Thursday, December 4, 2014

Landscapes over Thanksgiving

Utah is where I was at this past thanksgiving.
It's where my relatives are and some of my dearest friends. I was able to do a family shoot with some of them and the scenery was gorgeous.
Here are some of my favorite shots
This first one is when we were at Tibble Fork in the American Fork is BEAUTIFUL there in the winter time. I couldn't ask for better scenery and lighting.

These last few were in Lehi. I'm a huge sucker for these Utah/Idaho sunsets, and when I was driving by I had to stop and get a few 

Monday, December 1, 2014

It's been a while...

So yes, it's been a while. 
For a long time, I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with my blog upon returning from my mission.
I'm still not totally sure but I figured I'm mostly going to be documenting/trying to post any tips that I get asked a lot, I am open to any ideas :)
This is what I've been up to since coming home 
So I got home from the mission and was home for about a month. Most of it was traveling all up and down the east coast visiting family. 
Eventually it was time to head out to the west for school. I honestly didn't realize how much I missed Idaho until I came back. I remember the drive up here was so gorgeous and I couldn't wait to get back into the school grind. 
When the announcement came out and I prayed about serving, I received the answer to go as soon as the semester was done. 
That FREAKED ME OUT, I felt like at the time that I had everything set up for a good while but I knew that there was more in store for me.
So I remember while leaving, I prayed and basically said "look, I'll listen and go when you're telling me to, just promise me that when I come back you'll let everything fall into place". 
I came home to having no clue what I was going to do with my life, no job, no nothing. 
A couple of weeks before school, I was looking at the Job board on the BYU-I website, hoping that I could get a job on campus. My dream was to get a job that had to do with photography.
So I kept on looking and looking till I left for Utah (about a week before school started) and I couldn't find anything.
Answer to prayer #1) I was sitting talking with Aimee in the kitchen, my MTC companion/roommate, the Sunday before school started when I felt that I needed to check the job board. 
I opened my laptop to look and the 2 job posting was for an assistant photographer for the university relations department. I saw that the "starting date" was for the following day, I assumed that the position was already taken but I felt that I should send in my resume and portfolio just in case.
The next day, I had an interview and got the job on the spot. It was such a blessing and spiritual experience and I feel like I have the best job on campus right now. 
Answer to prayer #2) I'm taking a Comm 100 class and throughout the semester, different communication emphasis' are described. I was pretty uninterested in most of them until a few weeks ago when the Visual Communication Emphasis was talked about. As it was being described, it just MADE SENSE. I felt like it had all I was really looking for and while I was figuring out my grad plan, I saw that I could get my minor in Photography with it...perfect fit
I honestly am just really grateful that I'm able to recognize what has been placed in my path, they are so small and simple that it would be easy to overlook.
I'm still waiting on answers to prayers, and am still trying to figure out a LOT of what Heavenly Father wants me to be doing right now, but I honestly know as I continue to go about things the way that I've been doing them, then it will all work out.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Coming Home : Testimony

Well I guess there’s a lot of catching up to do.
I haven’t fully decided what I want to do with my blog at the moment so until I do, I’ll pick up from where I left ott.
(feel free to comment and make suggestions on specific things you’d like i.e. return missionary advice, pre-mission advice, etc.)
So my last post was full of a lot of mixed emotions, leaving what I’ve come to know as my home for the past 18 months and actually returning HOME.
I had my last district meeting the day after my last post, which was the strangest thing ever, I didn’t feel like I was leaving.
Flying to Trinidad honestly felt like we were just flying to do zone conference or something. Part of me just didn’t want my mission to end.
It was a very joyous occasion to see my beloved MTC companion, Sister Aimee Edmonds again!
(Alma 17:2-3 status)
  18 months since we served together!! Yet we were closer than ever!
The mission home was the strangest day. Don’t get me wrong, it was great to see everyone and talk to everyone but I still felt like I was going to see investigators that night or even the next day. I felt like there was a lesson that I needed to be preparing for etc.
It felt like the longest day because we weren’t teaching or going out to see people, we were inside all day.
I cherished my time I had to be interviewed by President Mehr, I can not explain my love and appreciation for him and Sister Mehr, They are honestly the best examples for us Misisonaries.
We had a great Q and A panel and had a very spiritual and sacred Testimony meeting.
The next day was FULL of crazy emotions.
We were dropped off at the airport and I am of course the only one flying on the east coast out of the big group of us leaving. It was nice to have that time to reflect on all the amazing experiences.
I had a first flight to Miami and then from Miami to Washington D.C!
Down below are some pictures of the airport. I was greeted by my parents, of course, and my best friend in the whole world, and very good family friends!
First meal coming home: Chipotle (of course!)
I then was set apart, which was the saddest part of it all.
I felt so grateful for everything that I experienced and I was heartbroken that I wasn’t going to be a full-time missionary anymore.
I can’t express how grateful I was at that moment for the Spirit and it’s comfort at that time.

I guess I’ll end with some inserts from my Returning Home with Honor Packet. It was something that was well put together and am grateful that I had the chance to reflect back on what I’ve learned and what I’ve come to know.

My Testimony:

There are so many things that I’ve come to know that I’m not sure that I can express it the way that I feel.
I know and Love Heavenly Father’s Plan of Salvation for His children. I become more grateful for it every time I have the opportunity to teach it. I know that God is our Loving Heavenly Father who knows me inside and out and has saved me from physical and spiritual dangers by letting me be out her and serve His children. I am so grateful that the mission has been a part of His plan for me. I am so grateful for the Savior in Heavenly Fathers plan and am amazed and so grateful to have witnessed and experience the joy that comes from partaking of His Atonement. I am grateful for the struggles and trials in life that have let me to a closer relationship with Heavenly Father and feel so I love the family as part of His plan and know that it is only by obeying the gospel in and with our I believe that there is a reason for every experience that He gives us in this life and it is all for our benefit. I am so grateful for those He has put in my life to support and serve along this path. I know that it is only by serving others that we are happy and when we truly find ourselves and that is why I know that God is there. That He’s patiently waiting to hear from us every day. I have felt His love and comfort at the times I’ve needed it the most. I know that He loves ALL His children and is so I love praying to him and am so grateful to receive answers through the scriptures. I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon. I know it is the Word of God, and because it is that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored through a Prophet, even Joseph Smith. I know that the doctrines and principles taught in this church are true. I know that it is only by simply obeying the

Advice to a new Missionary:

The Lord will test your faith. The moments when you struggle or fear to contact a person or teach a lesson are the times you must overcome that fear because a big blessing/miracle is behind it. The Lord will test your faith in order for you to experience miracles.
You MUST trust Him, this is HIS work. If you are simply faithful and exactly obedient to the Spirit, the Lord will lead you to those who are prepared.

How I changed during my mission:

My heart has definitely softened and I’ve become more submissive to God’s will and plan forme.
I’ve seen that He’s put me in situations that I wouldn’t have chosen but I now see they were far better than what I thought would make me happy. I have definitely grown in the knowledge of the Gospel and scriptures and it has cleared my view so much of how much the gospel blesses lives.
I’ve definitely changed and improved my view about the family as part of His plan and my family in particular. I am grateful that I’ve experience a change in heart towards them. I am more in tune with what the Spirit is prompting me to do and have learned to trust in those promptings.
I know that the Lords promises will be fulfilled because I’ve seen them work and I’ve learned to simply just trust in the commandments and His promises even though I don’t see the result right away.
I’ve come to know and understand my role in this work and that I have a lot to do.

 My last District Meeting/Zone Meeting :(
 Our district at the airport (LOVE THEM ALL!)
 All my islands!
 On the bus ride back after we all have bawled our eyes out!
Reunited with Sister Tia and Now AP Telga (yeah SXM missionaries:)

 ***Oh I forgot!
So I tried to make the most of my last few days of my mission, so something I did was try to capture sayings that us West Indies MIssionaries pick up from serving in the Caribbean. If you haven't been or served in the West Indies, I'll ward you and say it probably won't make much sense or be very funny, if you might be funny

Monday, July 28, 2014

Thoughts During My Last Week

These past couple days have been bittersweet.  I'm truly going to miss being in the West Indies Mission serving the Lord.  I am truly grateful for this experience and all the amazing people I've been able to meet.  I truly do know that this work is the Lord's work.  I have seen God's hand in my life and especially in the lives of others this past year and a half.  I know that He is there and I'm so grateful to sit front row to watch the miracle of Christ's Atonement in the lives of those who have chosen to partake of it.
With faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ we can accomplish anything, especially if it is to benefit and help others.  I know that by simply helping others and serving them that we are serving the Lord and like Elder Cornish told us about a year ago "those who serve grow".
I do know that the Lord will test our faith in this work and so anytime there seems to be a stumbling block we need to use it as a stepping stone because beyond our fears and doubts are great miracles.  I know that if we do all that is in our power to help others then He will make up for our weaknesses and use them for good and make us stronger.
Well, like always, I don't have too much time.  I'll see everyone in a few days :)
Much Love, 
Sister Crompton

Farewell to the West Indies!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hastening the Work

Well I don't have much time this week (like always).  This week went pretty well.  I don't know if I mentioned this before, but on Saturdays we started teaching reading classes (picture below) which is coming along.

The best part of our week was near the end.  Sister Lapides had a talk in Sacrament Meeting about "Hastening the Work" and it seemed to get the branch pretty motivated.  We were able to take some youth out with us to teach which was a lot of fun.  Members were also excited to come out with us and be a part of the work.

We have this investigator that we had a REALLY great first lesson with.  She had met missionaries before, but after we taught her the restoration, she felt that the Lord was giving her a 2nd chance to know the truth.  Then for a couple weeks we haven't been able to see her and we didn't know why.  We found out (through one of our recent converts who is friends with her husband) that the husband had concerns about the church and discouraged her from meeting with us.  Then the recent convert taught the husband a little more and he not only agreed to having us come and teach his wife, but he wants to sit in on the lessons too!  We're hoping to get the lesson in this week and we're really excited because they're a great family!

It's hard to believe that this week coming will be my last FULL week as a missionary.   Barbados has been a real cool experience and I'm so grateful for all the experiences that I've been able to have on my mission.  I've truly seen so many miracles and blessings from God that I probably haven't been able to write or write it in the way that would give the experience justice.  Anyways I'm just so grateful to be a missionary for a least one last full week!

Much Love,

Sister Crompton

Reading Class

Our Tour of Harrison's Cave this Morning

Monday, July 14, 2014

Member Missionary Work is Important!

Sister Lapides is a lot better at explaining our week … so I'm using a lot of what she wrote for today's blog entry.

My companion walked out of our bedroom Friday morning and heard flapping noises -- there was a bird in the house (we had left the windows open that night to air out the apartment)!  She went to open the window more so it could get out and there were more flapping noises -- another bird!  Two!  We got them out pretty quickly, but it was so random.

Yesterday we had a pretty cool experience.  We were able to teach our neighbor who lives right below us (our building is just two apartments, right on top of each other).  We had talked to him a little before, gotten to know him a little, but didn't talk religion at all.  We had given him a Book of Mormon but hadn't followed up at all because he hadn't asked us any more about it.  We didn't want him to have a bad experience with the Sisters considering he'll always live right under them.  But we knew we had to follow up with him.  We both felt that we should go see him and teach him.  So we mustered up the courage to ask to teach him and he said yes!  He told us all these cool experiences when he had seen God in his life.  He also said he read a little of the Book before we came and said it was interesting.  So we taught the lesson and it was so great!  He got really excited when we told him about the origins of the Book of Mormon.  We committed him to read more and pray and we have a return appointment with him this Wednesday!  Seeing him was pretty much the highlight of our week!

Let me put in a plug for member missionary work and how important it is!  It is funny because as missionaries, we're like … Go members!  Tell people!  Give us referrals!  It is not that hard!  WAKE UP CALL.  IT IS SO HARD.  Heavenly Father taught us both that lesson this week.  Since we “got along” with our neighbor, we didn't want to offend him … blah, blah, blah, the usual member excuses … we realized that we were “the members” at that point – and that we were too scared to talk to him because (insert lame excuse here).  But yesterday, we put our FAITH over our FEAR.  We rang his doorbell and just asked him.  And he said yes.  Member missionary work is hard, but Christ is with us every step of the way.  We see how big a part the members play in the strength of the branch.

Much Love,
Sister Crompton

Cute kitten photographs to catch your attention!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Teaching the Restoration

Happy late 4th of July and Happy Birthday to my DAD!!  Our celebration of the 4th consisted of an emergency zone meeting and us eating hot dogs, watermelon and ice cream.

This week went pretty well.  Sister Lapides and I are really starting to see who is progressing and who is not.  We had an investigator come to church again this week and she even fasted with us to know if the church is true.

We had a great lesson with a lady we contacted who met another set of sisters a few years ago.  The Spirit was so strong and the message of the Restoration just made sense to her.  It was so amazing to hear in her closing prayer she really believes that Joseph Smith was a prophet and is so grateful and amazed that we have a living prophet today.

We had a similar experience with our investigator who came to church with his brother and after we taught him the Restoration he just kept on thanking us for teaching him this knowledge and was so excited to read and pray about the Book of Mormon.

The past few weeks have been rough here in Barbados but we are really starting to see the fruits of our labors!!!

Much Love
Sister Crompton

Our July 4th gathering!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Only After All That We Can Do

This week we had a really great Zone Conference.  It was really strange to think that it was my last one.  I was really grateful to have been in the same building as my first one. We talked a lot about Christ-like attributes and the necessity to develop them as missionaries and members (see video at

We had a nice miracle the night of Zone Conference.  Sister Lapides and I had an appointment set several days in advance with an investigator and our hope was to find -- with the help of the members -- someone to bring with us to the lesson.  We fasted and prayed for success with that specific investigator.  Two hours before our lesson we still didn't have a member lined up.  We called EVERYONE, even some of our less-active members ... we were desperate.  Right as I was about to give up and just go to the lesson without a member, a recent convert in the Elders' area came to my mind.  After a few calls to get her information were were able to get a hold of her and 45 minutes before our lesson she said she was able to come with us. It was the first time that she was able to go out with the missionaries and we had a pretty good lesson.  I see it mostly as an answer to our fasting and prayers and I've truly come to know that it isn't until we've done ALL that we can when our efforts are rewarded.

We also had an investigator come to church who was found by the seminary and institute list.  We are planning on setting a date with her this week.

Well, that's about it for this week!

Much Love, Sister Crompton

Me and my companion, Sister Lapides