Monday, July 28, 2014

Happy Pioneer Day

Dear Friends and Family,

So my keyboard right now is being a pain in the butt, so if things are in CAPS that shouldn't be or there are missing letters... Blame the keyboard. I know how to spell, promise!!

It's been a good week! But also a crazy week!

On Wednesday, we drove to Fishers for a specialized training for new missionaries and their trainers. It was fun! But it was also a miracle that we made it there alive. It was raining SO HARD and I couldn't see anything. But we made it! On time even! Barely. That meeting was so fun! We did a bunch of role plays, my favorite was trying to teach the Restoration in 60 seconds! It was challenging. I like a challenge!

On Thursday it was Pioneer Day. We went on a quick exchange on IUPUI campus. I was with Sister Mayberry again, and I loved it! I always love going on campus, it's fun! We didn't get to stay for very long, but there were a bunch of us there because everyone was doing exchanges, I guess. And it was Pioneer Day. So we all went to Buffalo Wild Wings to celebrate PIONEER DAY! No one even knows what that is here, not even members, usually. It's a Utah holiday, not a Mormon holiday. So we ALL went, all the missionaries in the immediate area, went to BWW to celebrate. There were literally 20 of us.

It was a partay!

IT just seemed like we had one thing after another after another this week. Which is awesome! I really love to be busy!!

On Friday, we had interviews with President Cleveland. I LOVVVVEE interviews. This time it was super short. President taught me the importance of role playing. Told me I had a super solid baby to train. He told me maybe I will train again (yay! That was a surprise, but a great one!) and.... Yeah, that's it! And he told me that everything you learn on the mission is applicable to real life. So the mission is really the LTC, the Life Training Center. It's true!! Me and Sister Mayberry already talked about that before. Lots of times. So basically the only new information I learned from that interview was that little snippet about training again. I hope that's TRUE!!

War Memorial

Happy birthday to Jane! Her birthday was Wednesday and after our long trainer/trainee meeting, we went over there and painted her nails for her. She has Parkinsons, so she shakes and has a hard time doing that kind of stuff. Sister Olsen painted them orange for her! And then on Saturday we had dinner with a member and she invited Jane and Eric and we had a birthday party for her! With chocolate cake and rainbow sprinkles and everything! I do love rainbow sprinkles!!

Kitty is doing super great too, we just finished teaching her the last of everything this week! Yesterday, actually. She's still not feeling like it's the time to be baptized yet, but as soon as she's ready, she's good to go!! I love seeing the change in her. She has been so much HAPPIER! Like, she actually smiles now, she didn't smile much at all when we first met her. And now she smiles really big, all the time!! She doesn't even notice the change. But I told her it's a lot like hair. It's hard to tell the difference in our own hair, because we are with ourselves all the time, but when people see us after a few months, they really notice that our hair has grown. It's the same with Kitty and how happy she is! And her testimony. She has been looking back at her life and before, she never saw that God was helping her with anything, but she told us about a couple of experiences that she had and she's starting to think that God had given her those experiences to her for a reason!

Yay! I love it! Her relationship with God has really changed a lot! And now she prays and reads everyday! :) 

I love being a missionary!

And the best part of the week was this.... We had a huge fruit fly infestation this week. It was nasty - at least we are eating fruit! ;P But we didn't really know what to do except take all the garbage out. So we took all the garbage out and cleaned the kitchen and put all the food we have in the fridge. That's when it started... We began a battle between us and the apostate, Lamanite fruit flies using Book of Mormon battle strategies.

First thing's first, we cut off all their food sources.

And Sister Oslen shot them down one by one using this antibacterial spray that shoots really fast. And we used bleach to clean all our counters and everything.

Eventually I went and grabbed the Windex to shoot at all the flies too. The Windex made me feel like that guy on My Big Fat Greek Wedding :)

Then Elder Sperry told us how to kill them. We cleaned everything and used Apple Cider Vinegar in a bunch of little cups to trick them into flying in there and dying. It worked! They still aren't all gone, but they will be soon! There's definitely LESS of them around!
It was hilarious watching Sister Olsen especially... She got a little crazy :) :) I love that girl!

Like I said, I love being a missionary!!

Love, Sister Kimberly

Monday, July 21, 2014

My Purpose as a Missionary

Dear Friends and Family,

It's been a long week. 

But also a short week. 

I'm not sure how I feel about this last week, to be honest.
I feel like at the beginning of the week, it was so so so slow! Things just didn't work out well, and we just weren't having a lot of success. But I guess it worked out, because our key indicators were pretty high this week. We taught 14 lessons, which isn't A LOT, but more than we did the two weeks before. So I guess it all worked out?
We went out to a town called Monrovia, because we have a church HQ referral there... And we were driving... And driving... Then we saw this gas station on the side of the road where a whole bunch of semis stop..... I don't know what those are called. But it was basically just a pit stop. And the GPS said we were getting really close. I told Sister Olsen that I didn't see anything out there. And then, suddenly, there was a big HUGE new subdivision right, smack dab in the middle of nowhere.

And that is where our referral lived. It was basically the most confusing thing I'd ever seen. There weren't even grocery stores around or anything, just a big warehouse, a gas station, and a ton of semi trucks.

Later, we drove into this little, teeny, tiny old town that was a little farther up the road. But I'm pretty sure that housing development is still bigger than Monrovia itself. 

Then the next day, we went and drove around a place called "Mooresville" forever trying to find Less Active members and... We talked to none of them. And I got lost a hundred times... EVEN with the GPS. And apparently, Mooresville isn't just the little city that I thought it was. It's a HUGE geographic area! So. It was a rough day.
But then things turned around on Thursday. We had a slow morning, and a slow afternoon, but after dinner, we went and tried to visit a few more people. We stopped at a Less Active's house and whoever talked to us wasn't really very nice. But we knocked on the next door neighbor's house.

Now, before I tell you what happened, let me set the scene.
There was this scary dog barking at us through the door. And there was some really loud heavy metal music playing. Sister Olsen knocked twice, no one came for a while, so we were about ready to leave and this man came to the door. He was wearing a chain necklace, and his name is Juan. So. I didn't think any of these things seemed very promising at all. But he came out and talked with us for a while, and he was so friendly! He told us he was raised Catholic and we talked a little more about his background. And then we taught him the Restoration. 

Then... An even more amazing thing happened. Sister Olsen invited him to baptism. To fully understand how awesome this moment was, you need to know that this was her first time extending a baptismal invitation in real life. So she did it! And right there, I was already a proud mommy! But it doesn't end there. Juan said he would HAVE to be baptized if he knew it was true. What?! That's awesome!! So we will go back and teach him. I'm so excited!

Then we taught Jane again. Eric may or may not be staying in Chicago for good. But I'm confident he will come back. Kitty is doing GREAT. I don't think she understands how well, though, because she doesn't feel like she'll be ready to be baptized next weekend, like we had planned. It's okay, though, sometimes these things take time. Other than that, she has been keeping all of her commitments. She comes to church every week, she reads the Book of Mormon (even if she has a hard time understanding the language), she came to a Why I Believe fireside, she came to a baptism on Saturday. She keeps the Word of Wisdom... She's basically golden! I love it! She wants to be baptized, though, we aren't worried about it at all.

Yesterday, we tried a few more Less Actives because we've been trying to meet our goal for that this week. We stopped by to see a man named Greg, but the apartment we stopped at was his daughter's and he didn't live there anymore. She was super friendly. She even said she'd been meaning to call us and ask us to go visit him. So she gave us directions to his house, not an address, but directions.... I was a little worried... Remember how I'm directionally impaired, even with a GPS, but we actually made it! It was really easy. I bet that was the Spirit or something, I know I couldn't have done that on my own. We got there, knocked, and no one answered. So we left, did a few more things, and then came back at 8:30 to see if we could catch him. And he was home! I love Greg, he is so cool. He was baptized in Germany back when he was there for the military or something. And he has the strongest testimony! He just has gone through a lot over the past few years. He will come back someday, I know it! He is so great!

So we got our Less Active lesson in! 

And now it's Monday again. 

I hope you all had a great week!! You're all awesome, stay awesome!

Love, Sister Kimberly

Monday, July 14, 2014


Dear Friends and Family,

So. We had an adventurous week. I don't even remember the beginning of it, but that's okay, because it's the end of the week that was so crazy. So I could go over all the boring stuff that happened. OR you could hear all the crazy stuff in much more detail.
I choose the latter.

So let's start with Thursday. It really was a rather boring day. Weekly planning is always boring. (Okay, not really if we having Planning Popcorn, but we didn't have that this week). But in the evening, a member of the ward was going out with us to try to visit a few people. I didn't exactly know how to get there, so I went to go grab my GPS and.... I didn't have keys... And the door to our apartment was locked.... So... We had to figure all that out. We are so lucky that the member with us is patient, probably because she's a mom. And she said she's a little airheaded sometimes too. So at least I'm not alone! We couldn't find an emergency number or anything, so we called our Ward Mission Police Officer Dad Leader and he found all this information for us. Then he called some people with a ladder and they showed up. We were able to get into the apartment and then the manager person that we had called ended up showing up after all that... Yeah... We're just lucky that Brother B didn't call the fire department. The best part of this story is that the member that was with us took us to get ice cream while we waited. So we ate ice cream while we watched everyone else help us get back into our apartment.

My bad... 

The next day was way busy too. We had a zone meeting, and President came, so of course it went WAYY long. Which is okay, because he had some really great thoughts. But then after all that, we got new phones. And they weren't iPhones, so that was a huge bummer. I was really praying for iPhones! But because all the activation and everything went forever long, we didn't have too long to eat dinner before a lesson with Jane. We had our lesson with Jane, then another lesson with Tori right after, then we headed off to meet with a new investigator we found this week. She is full-blooded Native American. When we checked the phone, there was a message from her husband that said:

"Osiyo, sister, as far as I know she was expecting a visit, was you interested in praying with us, in our traditional way? We Cherokee, are aware or the "Mo Resh Mon" as in our language and the "Mo Resh Oni" as we have documented, in our sacred archives, and we are descendants of the tribe Lam'an (God's Shepherd).I find it fascinating that your book of the mo resh, the language of your golden plates was wrote in our native tongue , and one of our chiefs has contacted the President of the LDS. To make your people aware of the fact we are aware that we share history, I want to gift you something, the definiteion of mo resh mon (Mormon) and mo resh oni (Moroni). That is what your people have sought to know, and do not know, but our people do know of your people and the meaning of your words. And we want to pray with you our way and gift you a letter wrote to your people from the Cherokee."

So... That was pretty cool. We did go and pray with them in "their way". It was pretty cool! But there was some kind of pipe involved and they wanted us to smoke it. I didn't want to, so I didn't. But yeah, they believe and know that they are descendants of the Lamanites! So that's cool! But I don't know if they believe the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith and all that. Hopefully we'll be able to teach them next time, because this time it was more like they were teaching us. Well, just Valdora's husband. That experience was a real testimony builder though! 

The Book of Mormon is true, everyone

Saturday we taught Kitty. She's still doing so good, and the ward has really stepped up to give her skirts to help her be more comfortable at church. She's doing great! And yesterday, we had 3 investigators at church! And Eric came too, he's just not considered an investigator right now, because he has no desire to know if it's true and he definitely has NO DESIRE to change. Which is fine! I'm still glad that he came.

On Saturday evening, we ate at Firehouse Subs because Sister Olsen's mom sent us money to go there, and we were basically out of food this week. So we went there and it just so happened that a HUGE Jehovah Witness conference had just ended and there were a few JWs there. We talked to them and they gave us some of the new material they'd received to distribute to people when they're out knocking on doors, just like us. I was honored, this is new material that no one's even seen yet!! And we got it because we are Mormons! Plus, I wanted those people to be happy, so I even started reading it and they saw me looking it over as they left. I like it when I see other people reading my pamphlets, and I wanted them to be happy missionaries too! :) 

Then, that evening, we went out to work for the last time. We started walking on the trails here, and I had specifically prayed to find someone who was ready. We were about ready to turn around because we were running out of time after we had talked to a few people. There was one more person out, but he was kind of borderline age, he didn't really look like he was over 18, so I wasn't going to talk to him, but he talked to us! This kid was amazing, he prays for an hour every day and he's had some great spiritual, life-changing moments in his life! We taught him the Restoration and gave him a Book of Mormon. He prayed about it and told us he's not interested right now, but I know we planted an important seed that day. This boy is going to do great things!

The City <3

I hope you all had a good week, too!

Love, Sister Kimberly