Sunday, December 29, 2013

 Hermana Kimball was able to visit with the family on Christmas eve.   Her regular letter will appear next week.  

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Miracles and Peace


Hey Everyone!
   The weeks are honestly flying by!! I can´t believe that Christmas is around the corner, then New Year’s, and we will be in 2014!  It is craziness!!
This week was full of miracles. We have come across so many new people who are seeking peace during this season of Christmas. So early on in the week we were knocking doors, at one house the lady didn’t want anything to do with us. She gave all the typical excuses, she was busy, cooking, cleaning, no we couldn’t help plus, she had to take her sickly mother to the hospital and pick up her kids from school. We asked if perhaps we could enter to offer a prayer in behalf of her mother. She paused in her list of excuses and opened the door, allowing us to enter. We knelt together and offered a simple prayer, asking God to bless her mother and her entire household. As we got up to leave she thanked us profoundly, wished us well in all of our endeavors and testified of Christ and the faith and love that she has for him. It was wonderful to see the change in her countenance from apparent frustration when she first opened the door to the joy and thanks that she expressed as we left. This gospel of Jesus Christ truly offers peace and hope. 

The other great miracle this week happened when we were contacting in the street. We met a lady named Nelly. She gave us her address and said that we could visit her the next day in the morning. The next morning we found her home and knocked on the door. A different woman answered, and asked us what we needed.   We explained who we are and asked if Nelly was home. The woman then went on to explain that Nelly does own the house but is currently living in Lima. The woman said that Nelly hasn’t been here in Lambayeque for weeks and will not return for weeks more. We were incredibly confused, as we had talked to Nelly just the day before there in Lambayeque. As we continued to talk with the woman, she told us that she was in fact also a Mormon. She explained that when she moved here about 5 years ago she never transferred her records and never had visited the church here. We were so excited at the news, and eagerly invited her to return to Church and take part in the many blessings that awaited her. We testified that there are no coincidences, and that there is a purpose for us having knocked on her door. She acknowledged the truth of the miracle and agreed to again apply the gospel in her life. 

All in all it was a wonderful week. I am so grateful for the opportunity to see miracles first hand. I love this work. I know that God is directing the minute details of our lives. Look for the everyday miracles, record them in your journal, and fall to your knees in thanks for the bounty that he bestows on us every day.

Thank you for all of your love, prayers, and letters.

Love,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas in Peru

Baptism de Loredina
 
 
 District Lunch in Real Plaza (its almost like the spectrum... almost!)





Christmas time in Chiclayo Peru.

Christmas in Peru


Hey Everyone!

  I can´t believe that December is well on its way. The Christmas Spirit grows and grows every day. Lights are going up, Christmas trees are in every house. People are selling Panetón (Peruvian fruit cake) in todo lugar. Christmas is in the air (even in the 90 degree heat!). And best of all, for Christmas here every family has a huge nativity set. Most are wooden, hand carved with Mary, Joseph (oh María y José) and all the animals. Plus they have the tradition that baby Jesus doesn’t arrive until midnight in the 24th. Instead of sleeping early so Santa can come, the whole family stays up until midnight and awaits the arrival of the Christ child. They truly love the Lord here, and Christmas is a time that they are praising Him and truly focusing on Jesus. They honestly recognize and celebrate the true reason for the season! 
 

Anyway, I bet you are probably wondering where I got transferred to. It was extremely difficult to say goodbye to Monsefú. There is a special place in my heart for that town and more so for the people there. Ahora, I have been transferred to Lambayeque, Demetrio Acosta. I think it is a little bit North of Chiclayo, so more desert than ocean breeze. The area is huge so there is lots of work to be done. Luckily, I have the most wonderful companion in the World! Hermana Fuller is from Seattle Washington and is incredibly diligent and tons of fun! We have already planned lots of activities for the branch and for the zone. We are ready to infuse Lambayeque with lots and lots of excitement for missionary work! Also there are some wonderful investigators here. This weekend Loredina was baptized. She just turned 12 and is so great. Her little sister is a member as well and they, along with their Mom, come to church every week. Unfortunately their Mom isn’t legally married so she can’t be baptized (yet). Hopefully her husband will be ready soon to be married and later, baptized so that their family can be together FOREVER!  

 
I love this work; there is a lot to be done. The field is white all ready to harvest and I love every minute!

 Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Thanksgiving photos

Thanks giving in Peru. 
Mashed potatoes and rice.

 Mami Josefa and Papi Coco


Consejo de rama!

Diciembre

Wow! I cannot believe that it is already Diciembre! The Christmas decorations have started going up here in Peru.. and the weather is just getting hotter.. and hotter. Change is in the air. In fact.. I have transfers again! Tomorrow I will know where I am headed off to now. It has been beyond amazing to serve here in Monsefu. I Love the people here with all my heart.
This week flew by and  a lot happened. Elder Calderon a member of the Area Presidency came to talk with our mission. He gave a great training,. I loved his thoughts on how creativity is sparked in an environment of love and support. Also, this week we had a fantastic branch activity. It was called the Plan de Salvacion. It was like a carnival. There was a room set up like a coffee shop (minus the coffee). A room like a discoteca, one with games for little kids (including guinea pig races), a movie theater in another room, and a little chapel in another room. All the people were given fake "dollars" and had free reign of the chapel to spend their "cash" and enjoy all the games. However, after awhile, we stopped all activity and gathered all the people together. We explained that sometimes in life we are influenced to spend our time in the coffee shop or the disco instead of giving time to the Lord. Depening on where the people ended up they were asigned to a degree of glory in the "heavens". Hopefully that explanation makes some sense... It was a fantastic activity. Loads of fun and lots of people came.. unfortunately many stayed in the discoteca the whole time.. but they came!! and learned a little bit of doctrine in the end.!
And the moment most joyful for me this week was when Hermano Jaime got up in testimony meeting and shared his testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel and his desire to be with his family for the eternities. I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have had here in Monsefu to share the gospel with Hermano Jaime and his family, to watch his process of repentance, to witness his baptism, and feel the spirit as he testified. What a privilege it is to witness the miracle of true repentance. 

Love,
Hermana Kimball


 

Sunday, December 1, 2013


At the Baptism
 Mission Conference
Companions

Hola!!
  Wow this week was jam packed with wonderful moments I really am not sure where to begin.. So first of all Elder Russell M. Nelson came to Chiclayo Peru! Elder Nelson is an apostle of the Lord and he came to talk with all of the missionaries in Chiclayo. It was incredible. We all got to shake his hand and he gave a great talk about the potential that each one of us has. He reminded us that before we came to this Earth we lived as spirits with our Father in Heaven. In this pre-earth life we agreed to Gods Plan for us, we learned about the gospel, and we promised God that we would accomplish certain things while here on Earth. Elder Nelson told us that one of the things we (the missionaries in Chiclayo) promised to do was serve a mission. He also left us with the apostolic blessing that if we continue to work with our hearts centered on the Lord our families will be blessed for the eternities. So family, I will continue to give it all that I’ve got and I know the blessings will come your way! 

The second awesome thing was that on Saturday we did divisions. So there are 4 full time missionaries in the Branch, and there are 4 young adults who are waiting for their mission calls to come before the year end. So on Saturday my companion and I split up and took on the responsibility of one the mini missionaries. I was paired up with Brilly Chumioque. She is Awesome! We knocked doors, contacted in the street, found some wonderful new people and had a baptism!! It was loads of fun to give Brilly a taste of the missionary life. She will be a wonderful missionary in the not too far future!! 

And the third thing, as I mentioned, we had a baptism. This was the first baptism of someone who I have taught and taught and taught. It was a wonderful experience. I am so privileged to have taught Jaime and his wife, to have been in all those lessons, to watch his conversion and see his testimony grow. Hermano Jaime is a young father who teaches at the local catholic school. His wife, Monica, is great and their little son, Renzo, is a bit of a whirlwind. The first time the three of them came together to the chapel was such a happy day, Renzito loved the elevator, and Jaime and Monica loved the spirit there!  Jaime came every week to church and we continued to share the gospel in their little store. I remember the strength of the Spirit in one lesson when Jaime said "I want to be baptized, I know I need to do it. But I don’t want to be saved alone; I want my family with me." As the weeks continued to pass his desire grew. Although his wife is still learning and not quite ready to take that leap of faith, This Saturday Jaime was baptized. His mother and sister (recent converts to the Church) were there! It was a beautiful moment and I am still praying that in the near future Monica will follow his lead and together they can start on the path toward the temple.

I know this is the gospel of Jesus Christ and I am so grateful to see the miracle of repentance change the hearts of these precious children of God!

I love you all!
Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball


Sunday, November 24, 2013


Hola!!

  Wow! This week was great! The whole mission is excited because this week Elder Nelson (an apostle of the Lord) is coming to speak to our mission! We are all way excited and are working extra hard to really be spiritually ready for the conference. So next week I will have some more news on that!

This weekend Hermana Rodas and I had did a great service activity.. we peeled potatoes... LOTS of potatoes!! It was surprisingly enjoyable and we greatly enjoyed the French fries the next day! 

Also this week our branch mission leader started assigning ward members to accompany us. It is lots of fun to have a member as a companion they add a different perspective so that the investigator can really see the gospel in action in a "normal person" instead of just the missionaries. It is a great opportunity also for the members to share testimony with their friends and neighbors! I know that when we testify of Christ the Spirit testifies of our words. So, go out and testify of Him. Christmas time is coming, we must freely rejoice in our Lord and Savior!
 

This week I also learned a bit more about the Priesthood. The Priesthood is the power of God. With this power all things were created, including us. With this power Jesus Christ worked miracles, raised the dead, and established his Church. The Priesthood Power is essential for our salvation. The saving ordinances that we need (like baptism) can only take effect through the power of the Priesthood. I am so grateful for the direction of the Priesthood in my home. I have received much comfort and peace of mind by means of Priesthood blessings from worthy men of God. I am so grateful that God has allowed his children the opportunity to receive these blessings. I know that God lives and that He loves us.  He demonstrates His love for us in so many ways. Search for the little miracles and blessings every day.

 
Pray Always, Be Strong!

 
Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Trust in the Lord


Wow! This week in Monsefu went by so fast! Also this week I completed 6 months in the mission, it is crazy to think that for Christmas next year I will be at home with all of you! I love you all lots, but this work brings so much joy I just might stay another few years! (Don’t worry Mom the mission president won’t let me) 
Anyway, this week I learned a whole lot about Trust. Missionary work is centered in Trust. As missionaries we Trust in the Lord to guide us in all of our actions and words. We trust that He has sent us to specific places to find His children who are prepared to listen to His word. We Trust him to strengthen us, comfort us, and forgive us of our faults. Also as missionaries we have the responsibility to be representatives of Jesus Christ, and as such many people Trust in us. So many people shared with us this week of their joys, struggles, disappointments, and hopes. AS I listened to story after story, the happy times and the difficulties I could truly feel the trust that these precious children of God had for their Father in Heaven.
 One Hermana shared the heart wrenching story of her life when she was a young single mother. After her husband was brutally murdered she was left pregnant and with two young children. She expressed to us the desperation that she felt in those years. During those times she had no idea where to turn, but one especially difficult night there was a knock on the door. Two Christian missionaries were there to share with her about God. Their message was a glimmer of hope for her in those dark times and she clung to the message of a Loving God. She put her trust in Him, and she acted in Faith. In the years that followed she told us how she continued to Trust in God, and He guided her footsteps every day. 
In another lesson the father of a beautiful family expressed his fears to take the leap of faith and be baptized. After he shared his fears, we shared with him the truth about Faith. That when we act in faith it means that we do NOT know what lay ahead of us in the path of life. Faith means closing our eyes, taking the hand of the Lord and putting one foot in front of the other. 

I know that if we put our faith in the Lord, He will guide us. We must act in faith. Have faith in the Lord, Trust Him!

I love you all!

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Missionary Work in Peru



Hermana Kimball and Hermana Rodas out tracting. 


 Ocean views.
 

Testimony of Jesus Christ


 

This week we had a great lesson with one of our investigators in the chapel. It was awesome to have them come to the chapel and feel of the spirit there. Also, this week we visited Hermano Cesar, an older man who hasn’t come to church in years. We visited a couple of weeks ago for his 80th Birthday and again this week we stopped by to visit. And then on sunday.. he showed up to the chapel after nearly 20 years!! It was testimony meeting, so members of the congregation were able to freely go up to the front and share their personal beliefs. As one Hermana shared her testimony, Hermano Cesar slowly stood up. With his cane out front he ever so slowly made his way to the pulpit and he shared his testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My companion and I were nearly in tears to see him, after so many years, share his testimony of Jesus Christ. It really was wonderful! There is a special joy that comes when we can help in some small way to bring one of the Lords lost sheep back into the flock. People stray away from the gospel for a variety of reasons, but our loving Father is always awaiting their return with arms outstretched to greet them. We must always ask the Lord to direct our paths; he will not lead us astray. We must be firmly planted in the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is our Rock and our Salvation. 


Be firm. Be True. Have Faith 

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, November 3, 2013





Cambios - New Companion


This week was cambios... which means I got a new companion!  Hermana Rodas, from Honduras. She is great. Very bold, dedicated, and always is laughing. We have already had some great lessons together and are we are praying really hard to know who is ready to truly apply the gospel in their lives. I have already learned so much about the Gospel in these past few months. I know that first we have to have faith, centered solely in Jesus Christ. He is our rock, our foundation and our Savior. I know that if we have faith in Him we will repent consistently and we will make and keep sacred covenants. As we repent daily, and keep our covenants we will continue progressing and we will endure to the end, when the Lord will welcome us into his Kingdom. I know He loves us and wants us there with Him and with our families for the Eternities.

 

Be Strong, Be Examples, La fe es todo!

 

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Come what may and Love it


This week was a bit of a rollercoaster ride. I’m in the process of creating a formula to love the discouraging moments. I stole most of these ideas from the talk "Come what may and love it” By Elder Wirthlin.  I absolutely love that talk!! 

 

First off, count your blessings. Love the little things...the cute puppies in the street, the warm soy milk in the morning or, the smell of fresh bread in the plaza.

 

Second, learn to laugh. When the day has been tough and your companion somehow trips into a hole in the street, just laugh it off together and keep walking. See the humor in the tough times.

 

Third, remember that there is a balance in all things. So, if you’ve had a bad day just remember that it’s a universal law that, an awesome day is on the way! 

 

Everyone has trials, we need them, we are humbled by them, and ultimately we learn from them. Love the tough times. With lots of prayer and faith in the Lord we can make it (happily) through whatever comes our way.

 

Be strong, Keep the faith and Follow the Lord.

 

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, October 20, 2013

VAN FULL OF MISSIONARIES.


Hey Everyone!
I cannot believe how quickly the time passes here. This week we dedicated lots of our time to contacting references from members and knocking doors. Without a doubt, references are much more effective. Plus the members love to help out when we are teaching their friends. It is so great to see the members really get involved in the work of salvation. There is a special joy that comes from sharing the Gospel with others. Our testimonies are very dear to us, but I know that when we share them, with all the sincerity of our hearts, the message will touch the hearts of others. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and am so grateful for the guidance it brings to my life. I hope that all of you can also feel the peace that the gospel brings, live according to what you believe, and share that testimony and love with others. This week the branch president asked us to visit with an elderly gentleman who, due to his health, is unable to come to church on Sundays. Hermana Jennifer and I stopped by one evening to visit, and we arrived just in time to celebrate his 80th birthday. It was fantastic. Before the family fiesta started we sang his favorite hymn as a birthday gift. He was so happy to have us there and we enjoyed the opportunity to visit with his daughters. They each are of different religions but we had a pleasant conversation about the gospel. And of course we enjoyed the cake and inca kola! 

Also this week there was a national holiday, all of our plans fell through, so we were wandering the streets of Monsefu and found ourselves at the door of a family who hasn't been coming to church in a while. We knocked on the door and were blessed to find almost the entire family there. They were surprised by our visit but graciously let us enter. We had a great lesson with the family. I love these moments when really we feel that we are guided by the Lord to find his children who are straying from his paths. I know that God loves all of his children and I hope that we all can reach out to those around us and help them to feel the love of God in their lives.

I love you all. Pray always and Trust in the Lord.

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball



Sunday, October 13, 2013

La despedida de Hnita Vargas en el aeropuerto

      


                                              

  Mi nueva compañera y su familia





Un pajarito     









I am just very grateful that they were not on my plate for dinner

Cambios  (again!!) My wonderful compañera Hermana Vargas got her visa for Argentina and left this morning to finally arrive in her designated mission. It was sad to say goodbye, she is an amazing missionary and we were working so well together, setting goals, reaching them, and celebrating. While she is headed off on a new adventure, I am so pumped to finish up this transfer with a mini missionary. Hermana Jennifer Lisa, from Chiclayo, She is prepping to serve a mission in a year or so and is so excited to have the opportunity to get a taste of mission life now. 

Also this weekend was General Conference. Wow! I am so grateful for a living prophet who guides this church under the direction of the Lord. So many messages touched my heart and expanded my understanding (even though it was all in Spanish). I loved the message from Sister Carole  Stephens. She spoke of the divine nature that each one of us has and the potential that we have as sons and daughters of God to become like him. I know that we all have this potential and I know that when we truly know who we are, we will fix our vision on the eternities and never look back. I also loved the thought from Elder Timothy Dyches, who said that "Christ loves us for who we are and for who we can become." I know that Christ has shown us the way to become like him. If we follow his example and use His atonement in our lives. When we repent of our mistakes with true intent, we can change the very desires of our hearts we can leave behind all the errors and begin again. Daily repentance is an act of faith and I know that when we center our faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, the spiritual wounds that we have will be healed and we can start anew to walk in the path of the Lord. Lastly, I loved the talks from Sister Oscarson and Elder Nelson. Both talked about the daily decisions that we make. I have always remembered the quote that Mom cross-stitched years ago that hangs on our wall; it says “We are free to choose but we are not free to alter the consequences of those choices." We must be wise. We cannot afford to keep our view fixed on today; we must look towards the eternities and make those choices that will lead us to eternal happiness. This life is the time for us to prepare to meet our God. The shot clock is ticking down.  Now is the time to act! I love the hymn, "Who’s on the Lords Side?" I can’t remember how it goes in Inglish but in Spanish the chorus says, "Quien sigue al señor, toma tu decision clamamos sin temor, quien sigue al señor." or a rough translation, Who is fighting on the Lords side? Make your decision, then come fight with all the energy of your heart and soul. I know that the Lords way is the only road that will lead us to peace in this life and joy in the life to come. We must make the decision NOW to follow his path and to always, ALWAYS, testify of him and witness of the power of the atonement. I am so grateful for the living prophet and apostles who guide us through these perilous times. I know that they speak the word of God and I invite all of you to study their words, then apply what you have learned. Make the Decision, He will guide you and bless you. 

I Love you all!


Con Amor,

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fotos of Goal Chart

 
 
My comp and I by our chart .. WHOOO!! we reached our goal!  

 
another pic by the chart..  This one is for vanities sake so you all don't think that my hair always looks like the mess that is in the first picture  :D

Goal and Plans

Make plans and set goals. As a missionary we do that EVERY DAY!  But this week we really focused on a goal..and we saw our progress. It was lots of fun. The first couple of weeks of the transfer we were getting discouraged that nobody was giving us references to contact. But one day.. we realized that  well, we hadn't ASKED hardly anyone for references. So we set a goal to ask for references. The first day we asked more people than we had the entire week before. We were so excited with how simple it really was. So we set a goal, made a cute little chart for the wall and got to work. It was lots of fun to focus on one goal. And as we focused on asking people for references, we received lots of references.. and many of these references are now people who are happily learning about their Savior and the Plan of happiness that God has for us. In the end of the week we had reached our goal, surpassed it actually. And we saw the miracles that followed. I really gained a testimony of the small and simple things. Sometimes it seems silly to focus on the little things when we are trying to accomplish something HUGE. But, I know that "by small and simple things, great things will come to pass" Alma 37:6   This week Hermana Vargas and I focused on the small and simple thing of asking people for references.. and as we did that we accomplished great things, and ultimately progressed in many other aspects of the work as well...members were accompanying us to visit their friends, we found new people to teach and we had a lot of fun as a companionship as we worked together to reach the goal. I definitely saw the miracle from the small and simple thing. For all of us there are small and simple things required if we want to achieve great things. There are three small and simple things that all of us can do and I promise that if we do them, we will see great things happen.  
1. Pray.  EVERY DAY!!  ALWAYS!  Talk with God, share your hopes, sorrows and the day to day tasks that seem... well, small and simple. 

2. Read the Scriptures. also every day.. even if you begin with a verse everyday The daily diligence will bring blessings.

3. Tell those you love that you love them, and say it with meaning, tell them a reason WHY you love them. It is a small statement but by small and simple things, great things will happen.

I love you lots, and I pray for you daily. 

Thanks for the letters!!

 
Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Monsefu Week two

Monsefu week 2. This week I actually spent more time outside of Monsefu
than in Monsefu. On Wednesday Hermana Vargas, my companion, traveled to
 Lima to do paperwork so she can get her visa for her real mission in
 Argentina. It is exciting but sad,she will probably leave within a few
weeks so I will be getting a new Monsefu week 2. This week I actually spent more time outside of Monsefu
than in Monsefu. On Wednesday Hermana Vargas, my companion, traveled to
 Lima to do paperwork so she can get her visa for her real mission in
 Argentina. It is exciting but sad,she will probably leave within a few
weeks so I will be getting a new companion before transfers are up.
Anyways, while she was in Lima I spent a couple of days in San Felipe. It
 was so much fun to be back in my first area to visit with the people there
 and to recognize how I have progressed in these last few months. Also we
 spent a day in Pimentel (it is a beautiful beach town). We had a "Mormon
 Battalion" where all of the missionaries in my zone went to Pimentel and
 knocked doors and contacted people in the street. I was paired up with
 Hermana Hanson (from Aliso Viejo) we loved knocking the doors along the
boardwalk.. its was almost like a bit of California coastline, we loved
every minute and met some wonderful people. One man in the street asked if
we knew the purpose of life here on the Earth. We were so happy to share
with him that indeed we do know why we are here on the Earth, and in fact
we also know where we came from and what will happen after this life. He
was so glad that he had asked and we loved sharing our testimonies with
him.

When Hermana Vargas and I returned to Monsefu Friday evening we were
greeted by the news that a ward member who works in a firework factory had
an accident at work and his face arms and chest were covered in second and
third degree burns. As we visited members that evening many were
disheartened by the news and did not understand why this family had to
endure such trials. The next morning Branch President informed me that I
was on the schedule to give a talk the following day at church. He
suggested I speak on missionary work, but in the wake of the accident  I
was leaning more towards a talk on the need for trials in this life. I
decided on the second option, but as I sat on the stand Sunday morning I
still didn't feel quite right with the talk that I had written. As the first
 speaker was finishing up his talk on missionary work I finally received the
 words that I needed to say. I was so grateful for the inspiration. I spoke
 about Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail and his pleas to the Father.  D&C 121
Also, I shared the Lords response to Joseph, that these
 trials are to help us grow and,if we endure them well we will receive
 exaltation. And, as President Monson said we can overcome any trial if we
 are faithful to our covenants. In
 Mosiah 18  we read about the covenant, or promise we make at Baptism. Mainly
 we promise to be witnesses of God at all times, in all things and in all
 places, or in other words we promise  to share the gospel. Hopefully you
followed that chain of thought, but if not. Basically, in order to
 overcome the trials of this life we must share the gospel. I know that if
we are looking outside of ourselves and seeking to help others to come unto
 Christ, our burdens will be lightened. Trials will not disappear, we need
 them in order to learn and grow, but we will have a greater capacity to
 overcome the trials that will come. I was so grateful for the opportunity to
 share these thoughts with the people here in Monsefu . And I am so grateful
 for the covenants that I have made. I know that when we make and keep our
part of the covenants, God is bound to keep his part. The hope that I have
for the future comes from the covenants that I have made with my Father in
Heaven.

I love this opportunity that I have to dedicate all of my time to the Lords
work of Salvation. I promise that as each of you make an effort to share
your belief of God with others, your faith will increase and you will feel
the Love of God more in your life. I am so grateful for the knowledge I
have that God lives and that His son Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of
the world. I know that all of the in just things in this world can be made
right through the atonement of Jesus Christ. He lives and loves us. We
must turn to Him and allow the Atonement to Change our Hearts.

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball

P.S.
Write often!  Getting letters really is the best thing EVER!!!  :D


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pictures from Monsefu


The district in the chiclayo central
Hna SanRoman, Elder Seeley, Elder Law, Elder Palomino, and Elder Saavdera.. oh and Alison  ;)

Noche Misional in Monsefu   ;)



family photo  with  Hna SanRoman.  mami and papi yataco, elder seeley and elder law

Hey Everyone!!

Mosefu is wonderful! There are not very many members here so there is lots of work to be done but it is such a fun place to be. I love the atmosphere here. Plus this week there was a huge festival for the Cruz de Matupe. There were huge crowds of people and lots of music and decorations all over the place; it was a great welcome to Monsefu. My new companion is Hermana Vargas, she is from Lima and is waiting for her visa so she can serve in Argentina, but hopefully we will have at least one complete transfer together because she is great!! 

This week I got to meet most of the investigators and members here in Monsefu. One couple who we are teaching is lots of fun, the husband teaches science at the local catholic school and he always has lots of questions. It is so inspiring to watch this couple make changes in their lives as they encourage each other to read the scriptures and pray. Their baptism is planned for the end of the month and we are so excited to help them make this decision and draw nearer to Christ. 

Also, there are three missionaries serving from the tiny branch here in Monsefu. And the part that is even more awesome is that their families are not members. So we are working SUPER hard to help these family members receive the blessings that the Lord wants to offer them for the missionary service of their family member. 

I don’t have too much more time.. but this week was stake conference. We all gathered at the chapel in the morning and took a bus into Chiclayo for the conference. It was so fun to be stuffed in a tiny bus with the branch singing hymns all the way to Chiclayo. Plus, the conference was fantastic! Elder Richard G. Scott spoke via satellite... in Spanish!! 

Well, I love you all,
Keep in touch!

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Cambios. Transfers. Change. No matter how you say it, there is a mix of emotion. I have loved every minute here in Chiclayo Central and was so surprised to get the news that I will be transferring to a different area in the mission. The people in this area are amazing and my companion is the best! It is sad to leave, but I know that change is always a new opportunity to learn and grow. Tomorrow I will find out where I am headed to, and will let you all know next week. Just keep praying for me and for the people here, that they will continue to open their hearts and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives. 

Well this week we spent a good deal of time in the Medical Clinic. Hermana San Román was having some troubles with her foot still so we were in the clinic often this week to find a solution to the problem. But the awesome part was that even though we were at the doctor we were able to share the gospel. When we first entered the doctor’s office, we were greeted by the doctor. Instead of the normal "Ok what can I do for you" The doctor sat down, and said "I was reading in Revelation today...” It was wonderful. He talked with us about the need for all of us, the Children of God to show love for one another. He brought out his tiny Bible and read the last few verses of Corinthians 13 Love is patient. Love is kind. I love these verses and we had a great conversation with the doctor. He related parables from the Bible and shared with us his testimony of the scriptures. He expressed the importance of praying for understanding of the scriptures, before, during and after your studies. Needless to say we were thrilled to find out that he lives in our area! And the best part was when my companion said that she was scared of what might be the problem with her foot the doctor looked  right at her with a  bit of a smile and said "miedo es de Satanás". My companion and I have been using this line all week because it is so true. If we truly trust in the Lord and have faith in his plan for us, we need not fear. Our Father in Heaven has a plan for each of us. If we keep the commandments, the terms that he has set, we need not fear. He loves us and He knows what is best for us. Trust in Him and his plan.

Remember 
With God all things are possible, we need not fear.

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball



Sunday, September 8, 2013


Hola,

Faith. This week was all about faith. We taught lessons on faith, we studied faith, we heard talks on faith, and we used a whole lot of faith. I really understand now that faith in Jesus Christ is not only a belief or confidence but rather it is the motivator that leads us to action. If we truly have faith we will act. A favorite example of mine is with the lame man. After Christ said that the man was healed, the lame man had enough faith in Christ to try to walk. And in this moment when he acted on his faith, then, and only then, did the miracle occur. I love Alma´s discourse on faith in the Book of Mormon Alma Chapter 32 in Verse 27 it says “awake and arouse your faculties, even unto an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith." I love this because Alma really expresses the necessity to act. We must act in faith. I know that when our faith is centered in Jesus Christ we will have the strength to act, to keep the commandments, pray always, and repent daily. I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and I absolutely love sharing it with the people here in Peru. Already I have seen acts of faith bless many lives including my own. I encourage you to act in faith, to pray and to really think about whether you walk by faith or if you rely solely in your own sight. God´s view of the world is much more grand than our own. If we walk by faith we will see miracles. 

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball


Sunday, September 1, 2013

                                                                      
                                                     Ready for Baptism.

 

This weekend one of the investigators of the Elders in our area was baptized. We accompanied the Elders to the lesson the day before her baptism; it was so wonderful to hear her testimony and to feel the Spirit in the room as she testified of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is so fun to watch a baptism, to see the joy fill her eyes as she came up out of the water, completely clean. I know that the covenant of baptism is a commandment from God. And I know that as we faithfully keep our part of the covenant, as we strive to be witness of Jesus Christ in every moment, then we will be blessed beyond measure by our loving Father in heaven. 

 

Also this week we started teaching a great family of teenage girls. The first lesson we talked about the prophet and gave them a For the Strength of Youth pamphlet with the invitation to read whatever portion they found interesting. When we returned the second time they had chosen to read about modesty. It was perfect to talk with these young women about the importance of modesty and to help them understand their divine nature as daughters of a loving Heavenly Father. I know that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father and that we have a potential greater than we can comprehend. However, there is work to be done if we want to achieve all that we can achieve. We must keep constant watch over the small and simple things, the day to day tasks that carry us along the path to perfection. This week I was reading the conference talk "My work and my glory” by Elder Ballard   in the talk I loved the story about the little girl and her tomato plant. In the beginning she saw the grand potential of this little plant. However, she lost sight of that, and the little plant nearly died. But with a little light and water she was able to revive the `plant and again saw the potential of the little plant.  The talk explains that Christ is the light of the world and that if we come unto him we can once again see our potential and work to reach it. I know that through the atonement of Jesus Christ all things are possible. We are never outside of his reach and he is always walking beside us. I also know that our Heavenly Father wants to hear from each and every one of us and I know that he answers our prayers. I invite each of you to start today the habit of praying every morning and every night. Prayer is to be a conversation with God. As I learned in seminary, it is essential to take the time to turn of the Noise of the world. Pray with all of your heart, then stop and feel the comfort. I know that Prayer brings peace to the wounded, hope to the discouraged, and strength to the weak. I love you all. Keep me updated in all that you do. 

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Hola familia y amigos!!

This week was incredibly fast. We have focused our time on finding people to teach and it has been quite productive. There are lots of families here in which only half of the members of the family are members of the church. So we have been spending lots of time with them and helping them to understand the blessing of the gospel for their family. One of the young couples in the ward just had a new baby. They are working together to prepare to go to the temple so that their new family can be together for all of eternity. I love sharing this truth with these families. I know that families can be together for all eternity but I know that in order to obtain this blessing there is work to be done. First we must make and keep sacred covenants with the Lord. Through these covenants we promise to keep the commandments and always remember the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. Then in return our Heavenly Father promises us eternal life with our familias. Also, along with these covenants, families must be united. We cannot afford to let day to day life interrupt the relationship that we have with our family. I know that family prayer is a link stronger than anything. I know that blessings come through prayer and especially through prayer as a family. Prayer is a great act of faith and there are few things more beautiful than a family kneeling together in prayer, united in their thanks and humbly pleading to God for their needs. I know that our Father in Heaven hears our prayers and I know that He answers them. We can receive revelation for our lives through humble prayers. For me revelation and answers to my questions often come through prayer, scripture study and church attendance. Recently my companion and I have begun attending each church meeting with a question in mind. In fact we now refer to meetings as "moments to receive revelation", and it is so true. We have received lots of revelation and as we apply what we receive, we are blessed with even more direction. It truly is amazing!

Write often!

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball


Sunday, August 18, 2013

the view from my new cuarto

we are in the centro centro centro de la ciudad de Chiclayo.. it is CROWDED.. like walking the streets of NYC  but without stoplights.. it is a lot of fun.. and there is lots of shopping here people come from all over Lambayeque to shop here so  most of our contacts live outside the area but it is still so wonderful to share with them.

HOLA!!

 

Wow! Esta semana pasó muy muy muy rápido. Tuvimos actividades cada día! Tuesday we had a noche de hogar con todo el barrio. Then Wednesday we did splits with members and visited families who haven´t come to church in a while. On Thursday we had a Show de Talentos. The four missionaries in the ward ( Hna. San Roman, Elder Segura, Elder Law, and I) did a short skit. It was quite hilarious!  Then on Friday we had an Open House and invited lots of people in with delicious Peruvian desserts. We had some great contacts from the activity and have begun teaching some of them. One lady is absolutely amazing; she has been searching for this and is so excited to have found the Gospel. Also, this week we finally met the father of one of the ward members. Since we arrived here, everyone has been warning us about this brother, his stubbornness, rudeness and pride. We were a little intimidated to meet him, but so grateful that we did. He is wonderful. He knows the Bible backward and forward, and he told us right out that he wants to get baptized. His fear is that he won´t be able to be perfect after his baptism. We are so excited to help him take the leap of faith, be baptized then make use of the guidance of the Holy Ghost, daily repentance, and the Sacrament ( to renew the baptismal covenant each week). I love sharing this message of hope with others. I know that when we make covenants with God, he will bless us more than we can imagine. Heavenly Father loves us and wants to bless us, we must act in faith. We must pray for, and give thanks for all of the blessing that we receive. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to serve the people here in Peru. Their love has touched my heart. I know that Heavenly Father loves all of his children and I am so blessed to feel a portion of that love as I serve as a Representative of Jesus Christ.

 
Write often!! 

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

 

Hermana Kimball

Los Alamos 128 

Santa Victoria

Chiclayo, Lambayeque

Peru

Sunday, August 11, 2013


Hey Everyone!!

This week was cambios but I got super lucky and my compañera, Hermana San Román and I got to switch areas together. We are now serving in Chiclayo Central. It is most definitely the heart of the city. It is a busy busy place, with lots of shopping, lots of taxis, and lots of people to share the gospel with. We share the ward with two other Elders and the ward is so excited to have so many missionaries. We have received an abundance of references, dinner appointments, and members who volunteer to accompany us, it is WONDERFUL!! Also Hermana San Román and I get to live with our pensionista Hermana Yataco. Her family is lo máximo!!! Plus she makes delicious food!  Also, our room is fantastic because we can go up on the roof and do morning exercise as the sun rises over the steeples of the big Catholic church...it is quite awesome!!  

Anyways, since this week we were opening up the new area we were starting from scratch, we went to visit all the leaders in the ward and sought out some people who haven´t been coming to church in a while. We have fallen in love with one family here. The three daughters were baptized a few years back, but have stopped coming recently. We visited them a couple times this week. Their Mom taught us how to cook Lomo Saltado and we had a great conversation about the gospel of Jesus Christ and the blessings that it offers to our families. I loved being with them and really assisting in bringing the Spirit back into their home. 

Also this week as a companionship, Hermana San Román and I studied the importance of Church attendance and how we can receive revelation through attending Sacrament each week. It was great to study together and then share with members. We both went to church with questions in mind, and our questions were answered. It was great and we received some inspired guidance for how to help some of the people that we have begun to teach. 

I know that the hour that we spend each week in Sacrament meeting, is the most important hour of our week. We must prepare for this throughout the whole week by repenting daily and making every effort to keep our covenants. Then as we renew our covenants on Sunday we will be able to remember the things we need to change and the people we need to serve. I love being a missionary because I get to share this with so many people every day. I know that covenants are essential to the plan of Salvation and we must remember and strive to always be faithful to the covenants that we have made with heavenly Father.

Write often!

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball