantastic movie) Don't worry, all the movies were approved for us to watch that day. :D
some S/O
Lauren Shaw: The first friend of mine to get engaged. This is to weird.
Julio (Nolee) Banner: gracias por los dulces! My district loved them. The only thing I have left is the jerky, which is FREAKING AMAZING. :D
So this past week has been interesting... I've been a bit... tired. well, like 6 times these past 2 weeks I've fallen asleep praying... (see 2 Nephi 32:9) New Years was a lot better than Christmas, probably because the family never does anything special... haha 
we had a fantastic fast and testimony meeting! Moises bore his testimony, the bishop bore a great one, everything was fantastic. :)
I don't really have much to say... just that God is there. always. 
Don't drink and drive
honoring God
Elder Decker