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 http://bcove.me/h6f3dm8u)


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

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Simple Things Are So Important



It was sad saying goodbye to Sister Gossard, and I hope she's having a great time in St. Vincent.  Before Sister Gossard left, a member made us some fried flying fish and chips ... it was delicious.  We also got together at a zone meeting and took some pictures :)

My new companion is Sister Lapides.  She's 19 and from Southern California.  She's super excited about the work and already an amazing missionary.  She's really happy that there's peanut butter here, haha.  I guess there were rumors that there wasn't any in the West Indies Mission.  She had some pretty interesting food her first couple days.  We had pigs tail and the member who feeds us every week always gives us jello with ice cream on top.  At the Young Single Adults activity she even tried playing cricket.

On Saturday the Elders had a baptism in the ocean and there were some really ROUGH waters but it was still successful :)

We had some great lessons this week and I've really come to love training because the simple, basic things in missionary work are so important!

We were able to teach a lady who was taught by Sisters in 2009, but lost contact with them because her family was going through a rough time and her daughter died.  When we found her, she still had her Book of Mormon.  It was really cool and she seemed to be really accepting when we taught her.  The great thing is that she's married and has two kids!  We are really excited to continue seeing and teaching her.

This week we have Zone Conference.  It'll be my last one and it's interesting because it will be in the same place/building of my first zone conference.  Funny how things work out.

Well I hope that everyone has a great week!

Much Love,
Sister Crompton

Our Zone Meeting

Look out Elders!
 

Sister Lapides playing cricket
 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Last Transfer ... Staying in Barbados!!

Well we got our transfer calls this week.  It turns out that I'll be training my last transfer here in Barbados.  I don't know much about the new Sister that is coming in except that she's from California.
 
Sister Gossard will be going to the area that I "was born in" (started my mission in) -- St. Vincent, so I'm excited for her to see and meet all the members there!
 
This week has been going well and we've been able to work a lot more with the members of the branch.  I'm glad for the progress that I've seen already since coming here and I'm excited to see investigators progress even more.
 
Sorry that this week's letter is so short (and no pictures).
 
Much Love,
Sister Crompton


Monday, June 9, 2014

Trials Before Miracles



(Editor's Note: Sister Crompton's new mailing address is: 52 Rendezvous Ridge #5, Christ Church, Barbados.  Keep in mind, however, that mail service to the West Indies is very slow and inconsistent.  Any letters or packages sent in July will probably not get to her before she leaves to return home.)

So because Sister Gossard and I are in the area with the only airport in Barbados, we do a lot of picking up and dropping off of missionaries.  This week there was a conference that our "sister training leader," Sister Kime, went to, so we had the privilege of being in a trio with her companion.  Her name is Sister Aitiria and she is from Kiribati (sounds like Kear-dii-best) when she says it.  She's super sweet and made us fried rice and even though she's learning English, she did an awesome job while teaching lessons with us.

We were able to have some success with having members join us in lessons this week.  We also were blessed to have one of our members bring a investigator that she referred us to church on Sunday!  I know that it's a result from my and Sister Gossard's fasting and prayers!

I keep on gaining a stronger testimony of trials before miracles.  Sister Gossard and I went "finding" (looking for investigators) after some appointments fell through and we both felt and impression to go down to a specific street.  As we went on, we didn't seem to have much success.  We came across a man who was very very rude and just straight up mean to us.  But we kept on going and we met this awesome mom just a few doors down him.  She had Sisters meet with her in 2008 and loved what they were teaching, but her daughter was ill in the hospital when they were teaching her.  She had been basically living in the hospital up until her daughter died and by the time she returned, both the sisters had left and she didn't have a way to find the new missionaries. She seems super prepared and we are seeing her tomorrow.

We will be getting our transfer calls this week.  It blows my mind that the transfer is already almost up!  Time is flying so fast!

Much Love,
Sister Crompton

Sister Aitiria in front of the sunset
  



Monday, June 2, 2014

Puppets and Progress

I never thought that there would be a time on my mission where I would be in a puppet show.  The church does service for some of the schools in Barbados by going around and doing alcohol and drug prevention puppet shows for the elementary schools.  It was fun being in the schools and meeting all the kids!
 
We had some great lessons this week and are really seeing progression in our investigators.  One came to church and it was the first time for her and she's been investigating for a couple of months now!
 
I don't have much time this week because our Internet is going in and out but there was a fire next to our apartment last night and today we went to the Bathsheba beach which should explain the pictures :)
 
Hope everyone has a good week!
 
Much Love,
Sister Crompton
 
Bathsheba Beach
 

Me and my companion, Sister Gossard