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 😂😂😂😂 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? 😂 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!!! 🙃😷😂
Regardless of gross house and mean kids, this week was fantastic 🙂 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 🙂 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 😂 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 😅But it’s ok because the lady at the next house gave us matching scarfs because we looks cold 🙂 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 🙂
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