Monday, July 22, 2013

 A day at the Beach in Peru
Friends in Peru

Hola Familia y Amigos!
This week flew by so fast! I don’t have much time to write, but here are the highlights of the week.

1. For Pday we got to go to the BEACH!! It was awesome!! Not quite California, but beautiful in its own way.

2. The primary had a cultural activity (Independence Day is on the 28th of July here, but the whole month is dedicate to patriotism, fireworks, flags, and food). Anyways the activity was super cute. All of the little kids did Peruvian dances in adorable little outfits. They were all so darling. One of our little investigators (she is only 10) also danced and did a fantastic job. She definitely has some natural talent, and the little polka dot skirts were so cute!

3. Speaking of our darling investigator. She is only 10 but has so much faith. She reads the scriptures and prays so diligently. She truly loves the gospel and wants to be baptized. Unfortunately her parents do not agree, but we are working step by step to help them see the change in their daughter and recognize how the Gospel blesses families. 

4. Also this week we started our new plan for the Area. We are really trying to work with the members and more importantly have the members work with us. Many ward members have already volunteered to accompany us for set hours cada dia, it will be such a blessing!!

5. Also I realized that Its almost time for cambios and I still haven’t told you much about my companions. At least I don’t think I have. So, Hermana San Roman is from Arequipa, Peru. She is surprisingly just a few inches shorter than me, and she is hilarious. She has been in the area for quite a while. She loves the ward members so much and they all love her too, it’s wonderful and helps the work move along. My other companion is Hermana Sanders. She is from Virgin,Utah (a place that apparently is smaller than Panguitch??). She arrived in Peru the day before I did but she has already served for 6 months (in San Fernando, California) while she waited for her visa. She is so sincere and sweet and the ward members are so very grateful for her piano skills each Sunday.

I love working with two companions and I am so grateful to be a missionary. I love sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and I love the abundance of Love that I feel for the people here. It is such a blessing.

Love,
Hermana Kimball


Monday, July 15, 2013


Hola!!

 This week has been so incredible! I had an exchange on Tuesday and went to Monsafu for the day with Hermana Huanca. It was lots of fun. We were able to teach quite a few lessons about the Plan of Salvation and the purpose of life here on Earth. There hadn´t been a north American in that area for a while so lots of people wanted to take pictures with me and see pictures of my family. It is so fun to share pics of the family. Everyone mentions how very tall and very blonde we all are. Also, while in Monsafu the pensionista served us pancakes with PEANUT BUTTER for breakfast!!!  It totally made me day!! 

 After my adventure in Monsafu I got to return here to SanFelipe. It has been a wonderful week here. We had a great lesson with Karen and her whole family about the pre-mortal world and the plan of happiness that God has given to us. It was a wonderful lesson. One thing that I really love here is when we sing hymns during lessons. It invites the Spirit so quickly and is a great way to teach simple truths. Also, I like how some of the hymns are not translated directly, just the other day during a lesson with Paula we sang the hymn   Did you think to Pray the lyrics in the chorus were so much more powerful in Spanish and were exactly what she needed to hear. Also during the lesson with Paula, my favorite miracle of the week happened. She was talking with us about some of her challenges but I couldn´t understand her at all. First off, because she was speaking quickly, and secondly her door was wide open and there was construction going on outside. It has been my goal all week to really focus on people and internalize every word they say. So the added distraction was beginning to frustrate me. So, I said a little prayer that maybe there would be a break in conversation so I could jump up, close the door, and focus on Paula. That´s when the miracle happened. Right after my little prayer, a gust of wind slammed the door shut. I was so grateful for the miracle and for the opportunity to really focus on Paula and hear her needs. 

 The other great miracle of the week happened yesterday on our way to church we were kind of disappointed because all of the investigators who we had tried to wake up for church did not end up coming with us. But, as we were walking to church a young man stopped us. He said his name was Marvin and he was wondering if we were headed to a church. We were so happy to teach him as we walked to church. He enjoyed sacrament meeting and invited us to come teach him again. He is searching for peace and to know what decisions are right and I am so excited to share with him the testimony that I have of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is an essential part of this life. If we follow the example of Jesus Christ we will one day be able to live with our loving Father in Heaven. I am so grateful for the plan of happiness that God has given to us. It has helped me to have hope and to understand the challenges of this life with an eternal perspective. I love this gospel and am so grateful for this opportunity to share it!

Love,

Hermana Kimball

Write me!!

 Hermana Kimball

Los Alamos 128 

Urbanizacion, Santa Victoria 

Chiclayo, Peru

Peru


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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  



Hey Everyone!

This first week in Peru has really flown by! The Spanish is coming along. My companions and I (we are in a trio) teach English classes twice a week, I love it!!  The ward members here are also really invovled in the work. They love joining us in lessons and it helps SO MUCH!! Also the food is quite delicious. My favorite thing by far is the different juices... pineapple, watermelon, peach... the are awesome!!! While I´m on the topic of cool Peruvian things... I will mention a few more.
    1. Motos.  They are basically motorcycles with a seat for three in the back. And they are super fun to ride. We went to the Plaza today for pday and so we got to ride in one... it was great and at the plaza they have american food... so I had a good old fashioned McDonalds Hamburger!
   2. The second thing, the traffic. It isn't as bad here in Chiclayo as it was in Lima but, NEVER again will I say something about California traffic. I am pretty sure that there are NO traffic laws here.. and if there are, they are completely ignored, it is just every man for themselves.. but the amazing thing is... there are no accidents... It doesn't make sense, but its the truth!
  3. Third there are dogs and cats everywhere... and I actually really enjoy it. Sometimes they will follow us around and I actually find it super cute. My favorite dog is Sparky..he is hairless and lives by our house. Also Pirate is an awesome dog because his name totally suits him he always sits proud and stares you down.
   4. One last thing I have realized is that I am very tall and very blonde. But it really is great.. and sometimes I think that my gringa-ness opens doors and helps us get taxis faster. Es muy chistoso!! 
Now, aside from cool Peruvian things, the work here is such a joy!! There is something so special about kneeling in a strangers home and teaching them how to pray to their loving Father in Heaven, or that moment when the plan of salvation all connects in an investigators mind and you can see the hope fill their eyes. I get up every morning at 630 for moments like that. I knock on doors to find people like Karen, a darling thirteen year old who just wants a happy family and to know that she has a purpose here. I love going to lessons for people like Hermano Osvaldo, he is such an intelligent man and loves the simplicity and logic of the gospel. He asks such inspired questions and recognizes the Spirit so well. I love visiting the ward members too. Their stories are inspiring. Our pensionista (who makes us amazing food, and who made all my white clothes ten times whiter!) is a return missionary and so amazing. She has wonderful spirit and has raised a beautiful family. She is a great example to me of charity and joy in the journey, plus she is hilarious! Another thing I love about the ward here, are all the little kids. They are great examples to me and to their families. They share bold testimonies and love to serve. Many of the teenagers here are so quick to give us references and accompany us to lessons, it is truly a blessing! 
I love this work. I love this gospel and I know that it is the truth. I know that if we follow the example of our Savior Jesus Christ we can one day return to live with our loving Father in Heaven. I know that God has a plan for each of us and that he wants us to be happy every day. I am so grateful that part of my plan is to be a missionary and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Peru.

Write often!  I love you all lots!!


-Hermana Kimball

Monday, July 8, 2013

Hermana Kimball at the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

                                          Hermana Kimball with her companions during her
                                           short stay in  Louisiana.
                                          
Hi Everyone!!

Well I made it safely to Louisiana then almost immediately my  visa came and I headed to Peru!  Getting here to Peru was quite an adventure!  I made some great friends during my travels through Georgia! (Paula, I hope you made it safely to New York)  It was a grand adventure. And now I am here in CHICLAYO!!!  QUE BUENO!!! 

Love,
Hermana Kimbal