Sunday, January 26, 2014

Never outside his reach



Well this one will be a little short. This week we spoke with a couple who has come to church for years but they feel unprepared for baptism due to past mistakes. We conversed with them for a while. We testified of Christ, his sacrifice and his love. We read together in the scriptures the importance of repentance and the relief and joy that it brings to us. They expressed their belief in Jesus Christ yet in the end they still felt that they had sinned too much. They thought that the atonement didn´t cover their mistakes. They felt that they had to carry the burden alone. This is not how it is!  Christ is our Savior! He died for us! He has already carried our burdens! NEVER are we outside of his reach! We ALWAYS can turn to Him for strength, for forgiveness, for love and for Comfort. He Lives and He Loves us. Stay by His side, seek Him in all things!

Love,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Olmos

Cambios!!  This whole week Hermana Fuller and I have been prepping for transfers. But, in fact we are both staying here for another six weeks.. it was a Wonderful surprise and we are full of excitement to make some new goals and reach them!! This week we had exchanges in Olmos. I went up to Olmos (a two hour combi ride) and got to serve there with Hermana Bonifacio for the day. She is Awesome and Olmos is way cool. Well, actually it is Super-HOT but it was cool because there are lots of fruit trees and everyone offered us fresh picked mangos, mango juice, and mango popsicles. I met some amazing people there in Olmos. One couple reminded me a lot of Amanda and Daniel. They were the same age as Amanda and Daniel and had a sweet little one year old girl :)  They were such faithful members, the brother was in a wheelchair but at every opportunity he was looking for ways in which he could serve others. It was inspiring to watch. 

Also this week we went with an Hermana, who we have been teaching now for a few weeks, to visit her Abuela. The sweet grandmother has been bedridden for 8 years. Over the past few months her health has declined significantly making it impossible for her to speak. As we sang hymns and shared scripture with this sweet sister her eyes filled with tears, and she tried to speak, but could not.  She tightly gripped our hands not wanting us to leave. I cannot imagine how it would feel to want so badly to express your thoughts but to not have the physical capability to do so. Often I think that we take advantage of the ability to express ourselves with our words. Words are a powerful thing. So quickly with our voices we can express our feelings.. yet so infrequently do we actually do so. I encourage all of you to Speak up. Express the love that you have for your family and friends. Share with them your testimony of the truth, share with them of your dreams and your goals. Choose your words wisely and always use them to build up those who surround you. In this way we can emulate the wisdom of Christ and bless the lives of His Children.

Con Amor,

Hermana Kimball

Sunday, January 12, 2014

FELIZ AÑO NUEVO!!!

  
   This year has started out Wonderfully! My companion and I have set some new goals and we are putting them into practice. As all the parties are winding down we have again been able to teach people. We are focusing on a couple of families for these first months. One family has listened to missionaries for a while; the two daughters are baptized and come to church every week. However, the parents still aren´t married, so their baptism is on hold. We are excited to help the couple progress so that the family can be together in the gospel. Also we recently started teaching another family. There is a wonderful spirit of unity in their home and we are so happy to have the opportunity to help them discover the added measure of joy that is available when we live the Gospel. They were thrilled to hear that there is a living prophet who helps guide families in their path towards eternal life. 
  Recently an older sister asked what it means to us to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. We explained that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a cycle of 4 steps. First, faith in Jesus Christ that he is our Savior. Second, repentance..daily! Third, making covenants; starting with baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost all the way to the sealing in the temple. And fourth, Enduring to the end, or in other words keeping the commandments and continually striving to do better. That is what it means to me to Live and APPLY the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives. And I know that if we do this we will have peace in this life and JOY for the eternities. 

Also funny story of the week. We went by on Wednesday as usual to pick up our laundry from the sweet sister who washes and irons our clothes. However the sister wasn´t there and nor was our laundry. The little grandma who lives there (Maria... who I sent a foto of last week..with her Liahona) told us to try again the next day. We returned the next day and still nothing. On friday.. still nothing..we were getting a little concerned for our lack of wardrobe so on Saturday we returned again. Only Maria was there.. We inquired about the clothes  and with a look of pure innocence she shrugged her shoulders. We almost left.. exasperated, thinking that we would be wearing the same outfit tomorrow... but  the sneaky little grandma broke into a grin, opened the door and had the bags of laundry there.. We all broke into laughter of relief and of surprise at the humor of the sweet little abuelita. We learned a bit about patience and about the gift of always having sense of humor. Especially, when we pass through the little bumps in the road of life.

Con Amor,
Hermana Kimball


Sunday, January 5, 2014

FELIZ NAVIDAD Y PROSPERO AÑO NUEVO A TODOS!!


HOLA!!
FELIZ NAVIDAD Y PROSPERO AÑO NUEVO A TODOS!!
This time of celebration here has been so invigorating!! These past few months have been so wonderful! I cannot believe that 2013 is coming to a close.. but I am excited for the many adventures and challenges that I will face in this year of 2014. This morning I read a talk by President Uchtdorf about this special time of New Years. He said that as the year ends it is a time of reflection and a time of planning. We must learn from the past and plan for the future. Sometimes we don’t like to make decisions because we are afraid to fail. Guess what, we will fail. We cannot achieve everything perfectly. But the Lord asks that we TRY!! Pres. Uchtdorf said, "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, or right now!!"  We need to act NOW! Now is the time to decide. Do not procrastinate. Decide who you want to be. Decide who you want to become. The choice is yours. Make the decision and PLAN to advance upward, to be a little better every day. Our life is molded by the choices of everyday, make plans so that your everyday choices reflect your long-term goals. And remember, that The Lord is always by your side to help you through it all!
Love,
Hermana Kimball