Monday, December 28, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone!

This week was awesome! Christmas on the mission was incredible! So
here are the highlights from this week!

On Tuesday we went on exchanges so sister Aguilar came to Petaluma
with me! It was so fun! I love sister Aguilar! On Wednesday sister
Nelson and I went around to our members and investigators and caroled
to them and drop off goodies! We wrote our own song to carol to people
at their it is!

We came to you on a afternoon clear
With gifts for you so dear
We hope you like the gifts we give
And we know our savior lives
Peace on the earth good will is great store
That we like to shop at because we're poor
Now we're running out of things to say
We love you, Merry Christmas, and have a nice day!

Haha our members got a good kick out of our song! It was so fun! On
Christmas Eve, we had dinner with the Terribilinis, then we went
caroling with bishop dame and his family, and then we went to the
Giffords and ate again, opened presents and read a Christmas story!
The Giffords got us pajamas and other little goodies! We love our
members! When we got home Christmas Eve, the hermanas and us opened up
our Christmas presents from home! THANK YOU SO MUCH! We time lapsed us
opening our presents! We had a fun time opening all of our presents
together and seeing what we all got. Then we did studies, and after
studies we went caroling to some assisted living centers in Petaluma.
After that we went back to the church and had lunch as a zone, and
then we skyped home! It's was so fun seeing you guys and talking to
you! Looks like everyone is doing good at home. For Christmas dinner
we went over to the Harmon's, we had a fun time talking with them and
laughing with them. Then later that evening we went over to Sister
Oler's home and watched Mr. Krueger's Christmas with her. So over all
Christmas Day was awesome and really fun! The day after Christmas, we
had interviews with president wright! I love president! He is awesome!

As for our investigators, I think it will just be Ulita, Fusi, and JJ
getting baptized, and as of right now it will be on Sunday, but we are
going to have to talk with them since they didn't make it to church
this Sunday. So their baptism might be pushed back even farther, but
we had an awesome lesson with Fusi the other night, and she really
wants to be baptized, it's just going to be hard to get to church
every Sunday day with her family. They are such an awesome family
though! I love them!

So we find out this weekend what's happening with transfers...its very
likely that I will be leaving Petaluma since I've been here for a
while, but who knows! I hope you all have a great week! I love you

Love always, Sister Thompson 🌻
Elder frodshom and elder beeston and I all served in the same district
back in Santa Rosa and now we're back!

Caroling to members!

Presents from my secret Santa!

Our new Christmas Eve pajamas!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!!

Hello family and friends!

This week was CRAZY. But I loved it :) I feel like we went everywhere
and did everything this week and talked to so many people!

We are working hard to get the Fifita family ready for baptism. Right
now, I think it will just be the mom, the 16 year old daughter Fusi,
and the 10 year old boy JJ, that will be getting baptized on 1 JAN
2016. Only Fusi and JJ were able to make it to church yesterday, but
they loved it! Fusi is the one that really wants this. She can feel a
difference with this church compared to others. It's an incredible
experience teaching her and her family! They are like sponges! They
just absorb everything we teach! We love the Fifita family!

The missionary Christmas devotional we had Thursday morning was so
good! So there were six different zones there(San Rafael north and
south, Santa Rosa north and south, Napa, and lake county)! It was so
fun seeing missionaries that I use to serve around! We started out in
the church cultural hall and we talked and ate breakfast all together.
I couldn't eat much because I was so nervous to sing! Then each zone
did their lip sync skit! It was so funny watching everyone get up and
get so into it! We were laughing hard all morning! Then we moved into
the chapel for the devotional part. Sister Wright spoke to us, we had
musical numbers, and we watched videos! Elder Bertola and I were the
closing musical number so we had to be nervous the entire time haha
but it turned out pretty well! President Wright spoke last and man oh
man, I love president wright! He spoke about finding true joy and it
was amazing! He also quoted me in his talk :) I felt special haha but
it was an awesome talk!

Well I am so excited for Christmas! It's been raining non stop here
for the past couple of days! ITS SO WET! There's lots of Christmas
lights up and we are listening to and singing Christmas music to help
us get ready for Christmas! We have a lot of appointments this week
because everyone wants to make sure we are taken care of during the
holidays! I love this Ward so much!

I hope each of you has a very Merry Christmas as we remember the birth
of our Savior! I want to challenge each of you to say a prayer before
you open your presents on Christmas morning(individually or as a
family). In your prayer, let Heavenly Father know how grateful you are
for the gift that He gave each of us, His only Begotten Son. As you do
this, the true spirit of Christmas will fill your heart as you enjoy
the wonderful day! I love you all and I wish you the best now and
always! Merry Christmas!

Love always, Sister Thompson 🌻
Picture with a giant poinsettia
Elder Solo and I! He's the elder that flew on the plane with us to
California and he's from Samoa! Love that guy!
Hermana Titensor and I at the Christmas devotional
Elder Butterfield and I reunited at the devotional! I served around
him for the first 7 1/2 months of my mission!

The sunrise from our apartment the other morning :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Ups And Downs

Hello friends and family!!

Well it's been raining like crazy here in Petaluma this last week!
It's awesome! But it definitely does not feel like Christmas! I'm used
to it being super cold and snowy, not warm and rainy! But I think the
Christmas lights at night, Christmas decorations in the apartment, and
Christmas songs in the car are helping it feel more like Christmas!

If you haven't already, everyone should go to and
watch the videos the church has for Christmas this year! We have been
showing them to EVERYONE here! They are awesome videos!

This week was full of ups and downs...but I still love my mission
despite the downs :) so last week on pday we got together with the San
Rafael elders and hermanas and the Rohnert park Spanish elders and we
practiced! For what you might ask? Well this Thursday, it's our
mission Christmas devotional! It's where we get together as
missionaries and have our own little Christmas devotional with
president and sister wright! President wright asked me to prepare a
special musical number for it, so I'm singing a duet with Elder
Bertola(an elder from San Rafael)! We are singing "Mary, Did You
Know?" with Hermana Pulley on the piano, and Elder Thom on the cello!
It's going to be really good! Also on pday, we went bowling! My
bowling skills have not changed since I've been on my mission...I'm
still pretty good at it! Haha I came in second out of everyone in my

Camilo is still doing awesome! His testimony and knowledge of the
gospel is growing everyday! His kids are still doing good! We taught
them a couple times this week and they are still unsure about baptism.
So we just invited them to keep praying, reading, and attending
church! They are such good kids!

We taught the Fifita family a ton this week! The kids are like
sponges...they just absorb everything that we teach! Teaching them is
so much fun! I've become really good friends with all the kids in the
family know. Fusi, the 16 year old daughter, is amazing. I love her so
much! She reminds me a lot of Leah, so it's fun talking with her. She
wants to take me and Leah and Nikki to Samoa someday! She loves her
culture so she really wants Leah and Nikki to be able to learn more
about it! The 13 year old and 12 year old boys, Fa and Dane, weren't
really interested at first and didn't like talking to us, but as soon
as I started talking sports with them, they LOVE us. Haha I knew my
knowledge of sports and my short career at the Blue and Orange Store
and Pro Image Sports would come in handy one day! And then the 10 year
old boy, JJ, is just the cutest boy you'll ever met! He always talks
about his mission and what he will have to do and say when he goes on
his mission! It's adorable! And then the four smaller kids, Mya, Mana,
Lema, and Hope are the greatest. Hope, the 9month old baby, recognizes
us now and smiles and laughs so much when we come over! Lema, the
three year old boy, really likes tackling us when he gives us hugs!
Haha I've fallen a few times, he's a strong boy! And then Mya(6) and
Mana(5) are a lot like Leah and Nikki when they were those ages haha
they love each other so much but they are always causing trouble and
hurting each other haha I just love the whole family so much! But we
have bad news...they weren't able to make it to church yesterday
because the father stepped in...the father doesn't live at home but he
is still married to Ulita. And his is very against the church. Ulita
said that she had talked to him about church and baptism and said that
he didn't care, but now he is starting to care. Which is not good.
Because since they weren't able to make it to church, and the father
won't give permission for his kids to be baptized, the Fifita family
can't be baptized this Saturday :( it's another heartbreaking story,
but the Fifita family is so ready and prepared I know that they will
all be baptized one day! Pray that we will be able to continue to
teach the family and that the fathers heart might be softened!

Well know that I am doing good and that my companion has become my
best friend! Ah I love sister Nelson! She is such a blessing to me and
this area! I love this work and I'm so excited to FaceTime home next
week! I love you all!

Love always, Sister Thompson 🌻

Monday, December 7, 2015

Hearts Broken and Lessons Learned

Hello everyone!

This week has been awesome, definitely learned a lot this week.
Christmas is just around the corner and I am so excited! Well here's
what I learned this week on the mission, it's something that I'll
never forget.

I never realized how much heartache you could feel while on your
mission. This past weekend has been an emotional roller coaster for my
heart. On Saturday, we went to go and teach Camilo's kids Anna and
Antonio. Two weeks ago, they were ready and excited for their baptism
on the 12th of December, but when we met with them on Saturday, you
could tell that the adversary had gotten a hold of their hearts. They
told us that they didn't feel ready for baptism and that they weren't
sure if they wanted this anymore. My heart broke. It was a deep
heartache. One that I have never felt before. I think the thing that
really broke my heart the most was watching Camilo's reaction to this.
Camilo wants his kids to find the same happiness he has so badly, and
to watch him during the whole lesson was unbearable. We set new
baptismal dates for them in January, but the adversary is working so
hard on them! After the lesson, I felt so sad and frustrated. Like
maybe it was my fault because I didn't teach them well enough, or I
could have done something more for them. I quickly tried to get back
to work to take my mind off of it, but the heartache was still there.
Later in the evening, we had our Ward Christmas party. The Fifita
family was suppose to come(our family we are teaching right now!), but
as the night went on, they never showed. Once again, I felt so sad. I
was so excited for them to come and see people in the Ward and make
friendships! It had been a rough day already and this just didn't make
it better. As we were leaving the Ward party a member asked us how our
day had been. We replied the normal "good" but the member could tell
that it hadn't been a good day. She went on to ask us why we were
feeling down. We went on to tell her that the family didn't show up to
the party. What the member said to us next is something I'll never
forget. She told me that what I'm getting upset about is people's
agency, one of gods gifts to His children. She told me that I've done
my part, which is to teach and invite, but it's up to them to choose
to act. She told me that as long as I do my part, Heavenly Father will
take care of the rest on His time. What this member said to me was
exactly what I needed to hear. I was truly humbled by what she said to

The next day,at church, the Fifita family was no where to be seen.
More sadness crept into my heart. During testimony meeting, many
testimonies were born about learning to rely on God and trust His
timing. Another tender mercy for me and a reminder to me of who is
really in charge. I have come to learn that I can't do all of this by
myself. I like to think I'm strong and can handle everything on my
own, but truly I can't. And this experience reminded me of that. God
is the one that is going to send the spirit to testify to our
investigators of the truthfulness of our message. I've learned that it
requires patience to wait for gods timing but that it is always worth
it and always the better way. I came to terms with everything that has
happened the past couple of days and immediately the sadness I felt
was gone.

I was enjoying the rest of church when 10 minutes before church is
done, the Fifita family shows up!! I was so overwhelmed with joy when
I saw them! A complete opposite from the way I was feeling in the
previous day! They each went to their classes for the last 10 minutes!
We went to young women's with the 16 year old daughter, Fusi. And she
LOVED it! Fusi was the only one out of the family that was hesitant
about baptism and coming to church, but after church today(the 10
minutes of it) she said she wanted to be baptized and that she was
come to mutual on Wednesday and church next week! What a miracle!

This weekend has truly been a humbling, learning experience for me. I
am grateful for the things that have happened this weekend. There's a
quote from an Ensign article called "The Quest for Joy" that I feel
really summarizes this weekend, "We may not feel deeply enough to know
joy unless our hearts have been hollowed out by sorrow." How grateful
I am for the sorrows in life that allow the joys to be so much more

A mission is hard, but Alma 28:8 says why it's worth it. "And this is
the account of [Sister Thompson] and her [companion], their
journeyings in the land of [California], their sufferings in the land,
their sorrows, and their afflictions, and their incomprehensible joy."

I have never felt so much sorrow than on my mission, but the
"incomprehensible joy" I have felt, makes it all worth it.

Love always, Sister Thompson 🌻
The hermanas and us!
Some of the Fifita kids!
Ward Christmas party