Monday, August 18, 2014

This is God's plan of happiness

I am having a lot of fun. It is good to be in Texas. There are a lot of good people in Texas.

 This week we found some wonderful brothers and sisters who are willing to listen: Virigina's life has gone crazy since she decided not to go home to Mexico after her vacation here. Her beliefs pretty much consists of astrology, the law of attraction, and psalm 91. Ruth and her children moved here from Honduras just a couple months ago; have haven't found work. Getting their electricity, and Air Conditioning, shut off on Friday was devastating in the Texas August heat. They have been humbled, they are eager to learn, and they need God's love and blessings so bad. Juan Benito is an great man with enormous desirous to do what's right. Just this year he began reading the Bible, leaving drinking and smoking, and attending a church regularly. He prays, fast, repents, and has seen already great blessings for his family. He still wants more though. He plans on getting baptized in two weeks, in the pslam 28:46 church or something like that. He's now eating up the Book of Mormon, and we are pleading with the Lord that we can see a miracle.

In both that church and our's, one is submerged in water, demonstrating their willingness to follow Christ, and their desire to be born again.  There is, however, a profound difference between baptisms performed in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and any other place. Converts here repent of all their sins, and covenant with God to obey him. This covenant is made with the help of one holding the priesthood authority of God. Converts are sanctified by the reception of the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, then are entitled to the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost as they live worthy of it.  Converts receive the remission of sins and are continually cleansed from sin as the take the sacrament, properly officiated also by God's priesthood authority. Converts in time receive the priesthood themselves, serve in God's church, make more covenants with Him in holy temples and are sealed together as families, again by the priesthood. 

37 And again, by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism—All those who humble themselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits, and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto there mission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church.

50 And again we bear record—for we saw and heard, and this is the testimony of the gospel of Christ concerning them who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just—

 51 They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given—

 52 That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this power;

 53 And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.

 54 They are they who are the church of the Firstborn.

 55 They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things—

 56 They are they who are priests and kings, who have received of his fulness, and of his glory;

 57 And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.

 58 Wherefore, as it is written, they are gods, even the sons of God—

 59 Wherefore, all things are theirs, whether life or death, or things present, or things to come, all are theirs and they are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

 60 And they shall overcome all things.

from D&C 20 and 76

God desires these blessings for all His children. That is why we serve missions. That is why we baptize. Anyone wanting to know if these promises are true need only read the Book of Mormon, and pray to know it is true. I love the restored Church. I know that its teaching and ordinances are true and that they come from God himself. I love serving a mission. I pray, work, and hope that Viriginia, Ruth, Juan, and their families will know these truths as well and choose to make the sacred covenant of Baptism with their Father in Heaven.

Elder Decker

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