Monday, December 31, 2012

December 31, 2012

Hello Family and Friends!
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!! I can't believe 2012 has already come to a close. Time flies way too fast!
So, this last week was an eventful one. I love the Holidays! It's such a magical time of year. Christmas Eve was a fun day. It was preparation day so we got to spend a lot of time with the other missionaries in our Zone at the Stake Center. Since it was Pday I decided to make Cinnamon Twists. It was a hit. We also did a White Elephant gift exchange with everyone. (I, of course, ended up organizing it all). ;) Funny how that always seems to work. We had all the presents off to the side and then everyone had to shoot to pick a present. If you made a basket you could pick either a present from the pile or one that someone else already grabbed (all presents remained wrapped.) That turned out quite funny. Especially since most the Elders were fighting for the gifts that Sister Williams and I brought (even though they had no idea what it was.) The rule was you could only bring something from your apartment. We randomly had a snowglobe that you could put your own picture in, so I put our "Christmas letter" picture inside. It was so funny! Finally, when everyone had a picture we all sat in a circle and opened all the presents. I got a stuffed camel that said, "You finally made it over the hump!" ha ha (a little late hey?) Elder Shreeve ended up getting our snowglobe with our picture that said "Merry Christmas! Love Sisters Williams and Thompson" He absolutely loved it!!!! Ha ha ha There were definitely a lot of really random presents. It's crazy what you can find in a missionary apartment. :) Later we had dinner at the Acorda's and then went to the Meldrum's. It was like going home for Christmas to me since I went to both their houses last year for Christmas and Christmas Eve. At the Meldrum's the Elders from Beaumont were there. We played the paper bag game where you have to pick up the paper bag with your mouth while on one foot. It was hilarious!!! I got a lot of video, so you'll have to wait in suspense for me to show you when I get home. Christmas day was wonderful! We did stuff with the Ellerslie sisters in the morning briefly and then Melanie picked us up and took us to Wetaskwin where her family lives. It was a blast! There we got to skype with the family and we played a lot of fun games. It was fun/ weird to just relax, not worry about how long we were there or that we had to get to another lesson. It was fun for a day, but I don't know if I could do it everyday.
I woke up the 26th with a really bad cold. :( It was a pretty slow day too. I'm grateful that it was Sister Williams birthday so we were able to celebrate. We had a "Birthday Dinner" at the Whyte Ave Chapel with Sophie (her birthday was on the 24th) and the Millcreek Elders. It was so much fun! Sophie brought us some Chinese dishes. One of which was pig hoofs. That's right! I said it, pig hoofs. That is now officially the weirdest thing that I have eaten on my mission. It's not so bad as far as taste go, but the texture sure gets to you. We took the left overs to Zone Meeting the next day and I convinced some Elders to try it. ha ha ha Friday I fell on the ice/ snow so now I owe doughnuts to my district. Gotta love Canada! Sunday (yesterday) was the mission farewell of two guys from our YSA Ward. Christian Hinman and Logan Orr are serving in the Toronto Canada mission (one goes this week and the other next week) Logan is speaking English and Christian Mandarin. It's been fun to work with both of them. They have both been awesome fellowshippers for our investigator Robert. Since we didn't have our YSA ward again this week we went to the Hillview Family ward (which is Christian and Logan's home ward) for their farewell. It was cool for Robert to come and say bye to them as well. I love seeing new missionaries leave. They have so much fire in them. The Lord's work is really moving forward. Speaking of missionaries. We met with a prospective elder in our ward, Michael Kastendieck. He lives in the Beaumont ward. It was fun to visit with his family. They mentioned that Joe (serving in Montreal) has now been on his mission for over a year. That was an awakening moment for sure. I spoke at his farewell in my second transfer! I can't believe that time has flown by that quickly. He's already been out just over a year. Crazy!!!
This week we have been focusing on Goal setting with members. As missionaries we focus on goal setting every month, week, day, even hour. Goals are so important and with the new year we have a great opportunity to focus on what is really important. I think it's no coincidence that we focus on the Savior at the end of the year and then have the opportunity to set new goals a week later. Elder M. Russell Ballard said, "I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don't set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to master the principles of setting a goal he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life." Alma 5:14 asks each of us some great reflective questions. "Have I spiritually been born of God? Do I have His image in my countenance? Have I received a mighty change of heart?" We all can improve. Each of us can become more like our Savior. It doesn't have to be overwhelming. It takes a little each day. Elder Richard G. Scott said, "We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day." I encourage each of you to go forward, set goals that help you reach your potential as a Child of God. It is in the little things we do that we grow the most.
 Skyping with the family!!!!
I love you all so much!!! Make this next year really count!
Love always,
Sister Thompson

Monday, December 17, 2012

December 17, 2012

Dearest Family and Friends,
Merry Christmas! The Library will be open on December 24th so I should be able to email one more time before Christmas. :) Today I have the pleasure of going to the World Famous West Edmonton Mall with Sister Williams and Sister Roberts and Reanna in our ward. I'm so excited! Because we're going today, I don't have a ton of time to email today.
This last week was fantastic! We had a Sister's Training on Tuesday at the mission home with all the sisters. That was a blast! We had a special training from President Campbell and then did some fun crafts/ Christmas activities with all the Sisters. It was fun to be all together there. Pretty soon we're not going to be able to do that at the mission home. Our mission is expected to have up to 50 sisters by the end of 2013! So weird. The first 19 year old sisters called to our mission have received their calls and are coming in February. One of them is actually from Spanish Fork I hear. That's pretty cool. I don't know her though (seeing that she wasn't even in my high school when I was. That makes me feel really really old.) Friday we had our annual Christmas Conference at the Millwoods Stake center. It was amazing!!! I love getting together with other missionaries, not to mention President Campbell always gives amazing trainings. As a Christmas present, President and Sister Campbell gave us all a temple recommend holder with a picture of the Edmonton temple that President Campbell took (he's a photographer- it's an amazing picture). I love it!!! Also, we had a talent show. My last district put together "The District 3" kind of a spoof of the PMG The District 1 and 2. It was super funny and everyone really liked it. I'll have to show you it later. Our zone also performed a Christmas Parody Mashup. (Some how I got suckered into putting it together ;) I had a lot of fun writing it and it turned out pretty funny.) Here are a few lines from it.
"I'm dreaming of a warm Christmas
With every email that I write....
Tracting through the snow, in a pair of worn out shoes
O'er the hills we go, sharing the good news.
Working with our might.
Making Burdens light.
What fun it is to testify and see all dressed in white.
I don't want a lot for Christmas, There is just one thing I need.
I don't care about the presents underneath the Christmas tree.
I just want some Baptisms. A few more before I'm done.
Make my wish come true. All I want for Christmas is two!
5 Potentials!
4 QGCs (Quality Gospel Conversations)
3 Less Actives
2 Recent Converts
And a Golden Baptism!
Oh the weather outside is frightful and a car would be delightful
We got places to go, Please don't snow! Please don't snow! Please don't snow!
He knows who you are texting. He knows when you are late.
He knows when you are driving fast so slow down for goodness sake.
Oh you better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout I'm telling you why
President is coming to town
It's the most trunkiest time of the year!!!!"
Well, I hope you can guess what Christmas songs you sing those with. It was super fun to write! That's for sure!
Other things worth mentioning- Chris Keene (Recent Convert) passed the Sacrament for the first time yesterday. I felt like a proud momma! :) Our Investigator Robert accepted baptism for January 12th:) We got a new investigator named David (who is pretty sweet. He's originally from Ghana.) Oh and if you haven't checked out you totally should. You can join the conversation which asks "What does Christmas mean to you?" I was reading through some people's responses last week and to my surprise I saw that Brady Brunson commented! That was really cool to see a friend from back home. I encourage everyone to answer that question.
Well, I love you all!!! Merry Christmas! I can't wait to talk to you next week.
Love, Sister Thompson

Monday, December 10, 2012

December 10, 2012

"Oh the weather outside is frightful! Investigators to teach would be delightful! We got places to go. Please don't snow, please don't snow, please don't snow!" - The song of a Canada Edmonton Missionary ;)
Hello family and friends!
This week it has snowed quite a bit. Just keeps piling up. Gotta love Edmonton in the winter. :) We had our ward Christmas party on Monday. Best Christmas Party Ever!!!! Santa and Mrs. Claus came. The theme was Elves and Reindeer. The girls dressed like Elves and the guys like Reindeer. It was so fun. We even had Karaoke. During one of the numbers our MCs Sonja (RS President) and David (Executive Secretary) ran around the room with mistletoe on a stick and had the Bishopric and other couples in the ward kiss. It was super funny. We also had some performances by members in the ward. One of which was a stand up comedian/ magician. He was pretty good. My favorite line of his was this- He randomly grabbed a Windex bottle out of his trunk, took off the lid and took a drink out of (don't worry, I'm sure it wasn't real Windex) he then said, "Public speaking freaks me out. I get super nervous. This keeps me from streaking." ha ha ha get it? Streaking. So funny. Anyway. The Bishopric dressed up as Reindeer but used real antlers. Super creative. I'm going to try and attach some pictures from the evening. Sadly, we had to leave early before it was done (gotta love the curfew of a missionary) so we didn't get to see all the performances. It was a success though.
On Thursday at service we got to see a musical performance. It was really good. During the performance however we had a surprise (well, the Elders had a surprise). Two police officers came in looking for a driver of a Chevy Cruze. Elder Schiess was the driver. Turns out somehow their OnStar button got pushed and they called the police who came to find if someone was in trouble. They tracked down the Elders. Elder Schiess didn't even remember pushing it. Super funny. Well, it gets better. Turns out the other Sisters were there, but visiting a resident when the police came. While they were putting the parking permit on their rear view mirror they accidentally pushed the button, but thought they turned it off. They too drive a Chevy cruze, but since they weren't there when the police came they didn't have to talk to them about it. It was pretty funny. We all got a good laugh from it.
So, a really neat story from this week happened yesterday at church. There is a couple in our ward Justin and Emma that are getting married on the 15th of December. Justin served his mission in Australia, Mandarin speaking and Emma is from China, but went to University in Austrialia where she was baptized. Justin actually taught her and after his mission they stayed in contact. She decided to move to Canada after her degree and after living here for a while her and Justin started dating and are now getting married. Emma's parents flew out this weekend for the wedding and came to church yesterday. Emma was asked to speak in Sacrament meeting and while she did Justin translated for her dad and Sophie (recent convert) translated for her mom. It was really neat. Well, just before the last speaker Brother Orr got up and asked that Emma bear her testimony in Chinese for her parents. The Spirit was so strong. It was so amazing!!! Her parents then attended Sunday school and Priesthood and Relief Society. In Relief Society Emma said, "My mom would like to say something and have me translate." This is what her mom said, "When we found out Emma got baptized we weren't very happy to find that out. Then to hear she was moving all the way to Canada and now marrying a Canadian. We were very worried for her and wondered if she was alone or taken care of. I have never been to a church before. But coming to church today we have realized just how many friends she has and how much love there is here. We know now that she has been taken care of. We have really enjoyed being here and we feel so warm while we've been here. Thank you so much." That was one of the most touching things I've ever been able to observe. The love that they have for each other is so evident. And you can tell that the Gospel truly blesses families, even if all of our families aren't members. That was so neat!!!! Over and over I have seen how much the Gospel really touches people's lives. I see it in my recent convert Chris' eyes when he talks about Eternal marriage and his excitement for the family he will one day have. I see it in the Ben Nicolson who is coming back to church when he testified of how the Candy Cane represents the Atonement to him (He said that the red and white stripes don't change width even when the candy cane bends. He connected that to the Savior and how no matter where we are, even if we turn away from him, his Atonement is still there and the same.) The Gospel is real!!!
I love you all!
Love always Sister Thompson
Sorry, ran out of time to attach pictures. Next week for sure!!!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

December 3, 2012

Dearest Everyone!
What a week! Sister Williams and I rocked it this week. We got 25 lessons, two new investigators (Brody and Tasha), and an investigator on date for baptism (Robert). I love how the Lord supports us when we have righteous desires. My time as a missionary just keeps flying by. I don't want this to end and as more and more of my mission friends depart out of the land reality seems to hit me more and more. New goals, a new transfer, new motivation to work hard until the end. I can't take any of this time back. I have to embrace each moment! Really, each of us should embrace every moment of our earthly mission. To quote President Hinckley, "Too soon you will only have the memory of the great experience you are now having." Live each day like it's the only day that you have to become like our Heavenly Father. In that is happiness.
I love the Christmas season. It seems like the Christmas Spirit is everywhere. I love the snow! I love the lights! I love Christmas music! I love testifying of the Savior. It brings so much hope. The Christmas Devotional last night was wonderful! We were able to watch it at a member's house with one of our investigators, Kristin (who is their roommate). I loved everything that was shared, but I liked what President Uchtdorf said about being good receivers. That made me really think about the Savior's Gift of the Atonement. How often do we let it sit on a shelf, wrapped up and say, "Isn't that nice. The Savior gave that to me!" We NEED to open it and use it!!!! It's not just meant to look at or talk about or even show off, but to use and re-use EVERYDAY, and to share with others. Don't do like the man who received one talent and hid it in the ground. When we give we get more. Share your knowledge of the Atonement with everyone!
We do service at St. Joseph's hospital every Thursday. While there we went to visit a lady in her room. When we came in she was laying in bed crying. I asked her if she was okay and she said she was fine, but not up for visiting. I grabbed a tissue and wiped the tears from her eyes. Her face lit up and for a moment I could feel the love the Savior had for her. I'm so grateful I got that opportunity to represent the Savior. To stand in His place. To do what He himself would do if He were here. "He lives to comfort me when faint. He lives to hear my soul's complaint. He lives to silence all my fears. He lives to wipe away my tears. He lives to calm my troubled heart." I know that my Redeemer lives. A funny story from service- we do a crossword with everyone and usually I get the microphone. Well, the word they were guessing was Ensign. E was listed. I gave the hint, "A six letter word; the hint is Naval Flag." No one had any clue. I decided to throw in a hint of my own. I knew the missionaries would all get it. "It's also a magazine." Almost in unison all the missionaries (about 6) started laughing and said, "Ensign!" ha ha we got a good chuckle out of that one. :)
We've been sharing a Christmas message with our members. One question we ask is, what does Christmas mean to you? One member replied, "Family Togetherness." Immediately I came to this realization, because Christ was born our families can be together forever!!!! Christmas really does mean family togetherness. I love that concept!!! Make the most of the season! Spend time with your families and cherish that time you have together. Family doesn't just have to be our immediate family, but we are all part of God's family!
I love you all!!!
Love, Sister Thompson

Monday, November 26, 2012

November 26, 2012

To everyone that I care about so much,
Another week in the Canada Edmonton Mission! I love being a missionary (I'm sure you've heard me say that many times before, but it's SO True!!!!) Everyday is an adventure. Everyday is a Success! First off, before I forget- HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!!!!! (From Me and Sister Williams!) Hope it's a blast and full of good food and lots of fun! Tuesday morning we taught seminary. It was really fun. (super small class though, only about 5 students.) I love teaching so much. It was fun to hear all their insights as well. We taught about the story of Mary and Martha and how Mary chose the better part. It got me thinking a lot about life. How often do I spend time on things that aren't very important. I should be more focused on things that matter most. And the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Family and Friends matter most!
We also taught Chris more about the Priesthood. He asked us how he could prepare to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood. (Thanks Laura for responding to my question.) It was an amazing lesson. We gave him a lot of reading material, but watched this awesome Mormon Message with him about the Power of God. Here is the link It is amazing!!!! Everyone should watch it!!! (Make sure you have tissues close by.) I just want to give a shout out to all the amazing Priesthood holders in my life. Grandfathers, my Dad, my Brothers, friends, past home teachers, many Bishops and other ward leaders, my Mission President and other Elders/ Mission Leaders, and all the amazing members in the different areas I've served. To all of you- Thank You!!!! Thank You for being worthy of the Priesthood. Thank you for using it to bless my life and many other lives. That is definitely one of the greatest blessings of the Gospel- We have the God's Authority on the earth again. Never forget just how amazing that is!!!
Thursday (Thanksgiving) we had District Meeting. For District Lunch we went to Primetime Donair. Donairs are SO Good but so bad for your insides. Seriously, that was my second and last donair of my mission. The Canadian Health Society only recommends eating two a year!!!! They are really good though. It was Sister Williams and Elder Simmons' first and Elder Basinger's last. Good good times. Note- If you ever find yourself in Canada; eat a Donair!!! Also, since it was our last District Meeting (Transfer calls were today) we had ice cream and watched "The District 3" aka a mock of The District 1 and 2 that our District made for Christmas Conference. It turned out amazing!!! :)
Saturday evening we had a surprise "American Thanksgiving" with a group of 10 or so people. They put up American flags everywhere for us and we all sang the National Anthem. I almost started crying it made me so happy. God Bless America!!! It was so cool, it was one of the guys birthday (he has special needs) and to celebrate his birthday he wanted to invite the missionaries for Thanksgiving. It was so nice. They went all out. I will attach pictures. One of the guys there (who also has special needs) said, "I love Utah. Utah Grocery Stores are Paradise. All the women are so beautiful!" Ha ha we got a pretty good laugh!
 Donairs baby!!!!!
 God Bless America!!!
They even got an American Cake :)
Well, I love you all so much!
Sister Thompson

Monday, November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012

Dearest Family and Friends,
This week has been kind of a Gongshow (Canadian word for crazy!) Surprisingly I don't have very much to report though. We had a trainers' Follow up meeting at the Mission Home on Thursday. That was really good. There were about 16 Missionaries there, 8 or so conference called on the phone and then the assistants. It was really fun. So Sunday after Church we had a ward Potluck. It was the best ever because they served us CAFE RIO!!!!! Yum!!!! I was in Heaven!!! Anyone that knows me knows that I love Cafe Rio/ Costa Vida. Sister Williams and I were so happy. They said they had a lot of extras so we could take some with us. We had some tupperware in our car that we needed to return to our Bishop, so instead, we grabbed that and filled it up! YUM!!!!! HEAVEN!!!!!!!! I'm so happy :)
So Sadly, I don't have a whole lot to say today. I think I am going to attach some of my favorite Mormon Messages. I want you all to take the time to look them up. They are great!!!! :)
I love this one about Eternal Life.
And this one is awesome about Missionary Service. :)
Well, I love you all! Stay strong! Stay true! Stay Blue!!! (Go Cougars!!!! ) ;)
Love, Sister Thompson

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November 13, 2012

To the many people still actively reading my emails, (Thank you!)
It's nice to hear that Utah County had snow this past week, because we sure do in Edmonton. Lots of it!!!!!! Driving in it is a blast! (not). Since it is Sister Williams' first Transfer I have to drive all the time (which is leading me to pray more than ever before.) It's also gotten pretty cold. Saturday hit -16 C. I can't remember what that would be in Fahrenheit. Either way, it's cold!
This morning we got the wonderful opportunity to go to the Temple! It was amazing!!!! I loved it!!! In the entire session there were only 4 of us women (SistersCampbell, Williams, Thompson and another lady). Again, it was very powerful to see all the worthy young men. One of the Ordinance workers mentioned that come next year, Endowment sessions will probably have have sisters/ half Elders. That would be sweet! Currently our mission has 16 Sisters. It is projected to triple by next year. Crazy!!!! It think it is so awesome. There are a lot of girls in our YSA Ward that are preparing for a mission now. :) Seriously, a mission is the best decision ever!!!!!
We got to meet with our Recent Convert Chris this week. He and Jenn helped us make visuals for lessons. :) Super fun!!! Chris is so excited to get the Melchizedek Priesthood. He's wondering how he could best prepare for that. Since I don't have the Priesthood, I throw that question out to all the amazing Priesthood holder reading this email. How should Chris best prepare to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood? Please reply before next Monday (you can email my dad your response at ) Thanks!!!!
So, we are slowly finding more and more people to teach. We are teaching this new girl named Kristin. She is the roommate of Reanna and Karina in our ward. We do our laundry at their house every Monday and eat over there at least once a week. Kristin has sat in on multiple lessons. Last week we showed the clip Daughters of God found at (watch it! It's amazing). Anyway, she really liked it. Well, when we went to pick up our Laundry last Monday Kristin was there. She was having a really hard day. We started talking to her. She said, "Did you know that you both have a glow about you? Seriously, it's in your eyes. You're always so happy." We explained what that glow was and asked her if we could come by another time to talk more about it and how she too could have that glow. She was excited. We met with her twice last week. The lessons went amazing. She thanked us and said, "I love it when you come. The room literally gets warmer when you are here." That was really cool to hear. Having an outpouring of the Spirit all the time sometimes I forget the impact He actually has. :) I love it!!! I love this Gospel!!! I love sharing it with others.
Oh, to explain my subject line- We were meeting with a few members on Sunday. After the lesson I asked, "Is there anyone you know who needs extra love?" One of the guys in our ward started laughing. Being that this is a YSA Ward he thought it was pretty funny that I asked if there was anyone that needed extra love. We got a pretty good laugh about it. :)
Well, My time is short. I love you all!!! Stay warm, Stay true to the Gospel, Stay You!!!!!!!
Sisters Nash, Bunker, Williams, and Thompson at the temple this morning :)
Love Always and Forever,
Sister Thompson

Monday, November 5, 2012

November 5, 2012

Hello EVERYONE!!!! (I'm running out of creative ways to start my emails.)
Oh what a week. Seriously, so much has happened since last time I emailed. I hope it's not too scattered. First off, Halloween was this week. Sister Williams and I wore each other's name tags. We had dinner at our Bishop's house and when Sister White (Bishop's wife) went to ask me to say the blessing she said, "Sister Thomwilliams? Wait a second. You're sister Thompson! You totally just through me off." Ha ha gotta love the ole' switch of the name tag trick. Works every time. :) We had to be back in our apartment by 6pm. Since we live right next door to the Beaumont Sisters we got to spend the evening with them. For Halloween we decided to wear face masks (the oatmeal/Avacado kind). :) I will attach pictures for you to see.
It's a sad week in the Millwoods YSA Area. Our Investigator for a long time sent us a text Thursday morning. In it he thanked us for our time and help but said, "The content of the book (referring to the Book of Mormon) is good, but hardly true." What a sad thing to hear. We have invited him multiple times to read and pray (which he has said he is doing), but he hasn't found out that answer that it's true. I know that God's timing is always the right timing. Often we think we know better, but we don't we must allow God's timing if we want to see Miracles. I know that Zhang will find out that it is true, but right now is just not the right time. It's definitely a said day. So, what does this mean for us? FINDING!!!!! We did find a new Investigator through tracting. His name is Anwar. He is really nice and Muslim. He just got a new job, so we'll see what his new schedule allows as far as meeting with us goes. To every single person reading this I come with an invitation. Refer someone to your local missionaries. There is so much success when members do this. "The Ideal situation is when members invite their friends and are present for the teaching. When members do this, more people are baptized and remain active in the church." PMG (I totally just typed that from memory Wahoo!!!!) So, do it!!!! Find someone for the missionaries. The last 4 baptisms I have been blessed to be a part of were member referrals. Each of them are active in the church. :) (Chris is even one of our ward missionaries) :)
I finally have one of those crazy mission stories to tell. Tuesday evening, Sister Williams and I were at the Library watching a video about Finding through Family History. A man in his late 20's, facing me, kitty corner from where I am, at another computer asks, "Are you driving tonight?" Since he didn't even look at me when he asked that question I replied, "Pardon?" This time he looked right at me, "Are you driving tonight?" Being, a slightly naive, girl from Happy Valley I replied, "Yes..." "Perfect. Can you give me ride to Whyte Ave?" "I'm sorry, I don't give strangers rides." "I haven't seen my boy in almost 4 years! I'm supposed to meet him at the Strathcona Hotel. I can pay you if you want money for gas." At this point I could sense that he was drunk or on some kind of drugs. "I'm sorry. I'm not going there and I don't give strangers rides." "Well, how far can you take me?" "No farther than where we already are. I'm sorry." "I haven't seen my boy in almost 4 years. Come here, you can look at my computer and see where I want to go." I definitely wasn't going to go look at his screen. "No thank you." "You're not going to come look at me screen?" He was getting more persistent and started dropping some pretty inappropriate words. This time looking at his screen as if he was talking to some he said, "The Pretty Blond wont take me." He then turned to me again. "I'll pay you! Seriously! With money or anything else that you want! I've been in jail for 2 years and just got out. I haven't seen my boy in 4 years!" (I think he thought that telling me he just got out of jail would make me want to help him more. Definitely NOT! "If you have money, then take a bus." "I don't know what bus to take." "There are routes on the wall over there." "I don't know which one I would even take can you come look with me?" "No, I'm sorry." While this was going on Sister Williams was watching the clip on Family History, glancing every so often at me and him. The man then turned to Sister Williams, "Will you come help me find a route?" She replied without looking at him, "No, I'm sorry I can't. You go look yourself." The thought that came to my mind when we approached Sister Williams was, "Oh no you didn't just bring her into this." (Like a very protective mom.) His reply to Sister Williams was, "No! that's a woman's job!" It just got personal! I told Sister Williams to log out. We would finish what we were doing later. We quickly logged out and got up to leave. "Oh, now you're going to leave me? I can't believe you're not going to help me!" "Just keep going Sister Williams." The Library is connected to the mall so instead of walking right out the door into the dark night where there are no people we decided to go through the mall. I glanced back as we left the library and he was standing up. "Go Sister Williams!" We walked very swiftly through the mall and outside to the parking lot where we ran to our car. I quickly unlocked our door and we got in and locked the doors behind us. We were safe. We called our District and Zone Leaders and told them what happened. They couldn't believe it! Don't worry. We are safe! Now I know if someone starts talking to me we don't have to be nice and keep talking to them.
On a brighter note, yesterday we got a new Bishopric in our YSA ward. It was so sad to find out that Bishop White, Brother Boyd, and Brother Tolley are no longer who we work with. :( I'm going to miss them. I felt like they were my Bishopric. The new Bishop is Bishop Prince (sound familiar?) When I was in Beaumont my Bishop was Bishop Prince! That Bishop Wes Prince is the nephew of our new Bishop Dennis Prince. Pretty cool. He is awesome! I have met him before (teaching his son the Ward Mission Plan). I'm excited to work with him and his counsellors Brother Orr and Brother Burr.
Well, My time is short. I love you all!!! It snowed like crazy already here! Got to -6C. I hope the weather there isn't too bad. Until next week (which I'll be emailing Tuesday because we get to go to the temple!!!!!)
Our Halloween Masks (Sister Thompson, Sister Nash, Sister Bunker, and Sister Williams).
Love, Sister Thompson

Monday, October 29, 2012

October 29, 2012

To the many people reading this,
The life of a missionary just keeps getting better. Training has definitely stretched myself, but I feel God's hand constantly supporting and guiding me. Sister Williams is so great! She is very teachable. Pretty much everything I say she writes it down (like off the movie The Best Two Years.) It makes me feel important, but don't worry, I'm not letting it get to my head. :) She is always open to feedback and she enjoys practicing (which makes my job easier). We get along great! As we continue to get to know one another I know we'll be great friends. There aren't a whole lot of specific stories from this week that are standing out to me to share. Winter is here! Snow on the ground, -3C, and falling. All I have to say, "Bring on the Canadian Winter!!!"
Saturday we were planning on stopping by a member who we felt we should see. Our plan was after dinner to head over there. I however, ended up on Auto pilot and got almost to the Whitemud Freeway when her name came to mind. "Michelle." "Oh no!" I thought, "We are already this far. She isn't even expecting us. What if we turn around, get all the way there and she's not even home?" I battled turning around for a minute when the thought came to mind, "You asked to be prompted more, here's a prompting." I concluded that I'd rather follow all the promptings I got then not and not have God trust me with more. So we turned around. We knocked on the door and her roommate Mallory answered, "Sorry, Michelle isn't here. Do you want to come in?" It dawned on me, we were here to see Mallory! So we went inside and had an amazing lesson with her. We shared the same scriptures we were planning on sharing with Michelle and it turns out one of them was her favorite. She never mentioned she was struggling or having a hard time, but I know that God knew we should see her. I'm glad I followed that prompting.
Sunday was a really neat day. Church was cancelled due to the Calgary Temple Dedication. We went to the 10am session. It was amazing! It was really cool to have Chris Keene (Recent Convert from August) there as well. He loved it and is super active. He is actually a ward missionary and loves everything about the Gospel. It was awesome to see him in a white shirt and tie, so excited to show us his white hanky with the Calgary Temple embroidered on it. The Dedication itself was amazing! President Monson gave the Dedicatory prayer. President Monson shared a story about a family friend. A young mother (of about 6 or so young kids) passed away. He attended the viewing the night before her funeral. As he walked in he saw one of the youngest daughters. Excited to see President Monson she ran to him, "Brother Monson Come see Mommy." She then directed him to the casket where her mother peacefully lay. "Isn't she pretty?" President Monson began to cry. The young girl looked up at him, "You shouldn't cry. Before Mommy died she said, 'Don't cry. We're a forever family." I couldn't hold back the tears as President Monson related this story. I know that my own mother wouldn't want me to cry. I know that we are a forever family. I know that Mom is happy and at peace, that she isn't experiencing pain, heartache, or temptation anymore. I know that she is still here with us. We are Forever Family! We will see our loved ones again! We have this hope because of the Savior. He broke the bands of death. He overcame our weaknesses. He is our Mediator and advocate with the father. I know this because I have had the Spirit witness this to me. I know this because I have a calm assurance that everything is going to be alright. Does that mean that I don't have hard days? No. But through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can be comforted.
I love you all! This church is True! I'm grateful the opportunity I have to be an instrument in God's hands at this time. It's going by way to quickly.
Sister Thompson

Monday, October 22, 2012

October 22, 2012

Dearest Family and Friends,
I hope this letter finds everyone doing well. Oh what a crazy week it has been. Seriously, one of the busiest of my mission. I met my new companion on Wednesday. Her name is Sister Williams. She is from Brigham City Utah and excited about missionary work. So far it has been really fun working with her. I'm excited about training. However, I didn't realize just how many questions there are to be asked or how many things I figured were common knowledge, but aren't. I forget that I have been doing this for more than a year now. I feel like I've always been a missionary. I feel like my brain is always on, thinking about what else I should explain, who we need to see, what we need to do, where we need to go, and how we should do things. You could say I'm slightly overwhelmed, but still excited and accepting of this new challenge that will continue to stretch me. It's been nice to really practice teaching the lessons again, to get back to the fundamentals of the Gospel, to be 100% obedient, to help Sister Williams learn and grow, to see her greenie fire and to pray more sincerely than I ever have before. I'm enjoying my new experience of course. If we didn't have experiences that made us stretch then we wouldn't improve or become better. I love Sister Williams! She is awesome. Ready to learn everything and practice. We had a new trainers meeting on Wednesday morning where President Campbell explained that what we do now with our new missionaries, how we train them, will set them up for the rest of their mission. No pressure hey? I was also sad to see all the departing missionaries bear their testimonies at transfer meeting. I served around most of them. Sister Jones (my trainer), Sister Coltrin, Elder Graul, Elder Pieper (were two of my district leaders), Elder Lane, Elder Gardner (two of my zone leaders), and Elder Blanton. It's really weird when people you know well start going home. I tell you, this mission thing goes by way too fast!
Sophie was baptized on Friday!!!! It was awesome. She asked me to give a talk on baptism. It was really neat to be able to do that. The Spirit in the room was so strong. The ordinance was performed in Chinese. Which was super cool. She was just beaming! I'm so grateful that I have had the opportunity to teach her. She also received the Holy Ghost on Sunday. :) Oh yeah, Tuesday we taught her about temple work and family history. She had gone to the Calgary Temple open house last Saturday and loved it so when we taught about temples she had a picture already in her head. We taught her about Baptisms for the dead and at first she thought that we actually unburied our dead and baptized their bodies. It was quite funny. We were able to clarify and she was so excited to call her mom and China and explain that it's not as weird as we thought. She's excited to do baptisms for her family now that she knows it's just proxy work. We also watched Finding Faith in Christ with her in Chinese. That was a neat experience too. Saturday morning Sophie took all us missionaries who taught her (Elder Wood and his new comp. Sister Roberts and her new comp. and me with my new comp.) To a Chinese Din Sum Restaurant. Din Sum is awesome! You could say it's Chinese food meets the eating style of Tacano's where they have servers who just come around and ask if you want different items. I loved it. It was more traditional Chinese food (nothing like panda express or even Hunan City). Din Sum! Yum! i will definitely go to that restaurant when I come back to visit. :)
We had stake conference yesterday and a special boundary change meeting right after. The Beaumont ward (my first area) is now a part of 3 Different wards. Crazy!!! It just goes to show how many people were in that ward. It was a huge ward!!! The boundaries don't really affect us in YSA since either way we cover all areas, but all the other missionaries will have to pass their investigators over to new missionaries. Not fun. Oh, speaking of new missionaries, so President Campbell was at a Mission president's seminar in Nauvoo the weekend after conference and they said that they did a survey with alot of the YSA in the Wasatch front and the average number of sisters who started their mission papers after the announcements were 12. One ward had 29 Sisters!!! So crazy!!! The work is progressing! No unhallowed hand can stop it! This will change the world!!! Also, they said that on average 2 countries come and tour temple square in any given year, but just since Mitt Romney's election they have had 30 Different countries tour temple square. Most of those countries don't yet have missionaries serving in them. That is so cool. The work is moving quicker and quicker. :) I'm glad that I get to be a part of it!!!
It's getting colder and colder every day. It's not supposed to get above 0 C this week. Burrrr!!! Thanks for everything! i love you all!
 Sister Thompson and her new born in the wilderness, Sister Williams
 A Three Generation Picture! Sister Jones who trained Sister Thompson who is training Sister Williams. :)
Sophie's Baptism! Sister Thompson, Sophie, and Sister Roberts
Love Sister Thompson

Monday, October 15, 2012

October 15, 2012

Dearest Loved Ones,
Transfer calls came this morning and as President Campbell told me on the phone, "All good things must come to an end." Sister Roberts and I will no longer be serving together. :( I have absolutely loved serving with her, so I'm really going to miss her. We have been super successful and I can honestly say that she has been my favorite companion. (Granted, I have had 3 other favorites). So, I have big news. Drumroll please....... I'm having a baby! That's right! I'm training! I felt like this was coming. I'm quite excited about it actually. It will be a chance for me to really grow. I don't know her name yet. We'll meet on Wednesday so stay tuned til next week to find out more. I've been reflecting a lot about where I am now and who I am as a missionary. I feel like I have grown so much! I actually feel older than I did before and I am relying on the spirit more and more each day. I have many ways that I can improve and I think this will be a great way to stretch myself. Wish me luck!
Oh! So funny thing. As Sister Roberts and I walked into the Library today there was a guy with a Utah Jazz jacket on. Pretty funny. Anyway, hmmm what's new in the Millwoods YSA. Well, Sophie is getting baptized this Friday!!! It's so exciting! She asked me to give the Talk on Baptism. That will be a new experience. I'm excited! Oh and Sister Roberts is being transferred to Kingsway YSA so she'll still be in the city. Which means that she'll get to come to Sophie's baptism. Yesterday was a very long Sunday. We were at the Whyte Ave Chapel from 9am to 6pm. (9 Hours!) We went to Millcreek YSA ward at 9am to help Sophie transition into that ward. Then we had Ward Council, met with a member before church and after, had our own ward at 1pm, met with the ward missionaries, Sophie had her baptismal interview at 4:30 at the church and then we met with her right after. We then had dinner and two other appointments that evening. Fun filled day! I prefer days like that though. It's always nice to stay busy.
Thursday we had Zone Meeting and I was asked to give a "Spiritual Snack" on Desire. The funny thing is since being in Millwoods I have been asked to give the Spiritual Thought almost every Thursday in District Meeting. Guess I just need a lot of practice. Speaking of Practice, we were able to role play with other missionaries about answering concerns using the Book of Mormon. The Zone leaders called it "Take it to the BOM!" I role played with Elder Edgel (an assistant). It was one of the coolest role plays ever. I really enjoyed it.
Something else that was pretty cool happened during Sacrament Meeting. We met with this RM Jimmy and went over the Ward Mission Plan on Saturday. He spoke in church and he brought us Sisters up. He said, "This ward has some great sisters. They came to my house yesterday and taught me the Ward Mission Plan. They also gave me a Spiritual Emergency Preparedness Kit." He then promoted giving the kit away to everyone! It was sweet! I love when people promote missionary work. :)
Well, I don't have lots of time today, have to prepare for my new arrival ;) I love you all! I also wanted to say Happy Birthday Mom! I will again be celebrating by letting a balloon go in her behalf. I hope today is good for everyone. I love you and miss you all. This just in! Elder Penrod and Elder Read from my MTC District are now Zone Leaders in the Ed North Stake. That's going to be a Gongshow!!! ha ha ha
Sister Thompson
P.S. Picture= "We're an Oreo! The Good stuffs in the middle." -Elder Scarlet, Sister Thompson, Elder Jules