Monday, April 1, 2013

April 1, 2013

It's already April can you beleive it? I don't know where the time has gone. March passed by like the blink of an eye. I am already half way done with my second transfer. And word on the street is that I will be training in three weeks. SCARY! I feel like I am ready in many ways and so unprepared in so many others. I know that it will all work out.

This past week was kind of an emotional roller coaster. I hit a bit of a wall for some reason and was kind of down on myself but after a lot of reflection and prayer I was able to pull out of it. I came to truly realize that the atonement is there to help us overcome not only sin but misery and sadness as well. When Christ suffered for us it was all encompassing. I was able to receive strength and comfort when feeling inadequate.
The princess party was great. I caught up with sisters from the mtc and had fun just taking a little break from the normal missionary schedule. We did exchanges with the Spanish sisters later that night. I had the opportunity to spend some time in Santa Ana with Sister M (out six weeks) and Sister H (out 3 weeks). They are both from Utah, one from Orem, the other from Bountiful.  They are both wonderful and did a great job getting us around both being in the middle of training. I was also able to learn a little bit of Spanish which was fun. I can say a VERY simple prayer, bear a VERY short testimony and introduce us: Somos las missionaras de la iglesia de Jusucristo de los santos de los ultimas dias" (not sure about all the spelling). Both sisters said my accent was impressive. You all know that I am not a language person but I decided to throw caution to the wind and just do my best not worring about the mistakes that I would make. I read the white hand book in Spanish. Everything. It was neat. It is always nice to go on exchanges to experience other areas and see how other missionaries do their work. The gospel that we are teaching is the same but everyone has a different approach and technique that works best for them. It was different being in a trio. There is a whole other person that you have to worry about. It was a good chance to see what that is like and how it works. It taught me to be quiet and let others speak. I have to say I am not a fan. I like a campanionship much better. Overall it was a wonderful experience.

The second half of the week was dedicated to tracting. L our investigator getting baptized this Sunday was out of town visiting family. We decided that we need to find more people so that we can use her baptism as a missionary opportunity for other investigators. We want to make sure that we have new people to work with once those we are currently working with get baptized. I can't wait to see L make covenants with our Heavenly Father. She is ready and I couldn't be more greatful for the opportunity I have had and still have to work with her. I am learning and growing right along with her.
The only concern we have with her is coffee. We are confident that she has stayed strong but still need to follow up with her about it when we meet with her tonight.

Celebrating Easter yesterday was wonderful. I love to remember the atonement and ressurection of our Savior Jesus Christ. I am thankful for the plan of happiness that ensures us that we will live again. It is a true motivator to follow Christ's example in order to live with my Father in Heaven as well as my family forever.
Sorry this weeks letter is short. Time has run out. I will try to be better next week. Especailly to share all the details about Lynda's baptism and the lead up to it.
Have a great week! I love you all!
Sister Kimball
ps Remember I can email now! So don't be shy email me! :)

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