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