Hey hey Dad!
You have an application? Wow... well, I've stopped counting at this point 😅 I just tell everyone that I've been in Thailand for about 1 year. To be honest, I'm not that good at counting how long I've been out... I just know that more and more people are finishing their missions. Way fun... Soon I'll be at that point, but it's still pretty far away... hahaha. I'll cross that bridge once someone points it out to me that I'm actually at the bridge already (meaning once I get there and I don't notice it...). Until then, I'm a blind man 😎.
This last week was good! P-Day, didn't really do much... bought stuff. Cleaned a little? Ate food. Relaxed all in all. We'll probably try to go somewhere next week, but exploring takes planning... which I'm not super good at yet... hahaha.
The rest of the week was as it was. We've been blessed with many miracles and a couple more investigators to teach. New investigators are always a blessing and always a miracle. It just takes being at the right place at the right time, and us acting in concert with the Spirit.
One thing that I have always found funny is what happens when I get sick on my mission. Saturday, I basically got taken out. We still went out to proselyte... probably dangerous in retrospect, but we still did 😀. Can't miss out on any opportunities! So I felt as if we were blessed, wherein we found 2 new investigators that day! We had already found some others earlier in the week, but I was especially glad to find these two more! I know that the Lord will be helping us and we are obedient and diligent.
I've been smiling more this week, even when I didn't feel like smiling. I've been trying to be happy, and I feel as though I found more happiness. I feel as though I found a better source of happiness rather than success, which is faith in Jesus Christ and the fact that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will help us as we pursue righteousness.
One thing that I learned over the past week was from a study in one of my favorite chapters in the entire Book of Mormon: Ether 12, in a very well known verse. Verse 27 in the 12th chapter of Ether reads as thus:
I want to point out the first part: "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness." Well that seems a little rough doesn't it? If we come unto Christ we will have all of our weaknesses pointed out to us? But the wise saints know that if we know our weaknesses, we can work on them. Here is what the Lord says later on in the same chapter. the 37th verse in the 12th chapter of Ether reads as thus:
Notice the middle part! "And because thou hast seen thy weakness thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father." So, in conclusion, I'll share one more scripture, found in Moroni 10:32-33, which reads as thus:
I know that while knowing our weaknesses might be difficult, we will be made strong and we will know that, through the grace of Christ, that we will be made strong. The Savior and our Heavenly Father truly love us, love us enough to cut us down, that we might be built up again, even stronger. I know that the Savior lives, and that he loves us. I know that our Heavenly Father is the same, and through our weaknesses, we can be made even greater.
I love you all! Remember to rely on the Savior and our Heavenly Father, and we will achieve our heavenly potential. I hope you all have a great week, and I'll talk to you soon!
- Elder Collin Decker