Monday, August 26, 2013

Next Stop ... St. MARTIN!

(Editor's note:  There was a technical problem during Sister Crompton's transfer of images to be used in this blog ... so no photos are included in this week's post.  When the images do become available, they will be added.)

So this week has been a very exciting week.  We got transfer calls on Saturday and I found out that I'll be serving in St. Martin starting on Wednesday!  I don't really know too much about it, but I've heard that it's a lot smaller than St. Vincent and that it's more Americanized.  I'm really sad to be leaving St. Vincent but I'm sure that I'll return one day :)
 
My new address in St. Martin will be:
Sister Katelyn Crompton
#3 Queens Palm Drive
St Maarten

That is right, there is no zip code.  If you want to email me, you can continue using katelyn.crompton@myldsmail.net as my address.

This week we've had again great lessons with member referrals.  We had a family come to church on Sunday and they're progressing really well.
 
We had another water balloon fight for mutual and the Elders had a baptism on Saturday.
 
I don't have too much time to write this week, but I'm sure that next week there will be a lot more new and interesting stuff to hear about :)

Much Love,
Sister Crompton

Monday, August 19, 2013

Branch Meeting and Activity

This week was pretty fun!  We had our first branch coordination meeting with our newly called branch mission leader.  Hopefully this is a good first step to lots of success.  Because there aren't any other sisters on the island and we don't have much experience or training under our belts, we shadowed the Zone Leaders on the Island and were able to learn a LOT and put it into practice.
 
We had a branch activity for the primary kids (and had a bouncy castle), but everyone was invited.  We even had an investigator come and all the adults played dominoes, which is a game that I've yet to actually learn (mostly because it's used to gamble here in St. Vincent ... haha).
 
We've had some pretty cool experiences this week.  One of them was when Sister Bratt and I had two of our last appointments for the night fall through.  I had a random thought to visit one of our member's sisters, who we haven't seen in a while (we weren't sure how interested she was).  We went and called inside to see if she was home and the dad pops out of the window amazed and excitingly says, "I was just asking her if the missionaries had seen us recently or if you were never coming back" and right after he said that they heard our voices outside calling in.  They all just paused and were surprised.
 
We also went to another investigator and after she finished a chapter we had her read, she told us she had a dream (which happens a lot down here) that we were there along with members of a church she used to go to, and one of the other members said that he's been wondering if we should combine the churches because they teach similar stuff, but he knows our church is true and has the priesthood.  It was pretty cool to hear.  It probably doesn't sound as cool in writing ... sorry.
 
We had the same member referral who came to an activity come to church and he liked it a lot!  He loves the missionaries and even came with us this morning to climb the mountain, La Soufreire (which is about an hour or so van drive!).  Below are some pictures.  It was very foggy like last time and even though we got soaking wet, it was a lot of fun!
 
The Lord has answered lots of prayers this week and I'm so grateful to be out here and experiencing these things.  This week we find out about transfers -- so if you are planning to write letters, hold that thought and don't send them until next week to see if I have a new address :)

Much Love,

Sister Crompton
 
Branch activity
 
Playing dominoes
 
Preparing to climb La Soufreire
 
Fog on the mountain
 

 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Ye Cannot Behold with Your Natural Eyes ...

This week has been centered around two things: (1) service and (2) families.
 
Sister Bratt and I have been really trying to work with and find families because we've come to a conclusion that the only way the church is going to grow here on St. Vicent is when it can build upon families.  We've been doing service for and teaching some really great families that are in the beginning stages of learning about the gospel.  Sister Bratt and I are still helping out with Young Womens and this week we taught the lesson and of course it was on dating ... haha.  Not the best lesson for missionaries to be teaching, but it was really fun.  The 2 girls that were in the class are very funny and one of them said that when she's 16 she's going to date the original Young Women's teachers husband lol.
 
I've been taught a lot about trials and tribulations this week and I've come to gain a testimony on D&C 58:3-4, which is a scripture that our mission president had advised us to memorize (still working on the memorizing part).
(Editor's note: D&C 58:3-4 reads "Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation.  For after much tribulation come the blessings.  Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand.")
 
On Thursday we made a cake for our recent convert family, she was turning 11 and the Bird's even showed up to surprise her and it was really sweet.  We showed them how to make smores (they've never had them before) and it was really fun.
 
We did have a great experience with one of our members, Brother Hector.  He lives with his son and we were able to teach them together.  Brother Hector got baptized about a year ago and has completely changed his life around.  His son was able to tesitfy to that, and near the end of the lesson Brother Hector prayed and asked for forgivenmenss for his son.  It was so spiritual and he teared up at the end.  He said that the the missionaries bring families together.  It was really sweet.
 
Don't have much time. 

Much Love,
Sister Crompton
 
Surprise birthday party!
 
Beautiful photo #1
 
Beautiful photo #2

Monday, August 5, 2013

From Sister Crompton #1

Well I guess it's official ... I'm not the only "Sister Crompton" missionary serving.  I'm happy to know that Kallina is off to the MTC in Mexico City and starting this journey.
 
We had a really great week this week.  Yesterday we had a family of 4 and our recent convert's friend at church.  Member work is awesome.  The family that we had at church was a referral from a member that is in the other branch on the island.  Missionaries have come to them before, but I guess they were planting seeds because they seem pretty prepared.  It's amazing what a members testimony and story can do in a lesson.
 
We watched the "Work of Salvation" again this week in our District meeting for the missionaries who didn't get a chance to see it.  It's still pretty motivating; and if you're a member (or not a member) I encourage you to watch it on lds.org
 
This past weekend we helped out with the Young Women and had them decorate "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" (if you haven't read it, look it up and read it!) because this month for YW the lessons are all about family and marriage.
 
I think I mentioned last week how there was a humanitarian container from the church that had a bunch of supplies, and this week we were able to see the fruits of it.  We were walking to an appointment and we randomly see a little boy who was reppin' a BYU shirt.  (go cougars!)
Well, that's about it for this week.
 
Much Love,
 
Sister Crompton

Little boy in a BYU shirt 


Pictures from the beach from this morning