Week 73 ~ I Love Trinidad. ūüáĻūüáĻ ūüáĻūüáĻ ūüáĻūüáĻ

Dear Family,

I cannot believe how fast the weeks fly as a missionary.  I feel like I was JUST on the computer emailing you all.  This week was chaos so it flew by even faster.  We had interviews this week with President Egbert, and Sister Montenegro, Sister Skinner and I were in charge of taking President Egbert lunch so we made taco soup and had a nice lunch with him.  hahaha  It was so fun.  President Egbert is the best!  We also had zone conference and it was great.  Sister Tui and I taught on goal setting and that went well. I love Sister Tui and it’s been so cool that we get to end our missions as STLs (Sister Training Leaders) together because we started in the MTC together as STLs.  The rest of the zone conference was on the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  It’s amazing to see how much I have learned about the Atonement as I have dedicated 18 months to Him.  I was always taught about the Atonement as I grew up in the church, but it wasn’t until my mission that I’ve came to actually understand the it.  And have come to know the blessings and power that flow from the Atonement as we apply it in our lives.  One of the greatest things about being a missionary is having a front row seat to watching the atonement bless and change people, including myself.  There are many aspects of the atonement and one of my favorites is the fact that we have the ability to change.  We have the blessing of repentance.  We are able to become who God wants us to be. (2cor.5:17)  But it is only possible through the enabling power of Jesus Christ.  I know that Christ lived and He died for each one of us.  As he suffered in the Garden of Gethsamane, He thought of every single one of us, individually.  He knows us.  He loves us more than we can comprehend. And I am so grateful for Him.

We have seen huge blessings in the work this week.  The Jacobs are doing great!  Brother Anderson, (the husband) came to church for the first time this week and I was a little teary watching them walk in as a family.  Dana has been coming alone for the longest time so it made my heart so happy to see them there as a family.  Anderson is on date for baptism next month on the 30th. He is so awesome!

This week we made a goal as a companionship to make sure that we are talking to EVERYONE and to not let anyone pass us without talking to them about the Gospel. So this week as we were contacting this guy, a woman passed us and said ‚Äúgood day‚ÄĚ and kept walking. ¬†When we were done talking to the man we contacted we turned around and ran up the hill to talk to the woman that passed us, haha, she was a little startled at first but then she warmed up as we told her that we were missionaries. ¬†We stood and talked to her for just a few minutes before she said, ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs makin hot. Come nah.” ¬† We followed her to her cute little board house and had an AMAZING lesson with her and her daughter, who has the CUTEST children ever! ( I am taking them home with me;) Their names are Camille and Carolin. ¬†They are some of the most humble people I have ever met and when we left Carolin (the woman we chased) gave me the tightest hug and said, ‚ÄúI needed this.‚Ä̂Ķ. There is nothing better than being a missionary and talking to strangers every day and being an answer to their prayers. ūüėä

Oh and I played with a cayman (a little alligator thing) this week that we found in our bush area so that was exciting, and I can now check that off my bucket list of things I want to do before I leave Trinidad haha.

Have a great weak!

Sister Kimball 

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IMG_0818Sister Skinner hates affection. hahaha

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My Caribbean woman making me coconut oil ūüôā

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Week 72 ~ Hiked Through the Jungle Today

Dear Family,

This week has been a blast. ¬†Sister Skinner, Sister Montenegro and I are in a trio now that Sister Xavier got her work permit to Jamaica last week and headed to the MTC. ¬†We are combining the two areas (for the 4th time of my mission hahah) so we have been crazy busy, but it’s been so fun! ¬†This is my second Latina/Trini/American trio…. it’s the best kind of trio. haha ¬†We have way too much fun.
We saw so many HUGE miracles this week. ¬†Especially with a woman named Natalie. ¬†We only had one lesson with her and she showed up to church yesterday with her son. ¬†Our first lesson with her was last week Monday and she is for sure searching right now. ¬†She said something that made my pores raise. ¬†When we asked her why she allowed us to come back and teach her she said,”Because I feel like something is missing in my life and when I met you I felt that you might be able to help me find it.” ūüėá ¬†She’s quite the social butterfly so she fellowshipped herself and became good friends with basically everyone in Relief Society.
Right now we are working with a part member family, the Jacobs. The wife was just baptized a couple weeks ago with Sister Montenegro and Xavier and now we are teaching the husband. ¬†He just came out of prison and has some word of wisdom issues so we have our work cut out for us, but he is so awesome. ¬†He always says, “I just feel something different when I read the Book of Mormon and when you are all here.” ¬†He is for sure prepared. ¬†He just needs a big push right now haha. ¬†His wife is so great, and it’s been so cool to see how much she has changed since her baptism. ¬†One thing I love about missionary work is that we have a front row seat in watching the Atonement change people, and we have definitely seen that in Sister Jacob ūüôā
We are still working in the SUPER bush area…I love this area so much. ¬†The people are so humble. ¬†And an old lady living in a tiny board house taught us how to make coconut oil this week so that was cool. ūüĆī
Gotta go….Have a great week!

Sister Kimball 

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Nice try, Dad. But I think I am winning.
IMG_0648IMG_0647.JPGIMG_0646The Bush.
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You know it’s been a long and hot day when you get home and lay down on the cool tile… and fall asleep haha.
IMG_0668.JPGStray pups ūüôā
IMG_0675Guava season…they are everywhere in our contact area.
IMG_0681The Jacob’s lil gyal.
The rest of the pictures are from our zone activity today… hiking through the jungle ūüôā
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Grateful for water filters… Left, new. ¬†Right, not so new :/

Week 71 ~ Giant Satellites & Crazy Rastas

Hellllloooooo Everyone!

This week was a good one! ¬†I’m finally feeling healthy again so we were able to get out and WORK this week and it felt so good! ¬†It’s so crazy how just going out and talking to strangers about the Gospel can make you feel so happy and energized.
This past week Sister Skinner and I finished out a HUGE contact area. (called Corinth hills) In total we contacted 17 apartment buildings and over 50 townhouses, and we called on every door. ¬†It took a transfer and a half. ¬†It wasn’t the most prepared of areas, but we still found some really cool people. ¬†We had a really cool experience with one of the people that we found last week named Lizzy. ¬†We called in and she came out and when we asked her if she believed in God she said NO! ¬†She is the first person on my whole mission that has said that. ¬†So we were pretty taken back, haha but she kept asking us a bunch of questions about how if there is a God why would he let so much sorrow into the world. ¬†Later in the week sister Skinner and I were teaching a lesson at a less active member’s house and we were watching a Mormon Message about the Plan of Salvation and how through the Atonement we can find peace in this life. ¬†After the lesson we both said to each other at the same time, “Maybe we should go see if Lizzy is home.” ¬†We went straight to her house and she was actually standing outside! ¬†She had just barely gotten home from work in Port of Spain (the other side of the island), but she still allowed us to sit down and share a message. ¬†We testified of Heavenly Father and Christ’s Atonement, how we are here to learn and to grow in this life and to prepare to meet God, and how trials help us to grow. The spirit was so strong and she was almost in tears. ¬†She told us that both her mom and sister were killed and she is just having a hard time believing God would let that happen. At the end of the lesson, her heart was so softened and she was so excited for us to come back and teach her more. ¬†For sure was one of the best spiritual experiences of the week ūüôā
Since we finished contacting Corinth Hills we started a new area and this area is straight up BUSH. ¬†It’s so cool haha. ¬†On one side of the road is a really nice developed neighborhood and then on the next side is 10×10 feet board houses… typical Trinidad.
I love these areas though because the people are so humble. ¬†They are either humble or super crazy so it’s never boring. ¬†Most of this area is full of crazy rastas with incredibly long ras. (dreadlocks.) ¬†But they are nice and let us pick their guavas and mangos so we are homies. ¬†We had to bush wack to get to a few of the houses, but the people we met are AWESOME and they have so much potential.
Our district had a super sweet activity today… we drove to north side and went on a hike called Bamboo athedral. (Get ready for lots of pictures.) ¬†It lead up to a place where in WWII the USA had a huge satellite base. ¬†We climbed to the top of the satellite and almost died but we survived.¬†ūüė鬆This is the best district!
Have good week!

Sister Kimball 

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Week 70 ~ Just Serve.

Hey Everyone!

After being on the mend from last week, I felt better for 2 days and then got food poisoning again from Wendy’s (sad…. I’ll never be able to eat there again). hahaha
The doctors and nurses at Valsayn know me so well now. ¬†Pneumonia, mono, and food poisoning twice in the last 4 months will do that! ¬†It’s made for some funny mission memories, that’s for sure ūüôā ¬† I am starting to feel healthy again though so no worries! Thank you all so much for all the many prayers I get from home.
This week I have been reflecting on my mission a lot lately. (I was with Sister Tui for Missionary Leadership Council and whenever we are together we always talk about the MTC until now and reflect on how much has happened and how much we have changed.
I was thinking how happy I have been for the lat 16 months. ¬†Which, when you think about it, it’s kinda crazy how happy missionaries are. ¬†I have left everything behind that made me happy: family, friends, the mountains, the gym, ect. ¬†I came on a mission, where I am always exhausted, the humidity makes me sick and people challenge our faith and beliefs.¬† So what makes me so happy? ¬†It’s the Gospel of Jesus Christ and giving service. ¬†I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to be a full time missionary and to give ALL my time and efforts to others. ¬†I read a talk today by Carl B. Cook of the 70 and I loved this part:
“As we serve, we draw closer to God. ¬†We come to know Him in ways that we otherwise might not. ¬†Our faith in Him increases. ¬†Ours problems are put into perspective. ¬†Life becomes more satisfying. Our love for others increases, as well as our desire to serve. Through this blessed process, we become more like God and we are better prepared to meet Him”
I know that this is true.  I know that as we lose ourselves in serving those around us (Mosiah 2:17), we find ourselves.  I know that that has what has happened to me on my mission.  I know who I am more than ever before.  I know who God is and I know who Christ is.
Jesus Christ, our great Exemplar, gave His life to His Father’s work.  In the Grand Council 
before this world was organized, Jesus, chosen and anointed from the beginning, 
volunteered,¬†‚ÄúHere¬†am¬†I,¬†send¬†me.‚Ä̬†¬†In¬†so¬†doing,¬†He¬†literally¬†became¬†the¬†servant¬†of¬†us¬†all.
Through Jesus Christ and the power we receive through His Atonement, we can also serve. 
Hope everyone has a good week!  Love you all!

Sister Kimball 

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Weeks 68 & 69 ~ Almost died, but I’m good

Hey Everyone!

Well geez. This last week was ANYTHING but normal. ¬†I’ll start from the beginning. ¬†Two Fridays ago I started to feel really sick. ¬†I got really nauseous and even threw up. ¬†So I laid down for a couple hours while we didn’t have appointments and then we went back out to work that evening. ¬†Saturday morning rolls around and I still am not feeling too hot (Started to have super bad stomach pains on top of the nausea), but we had 8 appointments set so I was just like, “NOT TODAY SATAN”. ¬†We went out and worked hard the whole day, which is good because we found a really cool investigator named Aleeka! Blessings! ¬†But by the time we got in for the night I could hardly stand up straight because I was in so much pain. ¬†That whole night I didn’t sleep and spent the night throwing up.
Sunday morning I finally called Sister Egbert and told her I was sick. ¬†Her and President were coming down to church in San Fernando so they stopped by with soups, medicine, sprite, and apple sauce :,) ¬†They are the best. ¬†Sister Xavier had a migraine so she stayed in with me the whole day while our companions went out together. ¬†Monday morning we went to the doctor down in Sando. ¬†(We usually go to the doctors on the north side of the island, but neither of us could drive so we went to the south hospital) ¬†We had some doctor from India… THIS GUY! ¬†He took THREE hours to see us and when he did he took my temperature, asked me a few questions and said, “well you are sick.” ¬†NO DUH!! ¬†hahah. ¬†By monday night my stomache pain was so bad that I was blacking out. ¬†President called me and asked me to describe the pain and I said, “Well, I don’t know what a contraction feels like but I assume it’s something like this.” ¬†President: ¬†“Well, that better not be the problem Sister Kimball!” hahahah.¬†ūüėā ¬†Long story short, they ended up driving down south at 11 pm to get me and took me to the hospital on the north side. ¬†I was hospitalized for 2 days. ¬†I had lots of Nigerian and Indian doctors inspecting me throughout those two days and lots of pain killers that they gave me through an IV that made my whole arm burn. ¬†I didn’t sleep or eat for 4 days. ¬†So basically last week was a nightmare! ¬†They think I had either food poisoning or just a really bad stomach virus. ¬†But all is well now and I am back on my feet working ūüôā ¬†I stayed a few days with the Egbert’s and mostly just slept. They took good care of me. ¬†They are literally the most amazing mission parents!
One of the many things I took away from this experience is how important kneeling prayer and reading our scriptures is. ¬†I didn’t do either of those things for about 2 days because of how sick I was (which really isn’t an excuse). ¬†Between that and being completely thrown out o my normal schedule, I honestly felt so off! ¬†When I finally got to go back down to my apartment, not only did I feel so physically weak, but I felt spiritually weak as well and it was really hard. ¬†But as soon as soon as I read from the Book of Mormon and asked Heavenly Father to help me “get back in the game”, ¬†I immediately felt so much better. ¬†I know the book is true and I know Heavenly Father hears our prayers. ¬†I’ve learned on my mission that it really is the little things that make such a big difference in our relationship with our Heavenly Father.
So I don’t have much to update about the area or investigators because we didn’t get to teach much but hopefully this week we will be able to see lots of miracles! ¬†I am in a trio right now with Sister Skinner and Sister Montenegro due to Sister Xavier having eye problems and not being able to drive. ¬†So we are covering two areas right now… pleasantville and Marabella! ¬†It should be fun because I served more than half my mission in Marabella so I get to go back and see everyone!
Anywho, crazy week.  But all is well.  God is good.
Love you all!

Sister Kimball 

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Sister Skinner took this of me at 3 am hahah. ¬†I was so drugged up that I looked at her and said, “Did you just take a picture of me dying?” and she said, “Well, you said you need to start documenting your mission more.” hahaha…. I love Sister Skinner.
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IMG_0489Brother Benjamin and Brother Gene… every missionaries dream… a convert fellowshipping another convert ūüôā