Week 64 ~ More Miracles

Dear Fam,

Sorry I am writing a day late again… ONCE AGAIN, it was a holiday here in Trinidad. Haha, I swear they have a holiday every other week.  This one was a Muslim holiday so we saw LOTS of Muslims walking around.  I must say, they are super dedicated to modesty.  I don’t think I could live in Trinidad and be completely covered in thick black cloth, except for my eyes.  So props to them.
We saw soooo many miracles this week!  This past Sunday was one of the best Sundays ever!  There was over 7 investigators and a bunch of less actives.  Russell, who is a recent convert AND less active came, which was a huge miracle.  He has a heart of gold, he just has a really bad drug problem and lives with his boss who hates the Church and will fire him if he knows that he is going.  So we haven’t seen him at church in a long time.  We had a lesson with him on Saturday evening about the importance of the Sacrament and how if he has faith, he will be able to make it to church.  AND HE DID!  He was so happy, it was the first time we have seen him smile in ages.  President Egbert and Sister Egbert came to the Sando ward and it was really cool because President noticed that Russel was there and sitting alone, so President got off the stand and walked down just to sit with him.  It was precious haha :,)
Then we also had Chenel come, also another recent convert who got into anti material a few months back and wanted nothing to do with us or the Church.  It was heartbreaking. We haven’t been able to have contact with her in a long while, but on Sunday, guess who just randomly showed up!  CHENEL!  Haha  I burst into tears when I saw her.  It made my heart so happy :,)
Another miracle of the week has been visiting teaching.  That has been something that this ward doesn’t really do so us Sisters have been really trying to get it up and running. After just a week of us assisting the members to do there visiting teaching, Relief Society was PACKED.  We had to bring in about 10 extra chairs.  It felt like being in Utah again. (other than I was the only white one in the room hahaha)  So yeah, lots of miracles happening in the Sando ward!
Sister Skinner and I have spent a TON of time contacting this week.  Our new contact area is a place called Corinth Hills, which has a lot of big apartment buildings. Our legs are sore from the amount of stairs we have climbed. 😂  But it’s so worth it.  I really like this contacting area because it is always really interesting.  We are meeting some really cool investigators and some really INTERESTING ONES.  We met a Hebrew Israelite family that told me I won’t be saved because I am white and that Jesus was black.  Lol, not the first time I’ve gotten that.  We also met an ex drug dealer named Jesus.  Yes, his name is Jesus. But he is cool.  We met him and his friend on the street, who are both covered in tatoos all the way up to their face.  But we went and talked to them and said we could teach them. We ended up meeting Jesus’ family later on in the week,  who actually were taught by elders in the past!  We met them when we were contacting.  His mom, Glenda, was cleaning the house and we asked if we could help and of course, like every other Trini, she said “no”. S o I walked in and grabbed the broom from her and started sweeping. haha She thought it was hilarious.  And then Jesus walked in and we realized it was his family. Small world.  His mom and sister are really interested so we are excited to start teaching them!  The only challenge is that there are a bajillion (adorable) kids living in that apartment that run around screaming all the time so hopefully when we go back it will be a little less chaotic so the Spirit will be there.
We also met a single mom named Natalie who seems SO prepared!  We contacted her and she invited us to come back the next day.  We got to know her and had a lesson about God and Jesus Christ, and the spirit was so strong.  She has such a good understanding about who God is and who Jesus Christ is.  It’s hard sometimes to find people who have that understanding!  We are seeing her tomorrow so keep her in your prayers please:)
The Gospel is true.  I know it because of the amount of miracles we see in this work every single day.  I am so grateful to be on a mission here in Trinidad.  I have no idea where I would be in my life without my mission and this Gospel.
Love you all!
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I FOUND INDY’S TWIN! I forced her to love me:)
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Look Mom, I’m not eating like a heathen any more;)
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From our back yard…Mango banana smoothie bowl with coconut!…Sorry Mom, I’m not coming home.
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Two Trinis at the apartment = Trini lunches on Pday 🙂

Week 63 ~ Tropical Storm

June 20, 2017

Dear Family,

As every other week in the Trinidad Port of Spain Mission, this one was hectic.  We had some new sisters coming though Trinidad that are heading out to the islands.  So for the week I was in a trio with Sister Skinner, my new companion and another greenie, Sister Garcie.. AND we are blanking the area.  And I think I had to drive to the other side of the island about 6 times this week to drop/pick up sisters and run errands.  Kinda felt like I was a senior couple this week. haha   It was an adventure!
At the beginning of this week we had another MLC.  This one was a skype MLC with all the other countries so that was really awesome.  We are really going to be hitting hard with teaching skills for the next few transfers which will be really good for all the new missionaries coming into the mission.
Speaking of new missionaries, Sister Skinner is so awesome!  Cool story about Sister Skinner and I:  When I was serving up north with Sister Masciantoni about a year ago, we were out contacting one day.  We called into a house and guess who came out, Sister Skinner!  Or at that time, we knew her as Sarah.  She was living in our area, but attending another branch and we didn’t even know who she was.  We started a normal contact and she stopped us and said, “Well, I am actually a member, I just am living in this area for a couple weeks, but I go to the Arima branch!”  Long story short, she ended up coming teaching with us quite often.  She told us that right when we called into her house that day she was thinking about how she missed having the missionaries over and missed feeling the Spirit when she went teahcing with them.  And now we are companions.  Pretty cool 🙂 She has only been a member for a little over 2 years.
We have been working really hard with blanking the area.  It’s been kinda hard because rainy season is in full force now and we had a cyclone yesterday!  But we just contacted through most of it and we found some really awesome people.  We are working in an area called Corinth Hills and this place is prepared.  One day when we were contacting, Sister Garcia felt prompted to go to this certain street that we had seen earlier that day from the top of an apartment complex.  It was out of the area that we are working in, but I told her it was a prompting so she needed to listen to it!  And lo and behold, when we went to that street, we met a woman named Karen who said she is searching for a church and wants to be baptized.  GOLDEN.  The spirit is SO good.
The CHURCH IS TRUE.
Love you all so much 🙂
Sister Kimball

Week 62 ~ I Held A Monkey!

Dear Family,

Wow, lots of exciting news!…
1. I fulfilled my lifetime dream and held a monkey.  His name was Cense.  The owners live close to where we teach Brother Benjamin and I have always seen him jumping around on his leash and wanted to hold him so bad!  But the owners were never home and then FINALLY I saw someone home so I ran over and asked if I could hold the monkey.  They were so awesome and we ended up contacting them and have a return appointment to see them this week. Got to share the Gospel and hold a monkey.  NICE.  Get ready for lots of pictures.
2. Gene accepted his baptismal date for June 24th.  It was really awesome because when we invited him he said, “Well, I can’t say no because I know that this comes from God, not you.”  He came to church this week again.  He is already friends with half the ward.  He is so golden.  It’s been really cool teaching him.  He is an older and wiser gentlemen compared to us 20-year old missionaries, but as he has shared a lot of his life stories we can see how the Lord has been preparing him.
3.  I got transferred!… Kinda.  Due to a couple work permits being granted, Sister Montengro, from the islands will be coming to Trinidad and will finish off Sister Xavier’s training.  And I will be training the new and first local missionary, Sister Skinner.  We will be reopening a shut down area called Pleasantville.  I am probably going to lose my hair, but I am ready for the challenge:)  I have loved my time in Marabella.  I have spent half my mission there!  The people, especially the recent converts have my heart.  But it’s time for me to give my all to a new area and new people.  I am really excited to get finding!
Sorry this is short, I have been in the heart of Port of Spain since 4 am and if you know me, you know I hate big cities.  I need a p-day nap. haha!
Love you all so much!  Thank you for all your emails and pictures:)  I really do love and appreciate you all so so so much!  More than you know!
Love,
Sister Kimball
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Beautiful Trini Sunset!

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#proudtrinians

Week 61 ~ Sickies :/

Dear Family & Friends,

Well, I don’t have too much to write about this week because we spent a good portion of our time this week inside due to sickness!  Us Sisters in Trinidad are falling apart, haha! Sister Tuala had chicken pocks.  Sister Ortiz had the flu.  And Sister Xavier was having some issues with a past sinus infection or something like that.  She was literally sneezing ever 2 seconds. 😂   So we weren’t able to get out and work as much as usual, but we still had a really good week filled with miracles, as usual:)
Gene:  He came to church again this week!  It’s really cool because he was a principal at a big school here in Sando and so a ton of the people in the ward know him so he has been fellowshipped in the ward really well, without any effort on our part.  He studies ever chapter we give him and we are able to see him every other day.  He honestly is one of the most prepared souls I have met on my mission!  And Heavenly Father basically handed him to us because Gene was the one to approach us and talk to us about the Gospel!  He is on date for baptism on June 24th:)  He is a miracle that came from fasting for a baptism and praying for a baptism every time we pray.  God is for sure a God of miracles, especially in missionary work.
Kristian:  He is such a gem.  We taught him the Law of Chastity, Word of Wisdom, and tithing this week and he agreed with all of it!!  In the culture here in the carribean, it’s normal to just live together and not be married, and more than normal to drink and smoke.  Finding Kristian was like finding a needle in a haystack, haha.
Sorry for such a short email, I am out of time.  Love you all so much.  Have a great week!

Sister Kimball