Thursday, February 12, 2015

It's a privilege just to be able to try.


Mom,

 Not so many bugs, but saw more marvelous pregnant dogs, and our investigator's dog who was born with his legs backwards.

We reached our goal of 500 people talked to this transfer! It's good to reach goals!

Last week we had our monthly leadership meeting with President, zone mtg, and an exchange with Assistant Brewer. There was a lot of learning to be done. This week Elder Johnson and I are visiting missionaries every day during companionship study to go over the talk "Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence," going over their key indicators in the last 6 months and five weeks, helping them make an area vision based on President Drake's 5 standards, and eating donuts. We are taking seriously the Missional Handbook's guidance to speak the mission language as much as possible by not speaking any English at all with the Spanish missionaries. It's getting challenging on P-days, when we have to go back and forth.
In the middle of all my efforts, I definitely have a testimony of what Christ said to Moroni "If men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness." Sometimes it seems the more I try the more I fail. Have you ever met anyone who didn't think they had sins? I have. Or how about someone who just doesn't feel motivated to change? Ten times out of ten it means they don't understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He gave absolutely everything for us.
I like mixing Gospel and math; he's like an asymptote, it doesn't matter how close we get, we're not quite there yet, and the difference is very real to us."If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1. I know that Christ has no real power to forgive and change us until we have faith in Him.
Elder Klebingat gave us some key guidelines to applying the Atonement to our lives including:"Take responsibility for your own spiritual well-being" and "Embrace voluntary, wholehearted obedience as part of your life." I'd really recommend his talk. He said:"you can truly “always retain a remission of your sins” (Mosiah 4:12) every hour of every day, every second of every minute, and thus be fully clean and acceptable before God all the time.
Yours is the privilege, if you want it, to come to know for yourself, today or soon, that you are pleasing God inspite of your shortcomings."

So I don't really need to worry. And neither do you. It's a privilege just to be able to try, and God will make up the difference. 

 love Elder Decker

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