Monday, July 20, 2015

My Last Day in Santa Rosa....

Hi everyone! :)

Alright transfer information....I'm being transferred! :( I am going to the San Rafael North Zone and will be serving in the Petaluma 1st Ward! It's about a 45 minute drive south of Santa Rosa. So not too far, but still! I'm so sad to be leaving the brush creek Ward! And I'm leaving sister Whimpey :( that's going to be rough. Sister Whimpey and I have become best friends and I am so sad to be leaving her! She is going to be staying here in brush creek and she's getting a new missionary to train! She's had to train four times now, so she's a pro. But I'm excited for a new area and to meet new people, but I'm sad to be leaving my first area! Mixed emotions right now for sure! My new companion will be Sister Majors. I don't know anything about her except that it's going to be her last transfer on the mission. So I'm killing her (You "die" when you go home and we say your last companion in the field "kills" you). There's one elder in my new zone that I know, Elder Butterfield, so it will be nice to have one familiar face. But other than that, I don't know any of the missionaries I'll be serving around! I think it will be a great transfer though! Can't wait to meet the people of Petaluma! My new address will be

So other than finding out transfers, this week was pretty interesting! We had to go to the hospital a few times this week because one of our investigators, Todd, was in the ICU. He's doing a lot better, just going through a rough patch in life. He's not very close with his family so the nurses said that receiving visits from us really helped him. Also, a less active in our Ward was is the hospital too so we visited her as well. I couldn't help but think of dad every time we walked into the hospital. We walked by the ER every time we visited Todd and it looked pretty crazy in there. I don't know how you do it dad! 
Our investigator Mark is progressing well! He is really starting to recognize the spirit. It's awesome! Every time we meet with him he always brings up the joy and happiness he sees in us and how he wants it. I know that by learning and living the gospel of Jesus Christ Mark can gain that joy and happiness that he so desperately wants! (Oh yeah, to answer your question dad, Mark is from Dededo, Guam). But Mark has yet to come to church...he got a job, which is great, but he's shy to ask for Sunday's off. He said he's going to talk to his boss about it, but we will see! Well, I guess I won', this is weird. I'm leaving! I can't believe it! Our investigator Mike wasn't very happy when he found out I was leaving. He doesn't like transfers. But I hope he continues to make the steps towards baptism while I'm gone! Anyways, other things that happened this week: we did service at the food bank! I love service at the food bank! So fun! Let see, we had dinner with President and Sister Wright Thursday night! I LOVE the Wrights! I think that's something I'm definitely going to miss about this area, is serving so close to the mission president and the assistants. Sister Whimpey and I visited a lot of less actives this week. Some of my favorite people I have met this transfer are the less actives in the Ward. I have learned so much about less active work! I'm so grateful that we are able to teach less actives! I've been taking pictures with a lot of people before I leave so you can see some of the less actives we've been teaching. Man, I'm going to to miss Santa Rosa! Also this week, we went and did service for the family that's moving into our Ward again! We were helping them paint! I was in charge of painting the ceilings! It was great! Haha I got covered in paint though! I love being a missionary! 

One of the hardest things that I've had to face while on the mission is realizing and recognizing all of my weaknesses. It's HARD having to recognize them. I feel like I have so much to work on as an individual. Ether 12:27 would have to be the theme of this transfer, but mostly just the first line, "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weaknesses." I've realized the closer that I come to God, the more weaknesses I can see. But I know and love that ether 12:27 doesn't just end with the first line, "...I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men who humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." I've had some hard days this past transfer, but I have learned to rely on the Lord and the Spirit during those days. You know the quote "When life gets to hard to stand, kneel." Well I have a testimony of that for sure. There have been multiple times in the past six weeks where I could do nothing but fall to my knees and pray. A mission is fun, but hard. But Heavenly Father knows me. He knows what I'm capable of and what I can handle. I know He allows obstacles to be placed on my path because He loves me and He wants me to grow and learn. 

Man, I love missions. 

I hope you all have the greatest week ever! I can't wait to tell you all about my new companion and area next week! I love you all! :)

Love always, Sister Thompson :) 

At the park!
Santa Rosa north zone!
Peter and Sylvia ( less actives)
Another cool picture
Sister Whimpey and I :)

 A painting that our investigator Gary painted
Me and bro. Holdway ( less active)
With bro. Holdways cat coach. I'm sad to leave
Me and Chris ( less active)
Me and sis. Groesbeck( sis Rays sister!)

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