Week 4 ~ Fort Collins, CO ~ The British Are Coming!

This week was much more overwhelming than the week I entered the MTC!! But it’s been so great. Last Monday night me and all my roommates were Leaving at different times of the night so I didn’t get a wink of sleep. I left at 4:30 a.m. The group I was with was the elders and sisters going to the Fort Collins mission and the twin falls mission. Plus me, Caden, and another visa waiter going to Samoa. We were all scattered on the plane and it felt so weird to be sitting alone and not having sister Tui right next to me! I was so tired though that I was knocked out before we even took off haha! Next thing I knew, everyone was getting up and getting their stuff out of the over head bins. πŸ˜‚

When we got off the plane we met the mission president and his wife! President and sister Brown. I’ll be honest, they kind of terrified me the first day. President Brown is super strict and intimidating. But later that night when I had my interview with him he explained that why he is so strict is because he knows that the rules keep us safe and have better success as missionaries. Apparently before he came to the mission, it was a very disobedient mission. But he’s cracked the whip so now its a very successful mission. So he obviously knows what he’s doing.

Tuesday was mostly just filled with orientation. Nothing exciting. Later that night we had a fireside type thing with some recent converts. It was so awesome! They sat and told us their stories. One was a family that took the discussions for 8 years!! They were the cutest family and I’m pretty sure their 14 year old daughter knows the more about the gospel than I do.

The next day we met our trainers! My trainer, Sister Robinson, grew up in east London so she has an awesome accent!! (Hence the subject line) I love her accent so much. Me and Katie always talked in English accents (not really sure why haha) and so when I am with sister Robinson, which is 24/7, I sometimes catch myself talking with an accent hahaha. Don’t worry, I gave her for warning that that might happen. She is so great!! I am so happy I was blessed with a great trainer! She makes everything fun and we had a really great first week. Apparently before Sister Robinson, this area was basically dead. But her and her last companion helped with the first baptism in Berthoud in 2.5 years! We have so much work to do and our schedule is always packed! We have about 10 investigators and a bunch of less actives that we are working with. We were able to get into 2 homes this week that haven’t been letting the missionaries in for months AND we got another appointment with them for this week! It was a huge miracle. (We bribed them with homemade cookies.)

We live with a couple from our ward named the Huffs. I thought that living with another family would be way weird but I love them so much, they are so great!! All their kids are out of the house so we are basically their kids now lol. They are some of the funniest people I know. They own a movie theatre cleaning company so their house is filled with all sorts of interesting props like giant Alvin and the chipmunk characters haha they are interesting people and I love them so much! I like living with members because coming home at night kind of feels like coming home to a family!

We visited a less active couple on Thursday named the Mangeris. And guess what! Sister Mangeris taught us how to “worship hula” and it was so fun hahahah basically it’s hula dancing to songs about Jesus.πŸ‘ŒπŸ½ She is a 72 year old frail lady and she is giving us dance lessons!πŸ˜‚ I would send the video we took but Sister Mangeris says we aren’t good enough to send home and also we have to be in our “worship hula costumes” that she is making for us hahahah (don’t worry, they will be missionary versions of hula outfits lol) After our worship hula sesh, we had a really good discussion about the Godhead and was able to clear up a lot of confusion that she had which was great πŸ™‚ Her and her husband came to church this week so that was awesome! they are the cutest couple.

One of my favorite things we do is visiting sister Morris. Sister Morris is completely active but she was never married and suffers from night terrors. So we go visit her before she goes to bed to keep her company and share a spiritual thought because it helps her sleep. She is such a sweet and humble lady and has taught me so much already! Plus she has a really cute dog that snuggles up to me every time :’)

I have loved Colorado so far! I have been able to tract in sketchy trailer parks, meet big tattooed Navajo men, teach a man that looks like Santa Claus, try chicken and waffles, play intense bingo with old people, be told Mormons aren’t Christians and don’t believe in Jesus, topple over on a bike that is three inches too tall for me (in public), and break teaching records with Sister Robinson! And I’ve loved every second of it.

I love you all! Remember to pray always, it will make a huge difference in your life. It has mine!

Peace and blessings 🀘🏼✌🏼
Sister Kimball

Ps. 2138 Elmwood street Bethoud Colorado 80153 is my address for letters!

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Last Picture with my District in the MTC:)
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Introducing….Sister Robinson, My Trainer! She’s from East London. Β Hence, The British Are Coming!! And she’s AWESOME!!!
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Latest Investigators! Β  Mom, “I love how she’s in her jammies and still has her tag on!”
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Week 3 ~ Provo MTC

Well okay wow what an amazing last week here at the MTC! I can’t believe my time is up here! I feel like I have been here for two days. I honestly don’t understand why people hate the MTC so much. I have had so many amazing experiences here and my conversion unto Christ has grown so much in such a short time! Not to mention I have made life long best friends and have also picked out about 3 eligible sisters for my brother to marry hahahaha.

Friday morning after breakfast when we got to class, our teacher told us she switched the normal schedule around so we were having study time at the beginning of class instead of the end of class. So me and Sister Tui packed up our stuff and headed out to the couches in the hallway to study. (our district is way to loud and funny to get anything done most days.) So we were out there studying for a lesson we had with our teacher as a mock investigator. We had about a half hour to prepare. So as we were sitting there, this little adorable Guatemalan man gets off the elevator and sits down on one of the couches across from us. He didn’t have a gold name tag on (which means he isn’t hired to be an investigator) so we striked up conversation with him (which was challenging because his English was hard to understand.) and asked him what he was doing there. He was waiting for his sister missionaries to come teach him! Sometimes injured missionaries come to the MTC to serve and they teach their lessons here in the MTC so we assume that’s why he came here for the lessons. Well they were very late so we kept talking to him to keep him company. He started asking us about our callings as missionaries and then just kept asking us more and more questions about our beliefs. Well we looked at our watches and figured his missionaries weren’t going to show up so we ran into our classroom, told the other sisters that they needed to go teach Jackie (our investigator/teacher) and ran back to Jose. We pulled up out chair and started teaching him the plan of Salvation because he just recently lost his mother and misses her a lot. He started crying when we told him that not only will he be able to see her again and be with her for forever, but she will have the chance to except the gospel, even though she didn’t have the chance here on this earth. I’ve never felt the spirit so strongly. I believe that the reason why we needed to teach Jose that lessons was because Sister Tui lost her mom a couple years ago, she was able to testify to him that she knows that she will see her mom again, all thanks to the atonement of Jesus Christ. Then he looked at me and said “Sister Kimball, what is the atonement?”… Needless to say, we had a very amazing discussion with him. Sadly we couldn’t finish because he had to go but he said “This is a very great moment for me. You have confirmed to me that what the other Sisters told me is true, that I will be able to see my mother again” We let him know that that wasn’t us confirming that to him but it was the spirit testifying to him that it was true. He thanked us probably 20 times haha he is so sweet. We ran into him again this morning! He was with the sisters that were suppose to be there that morning to meet with him. We got to stop by and talk for a bit and he was with his wife so we got to meet her which was awesome πŸ™‚ He asked for our emails so hopefully we can keep in touch!

My visa hasn’t come so I will be heading to Colorado for a transfer and Sister Tui will be going to Ogden. We aren’t sad about having to visa wait, but we are sad we are being split up 😦 I am going to miss her so much! Most people think that visa waiting is such a terrible thing but it’s just all in your attitude (and your patience). The way we are looking at it is: We made promises to our brothers and sisters in the preexistence that we would find them and teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ, and well some of our people ended up in Colorado/Ogden πŸ™‚ I hear temp mission are way fun and plus, we get to experience two missions now πŸ™‚ Pretty awesome blessing when you really look at it. I am so excited to get into the field! I have absolutely loved the MTC and learned SO much, but I am very excited to get out of these gates, eat real human food, and not be in a classroom for 9+ hours a day! Also, I am way excited to teach real people and be done with role playing a million times a day…. Sister Tui always acts as this evil investigator named Norah and just roasts me and then laughs as she watches me struggle with figuring out what to say hahahaha. Probably one of my favorite things about the MTC has been meeting so many different people from so many different places around the world. Because Sis. Tui is tongan, I think I have met every single Poly here, and if they are Tongan she is always either related to them somehow or knows their family haha it’s crazy!

I heard an analogy this week from one of the sisters in my district that I loved:
Imagine us as a cute little cottage and God as a renovator. We are perfectly happy as a cottage and he comes in and knocks down walls, tears the flooring up, pulls the roof off.. Etc. We think, “What in the world are you doing to me????” He responds, “Just trust me, I know what I am doing.” So we wait through all the discomfort until one day we realize he made us a beautiful mansion. A mansion we could have never dreamed of becoming on our own.

As people, we are really good at finding comfort zones. Heavenly Father knocks our feet out from underneath us sometimes and it takes us right out of our comfort zones. It is so good for us though. It’s the kind of good that is hard to see when all we see is ourselves as a pile of rubble. He will help you. Don’t worry about that. Be patient with yourself and he will refine you and lead you. You don’t have to refine yourself. Sometimes I think we take it upon ourselves to refine ourselves. Yet, he has a plan for us. Our job is to listen to the spirit so that we know which way to go. Listen to him, because he knows you better than anyone. Entering the MTC completely took me out of my comfort zone. As it does to everyone! You get thrown into a crazy schedule of waking up at 6 a.m., having 16 hour days, being thrown into a room with strangers and being put with someone you don’t know that you have to be with 24/7, role playing is way weird at first, and so is bearing your testimony to strangers every day. But I am so happy I decided to serve a mission. Being a missionary is the greatest privilege and opportunity I have ever had in my life. I literally get to be a representative of Jesus Christ and serve others all day every day. The MTC took me so far from my comfort zone and because of it I have grown so much. I wouldn’t have changed anything about it. Now on to being pushed out of my comfort zone even more…. I get to leave the cocoon of the MTC and get into the real world and I couldn’t be more excited!

Love you all!

I forgot to put this in my group email but pretty cool experience:

Last P-day me and sister Tui were in the temple just getting ready to head into a session when Sister Tui grabs my arm and says in a yelling whisper “YUI YUI YUI!” I looked at her like she was crazy because I had no idea what was going on, but she grabbed my face and pointed it in the direction to where our “investigator” was standing! Our little Japanese TRC was standing there! We aren’t suppose to know if they are LDS or real investigators until we are out of the MTC so we won’t tell any missionaries that may have them to teach. But seeing her in the temple kind of gave it away lol. Usually you can tell if a TRC is LDS or a real investigator but with Yui, we could never really tell. So seeing her took us by surprise! We were in a hurry so we only were able to give her a big hug and then run to make our session. After the session while we were in the Celestial room Yui came in and sat down with us! We were able to talk to her for awhile which was so great. We always talk about how we should always imagine our investigators in white, so in the moment, we kind of got a taste of what that was like! It was so great. Also, she served her mission in Logan!!! She said she almost broke character when I told her I was from Logan because she got so excited. Yui is the cutest human being ever and I am so happy I had he privilege to have her as a TRC!

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Last Walk to the Temple
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My District ~ Provo Temple
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Our District plus our amigo, Elder White
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Sportin’ our Trinidad t-shirts and both got cookies from home on the same day! Thx Moms!
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I think I was Tongan in my pre earth life:)

Week 2 ~ Provo MTC

Hi everyone!

I don’t have a ton of time to write today so this might be short.

I am still loving the MTC! The days all blur together… I really can’t ever remember what day it is haha. The days fly by even though they are such long days! I love being here and learning so much!

Since I don’t have much time to write I thought I would just write about the best part of the week! So here in the MTC we have what we call TRC investigators. Basically they give you two random TRC’s each week and you don’t know if they are LDS or actual investigators. But you just go with it and teach the lessons. So last week me and Sister Tui had a girl named Jessy. Well, we could tell with Jessy that she wasn’t acting and that she was a real investigator. Let me tell you about Jessy; She is extremely talkative and bubbly (we could hardly get the lessons in some days), she is from Georgia and has gone through more than anyone I know. I would tell you her crazy life story but it’s pretty personal (she didn’t tell us until the last day) and it’s not my story to tell. But just know, that she has basically been on her own since we was 9 years old and has gone through way more than anyone should ever have to go through. About a year ago she googled “Best cities to start over” and SLC was number one on the list. She packed up her bags and headed over here. Pretty courageous right? Yeah, she is amazing. So anyways, since she is in Utah, most of her friends are LDS including her “friendddd” named Michael. Well when she first got here she didn’t have a good experience with some LDS people and she worded it like this “I feel like people here work their way into heaven, but in the south, everyone loves their way into heaven”. Now me and Sis. Tui always say “Don’t work your way to your Heavenly Father, love your way to Him” It’s our new motto. Anyways, she then met some really nice LDS kids through intramural sports and decided she was being judgemental. So she decided to come to the MTC to really learn about the church. We were privileged enough to be her missionaries on her second week of being here πŸ™‚ She was really struggling to believe that God cares about her as an individual so we focused on that a lot. Every lesson went great and we were able to connect with her so well. She really became a best friend to us. On our last lesson we made her a scripture jar (put all of our favorite scriptures on little pieces of paper in a jar) because she has a hard time just reading straight through. Then we gave her a journal that said on the front “what you learn now is preparing you for something great” and we told her to pull out a scripture every day and write down what she learned/felt. She looked at us and just started crying and told us how much she loved us and how much that meant to her! We all cried on our last lesson. So then we decided it couldn’t be goodbye just yet and decided that we were going to come see her the next day during personal time. When we went and saw her she was so excited to tell us something! Long story short, her cousin was having a hard time with something so Jessy text her and bore her testimony that God loves her and that this church is true!!! And sent her a link to the book of mormon app!!! She read the text to us and it was the most beautiful testimony. She is already being a missionary! She has to meet with the provo missionaries but she is getting baptized! She for real is going to join the church! When she read us that text me and Sis. Tui were both in tears. And then she told us how much we have effected her life and how much she loves us. Jessy is the most amazing person I know. She is a perfect example of faith. Even though she has been through so much, she has faith in the her Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. She taught me way more than we taught her! I love her so much! I love this gospel. I feel so privileged to be a missionary and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Anyone that is thinking about a mission…. JUST GO! You won’t regret it.

That was definitely the highlight of the week. Probably the hardest part of the week is that my district discovered that I am probably the jumpiest and most easily scared person on this planet. Now they hide behind doors in the hallway and jump out and scare me. I never thought I would be afraid of walking the hallways of the MTC hahahha it’s a struggle.

Me and Sister Tui still are the best of homies. We always tell people “yeah we are basically twins, but one is brown and one is white.” hahah she is so awesome!

So I don’t know if my visa is going to come in time, and if it doesn’t then I will be serving my temp mission in Fort Collins! And GUESS WHAT! That’s where Elder Caden Humphrey is going for his temp mission until his visa comes! haha I just can’t get away from the kid!! πŸ˜‚

Anyways, I love you all. Stay in school. Don’t do drugs. Remember who you are and what you stand for.
Sister Kimball.
Quote from Sister Tui this week: “Girls only have to serve 18 months because we get the work done that takes elders 24 months to get done”

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JESSY ~ First Teaching Opportunity!
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Signed beam for new MTC addition!

Week 1 ~ Provo MTC

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Well, I survived my first week as a missionary!!! And my survived I mean I LOVED my first week as a missionary! I seriously love this place.
Okay, so I’ll start from the first day. My parents dropped me off at the curb (not a fun goodbye) and then an elder grabbed my bags for me and told me to go in a building to get my name tag and he would be outside waiting with my bags. So I got inside and it was like a maze with old people at every corner telling me where to go. Haha I’m sure I looked like a deer in the headlights. I eventually found my way to where I got my name tag and books and everything. When I went outside to get my bags, guess who was standing there! Elder Caden Humphrey! (Me and Joel’s really good friend) It was really nice to see a familiar face! He took me to my building and showed me my classroom. I see him everyday now, he gives me good MTC tips like how to get through cafeteria lines faster lol.
Once I got all settled into my class, my companion walked in! πŸ™‚ I call her sister Tui because well her last name is Tu’ihalangingie. Good luck trying to pronounce that haha I’ve been trying for a week and she just laughs at me every time. Sister Tui is 23, Tongan, plays rugby, grew up in Oakland, has some way sick tribal tattoos and has that Tongan sass, and I LOVE HER! She is also going to Trinidad with me. She seriously is so awesome and we get along so great. We are praying that we get to be together again in Trini. She makes me laugh so hard. During conference whenever one of the speakers said something awesome she would lean over and say “yo that’s tight.” and during out comp study whenever she reads anything cool she hands me her book and says “yo sister Kimball, read this part, it’s dope”. hahaha she is so awesome. We are known as the twins of the group because we always say things at the exact same time. I am so blessed to have her as my companion! She has the strongest testimony and has helped me understand and learn so much. Right now we are really focusing on studying Christ’s life so we are reading Jesus the Christ (highly recommend.) and it’s strengthened my testimony on the atonement and love for my Savior so much.
The other girls in my room are awesome too. Sister Bussell, me and her hit it off when we both pulled all our doterra oils out our bags hahaha. She is hilarious! Last night at midnight when we should have been asleep, I hear her eating something and she goes “anyone wanna come crawl in my bed and eat chick biscuit crackers with me?” hahaha we all busted up laughing. Sister Stratton just got here a few days ago, she had a family death so she had permission to come later. She is way cute. And then sister Lainheart, she is the mom of the group. She always makes sure we are on time and doing what we are suppose to haha she is awesome. Our room is way fun.
So a normal day here is way long but goes really fast, we have at least 6 hours in the class room and 4 or 5 hours of personal/companion study. We leave our rooms at 7 am and don’t get back until 9:30 at night. It’s tiring, but I LOVE it. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I seriously have never been so happy, which is surprising because I’m so tired and usually I am so grumpy when I am tired haha.
OK now the important part….. CONFERENCE! Being in the MTC for conference was amazing. My favorite talks were Elder Duncan (everyone in the world should study that talk) and Elder Holland (as always) I took like 8 pages of notes. My favorite quotes were: “Judge righteously, not self righteously.” and “The beautiful thing about the gospel is we get credit for trying, even when we don’t succeed.” I have lots more but I forgot my notebook.
Ok my favorite part of the whole entire week was after the last session of conference. We first had a devotional by BYU Vocal Point! It felt like Mormon glee lol. They are amazin! So that was really awesome and, in the words of Elder KImball, the spirit was bumpin’. . After that we watched a MTC talk by David A. Bednar…. this talk literally changed my life and how I will serve my mission. It was on Christ like attributes. He talked about how the natural man inside all of us, always turns in (focuses on ourselves and our needs.) whenever something bad happens in our life. But Christ turns outward. He serves others instead of saying “help me, focus on me. I need help” like most of us do. For example, in the Garden of Gethsemane, after he felt all the sin pain for all of us, he came back to find his three followers asleep and another betrayed him. When the guards try to take him, peter cuts off the guards ear with a sword. And what does Christ do? He heals the guards ear. The guard that is taking him to be crucified. Christ always turned outwards and served, no matter the circumstances. In Elder Bednar’s talk he said (very loudly) “GET OVER YOURSELF!!! The mission isn’t about you.” Yeah, he was pretty blunt. But seriously BEST TALK EVER. It made me want to go serve the entire world. Me and my companion the next day had such a good day because we focused all on our investigators (oh yeah we have 3 investigators, One if a mock investigator, our teacher. and the other two aren’t members. One is from Japan and has no concept of God and the other is Jessy! she is AMAZING. She has gone through so much and came to SLC to start over.) My main focus is to completely put myself to the side. And focus all my energy on those I’m serving. I love this gospel and our Savior. I know without a doubt it’s true and I am so thankful that I have the opportunity and privilege to serve.
I love you all!
Sister Kimball.
ps, thanks to everyone who wrote me! I don’t have time so I will print off the emails and write you back next week! Also it’s best to write me through dearelder.com. It gets printed and given to me the day after you send it.image4

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