Week 65 ~ Happy Birthday, America!

Dear Family,

This week was one for the books. Brother Gene got baptized!!!!  Wooohooo.  It was such a great day 🙂  It’s days like that that make the long, hard, hot, days of contacting all worth it.  The spirit was so strong at his baptism.  It was really cool because a member named Brother Simmons baptized him, and they actually were childhood friends and grew up in the same church.  But they lost contact and so the first time they saw each other in years was when Brother Gene first visited the church!  Brother Gene’s wife passed away a little over a year ago and he brought a picture with her to his baptism and said, “Because of this gospel, I know that she is here with me, and she is proud of me today.”  The spirit was SO strong and everyone there was in tears.  Brother Gene is quite the character though and the last half of his testimony was him talking about how shocked he was when he came to the church and there wasn’t any white people running the church. hahaha  Oh Brother Gene 😂   He talks A LOT and he kept going on and on and then he looked over at Sister Xavier and I and said, “Oh, I think my daughters are giving me the look that I need to sit down now.”  hahaha   It was hilarious.
The rest of the week was really good.  We found a really cool investigator named Glora who is such a sweet soul!  She let us in as soon as we knocked on her door. (since we are contacting apartments we actually can knock on a door instead of yelling into the house hahah it’s so nice!)  After our first lesson with her, as we were being shuffled out the door, she said, “Thank you so much.   This was really important to me.”  We are going to see her tonight and I am super excited!
In celebration of tomorrow being the 4th of July, we had a sports day and bbq today at the Egberts.  The sisters were all in charge of planning the sports day and it was super fun.  We had a huge water balloon fight, some relay races and a volleyball tournament.  The field was super muddy though so it ended up being mud volleyball haha it was a blast.  And then Sister Egbert stuffed us with hot dogs and strawberry shortcake.  It was a 4th of July to remember!
Missions are the BEST.
Love,  Sister Kimball
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