Monday, October 28, 2013

Sharing our Talents

Well there's not that much news this week.  First I would like to give a shout out to Carol Baker for the letter.  I didn't know I could still get letters from DearElder.com -- so that was a nice surprise!
 
This week it rained really hard for the first time since I've been in St.Maarten.  The roads aren't really made for rain, so it felt like we were flooded even though it rained for a short time.  It made me a little nervous, however, to think what it would be like if a hurricane came through.  Luckily we're near the end of hurricane season.
 
On Saturday we had a branch talent show.  Because -- as missionaries -- our talent is sharing the gospel, we just did a little skit on "Things that West Indies Missionaries Say."  It was funny (well at least us missionaries thought so, haha).  But it was really great. We had 3 of our investigators come.  Earlier that day we also met a Sister (former Sister Kelsch) who served here just 6 months ago.  She happened to be on her honeymoon and the cruise ship stopped here for a day.  It was really nice to talk to another West Indies Mission sister because we are so rare :)

We've been having some good beginnings with member referrals and we are excited for what lies ahead these next coming weeks.  Next week we'll be going to Guadeloupe for Zone Conference so I can't promise there will be a post next Monday (not that many people actually read this, haha)

Much Love,
Sister Crompton

Former WIM missionary, Sister Kelsch

(Editor's Note: Sister Crompton indicated that she would be forwarding other photos to accompany this update, including some of the talent show ... but it appears that the attempt to load those photos into her Dropbox account was not successful.  Therefore, I will update this blog by adding those photos when they become available in the near future.)

 

Monday, October 21, 2013

People Are Being Prepared

This week has been very busy but very eventful.  There was a fire in our area down the road that burned up a place where over 120 people lived.  Everyone was able to get out safely, but many lost everything.  A few days after the fire we helped the Red Cross organize clothes and things for those who have lost all their things.
 
This week was also very exciting because one of our investigators was baptized.  Her sister is a member and it's been amazing to see her testimony and knowledge of the gospel grow.  We're so happy for her and excited to be working with even more of her immediate family.  The Lord truly is preparing people for us and it's just up to us to be obedient and faithful enough to find them.
 
Yesterday we did a little devotional for the youth that volunteer for the Red Cross.  About 20 kids were there and it was a great opportunity for us to share what the church teaches in the For the Strength of Youth.  We showed some of the videos from the lds youth site and it went really well. The teens were very open with us and had a lot of great questions.  I overheard some girl say to her friend, "this church sounds really cool" (mission accomplished).
 
We are still seeing benefits and miracles coming from teaching members about the Law of the Fast and the Sabbath.  I can really see how the Lord simply wants us to be happy and has provided laws for us to obtain those blessings.  It's all up to us to act for ourselves and receive them.
 
Oh, this week we also met a new friend (see monkey below :)
 
Much Love,
Sister Crompton
 
Our new friend
 
The baptism this week
 
The chapel spire in St. Maarten
 
(Editor's Note: Sister Crompton did not forward the following photographs with this week's blog entry; however, she did download a large batch of images from her first few months in St. Vincent.  I thought I'd share a few of those for your enlightenment and entertainment!)
 
The St. Vincent landscape
 
Yes ... it's a chicken's foot
 
 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Our Week of Service

This week has been a great week of service.  We've focused on serving the members, investigators and the community.  We helped some people clean and organize their houses.  One even asked me for service and wanted me to cut her hair because she said that "I looked like someone who can cut hair."  Haha.  She's loving her new cut.   I'm sure that she's glad that we're in her area.  I can't imagine watching an 18 year old Elder try and cut hair!

We also went to a Foster Home to have a little devotional.  The kids ranged in ages from 3-16 years old.  We sang songs, taught them " I am a Child of God," and hand symbols to help them remember the 10 commandments.  We also talked about some of the things mentioned in the Strength for Youth.  The kids were VERY energetic and sweet.  We're hoping to come again to talk especially to the teenagers who weren't there (ages ranging from 13-18 years).

President Mehr asked us to teach members here about the Law of the Fast.  We taught a member about a month and a half ago, and we were fasting especially for missionary opportunities.  We've been teaching her sister ever since and now she is being baptized on Saturday.  We're really excited for her and it's been an amazing experience to teach and see the blessings of helping families come closer together.  Another great benefit is that the member makes amazing food (see curry below) and has even taught us to cook some Guyanese dishes :)

We're now teaching many about the keeping the Sabbath Day holy, and are excited to see the blessings that will come out of the branch because of it.

I hope everything is going well with everyone who reads this.  I know that the Lord loves us and answers our specific prayers.

Much Love,
Sister Crompton

Our last district meeting before the end of the transfer
 
A curry dish made by one of our members
 
Signs at a member's home about no peeing in the pool!  haha
 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Staying in St. Maarten!

We'll we got transfer calls last night.  Sister Joseph and I will be staying here in St. Maarten together.  The only shocker about this coming transfer is the fact that I've been called to be the "Sister Training Leader" for St. Maarten, Guadeloupe and Martinique. I'm definitely nervous about the fact that I'll be training these sisters when I myself still need some training, haha.  But suffice it to say I'm putting a LOT of my trust in the Lord to assist me with helping these sisters.

This weekend was General Conference and, like always, it was amazing.  I couldn't help but think that a year ago on Sunday I was sitting in the Conference Center listening to the talks while my mind was still in shock from the previous day's announcement.  Something that I learned in seminary was to write down questions that I have at the moment right before conference and try to receive answers from the prophet and apostles ... it works every time!  I especially loved all the talks about member missionary work (hint hint), especially Elder Ballard's.

Also shout out and thanks to Aunt Kim for sending me the dress -- my favorite color :)!

We were happy to have our investigator who's getting baptized this month come to 3 out of the 4 conference sessions (and this was her first time hearing about conference ... she's a rockstar!)

It's amazing that we're able to have a living prophet today and apostles.  I'm so grateful for the opportunity we have to hear them.  There were many great talks and I noticed in a lot of them they were simply talking about keeping the commandments.  This gospel is so simple and that's what makes it difficult for people.  But as long as we stay true to the principles, we will be truly happy.

Much Love,

Sister Crompton

 The chapel in St. Maarten
 
 My sneaky companion, Sister Joseph
 
Our awesome investigator