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