Monday, September 29, 2014

Sister Missionaries sang as they walked.. and walked... and walked...

Dear Friends and Family,
It has been a pretty good week! Definitely good for my Six Months to Sexy diet and exercise plan! We are sharing a car, and this week we didn't have it, so we walked. And walked. A lot. I can't even imagine what that would've been like for those pioneer children... :)
It wasn't too bad though. I think Sister Faleono had a hard time with it, she doesn't have very good shoes and she's not really used to walking anyway. But over time, she is and will continue to feel better, I'm sure!

We began teaching a 9-year-old boy in the ward who hasn't been baptized yet. He is really smart, I was surprised. You know, a lot of times when we teach 9-year-olds, people in the family often worry about them being "ready" to get baptized. I don't know what it is, but they do. They don't think they're mature enough or whatever, but it's funny because if they had gotten baptized at 8, it would've been fine. I don't know, but I do know that Ethan is super smart and could definitely be baptized. So we are going to finish teaching him, hopefully soon. He wants to get baptized as soon as possible, he told us that he wants to get baptized the day after we finish teaching him, haha! Probably the week after, though :)

We also were able to teach Kathy, she is really solid! She's truly searching for truth. She wants to be a true disciple of Christ, she's looking for a church that doesn't avoid talking about commandments and calling people to repentance. I think she might've found the right church!! Don't you?

Elder Perkins, from the First Quorum of the Seventy came this week to the mission. He spoke in "zone conferences" around the mission. I learned a lot from that guy, he was really cool. And super down to earth, which I liked. 

He told us about how when he was called to the Seventy, he got to watch an apostle make mission calls. He said he was fasting and praying for a testimony of the inspiration that goes into that call assigning process because he knew he would be speaking to missionaries a lot. So he got there and he said that in these sessions, each call averages about 23 seconds per assignment. They don't even have time to read what languages you've learned or anything! So Elder Perkins sat and watched for a while, but then as time went on, he said that he would start thinking a place, even a mission that he didn't even know existed, and then the Apostle doing the assignments would say that mission. He said sometimes missionaries are assigned because of mission presidents. He said sometimes they're assigned because they need to speak a certain language. But whatever the reason, he says that God really does inspire the apostles when giving mission calls. So if anyone reading this isn't sure if they were assigned the right mission, you are :) Don't worry about it, God knows just a little bit more than we do :)

The Womens Meeting was Saturday night. It was so good! I love the focus on the temple, I can't wait to go again. And I can't wait until the temple here is done! I love that we get to help God prepare the members and nonmembers here, in Carmel, for the temple! It's funny, because other places in Indiana no one really knows about it, but here, everyone talks about it. When we stop and talk to them, they always ask if we're excited for it to be done. Most people think we attend church there, which we kind of have to clear up, but at least they know about it! It'll be done sometime next year, they say :)

Can you say Ki-Moroni?

Best costume ever, this would definitely keep our faces warm enough for trick or treating!

Well, that's about all the news for this week. I hope y'all have a good week :)

Love, Sister Kimberly

Monday, September 22, 2014

Lava What-a??

Dear Friends and Family,

Sister Faleono, my new companion, and I have had a great weekend! The beginning of the week was kind of a struggle, we taught a few Less Actives who live in a nursing home, therefore they can't come to church. And we taught Tim, who got baptized this Saturday. 

But the really good part of this week was Saturday and Sunday, so that's what I'm going to tell you about!

On Saturday, Jane, from Plainfield, finally got baptized. She has been taught by the Sisters in Plainfield since Sisters even came to Plainfield! So that's about a year straight. Jane's baptism is a miracle in and of itself. Miracle of the year, really. But on top of that, ever single missionary that ever taught her was able to be there! We are pretty much all serving right around each other, and we all got to go. And THAT is a lot of Sisters, let me tell you! It was awesome! I got to speak about the Holy Ghost, I was a little nervous, to be honest... Being a missionary doesn't necessarily make you good at giving talks. Sister Olsen got to play Down to the River to Pray for us too. Jane used that song to help her to quit smoking, so that was really special. I was a pretty happy Sister missionary that day!

Tim was also baptized that day, here in the Westfield ward. He is a really great guy, I'm glad that the Sisters before us were able to help prepare him to be baptized. They were able to come to the baptism as well, which was awesome! We had a LOT of happy missionaries that day!

Sunday was really good too. We've been kind of struggling to find people to teach. A lot of the people being taught before have kind of fallen by the wayside. I think because there was kind of a crazy situation right before we got here, one of the missionaries left a couple of weeks before the transfer, and that left the other Sister in a trio with another companionship and they weren't able to work much here, in Westfield, so there wasn't really a lot of contact for a couple of weeks. But yesterday, we were able to get in contact with two that were being taught before! And we were able to teach one of them! That was really great! I know that my prayers were being answered by that.

At the beginning of the transfer, Sister Faleono and I set a goal to have 3 baptisms in this area in the next three months. I'm not sure who they all will be, but I know that we are continuing to pray for guidance and for miracles from God! And things are actually happening!

Sister Faleono is Samoan. She's teaching me all about Samoan culture. And it's a good thing Samoa's are my favorite girl scout cookies :) (I don't even know if that has anything to do with each other, but hey, it's true!).   Also this week, Sister Faleono gave me a lava lava. She actually emailed me before coming out on her mission and I gave her some missionary advice, so now it's kind of funny that we are companions. She brought me this lava lava from home to thank me for helping her out. So I'm really excited about it. The only thing is, a lava lava is basically a piece of fabric with flowers on it, or something. At least that's all I really see in it. Sister Faleono told me that they use it for a lot of different things, that it just comes in handy sometimes. So I tried that out. I had a little too much fun with my lava lava...

A lava lava full of fruit on my head...

I'm definitely having fun here!

Love, Sister Kimberly