Dear Family and Friends,
*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.
Doesn’t she look great?! And her brother Chase and girlfriend, Natalie, skyed in to see the happy Sister Kimball;)
Sister Kimball & Sister Xavier
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!
Pazookies for our Monday cheat meal 🙂
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!
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.