It is good to hear that you are all doing well and that you had a great Christmas! This Christmas, even though it was really different, and I was away from home, was probably the best Christmas of my life so far. It was two great days filled with an incredible spirit and feeling of joy. We painted two houses, ate countless mountains of rice, visited some members, and played games and watched fireworks. We celebrated on Christmas Eve by opening up the gifts you guys sent us, and we were very grateful! I built all the Legos in about ten minutes and have been playing with them making my own inventions! My companion thought it was really cool that you guys thought of him and sent him gifts as well. But, the best part of the day was being able to Skype with you! It was so great to be able to see you guys, you all look so great and happy! Especially mom, you look great! I was worried that I would get trunky and lazy after talking to you guys, but it didn’t make me trunky at all. It made me want to go out and work harder!
We did divisions yesterday, so my companion could go see some of his converts in his old area, and I went with Elder R. He is from Colombia and only has two weeks in the mission. It was a little difficult because he is still a little nervous to talk with people, but we had a good long talk yesterday about the mission, and he just asked me question after question. It felt good to help him. His companion told me yesterday that when he went back, he was changed. It is awesome to be able to influence people in a good way every day here.
Well, there is not much more time to write today. I have to hop on a bus to get some sushi with my bro Elder M! I love you all so much, and it is so great to hear that you are all doing well! Sorry for the short email, time isn't on my side today.
I love you all!
Elder Austin Michael Kipp