Silent Vow: MO Teen Gives Up Speaking For Lent

SENECA, Mo. (AP/KMOX) –  People give up a lot of things for Lent, but a southern Missouri teen has made a note-worthy choice.

He just can’t tell you about it.

KOAM TV reports that 13-year-old Decklan Conway of Seneca Missouri decided to give up talking, and hasn’t said a word since March 9th.

The idea gets a thumbs-up from Dawn Pickering, Decklan’s math teacher.

“Really, we were hoping that about another forty or fifty would follow his lead and take a vow of silence,” she says, laughing.

Decklan almost had a silent partner, but his brother Kyle backed out of the “no talking” vow at the last second.

He did read a note written by his brother to explain the unusual choice.

“God gave up his only son for us,” KOAM reports the note read.  “He gave up his life for us. What are you willing to give up for them?”

Meanwhile Decklan has nearly three weeks to go — he’ll break his vow of silence Easter morning.

His first words?

“Thank God”.

Copyright AP/KMOX

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