Monday, November 30, 2015

Happy Almost December!

Hey everyone!

Happy thanksgiving! It was so fun hearing the stories from
thanksgiving! Sounds like I have to work on my bowling skills before I
get home so I get beat dad! Thanksgiving on the mission field was
awesome! But SO MUCH FOOD. Haha we had a thanksgiving lunch with the
Terribilini family at 1pm and then we had a thanksgiving dinner at 4pm
with the Jorgenson family! Brother Jorgenson is a retired gourmet
chef, so dinner was DELICIOUS. It was so fun being around big families
and just enjoying each other's company! We did service at Sister
Flemmings farm thanksgiving morning and in between meals we did weekly
planning! So it was an awesome day!

So let me tell you what happen this week, who my cute new companion
is, and how everyone is doing! So on Tuesday morning, Sister Jordan
and the hermanas took off for Santa Rosa for the transfer meeting and
I stayed here in Petaluma and Sister Ngawharau was my companion for
the day!! I love sister Ngawharau! She is also training so we spent
the day together and then headed up to Santa Rosa Wednesday morning to
pick up our new companions! Being companions with sister Ngawharau was
definitely a tender mercy for me. I was really nervous about training
so sister Ngawharau was able to give me advice all day and help calm
my fears! Plus, since we lived together for three months, it was like
spending the day with an old friend! We had so much fun being together
again! On Wednesday morning, we left early because we went and had
breakfast with the Groesbecks in Santa Rosa! The Groesbecks are the
Rays cousins! I love the Groesbeck family! Then we went to the church
and received training from president and sister Wright and then we got
our greenies! My new companion in Sister Nelson! She is from a small
town in Wyoming called Worland! Her mom actually grew up in Preston,
ID and went to Preston High! So dad, do you know the Hatch family?
Rustin or Heidi Hatch? Well if you do, Heidi Hatch is Sister Nelsons
mom! Anyways, Sister Nelson is AWESOME! She is so willing to try
everything and to jump right into missionary work! She's a little
quiet in lessons right now, but she's warming up! Her and I get along
really well! We laugh ALL THE TIME and I love it! Couldn't have asked
for a better daughter!

On Sister Nelsons first day, we had dinner with the Schmidt family and
they made a greenie dinner for her! They put green food coloring in
all of her food! It was awesome! We also both tried oysters for the
first time there! Not too bad, but not my favorite haha. Also on her
first day, her first contact told us that we were weeds and that if we
weren't doing what we were doing that we would be flowers, but no, we
were weeds in his eyes. Haha sister Nelson got a kick out of that so
right there I knew this was going to be a great transfer! It's so fun
showing someone he ropes of missionary work! There's so many things to
teach and talk about! But sister Nelson is doing awesome and we are
having a blast! She went on her first Tracting experience on Saturday
and it was great haha she got to see what it's like to be rejected,
accepted, ignored, etc. But she really loves being a missionary, so
it's going to be a good transfer!

Our investigators are doing good! Camilo's kids are still on schedule
to get baptized on the 12th of December! And get this, Ultia called us
this morning and she told us that she wants her and her kids to be
baptized BEFORE Christmas!!! WHAT.?! That just doesn't happen! So now
we are on full throttle to get them ready for baptism!! We are seeing
miracles left and right here in Petaluma!

Everything is awesome! We are working hard and loving every second of
it! Have a great week everyone!

Love always, Sister Thompson 🌻

Monday, November 23, 2015


Hello everyone!

What a great week we've had here in Petaluma, California! The work is
going great and we are continuing to see miracles each day! So to
start off, I'll tell you what's happening with transfers tomorrow!
First off, they did it differently this time...they normally tell us
who is going, where we are going, who is going to be our new companion
on Saturday night but this time they are only telling us who is going
and who is staying! Nobody will find out where anyone is going until
the transfer meeting on Tuesday! So on Saturday night, the zone
leaders called us and told us that Sister Jordan is going and I am
staying! And guess what? IM TRAINING! Yep, that's right!! I'm training
a BRAND NEW missionary! I'm having a baby!! And it's a girl! I am so
excited for this opportunity, but I am so nervous too! But since I am
staying, that means I'll be spending 6 months of my mission here in
Petaluma! But I absolutely love it here so I'm fine staying another
transfer! But Sister Jordan is leaving :( and we don't know where she
is going or who her companion is! I'm going to miss Sister Jordan but
I'm excited for this new opportunity and change!

Our investigators are doing good! This area is doing really well so
I'm excited to show my cute greenie how fun and awesome missionary
work is! Just a few highlights from this week: District Meeting on
Tuesday was so fun! We focused on the Book of Mormon and it was great
because the Book of Mormon is my favorite book in the entire world! I
have fallen in love with the scriptures and I am so grateful for them!
On Friday, we met with Camilo and Bear and Terri in the family history
center at our church so Camilo could start doing his family history!
He is really excited to be able to take names to the temple! Bear and
Terri are the family history specialists in our ward so it was great
because Camilo knows them both really well! Also on Friday, for weekly
planning, Sister Jordan and I went to downtown Petaluma to a little
bistro called The Water Front Bistro. It's right next to the river
that runs through Petaluma, so we sat outside, did our planning, ate
food, and just enjoyed being in Petaluma! It was great! On Saturday,
we helped a family in our ward move. We are sad to see them go, but
pray that we will be able to find another family to replace them!

So this week is Thanksgiving and I want to leave you all with a
challenge. This week, before thanksgiving, I want you to do a
gratitude prayer! It's a prayer where you only give thanks to Heavenly
Father and I want you to imagine that if you wake up the next morning
and the only things you had were the things that you thanked Heavenly
Father for the day before, what would you be grateful for? Heavenly
Father has blessed each of us so much and we should recognize that
everything we have is because of Him. I hope you all have a great
thanksgiving! I am so grateful for each one of you and for your
support! I love you all!

Love always, Sister Thompson 🌻

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Good Weekend!

Nov. 16, 2015

So it's only been a short few days since I last wrote, but it has been
a good weekend!

We taught Camilo and his kids a couple of times! They are all doing
really well! Anna Sophia and Antonio are both still excited for
baptism and they are understanding everything! Camilo is preparing
right now to receive the Aaronic priesthood soon so he can baptize his
kids on the 5th of December! I love the Gomes family!

Our other investigators are doing good! We met with Ultia and some of
her kids on Saturday but they didn't make it to church yesterday...but
we will keep trying! Her kids are the cutest! And they are SO
Polynesian! Haha always fighting and punching each other, but they
have so much love for each other at the same time! But church
yesterday was great! And we had dinner with the Wasdens yesterday and
sister Wasden made gumbo for us! She's from Louisiana so she made
authentic gumbo! It was so good! Today for pday, Sister Jordan and I
went to downtown Petaluma and just walked around and took pictures!
Downtown Petaluma is so cute! I love it! We found some cute bistros
and cafes and cool little shops! I love Petaluma!

So this week on Saturday we find out what is happening with transfers
on the 24th...I absolutely LOVE Petaluma and all the people here and
it's more likely that I will be leaving because I've been here longer
than sister Jordan. But there is a slight possibility that I will stay
and 6-month it here in Petaluma! But the thought of saying goodbye to
the people I've met here breaks my heart...but not my will, Gods will
be done. I'll go wherever God needs me to be!

Well that's it for this weekend! Sorry it's so short, but know that I
am working hard each day, walking a lot, praying every chance I get,
sharing my testimony constantly, finding ways to serve those around
me, and loving every second of it! The key to happiness is losing
yourself in the service of others! Pray for opportunities to serve
someone this week, recognize the opportunity, and act on it! You'll be
happier as you focus on making others happy! I can promise you that! I
love you all and hope you have a wonderful week full of service!

Love always, Sister Thompson 🌻


Nov. 12, 2015
Hello from Northern California!

It's been an incredible week and a half since I last wrote! I wish I
could tell you every single detail from each day, but those stories
will have to wait! For now, I'll just tell you some of the highlights
and update you on our teaching pool!

We went on exchanges last week and I was in the Spanish area with
Hermana Navarro! We had a great time! The young women from the Spanish
branch and the Rohnert park 3rd Ward cooked us dinner! It was fun
talking with the girls and the food was delicious! We did service at
Nana's house last week too! Nana always takes us out to lunch after
service, we love it! Last Friday, we had zone conference! Normally
it's just San Rafael North and South zones that do zone conference
together, but this time Santa Rosa North and South zones joined us!
There was about 50 missionaries total there! We heard from president
and sister Wright and the assistants! It was an awesome day!

Everyone we are teaching right now is doing great! Camilo is still as
awesome as always! He has such a strong testimony of this gospel! It's
incredible to see the change in him since we met him to now! So
grateful for him! We also set baptismal dates with his kids Anna and
Antonio for December 5th! Camilo is preparing himself right now to
receive the priesthood so he can baptize his kids on that day! They
are both really excited to be baptized, especially after seeing their
dad do it and the happiness it has brought into his life! The kids
stay with their mom in Navato during the week and she's not religious
at all, but she is ok with the kids deciding to be baptized! Very
grateful for that! Antonio said the cutest thing during his prayer the
other day while we were teaching him. He asked Heavenly Father to
please help his mom have a faith in Jesus Christ so that they can go
to the temple together as a family...that melted my heart. Both Anna
and Antonio have a solid testimony of the gospel, it's just up to us
to teach them everything before baptism now! Pray for Anna and Antonio
that everything will go smoothly leading up to their baptisms! Ulita,
the Samoan mom, is doing great! I have such a strong love for the
Fifita family! They weren't able to make it to church on Sunday
because of football, but they took us out to dinner last night! Ulita
has a crazy life right now, so it's hard to catch her and her kids at
home, so pray that we will be able to teach her and her kids! We have
a new investigator named JoAnne, she is a 71 year old lady who is
looking for a new organized religion to join! She is adorable haha her
hair is always sticking up all over the place whenever we see her! I
love it! We haven't been able to teach her a lot yet, but she wants to
learn what we believe and she said, and I quote, "Even if I don't
believe what you're teaching, I still want to come to church and just
be apart of it." So hopefully she will gain a testimony of what we are
teaching and come to church on Sunday! Everyone else we are teaching
right now is doing great! We have a solid teaching pool right now, so
we are staying busy! I love it!

Well as I am writing this email, I am on my way home from the Oakland
Temple! The temple was great and SO beautiful! I seriously LOVE
Northern California. I love that I get to call Northern California
home for 18 months! Know that I am doing great and loving every second
of my mission! I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Love always, Sister Thompson 🌻

Oakland Temple
Young Women made us dinner

With sister kilmurray, a less active. She made us a goody basket! So
we took pictures with it haha and then we just had fun taking pictures
in the car!

Wild turkeys

The Elders decorated our door

It's rainy and cold now.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Weekend To Remember

Nov. 2, 2015
Hello everyone!

Man, oh man...what a great week! To start out, let me tell you about a
few rule changes we had this week! So we no longer have to listen just
to MoTab! That's right! We are allowed to listen to anything that is
uplifting and spiritual now! Also, just a heads up, our Pday next week
is on Thursday because we are going to the temple! I'm so excited! I
love the Oakland temple! But that means I will be emailing on Thursday
next week!

What a great week we had over here in Petaluma, California! So on
Monday night we went over to Larry's house and did a FHE with him and
his wife Alicia! The Spanish elders came too because they are teaching
Alicia the lessons right now! It was really fun! We carved pumpkins
together and then did a short lesson afterwards! On Tuesday, we had
zone meeting and that's were we learned about the music rule change!
On Wednesday, we taught Camilo his last lesson before his baptism! Oh
Thursday, we went to Sister Flemmings house in Rohnert Park in the
morning and helped shear sheep again! It was so much fun! We took lots
of pictures!

This weekend though was definitely the highlight of the week! So quick
update, remember the Samoan family we found? So I love them. Like a
lot. Haha but each time we went over this week to see them, the mom
was sleeping! Her name is Ulita and she has 8 kids ages 8 months-16
years old. But we finally caught her awake Friday afternoon! We were
able to come in and meet some of the kids and get to know them a
little bit better! Ulita reminds me a lot of Leah! Turns out Ulita has
met with missionaries before and her mom and sister are members but
she's not. She wanted to wait to get baptized until her kids wanted to
get baptized as well. She really wants her kids to be taught by us! I
showed her and her 16 year daughter pictures of Leah and Nikki and
Ulita started crying. She said it meant so much to her knowing that I
have Samoan sisters that are adopted. She said that if they would have
stayed in Samoa that they wouldn't have had a future. She was so
touched by our family and the adoption! I love her! 

On Friday Camilo had his baptismal interview with our district leader in the morning!
Our district leader said that it was one of the most spiritual
experiences of his mission. On Friday night, our ward and the second
ward did a combined trunk or treat! The second ward elders and us did
a missionary trunk together! Haha we took pictures don't worry! But it
was fun seeing everyone dressed up! On Saturday, we had Camilo's
baptism!!! What an amazing experience! The spirit was so strong and
Camilo was in tears afterwards! Sister Majors came back for the
weekend for Camilo's baptism! It was so fun seeing her again! I've
missed her! After the baptism, Camilo threw a BBQ at his house! We
never get tired of Camilo's BBQs! Haha all the missionaries love it
when Camilo throws a BBQ because he invites all the missionaries over!
I love Camilo and his family so much! Saturday night, since it was
Halloween, we weren't allowed to be out after dinner, so we had a Zone
Halloween Party at the church! We played basketball and carved
pumpkins! It was a great way to end the day!

But Sunday was by far the best day this week! Camilo was confirmed
yesterday and Steve passed the sacrament for the first time! Oh and
get this, Camilo shaved. EVERYTHING. Yeah, he shaved his beard and his
head! I could barely recognize him! But he looks good! Fast and
testimony meeting yesterday was sooooo amazing. Camilo bore his
testimony...he is so great. I want all of you to meet Camilo. Camilo's
son, Antonio, got up and bore his testimony. We were not expecting
that! But he bore the sweetest testimony I have ever heard! There
wasn't a dry eye in the room after he was done! We haven't been able
to teach Camilo's kids very much because they aren't home very often,
but Antonio's testimony yesterday, was incredible. Hopefully his kids
will be baptized soon! Camilo was in tears all during sacrament
meeting! It's moments like these that I will cherish for the rest of
my life! After sacrament meeting, a woman came up to us and said that
there was a Polynesian family in the hallways looking for the sister
missionaries! Sister Jordan and I ran out to see Ulita and four of her
kids standing there! They made it to church!!! Ulita brought her four
little ones to church, two five year old, a three year old, and her 8
months old! They are all soooo cute! When they saw me, they ran up to
me and gave me the biggest hugs! I love them so much! They grabbed my
hand and I led them to primary! Ulita and her 8 month old, Hope, came
to gospel principles! Hope is adorable and we were all distracted by
her during class! Haha then in relief society her 3 year old,
Matthias, didn't like nursery so he came and spent relief society with
us! Man, her kids are so cute! But Ulita loved church and she said
she's going to bring all of her kids next week! What a great Sunday!

I love being a missionary and I love this work! My joy is so full! I
don't have the words to express how I feel but just know that I have
never been happier! I love you all!

Love always, Sister Thompson 🌻