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