Friday, June 20, 2014

Three flat tires, cactus and scrambled eggs.


Houston Agricultural Update: people grow cactuses in their front yard, cook 'em up with scrambled eggs and eat them. They're called nopales.

!Bautismo-Fiesta!: No we didn't baptize any this week. But we did get four investigators to a baptismal service on Saturday! They are really humble people, love having us over, and and eager to learn and "hear the word of God." It was awesome to get the members on our side, carrying our investigators to and from the service, and saying hi to them. Afterward was the ward father's day party. I really enjoyed seeing the real result of our efforts. Instead of just knocking on empty houses, we gave a family a glimpse of Christ's restored church; they witnessed a sacred covenant being made! This is the kind of missionary work I want to do. Our mission leaders tell us that, statistically, any non-member who goes to a baptismal service has a 80% probability of becoming a member himself! But more than any of that, our investigators felt the spirit. Eso es lo importante. 

Referals: An hermana in the mission just "went English" and is serving in our same area. Remarkably, it is easy for old, single, Mexican men to give their phone number and address to white girls who speak Spanish. We received eleven referals last week.

The Part-member family: Our recent convert and his family are moving today to San Antonio to find work. This was a really big surprise. Here we've been, trying to bring the family to church, and now they won't even be in Houston. Last night we had the opportunity to go give them blessings before they leave. It will be a huge challenge for this semi-active, part-member family to get to church. It is also a great opportunity for them to show and grow their faith in Jesus Christ by living what they really know is important. We promised them God would provide a way as they live the commandments and keep their covenants. We even invited the father to prepare for the Melchizedek priesthood.  

Flat tires: three last week. Whatever.

Greenie: Our companionship is doing well with the addition of Elder Moore. He graduated at the same time as Elder Dennis and I last year. He is from Payson Utah, and actually knows Lindsay Brown! Only heaven (and the Mexican government) knows when he'll get to his prophetically-assigned mission in Guernavaca Mexico. But until then, he's stuck with us. He is very obedient and humble. He wants to be a great missionary, and is willing to sacrifice to get there. He is already speaking Spanish very well, knows the lessons, and began memorizing the Joseph Smith experience without delay. I feel like I can hardly call it training.
The Church is True: 

Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.

Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence. He that is slothful shall not be counted worthy to stand, and he that learns not his duty and shows himself not approved shall not be counted worthy to stand. Even so. Amen.

2 Nephi 2:8/ D&C 107:99-100

con cariño
Elder Decker

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