Monday, November 24, 2014

Frozen



Dear Friends and Family,

It was a cold, cold week. I mean cold. Lucky us we got to spend a lot of it inside. Tuesday was the coldest day and we didn't really have anything planned INSIDE. I mean, we were going to try to find people to teach, but we were walking around from apartment to apartment and I thought I was going to die. 

Seriously, it was really cold. Either I've become Indiana wimpy like everyone else, or it really was freezing. All I know is the car told us it was 19 degrees and when we wimped out and went to a member's house, she told us with wind chill it was -4 outside. So that's pretty cold, I guess. So I decided to have Elsa hair to match the "Frozen" cold... Yeah, I don't even know what I'm saying, I've never seen that movie. But hey, I do what I want.




 Elsa Hair

We had interviews with the President this week, too. And I'll tell you what, those things took forever and a day. I do love interviews, it's just I don't like it when they take forever! Our interviews were supposed to be at 12 pm, we were supposed to be the last missionaries interviewed. Somehow things got way way way behind and Sister Faleono and I had our interviews at 2:20 or something like that. Because of that, we had to cancel an appointment we had with Ethan. So we didn't get to see him this week.

We did get to paint, though! So I got to put on my old blue jeans and paint a member's house! They just bought a house and are moving into our ward, and they have been working hard on it. They basically gutted the house and are redoing everything. It looks like a lot of work. But I bet it'll look a lot better than it did! And this family is so awesome, I'm excited for them to move into our ward. We also got to help clean a member's house, and I'm so grateful for that too. I love blessings! And I really feel like it was a worthwhile task for us. 

We didn't get to teach Sam this week, things just haven't been working out. But we are planning to see her tonight! So yay! Sam is so great, she reads everything we tell her to, she's come to church. She is really seeking for truth, and I love that! Plus, she's just awesome in general. We are going to always be friends, I know it :)

We taught Dirk, a recent convert, about tithing this Saturday because our ward was doing tithing settlement that day. At the end of the lesson, he asked if Salt Lake had called and told us to teach that lesson. Uhh, no? Haha, we just have to teach all the lessons over again now that he's baptized and we thought it would be a good day to teach about tithing! Dirk is pretty funny. And he's a total conspiracy theorist. He definitely makes lessons interesting.

Well, hopefully this week is warmer! That would be nice! Everyone stay happy!

Love, Sister Kimberly

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas



Dear Friends and Family,

It snowed last night! And the city and stores have all been putting up Christmas decorations like crazy people. It's okay, though, I  love Christmas decorations! Not the snow so much, though. It's not too much, so that's good! And it's not even too cold, really. We have a new car situation, so now we only go three days without it and then three days with it and then Preparation day, so now I won't freeze my butt off AS MUCH!

We went tracting a little this week in the cold. I don't think I like doing that in this area, no one really was nice. No one even let us talk to them. In fact, this one woman didn't even open the door, she looked through the glass of her front door and we told her who she was and she said she wasn't interested. It was pretty rude. We're worth opening the door, at least! Man, that was not classy of her at all.

At Zone Meeting we played this get-to-know-you game. I guess we aren't good enough friends, so we did this. It was basically speed dating except not. Obviously. But if you've ever played that, it's basically that. So that was a little weird, but it was fun. I did get to know some missionaries that I didn't know before.

We did get to teach a lot of people, too! We taught Sam, she's one of my favorites! She is so willing to learn, even though it's all a little overwhelming. It's hard to learn everything, I'm sure. But Sam took notes and read the things we asked her. And she's learning! I love it. And at the end of that lesson, she was so happy. She felt the truth of it, I'm sure of it. She said that it was awesome and that things were coming together for her. I love it. That moment was so special! The member family that introduced us is so great, they are so excited to share more with her, it's just hard for them to keep it simple. It's hard for us, too, though! I've never taught someone who didn't know anything about Christianity before, and Sam knows nothing. But she will, don't you worry!

We spent 9 hours at the church on Saturday, but that was fine with me, it was cold and we got to stay warm. There was a cub scout Beltloopalooza where a bunch of cute little boy scouts came to earn a whole bunch of belt loops. There were a lot of nonmembers there, so they invited us to help! And we actually did get to talk to a lot of people! So it was effective. 

Then we went to a really really great baptism. In the Carmel ward there was a baptism and the Spirit was so strong at that one! I love it! The convert bore her testimony after she was baptized and I can tell she has a great Work to do as a member of the Church. I love when I get that feeling with people, especially at baptisms.

Shout out to Tori, remember she got baptized just a little while ago? She got to go to the temple and do baptisms for the dead this last weekend! I'm so proud of her!

 Birthday Ice Cream




Things are going great for us! I love you all! Have a great week!

Love, Sister Kimberly

Monday, November 10, 2014

Bday not Pday



Dear Friends and Family,

It has been a good week. My birthday is today, and that's pretty exciting! 

21 Baby!

Now I can go to the bar. That's what a Sister in this area keeps telling me. I probably won't go to the bar, though.

It was actually a pretty good week, the weather wasn't really too bad. A little chilly a couple of the days, and it did rain a couple days too. But we had the opportunity to do a bunch of service, We got to help a woman in the ward paint her ceiling. She made us wear these silly wash cloth things on our heads to protect our hair. It's smart, but we just looked pretty silly like that!

We also got to help make little white dresses and wraps for babies that don't live at the hospital. I think they're called Little Angel Gowns or something like that. That was so awesome! And we helped one of our investigators move.

We started teaching the best girl ever! She's 16 and grew up Buddhist. Did I talk about her last week? I might've, but she's solid! She came to church last week and this week, and I think she likes it, even though she's a little overwhelmed and probably has no idea what's going on.

Yesterday I had to give a Departing Testimony at Why I Believe. It is weird. But I saw so many people there last night that I know, and Tori spoke at Why I Believe!! She is the coolest. And tons of my Plainfield friends were there! It was a pretty good day.
I have a confession. Last Monday I splurged a little bit. I bought myself a hat at Charming Charlie's. But in my defense, it is the cutest thing. And I've been looking for a hat just like it for 2 years! I remember working at Kohl's and I saw a hat on a poster and I searched forever for that hat. I could not find it. And now I did! And it was almost my birthday, so Happy Birthday to me!  It makes me look like a cute British lady.




I also took these pictures of a few of the spelling and grammar errors that really bother me here, in Carmel. Enjoy!

Seriously, spell check people!! Did someone lose their job over this one??

 Rich ('s owns) of Carmel?


Everyone, have a great week! We sure will!

Love, Sister Kimberly