Sunday, February 2, 2014

Another week has passed. LOTS has happened, but first some Shout outs:
-Sedalia YW: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE CARDS! I really needed them. They helped fix a hard day for me.
-Maggie Beard: HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Sunday! Don't drink and drive
-Madeline (from working in the corn fields): if you were in Jackson Hole yesterday... I saw you... :)
-Courtney Caresia (not spelled right): Thanks for your note! That's super cool how you've got relatives here! Unfortunately, I cannot respond, because Rexburg is in my mission.
Ok...what I want to talk about today is the importance of the Spirit in our lives (not just missionary, but yours' too)
If you want to understand the purpose of the Spirit and how you can recognize it, READ DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS 50. It'll blow your mind. The past 2 days we've taught 3 powerful lessons. I don't know how we have changed to be worthy of them, but they've been there. Those lessons were amazing. I think they came from our strict obedience to the mission rule and striving to improve every day. 
This SERIOUSLY applies to you. Your obedience to the commandments is CRUCIAL if you are to be successful in you spiritual endeavors. Spiritual endeavors include, well your whole life if you want God to help you... In order to be successful with the big things, you've got to keep doing the little things. If you want help to resist temptation, you need to read your scriptures EVERY DAY. You need to go to church. You need to pray. It all REALLY DOES matter. If you haven't been going to church, go to church. If you haven't been reading the Book of Mormon, read it. If you haven't been on a mission (men), go. There are infinite blessings from it. Yes, this applies to you, don't think your the exception. It's your duty, do it. 
I sincerely LOVE my mission. There are days that are hard, but the good days are worth the hard. To see the hand of God changing lives is priceless. Moises was baptized a month from tomorrow and he has changed SO much. He is a different person, a better person. To see him how he is is worth ALL the hateful people. He is amazing. He is like my best friend. 
There is nothing better than serving God. 
Honoring God
Elder Decker 

pictures: snow sculptures :)
we made cheesecake and flan... that doesn't look like flan... with Moises

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