It was so awesome to be able to Skype with you on Monday! Best birthday present I could have gotten.
This last week was a great one! We were able to do our Zone Conference in Nargana with all the missionaries, and having just come out of Easter, we decided to focus on each part of the atonement. The Sister Leaders talked about the Garden of Gethsemane, Elder T on the suffering leading up to and on the cross, and Elder M talked about the resurrection. Then, my companions and I talked on how we can apply the atonement in our lives, and help our investigators apply it as well.
My focus was on love. I learned that Christ suffered EVERY bad thing EVER that Satan could throw at Him. The thing that made it possible for Him to come out victorious was that He was focused on us. He never once thought of himself, during all the suffering and pain. His mind was focused on helping us. We talked about how missionaries have an incredible opportunity to learn more about the atonement, because they have such an incredible opportunity to show love for people for two years. The spirit was so strong in the meeting.
We came back with Elder T on Friday so he could do our baptism interview for M. I am pretty sure I explained who Mmis already, but I will explain again. He is one of the most Kuna men on the island. He is eighteen and speaks almost no Spanish. We found him when we were teaching his brother A, and we started teaching him and his other brother R as well. They LOVED everything we taught them, and they get so excited to learn about the gospel! There is part of the Book of Mormon translated in Kuna, and they love hearing us read it to them. Well, this last Saturday they both got baptized! (M and R) It was super spiritual!
Then, a funny story. As we were putting the baptismal records into the system, we come to find out that R is already a member, didn't tell us, and we baptized him AGAIN!!! Funny story... Don't know how that one got overlooked, but we will definitely be a lot more careful in the future. Well, he is reactivated and super excited now, so that is the good thing!!!
I have two weeks left in my area before I go back to Panama City for changes. We have work to keep us busy. I love our investigators, and I love the feeling I get when I help other people. I am definitely trying to make these last two weeks count! I feel that the Lord is pleased with our efforts. Never satisfied, but pleased. We can ALWAYS do better, and we owe that to our loving Savior. Without a belief in progression and improvement, this life would have no point to it.
I love you all so much!
Love,Elder Austin Michael Kipp