Wednesday, January 8, 2014

January 6, 2014

Dear Family,

I've heard so much about how cold it would be here but it is actually fairly warm right now. Weird that it is so incredibly cold there. 

Our church key just stopped working recently and we have been getting in through one of the windows. When we got to the church to get ready for district meeting this last week we found all of the windows on the first floor locked.  The Sisters key also wasn't working and we might have had to meet outside.  Then we remembered that the last time this had happened to the sisters they had climbed up some pipes to an open second story window.  We had to climb these pipes and then scoot along a thin ledge to the window.
Kim Min-jae is getting baptized next week!  We just have to teach a couple of commandments and the baptismal interview, which he's going to ace.  The biggest worry is still whether his parents will have changed their minds.  We gave him the papers to take to them to get signed. He seemed confident.  
A couple of weeks ago he mentioned that he still drank coffee.  We didn't have a good opportunity to teach much about that then and made a note to address that in the next lesson a week later.  I was on exchange at the time they taught him that next week but apparently they had an amazing lesson. 
They went in prepared to address this problem only to have him tell them that he had quite coffee a week before in response to that quick, weak commitment we had given him.  He is still not drinking coffee and is seeing the blessings.  He is much less tired now.  He was worried about that because he stays up studying so much(it is winter vacation here but the students still study all day).  Yay, miracles!
Kim Min-jae is the best youth in the ward.  He doesn't even have the priesthood yet.  It's not unusual for him to be the only young man at an activity.  The last lesson we did with him we would start a principle from PMG and then he would just tell us everything about it.  The ward member that we were teaching with didn't know as much as he did.  After the lesson he stayed to help clean up and then went around and locked all the windows(so that's why that was locked) and then pulled out a church key and locked the building(we were going to have to lock it from the inside and climb out the window).  That kid is more responsible than the Bishop.
One miracle is that he is getting baptized at this time.  At the end of vacation he is going to start High School and will be in school till 10 at night!  It would have been even more difficult to meet him then.  Somethings about this country really frustrate me.  He needs all the blessings he can get!
Love you!
Stapley 창로

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