Monday, June 30, 2014

Tornados are Boring

Dear Friends and Family,

I don't know if you heard, but my mom sure did! The rumors are true, there was a tornado this week in Plainfield, IN. So here's how that went down:

It was pretty rainy, and Sister Olsen and I were inside having a lunch break. The tornado sirens went off, but there was literally no wind at all. In fact, there was less wind than usual. It's pretty much normal here to have at least a slight wind all the time. But not that day. Not when the sirens were going off. Then they turned off. Then they turned on again, still no wind. We were told to stay inside for a while, but that's about the extent of it all. We got a call from one of the Assistants checking up on us, he said he heard a tornado touched down in Plainfield. We didn't think so, especially because of the lack of wind. We didn't even find out that really happened until that night, the Elders told us about it. So... No adventure for us! I think it only hit maybe two houses, which isn't that bad compared to Kokomo last fall!

We had a lot of other miracles this week, though! We had a day or two where we didn't have a lot of teaching appointments or anything, so it appeared that we had a few "less productive" days. Nope! Those days turned out to be the most productive. We found a lot of great people that I'm so excited about!

We had a cool experience this week while teaching The First Vision. We found a couple of women walking with their kids at the beginning of the week, and we went back to their apartment to teach them the next day. They were getting ready to leave, taking their kids swimming, but we caught them just in time. So we taught a really quick Restoration lesson. And after saying the First Vision, we asked if they believed that could be true, that God and Jesus Christ could appear to someone. That was a turning point! Tracy, one of the women, said she's had a recent experience while her grandpa was dying that made her think that God could appear to people. So cool! I know the Spirit was there super strong!

We got to attend a baptism for one of the 8 year-olds in the ward. It was fun! And a member that was there gave us a referral. I guess she stopped to pick up some random woman on the street who seemed to be in a lot of distress. She had a quick conversation about the church, and told her she'd send the missionaries. So we went and met her. She's great! But her life is the saddest. She's been living in a motel for a long, long time. I'm hoping to be able to help her feel like God loves her, I think she's kind of lost that faith over time. Especially because she feels like she's never had her prayers answered.

We had a lot of appointments fall through and cancel this week. I hate when that happens, but that's the life of a missionary! We still had a pretty great week, we taught more lessons than we have in a long time in this area! And we found a lot of great, new people! 
Oh. And we got talking to this couple on some of the thousands of walking/biking/running trails here, in Plainfield. I don't even remember their names, but they were going on and on and on about how Christ has saved them and how they don't need any works to be saved. "I preach Christ and Christ crucified!" They kept saying. That's great and all, but it reminds me of something Brad Wilcox responded after his born-again Christian friends asked him if he was saved by grace,

"Then I ask them a question that perhaps they have not fully considered: “Have you been changed by grace?” They are so excited about being saved that maybe they are not thinking enough about what comes next. They are so happy the debt is paid that they may not have considered why the debt existed in the first place."

And that's exactly what it was like talking to this couple. So that was cool to see a real-life application of this principle that Brother Wilcox taught.

 S' Francis, - That's me!!

Sister Olsen and I are best friends. So that helps a lot, especially through the hard days. We are basically the same person. We pretty much led the same life before the mission. So I love it! :) 

We are a dynamite companionship, I swear. We are going to do a lot of good together!!

Love, Sister Kimberly

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