Week 12 ~ Happy Dad’s Day

Hi everyone!

So first and foremost… HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to my amazing Dad and all
other father figures in my life! I have been so blessed with the best
dad I could ever ask for. I love you pops! 😊 Oh and btw, me and
Sister Robinson are going to petition that missionaries can call their
dads on Father’s Day because it’s just unjust that we can’t!  haha.

So to go with the topic of Fathers … We had THE COOLEST experience
with the priesthood this week. There is this lady named Linda, she
lives in the Berthoud Living Center. She has wanted to join the church
for quite sometime now and she has such a strong testimony, but she
can’t stop smoking :/ We try to see her every week, but haven’t been
able to lately because she has a lot of health issues and is in a lot
of pain. Well, on Thursday we went to see her and when we walked in the
room she could barely talk or open her eyes because she was in so much
pain. We asked her if she would like a priesthood blessing and she
said yes. So we stepped out to call Brother Hawkins (our ward mission
leader) to see if he could come give a blessing and find someone to come
with him. He was there with Brother Huff (the family we live with) in
less than 15 minutes. Now, we are around Bro. Hawkins and Bro. Huff all
the time, but when they stepped in the room to use their priesthood
power, the spirit just flooded into the room and hit me and sister
Robinson like a ton of bricks. I was covered with goosebumps as soon
as they walked in. They preformed the blessing and then left, once
they left Linda sat up and said “I felt a wave of warmth come over me
as soon as they put their hands on my head”. The fact that before she
got the blessing she could hardly move and afterwards she was sitting
up, laughing, and showing us pictures of her family, is pretty clear
evidence that THE PRIESTHOOD IS SO REAL. I am so blessed that I grew
up with a father that I knew I could always ask for a blessing if I
needed it. I remember my senior year of volleyball at our first
tournament of the season, I got so so sick on the first day. After I
tried my best to play all I could, I knew that if I was going to
finish the tournament I would need my dad to give me a blessing. He
took me to my grandmas house and gave me a blessing. I fell asleep before
he said amen, woke up 4 hours later and was 100% better and finished
the tournament the next day. I’ve had a lot of really amazing
experiences with the power of the priesthood in my life, but I have
not realized until recently how incredibly blessed I was to grow up in
a home with the priesthood and how amazing of a gift it is to all of us.

Earlier this week we had my first zone conference and the mission
president’s last! This meeting lasted 8 hours…. And was the most
AMAZING meeting I have ever experience! The spirit was basically
tangible. In the group there we had 17 missionaries that are going
home this transfer or next so Pres. Brown gave a 15 minutes lecture on
the importance of flirting when we go home! hahahah It was hilarious!
Not going to lie, when I first met President and Sister Brown I was
not exactly a fan… But now I love and admire them so much! We will
all miss them when they leave next month!

On Thursday night after we finished our dinner appointment, we saw
that Brother Butterfield called us and left us a message. Our
immediate thought was “dang it, we are getting cancelled on” because
as missionaries, if we get a call from the people we are about to meet
with… 99% of the time we are getting flaked on. But instead of
cancelling he was calling to tell us that we could no longer meet on
his mother’s property (they live in a trailer next to her house)
because the mom’s roommate “thinks that she is being spied on by
Mormons”… She has some paranoia issues …. Lol 😂 So he was calling
to figure out a different place we could meet!! So we met at the park.
Our plan was to go over the Gospel of Jesus Christ and invite Michael
and Vanessa to be baptized. They investigated the church about 6 years
ago. Kenny the middle child and the parents got baptized. But Michael
said no and Vanessa was too young to be baptized and when she became
of age she said no. But before we even got to it Vanessa says “so I
want to get baptized. When can that happen?” Me and sister Robinson
were speechless! We set her on date for the 4th of July 🙂 That should
be a pretty memorable day for her! It’s been so amazing helping this
family and seeing the change in them, especially Brother Butterfield.
They have had a very challenging year as a family so to see them start
to find joy and hope again has been the greatest thing to be apart
of…. Yeah, being a missionary is the best 🙂

This week was amazing. Prayers were answered, no doubt. Last week was
a rough week here in Berthoud for the the whole community, but it’s
been really amazing to see the community and the ward come together.
I love this little hick Colorado town so much :’)

That’s all for this week. Love you all!

💛Sister Kimball

Beautiful Berthoud
Beautiful Berthoud
Making a video
Making a video!
Could be Sisters #eyebrows
Maybe you can’t tell here, but I love my companion! #sisterRobinson
Bro. Hawkin's G'daughter #grumpy
Bro. Hawkins Grand Daughter…She was being grumpy:/
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Week 11 ~ Emotionally Draining

Hey everyone! Sorry, but this email will probably be short again. We have lots to do today to get ready for a big zone conference tomorrow. 

This week has been…. EMOTIONALLY DRAINING. A boy who is part of a less active family that we try to work with (we’ve only gotten in a couple times) murdered his girlfriend this week. They were both 18. Very nice and popular kids at school and both very well know by the youth in the ward. (The boys grandparents are also very active in the ward) Berthoud is a small town. Everyone knows everyone. So as you can imagine, it’s been a very sad week here. There were a few other really hard things to deal with this week that I can’t really put in my group email but basically this week was just the most emotionally and spiritually exhausting week. 

 I had exchanges on Tuesday and I stayed in Berthoud. I was super nervous because we were in my stomping grounds so I was running the day. It was an alright exchange. A lot of people cancelled or weren’t home so we tracted a lot. Which I honestly like tracting so I didn’t mind. But the sister I was with (bless her heart, she is super nice. Oh, also she played volleyball so we are homies:) wouldn’t use door bells and would knock so quietly that I could barely hear the knock! Hahaha I was getting so frustrated, so it turned into a silent race of who could get to the door faster. I think it bugged her how loud I knocked because then people would.. you know… actually answer the door and talk to us.😶  After exchanges the first thing Sister Robinson tells me about her exchange was “she knocked so quietly that no one answered the door the whole time!” Hahah I’m so grateful Sister Robinson is my companion. 

So this week started rough, but ended GREAT. 😅 So on Saturday we went and did some service for a lady named Fran. For some reason she wanted to mow the grass in her grove of trees so our job was to go and pick up big branches that would break her mower. Well my body decided to surprise me with ALLERGIES. I’ve never had them before but there’s a first time for everything I guess. So for 2 hours I was hauling 12 foot branches while sneezing EVERY TEN SECONDS!  Hahaha I was a hot mess. My eyes were swollen half shut, my nose was running, and my throat was closing up. I’m sure I looked stunning. 

OK OK OK GRAND FINALE…. WE HAD 5 INVESTIGATORS AT CHURCH!!! We were so excited!!! It was two families, the Smiths and the Fords. Two families that have been investigating for years, but don’t usually come to church. BUT THEY CAME! The dad of the Ford family is a member and his wife and daughter are not. The Smith family has been investigating for 2 years, but hardly ever come to church, but this is their second week in a row! Also, the ward members are finally giving us referrals! The work is picking up so much and we are so excited!!! Heavenly Father sure does answer prayers.

That’s all for this week. Sorry I don’t have much time today. Love you all. Thanks for all of your love and support 🙂 

 

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New Zone

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P-Day Hike with our awesome host family, The Huffs

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Week 10 ~ Berthoud Days, Gipsy Pants & Giant Walrus

Hola amigos!

So this email might be pretty short due to 1. Me and sister Robinson are actually going to not be so lazy on P-day and go hiking 2. This was a slow/rough week.

This week was rough because EVERY SINGLE PERSON cancelled on us! So when we were cancelled on, we would go tracting which really isn’t super effective here in Berthoud. People are always very kind to us, but everyone is very set in their ways and not willing to listen. Makes for a pretty slow week. But guess what was this week?….. BERTHOUD DAYS! Which is just a super small festival with a parade and a 5K in the morning. (Exactly like Wellsville Founders Day) Our whole zone was able to come to Berthoud and help with the race! Our mission is super strict on socializing with other missionaries (probs because an Elder and a Sister got engaged on our ward mission leader’s trampoline. Long story lol.) So it was super fun to have the whole zone together for the first time!

The Berthoud Ward sets up a booth every year and puts the missionaries in charge. I’m super grateful we got to be here this year with the new temple being built in Fort Collins because we had a giant picture of the temple (may or may not have stole it from the stake center.😂  Don’t worry, we returned it.) and it was really easy to start conversations with people because they are curious about what the “castle” is and if they can go inside! We gave over 85 temple card invites and a few Books of Mormon so that was a huge blessing! Some of the youth brought their friends to us so we could tell them about the gospel and temples and then they were at church today!  So that made us super excited and we are going to try visiting them this week. The booth was extremely tiring! It was like tracting x 100 in the sun for 10 hours. Hahaha since sister Robinson is English and Irish… She is burnt to a crisp. I just have a real nice missionary tan line going on😂. But it was definitely worth it! It was without a doubt the highlight of the week.

Missionary work is not always rainbows and butterflies. Sometimes it’s getting cancelled on, being chewed out on the door step and being told you aren’t a Christian, getting emails telling you you’re visa hasn’t been granted yet, standing in the sun for 10 hours, being avoided like you’re some kind of evil creature, and being tired 24/7. BUT ITS SO WORTH IT! This week was humbling and I grew closer to my Savior because of it. The only way to get through opposition is by utilizing the Atonement. Trials are something to be grateful for. They give you experience and knowledge but most importantly, if you trust Heavenly Father, they bring you closer to Him.

That’s all I have for this week! I love you all! Make good choices. Feed some missionaries.

💛Sister Kimball

5K Service
5K Sister Volunteers
District at Berthoud Days
Fun to be together with my District for Berthoud Days!
Sister Kimball and Walrus Friend
My Walrus Friend 🙂

Berthoud Boothe

Gangsta Yoga
Bought matching “Yoga” pants!