Monday, April 17, 2017

4-17-17 Bangkok Thailand

Hey Dad!

Wow, go Kai! Now just jump farther. Hahaha. Something about Davis, but, hopefully he continue as he keeps training this season. Make sure he eats right too! Not too much, just enough to keep it good. He's going great! Though, that snow looked pretty sketchy as far as driving goes but... seems like you made it back ok! I have forgotten what snow is at this point.

So this week is actually Songkran. Actually today we will be going to that so... it should be fun! Big water fight and the whole bit. Some places are kind of crazy. Hopefully we won't be going to any of those, but we plan to go somethwere pretty safe.

Have pictures from getting caught out in a thunderstorm! It got pretty dark, heavy rain, loud crashes and the whole bit! No bolts but definitely some solid flashes. It was a great day because we had switch-offs that day! Lots of fun,lots of contacting... but it's all good!
Had Zone Conference this week! So much I learned and so much I can improve on, its so great to go! Progression is something that had always inspired me. When left to my own devices, I can improve but sometimes I don't always focus on all the most effective ways to improve. Zone Conference helps me improve that so it is always an exciting prospect to go to Zone Conference, also because we get to see and hear from President Johnson!

Got to watch Conference! There were so many talks that I liked. When I bring my study journal next Monday, I'll let you know what was my favorite talk from the session, there were just too many good ones from here! I did appreciate the words of President Monson, exhorting us to read the Book of Mormon everyday. Indeed, in accordance with the words of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "The Lord always provides safety for the soul" ("Safety for the Soul" October 2009 Conference). The Book of Mormon is central to our church. If the Book of Mormon is true, then the Restoration is real and this church is the true church of God on the Earth as a result. Heavenly Father will answer our prayers on if this church is true, if we read, ponder, study, and pray. There is no doubt in my mind that it is the Word of God on this Earth and a testament to Jesus Christ. Going off of that, read that talk from Elder Holland! It's a great talk and is a great testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon!
Kaleb will probably know very soon... Scary huh? It doesn't seem all that long ago that I left for the MTC and now I'm in my 3rd transfer in field. Almost 4 months in field, 6 months being a missionary. Scary fast. Still have lots to do, lots to improve on! Day by day, doing all that which the Lord asks of me, and repenting in my weaknesses. That's how we get stronger out here. Always trying to follow the Lord at the first prompting, not the second nor the third. The Lord will guide us in our efforts to further his work.

Love you all! Hopefully all is still well for you! All is well here and the Lord will make sure we have what we need. Talk to you soon!

- Elder Collin Decker

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