Week 54 ~ Happy Easter

Hello Everyone! 

This week has been great.  Other than I have been sicker than a dog.  So excuse if I seem pretty out of it for this email because I am pretty drugged up and exhausted because I haven’t been able to sleep much this week. 

First off, HAPPY EASTER!  Here in Trinidad, Easter is a 5 day holiday.  That’s why I wasn’t able to email yesterday.  Everything was shut down. 

This week was so fun because I got to be with my greenie named Sister Woodbury 🙂 She is such an awesome missionary!  It felt like she came pre-trained haha.  I think I learned more from her that she did from me.  She was called English, but last minute got her language changed to Spanish.  So she just came from the Dominican Repulic MTC.  And she came with a nasty head cold so that is why I got sick.🙃  All is well though.  We just took a lot of cold medicine and were still able to go out and work.  Although both of our voices were gone so that was a challenge.  Especially calling into peoples houses hahahah. I honestly sound like a man. 😂  

Sister Woodbury’s MTC companion went with Sister Jenkins and we split our area in half. It’s been super fun.  Sister Jenkins and Sister Burrup were in the downstairs apartment that has been empty for awhile.  We would get together for 12 week training and have group role plays which was a blast.  It’s been really nice to blitz our area because we have been able to find like crazy.  We found some really awesome people!  One in particular… Allen.  Allen is an older man that totally looks like a rasta.  He has one giant dread down to the ground.  It’s pretty nasty honestly.  We called into his house and he let us into his gallery to teach him.  I for sure thought he was going to start going off about God being a lion and Bob Marley and all that.  But he actually is Christian and is really really smart.  The next time we came back he had read the whole tract and he even knew who Aaron and Melchizedek are and completely understand what the Priesthood is!  He’s a gem.   

Even though I am sad that Sister Woodbury had to leave me so soon (took her to the airport this morning), I have some super exciting news.  Remember my friend from up north named Rebeka?  Yeah she is my new companion!!!  She is visa waiting here until she gets her papers cleared to go to Jamaica.  I am so excited!!!  When I was up north and was her missionary I always told her that she was going to visa wait and I was going to train her hahaha and now it is actually happening! 

We had zone conference this week and it was all on the Gathering of Israel. Whenever I feel the spirit really strongly I get a headache (its’s a real thing, I promise haha) and I definitely had a spiritual headache after ZC.  I love being a missionary and being a part of God’s work.  It feels so good to be a part of something so important.  President and Sister Egbert invited all the locals that have there mission calls to Trinidad.  It was really cool to have them there.  I am excited to see what happens with Trinidad in the next few months. We had a leadership meeting right before zone conference and president told me and the other elders there that will be going home with me that we are going to play a big role in the transition of Trinidad becoming a “local missionaries” mission.  I am excited!  I trust God and know that He has a plan. 

Love you all so much!  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and remembered the true meaning of why we celebrate. 

Sister Kimball 

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Week 53 ~ “He Teefed My Book or Mormon!”

Dear Family,                                                                                                                          April 10, 2017

I feel like I was just barely at the internet cafe  to email you all!  It’s so true that on your mission, days feel like a week and a week feels like a day.  It’s scary how fast time is moving. 

This week was soooo good!  Sister Jenkins and I finished our old contact area and started a new one which means…. we did tons of contacting this week.  And we have the sunburns to prove it! 😂  At the beginning of my mission, contacting terrified me.  But now it’s probably become one of my favorite things about missionary work.  Walking around meeting strangers is ALWAYS interesting, especially here in Trinidad haha.  We met some really cool people.  We met one man named Ray.  We called into his house and he came out and we got the typical “What are two white girls doing at my door?” look. haha… every time.  But we started to introduce the message and he decided to let us in.  We were able to share a message with him and the Spirit was undeniably there.  Even though he seemed super apprehensive about us at first, the Spirit softened his heart and when we asked when we could come back and share more he said, “Anytime!  I really enjoyed this.” Man, the Spirit is good.  We are dropping back tomorrow:) 

On Friday night we took a recent convert, named Angel (not her real name, but that’s what she goes by haha) out teaching with us.  We were going to go see the Alexander’s with her. (Sidenote: They are doing great and loved General Conference!) but Sister Alexander was sick so they had to cancel 😦  So we were looking through our planners, trying to figure out who else we could visit when Angel said, ” I have a friend in your area that I have been talking about the Gospel with, can we go visit her?” ….. WHAT!  You don’t get member referrals very often so of course we said, “YES!  WHERE DOES SHE LIVE?  WE WILL GO NOW!” haha.  Her friend’s name is Sarah.  Her parents passed away when she was small so she has been raised by her grandparents.  We were able to teach her and her grandparents, the grandparents were slightly crazy, but oh my goodness Sarah is so awesome!  She is the sweetest girl and so prepared.  The lesson we had with her was sooo good.  We are so excited to go back and visit her this week.  I know that most of you on my group email live in Utah where mostly everyone is LDS, but it doesn’t matter… DO MEMBER MISSIONARY WORK.  It’s the best.  And it makes missionary hearts happy 🙂 

OH and crazy story…right after we taught Sarah, we went to see Brother Benjamin.  As soon as we walked up he said,”Sisters…something tragic happened!”  He went on to tell us this big long story about how he got set up and robbed while collecting money that he loaned to a friend.  And you know what he was most upset about?… “I am not mad about the money.  I am just vexed cuz he teefed (Trini word for stole) my BOOK OF MORMON!”    haha Brother Benjamin is my idol. 

Tomorrow Sister Jenkins and I will be getting our greenies.  But of course since this is the Trinidad, Port of Spain Mission there is some more craziness to be added!  So my really good friend Rebekah from up north is going to be a visa waiter here in this mission because she hasn’t gotten cleared as yet to go to Jamaica (where she was assigned to) AND Sister Montenegro has to come back to Trinidad for a few weeks for more immigration stuff.  So we don’t have all the details worked out, but Sister Jenkins and I might be training in trios…two greenies at a time.😅  So we will have 6 sisters to one area…. not really sure how this is all going to work out.  Mom, I have used your ever so famous quote, “It’s all going to work out” so many time this week to Sister Jenkins hahaha. 😂 

Another really exciting thing is… there were two people from Trinidad assigned to serve HERE IN TRINIDAD.  Yeah know how in Haiti they only have locals serving as missionaries?  Yeah we think that is what is going to happen in Trinidad.  Luckily there is a pretty good amount of young adults planning to go on missions here soon.  I am not sure how it will all work, but God is good and He has a plan for this wonderful crazy island 🙂 

Love you all.  Have a wonderful week. 

Sister Kimball

Week 52 ~ Conference, Round 3

Dear Family, 

I feel like every single time I go to write my email, I always want to start it with, “This week was crazy!” I guess thats what you get when you are in the Trinidad, Port of Spain Mission.  I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂 

Update on the Alexander’s:

Sister Egbert came to our lesson with them.  We had a wonderful lesson focused on the Book of Mormon and having faith to find answers.  As always in the Alexander home, the Spirit was so strong. They watched Conference together in their home so I am really excited to meet with them this week and see what answers they received through listening to our modern day prophets and apostles 🙂  

Speaking of Conference… oh my.  I love conference as a missionary.  I feel really lucky because most sisters only get 3 on their mission, but I get 4 because there was one the week I entered the MTC and their will be one during my last week before I go home.  Of course I miss Conference Sundays at home, but I sure am going to miss watching it in the tiny chapel, with crappy internet service, with all the windows open and fans going and hearing the palm trees and wind, and most importantly watching it with the amazing members.  I love it so much.  OH on the Saturday session though, the internet at the church wasn’t working so President invited all of us South Sisters to come watch it at the Egbert home!  Which is always good because  A) air conditioning  B) I love the Egbert’s. and  C) I love Sister Egbert’s food haha. 

This year was the first time I went into Conference with questions that I wanted answered. I walked out with every single question answered and more.  It kind of felt like drinking out of a fire hose of spiritual water haha.  I now regret always sleeping through it back home.

Another really cool thing that happened this week was I got to have an interview with President ON my year mark!  It was a super emotional interview.  Because well, President is always emotional and also because I was super emotional due to the fact that I only have 6 months left of my mission.  I know that in normal time, that might seem long, but in mission time that will seem like a week.  It’s been really cool to look back on this amazing year of my life.  I am filled with nothing but gratitude.  President and I were talking about how all the English sisters that were called after me, will never make it to the mission here and are being reassigned to somewhere in the states.  I remember when I received the promptings to go way earlier than planned and I second guessed and resisted that prompting for so long.  I am so grateful that Heavenly Father basically shoved me into the field when He did.  I can’t imagine being anywhere else. 

Sister Jenkins and I will be getting our greenies on the 11th of this month and will be in a week long blitz.  I am so pumped!  We are going to work this area so hard and find so many prepared souls 🙂 plus I am really excited to train…for a week haha! S o stay tuned because the rest of this transfer is going to be crazy 🙃

Love you all! 

Love, KaeKae 

IMG_0143Mom, I told ya I would come home with dreads. 

IMG_0152My shower water 😂

IMG_0155Conference set up.