Saturday, January 26, 2013

Getting Ready to Leave the MTC

[Editor’s Note: “P-day” is a preparation day.  It is one day a week that the missionaries are allowed to focus on administrative/personal needs rather than full-time mission work.  “District” is a grouping of missionary companionships.  In the field they are grouped by local geography.  At the Missionary Training Center (MTC), they are grouped by language.]

Hey everyone!

You might be wondering: "Why is Katelyn writing to us when she just wrote on Tuesday?" "Is she breaking the rules?" "Is she being disobedient already?!"  Don't worry; I'm not breaking any rules!  We got special permission to write e-mails today because we are leaving for Trinidad on Monday morning at 4am.  Yes mom and dad, that means I WILL be calling from the airport early in the morning -- don't get too excited.

Our P-day is on Tuesday and because we are the only two missionaries from our district leaving this week, we were told that we could do our laundry and write a quick e-mail today.  We were actually told this week that the MTC was surprised by the fact that Sister Edmonds and I came here with only a two week assignment, and so they had to totally change their curriculum for our district just for us.

It's been a crazy week and a half and I already can't believe that I'm leaving the MTC.  My teachers, Bro Parkinson and Bro Wright and district are awesome and I'm super sad to be leaving them.  I've learned so much this week and it's been quite a bit of a roller coaster.  Our teachers role play as investigators that they had on their mission.  Some lessons are great and some are not so great, but we are learning and growing and that's what's important, right?

On Tuesday we went to the temple and, yes Kallina, we were at the temple the SAME TIME and yes Sister Edmonds is the only other one in the MTC going to the West Indies and her brother goes to BYU – so it was probably him in your class, you should tell him!  The reason I know that we are the only two ones here going to the West Indies is because when we got our itineraries I saw that I had an extra paper attached to mine and it said that I was the TRAVEL LEADER of EVERYONE going to the West Indies. I felt all important and responsible until I saw the back where it would show all the missionaries going ... and it was just us two, haha.  It probably doesn't sound funny but we were cracking up.

The temple was awesome and so was devotional.  It was kind of sad that it was our ONLY P-day we were going to have here, but we're excited to leave.  We got quite a few more sisters this past Wednesday here at the MTC.  Tell Aunt Kim and Uncle Mark that I ran into Lindsey today (also thanks soooo much for the package and the delicious cookies! My teacher and district say thanks!).  Lindsey told me that she's not even doing the two week program yet, so everyone is still surprised about why we are here for only two weeks.  We may never know but it's pretty interesting.

Oh, I also want to give a shout out to Kallina for the awesome package full of goodies :) and Derrick, Louisa, Cody, Molly, Mom and Dad for the Dear Elder letters (keep an eye out for letters this next week). They really make my day.  If you want to send me letters, you're going to have to wait until I get down there because I don't know my address yet.  If you send them to my mission office, I may or may not be on the same island so it's best to wait.

Well I don't have much time to write because I want to add some pictures of this week.  I have no idea when my next e-mail will be so don't be TOO devastated if you don't get an e-mail this week.  I love you all and I hope everyone is doing well.
Much Love,

Sister Crompton

Me and Sister Edmonds

Us and other girls from our district going to the temple :)
Provo Temple
Elders from our district gracefully walking haha

Kallina's awesome package

Our district :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sister Crompton's First Report from the MTC!

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This post was extracted from an email we received from Katelyn today.  She has asked that we publish her weekly updates on this blog, with links also provided on Facebook and Twitter.  While you are welcome to post comments on any of these media, please understand that she will not see them and can not reply. -- Tom Crompton]

Dear Friends and Family,

I made it to my first P-day!!

First and foremost I want to wish Gabbi a HAPPY BIRTHDAY before she leaves off for Fiji.  I love you so much and I hope you have so much fun laying on the beach and actually have the opportunity to go in ocean ... haha.

I want to give a shout out to Derrick who decided to write "Sister Swag Crompton" on my letter.  Everyone laughed when my DL read it out loud.

There are a LOT of new sister missionaries entering the MTC now and we're one of the first waves.  My companion is Sister Edmonds and she is awesome!  She also went to BYUI this past year and I'm so lucky and blessed to be companions with her.  We're the only ones in our district going to the West Indies, everyone else is going to Mesa, Arizona.  Every one else in our district is also here for 3 weeks whereas we are only here for two.  Our teacher pulled us aside a few days ago and told us that we are THE FIRST to go through the two week program that they are going to start doing in the February so that's kind of cool.

I'm learning a lot here at the MTC and I now know what little time missionaries have.  We're super stoked to be leaving next week considering it's FREEZING here in Utah.  My heart goes out to Catie, Louisa, Cody and everyone else at BYUI who is probably dealing with colder weather than we are.

I ran into a sister I knew at BYUI who is going to the DC South mission.  Her name is Sister McCormick so keep an eye out for her in the next couple weeks.  I don't have that much time to write here because we're going to the temple soon.

We are leaving a week from today, the 29th, so if you want me to write you please write me on so I can get your addresses.  I want to have time to upload pictures below ... so yeah.

I love you all and I hope that everything is going well at home.


Sister Crompton :)

The many different ways to pronounce Gochenour

 Writin them letters :)
 This is what P-day in the MTC looks like ( LOTs of letter writing and sack lunches)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

MTC Address

I will be flying out to Utah today and will be entering the MTC (Missionary Training Center) tomorrow and will be there for 2 weeks
Here's how you can write me

Sister Katelyn Bell Crompton
MTC Mailbox # 301
WST IND 0129
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793

and here's how you can e-mail me

Monday, January 14, 2013

I'll be Missing Em

I think that the relationships we make and have with people are one of the most important things we can attain on this earth. They are one of the few things we take with us when after we die. 
I have been so blessed to have the best friends and the best family that anyone can have. 
I grew up in an amazing family. My parents have always made our home a safe place to be. They have showed me how to love and have taught me so much. My brother has been such a great example to me by also serving a mission and by having incredible faith that it just so admirable. I have been blessed to have an older sister who is so loving and has such an open heart for everyone. I've always looked up to her talents and creative mind. My younger sister has been an incredible example to me and has grown to be one of my best friends. We are so different but so alike at the same time and I'm so proud of her and everything that she's doing right now. 
Beth and I have known each other for so long and I don't know how on earth I would've survived high school without her. She is the funniest girl I know. We are so weird individually, and even weirder when we're together. But we can't be anything but ourselves around each other. It doesn't take much for us to be satisfied. Just put on some fun., give us some Paula's Hair Peru's Chicken and we'll be set for a few hours. Beth and I have been through so much together and she has really taught me how to make light out of any dark situation. 
And then there's Gabbi. I am so happy that Gabbi and were able to be roommates this past year and especially this past semester. We literally just think the same thoughts and I would honestly trust her with my life. Gabbi is so outgoing and so inspirational. She is just a rockstar in whatever she does and I am REALLY going to miss being roommates with her while I'm gone. I'm going to miss our "west wing" and our deep convos late at night and let's be honest...I'm going to miss betsey. Gabbi is so sincere and honest and I can't imagine my life without her.

Catie and I met the summer of 2007 at E.F.Y. when we were both going through the most awkward stages of life but have somehow stayed friends through it all. Catie is one of the sweetest friends she really cares for everyone. I don't know ANYONE who doesn't love Catie. I'm so happy for her right now and I am going to miss her so much. I'm going to miss our drawings in our classes, just "varting" around and her wild side that comes out after coming home from pizza pie. Like Gabbi, I don't know how I would've survived college life so far without her. 
I met Louisa (and Cody) sooo much. I met Louisa at E.F.Y. and she has grown so much from the time I've been blessed to know her. She has one of the strongest testimonies I know and I look up to her so much. She cares for me so much and she is all of our moms at school. She is one hot sneaky mom. She is such an amazing artist and I would get jealous of her amazing art talent every time I had to scan my ugly artwork after hers for our freakin online art homework. Louisa is so diligent and so trusting in the Lord and I can't help but just hope that I can be as strong and diligent as she is.

And then there's Kelly
Kelly is so beautiful. She has one of the sweetest spirits I know and she has taught me so much these past years. She has taught me how to see my true potential and has always supported me no matter what. Kelly has shown true bravery these past couple months and I have really admired for that as well. Kelly cares so much and I don't think that anyone can return the love that she gives to other people. She is just so amazing and loving and I know that she will grow so much while I'm gone and I can't wait to come back to her :)

There are so many other people that I am going to miss so much but I just don't have enough time. These friendships are friendships that I know will last forever. I can't express the love that I feel for them right now and how my heart aches that I'll be leaving them. The message that I will be sharing is so important, that I am voluntarily leaving these relationships behind for 18 months to spread it. It makes me sad to leave them but I am so happy for the relationships that I will be making and the fact that I will be introducing people to the gospel and truth. 
I am so excited to meet the people that I am supposed to meet while I am in the West Indies. I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve and I just hope that I can be the best missionary that I can be. 

My Last Week

This past week has been a crazy roller coaster ride.
After getting back from an amazing trip in NYC (see below) I had a LOT of work to do

I got back from New York on Saturday night and was so happy to have church time change in the morning. 11:45 is ten times better than 8:30. 
That night I had a former West Indies missionary come over from another ward in our building and talk to me about his mission. It was pretty awesome to hear his experiences and learn more about the culture down there. It just got me so pumped for leaving. 
Monday-Friday my mom and I were on a mission to find those super "sexy" missionary shoes that we all love and adore. Unfortunately, there was pretty much nothing in a 5 and a half so we had to order most of it. 
The worst day to be sick is when you find out that you have to RE-TAKE the knowledge part of the drivers exam to renew your license and have to get 4 shots...
but I knew that I was going to have a bunch of different trials this week and hey, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger right?
Somehow we were able to get mostly everything that we needed and I'm just hoping right now that I didn't forget anything

Friday, January 4, 2013

New Years

For New Years we drove up to Connecticut to visit family. We talked, drank sparkling cider, opened fortune cookies, played games, saw Les Mis, the whole shebang. It was refreshing and sad so say bye to them for the next year and a half. On our way down we stopped in the big city to go to time square and also see ground zero. It's a pretty amazing thing to see and remember those who had lost their lives on that day. 

 Check out the two freaks in the middle

 Happy camper in the cold