It was so good to hear from all of you today! It always amazes me when I log into my email, how many people have written me that week. This week, I got a message from the Gundersons, they are so special to me. They told me of their conversion, and how the missionaries helped them, and how I have that same opportunity to change lives. I have gotten three letters from you while I have been here, but only one had pictures in it. And yes, I got the driver license, thanks so much!!! And thanks for not opening it, the picture is hideous!!! haha! So, I will be sending a package home next week when I get to Panama, it has a little gift for Dad for Father's Day, and some stuff I want you to put in my scrapbook, and a letter for the fam! Dad, I want to wish you a happy father's day, and let you know that I love you and am so thankful for you in my life!!
MOM!! This next message is of the UTMOST IMPORTANCE!!! The Elite group known as Quantum 3, composed of Elder A, Elder C, and I, would like you to start a mission blog for all three of us while we are out titled "The Quantum 3". In the next letter, I have written down all the contact information for both of their moms, and more details about this blog, and all things Quantum that have been going on in the MTC. This would be a huge deal to us, because when we get back, we want to have something to look at of each others missions, plus, we are planning on going up to college together afterwards, and you can get to know their moms as well. Elder A is from Orem, so you could even meet up with his mom if you want! Please Please try and do this for us!!! THANKS A MILLION!!!
So, I know that I will be able to call next Tuesday while I am in travel status, but... my plane leaves Mexico at 6:45 in the morning, and gets to Panama about 11:45 in the morning. So I would either have to call before or after. I want to call after, so it would be about 10:45 or 11:00 your time. Please please try and be available to answer the phone, I know it might be hard with work, but it would be awesome to talk to you!!
Dad, I’m super jealous that you got to go to the big event!! Some of my favorite memories were made there! And at Book of Mormon youth conference as well! But, I know I will get the opportunity again someday!
So, I'm quite popular here, as I have many crazy and hilarious adventure stories to tell. I have already enlisted six new soldiers to the Cause of the Falcon Corps! Please alert General Brown that we will have many valiant Falcons joining in two years, and that my wishes and prayers go out to my brothers-in-arms fighting for the cause of the Falcon Corps this year. I have my patch, and I love remembering those paintball wars, and the true sense of brotherhood I have built with the people there!! Kind of silly, I know, but it is truly a really cool bond with everyone there!
So, one more week and I will be in Panama!! I am so excited to put everything I have learned to use out in the field! I have grown and learned so much here, and I know that I will be blessed for my efforts here in the MTC, both with the language, and knowledge of the gospel and the ability to teach it effectively! I have gained such a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon, and how literally PERFECT it is in my life, and how perfect it will be in the lives of those I will teach! I know this is the true gospel, and that it is my mission in life to teach it, and to change lives. Not just in my mission now, but throughout my whole life. My patriarchal blessing says I will be able to share this gospel outside of my mission experience as well. I love reading that blessing, and pondering how my life will begin to play out, and follow the pattern of that blessing. I am so blessed in my life, and I can’t wait to share those blessings with Panama.
Well, time to go. Know that I love you all, and I am so thankful for each one of you in my life! I will continue to pray for you! Please pray for the people of Panama, that they may receive this message, and be welcomed into the Kingdom of God. Please pray for them. I love you all, I will be calling on Tuesday!!!
Elder Austin Kipp