Monday, September 30, 2013

Receiving Answers

This week were able to continue teaching our members about the Law of the Fast.
I've really come to know how much the Lord blesses us when we put our prayers and trust in Him when we fast.  I was looking at my journal from entries about a year ago.  Last year, the Sunday before October General Conference, I was at school and I had fasted for help and guidance for what I should do the next few semester for school.  That Saturday the announcement came out (about the age change for sister missionaries) ... so the Lord definitely answers us and I know the power and the Spirit that comes from sincerely fasting with a purpose.
We've been focusing a lot on trying to get member referrals because that is how the church is going to grow and within the past 2 days we've received 3 member referrals.  It's been great and I know that the Lord is performing miracles here in St. Maarten.
We had an investigator who was working towards a baptism date but was still waiting on her answer to know if these things are true.  During our class on Sunday she received her answer that these things are true and she truly wants to get baptized.  It just goes to show how important members, church and sincere prayer is towards receiving an answer from the Lord.
Were able to run into a family who had been taught about a year ago by the Sisters.  There are 7 kids in the family, four girls, and they are sooo adorable and fun-loving.  They remembered the missionaries and were all over us when we came.  The family may not have been ready then, but we're hoping and praying that they'll be ready now.  It goes to show that the work that we do is never wasted, even if we feel that people aren't into the gospel.  It's all about the Lord's timing.
I'm really excited for General Conference this weekend.  I can't believe that it's almost been a year since I was even given this opportunity to be out here at this time!
Much Love,
Sister Crompton
P.S. - For all who knew my love for the Shaytards, you can guess my excitement when I saw this on Mormon Messages :)

Sister Hanley (a 90-yr old member here) and my companion, Sister Joseph

A few days ago we were by an investigators house and these two little boys were dancing and singing (one decided to wear my glasses to look more "cool").


Monday, September 23, 2013

Law of the Fast

First off I want to "shout out" to Grandmommy, Catie, Brooke Green and Madison Telles for the letters this week!  They all were just what I needed.
This week we were able to see who is really progressing and who's not.  We've had some great success with some of our referrals from members.  But we've also had some sad moments with some of the family members of our investigators saying they no longer want us to come to their house to teach.  You can't win them all, but it's still really sad to stop teaching people that want to be taught.

We have English class here 2 times a week and it's really interesting because the students are trying to learn English from me and I'm wanting to learn French from them -- so when I try to pronounce their words, they all just look at me and laugh.  I probably sound ridiculous and we all just laugh at the table.

I don't have much time this week but know that things here are going well.  We've been asked to teach more members about the Law of the Fast, because most of them have never fasted before and we've already seen miracles when members have fasted with us for missionary opportunities.

This week we were also able to have a meeting with the Red Cross and they want us to do a devotional for their youth in the end of October.  We are really excited to be working more with the community down here and we know that it'll bring good things to this little branch here on St. Maarten!

Much Love,
Sister Crompton
 Today when we hit some golf balls into the pond


Monday, September 16, 2013

Pay Attention in Seminary!

So things here in St. Maarten have been going pretty well.  It's really hot, and I'm convinced that there won't be a day where I don't sweat while I'm down here.
Last month our mission president asked us to teach the families here the law of the fast, and specifically ask them to fast for opportunities to find and teach the gospel.  Since then we've been seeing success in the member referrals we already had as well as having a lot of great beginnings with new investigators.
We were shadowed by the Elders again this week so that we can actually have some sort of training as a companionship ... and we were able to learn a lot.  We had a lesson with a friend of a member and it went really well.  He even came to church on Sunday.
The member that helped us teach his friend is young (around 17 or 18) and served a mini-mission -- so he is a missionary machine.  He was using his scripture mastery cards and things he's learning in Sunday school.  So ... for all you youth reading this ... PAY ATTENTION IN SEMINARY AND DON'T FALL ASLEEP!  You will end up using what you learn!
We've had to get pretty creative with all the different language barriers here.  Yesterday we had a medical student come with us who served in Argentina and also a local member who speaks French.  The French member would speak to my companion, Sister Joseph.  She would then translate in English, then the medical student would translate into Spanish so that our investigator would understand.  It turned out to be a really good lesson.
This morning we went to Maho Beach where the planes fly in close to the beach.  There weren't any huge planes, but I tried to get a few pictures.
Other than that things have been going well.  Before I sign off, there was a scripture that really impressed me this week.  It is in 2 Nephi 10:23 :) remember that happiness is a choice!
(Editor's Note:  2 Nephi 10:23 reads "Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves -- to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.")
Much Love,
Sister Crompton
 (Editor's Note: Is this REALLY ice cream and Pringles chips?)
 Sister Joseph making breakfast
Planes landing at Maho Beach

Monday, September 2, 2013

First Week in St. Maarten

Well I arrived here in St. Maarten safely and on time (which is very rare for Liat, the Caribbean airline!)  It was actually really interesting because when I walked on the plane I saw a girl that we used to teach in St. Vincent who was just there for a few months and was heading back home to Canada, so I sat next to her and told her how to find missionaries in Canada.  It was really cool.
It is very beautiful here, but what I've learned so far on my mission is that there is always a price to pay for the beauty.
There are MANY different languages here and if it wasn't for my multi-lingual companion, it would make the work here VERY difficult.  Her name is Sister Joseph and she is from St. Lucia.  She's a hard worker, hilarious and a rockstar missionary ... so I'm very excited.
So after getting used to driving on the left side of the road for the past 7 months, I'm back on the right side and I was driving right away because Sister Joseph doesn't have a license.  It's very different here compared to St. Vincent ... more Americanized but all the different languages keep me humble.  There are quite a few medical students here in the branch and we had a good amount of investigators at church on Sunday.
Here in St. Maarten there is our companionship, 2 sets of Elders and the senior couple, the Wrights.  Elder Wright is actually the branch president here for now.  I'm excited for the work to build here.  I feel great things will come out of this island!

Much Love,
Sister Crompton :)
A vista of St. Maarten
Me and my companion, Sister Joseph