The Best Two Years

The Best Two Years

Monday, April 21, 2014

Panama Viejo and Cerrro Ancon

Feliz dia de Pascua!   That means Happy Easter!

This last week was busy!  We had a ton of things to do for transfers last Wednesday, like make the transfers video, sort all the mail, get the oldies sent back home, and get the new missionaries and train them on all the basic mission functions!  It was almost painful to hear some of them speak Spanish, and realize that I spoke like that about ten months ago! Haha!  The gift of tongues is real!!!  That last week consisted of three almost-sleepless nights, so it was good to finally be able to get some sleep that last few days!

The work was good the last few days!  We are trying to get more involved with the members of the ward, since I saw so many miracles in David that came from working with the members.  We have put two new dates for baptism with some investigators that we found contacting, and they accepted!  If we can get them and the other two married, we will have four baptisms coming up soon! Now, we just have to get all the legal issues worked out! C is still strong.   He is one of the ones that needs to get married.  We are planning on taking him to the temple this Sunday.  President does tours of the temple grounds every Sunday, and teaches a mini lesson about the temple.

My areas has Panama Viejo in it, so yesterday, as we were waiting for a member to meet up with us, we started walking through, and seeing all the old ruins.  It is incredible to see that these buildings have stood for over hundreds of years!  At the time it was built, it was one of the biggest ports in all of Central and South America, and it was the biggest cathedral around.  I love serving in a country with so much culture and cool cultural sites! 

That is so crazy that J leaves next week!  I am excited for him! I have a couple friends here from his mission, and they say it gets really cold there, because it is in the mountains. And when does T leave again?  I am excited for both of them to learn Spanish, so we can all be mutilingual bosses! There is a kid from our ward here, his name is I, and he got his mission call to St George!  He already speaks English, he lived in England playing semi-professional soccer on a minor league team for the Champions League team Chelsea.  He leaves August 5th, and I kind of want to visit him when I get home from my mission!

Well, there is not much more to report on this week.   It was a great Easter, reflecting more on the atonement and how to apply it in my life more than I ever have before.  We are going to Cerrro Ancon, a big mountain, to hike in the rain for P-Day! The first rainstorm of the season just came in!  I love you all!

Elder Austin Michael Kipp

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