Monday, February 24, 2014

Women and the Growth of the Church

Thank you all for all the Birthday e-mails!  A special thanks to Mom and Dad for the package and to Gabbi for the birthday letter.  Also thank you to the Phelps for the St. Patrick’s Day letter :)

Yes, it was weird turning 21 mostly because that means I've spent one full year on my mission.  I still feel only 19!  Well life goes on!

This week all the Sister training leaders (the 5 of us now!) talked with President and Sister Mehr on how to better help all these new young sisters!  I loved a quote that Sister Mehr shared with us by Spencer W. Kimball that said, “Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world (in whom there is often such an inner sense of spirituality) will be drawn to the Church in larger numbers … Thus it will be that female exemplars of the Church will be a significant force in both the numerical and the spiritual growth of the Church in the last days.”  How true is that!?

Even though it's a little difficult down here in the Caribbean because families are so spread apart, I've been trying to teach more about family history.  I’ve been showing our investigators and members the website to help them feel the Spirit that comes from learning about our part in family history and having them experience it for themselves; it is also a less threatening way to introduce the church to potential investigators.

I hope that everyone has a good week!

Much Love, Sister Crompton

Elder Telga (a French Elder from Martinique) made us crepes on my birthday!

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Work is Hastening

So I got my new companion this week.  Right when you get used to one companion, they leave and you get another ... it's a never ending cycle, but there's nothing we can do about it haha.  She's another brand new missionary.  Her name is Sister Hodge.  She's 19 and from Washington state.  She's very nice and seems real excited about the work.  There was also another set of sisters in Guadeloupe, so there are 4 there now that I'm supervising.  It is nice to hear about all the sisters coming in :)

This week Sister Hodge and I did a lot of service.  We and the Elders helped a member's family on the French side with cleaning off their top roof so they could finish building it.  The Elders also helped us refix our road again for our neighborhood, and my favorite service we did was helping an investigator make cinnamon rolls to raise money (yum!).

We're loving the help we're getting from the members in our work.  A recent convert's granddaughter who has been coming to church for a while told the primary leaders that she wants to be baptized.  It’s a good thing the leaders told us, because we would've had no idea otherwise ha.  So on Sunday the granddaughter and her mom (who hasn't come to church since I've been here) came to church, even though she was sick, she was determined to come which was totally awesome!  The members are the ONLY way that this work can move forward ... I don't think I can say it enough!

One of my favorite parts of conference was the talk called “Put Your Trust in the Lord” when Elder M. Russell Ballard says “We know that when someone gets up to give a talk in sacrament meeting and says, ‘Today I’ll be talking about missionary work’, or perhaps even when Elder Ballard gets up in general conference and says the same thing, some of you listening may think, ‘Oh no, not again; we have heard this before.’  Now, we know that no one likes feeling guilty.”  But it’s true what he says that the Lord IS hastening His work.

Anyways, oh, I almost forgot to give a shout out and thank you for the letters from Kelly Allen, Grandmommy, Bishop Southwick and Carol Baker.

Last week we went to Maho beach because it was Sister Tia's and Elder Woodruff’s last week and neither of them had seen the planes coming in to land.

That's about it for our week!

Much Love, Sister Crompton

My new companion - Sister Hodge

Here are the planes landing at Maho Beach (no Photoshop)!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Staying in St. Maarten!

So this week we got our transfer calls.  I will still be staying here in St. Maarten and my companion, who I just finished training, will be sent off to Trinidad.

I'm sad to say goodbye to Sister Tia.  I've truly had some of the best times on my mission with her but I know that she'll do awesome in Trinidad.  Last week our district leader asked us to do a musical number for district meeting and then after that Elder Thompson (who is our current branch President) asked if we could do it at church this past Sunday.  We sang “Love at Home” – the first verse in English and the second in Tongan.

We don't know the name of my next new companion. She is brand new (again) and we won't know until Tuesday or Wednesday who she will be.

This week the Branch had 2 baptisms.  The Dutch Elders have been doing amazing work and baptized two very awesome new additions to the Philipsburg Branch.  We've had some really great lessons this week and we're really trying to have more member involvement in the work.  We've been getting a lot of comments by the members from our recent baptisms but they don't realize that they are the ones that make the magic happen.  Their testimonies and gospel living that our investigators see at church is what really makes all the difference.

I'm interested to see what this new transfer will bring in.  More news on the change next week!

Much Love,
Sister Crompton

Our newest members at their baptism

Says it all ...

I'll miss Sister Tia!

We went to a place on the island this morning where you can walk out in shallow waters to other small islands

Monday, February 3, 2014

My Week in Martinique

I had the opportunity this week to hop on a plane and head over to Martinique to learn/teach/train the sisters over there, Sister Stahle and Sister Vance.  Martinique is a very beautiful island.  It reminded me of St. Vincent except it was bigger, more well-groomed, oh and VERY  “frenchy” (lots of flowers and pastry stores).

The Sisters over there have some good investigators preparing for baptism next month.  One of them built his home "out of nature" and has very cute dog (see below).  I was a little nervous about the fact that I don't speak much French, but that wasn't really a problem because most people understand a little English and speak very little, and I told them that I understand some French and speak VERY little haha.  But we actually had a really great experience contacting and found a lady who needed translation at first because she only understood a little but she’s very prepared and as the lesson got more spiritual, there came a point where she didn’t need translation because she understood what the Spirit was teaching her.  She mentioned multiple times how she knew she was feeling the Spirit.  It just goes to show that the Spirit speaks everyone in THEIR language and feelings.

There was a gas strike going on over there which apparently happens all the time (according to my Martiniquan district Leader, Elder Telga) so we did a LOT of walking!  Every night we did a 45-minute uphill hike back to their apartment.

We're seeing some good things happen this week in St. Maarten.  Our baptism that was supposed to happen last week is actually taking place this coming Saturday, and the other Dutch Elders are having two on Saturday as well.

That's it for this week.  Oh also, this morning we went to the zoo :)

Much Love,
Sister Crompton

Aerial view of Martinique

A beautiful island!

Cute puppy

Me and Sisters Vance and Stahle 

Rockin' the dreadlocks