Week 46 ~ Hello Family & Friends!

This week was amazing!  Just as hectic as last, but it finally has slowed down for the last couple days.  The sister’s (last week that I was going to take to the airport) flight got cancelled for the 5th time.  President was in Suriname so I had to figure out where the sisters were going for the week.  But everything worked out.  Sister Ortiz, one of my best mission friends from Guatemala, was with Sister Jenkins and I for the week so it was super fun!  And finally, she and the other sisters finally made it to the ABC Islands a couple days ago.

Combining these two areas, Pleasantville and Marabella, has been pretty fun!  haha I have never had so many investigators.  It’s almost stressful because we have SO many people to see!

First, the Alexander’s.  They are from the Pleasantville area.  They are an older, married couple with 4 kids.  They are so amazing!  They are progressing pretty slow because they take the Gospel very seriously.  But they are so solid.  They love the Book of Mormon and always read what we leave for them.  We feel the spirit so strongly in there home.  It’s so cool.  Brother Alexander always gets goosebumbs during the lessons.  They came to church for the first time a couple weeks ago.  Unfortunately, it was Fast Sunday and some guy got up and removed his records from the church and made a big scene (haha Trinidad) so that weirded them out.  But they said they stayed and are still coming because “we felt such a calm and peaceful feeling when we walked in”.  They are so awesome!  haha  But they are testing my patience.  I just want them to get baptized already!  But they are still waiting for some answers.  Keep them in your prayers! 

Louanna Benjamin, Brother Benjamin’s daughter is on date for baptism next month!  She is seriously the cutest and smartest 11 year old.  It’s really sweet because she helps Brother Benjamin read the Book of Mormon everyday because he struggles with reading.  She said she prayed about the BOM and she feels like God told her to read it everyday with her dad and it will bless her family if she does.  Talk about a “very in tune with the spirit” 11-year old! 

We got to teach her and the other kids yesterday after church.  I love this family so much. Just pray that Sister Benjamin will soften her heart and meet with us. 

This coming week is Carnival here in Trinidad… wish me luck and keep me in your prayers! haha.  We will be locked inside in the evenings and possibly during the day… depending on how crazy it gets.  But like I’ve said, Trinidad drinks more alcohol that water… 

 Love you all so much!  Hope you all had a happy charity day this last week. 💕

Sister Kimball.

Ps… Excuse my poor English… I’ve been fighting it, but I am starting to speak like a Trini. haha.

 dscn33551.jpg

DSCN3358.JPGDSCN3368.JPG

Advertisements

Week 45 ~ PURE CHAOS.

Dear Family,

To explain my first week of being a Sister Training Leader…. PURE CHAOS.  I went to drop Sister Buckhave off at the mission home on Wednesday morning and when we walked in, President and Sister Egbert were on the phone is a panic.  All the flights had been cancelled so there were 4 missionaries that were going home that were stuck out in Curacao and the 4 Sisters being transferred to Curacao were stranded.  So president had me help him give temporary transfer calls for all the sisters.  Then the flights got cancelled 4 more times.  So they are still here!  I am taking them to the airport in just a couple hours so pray that the flights go through!  OH and we are in the process of moving apartments.  (A nicer one that the sister’s whose area got shut down use to live.) AND some sisters forgot to call into me and let me know they were in safe, so Sister Jenkins and I had to drive to there apartment at 10:30 at night and hop their fence in our dresses hahaha. They fell asleep and forgot to call in, but they were safe!😅 So yeah, it’s been a crazy week!  But that’s just mission life.  ESPECIALLY here in the Trinidad Port of Spain mission.  I love it 🙂  It’s always an adventure! 

Although this week was pretty crazy, It’s been a wonderful week 🙂  Our area is really starting to grow… literally, because we are combining another area into ours haha.  But we have found a lot of really cool people this week.  We have 3 people on date for baptism and many progressing!  I love this area so much.  Heavenly Father is truly preparing the hearts of the people here.  The gospel is true!  The only thing that brings me peace during the chaos of mission life is the Gospel and reading the Book of Mormon.  No doubt that the book is true. 

Sorry, I don’t have much time today! 

Love you all and thank you for all the emails and the throwback pictures!  haha mom and dad, I assume you were going through all the old  boxes of pictures!  I laughed so hard at them!  I was such a dweeb. 

Love, 

Sister Kimball

The Modeste kids stole my camera so get ready for an overload of cute black babies! 

The also love going through my bag and pretending to read the B of M.IMG_1313.JPGimg_1306

Oh and Sister Tui came over last p-day and made us some delicious Tongan drink. 

img_1295 

Week 44 ~ TRANSFERS!

Dear Family,

Heavenly Father is really good at knocking you right out of your comfort zone right when you start feeling comfortable!  Haha  The last couple weeks I felt like I finally had gotten the area and everything figured out.  Anddddd then transfer calls came…. I have been called as a Sister Training Leader for the whole island of Trinidad and have been asked to combine my area with another area that is being shut down due to the lack of missionaries being sent here (visa issues).  I won’t lie, I am pretty nervous because that is A LOT of responsibility and I am still the youngest sister in the mission so I feel very inadequate. But I am super excited at the same time.  It’s through challenges and responsibilites that we truly grow and become the person that Heavenly Father wants us to be. 

I actually got my transfer call a few days before everyone else did because I was at the doctor for my headaches (switching medicine because the last kind made me feel sick and tired) and President and Sister Egbert came with me.  After we left the doctors, I asked President if I HAD to take the medicine because my headaches haven’t been bad lately at all. (President is a doctor) President then said, “Well, your headaches are brought on by stress, right?  I suggest you take it for this coming transfer.”  haha  So I responded with “PRESIDENT, WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSE TO MEAN?!” Luckily he wasn’t going to leave me hangin, so I got my transfer call a week early, standing in the clinic parking lot haha. 

Sister Buckhave is leaving me this week!  I am so sad to see her go. S he is an awesome missionary.  But I once again will be killing my next companion.  My new companion is named Sister Jenkins and she is going home in 2 transfers (3 months).  I am becoming the cereal killer of the mission.😂  In two transfers, it will only be me, Sister Tui, and Sister Tuala left on the whole island.  One white girl and 2 polys. 👊  We aren’t sure what will happen at that point. We might get shipped out to the islands and have to learn Spanish and Papiamento our last 3 transfers….. oh bless.  This is craziness! 

Along with all the transfer craziness, we had a crazy week.  The medicine I took made me lathargic (I guess I am suppose to take it at night), so I was pretty out of it for a couple days hahaha.  But we saw lots of miracles this week.  Yesterday we were finally able to meet with a woman named Candice, who we taught the restoration to a few weeks back but everytime we tried to meet with her after that, she wasn’t home.  We were SO excited to finally be able to meet with her.  She had read A LOT of the Book of Mormon and she loved it!  So we went over her reading with her and then she said, “I looked up the Church online and I have some questions”…. I was so nervous because I knew she was about to spit a bunch of anti stuff at us.  And she did, but all we did to answer her questions (such as, are you racist? or sexist? ect.) was take her to scriptures in the Book of Mormon which answered all her questions.  The spirit was really strong.  Even though she had read a lot of anti stuff, her heart was really softened and she was willing to come to us before she believed those things online.  Candice is awesome!  The spirit was most definetly the teacher. 

This week we started to teach Brother Benjamin’s little 11 year old daughter!  Oh my goodness she is the sweetest and SMARTEST little girl.  She has come to church for a couple weeks ago and really loves it and loves to learn so she is excited to take the lessons. I can’t wait until the Benjamin family can one day be an eternal family 🙂

I ALMOST HIT AN IGUANA THIS WEEK.  Did I stop and cause a traffic jam until the little guy crossed safely?  Yes. 

Ok, that’s about all for this crazy week!  Love you all! 

Sister Kimball

img_1244

My little Antonio ♥

img_1257

Needless-to-say, the Trini kids love my blonde hair:)

For having so little, they are always SO happy ü

Week 43 ~ Trump & Aliens

Hello, Hello Everyone! 

My whole mission people have always told me that once you hit half way the last half goes by ten times faster than the first half.  I always thought, “But wait, the first half is already flying by??”  But wow, they were right.  I feel like I just barely hit my half way mark and then I blinked and here I am at my 10 month mark.  I was praying that with the new mission changes they were going to announce that girls could serve for 2 years haha. 

This week we had a world wide missionary broadcast!  They announced some big changes. Mostly changes with our daily schedule.  Bascially we don’t have a super set in stone schedule anymore, we still wake up at 6:30 and come in at 9, but everything in between we have a lot more freedom with planning our days.  I am really excited about it!  It’s not in effect as yet here in the Trinidad Port of Spain Mission because due to the amount of countries that are in this mission, a lot of the missionaries weren’t able to watch the broadcast and so President is waiting until MLC (where all the leaders fly in to Trinidad for a meeting) so that all the countries can discuss certain topics, like if it is safe enough for us to be out until 9 and things like that.  It will be different in each country.  So it won’t be in effect until this Friday!  But I am excited for the changes! 

This week Sister Buckhave had to go to Curacoa for a few days for immigration reasons.  So I was on an exchange up in Valsayn.  (North side of the island)  It was fun to be up there again!  But being out of my area for that long gave my anxiety. haha  I was worried about all my people down in Marabella!  But it was fun to see some North members.  We saw a member, Brother Williams and his two little kids.  I don’t think those kids had ever seen blue eyes or blonde hair because they were up in my face looking at my eyes and playing with my hair the WHOLE lesson.  haha  I love Trini kids! 

On Saturday, Sister Egbert spoiled all of us south sisters and took us to TGI Fridays!  Oh my goodness, I felt like I was in America.  I heard American music for the first time in forever and had American food (which tastes a little bland to me due to all the Trini pepper that has burned my taste buds off haha)!  And it felt like going out to lunch with mom and the girls 🙂  I love sister Egbert!  She honestly takes such good care of us!  After lunch, she came out teaching with me and Sister Buckhave.  We took her to see Brother Benjamin.  Oh it was such a spiritual lesson!  We talked about the Book of Mormon.  I have never seen someone so converted to the BoM than Benjamin.  He carries it everywhere with him and reads every morning and every night!  He is such stud! 

We finally were able to see Janell this week!  With being gone and her work schedule, we couldn’t see her for over a week.  Our lesson was a little sad with her.  She told us that she doesn’t want to marry Joel, but she wants to move out instead.  We aren’t sure what is going on with them.  But Janell still desires more than anything to be baptized.  We are praying really hard for her because she doesn’t exactly have anywhere to go.  But we know that God will provide. 

It’s been really interesting to be a missionary with all this “Trump” craziness, especially in a country full of Muslims.  I have heard some crazy things from some crazy people about what’s going on…. including things about aliens and space crafts in America. hahaha What the??  I am so happy to be in my missionary bubble. 

That’s all for the week! Love you all! 

Sister Kimball 

img_1189I want to take him home.  I love all the stray pups here haha. 

img_1129Last week for my birthday we went out to eat… first time since being in America! 😂

img_1207Dad, how’s your tan lines coming?😂

IMG_1110.JPGMy surprise birthday dinner with members in our branch!  ↑↓img_1113Sweet Esha. 

img_1088♥MY HEART♥