It is good to hear that you are all dong well! So, changes this past week. It was a little hard to leave Ciudad Bolivar after being there for four months and working so hard there, but I was excited to see where I would be going. So, I stayed at my zone leader's house on Tuesday night with some other elders who had changes, and then we woke up early and got on a bus to go to changes. It was a good meeting, and Elder W, my MTC companion, got called to Ciudad Bolivar! I was super excited about that!
So... I am now in DAVID! It is in the interior of the country, on the complete other side. It is the second biggest city in Panama, but really isn’t a CITY in my eyes. It kind of reminds me of the town that Marty McFly travels to in the first Back to the Future movie. It is super quiet and different from the city, but I like it. My companion is Elder P from Mexico City. He is cool, but he doesn't really want to work, so I am going to try to get him excited. He kind of just wants to sit in the house, which is hard. But I will try to get him excited!
The zone of David is one of the highest baptizing zones in the mission, so I am excited to work here. I am in a ward now, not a branch, but you can't really tell the difference. It is a fun area, and I can see mountains (well, what Panamanians CONSIDER mountains) from the front door of my house! Our house is bigger than the last one. It has one big bedroom, a small exercise room, kitchen, bathroom, and the entry room. I like it, it is kind of dirty and old though... at least we have a laundromat close so we don’t have to wash the clothes by hand! Luckily, the stores and church are within a ten minute walk of the house, so that is nice! We have been having a tough time finding people in their houses when we have appointments to teach, so we have only taught a couple lessons so far, but it has been good. I am excited to see how the work picks up here!
So, snow in Utah? I miss the snow a ton! Maybe you could find a way to send me some for Christmas?? haha! This will be my first Christmas without snow! I will most likely spend Christmas out here in David….Halloween too. I miss going out on crazy adventures with the friends, Halloween soup, and parties with the family and trick or treating.
Well, time is running short. I love you all so much! I am excited to get to work here in David, teach people, and learn a little more myself. Thanks for all the prayers, and everything else you all do for me! I Love You!
Love,Elder Austin Michael Kipp