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_0805.JPGP1230681Bush wackin.

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.
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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

Week 67 ~ Bats, Giant Cockroaches & LOTS of Spiritual Experiences

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. ūüėä
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.¬†ūüė䬆The Gospel is True!

Sister Kimball 

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I found Loui in our backyard! (Childhood pet:)
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WEEK 66 ~ Caffeine Is A Miracle

Hey Everyone!

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.ūüėÖ) ¬†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!¬†ūüėÜ
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 ūüôā
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.¬†ūüėė
Love,

Sister Kimball 

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The wise man built his house upon cinder blocks ūüėČ