Monthly Archives: January 2017

January 9, 2017

Hello everyone!
This past week we did a lot of walking and knocking doors, did some preparing for Valentines day at South Point, crocheted like crazy, and many more things!
One of the things I love most about walking from home to home up and down the streets is that that is what the Savior did. He walked with his disciples everywhere and talked to everyone. I still have some work to do as far as talking to everyone! I love envisioning the Savior walking with me with his followers. It fills me with love and gratitude for everything, even the difficult. Though most people don’t want to talk to us, I know we are planting seeds, especially when we share doctrine for them to ponder, and they will thank us when we pass into the next life. In my morning study today I studied about how we rely on God. We see throughout the Book of Mormon perfect examples of what can happen when you put your faith in Him. We also see what happens when we rely on our own strength. When we are disobedient and do what we want, the Spirit leaves us, and we are left to ourselves. We can’t be left to ourselves and be happy. We need the Spirit. We need our Father in Heaven. He is where our strength comes from. Every choice we make either brings us closer the our Father, or distances us. There are no gray areas, no middle grounds, no fences. Every choice we make changes us.
Mosiah 7: 33

But if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage.
I love how it says “according to his own will and pleasure” because it helps me remember that sometimes we won’t be delivered out of our trials immediately. Sometimes God wants us to learn something first. 
I hope everyone has a fantastic week! Stay warm, or if your are in Arizona, stay cool!
Sister Tomkinson

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January 3, 2017

Hello Everybody! Happy New Year!
Well, since Thursday I have eaten deep fried gizzards, taught the plan of salvation, celebrated the new year five hours early, tracted in the freezing cold, and played games all P-Day.
So, Yah. The gizzard was chewy and I couldn’t stop thinking about how I was pretty much putting stomach in my stomach. Deep fried stomach. Gizzard is now the weirdest thing I have eaten on my mission so far. Sister Bell kept saying that it tasted like chicken.
We taught Trevor the plan of salvation as one of his recent convert lessons. It was pretty fun. We drew it on a chalkboard, which was half the fun. We are such artists! We had Trevor tell us what he remembered about the plan, and them we and the members we had come to the lesson would fill in anything that was left out, or we would just discuss each stage. Trevor has been doing pretty well. He should be getting the priesthood Sunday.
New Year’s Eve was a weird day. It was just like any other day until five o’ clock, when we had to go home and stay inside for the wrest of the night. With the extra free time we were given we finished up with our weekly planning and partied! We played a game that we had borrowed from the Davis family. We also dug into the new year package that my grandma Floyd sent. Thanks Grandma! We broke out the glow sticks, ate the giant scotcheroo, and drank apple pomegranate martinelli’s. And to wrap everything up, we went to bed early!!! 
It has been snowing here a lot more than anybody said it would. I think instead of bikes we would have cross country skis! We also have one o’clock church now! Which is actually kinda weird because we have lunch before church, and we have to proselyte before church. It was hard talking to anybody the morning of new years. Everyone was asleep!
We had a pretty good P-Day, too. We had lots of time to shop and get all our necessities because the library was closed making is impossible to E-mail! After shopping and stuff we had lunch at a Mexican restaurant called Azteca. It was yummy! Then we played games at the Davis’s. Lots of games. Sooooooo many games! 
I hope everybody has a fantastic week, and fantastic year, and fantastic missionary experiences!
Sister Tomkinson

December 29, 2016

Hello everybody everywhere!
I hope all your Christmas’s were magical! Hopefully you also got to participate in #LightTheWorld. It was pretty cool to hear about people’s experiences with it.😀
Christmas day was kind of different. It was a non-proselyting day, but the Sabbath, so we had to keep our activities within that standard. We ate lunch at the Huffaker home. Sister Huffaker is a single mom with two energetic boys. This other lady was there, too. She was the same lady that was at the Durland’s for Thanksgiving! We just keep bumping into her for the holidays. Anyway, they were a lot of fun to talk to. They both go to the single adult activities and they shared some of their funny experiences from those. After lunch we visited Roberta and her son Tyler. She had Christmas jammies waiting for us. And rice pudding! It was pretty great. We also sang a few Christmas songs together and we each said a Christmas prayer in which we thanked God for all of our blessings, for the time we got to spend together, and for the welfare of the bees. Roberta really wants to save the bees!🌻🐝 Then of course we skyped the fam. 🙆 It was really nice to see my family. I can’t explain all why, maybe it was comforting to see that something in my life, even if far away, is still the same. I really, really love my family. After skyping, we played games and ate some dinner at the Davis’s. The Davis’s are some of the coolest people I have ever met! They have an entire room dedicated to games. Board games, card games, and anything in between, many of which I have never heard of. Then we went home and I opened my Christmas gifts. And that was pretty much our Christmas day besides our 1 hour of church.
Today, Thursday, was our P-Day because we went to the temple!!!👼 It was my first time in the Seattle temple and it was wonderful. Some of the architecture represents arms open and reaching for heaven. I love the symbolism in temples! Sister Bell brought some of her own names with her so we got to go through with them.
Well, that’s pretty much been my week so far.😊 I hope you all have a great rest of your week and a happy new year!
Sister Tomkinson

December 19, 2016

Hello everyone! I hope y’all are staying warm!
This week was awesome and busy and cold!
First we went to South Whidby Island for P-Day. We rode the ferry across the sea! It was really cool and obviously my first time.😄 On the island we were picked up by a member, Scooter Thornton. 
She’s in the ward that Sister Bell served in. We drove around to see the town and guess what? There are bunnies everywhere! It is the cutest little town ever! We ate lunch at one of the diners. I had eggnog dipped french toast. Then we visited some people that Sister Bell wanted to see and did a tiny bit of shopping.
We also had Family Home Evening at the D’ Andrea’s. We helped put a felt tree for their 1 year old to decorate and play with. Roberta Champion, a recent convert, also helped with the tree. Later that week we helped Roberta with a project she was preparing for Activity Days. We got a little artsy crazy with the craft!
We got to go Christmas caroling with the Youth on Wednesday. It was pretty great! We got to see some less actives that way. After caroling out in the cold, the leaders had some cookies, hot chocolate, and other goodies prepared for us when we returned.
South Point is a place we volunteer at. It is a retirement home type place. We sometimes go there for Bingo or we help put together decorations to make the place home-like. This time we helped put together Christmas bulbs filled with candy for the Christmas Party there.
We got snow! Again! Washington isn’t supposed to get snow! At least is helps with our miles. 😋 Haha! And we have lots of awesome members who are willing to drive us places when we really need it.
This past Sunday, I guess yesterday, we had the ward Christmas concert. This ward even has an orchestra! It was great celebrating the Saviors birth with such beautiful music.
Our investigator Jo is doing really well. She feels good about what we have taught her so far and she is doing so much to study the Book of Mormon. She is and amazing woman, and I can’t wait till she experiences all the good God has in store for her!
Have a great week and Merry Christmas!
Sister Tomkinson