Wow, this week was amazing and EXHAUSTING. Trinidad is under a heat wave this week and holy crap, I have never been so hot in my entire life. The heat has taken it out of me and every night this week I am asleep before my head even hits the pillow…. seriously. Pray that I won’t melt away.
Regardless of the heat, I am still completely in love with this place and the people. We saw so many miracles this week! I’ll share some of my favorites:
Ricardo and Ventra. Ricardo is the less active man that the drunk guy led us to that I talked about a couple weeks back. We tried to meet with him like 3 times, but he kept duckin’ us. But then all the sudden he called us and said his wife and him would love to meet with us later that evening. OH MY GOODNESS they are so awesome. Ricardo hasn’t been to church so teaching him was like teaching an investigator and his wife is the cutest. She was raised Hindu, but said “I don’t follow it… it makes absolutely no sense.” She also has like 3 master degrees. The lesson with them was one of the best lessons I have ever had. The spirit was so strong. I am so excited to teach them! Transfers are in 2 weeks and I pray I don’t get transferred… but I have been here for 4.5 months now so… there is a good possibility I will be leaving my beloved El Dorado 😦
We taught her last transfer and then she literally dropped of the face of the planet. We could not get ahold of her and even her friends that are in the ward couldn’t get ahold of her. I guess she went into hibernation because she got zika. Shucks. But she called us and asked to meet again. She will be baptized just now. Seriously she is so prepared. And also probably the prettiest Trinidadian I have ever seen.
Kevin. The most golden investigator.. the only struggle he has is making it to church and he is trying to quite smoking. He use to smoke 2 packs a day. Ouch. But since we taught him the Word of Wisdom, which was over 2 weeks ago, he has not smoked ONE CIGARETTE!!! When we taught him the WOW we challenged him to pray and read the BOM every time he feels to smoke. He now doesn’t even have the desire to smoke. Isn’t that amazing? Gospel is true people. If he gets out to church the next couple weeks he will be baptized on November 20th. Pray for him please 🙂
Sister Kimberly. (Still the only thing Trini’s call me Lol)
The first 3 pictures are how we get into a board house of our investigator named Russell.
My girl, Antonia
Curry and Rice….So much curry!
Crazy story….This is a less active member, Renold. He is a stud. Well, about 2 months ago he found out he had 2 kids who’s mom had abandoned them in the bush so he fought for custody and is taking care of them. He is such a good dad! Those kids are lucky.
Alright, I’ll just get right into it.
Veronica missed her confirmation this week… every missionaries worst nightmare. So after church we went to check on her. Turns out she spent the day in the hospital with some nasty virus and high blood pressure… pretty good excuse I guess hahah! I swear, the adversary is working SO HARD on that woman. S he has had lots of trials thrown her way since she has found the gospel… GET THEE HENCE SATAN. But she is staying strong in the faith and plans on being confirmed next week 🙂
On Thursday the ward put together a less active visit. (Only about 20% of the ward is active… ouch) so we all meet up at a designated place and Bishop gives us some papers with named and addresses and we divide and conquer. Rebekah came with us which is always a party. And super helpful because she actually knows her way around haha! We had five names but only found one… all the others moved or maybe even died, who knows. haha. But the one we found was a miracle! We only had a street name so we found the street… which was a hill up in a bushy area. We didn’t have a house number so we just got out and started asking people if they knew a Ricardo…. some guy said, “There are 5 Ricardo’s in this area.” hahaha AWESOME. But we kept looking. Then some drunk guy started talking to us and said he knew who we were looking for and told us to follow him…. It was the best lead we had so we just went with it. AND THE DRUNK GUY TOOK US TO THE RIGHT RICARDO! Honestly it was a miracle. He was about 30 and hasn’t been to church since he was little. He invited us back and committed to come to a fireside 🙂 God truly does give us so much guidance in this work… even if it is through old drunk guys;)
Sister Masciantoni and I were out contacting this week and we passed a house with ginormous Hindu flags. Sister Masciantoni goes “Lets contact it. Should be interesting.” haha I was up for the adventure so we went. We walking down the street to the home and it had some scriptures and weird symbols painted on the walls and “Jesus never fails” painted across the wall. So we thought ok…. Hindu Christian maybe? But we were so wrong… some guy in his 20’s came out and just had the biggest smile on his face and was super happy to talk with us. We asked him about the home and I guess he and his family are “Orshida Baptist” and there home was also the church and the temple. We asked if we could see the rest of it and he said “Really? Most people are too scared to come in” …… SKETCH. We went anyway. (don’t kill me mom) So he showed us around. He showed us the baptismal pool which is also where “women spirits come to bathe” and then he showed us a room where they preform animal sacrifice… it was lit with candles, stained with blood and there were all sorts of swords hung on the wall. Then he took us to a prayer shack. The floor was made of cement, olive oil and cow feces because “the spirits like it more.” And last but not least. He showed us (but wouldnt let us enter) a room where “they go to the underworld” Super creepy room. We got out of there pretty fast. The same day a drunk old guy grabbed me and kissed my neck. HAHAHA WHAT IS THIS CRAZY ISLAND I AM LIVING ON! ????
Despite all the craziness, I love this place. I love this work and I love this Gospel. I have never felt so close to my Savior and felt so much guidance in my life. I couldn’t do this work without it. I am so grateful for this Gospel. I am SO grateful I decided to go on a mission. It’s not the easiest thing in the world, but it’s the best thing in the world.
Love you all.
Sister Kimball 🙂
Veronica on her baptism day 🙂
Being led by the drunk guy…
The steel pan guy I talked about last week!
Sister Ortiz on our exchange… the rain won’t stop us from contacting. 👊
John…our Rasta investigator
Role playing…contacting at district meeting hahaha I love being a missionary!
This week was amazing!
First off… VERONICA WAS BAPTIZED 🙂 It was honestly super stressful because she had to up and leave and go to Tobago all week and was coming back late Friday night and she had no phone so we had no contact with her all week:/ We were just praying she would show up Saturday morning. And of course, she did. I shouldn’t have even been nervous. It’s Veronica! She is amazing and she was so prepared for the Gospel. I will never forget the day we met her. Sister Palmer and I had been focusing on one neighborhood for contacting. We had every appointment fall through during the HOTTEST part of the day, but we decided to go contacting anyway. She was the VERY LAST HOUSE we contacted in that neighborhood. We met her and set up a time to come back the next day. Our first lesson was seriously so spiritual and we just knew that she was prepared for the Gospel. And now she is the newest member of the Curepe Branch 🙂 I love her so much and I love this work because I have been able to watch her change as she has learned about the restored gospel. She is so happy. (I’ll send pics next week of the baptism. I can’t today because I am in the office and we aren’t allowed to put our cards into the computer to prevent viruses.)
CONFERENCE PEOPLE. WOW. I love conference. I feel bad that all growing up I took advantage of it and never really appreciated it. Honestly…. I just felt like it was “pajamas and mom cooks good food” Sunday haha. But wow, how lucky are we to hear from apostles and the prophet! I really loved Elder Uchtdorf’s talk about not taking the Gospel for granted. I know I sure did growing up. But now as a missionary I get to see on a daily basis how it blesses people’s lives and how they appreciate it so much because they have lived without it. DONT TAKE IT FOR GRANTED. We watched conference at the church and it DOWN POURED so we had to blast the speakers in order to hear the talks haha it was great! Oh and we had an investigator named Naresh show up which was a surprise! We met him a couple weeks ago… he sells coconuts so that’s how we met him haha. He talks SO FAST. I can hardly understand what he says. But I do know that he had a dream a few years ago about meeting two white girls and joining the “Utah church”…… wow. The Church is true people.
This week I got to go on an exchange with Sister Ortiz who is my Guatemalan homie. Honestly, I love her so much! She is in a Spanish area so I got to go to Spanish lesson! She taught me how to say my testimony in Spanish right before the lesson so I got to say something haha! I also could say “What’s up pumpkin head” in spanish because we all know how often dad said that to us growing up! hahah Thanks Padre 🙂 During the exchange we went to a lesson that was held at a pan yard…. Trinidad is home of the steel pan which is really cool drum thing. Look it up. We got to see a whole group perform! It was so cool. I love this island!
Love you fam! I think of every single one of you every day. Have a good week!