Sunday, May 17, 2015

Doubt not, only believe.


May 11, 2015
 
Mom,

It was awesome to get to talk to y'all! 

Elder Poplin is going home today, well sort of. His family moved from Nevada to Missouri since he's been out here. He's beginning all over again. This last week we had the chance to teach another zone mtg. We first brainstormed and discussed how Jesus Christ as affected our lives, and what things were restored through Joseph Smith. The lists are really long! I know that serving and following Jesus Christ, as opposed to having a passive belief in him, has blessed me with knowledge, with the change of heart King Benjamin's people describe, with happiness. My faith in Him has given me forgiveness of my sins.  I know that because of Joseph Smith's courage and obedience we know have a true knowledge of the nature of our Heavenly Father. We can be with our families forever. But none of that would have been possible for me, if either one had wavered. If Christ had turned that stone to bread, if Joseph had sold those plates for money, it could not have happened. Fear and doubt lead to failure. This is what Elder Lyn G. Robbins said last October:

Courage is not just one of the cardinal virtues, but as C. S. Lewis observed: “Courage is … the form of every virtue at the testing point. … Pilate was merciful till it became risky.”1 King Herod was sorrowful at the request to behead John the Baptist but wanted to please “them which sat with him at meat” (Matthew14:9). King Noah was ready to free Abinadi until peer pressure from his wicked priests caused him to waver(see Mosiah 17:11–12). King Saul disobeyed the word of the Lord by keeping the spoils of war because he“feared the people, and obeyed their voice” (1 Samuel15:24). To appease rebellious Israel at the foot of Mount Sinai, Aaron crafted a golden calf, forgetting which way he faced (see Exodus 32). Many of the New Testament chief rulers “believed on [the Lord]; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:42–43).

It is really only fear and doubt that's lead to my biggest mistakes and regrets, fearing men more than God. I know that it is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, not in ourselves or anyone else, that will bring real peace. I know that through that faith comes miracles. "Christ hath said: if ye will have faith in me, ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me." Moroni 7. Have faith in Christ! Do the things that strengthen that faith. Keep His command to "doubt not, only believe." Mark 5

love y'all! 

Elder Decker

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