Weeks 8 & 9 ~ Well Sheep.

My first transfer is already over!?!? WHAT? So crazy how fast it went. This week was a roller coaster of emotions and funny stories so I’ll get right into it.

So with transfers this week I thought I was going to be heading to Trinidad because I got an email telling me that money was put on my card that is in Trinidad (my money has been going on sister Robinson’s card and so we’ve been using just hers ) so for about 2 days before transfer calls I was positive that I was about to pack up my bags and head to the tropics. I couldn’t sleep for two nights because I felt so nervous and excited! Then we got transfer calls and…. Phsyc! Β I have yet to get my visa so I’m staying put here in Berthoud. So I went from really excited and really nervous to kinda disappointed but then to grateful. I wasn’t going to let a situation that I can’t control get me down so about 10 minutes of letting myself feel sorry….I decided that was dumb and to look at all the positives. The BEST part about transfers…. I get sister Robinson for another transfer!!! HOLLA. I really am so grateful for her. She has taught me how to work hard, but to have fun. She made me laugh so hard today that I literally couldn’t breathe and had hiccups for about an hour. We get along so well. My Father in Heaven has blessed me so much with her!! Another great thing about transfers is an investigator that Sister Conger and I found while on exchanges and taught the first lesson to is getting baptized in two weeks so I get to go to that!! His name is Colby and he is so great! He is a golden investigator to the T! I am really grateful that I’ll be able to go to a baptism that I feel like I got to play a tiny tiny role in. We get to live with the Huffs again which I am SO excited about!! Usually we get moved every transfer but they are letting us stay another transfer. I love the Huffs so much!! I’ve gotten really close with them and we have so much fun living here so I am so grateful for that!
Long story short, after I decided that I can only control my attitude and faith in this situation, I realized that I’m not ready to leave Berthoud. Sister Robinson and I have more work to do before one of us leaves. It’s crazy how much your capacity to love grows as a missionary. There are so many people I love and care for here. I can’t leave them just yet. So I’m relieved that I have the privilege to be here another transfer. Gods timing is perfect so why should I ever question it anyway? This whole visa waiting experience has taught me how little control I have and how much I need to trust in the Lord. He is definitely teaching me humility. I know that everything is in the Lords hands and that brings me so much peace.

So funny/ridiculous thing that happened with transfers… So usually we get an email from the AP’s that tells who is getting transferred, who their new comp is and where they are going. Well for some reason, this transfer they just told us who is getting transferred but it didn’t say where or who their new comp was going to be. This caused an UPROAR in the mission. It was basically a high school Twitter fight. There were so many emails from elders saying rude and immature things about the new change and blaming it on the poor AP’s. You’d think missionaries would be a bit more mature? Not gonna lie though, it was definitely entertaining. Me and sister Robinson just kept refreshing our emails waiting for the next one to come in hahaha we almost went and popped some pop corn. But thanks to that whole immature mission drama, those elders will most likely be getting their iPads taken away and the whole mission is losing some iPad privileges. (iMessage and FaceTime)

I sheered a sheep!!! Of course it was with the crazy farm lady I talked about last time. I would try to explain her but I just can’t, you have to know her to understand hahaha. She made us help her sheer sheep for a couple hours and then took us to Sam’s club for dinner.πŸ˜‚ I’ve had so many moments as a missionary where I just think, “well this is a situation I never thought I’d be in.” One of which… Was planning a secret wedding!!! A lady in our ward got remarried this week (and is moving to Logan actually!) and had the wedding at the Morgan’s house. (Cute couple in our ward) Well the girl getting married didn’t want anyone there and wanted to get married in jeans and sister Morgan wouldn’t have it so she asked us to come over the night before the wedding and help decorate. She got flowers, a wedding cake and a bouquet. We decked out her whole house and it looked awesome! Sister Crainer (one getting married) walked in and just started crying and laughing. Haha it was so awesome! (She still got married in jeans though πŸ˜‚)

Guess what! We had three investigators at church this week!!! I was super excited because our investigators always say they will be there but never do and it’s always disappointing. It was the Smith family that came. They have been investigating for 2 years now. They are really close to their fellow shippers so we work a lot through them and also because the mom doesn’t typically like the missionaries…. But she likes us!!!!! She hugs us whenever she sees us and asked us to do some service for her and responds to our texts! All three of those are huge. We are so excited to finally be able to really work with them and help them progress.

A lot of the work here is working with less actives. We had SEVEN at church yesterday. We were SO happy. Sister Robinson and I just kept looking at each other about ready to explode with excitement whenever we spotted someone come in. Yesterday was definitely the most successful Sunday I’ve had yet!

Berthoud is known as one of the hard if not the hardest area in the mission. Typically there isn’t much work to be done. But we are so busy that we don’t have enough hours in the day! We have been really blessed here with the success we have seen. And we are lucky because 95% of the time, people are very kind to us! The other day while tracting, a man came running out of his house once he saw us and was coming right at us. I about started running because I thought we were about to be attracted hahahah. But this man came up to us and said “I know who you are. I have my own religion and am not interested but I just want to tell you that you’re awesome and your scoring some big points for God. Good luck on the rest of your missions!” And then turned around and ran back into his house πŸ˜‚β€οΈ I never thought I’d like a tiny little red neck town so much but I’ve fallen in love with the people here.

I love you all! Hugs not drugs.

πŸ’›Sister Kimball

image12So many people here have exotic birds. So I’m basically in the Carribean!

image10Sheep Sheering is gross, but I got to wear pants so I’m not complaining!image5B. E. A. Utiful Berthoud, COimage4 2image1The Huff’s grand babies (The members we live with). Β Wyatt & Evelyn ( I swear Evelyn does love me;) Wyatt calls us the “Sister Missionarions” and whenever we are home he has to be right where we are! Β He is so cute! Β They remind me of Kash and Andi!image3We gotta ride in a ’64 Thunderbird!image7 2We decided to scoot to an appointment instead of bike. Β We looked pretty thug!

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Week 7 ~ Chickens are of The Devil

Hey everyone!

Wow, this week was a blur. So much happened! I’ll pick out some of my favorites to share!

1 – Me and Sister Robinson work with a girl in the ward who was baptized about 2 years ago. Before ward members took her in, she was homeless. Living in her car with her little girl who was two years old at the time. She has come such a long way since then! But she still struggles with an addiction to alcohol. She has been doing great since I have been here and has been going to the church’s addiction recovery program. But a couple days ago she text us and asked us to come over. Something had happened that day that made her really upset and so she slipped up and drank. As soon as we walked up her porch she just started bawling and kept repeating “don’t hate me don’t hate me”. We had no idea what was going on but I just grabbed her and hugged her. She held onto to me for what felt like a long very long time, just crying and saying “please don’t hate me. I’m so sorry.” As I held her while she sobbed, I felt an overwhelming feeling of love for her, even in her moment of weakness. Yes we were disappointed that she drank, but we could never hate or be angry with her. I think that’s how the our Father in Heaven must feel when we mess up. We feel so awful and feel like we are undeserving of God’s love but he will always love us more than we can comprehend, even in our times of mistakes and weakness. When we feel undeserving of God’s love, that’s when we need it the most, and He knows that. If we come to Him, He will ALWAYS give us the love we so desperately need and the strength we need to get through hardships.
I feel very lucky to have been able to be there for her. She told us what had made her so upset and coincidently (jk, nothing is coincidence) I had been through a very very similar trial only a couple of years ago. So I was able to totally understand how she was feeling. It’s funny how when you are in the midst of a trial you don’t understand why it’s happening to you, but later on down the road, you’re able to use that trial and all that it taught you to help and comfort someone else. As soon as you get the experience of helping someone through something that you have been through, the trial becomes so worth it and you suddenly understand why the trial was placed in your life.
2 – We got 3 new investigators! They are all siblings and all teenagers. There dad is inactive so we have been visiting him. We were pretty persistent so he probably was annoyed the first few times but his heart has totally softened and he let us meet all his kids! They all seem very interested and they invited us back πŸ™‚ Visiting with them is awesome because they think me and Sister Robinson are as funny as we think we are so its a real boost to our confidence because some people definitely don’t get our humor πŸ˜‚ (aka our whole district) Anyways, the dad asked for the bishops number so that he can meet with him πŸ™‚ We are so excited for them!! They have been really struggling the last year so I know the gospel can help them through their trials!

3 – There is a lady in the ward named Sister Busch. She is the funniest and craziest lady I’ve ever met πŸ˜‚ She is less active but wants to work towards the temple so we are at her house a lot and we do a lot of service for her because she has SO MANY ANIMALS. She takes animals in and does animal therapy. This includes squirrels, chickens, raccoons, blind dogs, ect. You name it, she’s probably had it at some point in her life. We were doing service for her and her chickens got out… Well sister Robinson is literally afraid of chickens so the situation ended with me chasing about 15 chickens with a rake to get them back in their pen hahahah missionary work is a joyous work πŸ˜‚

That’s all for this week here in Berthoud. Oh but before I forget because a lot of people have asked me….. I don’t know if I have my visa yet. I probably won’t know until transfers which is at the end of this month so we will see! I’m not too worried about it, if I’m suppose to be in Berthoud then I’ll happily stay a little longer. I love the people here so much and I wouldn’t trade the experiences I’ve had here for anything! But when I do get my visa, I’ll be stoked to make it to Trinidad!

Love you all.

πŸ’› Sister Kimball

image3Was doing some family history this week and found this gem…nice hair, Mom;)

*Um…careful Sister Kimball, your Mom manages your blog! #paybackcouldbescary

Week 6 ~ Adventures in Good Ol’ Berthoud, CO

Mother’s Day!!! Skyping home was definitely the highlight of the week πŸ™‚ I am so so grateful for all the support I have back home. I was fighting back tears at the end of the call, not because I’m homesick, but because I am so blessed with such amazing people in my life. Especially my amazing mother! Being away on Mother’s Day really made me think about how much of an influence my mom has been to me and how much my Father in Heaven blessed me with one AMAZING mother. I know that without her I would not be who I am today. So happy Mother’s Day mama, I am so grateful for YOU. πŸ™‚

This week was great! I went on my first exchange with the STL (sister training leader), sister Conger. Exchanges are 24 hours so I went with her to Johnstown for the day! It was so great! I learned a lot from her and it was great to see a new area πŸ™‚ We decided that for our exchange our focus was going to be finding through the spirit. Well that day happened to be the worst hail storm I’ve ever seen so we didn’t really tract a lot but we got 4 new investigators! The Johnstown ward is very engaged with the work and gives a ton of referrals which is so helpful for us missionaries! So we went and visited 4 referrals and they all let us have the first discussion with them and want to learn more! They seem super interested so that’s awesome! Unfortunately I only got to be with them once but they are awesome people and sister Conger is going to update me on them πŸ™‚

This week I finally had a “click” missionary moment. I am no longer afraid of knocking doors πŸ™‚ We don’t knock doors a ton because we are so busy with part member/less active work but whenever we going tracting, I’ll admit, I would always hope that no one was home so I wouldn’t have to talk to strangers πŸ˜‚πŸ˜… But now I love when the door opens and we get to talk to someone! It just doesn’t scare me anymore! I’ve been praying for help with that fear because I know that when I get to Trinidad I will probably be tracting lots more so it was a really cool experience to just have a sudden moment where I no longer dreaded tracting! Prayer is real and He does hear you!

Funny story of the week:
I don’t have much time to explain this one but Thursday night me and Sister Robinson ended up in a convertible with an 84 year old man and 70 year old woman and they swerved into the field to chase a bunny while yelling “get it Todo!!” to there yorky pup. So there’s that.

Me and sister Robinson went hiking and shopping today for pday so I don’t have much time. I’ll write more next week.

I love you all so much!!

Sister Kimball

image2Mother’s Day Skype…from My view!

image1Sister Kimball & Sister Robinson…Spreading the Good News!

image1 2P-Day Adventure! So good to be in the mountains again!

image2 2Our neighbors have 9 baby fox in their backyard!

image2Another one of our adventures! He loved what we had to say! πŸ˜‰

Week Five ~ One Month Already!?

Lessons learned this week: hoarders are actually real and it’s not just a tv show, middle schoolers are evil, best way to an old persons heart is to help them play bingo, life as a missionary is awkward 95% of the time, and always listen to the spirit.

Last Sunday, the relief society president announced that a single lady in the ward needed some help moving so me and sister Robinson volunteered without any further questions. We decided to ride our bikes this women’s house and as we were riding we passed a group of middle schoolers walking home from school and they THREW A FREAKING BRANCH AT ME AND NAILED ME IN THE NECK πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Then I just about ate it. But I gracefully regained my balance and rode on. You’re not a real missionary until something gets thrown at you right? πŸ˜‚ Me and sister Robinson still crack up over it every time it gets brought up. So after that glorious start to our day, we get to the house. We walked into the house and the smell was like walking into a wall. No one gave us warning that this lady was a hoarder. I felt like if I breathed in I was going to inhale lung cancer. She had tons of cats and a big poodle. The entire house was basically a liter box for them. We started in the kitchen by wrapping all of her pottery and boxing them up. Right next to me on the counter was a pile of hundreds of egg shells. That’s not the worst part though, on the other side of me was a milk carton filled with expired milk (by 4 months) that filled up the whole kitchen with the worst stank. The rotted chicken livers on the counter didn’t help either. I have a super weak stomach so I was seriously gagging the ENTIRE time and basically having a panic attack. Me and sister Robinson both had very accelerated heart rates during this ordeal. Yay for service!!! πŸ™ƒπŸ˜·πŸ˜‚

Regardless of gross house and mean kids, this week was fantastic πŸ™‚ We committed a lady to baptism that has been investigating for over 4 years. The date is May 21st so we are keeping our fingers crossed πŸ™‚ It was pretty funny how this whole lesson went down… So we met her at a cafe for lunch (we have weekly lunch dates with her) and we had a video to show her but it was too loud in the cafe so we went outside and crawled into the back of her seatless mini van and had the whole lesson back there πŸ˜‚ Even though we were in the back of a way old mini van parked on the edge of a busy road, the spirit was so strong! She is an amazing lady and has had some crazy things happen in her life. She was in a coma for 2 years and has some really bad brain problems because of it. (Short term memory loss) We don’t really know for sure how this injury happened but we have an idea that is was caused by her crazy ex husband. But she has such a strong faith in God and Jesus Christ. She’s so awesome!

Awkward moment of the week: Me and sister Robinson were tracting and this man that opened the door told us that he believes the bible and is Christian but is also Hindu…. Hahah someone please explain to me how that works because I’m still confused. And then he proceeded to tell us our church is wrong and we aren’t Christians blah blah blah (the usual). Hahah we had no idea what to say because he didn’t really make sense so we were just kinda like “ok have a good day then” and walked away πŸ˜…But it’s ok because the lady at the next house gave us matching scarfs because we looks cold πŸ™‚ Even though we get some crazies behind some doors, the majority of the people here are way nice even if they aren’t interested. In fact, we got a referral to this ladies house who teaches a bible class at The Church Of Christ here in Berthoud and she was so nice!!! She let us in and we had over an hour long discussion with her and she told us what we are doing is something we should be very proud of. There are such good people in this world πŸ™‚

On Friday we were going around and visiting/trying to meet some less actives in the ward. We stopped by this house that is always dark and empty! We have been there 4 times just since I’ve been here and this lady is never home. But we passed her house and a light was on! So we pulled over and walked to the door. We rang the door bell and started to hear a bunch of whispering and weird noises from inside. It took us about 5 seconds to look at each other and realize that we shouldn’t be there. Usually we knock 2 or 3 times but we ran back to our car. We still don’t know why but we had such strong promptings at the exact same time to get off of that porch. Always listen to the spirit!! It’s so important to be in tune because he is there to guide you, comfort you, and protect you!

That’s all for this week! I love you all. Remember who you are and what you stand for. Give missionaries scarfs if they look cold. Don’t do drugs.

✌🏼️ Sister Kimball

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McKae’s first day in the Fort Collins, Colorado Mission with her mission president and his wife, President Brown & Sister Brown (She’s ‘visa waiting’ there)
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Just a couple pics that describe my first area in Berthoud, CO (Just outside of Loveland)

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My life during 90% of our lessons. We have to carry around a lint roller!
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Beautiful gift from my 85 year old Mexican investigator! πŸ˜‰