Dear Fam Damily,
I just survived the BEST/grossest district activity. We went up to the other end of the island (my old area, we were literally down the street from Sister Xavier’s house haha!). We went to a place called the Bat Caves. One of the coolest caves I have ever explored! Also, the grossest because there were roaches the size of my hand and bats EVERYWHERE! One hit me in the face hahaha. At the end of the cave there was a big rock wall that Sister Xavier, the elders and I free climbed up. (sorry mom) It was sick! The drive up to the cave was cool too. It was a super long curvy road through a really old village. I forget how happy being the in mountains and climbing rocks makes me. 😊
This week was seriously SO GOOD. So many cool spiritual experiences. I got to have an exchange with Sister Montenegro (my old Peruvian companion). It was super fun to be with her again. We contacted into a lesson with a super sweet lady named Enaz. She is REALLY old and REALLY blind, but super sharp and SUPER hilarious. Sister Skinner and I went to see her the day after and she let us do service for her!!! Trini’s never let us help them out so it’s always really exciting when we get to do service. She had us fold some sheets for her and plat her hair while she told us about how Trinidad was in the 40’s and her life story of being in an arranged marriage at 16 to a 72 year old man…. yeah she had a crazy life. One thing I love about being a missionary is meeting so many strangers and hearing their life stories. It’s the best.
So there is this man named Jody in our contact area that we contacted our very first day in the new area. We walked by him and I thought he yelled out to us when we got further down the road so I turned around and he said, “Sorry, I was yelling to someone else.” and I said, “Ok that’s fine, we will talk to you anyway.” hahaha We contacted him and he seemed really cool, but we were never able to catch him for a lesson after that because the man is so “busy”. Well, on Saturday morning we were contacting in the rain and he saw us from his gallery and invited us in. We had the coolest lesson with him! We asked him about how he came to know that God is real and he told us this big long story about how he was once stranded on a river in Venezuela and he prayed for food and for gas to get their boat off the river and right when he ended his prayer a fish jumped in his boat and a man came down the river on a boat and handed them a tank of gas. hahaha I was like, “No way! You can’t be serious.” but his mom was there and said that he was telling the truth. Him and his buddies were missing for a month on that river. In the lesson we asked him what he thinks about the scripture that says we were created in God’s image and likeness and he went into how God has a body of flesh and bones and started talking about the Counsel in Heaven. We asked him how he knew that and he said he’s had dreams about it. He’s super cool. At the end of the lesson he told us he knew a member in our ward! Her name is Anastasia, when we saw her at church we told her we were teaching her friend Jody. She was shocked because a couple months ago she put him on her 21 day promise. (The 21 Day Promise is a challenge from M. Russel Ballard. You make a list of people in your life that you want to accept the Gospel and you have to pray for them every day and night for 21 days. The promise is that at least one on the list will listen to the missionary lessons. The 21 Day Promise is part of our mission plan, we give it to all our members.) But the area where Jody lives was shut down so she never gave the missionaries his info. Pretty cool that we just “happened” to find him. That was a really cool spiritual experience of the week.
We also are teaching a really cool rasta girl, who is 17. And has 2 kids. Crazy! She is awesome though. She is fun to teach because she is so eager to learn and has a bajillion questions every time and always reads more than we leave her in the BOM. She is one the best investigators I have ever had!
This week was seriously such a great week! This area is GROWING and we are seeing so many miracles, so I am happy. 😊 The Gospel is True!
I found Loui in our backyard! (Childhood pet:)
Man, this week has been a fun one! At the beginning of the week I got mom’s package that she sent a while back (thanks mama!) and she sent some little Cystal Light drink things that have caffeine in it to help me fight against the MONO. (oh yeah ps, I have had mononucleosis for the past 3 months.😅) I tried one the day I got the package. I drank it around 4pm and since my body is NOT use to caffeine, I was jumping off the walls! I literally pulled an all nighter! I laid in bed until 6:30 am and as soon as the alarm went off I jumped out of bed and started running around and talking to Sister Skinner. hahah She was like, “who are you and what have you done with my companion.” She has only known me with mono, aka…dead dog tired all the time. So yeah, this week has been fun because of the amount of energy I have had! 😆
We’ve seen lots of miracles this week. The woman, Gloria, that I talked about last week is seriously so prepared! When we went to see her last Monday evening she opened the door before we could even knock and rushed us into her little family room and immediately started talking about the Restoration pamphlet. She kept saying, “I don’t know why this tract has fascinated me so much, but I just keep wanting to learn more and more about it!” During our lesson one of her friends stopped by her door and asked what she was doing and she said, “taking some PERMANENT studies with these girls.” and then winked at us hahah. She is so awesome! She actually met some elders in 1998 which also happened to be the year that she lost her husband. She told us that the Lord must have been preparing her since then. SHE even recognized that! And it was funny, the day before we met her, Sister Skinner and I were talking about how we were wondering if anyone just sits and watches us walking up an down the apartments stairs a bajillion times a day and is waiting for us to come to their door. Well guess what Gloria told us?… “I would sit and watch you go up an down the stairs and talk to all my neighbors and I was just wondering when it would be my turn!” She is so great! Tomorrow we are extending a baptismal date for the beginning of August.
We also found two cool investigators, Kyah and Sherisa. They are 16 year old cousins. They remind me so much of me and Brooklyn! They live together over summer vacation so we have been able to teach them together a lot this week. They are really cool and really understand the Restoration. I know the Lord is preparing people to receive this message because when we met them they said they have been trying to find the right church because they were raised Catholic and have kind of church hopped and said how the teachings are all really confusing and they just want to find the truth. They are great 🙂
We had zone conference this week which was really awesome. Sister Tuala and I taught together on “The Importance of Teaching the Doctrine in PMG”. It went really well. President is also starting this thing called “Teaching AP’s”. So there are the traveling assistants that go everywhere with president and now we are going to have Assistants in each country that oversee the quality of teaching. I am going to be the Teaching AP for the sisters in Trinidad which means I get to do a lot more exchanges! haha It will be really fun!
Hope you all have fun at the Cabin this week! You all are in my thoughts and prayers. 😘
Me and a goat
Me every night after doing nightly review haha aka…Mono
Only in trinidad would someone build a cage over their lightbulb and the grocery run out of bags and start packing everyone’s stuff in spare boxes hahaha ↑↓
The wise man built his house upon cinder blocks 😉
This week was one for the books. Brother Gene got baptized!!!! Wooohooo. It was such a great day 🙂 It’s days like that that make the long, hard, hot, days of contacting all worth it. The spirit was so strong at his baptism. It was really cool because a member named Brother Simmons baptized him, and they actually were childhood friends and grew up in the same church. But they lost contact and so the first time they saw each other in years was when Brother Gene first visited the church! Brother Gene’s wife passed away a little over a year ago and he brought a picture with her to his baptism and said, “Because of this gospel, I know that she is here with me, and she is proud of me today.” The spirit was SO strong and everyone there was in tears. Brother Gene is quite the character though and the last half of his testimony was him talking about how shocked he was when he came to the church and there wasn’t any white people running the church. hahaha Oh Brother Gene 😂 He talks A LOT and he kept going on and on and then he looked over at Sister Xavier and I and said, “Oh, I think my daughters are giving me the look that I need to sit down now.” hahaha It was hilarious.
The rest of the week was really good. We found a really cool investigator named Glora who is such a sweet soul! She let us in as soon as we knocked on her door. (since we are contacting apartments we actually can knock on a door instead of yelling into the house hahah it’s so nice!) After our first lesson with her, as we were being shuffled out the door, she said, “Thank you so much. This was really important to me.” We are going to see her tonight and I am super excited!
In celebration of tomorrow being the 4th of July, we had a sports day and bbq today at the Egberts. The sisters were all in charge of planning the sports day and it was super fun. We had a huge water balloon fight, some relay races and a volleyball tournament. The field was super muddy though so it ended up being mud volleyball haha it was a blast. And then Sister Egbert stuffed us with hot dogs and strawberry shortcake. It was a 4th of July to remember!
Missions are the BEST.
Love, Sister Kimball