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!!