Monday, March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016

Dear Parents,

Have you all seen the new Easter video?  It's really good and you should watch it and share it.  Actually, I haven't seen it yet since we can't get sound here at the library and watching without sound is pointless.  But I'm sure it is good!

We have decided that "D" is not progressing.  He wasn't able to meet this week or come to church.  We have done everything right with him but now it is all up to him.  He knows what he needs to do and he would be so great if he would just do it.

"I" was willing to come to church but none of the members who lived out there were willing to give him a ride.  Seriously!  We even got them to respond to our texts about other things and then asked if they could give "I" a ride and they were silent for the rest of the day!  We weren't able to get "I" to church at all.  I nearly called down fire from heaven yesterday when we saw those people who were ignoring us.

We did set a new person for baptism this week!  His name is "A".  He is dating a member and is the most prepared person I have ever contacted.  We set him for three weeks from Saturday.  We went with a member who was such a great teacher.  We all talked equally, transitioned smoothly and the Spirit was so strong.  He was already reading the Book of Mormon and he was going to come to church yesterday but got pretty sick and couldn't.

We finally got the apartment people to come and fix some holes in our ceiling and refinish the tub and now our apartment smells like chemicals.  Better than some of the other smells we have had and it looks a ton better.

We had a discussion about why the scriptures are so hard to understand.  If it is so important for us to learn the lessons in them why did Christ speak in parables and Isaiah write in poetry?  If God were to write the answer to our questions on a wall would we understand it?  Without the real intent and pondering to prepare our minds I don't think we would actually be able to understand the knowledge we get.  God has created the scriptures and while they aren't perfect (because of man) they are perfect for their purpose.  It's cool how every little thing that God has prepared for us is so minutely calculated for our good. 

Love you,
Elder Stapley

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