The Best Two Years

The Best Two Years

Monday, May 19, 2014

HALFWAY MARK and the Panama Earthquake

Hola Familia!

This last week has been interesting.  President gave us a few things to do in the office, and we spent a lot of late nights and early mornings getting it done.  We had a new missionary couple form St .George come on Saturday.  They are the new mission doctors. It will be nice, because I kind of took on the responsibility when the mission nurse left a change ago. They are super cool!  And we never felt the 6.8 earthquake in Panama last week because it was at 1:30 a.m. and we were sound asleep.

We have been trying to use our time a lot better, and try wasting less time in the office. We are trying to get out to our area more.  Although we are called to be the secretaries, our first call is to be regular missionaries.  It is hard to set appointments because we don't know always what we will have to do in the office and when we get out, but we are trying to get more appointments set, and find more investigators to teach.  We had a lady call the mission office this week, saying that she is basically a member and the missionaries visited her for a while.  She said she has taught about the church to people and told them to come, but she has never been baptized, and she is going blind so it is hard for her to get to church.  We are going to talk to her tomorrow, and it will be a sure baptism!

The rainy season has officially started here!  We had a tempest strike yesterday during church, so someone drove us to lunch, and we didn't get out for about three hours!  At that time, we start our weekly plan, then go to dinner, so yesterday we didn't get much done.  We did get to teach C in church, so that was good!  We are still in the process of getting him married, so we will see what happens this week with that process.  We have had a lot of investigators not progress that we have had to drop this week, so it has been hard.  But we are trying to open our mouths more and talk to everyone about the gospel!

It is crazy that I have already been out for a year! I feel like I just started a couple of months ago.  Now I am going downhill!  There are a lot of things I want to accomplish in this next year. They always say the second year goes by faster than the first, so I better get working hard!  I actually haven't burnt my shirt quite yet.  We went to a little food truck for dinner right outside our house that night with the Zone Leaders, the AP's and a missionary who went home in October but just got back last Thursday.  They make bomb cheeseburgers and arepas!

Glad to hear that the diets are going so well!  Way to keep true. It sounds like you are both having great success!  I am trying to form a diet with Elder H as well. That guy is a health NUT! He loves working out and he is huge and he is obsessed with eating healthy!  So we will see how it goes!

Well, not much to report this week.. We are going to the Cinta Costera today to rent longboards and bikes with the zone, so we gotta get going!  I love you all!

Elder Austin Michael Kipp

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