Monday, August 24, 2015

So Guess What?

So guess what....?


The baptism was awesome! It happened at 11am on Saturday and a lot of members showed up to support Steve! Steve was so excited and he said he felt so at peace afterwards and he said he felt clean. The spirit was so strong in the room! I saved a couple of programs from the baptism so I'll send one home so you can see it! I'm so proud of Steve and his decision to be baptized! I know Heavenly Father is proud of him too! Steve was also confirmed in church yesterday! Steve showed up to church wearing a newly bought suit! Haha that was the first time any of us had seen him dressed up! He talked to us after church and he said he felt so good and that he feels different. He said he is so happy! AHHHHHHHH! I love missionary work! The scripture that says "how great will be your joy if you bring one soul unto me"'s true. Haha I'm so happy! I'm so grateful for the spirit, for the scriptures, for preach my gospel, and for this Ward! What a great weekend!

Oh and church yesterday! SO GOOD! So to add to Steve's confirmation, Camilo brought his two kids to church for the first time! He has a 12 year old daughter named Anna Sophia and a 10 year old son named Antonio! They are awesome kids and they loved church! When church started, I looked around me and there was Steve, our new recent convert, Camilo and his kids, a family that is going to be baptized soon(hopefully), Amelia, another recent convert, Cynthia, a less active, and many Ward members that I feel like they are family! I started to tear up during sacrament meeting because my heart was overflowing with love and gratitude. I can't even explain our grateful I am for this opportunity to serve. I love this work!

After church, we walked over to Camilos and got to know his kids a little better! We taught them a short lesson about our purpose as missionaries. Camilo bore his testimony to his kids about what the gospel has done for him in his life. He talked about how happy he is and how much peace he feels in his life since he started meeting with us.(we've only taught Camilo the restoration and the first half of the plan of salvation, nothing else yet.) his testimony was so sweet and it really hit home for his kids. They all said they were going to come to church every Sunday!!

Well, that's about it for this weeks email! It's only been about four days since I lasted emailed haha but know that I am doing great! We find our transfers this week on Friday so we will see what happens! Hopefully I stay here because I love this Ward I'm in! But I will let you know next week! I love you all!

Love always, Sister Thompson 🌻
We helped paint a day care center! So we played with the toys and
outfits while doing it haha 
Steve's confirmation

Hahahahahaha Camilo gave us three of his work jumpsuits as a gift.
Hahaha we loved it! 

Steve's baptism

Steve's baptism 
Elder Reeder from Nampa. He took my name tag, so we had to take a picture. haha

Hermana Gonzalez took that picture of me...pretty much sums up my
mission. PURE JOY

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Great Ten Days!


Oh man, so much has happened in the last 10 days! I don't even know where to begin?!? Sike. I do know where to begin...


We were teaching him last Tuesday and he was saying how excited he was to be baptized, so we moved his baptism date up a week! So Steve is getting baptized this Saturday the 22nd!!! We have everything planned and we are so excited for Steve! I will send pictures on Monday!!

Let's see...what else happened...oh yeah! I'm in a trio now! Sister Jordan is now sister majors and I companion! Sister Jordan companion was suppose to go home in two weeks, but some family stuff was happening so she left early. So sister Jordan came with us! Sister Jordan has only been out a month on the mission and she's from Wahoo, Nebraska! We have a fun time when she says that haha but she's awesome! So we are in a trio for the last two weeks of the transfer! Sister Jordan will most likely be going back to her old area at the end of the transfer. I can't believe sister majors is going home in two doesn't seem real. I'm going to miss her!!

We picked up two new investigators in the last ten days! Nancy and Fred! They are both former investigators that stopped meeting with the missionaries about two years ago. We went over to Nancy's last week and she was more than happy to see us! She said she stopped meeting with missionaries because of personality conflicts with one of the sisters, but that she really likes what we share! She agreed to letting us start coming over and teaching her again! And Fred we met with for the first time last night! He is SOLID. He knows a lot about the church because missionaries have been coming by for the past eight years. He said he hasn't felt that this gospel was for him, so I asked him if he's prayed about it and asked God if this is what He wants him to do. He said no, and that that's probably the reason why he hasn't felt like it was true yet. We invited him to pray and he said he would. So hopefully he will know and feel that this is for him!

Let's see, other cool things that happened...we had zone conference on Friday last week! I LOVE zone conference! It's where president and sister weight and the APs come and teach us! I absolutely adore the Wrights! I have missed serving around them! They talked a lot about becoming a consecrated missionary and studying the scriptures. The Book of Mormon has become my favorite book in the entire word. I was able to finish it this past week for the first time on my mission. I can't even begin to explain the love that I have for the Book of Mormon! I don't know if it's because I'm set apart as a missionary or that I'm putting more effort into my studies, but I am able to understand the Book of Mormon and its stories a lot better than before my mission! There is SO much we can learn from it! I know without a doubt that the Book of Mormon is true and that it was written for us in these days. I love being able to share the Book of Mormon with everyone because I know the happiness it can bring to them! I want to challenge anyone who reads this to mark your favorite scriptures In a Book of Mormon and hand it out to someone. Explain to them that you marked some scriptures in it and leave them with your testimony of it! Let me know how it goes!

On Friday night, the Rohnert Park chapel was showing Meet the Mormons so we invited Amelia(our recent convert) and Steve to come! We were able to watch the movie with them and talk with them about it afterwards! They both loved it! Not going to lie, I totally cried when it showed the guy opening and reading his mission literally seems like that was last week for me! Times flies!

Saturday last week, us and the hermanas went chalking! It's where you draw the plan of salvation on the side walk at a park with chalk! Haha it was so fun! We took pictures and videos of it so I will send those!

Church was good this week! Steve came and Camilo! Camilo is doing great! He agreed to stop drinking on Tuesday of this week so we will see how that is going! His two kids are home now so we will get to meet them soon! I'm so excited! Camilo said he is going to bring his kids to church every week so that's pretty cool! Haha Sister majors and I took a video with Camilo last week so I will send that so you can see what he is like haha he's great. 

We went on exchanges on Tuesday this week! Sister Jordan and I went with Hermana Gonzalez in her area, so we got to practice our Spanish for the day haha I'm pretty good at contacting people in Spanish but after that I don't know where to go. I can understand what they are saying but I have no idea how to answer back in Spanish! Haha I'll work on it! 

And to end the great ten days we just had, we got to go to the Oakland temple this morning as a zone! Oh man, I love the Oakland temple! We had Bear and Terri drive us to the temple. Bear and Terri are a couple in our Ward! Terri was a less active for most of her life but has just recently, like in the past year, come back to the church. Her husband, Bear, began investigating the church and was baptized a little over a year ago! That's what really got Terri coming back to church! But about two months ago, Bear and Terri went through the temple for the first time and received their endowments. So today was only about the third time at either of them had been to the temple! They are both so sweet and I just love them so much! We go and do service at their house every Thursday morning and they LOVE the missionaries! Haha Terri calls us her babies. It's great haha. But I will send pictures from the temple and videos from the temple trip today!

Know that I am doing great and loving everything! My testimony grows stronger and stronger everyday and I am learning more and more everyday! I love this gospel, I love this work, and I love my savior! I hope you all have a great week!

Love always, Sister Thompson 🌻
Me and elder Olson! I served around him my first two transfers and
he's going home in two weeks! He's from Spanish fork and totally knows
savannah haha ask if she knows a Dylan Olson?

The girls at zone conference! With sister wright!

After meet the Mormons with Steve! Haha sister Jordan is wearing
steves cowboy hat

Sister majors and I :)

A picture from chalking!

Temple trip

Hogwarts Circle!

Cool picture I took of my name tag and I ring I have. Always a sister :) 

We tried finding a potential in the middle of nowhere...haha so we
took pictures on the way! The foothills of Petaluma! 

A picture from exchanges last week! Sister Holguin, majors, Gonzalez and I 
A pretty sunset while Tracting :) 
In the car 
Hog warts Circle haha 
A giant moth outside our apartment!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Loving Life!

Hi family, friends, acquaintances, pets...haha hi everyone! :) 

What a great week! Full of laughter and hard work! I have never been happier in my life than now as a full time missionary! I'm loving life!

So highlights from this week:
So p day last week was fun! We just met up at a park with other missionaries and played frisbee, soccer, volleyball, and a game called spike ball! Spike ball is really fun! Look it up!

On Tuesday we had zone meeting! Zone meeting is where our zone gets together and our zone leaders and STL teach us. I love zone meetings! We talked about a poem that president wright shared called Our Greatest Fear. It is such an awesome poem! I'll share it with you

Our Greatest Fear 
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

—Marianne Williamson
Isn't that such a cool poem? We talked about how each of us is given light and talents and that we shouldn't be afraid to share those with others. It was a really good zone meeting! After zone meeting, we had a zone lunch and we celebrated Hermana Campbell's birthday! Also on Tuesday, sister majors and I found a hidden bridge that goes over the freeway. It was a great find haha we always use it now. We took pictures and videos so I'll send those! 

Our lessons with Steve this week went great! We taught him about the Ten Commandments and keeping the sabbath day holy on Tuesday! And then on Thursday we taught him the word of wisdom, law of chastity, and fasting! We were planning on just teaching him the word of wisdom that night, but once we explained it to him, he said that he doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, doesn't, drink tea or coffee, and doesn't do drugs. So he said he would live the word of wisdom haha so we taught him a few other things that night! He is understanding everything and preparing to be baptized on August 29th! Pray that he will continue to progress towards baptism on that day! Sadly he didn't come to church yesterday because he is currently restoring an old plane for an air show in the first part of September and he needs to finish it. And Sunday's are his only day off. But hopefully he will make it next week!

We did a lot of service this week! We helped Camilo in his yard this week! Haha Camilo is still crazy, but he came to church yesterday! Just for the sacrament though! But he also fed us missionaries last night! He made us Brazilian bbq :) it was soooo good. We also did service at the Petaluma community garden this week! So every Saturday morning we go there as a zone and help them harvest crops and pull weeds! This week we were in charge of harvesting strawberries and sunflowers! It was so fun! I love it! Also on Saturday, we had a zone blitz! It were we work in someone else's area for two hours and help contact people in their area book! I was with Hermana Gonzalez for the two hours! I love Hermana Gonzalez haha she is hilarious and she is from Argentina! Her parents know the Lucas family! 

Some other highlights from the week, I sang in sacrament meeting yesterday! I sang I Stand All Amazed because I love that song. It turned out well! Also, I made my first post on Facebook as a missionary haha it's a big deal. Haha it's weird using Facebook, I don't like it very much.

But overall, this week was great and I'm loving Petaluma! Hope you all have a great week! Love you!

Love always, sister Thompson :) 
On the bridge over CA 101

Entrance to bridge

Petaluma Creamery-really good ice cream!

Harvesting sunflowers

With my own box of Wheaties-Stephen Curry