Monday, March 28, 2016

Week 5 in the Royal Zone

At district meeting on Tuesday Elder Montouto from Uruguay and I were practicing teaching. When I was done he compared me to a chicken and a cow. He literally said "You are like the chicken that gives eggs, and the cow that gives milk. You - Sister Kilsby - give tons of smiles and preach the gospel to people." So that's how I'm like a chicken and a cow.
Tuesday there was a dust storm. I thought it was so awesome, but my companion Sister Condie didn't think so much. I tried to go outside and get it in, but she freaked out because of all of my health issues I have going on. I found out I had a sinus infection, but I got medication for that so I'm good in the hood.
For most of the day Wednesday we went to a farm and stood knee deep in mud to pull weeds out of their garden. It was honestly so much fun until the Elders decided it would be fun for them to throw globs of mud at me. After we did service Sister Condie and I went home for training. I always wave and smile at everyone. So while we were driving into our apartment complex I smiled and waved at this guy smoking on the sidewalk. When we went to our car after training there was a piece of paper in my door handle. IT WAS A NOTE FROM THE GUY I WAVED AT. We gave his number to the Elders that cover our apartment complex. So Sister Condie and I have a running joke about me waving at people now haha
We went to the Easter Pageant again, and it was so amazing. It was just as good the second time as it was the first!
We do service for the town of Queen Creek every Thursday morning, and for some reason this week they made us rake rocks. So Arizona: the only place where it makes sense to rake out rocks for 4 hours.
Friday we had to wake up at 5 am to go to the Gilbert Temple. Sister Condie woke me up and I went straight to the car and fell asleep. Apparently I was only half asleep and was singing to Vocal Point as deep as I could. I was in the same temple session as Mrs. Hali and her husband, they're Mrs. Tabatha Tolbert's friends! This is the 3rd time in one week that I've seen them.  After the temple we went to kneaders then had a planning meeting. We were all so tired we just laughed and played the whole time. Elder Chandler's mom sent him tons of water guns and whoopee you can guess what we did for planning meeting. I'm sorry mom! I swear I work hard.
Saturday we had MORE service, and it was at Brother Martin's house. We pulled weeds and landscaped for 5 hours. Somehow out of the 7 Sisters and 8 Elders from my zone there I got "volunteered" to mow that lawn. Thank goodness I've had tons of practice on a riding lawn mower. Cool  fact about Brother Martin..he works with the Arizona Cardinals. So he told us that if he has players come stay with us that he would have us over for an FHE. 
I'm falling more in love with Arizona each and every day. 
I took the picture of the field to prove that Arizona isn't just dirt and cacti.
Also my companion hates that I take pictures so I took a not so flattering selfie of us.
A few people have asked why we don't wear our nametags on the left like every other missionary. They wear it on the left side over their hearts. As far as we and our mission president know..we're the only mission to wear our nametags on the right side to remind us to always choose the right and to be in the right place at the right time.
I hope everyone has a super super amazing week!!

Monday, March 14, 2016

From a sauna to an oven

So yesterday a new LDS Easter video came out. It is so amazing and incredible. I know that Jesus Christ died for our sins so that we can repent and live with our Father in Heaven again. The Atonement is such an amazing thing. I know that Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us with a burning, undying love. Please check out the video and share it with the hashtag #Hallelujah

So this past week Sister Condie and I picked up 2 new investigators!! One has read half of the Book of Mormon by herself without us asking her to which is amazing. Tuesday we had District Meeting and Thursday we had Zone Conference with 4 other zones. Apparently the whole mission can't get together all at once so they have to break us in half for Zone Conferences.
I completely jinxed myself last week by being so excited about not hurting myself on my bike because I crashed into 2 garbage cans at full speed. My luck.
One of out less active members is taking us to the Mesa Easter Pageant Wednesday, and I am so incredibly excited for that! Tonight my whole zone is going to the member's house who the movie the Saratov Approach is about.  So that should be super cool and interesting.
Somehow my trainer talked me into joining the mission choir. So now I get to grace over 1000 people with my (not) so lovely voice next Sunday night and the Gilbert Temple visitor's center. Pray for those people haha
So for the past 3 or 4 days the high has been in the 60's and 70's. Who knew that the 60s and 70s would call for sweaters and long sleeve shirts?!? Hints the sweater I'm wearing while riding my bike.
The Armstrongs have all the Elders and Sisters in the zone over for breakfast each Monday. Great Grandma Armstrong keeps calling me Sister Krispy because she doesn't like the last name Kilsby, but she's over 90 years there's NO WAY that I'm correcting here. She's super sassy for an elderly woman. She puts me in my place.
Tracting has been good until yesterday. Usually everyone is kind and is willing to listen to us even if they're not interested. We had 4 doors in a row literally slammed in our face. It's super discouraging, but I have to keep going. Keep trucking - it's all we can do.
I appreciate all of the letters, prayers, and love that I have received from all of you! It's what is helping me survive day to day. I love you all and hope yall have an amazing week!!

One picture is of the San Tan mountains, and the others of me are right before we went out to go tracting.