Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Going to Peru!

So I received the email today from the Baton Rouge Louisiana Mission office. It was short and sweet:

She has arrived! We welcomed Sister Kimball today.  We also received her itinerary for her trip to Peru today.  So, she is leaving on Friday for Peru.

Sister Olsen
Mission Office

I will update her address on this page. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Familia y Amigos! 

This week has been wonderful! Since this was an extra week for me at the MTC my companion and I were able to have a little more freedom in scheduling our time. We decided to teach the new districts and to be "investigators" for other missionaries. It was a great learning opportunity for me. It made me realize that there is always work to be done. We all can draw closer to Christ and we all know someone who we can invite to come unto Christ. The work of the Lord is so fulfilling! I love sharing my beliefs with others; it fills my heart with love and strengthens me for the rest of the day.

Also, since my visa hasn't come, I have been reassigned!! I am so excited to serve in the Baton Rogue Louisiana Mission! The Lord has prepared people there to receive his gospel and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Louisiana! Plus, I have never been to the South, seen a bayou or seen a real live firefly, so I can't wait to experience those little things as well!! I leave the MTC next Tuesday and will hopefully know my new address soon! 

One thing that I  have really learned this week is trust, or faith, in the Lord.      The scripture Proverbs 3:5  came up so much this week. It says "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart" the verse continues on to tell you the blessing you will receive if you will truly trust him, but I will let you discover that on your own.  Faith or trust in Jesus Christ is the first principle of His gospel. Faith is essential. We show our faith by ACTING on it. If for example, you are a missionary and you are trying really hard to learn Spanish, then you must have faith. If you act on that faith by opening your mouth and testifying to others, then... the Lord will bless you with the ability to say what needs to be said in Spanish. I know this is true because I have seen it happen in my life. When I ACT in faith, believing that the Lord will follow through, He always comes through. Many things in life require leaps of faith, and when we confidently take that leap, we will be blessed!

This week I have also gained a greater testimony of the Book of Mormon. I read from the Book of Mormon daily and daily I am blessed with answers to my prayers from the words in the Book of Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Every prophet in the Book of Mormon testifies of Christ. I know that Jesus Christ lives. He died for us so that we have the option to someday return to live in heaven with God. I know that Jesus Christ died for each of us. This sacrifice is the Atonement, and through the Atonement our burdens can be lifted, our sins forgiven, our pains healed, and our hurt consoled. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ our disappointments and sorrows can become Joy. God did not send us to the Earth to suffer; He sent us here to learn, grow, and most of all, to find JOY in this life. 2Nephi 2:25  I know that if we act on our Faith in Jesus Christ and use the Atonement daily in our lives. We will be on the path to once again live in eternal Joy with our loving Father in Heaven. I am so grateful for this knowledge and am so excited to share it with others. 

I love all of you and appreciate your support, love, and letters!


Hermana Kimball

Friday, June 14, 2013

                                          Hermana Marchant, Frye, Shriver, and Kimball

                                           Where in the US will Kate end up next week?

Hey Everyone,


    First off, an update on my visa situation. My visa for Peru still has not come and I have been notified that I am in line to be reassigned to a new mission. I am so excited to go out and serve so now I am just waiting to find out WHERE I will be. I feel all that pre mission call excitement all over again. My companion, Hermana Marchant got her reassignment today; she is going to Salt Lake City, Utah... about 15 minutes from her house! So, maybe I will be back in SoCal? That would be crazy, but it is wonderful and I will let all of you know as soon as possible because I would love to keep getting some letters!


This week has been pretty crazy. My companion was eaten alive by what the doctor suspects were bed bugs. So all day on Monday we did laundry, cleaned every inch of our belongings and moved rooms. It was quite an adventure! We now live in a room with four sisters who speak Chinese. One of them is Cousin Kelsey Kimball’s really good friend Sister Koch so that is cool. Also this week I found Elder Remington, he made it to the MTC alive and I’m sure he will be a great missionary! Also, I see Sister Leofke here all the time, she was supposed to get her reassignment last night so I am excited to see her again and find out the news! It is so wonderful to see so many friends here all dedicating their lives to the work of the Lord!


Also, on Tuesday for devotional we had a gigantic meeting in the Marriott Center. All of the missionaries walked the couple of blocks over to BYU Campus, it was an adventure. Plus since there were lots of people stuck in one place, my companion and I jumped on the opportunity to do contacting. We shared testimony of our Savior and about the restoration of Christ´s Church. I love sharing my beliefs with others. This gospel is so true! I love having the opportunity to really study the Book of Mormon and the Bible and to get on my knees and really talk to God. I know that He loves us and will help us with anything. If we pray to Him sincerely with questions or concerns, He will listen and He will respond. I have found many answers to prayers as I search the scriptures, listen attentively in church meetings, and especially when I act in faith. This week I have really been praying to feel the love that God has for others. When I go out and in faith try to show Gods love to others, I can really feel a portion of that love for them. If there is something that we want we must ask God, then act in faith, and He will bless us. I really liked one thing my zone leader, Elder Conley, said the other day, he said  ¨We pray to the most powerful being in the entire Universe, yet we, as his children, have the opportunity to address him as Father¨ I love that!  God is our Heavenly Father, He created us, He loves us more than we can imagine, and He wants to hear about our lives every day!


I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a missionary and am so excited to find out where I get to be serving for the next 17 months! Also, I love getting letters from all of you, write anytime. It really is like Christmas when a letter arrives!


With Love,

Hermana Kimball


Sunday, June 9, 2013

The weeks have flown by incredibly fast here. I have less than 15 days until I am sent out into the mission field! If my visa comes in time I will head straight to Peru, if my visa doesn't come then I will get to serve in a mission here in the United States until my visa does come. I am beyond excited to serve! I pray every day that I will be prepared to teach the people that are ready to hear the gospel where ever I may be.  Last Wednesday I was able to be a host for the new missionaries coming in. It was so fun to meet them at the curb, help them pry away from their family and drag their suitcases up to their rooms. It reminded me of that first day excitement and how wonderful it felt to put on the nametag that sets me apart as a representative of Jesus Christ. I am so honored to be his ambassador! It has been such a learning experience for me as I really try to be like Him.  I suggest taking the quiz on page 126 of the book Preach my Gospel.  It is a great self-evaluation that really helped me to recognize the things that I need to change in my life so that I can be a better example of my Savior.

 Another great thing this week was our lesson in the Teaching Resource Center. We had 40 minutes to teach, but it went by so quickly. With help from the Lord, my companion and I were able to really discern his needs, and we helped him establish four goals on how he can improve. And, keep in mind that this is someone who works here at the MTC he coordinates missionary teaching, he is an amazing person, yet he still had things that he knew needed to change, he still wanted to draw even closer to Christ. It is so great to help others recognize a need for change. I love watching the desire to change grow in them and then it is a wonderful feeling when we get to tell them how that change is possible for their personal lives.  I love this gospel and I love being a missionary.


Hermana Kimball

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Hermana Merchant and Hermana Kimball

                                                                               The District... 
Hi Everyone,
I am really loving the MTC! Everyday I learn something new about how the Gospel of Jesus Christ can bring joy to my life and to the lives of the people who I am teaching. Right now my compainon and I have three investigators. They are actully teachers at the MTC but they take on the role of someone who they taught on their mission. It is really a great experience to teach them, share testimony and watch them grow. Also we started TRC it is the Teaching Resource Center and people from all over the county come to talk with the missionaries. Most of the people are members of the Church but as missionaries our purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ, so talking with members of the Church about gospel principles is equally as important as helping non mormons to recognize the necessity for Christ in the lives. I love these lessons with church members. Everyone has things that they struggle with and it is so fun as a missionary to find those needs and then teach them about the principle (whether it be prayer, church attendance, eternal families, or repentance) which will ultimately help them to find more joy in their lives.
 This week in church I was called on to give the talk. The Branch President gives everyone a topic each week then randomly chooses people from the congregation to speak. I was chosen this week and it was really fun. My talk was on the Atonement, well it was in Spanish so I hope I was talking about the Atonement, but either way it went well. In doing research for the talk I was reminded of the fact that  the Atonement allows us to go to the Lord with anything. It is not simply for forgiveness of sins. The Atonement is all encompassing. Christ died for us. He took upon Him all of our sins, sorrows, dissapointments, and fears.  When we sincerely pray to our Father in Heaven we can feel the peace, comfort, and cleansing power of the Atonement. This week I have also realized the need to act in faith. It is good to pray and to ask for answers, blessings or forgiveness; however, if we do not act then we will not receive any of those things. If you are looking for answers, ask in prayer, but then search your scriptures and take time to ponder. If you need forgiveness, ask for it, then start changing your heart and life. And if there is something you have asked to be blessed with, start serving others to bring blessings into their lives and you will find even greater blessings than you asked for come into your own life.
I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. I love being a missionary and I love serving. There is work here to be done in the MTC, it is so strengthening to share testimony with other missionaries. I love this work and I love all of you. Please feel free to write me letters whenever!!
With Love,

Hermana Kimball