Monday, July 13, 2015

Quest of a lifetime!

Mom,
 
This week was a fun one. Elder Stephensen was popping the screen off our phone on the daily just so we could readjust the screen and read our messages. We were without it completely for three days (collecting key indicators, updating the baptismal tracker, and doing conference call with the dinosaur in the chapel was a laugh). And car got taken to the shop. President replaced it a couple days later when we asked for permission to take 1 1/2 hr bus trip outside of the mission to get to our recent convert's house. So we're completely back on our feet (figuratively speaking), with a vehicle, we've got a phone (hot pink-nice work Sprint) in hand (in our "area" that's one family ward and one 3-stake covering YSA branch, virtually every moment you spend not on the phone is a moment wasted.) and we're really excited to work.

 Former companion Elder Johnson and I had a great exchange Friday. Right after we talked to the mailman, we were led to Kenneth who was working on his yard. He permitted us to come back with service clothes and mow, wack weeds, and use the leaf blower. He's one of those guys that doesn't let anybody touch his yard, but he let us help. He was surprised we did. Elder Johnson just explained: "We do it because we love God, and we love you!" Kenneth came to church with his wife yesterday.

Jose's confirmation was pretty powerful yesterday. Right afterward we learned about the Holy Ghost in Gospel Principles and this quote stuck out to me. This is what President Packer taught:

 "Discovering how the Holy Ghost operates in your life is the quest of a lifetime. Once you have made that discovery for yourself, you can live in enemy territory and will not be deceived or destroyed. No member of this Church—and that means each of you—will ever make a serious mistake without first being warned by the promptings of the Holy Ghost."

It's something I'm still working on. In fact, ignoring a prompting led to us breaking a lawnmower and wasting a lot of time- it wasn't a serious mistake, but it was unfortunate. I've recently begun to fear promptings, knowing that they will push me to do something I normally wouldn't. Our teacher taught us that each time we get a prompting, in that moment we have the privilege of knowing the will of God. If we obey, we are that much closer to matching our thoughts with His, our mind with His. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and He's always right! I just need to remember the joy that comes from obedience and the heartache that comes from disobedience. Jose was lucky to learn this stuff his first day as a member!

I love y'all!!!

Elder Decker

 

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