Week 76 ~ Heart Breaks & Miracles

Dear Family,                                                                                                       September 18, 2017

At the beginning of this transfer I prayed to Heavenly Father to slow time down for me, but I think He is speeding it up!  This week has been a blur and I feel like I was just barely emailing you all.  I can’t even explain how weird time is on a mission…it just goes so fast:(
We had a really interesting week though.  Full of sad moments and happy miracles!  The one that was the saddest was that one of our most progressing investigators dropped us. Apparently he was just meeting with us because he was in love with me hahahah RUDE.  He totally played us. The struggle of being white with blonde hair and blue eyes in the Caribbean is SO REAL.  But after awhile he felt guilty and so he told us, “I am not interested in Mormonism, I was just interested in Sister Kimball.”  It was one of the saddest and most awkward moments of my mission.  But oh well, I guess he was not the elect, even though he was REALLY good at acting like it!
After that we were feeling kinda down because we had just thought he had so much potential and we had really grown to care about him.  But then Heavenly Father cheered us up with a miracle 🙂  We were walking down this road, going back to our car after a lesson. It was getting dark and it was not a good place to be in the dark so we were walking fast and then all the sudden we heard someone behind us, chasing us down.  I was about ready to go all Usain Bolt, but then we heard, “EXCUSE ME, WAIT! ” So we turned around and it was an investigator that we had met last week and had an amazing lesson with, but then after that we weren’t able to get a hold of her.  She is only 17 and the nicest teenager I have ever met in Trinidad haha.  She saw us from way down the road and literally chased us down and asked us to come teach her.  SHE CHASED US.  That has never happened on my whole mission. Lol, usually we are the one chasing people down.  So we went and taught her about the Restoration and at the end she said, “It’s different.  But it’s good, I can feel it.”  Honestly she is the best and that experience made our whole week!
I’ve seen a pattern on my mission where if we have a hard day of rejection or have a heart breaking drop with an investigator, God ALWAYS makes it up to us.  IF we keep working hard.  It would be easy to say “We aren’t having luck today, lets go home.” but when we work through those tough days, we always see a miracle soon after.  It’s gotten to the point that when we have a hard day, I actually am happy because then I know a miracle will be coming soon.  God is so good.  And I am so grateful for my mission and all that it’s taught me and continues to teach me.  I don’t know who I would be without the privilege of being a missionary and representing Jesus Christ every day.
Love you all!

Sister Kimberley… yes, people still call me Sister Kimberley

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Week 75 ~ Last Zone Conference

Dear Family,                                                                                                            September 12, 2017

I’ve realized that in this mission, I hardly ever can write an email without saying this week was CHAOS… and this week was the same…pure CHAOS.  This past week was week one of the transfer and so we had some incoming sisters stay with us in our apartment… so we had 5 sisters in our area.  Good thing we have such a high number of investigators right now that we were able to divide and conquer.  I would drop a companionship somewhere and then take the other sister with me to go teach another investigator.  haha it was crazy, but so fun!  We also had some time to contact so we were power finding and found some really cool souls.  I then took the sisters up to the airport early in the morning.
Then the next day I went back up north with Sister Tui for the skype MLC that we have every transfer.  It was really good because we were able to discuss a lot of ways to help the mission to grow and see more success.  Sister Tui and I and the AP’s taught about talking with everyone and having faith to find.
Then the next day was Zone Conference so again, we left for the other side of the island at 6am because Trini traffic is the WORST!!  This zone conference was a bit different because… it was my last zone conference.  Sister Tui and I taught again and had one of the best ZC lessons!  And then after our lessons we gave our departing testimonies.  It was really strange for me because I have sent so many companions home and watched them go through this process, and giving their departing testimonies.  I feel like I blinked and then it was my turn.  I can’t even put into words how grateful I am for the opportunity I have to be a missionary here in Trinidad.  I can’t believe how fast the time flies.  I feel like if I blink again it will be a month from now and I will be on my way home.  It doesn’t even feel real because I just feel like this is my life now, and I will always be a missionary.  I am trying my best to prepare myself and accept that it’s ending, but the thought of leaving these people really does just make my heart so sad! 🌴
This week we have been teaching someone named Stephon. He is a really cool investigator, but oh my goodness, teaching him is an emotional roller coaster haha! He has had a lot of interaction with missionaries in the past, but never really took them on. Sister Tui actually met him and taught him once over a year ago when we started her mission in this area.  Well, Sister Skinner and her were on an exchange a couple weeks ago and then ran into Stephon and the spirit brought back to her remembrance his name! (She isn’t too good with names so it was definitely the spirit. lol) So she looked at him and said, “Hey it’s Stephon right?” and he was amazed that she remembered his name.  We have been able to teach him almost every day this week.  He told us about how a couple years ago he was really frustrated because he wants to know the truth because he is confused by all the different religions so he went out into the bush and basically cried out to God for guidance.  The next day elders showed up at his door.  I wanted to shake the guy and say “YOU DIDNT TAKE THAT AS AN ANSWER!?!” hahah and then not only that, every time he starts studying another religion, Mormon missionaries show up at his door.  He really is searching, he just needs help recognizing the answers.  Two nights ago we had a WONDERFUL lesson with him, answering a lot of questions he has about the priesthood and prophets.  At the end we all knelt down to pray and he said one of the most beautiful and sincere prayers I have ever heard in my life and then he started sniffling so he ended the prayers, gets up and says, “Im not crying, I have the cold.” and hurried and walked in HAHAHA OK STEPHON… Tryin to be all macho. 🙄 SO yeah that lesson was amazing, but then last night we had showed up and he had got into a ton of anti material, and that’s why it’s been an emotional roller coaster with him. But even though he was so upset last night, we testified and ended with the spirit and he said he still wants us to come back and help him understand these things.  We have our work cut out for us, but I have faith 🙂 God is a God of miracles.  And we need one with him!  So please keep Stephone in your prayers.
I have a new companion! SISTER PACHECO.  She is the BEST!  I love her so much. She is one of the most Christ like people I have ever met.  I am so happy she is killing me.  God is good and He blesses His missionaries 🙂
The gospel is true!  Never take it for granted, there are hundreds who are searching for the truth, but we are lucky enough to have it!  Share it and live it.
Love you all.

Sister Kimball

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Contact area post tropical storm. ↑↓
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IMG_0945.JPGHow am I not 300 pounds… hahaha
IMG_0952.JPG…And then there were 4.  When Sister Tui and I got here there were 18 sisters.

Week 74 ~ Hardened Heart :/

Dear Fam,

This week I have to write my “Return with Honor” which is a Q&A for missionaries going home soon so I don’t have much time today so this will be just a few quick updates:
We had transfer calls this week!  I am getting a new companion!  I will have a sister named Sister Pacheco, she’s from mexico and she’s suuuuper chill, but hard working so I am excited.  All I asked Heavenly Father for my last transfer call was a chill companion so my prayers were answered 🙂  I am sad to see see Sister Montenegro go (she was transfered to Bonaire) and Sister Skinner goes to another area (but in the same district:) But I am excited for the change.  Sister Skinner was actually my longest companion!  I had her for a full two transfers!  It was so fun to train her and watch her grow so much!  She taught me a lot.  And I am going to miss being with a Trini.
We have some really solid investigators right now.  One is named Brother Gordon.  He is so cool!  Whenever we leave a chapter to read for him he reads the chapter and then keeps reading so he reads like 5 chapters by the time we see him again!  When we asked him if he wanted to know if the Book of Mormon is true he said, “Well that’s why I am reading it!” We had a really good lesson with him on the Atonement this week, and we had some members come out with us which is awesome (fellowship is key).  The spirit was seriously so strong the whole lesson and then at the end, his Jamaican friend that sat in and listened piped up right after we invited him to be baptized and said, “So do you invite others to follow Jesus Christ or Joseph Smith?” …. spirit, gone.  I was so mad! haha  Especially because the whole lesson was on the Atonement and Joseph Smith wasn’t mentioned once in that lesson.  I wanted to punch the guy, but I am a representative of Jesus Christ so I refrained, but if I wasn’t wearing this tag… I probably would have. haha, jk.  But really, this guy was so hardened.  But in the end, it actually ended up being a blessing because Brother Gordon stood up for us and the Church.  And then the members we took with us were able to bear amazing testimony and basically tell the guy he didn’t know what he was talking about…in a nice way.  So we ended up leaving with the spirit.  Brother Gordon is on date for October 7th so keep him in your prayers!
I won’t be emailing next Monday because we have zone conference, but my pday will be moved to Tuesday!
Love you all!  Have a great week and serve those around you 🙂

Sister McKae Kimball

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The parrot bit me….

Week 73 ~ I Love Trinidad. 🇹🇹 🇹🇹 🇹🇹

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 “good day” 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, “It’s 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, “I needed this.”…. There is nothing better than being a missionary and talking to strangers every day and being an answer to their prayers. 😊

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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My Caribbean woman making me coconut oil 🙂

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.” 😇  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 🙂
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. 🌴
Gotta go….Have a great week!

Sister Kimball 

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Nice try, Dad. But I think I am winning.
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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.
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The rest of the pictures are from our zone activity today… hiking through the jungle 🙂
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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 🙂
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. 😎 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 🙂   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, “Here am I, send me.”  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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