Monday, August 25, 2014

Baptism Time!

Dear Friends and Family,

I think the baptism this week is probably the most exciting news that I have!! Kitty was baptized Saturday August 23. It was a good service that we put together. Not many people were there, but enough, so it all worked out. The best part was that Kitty's dad and sister came. For the last couple of weeks she's been telling us she invited them, but she's been really worried that they wouldn't come. So they came! And I think that made the baptism a lot more special to her. So I'm grateful for that!


She was confirmed yesterday. In fact, we had a really good day yesterday. Kitty was confirmed and we had two other investigators at church. One of them was there for the first time, but I think he really enjoyed it. So I'm excited about that!

Sister Olsen and I have had the best workouts this week. On Tuesday at Strides, we were asked to do something they've never asked us to do before. We all had to go in the hay loft and move a bunch of hay and stack it higher so there would be room on the ground for more hay that was coming in soon. So. That's what we did. Good thing the Elders were there, because I'm positive Sister Olsen and I could not have done that on our own. That hay was really heavy! And we probably  moved a hundred, at least. I don't know why they chose this week to do it, last week was nice and cool, this week was 1000 degrees and 100% humidity, I swear! But that wasn't too bad, it just made us all hot and sweaty. The worst part was the war wounds I got. The hay is all held together by these strings, and when I picked it up, the strings cut through the skin on my fingers. It hurt pretty bad, probably because of all the dirt and sweat and hay that got in the cuts afterward. But that wasn't fun. And then the next day, my arms were all covered in little tiny hay scratches, but those didn't hurt and they went away the next day, so it's fine! #sacrificeforservice

A couple of days later we had another opportunity to work out our muscles. Our Bishop just moved into a new house that they built here, and after days and days of them trying to close on the house, they finally did! And they asked us to help them move. It was really fun! I love their family, so I loved being there, but all that lifting right after doing all that stuff at Strides was a little tiring. I guess it's just another step in my 6 Months to Sexy diet :)

The funniest thing happened this week. Our Ward Mission Leader  works pretty closely with us, we have a meeting with him every week to go over the needs of the people we are teaching, and this week we just had a quick meeting at his house. The Elders were talking about a new investigator that they started teaching. Our Ward Mission Leader asked what her last name was, they told him, and he put his hand on his face and said, "oh no..." He's a police officer and the Elders seem to have met someone he knows about every week. And it's not really ever a good, uplifting reason that he knows them. It's just funny :)

I've been sweaty basically all week. I remember it being like this last Summer, but it's been so nice this year that now that it's hot and humid I am miserable. It would be better if I didn't know how good it COULD be. Hopefully this won't last long, though. I did celebrate my 15 Month Birthday this week! It was the same day as District Meeting, so I got some ice cream to celebrate! I love that about being a missionary, I get to have a birthday EVERY SINGLE MONTH. I will miss that. I don't always celebrate with ice cream, but any kind of celebration is good for me!

Also, Sister Olsen and I always pretend we are super secret spies. Especially when we go to meetings, or other times too. It makes car rides entertaining instead of boring :) Her hair is so long that when it's down, we use her hair as a disguise to hide from the guys working for "The Man". We are hilarious, by the way. I'm going to be sad when we aren't companions anymore :(

I love you all! Hopefully it's not this miserably hot and humid wherever you are. If it's not, count your blessings!

Love, Sister Kimberly

Monday, August 18, 2014

Winter? Already?

Dear Friends and Family,

Actually. It is not winter already, but on Tuesday it was cold enough that I actually put on a cardigan. It was probably in the mid 60s. So I had some hot chocolate because I COULD NOT get warm no matter what I did! So yeah. And then I drank a bunch more later this week. In the middle of August If it's below 70 degrees, I'm pretty much freezing unless I'm running. So anyways. It's been a fairly cold week!

  Sister Olsen got pretty sick too. That wasn't good. On Wednesday she just woke up with a fever of 102 or something. I don't think she felt too great, but she didn't really want to stay in either. Our plans for after our studies didn't really work out the way we had planned. So instead we hit up a park to try and find someone to talk to. And we had the greatest miracle ever! We talked to this woman who had two little twin newborns with her. They were super cute, but they weren't hers. She was babysitting them. But she was the coolest woman EVER. Seriously. We started talking about the Restoration, like always. It was basically the same thing we always talk to people about. But after a minute she told us she's been having a lot of questions lately. I guess for the past few years she's been studying the Bible intensively and she's been questioning the Christianity that she's always known. Not that she doesn't believe in Jesus, but she's not sure that the things everyone's been teaching her in the churches she's been to are really true. I think she has some concerns about the Bible because it's not really pure or translated exactly the way it was originally written by the prophets and apostles. So guess what? One of those Articles of Faith that I memorized wayyy back in Primary came in handy! I don't even remember what number it is, but "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly..." was all she needed. She said, "wow! Maybe I'm a Mormon!" Uh. Yeah. But that's not really the end of the Article of Faith. It continues to say "... we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." So we taught her about the Book of Mormon and how it was only translated once, directly from the ancient language into English. So then, she said, "Why haven't I read this book??" Um. That's why we're here. So we gave her the Book of Mormon and a Plan of Salvation pamphlet because a lot of her questions were centered around that. So. Yeah! That was the greatest miracle! And it would not have happened if our original plans had worked out OR if Sister Olsen had decided she was too sick for that. I think Heavenly Father blessed us for that :)

We had the craziest day planned for Friday. And that morning everything we had planned fell through except for, like 2 things. And one of the things that DIDN'T fall through we went to and the person we were supposed to meet didn't show up. So we only had one appointment. I mean, it happens. But that day Kitty passed her interview, so her baptism is set for next Saturday! We are excited, but I think that Satan doesn't want us to look forward to that baptism. But that's too bad for him, because I am STOKED for that baptism!

Hoosier Geese. Hoosier Ball. We see these everywhere. And a lot of times they dress the geese up differently for different holidays :) 

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I think that Kitty is also excited. Maybe a little nervous, which is understandable. It can be kind of scary. But she's excited! And we have a really great service planned and everything. Sister Olsen and I are super excited about it! 

We got the funniest call last night from our District Leader called us, so I answered and said, "Hello. This is Sister Francis." Because that is what I have done my whole mission, that is what Sister Collins taught me. And this is the first thing that he said. "Are you blonde?" I was super confused. And I don't even think I was having a blonde moment... Then the two of them, our District Leader and his companion explained that they couldn't remember if Sister Francis was the blonde or the redhead. It was actually pretty hilarious. So we straightened them out. But today, when we see them, we are going to switch our name tags just to be hilarious. I'm so excited.
Also today we are going to Barnes and Noble to get dictionaries. And the worst part is we have been talking about doing this all week. It is going to be the highlight of our week.

Well, have a good week! Next week I will have baptism pictures!! It's like whenever anyone asks Sister London what time it is, she says "baptism time!" and the great thing is, it actually is baptism time now :)

Love, Sister Kimberly