Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Last mission letter???


Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball
last mission pic... unless you check out Hna. Rasmussen's blog  :)

this is when Elder Waddell came to visit our zone this week  :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Work of salvation in action!

This week I just loved experiencing the work of salvation in action! The members here are so willing to sacrifice their time in order to visit those who are learning about the gospel. As Elder Neil L. Andersen said "we sacrifice for the things we love, and we love the things we sacrifice for." The members here love the gospel and they love their neighbors, so they happily join us in sharing this good news with everyone. I too love the gospel of Jesus Christ and I love the people of Peru. I feel so blessed to be here, to feel God´s love for these people and to see the gospel change their lives. This is truly a divine work!

Search the Scriptures. Pray Always. Sacrifice much.

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Monday, October 13, 2014

General Conference was the BEST!!!

General Conference was the BEST!!!

I learned that 
 "Spiritual questions deserve spirituals answers from God." (Elder Neil Andersen). Also, although the logic of the natural man cannot comprehend the divinity of God (Isaiah 55:8) there is absolute Truth in this universe (Elder David Bednar) and we can each know what is truth for ourselves (President Deiter F. Uchtdorf). When we obtain spiritual knowledge through personal revelation from God, it becomes an undeniable personal testimony that helps us stay on the path to eternal life. (Elder Robert D. Hales). God grants us answers because, as the Bible states "your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the Power of God."(1 Corinthians 2:5).

It is essential that we have continuous conversion, meaning... we must often put in practice Moroni’s promise (Moroni 10:3-5) to read the word of God, study it out in our mind, and then ask God if it is the truth. (James 1:5)
I know that God answers those sincere prayers because I have, more than once, received personal confirmation of the truth of this gospel. I know that God, our loving Heavenly Father, sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth to perform the Atonement. I know that upon His departure from this earth, Christ gave us the companionship of the Holy Ghost (John 14:26-27). As we live the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost will guide and inspire us to recognize the universal truths of our omniscient Father so that we can return to their presence for the eternities.

There is Absolute Truth.
Ask, Seek, Knock. (Matthew 7:7)

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball


p.s. for more fun fotos and stories... please visit    hermanarasmussen.com

Monday, October 6, 2014

Airport transfer?

Transfers! Yep, not a joke, President is sending Hermana Rasmussen and me to el barrio Aeropuerto to reopen it for sisters. The news definitely took me by surprise, but now we are way excited to start off fresh there for my last few weeks. This week has been interesting. One thing I have noted is that little things make a big difference. A simple smile can brighten someone’s day or a happy hymn can comfort a grieving heart. We must stay positive, diligently doing the little things. Then, as Nephi said, "we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great things." (1 Nephi:16.29). Hermana Rasmussen and I have been working diligently and praying to see those great things come to pass. This sudden transfer is not what we expected, but I believe it is the great answer to our prayers. The key is to make the most of the small moments then we will recognize those great miracles happen. I am so grateful for this precious time I have to be a missionary. Every day I see the hand of the Lord blessing lives and I am so blessed to constantly feel His guidance. I love his work, and cannot wait to see what miracles await!

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tender Mercies

"But behold, I , (Hermana Kimball), will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance." (1 Nephi 1:20)
  This week I felt and saw so many of those tender mercies from the Lord. My favorite was on Monday night. In our family home evening, Hermana Eliana shared a simple video... but it was a direct answer to my prayers. Also in testimony meeting on Sunday, various members shared similar experiences from that week; moments when they had felt the Lord´s mercy touch their lives. The Spirit filled the chapel and my heart as those sincere testimonies of the Savior were borne. 

I don´t really have the words to detail the beautiful moments or to describe what it feels like to be a recipient of the Lord´s merciful hand, but, I testify that the Lord loves each of us and that he is aware of the minute details of our lives. 

Surely His goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. (Psalms 23:6)

God is all around. We just need to recognize His works.

Search the scriptures, Love the Lord.

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Trust in God


Hey Family and Friends,
  So I am still loving life here in Peru, I cannot believe how fast the time flies. Hermana Rasmussen and I are rocking the world here in el barrio Atahualpa. This week was a trial of faith, and quite a rollercoaster ride. Luckily, we have the promise that those who "put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials." (Alma 36:3). Some of the days when all plans fell through, and the streets were empty because of the rain, it was tough. Then a couple of our progressing investigators suddenly digressed and one investigator decided that she didn’t want to do anything anymore, and another investigator disappeared... all of that can be rather discouraging. Especially, because I love the people here, I know the gospel will make them happy, and when their spiritual growth is stunted by excuses, it is hard to accept. Those were not happy lessons to walk out of. But I know that every trial has a purpose. As the Lord declared, “My people must be tried in all things, that they may be prepared to receive the glory that I have for them, even the glory of Zion." (D&C 136:31). I know that if we trust in the Lord during the trials we learn even more. I know that Christ has suffered all things for us, and so through him we can have joy. (Isaiah 53:4-5).
I have felt divine support this week, and I am so very grateful for the many tender mercies and daily answers to prayers that I have been given from God. I know that this is His work. 

Trust in Him! 

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Familias

Families, families, families, I never realized how many families walk the streets of Cajamarca together.. in fact i am pretty sure that there weren´t so many before. But now, as we have been praying to meet complete families, they are showing up all over the place.. it is FANTASTIC! The Gospel of Jesus Christ blesses everyone who is willing to live it. However, there are extraordinary blessing available specifically for those families who choose to follow Jesus Christ. 
  This week we had the opportunity to visit a sister from the ward and her five kids. When we arrived the little boys were running around, the teens were sweeping the kitchen with the music blaring, and the mother was finishing the other saturday chores. The young mother, tired from the day of handwashing the family´s laundry, gave us a big hug and called her family into the main room. The whole scene changed.. the little boys gathered seats for everyone and the teens set up the DVD player to watch the video we had brought. Then after gathering the family, the mother bowed her head to pray. The Spirit of love filled the home as we shared testimony together. I was so touched by their desire to live the Gospel. Their thin walls were covered in pictures of temples, cut out from church magazines. It was clear that despite the challenge of aving a mostly absent husband, despite the difficult economy and despite the exhausting task of raising five kids... that young mother hade her sights set in the temple. She wants to be with her family for forever. She faithfully teaches her children so that they may one day have the joy of having an eternal family. 
  I know that familes are meant to be eternal and I know that only the Priesthood Power of God can bind families together for the eternities. 

Set your sights on the eternities!

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Hark all ye Nations

There are now six missionaries in the ward and the members’ excitement to do the work of the Lord is increasing. On Sunday there was a combined third hour class and Bishop Diaz started off the brainstorming process on how the ward can hasten the work here in Cajamarca. All sorts of ideas popped up... everything from giving away Liahonas to singing hymns in the main plaza. It was so wonderful to watch the members receive revelation on how they can spread the Gospel. And to finish up the meeting the Bishop asked us six missionaries to sing the first two verses of  "Hark all ye Nations" then the rest of the class joined in on the third verse. The powerful message of the hymn touched the hearts of many and the Spirit of the Lord´s work filled the room. Even the monk, who occasionally visits with the elders, was moved to tears, and many members volunteered to accompany us... the work of the Lord is rolling forth here in Cajamarca!

And my favorite lesson of the week was with an investigator who often struggles with discouragement and negative thought patterns. She told us that when she starts to take a leap of faith, something always tells her that she won´t make it. We explained that negative thoughts are one of the devil´s subtle tools to stop our progression. Later we decided to read Ephesians 6:11-17 about the armor of God. She loved the imagery of the shield of faith and the sword of the word of God. She loves reading and we were able to help her understand that she has a firm grip on that sword. I pray, when those negative thoughts began to creep in, that she stands at the ready, wielding her sword, strengthened by her daily study of the scriptures.

  Perhaps we aren´t called upon to fight battles of flesh and blood; however, I testify that the battle against the power of Satan is very real. We must be prepared. We must have on the whole armor of God; our shield of faith thickened by experience and our sword sharpened by study. Then we must plant our feet firmly on the Rock of Salvation and fervently pray for the guidance of our Eternal Captain. 

Don´t let your armor get rusty.
Pray Always. Study the Scriptures. Trust in the Lord.

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Photos Iglesia San.Francisco


los baños del inca

Rockin Hna.Rasmussen´s glasses   :)
Iglesia San.Francisco en Cajamarca with Hna Rasmussen

gota love the sky


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Service

This week we committed a lot of families (less actives and investigators) to come to church. All week we were reminding them, Saturday we called them, and Sunday morning bright and early we were knocking on their doors... no one came. We went to church alone and a bit sad. But ten minutes into the meeting, Rosa walks in...she came on her own! Hermana Rasmussen and I were grinning from ear to ear. It´s not that we want to reach a certain number of people in the chapel, nor is it essential to fill up all the classroom. Rather, we invite people to church because there is a special spirit there that we want them to feel. The peaceful environment at church has opened up my heart to receive so many answers to my prayers and I want the investigators to receive that personal revelation from God as well. Also, one of the main reasons we go to church is to take the sacrament as Christ taught (Luke 22:19-22 and 3 Nephi 18:1-11) It is a weekly reminder of the atoning sacrifice of Christ. It is a sacred ordinance through which we renew the covenants, or promises, that we have made with God. This week in a lesson with Yolanda, a recent convert, we were talking about the importance of the sacrament. After reading together 3 Nephi 11:14-15 she shared with us her sincere testimony of the significance of the sacrament. She has recognized much of the symbolism and has come to "know of a surety" that Jesus Christ is her personal Savior. I too know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I have felt the healing power of the Atonement in my life and I am so grateful for the opportunity I have each week to go to the chapel, rejoice in the special spirit there and renew the covenants that I have made with my Father in Heaven.

I invite you, this week, to ponder on a question, ask God in prayer, then go to church..and I promise that at church you will receive an answer to your question!

Study the Scriptures! Pray often! Trust in the Lord!

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball

Fotos

En la Plaza de Armas, Cajamarca with.. HERMANA RASMUSSEN  :D

Sta. Apolonia, Cajamarca

We have got the BEST area!!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Rocks in your shoes






 "If you don`t repent you feel like there`s a rock in your shoe." Definitely the quote of the week from six year old Edu. I think sometimes we let the little stones in our shoes stay there too long. When we recognize the problema we should remove it from our lives immediately. In the verse that says  "Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire"(matt:18:8) ....I found that one to tell to the doctor while he was examining my foot :)...  Anyway, we have to let go of the Little things that hold us back from complete dedication to the Lord. We "cannot serve God and mammon." Pick a side. In these last days the world is straying further and further from the Lord`s norms. This week, Hermana Rasmussen (yes we are companions!! WHOOOO!) anyway we were trying to figure out how to help one of our investigators who just isn't willing to make a decisión. The investigator Loves to read the Book of Mormon, and feels the need to be baptized...but she doesn't want to wake up early to come to church. It is such a small stumbling block...but it`s keeping her from salvation. As I pondered on her situation I realized that our Heavenly Father may often feel a similar sadness because of our lack of conviction. We say we want to follow Him...but what do we do to BE like Him?  We say we love Him...but how do we treat all of His children who surround us?
We must stand steadfast on His foundation.

Don´t let the little stones in your shoes stop your progress on the pathway to Heaven. Get them out as soon as possible!

And as one old testament prophet said... "choose you this day whom ye will serve... but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24;15)

I know that Jesús Christ has showed us the pathway, and I know if we follow Him and keep the Commandments, we will have greater happiness in this life and joy for all eternity!


Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fotos of La Zona and more

LA ZONA CAJAMARCA!!

The farewell for Elder Ucañan (my pensionista´s son...headed off to Mexicofor his mission!!).  
Hermana Bazalar and I with Presidente Williams



Hermana Bazalar, Alex Zamora and I out front of the chapel


With Hermanita Daggui... one of the AWESOME young women from the ward.

Conversion

Wow, this week flew by!  My companion has transfers and I will be training (again) for my last three months of the mission... I am so excited! Anyway this week I was thinking about conversion as I read the story of Alma (Alma 36).  To become truly converted we must experience a change of heart. That change is only possible through lots of repentance and covenant making. The Atonement of Jesus Christ makes repentance possible. Conversion is a lifelong process...but every day, by reading the scriptures, praying and serving others we become more and more converted. Don´t let your testimonies lay dormant...share the power of change. Testify of Christ and BE like Him!

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball


Sunday, August 10, 2014


New Mission President

This week was WONDERFUL!!!  President Williams and his wife came to Cajamarca to interview all of us. It was fun to be able to talk with each of them and Hermana Williams brought homemade chocolate chip cookies (I haven’t seen those in FOREVER!!). But the best part was the energy and spirit that accompanied them. There is no doubt that they were chosen by God to come here to Peru and lead all of us missionaries! 
Also, this week, in our grand search for new people to teach, we met a lot of interesting individuals. I absolutely love contacting new people because everyone is so different. It is tough when some blatantly reject our message. However, it makes me so happy when we find someone who craves the happiness that this gospel brings because I get to watch the hope of Christ light up their whole being. The change of perspective is truly a beautiful blessing. Today in our zone preparation day we did some practices, and one of the elders shared a great scripture. The chapter (Helaman15:6-7) talks about the Lamanites, a people hardened by their sins, and spiritually lost, blinded by the incorrect traditions of their ancestors. But, due to the diligence of some incredible missionaries, many of the Lamanites began to change. They started reading the words of the prophets..and believed on them. This belief increased their desire to repent and they ultimately received a change of heart. That change of heart is something that we must experience. For me a change of heart comes by living the Gospel (keeping the commandments, fulfilling covenants, and repenting when we slip up). We feel that change of heart when, like the people of King Benjamin, we "have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually." (Mosiah 5:2). I have felt the power of the Atonement change the desires of my heart. I want to follow my Savior. I know His Gospel is the truth and I pray that I may be firm in always fulfilling my part of the covenants that I have made with God. I know that Jesus Christ is my Redeemer. Trust in Him; allow the truth to change your heart. 

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball

Sunday, August 3, 2014

PHOTOS

Felices FIESTAS PATRIAS!!




Fiestas Patriasor

This week we had exchanges and I got to work a couple of days with Hermana Hess. It was lots of fun to be with another sister who has about the same time in the mission as I do. We were on the same page and taught lots of new people. It was so energizing!! Also this week is Fiestas Patriasor in other words, Independence day, here in Peru. There was a church activity on Friday to celebrate, the members shared talents of Peruvian dances and songs (sorry, I didn’t take pictures.. but yes the outfits are vividly fun). Then the primary kids did some fantastic monologues of the Peruvian Heroes who proclaimed liberty. It was a moving performance. So many people, in so many different countries have given their lives for the cause of liberty! On Sunday we sang the national anthem, "Somos libres, seámoslo siempre" Or in other words.. We are free, and may we always be! Afterwards Bishop Diaz gave a wonderful talk about liberty. He expressed gratitude for being able to live in a country where he could think, act, and worship as he pleases. He went on to talk about how although we are free to act... many of us are still in bonds; chained to addictions, held back by personally placed preconceptions, or tied to temptations. This slavery is our choice... through Christ we can be free from those chains as well. In the Book of Mormon the prophet Lehi declared that we are "free to choose liberty and eternal life through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil." (2Nephi 2:27).  The choice is ours, we are free according to the laws of the land, but we also can be free from all sin and spiritual bondage. In Mosiah 7:33, we learn how we can gain this freedom, it states” turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your TRUST in Him, and Serve him with all diligence of mind.".. then the promise comes, saying  "if ye do this, He will, according to his own will and pleasure, DELIVER you out of bondage." If we Trust in the Lord, Repent of our sins, make covenants and keep the commandments...we can be freed from the bondage of sin. I know that is true. Only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ are we able to truly be FREE. I am so grateful for the liberty that we have to worship God. We are free. Don´t allow temptations or preconceptions inhibit your progress, "abide ye in the liberty wherewith ye are made free; entangle not yourselves in sin, but let your hands be clean, until the Lord comes." (D&C 88:86). 
Be Wise. Repent Daily. Come Unto Christ!

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, July 27, 2014

This week was great! I am feeling much better and we have organized the area. My favorite moment this week was one of the lessons with Hermanita Maricarmen. She is thirteen years old and so sweet. A few weeks ago a member sent us out to "los campos" to find Maricarmen and her family. We found them and fell in love with them immediately. She and her two younger siblings havent had much schooling, but they love to learn. About two years ago their mother passed away tragically and left the three young kids with their aunt. These children are incredible. They are so loving and desire so much to follow Christ. The first Sunday when we passed by with a member to pick them up for church... Maricarmen and her little brother Edu were all ready to go... Edu was so excited to come that he didnt finish his breakfast. After church Maricarmen mentioned how loved she felt there. The other teens had been so patient in helping her read and understand the classes. During the next lesson with her, we taught the Plan of Salvation. When we explained that families can be forever, her eyes lit up. When we taught that those who have died can receive Baptism vicariously in the temple...she literally gasped with excitement. She asked a number of times how it worked, just to be sure. It truly is an astounding doctrine, a beautiful truth that links families for the eternities. I know that those who have passed away, are in the Spirit World, awaiting the time of the Resurrection. Those who have followed the Gospel of Jesus Christ are in a state of happiness. Those who haven´t followed the Lord have, through the mercy of God, one last chance to repent and we, here on the earth, can help those people to receive Baptism for the remission of their sins and the gift of the Holy Ghost. God loves all of His children. Everyone will have the opportunity to hear His Gospel and accept His plan. For now, there is still time. We must do all we can to bring others unto Christ. He is the Light, the pathway to eternal life. Believe in Him. If we open our hearts, we too will be astounded by the beautiful truths of this Gospel.
 
Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cajamarca

Such a crazy week. We are still trying to organize our gigantic area so that we can visit everyone, it´s tough... but not impossible. We were having a great week, and seeing lots of progress... until I got sick and we had to take an afternoon to recuperate. In those hours I had some time to meditate..to really feel my faith grow and to envision what this area can become. It was invigorating. Hermana Bazalar and I are putting into practice lots of new ideas. as they say.. If you want to see something new..do something different. I know that this the God´s work. His plans and His vision are so much grander than our own. When we trust in Him and ask Him to show us His plan.. our eyes will be opened. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve here in Cajamarca. I love watching the progress of the people. Without a doubt, we are changing people. There is no such thing as a stagnant personality... on a daily basis we either digress or progress. The choice is ours.

 Be wise. Follow the Lord.

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball

Sunday, July 13, 2014

TRUST in the Lord


Hey Everyone!
  This week was wonderful! We had an activity with all the teens in the ward. Lots of them came to do divisions. These youth are fantastic. The majority of them are the only members in their homes; however their testimonies are so sincere. They have a deep excitement to share the Gospel with their friends and family. In lessons they teach doctrines and share personal experiences. They aren´t waiting to be called on a mission to serve the Lord, they are spreading the gospel to everyone now. What inspiring youth! As I was filled with their enthusiasm I couldn’t help but think of the scripture that says "Let no man despise thy youth, but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in spirit, in faith, in purity." (1Timothy 4;12)Those teens and many others follow this creed. They are examples, lights to their friends and family, little pillars of happiness that hold up so many other people who otherwise would be blinded by the injustices of the world. They have found happiness because they TRUST in the Lord and keep his commandments. I love the words of Alma to his son in the Book of Mormon when he says "O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth, yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God." (Alma37;35) I know that if we keep the Commandments of God we will have lasting happiness throughout life. Nothing compares with the satisfaction that we feel when we obey God´s command. 

Trust in the Lord! He loves you!

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Atahualpa the last INCA


With the statue of ATAHUALPA..the last INCA..also the name of the ward here!!
Hermana Bazalar and I in Baños del Inca.... where Atahualpa used to bathe... also where the first members here in Cajamarca were baptized!!!

The Priesthood Restored



This week was wonderful!! So many people who haven´t been coming to church.. CAME!!  Also,we had two intercambios this week. One day I got to go to the area of Chontapaccha with Hermana Gonzales...and another day we did divisions and I was with Hermana Tupe. It is always so fun to learn something new from every missionary and in every area. It is so invigorating to see this message touch the lives of all types of people in every variety of situation. 
   Also this week we had a number of lessons on the Priesthood. It is so fun to teach about the Priesthood along with the Restoration of the Gospel. I love the pictures in the pamphlets.. first the picture of Christ ordaining his Apsotles with the Priesthood.  Then there comes the picture of Peter,James and John conferring the Priesthood on Joseph Smith. It gives such a clear picture of the order in which God works. I know that the prophet today, Thomas S. Monson, has the Priesthood of God. The Prophet and apostles hold the same power that the original twelve apostles had. We are so blessed to be led by a living prophet who receives instruction and guidance direct from Heaven. I am so grateful for his loving guidance. I know that He has the power of the Priesthood, and I am so grateful for the many worthy priesthood holders who have blessed my life. I know that the covenants that I have made have been sealed with the Priesthood of God, so I know that they are promises approved and recognized in the heavens. I am so grateful for those promises. I know that the Priesthood is the Power of God to act in His name, what a divine gift!

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Photos from Llacanora



CAJAMARCA!!

THE District!    (E´Rezabala, E´Lalli, E´Puerta, E´Peabody, Hna. Bazalar y Hna. Kimball)





On the walk to Llacanora 

The new District   ( E´ Quiroz, E´Lalli, Hna. Fraser, Hna. Tupe, Hna. Bazalar, y Hna.Kimball)

Llacanora

Mercy


Well this week was great! Recently our area has expanded and so has our faith. We have met a lot of people this week and are doing our best to discern who is ready to put the Gospel into practice in their lives. Also, this week I was studying a bit about Mercy and Justice. I like when there are set rules and consequences, so I have always appreciated justice. But in these past weeks I have been so grateful for Mercy. I have realized in this area that even if I work as hard as I can and use up all of my personal efforts, I never can complete all that is required of me. However, I know that my Father in Heaven loves me, and he is Merciful. He blesses us so much, even when we least deserve it. We technically should have to obey without any recompense... yet He wants to bless us so much and he allows us to make covenants and receive the promised blessings. I am so grateful for the knowledge of God´s plan for us. After Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden... all of us from then on were born in an imperfect state. Our mistakes stain our souls and without a resurrected body we cannot return to the presence of God. However, Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins, and was resurrected, that is the Atonement. Through the Atonement we can be cleansed from our sins and one day we will be resurrected. I am so grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He has paid the price of our sins; he has fulfilled the demands of Justice. Through His mercy, all He asks of us is that we Believe in Him, repent of our sins and make covenants. It is a straightforward request, one that everyone can complete. 

Believe in Christ and Repent always!

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hope


 

Hey Everyone!

   Today I was studying about HOPE. It is a word we use often... for example “I hope we make it on time" or” I hope mom made something good for dinner", or "I hope it doesn´t rain today". However, when we talk of the Hope that Christ offers it is infinitely more than a passing daily wish. Hope is a firm trust that God will grant us the blessings that He has promised. My greatest Hope is that I will gain eternal life. For me eternal life means that I will be with my family forever, I will continue to progress with them and will have the opportunity to reach my divine potential. I know that God loves us, the greatest gift he has to offer is eternal life and He has prepared the way for us through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. While we are here on Earth, we must have faith in Christ, repent of our mistakes, keep the commandments and make covenants with God. If we do this, we will have the firm Hope of eternal life. Hope truly is "an anchor of the soul" (Hebrews 6:19), it is what keeps our vision set in the eternities.  

  So many of the people I come in contact with on a daily basis are extremely stressed about the trials of today. They are discouraged with today and worry about what tomorrow will bring. I have learned, that when we look at life’s challenges, with the perspective of the eternities, we realize that the tough moments help us progress and that if we are willing to keep the commandments... daily happiness is within our reach. 

 
Have faith! Pray Always! Count your Blessings!

 
Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Hermana Kimball with Presidente y Sister Risso

Presidente y Sister Risso with Hermana Kimball

Faith through Trials

I heard a quote this week that I absolutely loved. A bother in the ward said. "Straying away from the Church while you are passing through a trial is like leaving your house when it is pouring rain. It just isn´t logical" The simplicity of the statement is what hit me. No one ever said that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is an easy path to follow. In fact many find that being a true Christian means that we carry the burdens of others.  I am so grateful for the sure foundation that the Gospel gives me. When we follow Christ, He doesn´t take away our trials, rather He gives us the method to overcome our trials. All challenges are opportunities to learn and to progress. I invite those of you who are passing through trials to find shelter in the Gospel. Don´t let the downpour of difficulties distract from the Hope we find in Christ. I love this work. It is such a joy to share my beliefs with the people here in Peru, to offer them the path to happiness the Christ has shown us. I am amazed by the love that Heavenly Father showed when He sent His Son to the Earth to atone for each of us. I know Christ lives, He is our Savior. His Atonement has the power to change our hearts, our lives, and our perspective. I have felt that power in my own heart. I am so grateful for the eternal perspective that I have cultivated, because when trials come I can see that it is just a small moment, I find strength from Christ to pass through the downpours and then He helps me to learn from each difficulty.
Pray Always, Trust in the Lord, and Just Be YOU!

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Cajamarca Foto

 on the way to Cajamarca

 Hermana Evelyn!!


Presidente Natividad y toda la familia


Matching day with Hermana Bazalar

PERU!!!

Moved to Cajamarca


Hey Everyone!
   Wow! After nearly six months in Lambayeque it was tough to hug everyone goodbye and head off to a new area. I love the people there so much and am excited for the day when I can go back to visit. I am looking forward to serving here in Cajamarca. It is a very different area than Chiclayo, but I am excited to get to know the people here and offer them the joy of the Gospel. Already this week Hermana Bazalar and I have had some wonderful experiences as we have stopped to talk with people in the streets. I love how prone people are to talk about spiritual things. I know that all over the world there are people searching for real happiness, and I feel so blessed to be able to share the hope and happiness of the Gospel with God´s children here. This week a missionary from a different religion stopped us in the street to share a message. I was impressed by the urgency with which she shared about the need to repent. The gospel of Jesus Christ is truly and urgent message. We should do all we can to share it with the world. God loves all of his children and wants us to return to His presence. Only through repentance and covenants  is that possible. I love the clarity of the path of Jesus Christ and I encourage all of you to take the next step necessary to come unto Christ.  

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Fotos for the Week

Another awesome zone leader finished up the two years!  Bye, Elder Palacios!

Hermana Susana from Monsefu!! It was such a great surprise to see her today!

New Area

Hey Everyone!

  It has been a wonderful last week in Lambayeque. Tomorrow I will be headed to a new area, so I was grateful to end with such a beautiful week, chock-full of miracles, I loved it! We have met so many people this week who are so ready to put into practice the gospel of Jesus Christ. One Sister said that she is just so excited to take the necessary steps to be on God´s path. We met her tuesday and left a DVD with her to watch. Instead of watching just one of the videos, she watched them all, and invited her friends over to see them as well. When we returned later in the week she told us how much she loved the story of young Joseph Smith who, like her,  wanted so badly to know for himself what is true. She testified of the temple, its divine purpose, and of the great sacrifice and miracles that went into the establishment of  Christ´s church in this time period. On Sunday she came to church all by herself! It is truly inspiring to see someone so ready to receive the truth into their life. She knows that she wants peace and guidance in life... so she is taking the necessary steps to attain it. I pray that like her, each one of us chooses to take action. We cannot idly await for the truth to enter into our hearts. We must search. Seek for the truth, tune into the feelings of your heart, be sensitive to the guidance of the spirit. There is a God. He lives and He has extablished truth. His pure doctrine is on the Earth today. Take action, Search for it, there is no greater treasure.
I feel so blessed to have this pearl of great price in my life (Matthew 13:46). I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is true because I have lived it and seen the miracles that it initiates. I invite you to do the same. (Mosiah 4: 5-13)

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Happy Mothers Day.

Hey Everyone!!!

Happy Mother´s Day!! This week we did lots of service activities. One sister asked my companion, Hermana Kingsford, to clean the dust from the top of the windows because the short little Peruvian sister couldn´t quite reach. I had a good laugh watching the sweet little sister as she stared in awe as Hermana Kingsford reached up to clean even the highest patches of dust. 
  It was a simple activity, but it got me thinking deeper about how sometimes our lives our similar. Often we recognize mistakes that we have made in life but, like little patches of dust, they are just out of our reach. We cannot clean them off ourselves. We cannot erase those mistakes alone. In order to be completely cleansed we need the intervention of someone else. We need the help of someone grander than us who has all reaching power. We need a Savior. 
God has provided us a Savior, Jesus Christ. His sacrifice is all reaching and can cleanse the mark of any mistake. I am awed by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He taught us how to repent and He declared that He "suffered these things for all that they might not suffer if they would repent" (Doctrine and Covenants 19:16). I know that through repentance we can heal even the deepest wound in our hearts. I pray that each of you goes to your Heavenly Father in prayer and begs for that healing. I promise that if you do so, in faith and humility, you will feel the tender healing power of Christ´s Atonement in your life. I know it´s true because I have felt that same power enter into my heart and heal my personal wounds. 

Trust in the Savior. Know that He Lives!
And, may all your thoughts, words, actions and hopes be done to glorify your loving Father in Heaven.

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kate's Mother's Day Skype session.


Cinco De Mayo letter

Feliz Cinco de MAYO!!
Just kidding, I am pretty sure that is only a holiday in Mexico.

Anyways, this week I have been thinking a lot about integrity verses hypocrisy. As I read in the Bible, Matthew 23 versus 5-7  I was struck by the words that Christ spoke to the Pharisees. He condemned them for doing all that they do with the sole intention to receive the praise of men, to gain friends, and to look important. That really got me thinking about why I do what I do. I remember Mom always said that leadership is doing what you are supposed to even when no one is watching. That is also the core of integrity. Integrity is when we stick to our beliefs ALWAYS. What an important trait to master! All week now I have been self-analyzing. Why do I do what I do? How can I better keep the promises that I have made? What can I do to be a more genuine person?

This week we had the opportunity to visit with a brother who hasn´t come to church in a few months. As we spoke with him it became apparent that he stopped attending due to the hypocrisy that he felt many people displayed. For me those were some of the most disheartening words I have heard this past year. No one is perfect. We are all striving for perfection (which is a reachable goal). But I pray with my whole heart that in our search for perfection, we don´t allow the imperfections of others to halt our course. We cannot allow others to stop our spiritual progression. Each of us must be honest with ourselves and with God. Then we must show an outpouring of love to all those around us. Rich, poor, sweet, or sour. They are all God´s children. If we show integrity by keeping the commandments of God in public and in private we will be blessed beyond measure and we will help others along in their process towards perfection. 

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Prophet of the Restoration

This week we watched the Joseph Smith; Prophet of the Restoration movie... a lot. It was marvelous to feel the truth of that message time and time again. Saturday night we watched the movie with a teenage girl. She always reads the chapters we left, but her prayers often were much less than heartfelt. After watching the first 10 minutes of the Restoration video her eyes lit up. We paused the video and asked how she was feeling. The typically quiet young girl spouted off a list of thoughtful questions. "What did God say to José Smith?" "How can I know if this is true?" She eagerly searched the scriptures with us as we responded to her questions. As we knelt together in prayer with her, the words she spoke carried great conviction. She wanted to know the truth and she knew that God was going to give her an answer. Her prayer came from the depths of her heart and I know that in these days that follow, God will testify to her of the truth of the message of the Restoration. 
    Another family was similarly struck by the video. They all were captured by the scenes of the video, and moved by the deep faith of the young Joseph Smith. Following the movie the young father expressed his amazement and the feeling of peace that filled him as he watched the miracle of the Restoration unfold. 
I too feel the peace that the Restoration brings into our lives. I am so thankful for the young boy who truly desired to know the truth. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true Church on this earth. I know it is God´s church. It has His Priesthood Power. It is organized in His way. There is a living prophet on the Earth today. I am so grateful for this knowledge. I know it, because I have lived the truths taught and seen the miracles. I know it because I have seen the blessings in my life. I know it because I have felt it. Search the scriptures. Ponder the doctrine. Pray. You can know!

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Pizza in Peru

Pizza party in Peru

Peruvian ducks

doing Dunkin donuts

Easter

Hey Everyone!
   I hope you all had a Wonderful Easter Week and that each of  you had the opportunity to ponder on the death and resurrection of our Savior. Reading in the Bible about the life of Christ, sharing testimony with others, and singing easter hymns, I really felt the profound gratitude for the Atonement of Jesus Christ. When I study more and more about the Plan of Salvation, it becomes more and more clear to me how much God loves us and how infinitely blessed we are that He sent His son to the Earth to atone for our sins and shortcomings. I am so grateful for the knowledge that Christ lives. He is our Savior and Redeemer. Remember Him Always!

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Cotton Picking in Peru

The smallest of the tall ones  :)

Ciao! to another zone leader..Bye Elder Ttito!

Adios to Hermana Castro as well   :(

we went  cotton picking for pday!!
our branch president has fields so we spent the day at his farms...
    we got some good hard work picking cotton, a freshly plucked turkey for lunch

we got to feed the little ducks, and enjoy the all around tranquility of   the country life.    :)


Lots of Photos for the week

General Conference!

Compañeras!!

The District!
    (E´Ttito, E´Palacios, E´Muñoz, E´Giron, E´Rodriguez, E´Lopez, Hna.Kingsford and Hermana Kimball)

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!!
   I really love some of the Easter time traditions that they have here. Since it is a mostly Catholic society, they celebrate la Semana Santa. On Sunday there was a procession with the statue of Christ riding on the little donkey...and the people came out with their Palm branches to remember the triumphal entry of the Savior into Jerusalem. I read the story of Palm Sunday in each of the gospels and really enjoyed seeing the slightly different perspective of each of the apostles. In one of the gospels it mentioned how many of the Jews began to follow Christ because of the miraculous raising of Lazarus. Also the gospels noted that Christ’s triumphal entry, riding into Jerusalem on a donkey was fulfillment of prophesy from the Old Testament. Reading the story in the Bible really made it come alive for me. I love the firm testimonies that the apostles share within their writings. We are so blessed to have the word of God so plainly written for us. I rejoice in the knowledge of my Savior. In one of the accounts that I read, the Pharisees tell Christ that he should reprimand his followers because they are referring to Him as a King. I love the Savior’s response; he stated that if the people were to stop praising him, the very rocks and stones of the earth would lift up their voices in Praise Him, the Savior of the World. (Lucas 19:38-40). I too know that Jesus is the Christ. I know that He came to this world to fulfill a divine purpose. His Atonement is the ultimate sacrifice through which we can again become worthy to stand in the presence of God. I know God lives and I am forever grateful for the sacrifice of His Beloved Son. I invite all of you this week to ponder who Jesus Christ really is for you. I hope that during this sacred Easter week you contemplate what His sacrifice means for you. He loves you; He wants you to return to Him.

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball



Monday, April 14, 2014

General Conference


Hey Everyone!
   Watching General Conference is the best thing ever!! The power of the Spirit is so strong when the apostles and Prophet testify of the Living Christ. What an amazing blessing it is to have prophets on the earth today. Their inspired leadership and guidance continuously bless my life. I loved President Uchtdorf´s talk about having an attitude of gratitude no matter what whirlwind threatens to knock us down. Also, the pep talk by Bishop Gary E. Stevenson about the Olympic athletes encouraged and uplifted me a lot! I loved how he explained that we have been preparing for years in the pre-mortal life. I know that we lived as spirit beings before we came here to Earth. In that Pr-earth life we learned a LOT about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God´s Plan for us. God prepared us to come here to the Earth, during that pre-earth existence we developed the attributes that we would need here in our earth life. Here on Earth, Christ paved the way for us. He taught us the plan. Now, we know the plan. We have the abilities necessary. Now it´s game time. We just need to do it! We must give it our all! The time here on earth is short, just a little knot in the long ribbon of our lifetime. However, what we do here will determine our state of happiness for the eternities. As Bishop Stevenson declared... "We will have all eternity to think about what we did here on Earth". It´s a little ominous, but so true. The decisions that we make daily, have eternal consequences. We must be Wise. Then when there are those mistakes, when we slip up, or stray from the path... we mustn’t give up, we cannot think that all is lost, we cannot give up Hope. The Savior of the World came to carry our burdens; He came to help us get back on track, to start over fresh. WE must do all we can to stay on the path, we must work with all of our efforts to keep His commandments. Then when we do fall short, we are blessed to be redeemed through the infinite Atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ. He Lives! He loves us! I know that is true!

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball