Week 60 ~ MLC

Dear Family,

This week was probably one of the most exhausting weeks of my life, haha.  But that usually means we were really busy which is a great thing as a missionary.
So first off, we had no water almost the whole week.  So all three of us were taking bucket showers with the emergency water hahaha it was hilarious.  And freezing.
Oh and GREAT NEWS….. THE BOND PASSED.  I get to stay in TRINIDAD!!! 🙂  wooohooo! Thank you all for the prayers!  They were definitely answered.  The government also approved 14 work permits, which we were all stoked for until President and Sister Egbert checked them and realized that half the permits they passed were for missionaries that have already gone home or missionaries going home in 3 weeks… darn it haha.  But it is a good sign because they haven’t been passing any for a year, so hopefully this means they will start to actually grant us some that will be for missionaries that are still here or who are still visa waiting in the states.
This week we had Missionary Leadership Council.  It was a fly-in MLC so all the leaders from the different countries of the mission were here in Trinidad.  It was sweet.  So usually you have MLC about every month, but since it’s so expensive to fly in, we can only have it about 3 times a year.  So when we do have it, it’s about a 2 day meeting.  We started on Tuesday at 5 and went until 9.  Then on Wednesday we started at 10 and went to 9 again. Sister Tuala and I gave a training on Area Books and Sister Petersen and I gave a training of STL (Sister Training Leader) responsibilities.  It was a really good meeting, but SO EXHAUSTING!  Sister Egbert cooked for all of us for every meal though so it was worth it. And all of us sisters got to stay at the Egbert’s home which was super fun.
Spiritual miracle from the week:  Gene. So every morning we go running at a savana near our house and every morning there is this older gentlemen that brings his disabled adopted son to the savana as well.  One morning this last week we ended up talking to him and he told us basically his life story and how he is searching for a church.  The next morning we brought him a Restoration tract and our planners so we could take his number.  That was on Saturday.  Well, the next morning at church a man walked in and sat in the back.  We all saw him and my companions kept saying that they recognized him. (I don’t put in my contacts to go running in the morning and I am blind so I couldn’t really tell who it was), but eventually it clicked… “that’s the guy that we talked to at the savana!”  We were all in shock. haha  It’s usually a struggle to get our investigators that we have been teaching forever to church, but Gene just showed up on his own!  He is awesome and so prepared.  We are going to put him on date for sometime next month.  He’s golden.
Love you all so much!  You all are in my prayers every day.  Have a great week.
♥KaeKae
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Mission Home Mangos
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Bonks 🙂
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Primary kids are the cutest…
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Trini food 😍
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Sister Ortiz
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My favorite figs… they are tiny, but super delicious!
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Honestly, not really sure why these people have a giant bear in front of there house.
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Took a break during Missionary Leadership Council to pick mangos at the Mission Home:)
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My Girls:)

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Trinidad

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Week 59 ~ The Plan is Real

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was a gooood and crazy one!
We still don’t know if the bond is going to be passed.  We will find out within the next few days.  If it does pass, I will end my mission here in Trinidad.  If it doesn’t, I will be sent to the Barbados mission by the end of this week.  There is lots up in the air right now, but I know that I will go wherever God needs me so I’m not worried 🙂
This week we saw many miracles:
Christian.  One of the COOLEST investigator I have ever taught.  He is 22 and we met him in our designated contact area while he was working on his car.  We were able to see him a few times this week so we taught all the way up to the Plan of Salvation.  He has kept every reading commitment and already has a testimony of the Book of Mormon.  We invited him to be baptized and the spirit was soooo strong.  He didn’t commit to it yet because he has been raised in a VERY spiritual baptist home and he said “change is taboo here in this family”. But we bore testimony than this Gospel is true and that no matter what challenges come, if he follows the promptings of the spirit, God will help him through.
Update on the Alexander family:  Unfortunately we think it’s time to give them some time. They aren’t really progressing anymore.  It’s hard because I love this family so much!  But everyone has their agency.  I know they will come to know that this Gospel is true, one day.  They just aren’t ready as yet.  But continue to keep them in your prayer please 🙂
We had zone conference this week and it was AMAZING.  It was on temples and WOW I learned so much.  It was cool because Sister Xavier hasn’t even been able to go to the temple as yet, and then there were 3 soon to be local missionaries that the Egbert’s invited to come so they all got a super intense temple prep course in one day haha.  I cannot wait to go to the temple again!  I miss it.
Hearing about the passing away of Chris was so shocking for me.  It’s times like these though, that our testimonies are truly strengthened.  I am so grateful for the knowledge and peace this Gospel brings us.  I know that it doesn’t take the pain away of losing a loved one, but it sure helps us through.  Grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ that makes it all possible.
Love you all.
KaeKae
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Ammount of mangos we get in a day!
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My Girls
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The Market
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Sister Xavier showing you the Market 🙂

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Going through the drain again.
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I love her :’)

Week 58 ~ Happy Mother’s Day!

*Sister Kimball called for Mother’s Day! It was sooo great to see that she is happy and healthy!   She LOVES the people of Trinidad and her adorable companion, Sis Xavirer who is a native of Trinidad, but visa waiting for Jamaica.  She asked that we pray for her mission and the sweet members and investigators there.  The government is voting on a bond this week that if it doesn’t pass, missionaries will no longer be aloud on Trinidad.  She is very worried and concerned.  There is a chance that she would be sent to Barbados to finish out her mission which is an entirely different mission.  But her faith is strong and she knows things will work out the way they are suppose to.

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Doesn’t she look great?! And her brother Chase and girlfriend, Natalie, skyed in to see the happy Sister Kimball;)

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Sister Kimball & Sister Xavier

Week 57 ~ God Led Us to Wendy’s (Yes, the fast food Wendy’s:)

Picture 1:  From left to right:  Nederlands, USA, Trinidad and Guatemala 🙂 Sister Spijkerman, from the Nederlands, stayed with us for the week!  She was suppose to be with us for a couple days and then head to Suriname, but something went wrong with her flight/work permit so we got to keep her a little extra longer:)  We had one car, and four sisters.  I would drop Sister Xavier and Sister Oritz at an appointment and then Sister Spijkerman and I took the car and checked some former investigators and contacted. I t was a crazy week, but we got lots done and saw many miracles!

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Picture 2:  Green fig 🙂 me fave.

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Picture 3: Funny story.  So Sister Xavier and I have been trying to eat super healthy and all but then on friday we succumbed to the natural man and went to Wendy’s because we were craving it all week.  Well when we were there, the woman at the drive through asked me about my name tag.  So Sister Xavier hopped on out of the car and contacted her.  We ended up meeting with Candice that very night after she got off work.  We met her and her cute teenage girls.  She is a single mother and has some of the most amazing faith I have ever seen.  Our first lesson with her was amazing.  The spirit was so strong.  Just goes to show that we must talk to EVERYONE.

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Picture 4:  Trinidad style Popsicle.  They make a smoothie type of thing and put it in a bag and then you bite a hole in it…. Hence the name, Suck-a-bag. 😂

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Picture 5:  My sistas!

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So I am stealing this little exert from Sister Xavier’s email because she is hilarious…

“Anderson:  We have been trying to teach him the Restoration since like 10 years now, but every time one of his friends keeps interrupting our lesson.  So the first time was his friend Atilo, a semi sane guy with a  yanky accent.  This was all good until he kept interrupting to get a feel of what we were saying.  But every time that Atilo interrupts Anderson gets distracted and starts telling S. Kimball that she’s an angel because of her blue eyes.  So its pretty crazy but we went back on Saturday night hoping for some peace and a bit of reverence and it started off so good, until another friend came by.  Akil.  Now Anderson lives next to a bar, so Akil came over with beer in hand and very very drunk.  He’s a Trini but with a British accent.  He started to chastise us for not coming in the bar to teach him.

Then he says “You guys all think we are sinners, why don’t you come teach us.  All yea are judgmental?”

 Excuse me!  So my blood starts to boil, and I know I’m supposed to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, but that set me off.  So we start to explain why we can’t come into the bar, and that we only go where we can feel the spirit.  Then I asked him if God came now would he offer him some if his beer- No answer.

Then he goes on, “I know I’m being an arrogant jerk” to which I responded, “YES!”

Then Anderson jumps in again this time with his warrior talk.  He always calls me a warrior.  Meanwhile all this going on S. Kimball sits in the corner on a beer crate looking like shes about to give up (she was sick all day) and we had a new sister with us who can’t understand our accent so I’m pretty sure she was lost in the Trini-brrit war of accents.  However ,after Akil left we were able to kind of finish our lesson.  Anderson is great tho, he said since we started coming by he has been praying more and has been seeing God hand in his life.”

hahaha….   I Love Trini’s.

Love you all!  Have a great week.  Can’t wait to see all yea this Sunday!!!!!:)

Especially you mama!

♥KaeKae

Week 56 ~ MANGO SEASON

Dear Fam,

This week was sooooo good.  For a few reasons: 

1)  We have continued to see SO MUCH success in this new contact area.  Meeting lots of cool souls.  Plus having a Trini companion makes people SO much more receptive! 

2)  We got our transfer calls! (my fourth call for the transfer cuz this mission is crazy haha) and the dream team is getting an addition!  My Guatemalan sista, Sister Ortiz is coming back from the ABC’s to be a trio with Sister Xavier and I! haha  It’s going to be a blast.  I am so excited!  It’s Sister Ortiz’s last transfer so I will once again, be killing a companion.  Half the missionaries in Trinidad are going home this week. (fun fact: I am the last white sister. aka I feel like the only white person on the entire island😅)  So we are very sparse in numbers.  But we got this, we just all are covering about 3-4 areas per companionship.👊

3)  I don’t sound like a man anymore so huzzah for that.  Feeling much better.  #pneumonia 

4)  IT’S MANGO SEASON PEOPLE.  When we are out contacting, people either just give us mangoes or we can find a mango tree and pick some off for dinner.  Also Sister Xavier taught me how to eat a mango like a Trini, they call it “sucking a mango” so she now documents every time I suck a mango because she is so proud that I am learning the “Trini ways” haha.  She is so funny. 

5)  We had an amazing lesson with our Jamaican investigator named Warren!  As we taught the restoration the Spirit was so strong and he stopped and said, “Do you know how long I have been searching for the truth of Christ?”  He currently is out of work and very very poor so we have some members that are going to give him a lift to church this coming Sunday and we are so excited!  We are going to set him on date for the beginning of June. 

Funny story of the week:  Some guy told me I have blue eyes because I descend from an angel that came to earth and had kids with the humans hahahaha ALRIGHT. 

Love you all! 

Love,  KaeKae

SAM_1936.JPGPazookies for our Monday cheat meal 🙂

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Mangooooo
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Fave trees here

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Lol…More Mango!
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Teaching with me Trinis

Week 55 ~ Hello, Hello!!

April 24, 2017

This week has probably been the best week of my mission.  Minus the fact that I had pneumonia. 😅  President made me go to the doctor so I got put on a Zpack so I am good now other than I still sound like a man.  So don’t worry mom, I am healthy 🙂 

Being with Rebekah… er, Sister Xavier….has been SO FUN.  I have never laughed so hard in my life.  I am pretty positive that she was my black sister in the preexistence.  We are praying that her work permit for Jamaica doesn’t come through for the next 6 months so that she can kill me (be my last companion) haha. 

We have been putting in tons of work to find new investigators and we have seen so many miracles this week!  We found so many prepared souls:

Allen.  Super rasta looking guy.  One giant dread all the way to the ground.  Accepted a baptismal invite.  Sweet. 

Simon Peter. Yes, that is his real name.  So in our contact area we were working  to meet every single person on Riverside Street.  There was this one house behind Allen’s house that was kind of hidden by trees and was fenced in.  So we asked Allen how to get to the house and he told us to pass through the drain. (I’ll send a picture so you know what I am talking about).  So we went ahead and climbed through the drain and got back there and there was like a little village of board houses.  So we went to the house we were originally hunting down and met Simon Peter.  He is 23 and so prepared.  We had a whole lesson with him about God and who God is and the spirit was so strong.  When he said the closing prayer he thanked Heavenly Father for answering his prayer and sending him “these angels” and prayed that he could teach his family what he learned and that we could pass back soon so that he can learn more.  We are seeing him tomorrow and we are so excited! That experienced just strengthened my testimony of the importance of knocking EVERY SINGLE DOOR.  Even if you have to crawl through and sketchy and dirty drain.  It’s ironic because our scripture mastery for this transfer is Jeremiah 16:15-16.

15 But, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.

16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.

We also found a group of Jamaican guys (Warren, Oswald and Dave) that are so interested in the Gospel!  Sometimes it’s hard to teach them because they ask so many off the wall questions because they are so hungry to learn about God.  It’s a good thing that Sister Xavier is with me because I can’t understand Jamaicans AT ALL.  But they are really cool and I just love seeing how much of a desire they have to learn. 

Desireer.  She is so awesome.  4 years ago she lost her two twin girls in a car accident on their 18th birthday.  It was a huge thing in Trinidad.  There names were Kadijah and Khertima and all of Trinidad knows who they are.  Because of this accident Trinidad now has speed limites and cops now have speed guns and it’s now illegal to drink and drive. (The driver was drunk)  It was all over Caribbean news.  When we met her she invited us back so we were able to visit her last night.  She told us that she never listens to missionaries (like the Jehovah Witnesses and what not), but we reminded her of her daughters so she let us in.  Sister Xavier and I both felt prompted that her daughters really want her to hear this message, so we told her that and she got goosebumbs and teared up. She told us that if anyone else was to tell her that it wouldn’t mean anything, but she said with us, it’s different.  The Spirit is so good.  I am so excited to teach her about The Plan of Salvation:)   

So yeah, this week was amazing.  I am just really happy and I love the Gospel and Trinidad and being a missionary:)  (Good thing I love it here otherwise I think I would have been chapped about missing out on the Spain trip, but it’s all good…. I am living in the Caribbean so 🙃) 

Love you all! 

Love,

Sister McKae Kimball 

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Sister Xavier walking the drain to Simon Peter’s. Also, she makes me feel tall. She’s 5 ft tall.

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Home:)

Week 54 ~ Happy Easter

Hello Everyone! 

This week has been great.  Other than I have been sicker than a dog.  So excuse if I seem pretty out of it for this email because I am pretty drugged up and exhausted because I haven’t been able to sleep much this week. 

First off, HAPPY EASTER!  Here in Trinidad, Easter is a 5 day holiday.  That’s why I wasn’t able to email yesterday.  Everything was shut down. 

This week was so fun because I got to be with my greenie named Sister Woodbury 🙂 She is such an awesome missionary!  It felt like she came pre-trained haha.  I think I learned more from her that she did from me.  She was called English, but last minute got her language changed to Spanish.  So she just came from the Dominican Repulic MTC.  And she came with a nasty head cold so that is why I got sick.🙃  All is well though.  We just took a lot of cold medicine and were still able to go out and work.  Although both of our voices were gone so that was a challenge.  Especially calling into peoples houses hahahah. I honestly sound like a man. 😂  

Sister Woodbury’s MTC companion went with Sister Jenkins and we split our area in half. It’s been super fun.  Sister Jenkins and Sister Burrup were in the downstairs apartment that has been empty for awhile.  We would get together for 12 week training and have group role plays which was a blast.  It’s been really nice to blitz our area because we have been able to find like crazy.  We found some really awesome people!  One in particular… Allen.  Allen is an older man that totally looks like a rasta.  He has one giant dread down to the ground.  It’s pretty nasty honestly.  We called into his house and he let us into his gallery to teach him.  I for sure thought he was going to start going off about God being a lion and Bob Marley and all that.  But he actually is Christian and is really really smart.  The next time we came back he had read the whole tract and he even knew who Aaron and Melchizedek are and completely understand what the Priesthood is!  He’s a gem.   

Even though I am sad that Sister Woodbury had to leave me so soon (took her to the airport this morning), I have some super exciting news.  Remember my friend from up north named Rebeka?  Yeah she is my new companion!!!  She is visa waiting here until she gets her papers cleared to go to Jamaica.  I am so excited!!!  When I was up north and was her missionary I always told her that she was going to visa wait and I was going to train her hahaha and now it is actually happening! 

We had zone conference this week and it was all on the Gathering of Israel. Whenever I feel the spirit really strongly I get a headache (its’s a real thing, I promise haha) and I definitely had a spiritual headache after ZC.  I love being a missionary and being a part of God’s work.  It feels so good to be a part of something so important.  President and Sister Egbert invited all the locals that have there mission calls to Trinidad.  It was really cool to have them there.  I am excited to see what happens with Trinidad in the next few months. We had a leadership meeting right before zone conference and president told me and the other elders there that will be going home with me that we are going to play a big role in the transition of Trinidad becoming a “local missionaries” mission.  I am excited!  I trust God and know that He has a plan. 

Love you all so much!  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and remembered the true meaning of why we celebrate. 

Sister Kimball