This last week was a pretty good one! Zone conferences are coming up, and President Carmack has given us permission to go out to David to help at the zone conference! I am stoked! We are trying to print and laminate 1,800 Family Home Evening papers for Wednesday, so it has been a busy couple days and we still have a bit more to go, but it's ok.
This last Thursday, we planned a dinner with a less active family, the Y Family. Back in the day, they were super active and even did baptisms in the temple! We shared with them the Easter video called "Because of Him" about the atonement, and the son just ended up randomly putting on a temple video that lasted for almost 45 minutes. When we were done, the lady said that she is retiring in two years, and that she wants to work to the point where she can work in the temple when she retires! I hope we can get them there!
We also visited C on Thursday. It was a really tough lesson, he has very interesting beliefs, and so it seemed like there was a bit of contention as we discussed the things we know to be true and as he testified of his beliefs as well. We were direct with him about our purpose on earth, and we asked him lots of questions that made him really open up and share his beliefs with us. We finally got to the core of C. Toward the end, he said that he thought he and we were going to have to go our separate ways in the near future. We were sad, and talked that night that he hadn't progressed and we decided we would drop him for a little bit and see what happened.
On Sunday, he came up to us and told us that the lesson on Thursday impacted him so much, and that he was finally feeling with his heart and not thinking with his brain. He said he was almost ready to tell us on Thursday to fill the font and baptize him, but he still has a few doubts. He immediately asked us to help him this week, and we are working to get him baptized on the 20th of September, which will be a "White Night" for our entire zone, (where lots of investigators get baptized in one big service.) That was the biggest step C has taken in a long time, and I really hope we can get him baptized soon because I am leaving the office on the 1st of October!
I read a really good book about the Atonement this week called "The Peace Giver.” I recommend that you read it. It has given me a completely new look on the atonement, which has become one of my favorite things to study. I am happy. My companion is so great, we get along awesome and I am so happy living and serving the people of Panama right now! I love you all!
Love,Elder Austin Michael Kipp