Monday, August 26, 2013

Longest Week of the Mission (Besides the MTC)

Dear Friends and Family,

It's been a long long long long week! We had a ton of meetings this week and we had to push weekly planning to Wednesday. Bleh... It's hard enough to plan for next week on Thursday, by Wednesday it's just gotten started! But then we had District Meeting on Thursday because we had an emergency Zone Meeting on Friday. So, let's start with Thursday... We were told to be at District Meeting in Kokomo at noon, so we were there about 15 minutes early. Of course no one else was there, that's way too early for Elders. So we were just waiting around for a while. As it got closer and closer to 12, we started wondering where they were, but figured they were just running a little late. So at about 12:03 we were talking about calling them to see where they were, but they ended up calling us. To tell us they were late, right? No. They were asking where WE were. Ummmm... we were at the church. Apparently our District Leader FORGOT to tell us that we were meeting in Frankfort this week! In fact, he told us Kokomo when we asked. So we talked for a minute about what we should do, and we decided to drive to Frankfort, about 45 minutes away. So we go out to the car, a little annoyed that we weren't told that Elder Barrio changed where we were meeting... So we are sitting in the hot car typing in the address to the church in Frankfort. I was checking the phone to see if we had it and it started to vibrate! Who was calling? Not our District Leader... It was President Cleveland! At first, I had no idea why he would be calling, but then it clicked.... Sister Newell was waiting for her Visa to go to Brazil. So I told her and held the phone in her direction. I was like, "Sister Newell, it's President, it's probably your Visa!" and she told me to answer it. I did, and as expected, President asked for Sister Newell. It was her Visa! I could only hear half of the conversation, but she started to talk really really loudly at him (yelling :)) saying "President, ARE YOU SERIOUS? YOU BETTER NOT BE KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW!" and she told us that when she said all that, he responded, "Sister Newell, do you think I woke up this morning thinking, 'you know, I think I'm going to play a prank on Sister Newell today?'" So we had until today to get her all ready to go! It was a long process, but we dropped her off in Carmel this morning and now, she's on a plane starting her journey to Brazil.

On Friday, we had an emergency Zone Meeting. I'm not quite sure why, I think they just wanted to talk to District Leaders, but oh well. We went. It was pretty short... We still don't have iPads... But we were given the opportunity to go blitz Purdue campus after! So I was excited... All I really want is to be a campus missionary! So after lunch we drove around campus trying to find somewhere to park. I already knew it would be hard, but there really was NOWHERE to park! None! Anywhere! And driving around campuses makes me nervous with all the people walking in the middle of the road and people riding bikes... So needless to say, we drove around Purdue for 20 minutes and decided to leave because we were wasting all our miles and our time. So we went home. And I'm pretty bummed about it, but I will live, I guess...

And then spent Saturday making sure Sister Newell was packed. It was almost like P day without the emailing because we went to the store and the post office and all did our laundry... It was weird to do that on Saturday, but it's all good. So Sister Newell got all ready to go.

Then yesterday, we had a miracle happen! We got a new Ward Mission Leader! And I am so excited about him! He has so many plans and goals and he is being super proactive about getting this ward involved in missionary work... So of course this happened the day of transfer calls and... I'm getting transferred. Can you believe that? It's okay, Kokomo will go on without me, I suppose. And I'm excited to get a new companion and see a new area. It'll be fun! I'm a little nervous, but it'll be fun! I'm NOT training though, as far as I know. Nor am I speaking Spanish, but it's all good! I'm excited! Transfers are always exciting. I will let you know what happens next week!
Love, Sister Kimberly

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Fruits of Our Labors

Dear Friends and Family,


I lost my planner last night.

Which means I don't really know what happened all week long.

Lucky you, I keep my journal updated EVERY. NIGHT. Now that's an accomplishment, especially for a missionary. So I had to bring my journal to write you... Otherwise my letter wouldn't really say anything. It's weird being without a planner, I feel like half a person. I don't know what's going on all day... It's like I'm half missing. Lucky me, a man called us and said he found it. We're going to go pick it up today, it just might be a little awkward because we tracted this street and it just might be a man that told us he was not that interested.... Acca-Awkward. (Pitch Perfect...)

Anyways... This week we went over to help a member of our ward get ready to go pick up her daughter from the airport. She just came home from her mission, she's only been gone since February, but she's been having some pretty severe medical problems. They didn't know she was going to have to come home until just a few days before, so her mom was scrambling to get everything ready. So we helped with that!

We found a new investigator (hopefully) named Michael, and his wife's name is Ashley. We only met Michael, but he was so nice and really interested in learning what we believe. He says he can't promise that he'll want to get baptized, but we'll let the Spirit take care of that! We have a lesson with him tomorrow, I really hope it goes well! It's interesting, he told us they're kind of thinking about moving out to Utah soon anyways... They need to be Mormon is pretty much what I'm saying ;)

We had a member of The Seventy come this week! We had a big mission-wide conference. Those are really rare, we almost never see the whole mission together. On Wednesday, there were 225 missionaries at the meeting with Elder Switzer. It was so good! I was kind of secretly hoping for iPads... I mean how often does a member of the Seventy come? But.... No... No iPads.... Yet.... I will NOT give up hope! That would be such a great missionary tool!

We went to a little town in our area called Tipton on Friday. We were just a little tired of the scenery in Kokomo, so we decided to take a "vacation" as if that exists in missionary work. We tried a lot of Less Actives in that area, but none of them were really that happy to see us. In fact, we went to see a man that we had never met and his wife came out to the front and we told her we were looking for "Brother Taylor" and she very snottily replied that we should be more specific. We didn't know his first name, but he came from around back and saw us. He was like, "Ahh... The Mormons." And then we asked if he was a member and he said yes. His wife had NO idea... And it turns out he got baptized because his High School girlfriend was Mormon... Yikes... They must've had an interesting talk afterward...

On Saturday we had three convert baptisms in the Kokomo ward! At noon, a couple named Mandy and Alex got baptized. It was awesome to see them be baptized and to be there to support them. They were so happy that their baptism was finally here. Then, later that night, Sonja was baptized! She was soooo happy! I love her, she really is a miracle. I'm so grateful for the chance I got to meet her and I can't even wait until she is able to go through the temple. I hope I can be there for it! That would be so special! Then we had three convert confirmations in sacrament on Sunday. Hopefully that lights a little missionary fire in the ward! Because Kokomo is just ready for the gospel!
Love,  Sister Kim

Monday, August 12, 2013

Rough Week ... Light at the End of the Tunnel

Dear Friends and Family,

We had such a crazy week. Lots and lots and lots of people stood us up and dropped us. It was just one thing after another. Even the members seemed to not be our friends anymore! I don't know what's up, but this ward really needs to get into missionary work. They need to Catch the Wave!
What missionaries do in their spare time (aka dinner time):


But we were still able to get some things done, so that's good.
We taught Angie Williams this week, she is an "eternigator" or eternal investigator. And she is so great. She's had missionaries coming over on and off for over 2 years now and she KNOWS the Church is true. She knows it, but she says she doesn't want to take her daughters away from the Church they love. Her daughters are 10 and 12 and she keeps saying that she needs to step up and be in charge, but she can't bring herself to doing it. I don't fully understand it, but we taught her about how she needs to trust in the Lord and do what He knows and she knows she needs to do. It's frustrating. She said she would come to church this Sunday, but she didn't show up. We want to teach her about Family Home Evening so she can get her daughters a little more involved and teach them about what she knows to be true. If we can get an appointment with her!


We had dinner and a lesson at Jenna's house with Sonja. That's something we are trying to do more and more and get investigators to member's homes. It went really well! She had a big yellow lab that kept eating my shoes though, which isn't good, it was freaking me out. But it all worked out and I didn't lose my foot, so... That's good news! Sonja is still set to be baptized this Saturday, the 17th of August and we are so excited. So is she!

Something else we're trying to do is visit each of the members in our ward and teach them a quick lesson. I'm excited about this, because we are going to start inviting them all to do missionary work too. Because missionary work doesn't work without the members too! It's not just the full time missionaries' job! We only saw one member this last week, but that's something we're making plans to do.

We had a zone meeting too, that I played piano at! It was a little nerve wracking and I am so rusty! But it turned out okay. Not perfect, but not bad either. And we talked about our baptismal goal for the rest of the year. Pres. Collins had us do monthly baptismal goals, but Pres. Cleveland is having us do quarterly goals now to help increase our faith while also being able to see the vision that the Lord has for our areas. Our zone is planning to have 38 baptisms by the end of the year. This is huge because our zone has never had more than about 30 baptisms PER YEAR! But it'll happen and it's awesome!

Sister Betty Hornbuckle got baptized on Saturday! She is awesome and she was so excited. She loved the service, she felt so special because so many people showed up and congratulated her. I will send pictures later. But it was so cool! I didn't teach her much, when I got here all we taught was commandments, but she is still such a different person from the first time I met her. She is so happy and open and GLOWING! I love it!
       Love, Sister Kim
Kim with her trainer "Moms"
See if you can identify the "cartoon" character on
Kim's band aids...
lol... Vicki and Shaury should get this one right off!
HINT:  She's just "happy, happy, happy" to use them.

Monday, August 5, 2013


Dear Friends and Family,

This week was really short. That's so strange as a missionary! We found a new investigator on Tuesday. We haven't met him since, but we will soon. Maybe tomorrow. A lot of our appointments got cancelled this week, and that's always a bummer. We did teach Betty, our investigator that's getting baptized THIS WEEK! We found the baptismal font with her (we didn't know where it was, our church is different than the regular layout). But it's all good, we found it and planned her service with all the talks and everything. Then yesterday we got her a jumper to wear! We are getting so excited.

We taught Sonja a couple times too. Her son went back to Utah a few days ago. She's so excited to get baptized. We're working for August 17 with her. She's so excited, but we have to teach it all really fast AND make sure she is understanding and living it and really converting. She had some concerns about the Word of Wisdom a few days ago. She just doesn't understand why tea isn't allowed. We told her that sometimes we don't know why things are a commandment, but we have to have faith to try it out. She didn't like that answer much, but at the end of the lesson I shared D&C 89:18-21, the blessings of living the Word of Wisdom. Especially verse 21. It talks about how if you live the WoW then the destroying angel will pass you by. She liked that, the Spirit works in amazing ways! Then we taught her last night as well, and she is totally willing to give up tea. Which is great! I know it will really bless her. I love Sonja so much! She is just a miracle. She just might be my Kokomo Miracle! Haha!

I promise you I am really flying this kite! I mean... I'm not the one that got it off the ground, but.... I am flying it. It is actually in the air! #Miracle #blessingsofbeingamissionary
Yeah.... My kite flying skills didn't last very long. Sister McDowell actually got the kite in the air and I held it for a while, but.... It fell to the ground.  I am not very good at flying kites!

We had interviews with President Cleveland on Friday, which was awesome. He took each of us in individually and asked about us. Just regular questions like how long have I been out, what's my family like... All that. He mentioned a few really interesting things though. He asked if I was disappointed when I got called to Indiana. I told him I wasn't, and then I was, and then I wasn't. That's pretty much how it went. And he asked if it's cause I wanted to learn a language. I told him yeah! Cause I did, I still do! And he was like "it's never too late. We could transfer you to a Spanish branch." And I've been thinking about that. Currently, our mission doesn't have any Spanish sisters, but it's possible they could start calling some. It would be really cool to learn Spanish. It would be SO hard to start here, in the field, but I would love it anyway! I don't know if it will happen, if he was being serious or not, but I secretly love the idea! He also was talking about how there are 9 sisters coming out this next transfer, which means I'd have a lot of opportunity to train. That's something I really REALLY want to do. I want to train so bad, so I leaned over a little bit and said, "President... I would LOVE to train" and he responded with "I know. It might not be in Kokomo, but you'll have an opportunity sometime." Maybe that means I'm training next transfer! Maybe not. We'll see, but I would love to! If I wasn't in Kokomo, though, you know what that would mean? Double transfer. Which means that two new missionaries are being put into an area. That would be hard to do, but Sister Wahlin did it twice, I think, and she loved it. It was hard work, she said, but it was so much fun! I don't know if that'll happen now or soon or... I don't know. But it might!
President Cleveland is the He has so much vision for our mission. Getting members involved and everything. It's awesome to see the things he's working on!

We also taught an investigator here, Sister Murphy. I don't know if I've said anything about her, but she's older and has some memory problems. She's been taught the Restoration a lot of times and she doesn't remember everything. She remembers about Joseph Smith, but that makes her feel like we worship him. And we don't! He was a great guy, but we don't worship him. But anyway, we went in to teach her, and we've decided to just teach really slowly, so maybe she will grasp what we teach. So we taught the first principle in the Plan of Salvation, which is the Pre-Earth Life. So we talked about how we lived in heaven with God before we came to Earth and she was so shocked about that. We showed her in Jeremiah 1:5 and since she believes the Bible, that's all she needed. She went on and on about how she had never heard that before and she's read the Bible 5 or 6 times and she's never noticed that. She was so happy, that's one thing about being a missionary that is awesome. Teaching people things that bring them closer to Christ! I hope she starts progressing, because Sister Murphy is awesome.

This photo file was suspiciously name "Sam"... 
I wonder why Elder Sam Barker???

And can you send me grandma's jello cake recipe? This member made us jello cake and I told my comps that it was delicious and then it was different than what I thought and now I look like I have weird taste... But I don't, she just made it different. It was all warm and soggy and ENTIRELY pink and she had normal frosting on it... It was not like grandma's at all...

Love, Sister Kim