SNOW! It’s amazing how the people here react to a couple inches of sno.\w. Basically everyone loses their minds! One Tuesday morning while we were studying it started to snow. We never worry too much because it usually melts as soon as it hits the ground, but not this time! It snowed and snowed and snowed! I wasn’t too worried and felt pretty confident driving in it because I’m from Idaho and have driven in a lot worse. However, there are a couple pretty big hills that we have to go up and down to get out of the neighborhood we live in. We were headed to Farragut for our monthly Missionary Leadership Meeting. All of the mission leaders from here all the way to NC come and we have a meeting that takes most of the day. We piled in the car along with the zone leaders and could not get up the hill! After many tries and lots of problem solving we finally resorted to clearing the road ourselves using our only available tool…a window scrapper. It was pretty exciting! After the meeting the roads were so icy and scary, most of the missionaries spent the night at the mission home, but since we live pretty close by, the mission president took us home in his Armada. I was just amazed at how much trouble a couple inches of snow caused! Sheesh! School was out almost all week and we weren’t even allowed to go out one of the days! It was great to have a little blast of winter though!
We also had an unexpected experience that enabled us to remember how much God looks out for us. It was early evening and we were headed over to a man’s house to see if he was interested in meeting with us frequently to learn more. It was in a pretty rough part of town but we didn’t feel unsafe. We usually park a block or so down the street but for whatever reason, Sister Weirich decided to park on the street right by his house. We were on this weird one way multi-lane road. As we began to turn left……we collided with an SUV! We realized that the crash was a lot more then just a bump and the drivers side was pretty smashed. After we made sure everyone involved was alright we got out and began to exchange information and other necessary precedes.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to be here. The things I am learning ad the experiences I’m having are helping me become the person that I know God intends for me to be.
Speaking of happiness…in church yesterday a woman talk about just that. She shared a quote from Harold B. Lee that I loved. He said, “Happiness is not determined by what happens outside of you, but by what happens inside of you.” Wow! How true that is! I know that we can be in a terrible situation or trial in our lives, but we can still have peace and happiness if we are living the right way. When we are facing difficult things, sometimes the trust we have in God is the only thing that can bring us happiness. I know that it will come though. So I leave you with the challenge….what ever is currently happening in your life…make the choice to follow God and be happy! J
I hope y’all are enjoying this beautiful winter time! Have a wonderful day and know that I love and think about you often!
Sister Kim Eckman
Hello Family and Friends!
"We got a TINY bit of snow last week. It lasted...until the sun came up! haha. I LOVE living with the hunts. If you ever call the mission office, she is the one that answers the phone. she made us breakfast on Thanksgiving morning which was so great! I just love learning from them and living in a home. We are pretty spoiled :) I am learning a lot and having many opportunities to serve! Havea wonderful week! Pass on my love to everyone! Love, Kim"
Here is a little news…! For the first time, I am being transferred! L I have grown to love the area of Brevard so much. It is hard for me to imagine leaving. I just have this feeling though that I’ll be back. I told everyone, “I’m not saying any goodbyes, just some see-ya-laters!” I have been so blessed to have been here for the last six months and to witness this area transform. Yesterday at church the stake president came and spoke. He talked of the transformation he has seen in the last few months. My heart was so full of warmth to have played a role in that.
I have always told myself that I would never cut my hair and donate it….well…never say never! I totally did it! I cut off 12 inches and hopefully soon some adorable little girl will be sportin’ my locks!
Also, like I mentioned I am being transferred. I’m not sure where, although it will most likely be somewhere in Tennessee. Also…SURPRISE….I was called as a Sister Training Leader!
I have promised myself that I will never let a person pass me by without opening my mouth. As I have done so, the Lord continues to put prepared people in my path. So, open your mouths and shared the gospel! Others can feel of your powerful spirit and it leaves them wondering…what’s different? Share the precious gift that we have been given!
Thank you for your love and support. I am truly blessed!
Sister Kim Eckman
“I know that our Savior does live. The gospel is REAL. The Plan of Salvation is REAL. Our purpose on this earth is to prepare to meet God. I know that Jesus Christ really is the Son of the living God. I know that he walked this earth and Atoned for not only our sins, but for every pain, sickness, worry, and care that we experience in this life. He never forsakes us. I know this is REAL and TRUE.
Thank you for your continued love and support. I am truly blessed to have such incredible and inspiring people in my life. Thank you!”