Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Hello from Fairfield!

Hey family!

So a lot of things have happened in the last 10 days! Like a lot haha
I don't even know where to begin! So last week on Tuesday, I went to
Santa Rosa for the day to pick up my new companion Sister Aiton! She
is most recently from Kentucky(I say most recently because her dad is
in the military and they move around a lot) but she has lived all over
the world! She even lived in Guam for a little bit! Her family lived
on the Military Base there! But she is awesome! She is hilarious and
we get along really well! But I feel bad, because this past week has
been the weirdest and craziest week ever and it was her first week on
the mission! So after we became companions we had dinner at the
mission home in Santa Rosa and then we left for Fairfield! Fairfield
is about an hour and a half drive from Santa Rosa so we got home
around 9 o'clock Tuesday night. We live with two other sisters that
are over the YSA Ward! They use to be covering the Cordelia 1st Ward
and the Ysa, but they split it up into two separate areas so now we
cover the family Ward and the other sisters(sister Ward and sister
Eyden) cover the YSA! So last week we did a lot of getting to know the
members, finding, and getting to know our area! I am proud to say that
we have not gotten lost yet haha! But Fairfield is soooo different
than Petaluma. Petaluma was a small cow town and Fairfield is a huge
sketchy city. Haha so it's different. But I love it!

So we had some crazy things happen this past weekend. So Elder Hemula
of the seventy came to our mission this weekend and spoke to us! It
was an amazing experience being able to meet him and have him speak to
us, but he threw down on us. We all felt rebuked after he spoke to us,
but in a good way haha. He spoke to us about what it means to be
"sober" and went on to tell us that it's something that our mission
needs to work on. It was an awesome conference and I have a strong
desire to improve and become better! That conference with him was on
Monday so that why pday was moved to today! But yesterday, I had the
opportunity to go to Santa Rosa for the day and attend MLC(mission
leadership council) and hear from elder Hemula again! Since I'm an STL
now I attend MLC once a month and we had the privilege of having elder
Hemula and this one! We discussed what we learned and got from the
conference with him and now what we as leaders are going to do now to
help our zones improve and become sober missionaries. Elder Hemula
talked a lot about finding desire too. So now as an STL I am preparing
to teach at zone meeting on Friday a long with the zone leaders about
what we can do with everything elder Hemula discussed with us! I am
really excited and I have preparing a lot for it! Lots of prayer and
study! Two of my favorites things now!

But the craziest thing that happened this week was that Sister Eyden
went home yesterday. So now we are in a trio with Sister Ward and we
are covering both the Cordelia 1st Ward and the YSA again! Sister Ward
is awesome so I am so excited to be in a trio with her and sister
Aiton! Sister Ward has been out on the mission for about seven months
now! I remember when she came out on the mission! Crazy how fast time
flies on the mission!

So I'll tell you about some of the people we are working with in this
area! We are still trying to meet everyone and get to know everyone
but I will tell you who I know so far! So we have an investigator
named Ally! She is 16 years old and we were able to set a baptismal
date for her last week for the 19th of March! She really likes the
church so hopefully we will be able to continue to help her strengthen
her testimony and help prepare her for baptism! We also pick up a new
investigator a couple of night ago named Shirley! Shes a lady in her
50s with a 15 year old daughter named Nelly! She was a referral we
received from and she is golden! We were able to teach her
the entire restoration on Monday night and she loved it! She wants us
to continue to teach her and she hoping for us to be able to teach her
daughter as well! We are also trying to start teaching the Besir
family! They were a referral from a family in the Ward and the Besirs
are also golden! We haven't been able to teach them yet because we
just went by on Sunday and they asked us to come back later this week,
but they want to learn and they are so prepared! I can't wait to be
able to teach them about the gospel! Also, we have investigators in
the YSA now! We had a Skype lesson with our investigator Heather this
morning actually! She is 30 and her bother joined the church a few
years ago and now she's interested in learning more! We had a really
good lesson with her! We are also teach a 21 year old boy named
Lindon! Right now he is praying about what date he wants to get
baptized on! There's a lot of good things happening over here in
Fairfield! The field is white all ready to harvest!

I love this gospel so much! I know that this church is true and that
we are truly happier as we live this gospel faithfully! I love you all
and hope you have a great week!

Here's my new address!

450 Pittman Rd. #231
Fairfield, CA 94534

Love always, Sister Thompson 🌻

Me and Steve
And the "back corner crew" (because we all sat in the back corner of
the chapel each Sunday!)

Saying goodbye to the Gomes family

Sister Oler


Last pday at the beach
Emily harmon(left on her mission last week to chile)
In Santa Rosa at transfers. With the fantastic four. Hermana reidhead,
elder beeston, elder frodsham
The famous giant hand in downtown Santa Rosa!

Sister Aiton and I!
Our district!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Come What May and Love It!

Hello family and friends!

So as I'm writing this email right now, I'm surrounded by bins and
suitcases and clothes...that's right, I'm being transferred tomorrow!
My 7 1/2 months in Petaluma is coming to an end :( but not only am I
being transferred, but I have an exciting new transfer ahead of me! So
I'm being transferred to Fairfield, CA and I will be opening up a new
area! I'll be serving in the Cordelia 1st Ward! There haven't been
missionaries just in that Ward for a while now! So I will be opening
the area again and my companion will be...a greenie! Yelp, that's
right, I'm training a brand new missionary in a brand new area! I'm
super excited but I am also really nervous as well! To go from here in
Petaluma, where I know everyone and everything like the back of my
hand, to a brand new area where missionaries haven't been for a while
with a companion that has never been a missionary! This should be
exciting! But to add to everything next transfer, President Wright has
asked me to be an STL(sister training leader) which is like the girl
version of a zone leader! So I will be over the sisters and hermanas
in the Fairfield zone! Being an STL means I go on exchanges with all
the sisters, I help teach at district and zone meetings, and I go to
MLC(mission leadership conference) once a month in Santa Rosa! Talk
about a really busy and exciting transfer I have ahead of me! I'm
really excited for this new adventure! I'm excited to be pushed and
pulled by Heavenly Father and to grow and learn a lot! Come what may
and love it!

This week was good! At district meeting on Tuesday, we played chubby
bunny while trying to teach. It was hilarious haha! Our district
leader was trying to show us how things that hinder the spirit really
affect how a lesson goes. So him coming around and putting
marshmallows in our mouths was his way of "hindering the spirit"! It
was pretty funny! Saturday morning, president Wright called me and
told me what was happening with me next transfer. He was joking around
with me on the phone because he just kept on asking me if in be
willing to do things. Like "Sister Thompson, would you be willing to
train a new missionary?", "Would you be willing to open a new area?"
and so on. So he started joking around with me saying that I also
needed to find a part time job and I need to finish the Book of Mormon
by the end of next transfer! I told him I could do all of it except
find a part time job. Haha he told me I answered correctly and that my
priorities are were they should be! Haha I love president Wright!
Also, yesterday we had stake conference and sister Nelson and I sang!
We sang a duet! We were super nervous,but it turned out really well!
We also went heart attacking Saturday night and stuck a bunch of
hearts and sticky notes on the doors of our investigators and less
actives! Thanks for the Valentine's Day package you sent! You guys
know me way too well! I loved everything in it!

Its been a sad weekend though saying goodbye to everyone. My heart
breaks a little more each time I say goodbye to someone. I have come
to love and care for so many people here in Petaluma, and to think
that I won't be here anymore to see them, is heartbreaking. I asked
Brother Wasden to give me a blessing last night before I go, and I was
promised in the blessing that I would be able to move on, but that
it's going to be hard. And let me tell, it's hard. This area has
taught me so much about being a missionary, about myself, and about
the gospel. It's going to be hard leaving, and I have a really big
challenge ahead of me, but I am ready and willing! Come what may and
love it!

I love you all and I can feel all the prayers and support from home!
Thank you so much for everything! Also, ps. My Pday next week will be
on Wednesday!

Love always, Sister Thompson 🌻

Monday, February 8, 2016

Where's the Cold Weather?

Hello friends and family!

Happy February! Right now, it's 68 degrees and sunny....and we are
LOVING it! In case you were wondering, yes I could hear all the
cheering from the super bowl yesterday! Haha it's crazy to think that
I was only like 30 minutes away from the Super Bowl! I think that's
the closest I'll ever get to it! Everyone was watching the super bowl
yesterday! You could hear everyone yelling and screaming at their TVs
through the town! Haha I loved it! But we are having beautiful weather
right now in Petaluma and we had an awesome week to go with it!

So on Tuesday we had a great zone meeting! They are changing a lot in
the mission! Like with Facebook, I can be friends with friends and
family members from back home now! So feel free to post things that I
can share with my investigators or less actives that I am teaching! We
can also use wifi in our apartments now, which is crazy, but they are
really trusting us! My apartment that I'm in right now doesn't have
wifi that I can use, so I don't have to worry about it just yet. But
they are really making our mission a "by the book" mission. We follow
all the rules in the White Handbook, the Safeguards for Using
Technology book, and the Missionary Work in the Digital Age book. Any
mission specific rules(like the can't be friends on Facebook with
family back home) have been abolished and we are to strictly follow
just what the book says! It really opens up more ways of using
technology, but it also puts a lot of trust in us missionaries!
Hopefully everything will go well with it!

To update you with the Fifita family, things aren't going to well with
them. The dad is really making things hard. The kids aren't allowed to
come to church or even read from the Book of Mormon anymore. It is
literally heartbreaking. Can you imagine not be able to read from the
Book of Mormon? The kids really liked coming to church and reading the
Book of Mormon but now, they are almost scared to even talk to us. We
honestly don't know what to do anymore. Ulita said she is trying to
file for a divorce right now, but we don't know how long that will
take. So until then, the kids can't come to church. We tried a lot of
times to go over to their house this week to teach them, but we
haven't been able to get in the door. It makes me so sad! They were
progress so much and they were all excited and ready for baptism! But
we will keep praying that the fathers heart will be softened!
Hopefully things will turn around with them!

Camilo's kids, Anna and Antonio, are doing great! They both seem
really happy and just loving life! Camilo is doing great too! He bore
a sweet testimony yesterday at church! It has been such an incredible
experience being able to witness his conversion! I love the Gomes
family so much!

So one of our investigators made sister Nelson and I blankets this
week! Her name is Sue, she's a lady in her 60s and she takes care of
her 94 year old mom Marianne! We've been teaching them both for a
while and they are progressing really slowly. Sue is definitely more
interested than her mom, but since she has to take care of her mom
24/7 she hasn't been able to make it to church yet. But Sue and
Marianne are literally the two funniest ladies I have ever met! And to
pay us back for all of our kindness, Sue crocheted us blankets! They
are SOOO nice! She is a pro at crocheting so she was able to make the
blanket in just a couple of days! Such an incredible gift! We love

Just to let you know, we find out transfers this Saturday....and I've
been in Petaluma for 7 1/2 months so I think my time here might be up.
But who knows! I could stay another! Petaluma has become my home away
from home so it is going to be so hard to leave this place. It will be
like starting my mission all over again! But we will find out this
Saturday night, so I'll let you know what's happening next week!

So this past week I've been having some really spiritual dreams at
night. I usually never having spiritual dreams but this past week I
had a couple! The coolest part about the dreams I had were that I was
able to use them in teaching this week. Like what I dreamt about was
exactly what some of the people we were teaching needed to hear. It's
so cool being able to have experiences like that. I have never been so
close to the spirit and so close to my heavenly father than now. It
was a year ago today that I decided to serve a full time mission and
how grateful I am for that decision to serve! I have grown and learned
so much. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything! I love this
work and I know that this gospel is true! I've seen so many miracles
and prayers answered on my mission that I know, without a doubt, that
this is all true. I love you all and hope you have an awesome week!

Love always, Sister Thompson 🌻

Monday, February 1, 2016

There's Nothing Better!

Hey family!

What a great week we've had here in Petaluma, CA(my home away from
home)! Sister Nelson had an awesome week! Here are some of the

On Tuesday I was on exchanges with Sister Malmfeldt! She came here to
Petaluma and we had an awesome day! We made it a goal to hand out as
many Books of Mormon as we could and we ended up handing out five of
them that afternoon! Everyone was out because it was a beautiful day
so we were able to contact a lot of people and hand out a lot of book
of Mormons! I love missionary work! Thursday morning we went and did
work on Sister Flemings farm again! We love going to the farm, but we
get so dirty every time! We love it!

But the definite highlight of the week was Anna and Antonio's baptism
on Saturday! Such an incredible experience! So Camilo was able to
baptize his kids and Sister Nelson and I were able to watch the
baptism from right inside the font because we were in the women's
dressing room with Anna helping her get ready! We watched with Anna as
Camilo baptized Antonio and then we watched Anna be baptized! It was
so great, after Camilo baptized Antonio he looked up at the two
witnesses and said, "Did it work?" Haha everyone got a good kick out
of that. After Anna was baptized we asked her how she felt and she
said "Cold, but really good!" Haha they were smiling the rest of the
baptismal service! Camilo was in tears afterwards. He is such an
awesome guy with such a strong testimony of this gospel! So grateful
for him! We also had an awesome turn out from the ward there! So many
people showed up for the baptism that we ran out of room for anymore
chairs, so people had to stand up on the sides and the back! I
seriously love this Ward so much! The Petaluma 1st Ward has become my
home! The next day at church, we had Ward conference, and Anna and
Antonio were confirmed members of the church! They let Camilo hold the
microphone in the circle so he could feel like he was apart of it! I
am so grateful for and love the Gomes family so much! It has been such
an incredible experience being able to find Camilo, teach him and his
kids, and now see them all baptized and confirmed in the church! I
will always cherish moments and experiences like these for the rest of
my life!

Today for p-day, the Horner family took Sister Nelson and I down to
the Golden Gate Bridge! We took a hike to the Point Bonita Lighthouse!
It was SOOO beautiful and so cool! I love Northern California! It was
such a pretty hike and the Golden Gate Bridge is breathtaking in
person! All together, it has been an amazing time here in Petaluma. I
have learned so much and have fallen in love with the people I've met,
the places I've seen, and the work I'm doing everyday! I love being a
missionary in Northern California!

I hope you all have a great week! I love you all and pray for you everyday!

Love always, Sister Thompson 🌻