Monday, June 30, 2014

This little chunk of heaven.

Jefa,

A big surprise came to us last Friday. We got a new house. Kind of. A truck came by and dropped off two big pallets in front of our house. We tore them open and found a two mattresses, a bunk bed, a bookcase, a chest of drawers, tables, chairs, flatware, pots, dishes, and lots more. Apparently our place was one of the uglier of the mission, and so we got completely new stuff. Elder Moore'll be going from this little chunk of heaven, to Mexico with undrinkable water.

We had a great experience being able to find and teach a new man. He was surprised that we would even talk to him, he's got a head full tattoos and all that. He's had a really bad past, he's made a lot of mistakes, but has a genuine desire to change. It was a great opportunity to teach and testify of the Atonement.

We had fun this week. We got to teach a lot. Using a fresh copy of the ward list, our main focus was meeting and inviting all the members of our area to do missionary work. We found two members who haven't had contact with the church in a long time, got a less active to church, and now have begun teaching a 9 year old with member parents who comes to church every week, who just needs to be baptized. We are committing members to invite friends and family into their home so that we can teach them. We have very few investigators right now, and need to get new ones as quickly as possible. 

Elder Moore still hasn't heard a thing about his Visa. Everyone we talk to tells us Cuernabaca is a ridiculously beautiful place; he's going to love it. He continues to impress me with his humility and eagerness to work and learn. Training him is no problem. Elder Dennis got the chance to speak in church yesterday. He gave a great talk on missionary work using the Joseph Smith story. I've seen him learn a ton since we got together in April. I'm blessed to have companions who want to be obedient, who are here for the right reasons. 

President Crawford called the zone together and we said goodbye to him for the last time. He has made a really big impact on every single one of us here in the mission. We will be meeting President Drake later this week. It's going to be a good change. I'm confident the transition is an opportunity to be better

I'm learning a lot from my struggles and failures. I feel there is no better place I could be to grow and experience things then right here in Texas, trying to serve the Lord. I worry sometimes that we don't do anything to change lives, and we are far away from baptizing. I believe God accepts our best efforts. 

Elder Decker

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