Post-Christmas P-day Letter #2

* PREFACE: When Kayla emailed home on her p-day the day after Christmas, she told us that she had a hand-written letter that she was sending home. It arrived on the 28th. She actually wrote this letter while she was doing laundry, which happened before she had a chance to get on the computer and send an email. And though some of the information is repetitive from the email on the 26th, I have included this as well for some additional insights to her life.

My dearest family,

Hello from the MTC! 🙂 Things are going so good here. Right now I am sitting in the laundry room waiting for my clothes to dry. That’s been a new experience. It’s weird doing my laundry away from home. I kind of feel like I don’t know what I am doing…oh well, I guess! Hopefully none of my clothes get ruined.

Well let see…I still have time to email, so you will receive an email from me, but I know that I won’t be able to tell you everything, so I decided to write you while I have some spare time. 🙂

Let me tell you a little bit about the MTC…there almost isn’t much to tell because we are seriously in class ALL DAY LONG!! It’s not bad though.  The first couple of days we had so much stuff going on, I didn’t feel like I had time to relax…(does that make sense?) Everyone at the MTC says it’s like “drinking through a fire hose.” It almost felt like they were shoving so much stuff down our throats and weren’t giving us any time to breathe.

After a couple of days, things got so much better! I finally was starting to get the hang of things. Once we started having more class time, we were able to relax a little bit. Don’t get me wrong, we still study and stuff, but we stay in one classroom. It is really nice to just hang out with the district and participate in our lessons.

Okay, so let me answer a few of your questions. Morgan, you asked me in your letter to me if we get to go outside. The answer is not much. We get to go outside when we go into different buildings, but we are seriously in the classroom all day. There has been one day so far where we did get to take a walk to the temple. That was really nice to leave the MTC gates…not feel so trapped (just kidding, we don’t feel trapped). The sisters in my district and I also had a service project, and our paper said it was at the church down by the football stadium (where we always park for the games) so we left again for that, but then it ended up not being there and we had to go back. So yes, we do get to go outside, just not very much.

I think that was actually the only question that I got asked, so…I will write to you again and tell you more things about my experience here when I find the time to email today. You’ll probably get my email before you get this but whatever.

I love you all so much! Things are going so good here, so don’t worry too much about me. I really am having such a good time! 🙂 Talk to you later!

– Sister Kayla Palmer

P.S. Tell people to email and/or write me! I love the emails/letters and would love to hear from people!

P.P.S Tell the ward “Thank You” for all the support! I got Christmas stuff from the Shepherds and Sister Lindsay.

* So there you have it. A little different from the email. And still a request for emails and letters. If you have been a missionary, or served in the military, or been away from family and friends for a long time with limited communications, you can understand why she would love to get some letters. If you don’t have her address (email of physical) contact me (please tell me how you know Kayla too).

Post-Christmas P-Day (finally a longer letter)

Hello everyone!

Things are going so good here at the MTC! Now that it is my P-day and I have more time to email, let me tell you a little bit about what has been going on.
First, the District. We have 4 sisters and 5 elders in our district. It is so awesome! We get along so well! There have been a few times in our classes when we have a hard time staying on topic (not often, but it has happened) and we tell stories and just laugh. They seriously make me laugh so hard! I love it.
My companion is pretty awesome! We get along really well and she does a really good job at looking out for me and making sure that I am doing okay (which I am!). The other two sisters in our district are amazing! We have all become so close to each other! We do pretty much everything together. There is hardly a time when it is just me and my companion by ourselves. The other two sisters are always with us.
Yesterday for Christmas we had a wonderful devotional! You are probably all wondering who came and spoke to us right?! We had Elder David A. Bednar come and speak to us! It was such a good devotional. He started out by saying that he was going to do something that had never been done in the history of the MTC. We all wondered what he was going to do. Turns out that he had 200 cell phones that they passed around to the audience. (We had to promise that we wouldn’t use them to call home.) He then gave us a number that we could text his iPad and we were allowed to ask a question. It had to be an inspired question. Then as he received questions on his ipad, he would answer them. The devotional was being broadcast to other MTC’s throughout the world, and they got to do the same thing. So as Elder Bednar was receiving questions from us, he was also receiving questions from the London MTC and other MTC’s throughout the world! Of course he didn’t have time to answer everyone’s questions, but he did answer quite a few and he gave a lot of really good insights.
Here at the MTC I have seen so many people I know! Its kind of funny, because everyone in my district thinks I am some super popular person. I keep reminding them though that I only live 10 minutes away from the MTC and so a lot of people I know from high school and junior high and such. Some people that I have seen so far…Elder Gunderson, Elder Steele, Sister Snow, Elder Driggs, Sister Anderson, and many many more. You probably don’t know half of the people that I am talking about. Just know that I know them all from school at some point in my life. Sister Anderson is so funny! To think that I only met her like two months before I actually came into the MTC is so weird. We get along so well! Every time we see each other, we run up to each other and give each other a great big hug. We are planning on getting pictures taken together, so that we can send them to our parents. Hopefully her mom see’s this email. Dad, make sure her mom see’s this. I know it will make her happy. 🙂
Speaking of pictures…..I have currently not taken any on my camera, but one of the sisters, Sister Davis has taken tons of pictures on her camera. I will find a time to upload some of them, so that you can see the fun that I am having here. Sister Davis and I get along so well! She is seriously so funny and we are always laughing when we are together. Its kind of funny because she has more pictures of the two of us than she has of her and her companion and my companion and I. Hahaha oh well…..
I don’t really feel like there is much to update you on at the moment. We seriously are in a classroom like almost all day. We have personal study, companionship study, and we also have teachers that come and teach us. I love our teachers. They are so funny and we always laugh when we are around them.
Oh yeah I guess I have one more thing to say…We have started teaching investigators. They are just people who volunteer at the MTC. Some are active members of the church that just are playing a role, but some really are investigators. We don’t know who is who, so we just pretend that they are all investigators. It is so much fun getting to know them all! I love teaching them too. Sometimes it is hard and I don’t always know what to say, but I just have to trust that the spirit will help me to know what to say and they will be touched by the spirit. That’s one thing that I have learned the most being here at the MTC. It doesn’t matter how much we studied preach my gospel before we came here. We don’t teach lessons! We have to teach by the spirit, because only our Heavenly Father knows what the investigator needs at that time in their life.
I am so thankful for the wonderful spirit that is felt here at the MTC. I am seriously learning so much and understanding gospel principles so much better! It has been such a great experience. I am having such a good time here too, so that makes things so much better! (Although we all can’t wait until we are out in OHIO!!)
Anyways, I just want you all to know that I love you! I miss you all. I think about you guys when I can. You are all such a good support system and it helps me to be able to continue doing what I am doing, because I know that there are lots of people that love me back at home. I am so thankful for this gospel and that I get to share it with people along with my testimony. I will write you again as soon as I can!
-Sister Kayla Palmer
P.S. I need more people to write me and email me! I don’t want to sound desperate or anything, but there is nothing better than getting on your email and having emails from people, or even receiving letters in the mail. Its things like those that make me happy and move forward with this work. 🙂 Thanks!

Merry Christmas from the MTC

Surprise! Merry Christmas to my friends and family!
You probably didn’t think you would hear from me at all today didn’t you? Well we didn’t know you would be hearing from us today either, so it is a surprise for everyone. 🙂 I am seriously so giddy right now that I get to be emailing you! All of the Elders and Sisters are. We woke up this morning and got ready as fast as we could so that we could hurry and get to our emails as fast as we could!
I hope you all are having a great day so far (even though it is still so early. bleh…) I know that I am having a wonderful time here at the MTC! The Christmas spirit is so much stronger here I feel like. Even though we have all received letters and packages to open up today, we don’t get to be at our houses to see the Christmas tree overloaded with presents. The spirit of Christ is so strong here. It is such an awesome feeling to feel the Christmas spirit in a different way than I ever would have been able to feel it at home. I am so grateful for our savior Jesus Christ! Let us not forget him today, as he is the reason we are even celebrating.
In Relief Society on Sunday, our speaker talked about coming to Christ. “Stand at the manger” is what she told us to do. Stand at the manger and study the scriptures. Study the Bible and Book of Mormon stories of Christ, and of his birth. Stand at the manger and give gifts of love and service; words and letters. Stand at the manger and sing! Sing lots of Christmas songs today! I miss being able to put on a CD of Christmas music and listen to it while I am sitting around or studying. Listen to lots of Christmas music for me today okay?! Stand at the manger and work together to make miracles happen!
That was just a little bit of what I wanted to share with you today. Remember Christ as you are opening your presents. He is the reason that we even celebrate Christmas! I am so thankful for my Redeemer! As I have been here at the MTC, his spirit has been felt very strong. I have gained a greater understanding of the Atonement, and all that he did for us.
I LOVE YOU ALL!!!! I miss you all so much! I know though that what I am doing right now is what I am supposed to be doing, and I am loving every minute of it!
Tomorrow is my P-day, so I will get to email you again tomorrow, and I will have a lot more time to do it, so I will update you more on the MTC and the experiences that I have had here! I hope you all have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
-Sister Kayla Palmer
P.S. Last night we had a devotional, and we got to hear from Elder Evans of the seventy. Today we are supposedly having an apostle. None of us know which one and the suspense is killing me! I will let you know tomorrow who it was that came and spoke to us today. 🙂

Surprise Email…

* PREFACE: We weren’t expecting this one. Since she explains why she wrote so soon again, I’ll just let you read it.

Hello my wonderful family!

Our Branch President, President W. said that we could hurry and get on here to send a quick email because there are some elders who said that their parents think they will be able to call home on Christmas, so he told them that they could hurry and get on to send an email to their parents to let them know that there are too many missionaries at the MTC and not enough phones to be able to make calls home. I knew you guys already knew that, but I figured I would take advantage of the opportunity to get on and write you!
Things are going really well here at the MTC. I am very homesick, but the spirit here is so strong and I am constantly reminded of why I am out here serving a mission. I know that with time, I wont be quite as homesick. They say that we just need to make it to Sunday, so I am counting down the days until Sunday! Hopefully it does get better.
I saw Sister F. at the MTC yesterday and I gave her a letter talking about my first day that she was supposed to bring to the house. Hopefully it got there! I really am doing good, with the exception of being homesick and a little physically sick. (I had my flu shot yesterday though, so I think that is what it is from.) Oh well….no need to worry about me. Things really are going great and I cant wait to be out in Ohio! (pray that it comes quick!) Love you all! I will email you again on my P-day and send a longer letter. 🙂
-Sister Palmer

Entering the MTC

MTC Dropoff

* PREFACE: On December 18th, Kayla entered the Missionary Training Center (MTC).  At the end of her first day, she took the time to write a short letter, which she sent home with a neighbor that works at the MTC.

My dearest wonderful family,

Good news! I made it through the first day at the MTC. Holy Crap. Let me tell you all about it…

I left you guys and we seriously got right to work. Well, almost. First we had to go get a few things. We of course got our name tags. Sister Palmer is now pinned to my shirt. It feels pretty good. We then had to get a few supplies that the MTC provides. (Pretty much that was just the missionary handbook and planner and then a few pamphlets.) We then dropped off my luggage in my in my dorm and headed straight for my classroom.

In the classroom I met my companion and everyone in our district.  There are five Elders and four Sisters in our district. My companion is Sister Jackson. So far she is really nice and I think we will get along.

We had MTC orientation which was pretty good. We had a little bit of a devotional, pretty much. Afterwards, we went to dinner. The MTC food isn’t bad, but I’m not a very picky eater, so yeah…

After dinner we were able to go back to our dorms for a little bit. Then we went right in to teaching. Like seriously, we had an investigator and everything! Thankfully we were all in a large group, so its not like it was one on one stuff. The MTC though doesn’t give you any time to breathe. You just dive right in!

Afterwards we were supposed to meet our Zone Leaders and get a tour of the MTC, but we don’t have Zone Leaders, so instead we got to meet our branch and our branch presidency. (This wasn’t supposed to happen until tomorrow.) Our branch president is so tiny! He seriously isn’t even 5 feet tall I don’t think. Such a cute old man! After talking about some things, and getting to know each other better, we took a tour of the MTC.

Finally we were able to go back to our dorms. We changed into our pj’s and unpacked our stuff. I seriously am so exhausted! We will see what tomorrow brings.

I love you all so much! This may be hard at first, but so far I am loving it. I am so excited to be serving the Lord. I can’t wait to leave the MTC and be out in Ohio!

“…thou art called to go to the Ohio…”

Throughout the ages, God has spoken with prophets and given counsel and/or commandments to His followers.  In January of 1831, once again he spoke to a prophet, Joseph Smith, with a commandment for a missionary to go teach the gospel in Ohio. That missionary was James Covel.

In August of that same year, Joseph Smith himself was told to go preach with Sidney Rigdon and Oliver Cowdrey in Ohio…specifically in Cincinnati. It was at that time that the Ohio Cincinnati mission was opened to the preaching of the restored gospel.

On August 27, 2013, through another prophet (Thomas S. Monson), Kayla Palmer was called to be a missionary in the Ohio Cincinnati mission.  She was to enter the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah on December 18, 2013.  She will teach the gospel in English. She will “invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.”

This blog has been created to allow you to follow Kayla’s adventures in what could be one of the greatest opportunities to serve other and receive blessings from God.  Read the letters, look at the pictures, leave a comment, and share the fun.  You can participate as much as you want.