Monday, August 4, 2014

Language Study

Dear Friends and Family,

We had a pretty much perfect week! It started out with an awesome lunch with my little old Grandma!!  She was in Indianapolis for a conference and since I was close enough, we got permission to meet up for lunch!  It was so fun to see her!  I love her!  Can't wait to go to Disneyland with her again... hopefully soon! ;)

We reached almost all of our goals and taught 20 lessons, which is what everyone should be teaching, but we hardly ever get that many. I don't know how that happened though, because we didn't have a car for a couple of days. We were running pretty low on miles. Like, really low on miles, so we were walking all day for a couple of days. Somehow we still managed to reach all of our goals and stay under miles! That's amazing!

Me and Sister Olsen

On Tuesday, we went to Strides to take care of all the farm stuff there, I think I've told you about the horse farm? Anyways, we do that for service. We usually throw hay, Sister Olsen hasn't ever had the opportunity to do it because everyone always asks the Elders to do it. I don't know why. In fact, one time, I offered because it's my favorite chore, and then we were told no, that the Elders should do it. Dumb. But yesterday no one told us no, so we did it! We threw and stacked 20 bales of hay without any help from the Elders! 

Meanwhile, the Elders had to power wash some water troughs and in order to do that, they had to turn off the electric fence. We watched as one of the Elders took the little metal things that provided the electricity and carefully undid it while it was still on so that the fences wouldn't receive the electricity. This whole situation was pretty risky, and as soon as he got it off, he saw that he could've just unplugged it! Haha, anything to get those troughs cleaned, I guess! Even death.

The next day was an all walking day and it was super fun! But my feet hurt pretty bad afterward. Missionary shoes aren't the best walking shoes, in case you didn't know! So we walked for probably a total of 5 or 6 hours and then had a ward barbecue at one of the parks in town. It was pretty hot and humid on Wednesday, but we survived. Barely. As we went out after lunch, there was nothin' but blue skies all around. We walked a little ways down the street, maybe for 10 minutes, and then there were some really dark storm clouds and it started pouring. Neither of us had an umbrella, but luckily we were really close to going under a bridge near us. So we ran like crazy people in skirts and nametags underneath the bridge in the pouring rain. We didn't know what to do, so we just decided that we were going to study a little bit until the rain passed, because we knew it would. They say, "if you don't like the weather in Indiana, wait a few minutes, and it will be different." I realize they say that about Utah too, but weather is way crazier here than in Utah. It really only rained for 7 or 8 minutes and then when we left our cover, it was nothin' but blue skies again. 

We were GOING to study under the bridge, but then this really really wet man pedaled underneath the bridge to take cover too. He was super cool and he was Russian, so he had a super cool accent. And he was trapped with nowhere to go, so he had to talk to us! Those are my favorite times :) It was cool, he knew about the temple and wanted to see one in person.. Perfect opportunity to tell him about the one being built here! That rain was the best thing that ever happened to us!

Then it stopped and we went on our merry way and then Sister Olsen taught me a whole new language! It's called Owk. And the rule is I can't tell you how to speak it, but we basically sound like aliens when we speak it! So of course we did. All day. Except when we were talking to people, but I'm pretty sure someone probably heard us and had no idea what was going on. Oh well, we look alien enough already, might as well look more like aliens! It certainly passed the time quickly.

Later that day, we were walking to that BBQ and it was nothin' but blue skies and then RAIN. Again. This time it lasted a little longer. But we were walking in it and some guy asked us what we were doing... Man, you never ask a missionary what they're doing if you don't want to talk. But this guy did want to talk, so we told him! It was awesome, he knows a little about Mormons, not much. But he was way nice, the only thing is he kind of ran away from us because it started raining really hard. Other than that, though, it was a really good lesson!

Then, by the grace of God, we got a ride to the BBQ, otherwise we would've been soaked by the time we got there! But we weren't, thank goodness!

We talked to a lady later this week who was a former investigator. So we asked if she was the same person and she kind of freaked out, not sure how or why we knew her name. She eventually let us in and we talked to her for a while. She was a little paranoid about EVERYTHING in the world, so... Now we know why she was so weird at the door :) 

We also visited a Less Active who was sick. She was super friendly, so we asked if we could come back another time when she was feeling better and she smiled and told us no, that she'd had enough. We didn't really know what that meant, like enough of missionaries? Of people knocking on her door? Of people in the Church? Of the Church in general? We had no idea, so when we looked confused, she just said, "you know what I mean?" We didn't. But she didn't really let us ask, she shut the door, and we left. 

Kitty had a good experience when we read Alma 36 at a lesson yesterday, she FINALLY saw herself in the Book of Mormon, and I'm so excited! Hopefully that means she'll be able to start increasing her faith in the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith! And Jane is ready to quit smoking, we are going to teach her how with a 15 step program on Tuesday. I'm excited and I just hope she WILL do it! I know she can, it's just a matter of DOING!

Have a good week!

Love, Sister Kimberly

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