Monthly Archives: December 2016

December 12, 2016

Hello Everybody!
This past week we found 3 new investigators and we had a baptism!!!!!!!!πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ So, setting up for the baptism was CRAZY! The font was going to be filled because there was a baptism before us. When we got to the stake center nobody was there. It took us about 20 minutes to get keys so we could get in, then we had to get the font filled in about an hour. The font take 2 to 3 hours to fill. So to help in the water filling process we ran to the kitchen and filled water pitchers with the hottest water we could get. We were still doing this when Trevor got there with Brother Durland. We frantically kept filling! Somehow we managed to fill the font with just enough water.😌 The church is true! Trevor was confirmed a member the next day.
We also got snow over here! There was a couple inches on the ground, which is more than they get in a whole winter ( maybe exaggerating a little…), but it was enough to get school canceled and we weren’t allowed to drive because nobody here knows how to deal with snow. So we had the wonderful opportunity of walking around the last couple of days. We had our Christmas party (without Santa) on Saturday. The Harbour Pointe ward goes all out for their parties. It was Christmas in Nauvoo themed and pretty legit. 
This P-Day we are planning on taking a trip to Whigby Island (I probably butchered the spelling). We will take a ferry across the sea and a member will take us around to see some people that Sister Bell knows, she served there once, and then we will find some lunch. I hope to see an orcah whale or find a sand dollar on the beach! 
I hope you all have a fabulous week and #Light the World!
Sister Tomkinson πŸ’–β€‹

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This week was kind of a crazy week for me; full of change and newness. It was a little overwhelming at times, but now I’m pretty good, just working through my everyday challenges. This area is very different from Lynden. So, I started out at the very top of the mission. Now I’m at the very bottom! Lynden was a cute little Dutch town with lots of farm land. Harbor Pointe is FILLED with homes.😐 And there are so many people! Which is great, there are more people to hear the true gospel! Sister Bell, my companion is from the Blackfoot, Idaho area. She knows Kelsey Glenn! They saw each other at a school states contest thingy and they became facebook friends. Then they saw each other at the MTC. It’s so funny how small the world is!😱

For Thanksgiving we went to an older member’s home, the Durland’s. They had the Elders over, too, because our area is split with them and I guess they wanted both sets!😁 After feasting on turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes, and other Thanksgiving food, we ate pie and played Scategory with their divorced son and this other divorced lady. On certain holidays we aren’t allowed to proselyte after 6 pm. So when we got home I took like a 3 hour nap! I then had the energy to unpack the rest of my suitcases. 
This week has been an exciting time of meeting new people and knocking on lots of doors, as well as trying out my street contacting skills. We have like 5 investigators right now and two are on date to be baptized. Trevor, or 26 year old investigator with Asperger’s, will be baptized on the 10th of December, and Ed, our 66 year old investigator who needs to stop smoking, is working for December 31st. We have other people that we are so excited to teach! I know I’m going to learn so much from Sister Bell and I am very excited for those learning opportunities.
Today’s study was a study on gratitude and how I can have more gratitude. I was reading in 2 Nephi 11 and 12. I know that if you read the scriptures that you will delight in them and you will become so grateful for what the ancient prophets wrote for us. We can learn so much from the people in those times long ago.The scriptures also testify of Christ and tell they tell of all that He did for others. When we study the Savior’s life we are always filled with gratitude. He overcame death for us. He has redeemed us of sin through the Atonement and made repentance a possibility. Without Him we could never return to live with Heavenly Father and we would have to bear the pains of our mistakes. We can also develop more gratitude when we study the Plan of Salvation. I am so grateful to know that there is a plan for us to have everlasting happiness. Making mistakes is part of the plan and we knew in the pre-earth life that we would make mistakes and be able to be forgiven. 
I know that focusing on what we are grateful for makes us more happy because we can see what God has blessed us with. I hope you have a fantastic week to come!
I love you!
Sister Tomkinson

Hello everybody out there!
It has been a crazy fantastic week!
Monday we had a few change of plans and ended up going out to lunch with Sister McGirr and her son. The we did a little bit of shopping at Walmart, stopped at Coconut Kenny’s to get paper cups and headed to Birch Bay! I got to play on the beach again! There were so many more kinds of shells than there were at Deception pass. And I filled two cups with shells. I think I accidentally brought some barnacles home, however, and they were stinky! But I bleached them and now it’s okay. After hanging at the beach for a bit we headed to Ferndale to Mt. Baker Lanes where we had a surprise party for Sister Bird, who is now home with her family. Sister Packer and I didn’t bowl because we were late, but we watched, cheered, and occasionally laughed! Then we had cake and headed to our dinner appointment. 
The last couple of days we have helped this older lady named Gail. We’ve done service for her before. We weren’t looking for service when we went to see her. It was just going to be a visit. But when we got there she told us she had just been praying for someone to help her. So we stayed with her a couple hours, moving furniture and such. They she towed us along to the garage where she revealed the Christmas tree we would be dragging in to decorate! While we put the thing up she decided she would prepare us a dinner. It was about 8 pm. I was not expecting to be fed at all and it kind of threw me off just a bit, especially since curfew was fast approaching. During dinner we shared a scripture with her from the Book of Mormon. She was a little hesitant about us sharing from the Book of Mormon, she would have preferred the Bible, like most people in Lynden. We shared it anyway and had a wonderful discussion about Christ. We didn’t have enough lights for the tree, so we came back Saturday at around 2:30 pm to finish decorating. She wasn’t feeling the greatest so she decided to go upstairs for a nap. We didn’t cover the tree with as many decorations as we would have liked because we had a dinner appointment to get to.
We’ve also started weekly lessons with a family in our ward. Her husband left them for a younger woman and she want’s us to bring the Spirit into her home because she no longer has a priesthood holder in the home. They are a wonderful family and she is a super mom! I don’t know how she does it. Anyway, we spent our Friday evening with them and they prepared us an early Thanksgiving feast. People like to test their new recipes on us! We taught them the Restoration using brownie mix. It was soooo cute! They practically taught the lesson because they knew so much.
This week I’ve also been trying to take as many pictures of the families here in Lynden as possible because of the possible transfer. And that’s good too because I’M GETTING TRANSFERRED!πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯ I was hoping so hard that I would be able to stay here for the holidays, but God knows what’s best for me. I’m still pretty jittery, even with this knowledge. I have so much packing that I have to do! I’m super nervous, but excited for a new area. I feel like I was just getting to know everyone! And now I’m leaving. This mission thing is crazy! 
Have a great week everyone and good luck with anything you need good luck for!
Sister Tomkison

Good morning everyone! 
I hope you all have had a fantastic week! 
This week has been great, pretty tough, but great!😊 We’ve been working hard trying to find new investigators because we dropped all our other ones. We have knocked on many doors and contacted former investigators. I’ve been working on being more bold. It is really hard talking to complete strangers without feeling some apprehension. But we can find power in the message we share with the world to get us past our fear!πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ
For P-Day today I think we are just going to take it easy and relax. We are planning on hanging with Sister McGirr at her home. Transfers are coming up on the 22nd and I think I’ll be leaving this time. It’s going to be weird leaving my mission birth place! 
For personal study this morning my question was: How can I joyfully endure all things? I was in 2 Nephi chapter 1 and right off my question was answered with a question! In the midst of trials do we remember all the great things the Lord has done for us? We need to express our gratitude for everything we have in our life. That is how we can face our trials with joy. Plus there is also the “promised land” at the end of our trial, whatever that may be for each of us. There was also a wonderful verse that I came across: But behold, the Lord hath redeemed my soul from hell; I have beheld his glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love. As I work to better myself and follow Christ, my sometimes seem impossible. But then I feel comfort flood my troubled soul and I know somehow I will endure. That is what we are asked to do as members of the church. Enduring is the only option besides leaving the true church. The greatest gift of knowledge we can have in this life is that we will never endure our trials alone. Christ is with us every step of the way. So be joyful! We have been redeemed through the Atonement.
I hope you all have a wonderful week to come! 
Sister Tomkinson

November 14, 2016

For P-Day today I think we are just going to take it easy and relax. We are planning on hanging with Sister McGirr at her home. Transfers are coming up on the 22nd and I think I’ll be leaving this time. It’s going to be weird leaving my mission birth place! 
For personal study this morning my question was: How can I joyfully endure all things? I was in 2 Nephi chapter 1 and right off my question was answered with a question! In the midst of trials do we remember all the great things the Lord has done for us? We need to express our gratitude for everything we have in our life. That is how we can face our trials with joy. Plus there is also the “promised land” at the end of our trial, whatever that may be for each of us. There was also a wonderful verse that I came across: But behold, the Lord hath redeemed my soul from hell; I have beheld his glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love. As I work to better myself and follow Christ, my sometimes seem impossible. But then I feel comfort flood my troubled soul and I know somehow I will endure. That is what we are asked to do as members of the church. Enduring is the only option besides leaving the true church. The greatest gift of knowledge we can have in this life is that we will never endure our trials alone. Christ is with us every step of the way. So be joyful! We have been redeemed through the Atonement.
I’m very glad to have the gospel in my life. Because of it I know how to find true, everlasting happiness. I hope we are all searching for this happiness, or changing our lives in such a way that will allow this happiness into our lives.

Thank you for your prayers and love!
I love you so much!

November 7

Hello everyone! Did you all have a marvelous week? 
We had a fantastic week, though it was a little slower again. I think we might be able to talk to some people by doing service for them, especially raking all the leaves that are now on the ground. It gets harder to contact people as it gets darker. Day Light Savings didn’t help with that either! Sister Packer tells me that it is at this time of year that you get the best stories. Tuesday we had exchanges and I got to go to Bellingham/ Ferndale with Sister Bird. We had a really awesome lesson with a lady named Jennifer. Her daughter was recently baptized and she was interested in learning more after watching The Restoration. She has a crazy life! She even died once and saw her friend who had passed a while back. Our lesson stretched for about two hours because we could rarely get a word in. But she is very spiritual and knows that she felt something about Joseph Smith. I hope she will find the truth! We had another lesson with this guy and his family. His wife is a returning less active and he is preparing for baptism! The whole family glows. This spirit was very strong during the lesson.

I have started studying the scriptures and Preach My Gospel in a different way during personal studies. I like to begin with a question in mind and I write it down in my notebook. I then read in the Book of Mormon where I left off from the day before. One of my questions this past week was: How does one strengthen their testimony? I read in 1 Nephi 11 to 12. Nephi wanted to understand what his father Lehi had prophesied and think he probably also wanted to know why they had to leave Jerusalem. The difference between Nephi and Laman and Lemule was that Nephi was willing to ask God. To gain a testimony you first must have the desire to have a testimony. Crazy, right! You must also have faith that God will answer you. Everything in the church always comes back to faith. Faith is an action word because you have to act to have it and grow it. A testimony is when you express your faith and your knowledge you gain through faith. Another thing about testimonies is that they have to be sought after. God isn’t just going to BOOM give you a testimony. What good would that be? There would be know growth and growth is the purpose of life. Testimonies take time, study, prayer. As you study you come up with questions. And that is great! Christs church was restored because of a question. Questions can result in personal revelation if you ask God. When you ask and recieve an answer your testimony grows. But we have to be cautious of the “Great and Spacious Building”. In Lehi’s vision the building loomed over the righteous and represented worldliness. It is too common now that we are found within the walls of worldliness. We cannot allow the world to taint us and to take the Spirit’s guidance from us. The moment we lose the Spirit is the moment our testimony begins to wither and eventually die. A testimony is the most precious thing you can have. Guard it no matter what.
Stay strong in what you know to be true and build off of that! God is always with you!
Have a great week!
Sister Tomkinson
P.S. Christmas is coming

October 31, 2016

Hello everybody!
How have your days been? I hope you are having the best day so far! Especially since it’s Halloween!πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»
This week has been another mellow week, but that’s okay. That just means the area’s gearing up to explode! We have been everywhere preparing for Heidi’s upcoming baptism. I had no idea it was so much work to get dunked! We are very excited for her decision. I recently finished the Book of Mormon and I’ve now started over. Wednesday we had the Lynden Ward Fall Festival. It was really fun because Sister McGirr gave us bags and made us trunk or treat with the millions of little kids that make up half the ward. Before the trunk or treat we had a chili and corn bread cook off. Luckily Someone brought broccoli cheese soup! 😌 We sat with one of the less active ladies we visit. She is such a wonderful women and has recently come back to church! Sometimes work gets in the way, though.πŸ˜‘ Work is the worst! 

We did a lot more tracting this week than I’ve done so far in the mission. Let me tell you, it was scary! I’m not the best at instigating conversations so sometimes we just sat there awkwardly staring at the person, waiting for them to say something. Luckily everyone we talk to is supper nice! Something that I have noticed in the ward is that we have a lot of lonely single people. Some are younger, but most of them are elderly with kids that have moved away. They tell us that they with their kids would see them more. Sometimes they don’t have kids and they are just alone. One lady broke into tears as she talked about how alone she was. She reminisced how people used to invite people over to their homes for dinners and holidays. I now understand why President Monson visited the elderly windows. My heart goes out to these people who crave human interaction, but for varying circumstances can’t get it for themselves. I hope that as the holidays approach, we will seek out for the lonely and make them feel valued and loved.
Well, don’t go too crazy today! Stay safe and enjoy your Halloween!
Sister Tomkinson​