Monday, February 25, 2013

Best Birthday


So I thought that birthdays on the mission were going to be totally lame, but on Thursday I got the best present ever. I was sitting at the church because there was a relief society activity where we were learning how to make doubles and roti. Elder Bird came in and handed me this post it note
CONGRATS KALLINA!!! I'm so excited for you! I was freaking out in the middle of relief society. Ecuador!? who would've guessed! 
So that totally made my day. I was really excited and am so proud of you Kallina. I don't have much time but I wanted to say how happy I am for you. 
Last p-day we went to blackpoint tunnel, it was a lot of fun. We played vollyball on the black sand beach. 
Other than that, the work is going well. It's work and I'm still learning a lot and am just hoping that I can get things down before Sister Fish leaves because President Mehr told me that I am going to be training my next transfer...yeah training my 2nd transfer! 
I'll try and have time to upload pics as always.
I love and miss everyone
Much Love,
Sis Crompton





Doubles



Monday, February 18, 2013

My Address and 1st Zone Conference-Barbados

Hello Everyone!
So before I forget, a lot of people have asked me for my address. It turns out that mail is actually somewhat reliable because Sister Fish is getting mail left and right so if you feel so inclined to write me, mail it to 
P.O. Box 601
Kingstown
St. Vincent
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 

Letters do take a while to get here but they are much appreciated :)

So this week we flew to Barbados for Zone Conference. It was really nice to meet the other missionaries and finally meet President Mehr and Sister Mehr. It was fun to go out with the sister missionaries in Barbados, Sister Fish served there 6 months ago so we of course had to get some ice cream at this place called chilly moo's. The Conference was really good (and long) but I learned a lot. 
As far as the work goes, we've been able to see some progress in some of our investigators. One of them came to church on Sunday, her name is Alicia and her little sister is Afeesha. They're real fun and entertaining. The kids are so cute. There's some members right by our house named the Tuckers and they have their kids there, Tess and Josh and they are soo adorable. I've trained them so say my name and actually get it right :)
One thing that I've been studying and learning a lot about this week is about the trials we're given and the need to be humble. I remember one of my bishops at BYUI said "The more uncomfortable we are, the more willing we are to learn". We are given trials and afflictions because it makes us uncomfortable and humble. Those are the times when we are learning and growing the most. I've thought about it a lot because being new here is definitely made me uncomfortable at first but I've been learning so much and it's times like these where we really need to remember the hard times so we can learn from them later on. 
Well I don't have much time and I want to try and upload pics :)
Much Love,
Sister Crompton




five finger fruit


Josh and Tess

Alicia and Affeisha







Reunited with Sis Edmonds :)


Monday, February 11, 2013

Burning Cars and Rainbows

Hey Everyone!
So it's my second full week here in St. Vincent and I'm already driving! Scarry right? For those of you who don't know, the wheel is on the right side of the car and we drive on the left side of the road. The driving set up isn't what was hard to get used to. It was the tiny roads, gutters and cliffs that you have to worry about...
This week has been pretty good, I'm still so fresh and am learning everyday. Last week for P-day we went to Rawacou beach. It was beyond gorgeous. We went with the Elders and the Bird's, the senior missionary couple here on St. Vincent. Sister Bird, Sister Fish and I picked seashells and it was so fun, we had to cut our trip to the beach short because one of our Elders broke his toe playing soccer. On the way back home Sister Fish introduced me to Chicken and Bake which is really good. She has also made Roti and curry which is a very popular and favourite dish down here. 

Recipes are interesting down here...people don't write them! Because they don't use measuring cups down here, if someone wants to learn how to make something, we have to go to their house and make it with them. We did that with a member this week, Sister Tucker, and made home made brownies. They don't really like super sweet treats down here, most of their cake is fruit cake but they do like our brownies. 

There are a lot of animals that just roam around here (see chickens below)
but so far I've seen chickens, goats, sheep, dogs, cats, donkies, cows horses all just roaming in the middle of the street like they own the place haha.

I learned that the people here in St. Vincent are very religious. Most of them are Christian. There are a lot of 7th Day Adventist and Jehovah's Witnesses and a lot of made up churches which is real interesting. 

Yesterday Sis Fish and I were on our way back home and we saw a car in the middle of the supermarket entrance totally fried. We don't really know what happened to it but there was an ambulance and the car was still smoking. I'll try and get a picture of it below, it was kinda crazy!
  
So yeah, that's what my week has been like, I hope everyone is doing well back at home and school. 

Much Love :)
Sister Crompton




 What are church "building" (house) looks like. This is the chapel



 the burning car



 Shout out to BYUI. There was a picture of the Rexburg temple in a members home!


Monday, February 4, 2013

Goodbye Utah, Hello St. Vincent!

Hey Everyone!
So it's been pretty crazy these past few days. We flew out early morning on Monday (4 AM!) and didn't get to Trinidad until around 10-11pm. It was a long day to say the least. On Tuesday we stayed with some sisters in Trinidad and had a little orientation for our mission and went out with those sisters the whole day. The next day I flew out here to St. Vincent. Apparently, they filmed a lot of Pirates of the Caribbean here, other than that I didn't know much about it. It's beautiful here in St.Vincent, the weather is so nice but it can get really hot at times. There's two branches here in St. Vincent and we're in the the Calliaqua branch. The church is very new here and we've been told that our biggest role here is to help establish the church in St. Vincent, most of the members here are only converts for a little bit. Our branch president has only been a member for like 5-6 years. Most of our area is in the country so we're walking super steep hills everyday. I'm pretty positive that besides the tourists here, we are the ONLY white people on this island haha. The other day we were our "finding" and there were a bunch of kids in the area. They all started coming up to us and hugging us and touching us. I didn't really get why except for when we were leaving, one girl yelled out and said "goodbye white people!". Sister Fish was telling me that the only time kids really see white people is when they're watching T.V. so they think we're like celebrities or something. One misconception that was in the mission call was the fact that it said English speaking...they do NOT speak English here. They speak Caribbean...it's actually really hard to understand. I feel like they're speaking in another language when we're talking to people. Sister Fish has to stop and translate for me every once in a while. They don't use their H's here. It's "tanks!" instead of thanks, "teef" instead of thief, "fader" instead of father. Also if it's night time and you greet someone they say goodnight. Which when you think about it, makes sense but it was kind of weird for me to hear for the first time when someone called us the first thing he said was "goodnight!". Everyone drives on the other side of the road here which I've actually gotten used to already, but the roads here are SOO small. There will be one small road and it'll be a two way road...but it makes it so all the drivers are aware I guess. Oh they also don't have big buses, trucks, or any large vehicles here. They just have these huge vans that people use for transportation, even the ambulances and emergency vehicles are all just bigger cars because the roads are so small. The transport vehicles are kind of cool because they all have crazy names to attract attention, I'll try and post one up. I haven't tried any crazy food here yet, they have a LOT of good fruit here. We ate some sour-sop, which is a fruit here that is green and has spikes and I can't really describe it other than is taste like skittles. Well I don't have much time and I'll try and post some pictures like always :)
Much Love,
Sister Crompton

PS. because the mail here takes forever we are allowed to e-mail friends too! So if you want to holler e-mail me at katelyn.crompton@myldsmail.net
here are some pics

 Utah vs. St. Vincent



A member gave us cocoanuts to drink out of in Trinidad
 
Our apartment view :)

Oh, and it rains here A LOT!
What everyone uses for transportation

 what most of the houses look like
 Me and my companion Sister Fish!