Cake Everywhere!

* PREFACE: This was a very good week for Kayla, and she is glad that everything happened, especially because transfers are coming up and she isn’t sure if she and Sister Standage will stay together. Between the temple and witnessing Taylor’s baptism, her spiritual tank was filled. And in case Taylor reads this, congratulations and thank you for being a friend to our daughter.

Hello family and friends!!

Okay let me tell you about the cake. Basically we say we get cake when we have really good days or when miracles happen and such. Well this week has been full of cake! Let me tell you about it…

Monday we had a mission fun day down in Marion Indiana. That involved the missionaries in the Fort Wayne and Muncie stakes as well as President and Sister Porter. It was fun. Not my favorite, but it was fun being with all the other missionaries.

Sister Standage is in awe with how fast Sister Palmer can run around her.

Sister Standage is in awe with how fast Sister Palmer can run around her.

Someone noticed the smelly shoe.

Someone noticed the smelly shoe.

Monday night we went and visited a lady that we had tried to visit on Sunday, but at the time she was busy and so we rescheduled for Monday night. We had a great lesson with her about the restoration. She asked us questions and we were able to answer them and help her know more about our church. She seems really interested! We have another appointment with her this week and we are going to see if we can get her and her family to come to church with us! It should be good. ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay then we had the temple on Wednesday. OH MY GOSH!! It was awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚ We were seriously gone all day long. The Columbus temple is so super tiny. Nothing like the temples out west. It is about as big as a normal church building that we meet in! All of a sudden it appeared on the road. I wasn’t expecting it! Hahaha. It was a really good experience for all of us though and we all enjoyed it very much! The car ride there and back was pretty fun too because we were with the Columbia City elders and one of the elders from Decatur. (They had to split up because their ride to the temple cancelled.) We had a good time laughing with each other and taking pictures. The members that took us to the temple also took us out to lunch before we headed home. That was sure nice of them! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sister Palmer and Sister Standage at the Columbus, Ohio LDS Temple.

Sister Palmer and Sister Standage at the Columbus, Ohio LDS Temple.

Saturday was probably the best day of all. Taylor got baptized!! She has been one of the greatest investigators. She has always wanted to learn more and she stayed so faithful and tried to overcome the temptations that Satan gave her. Her parents and her sister came to the baptism to support her. They definitely felt the spirit. They gave both sister Standage and I a hug and thanked us for all that we had done. I know that through Taylor’s good example they too will one day be investigating the church.

Sister Standage, Taylor, Sister Palmer

Sister Standage, Taylor, Sister Palmer

Sunday, Taylor was confirmed a member of the church and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. Words can’t even begin to describe how awesome this weekend was! There is a scripture in D&C 18 verse 15 and 16 that talks about how great your joy will be if you bring one soul unto Christ, and how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls to Him. I can definitely say that my joy this weekend was awesome! Taylorโ€™s example and her decision to get baptized was a push for me to keep going and to keep teaching more people and helping them come closer to Christ.

This morning we also had a miracle happen. We received a referral this week from a member in one of the other Fort Wayne wards. He had met a guy named Casey and they had a great conversation about the church. Casey said he was interested and wanted to know more, so the member found the missionaries in his area (which was us) and let us know about him. We called Casey and set up a time to meet with him. We met him at the Chapel this morning, gave him a church tour, and then taught him about the restoration in the chapel. The spirit was strong and he was soaking everything in! He is definitely ready. He even said the prayer at the end and it was perfect! We have another appointment with him on Thursday which we are looking forward too! ๐Ÿ™‚

There you have it! Some of the miracles and blessings that have happened this week. I am very happy right now that I can’t even tell you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am thankful for this gospel and for the chance that I have to be out here serving the Lord. I love you all and I hope you have a great week!

Love,

Sister Palmer

Awesome Week!

Hello once again my family and friends!

This week was awesome! Seriously it was so good. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t have as much time to email today, but let me tell you a little bit about what happened.

Tuesday was probably one of the best days. We had a couple of really good lessons in the afternoon, but the best part is while we were out personal contacting. We saw a lady out shoveling some ice off of her driveway, so we stopped to see if we could help. She saw us and said “You’re missionaries!” We were really happy that she knew who we were. Turns out that she has some really close LDS friends.ย She has been to the Sacred Grove before with her daughter. She has had the missionaries over before and read the Book of Mormon with them and everything. I don’t know exactly what happened, but we are planning on going back to teach her more. She might be more ready now than she was then.

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Wednesday we had Zone Conference with President and Sister Porter. It also snowed on that day. The worst snow that it has been the whole time! It normally takes only 20 minutes or so to get to the stake center, but this time it took us over and hour because the roads were so bad! Ugh! The weather is finally warming up now and the snow is melting pretty quickly. It was really pretty after it snowed though because the snow was heavy and wet so it stuck to everything. It made Fort Wayne look like a winter wonderland. ๐Ÿ™‚

We had a lesson with an investigator this week that went so well! Her husband is less active. She really likes going to church though and wants to raise the kids with some religion. She was struggling to know what to do to get her husband on board, since he doesn’t really have a faith in God anymore. BY the end of the lesson, the spirit was so strong and we said a prayer with her. We all felt prompted that she needed to actually talk to her husband herself and not have anyone else talk to him about it. She was so happy because she said that she had prayed that morning to know what to do about her husband, and there we were teaching her, praying with her, and helping her receive her answer. IT feels so good when you know that you have helped answer other peoplesโ€™ prayers. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday we went and visited a husband and wife named Matt and Ann. They arenโ€™t really investigators but they love us so much! They have told their kids about us and even the people that they work with. They gave us a referral to go and talk to their daughter, so we went later last night to contact her. She was very friendly with us, but was busy at the time and couldn’t talk, so we set up a return appointment. WE are going over tonight to teach her the Restoration. WE are hoping to teach her husband as well, and her 10 year old son. IT should be really good!

Well, that is the big updates for the week. I hope you enjoy the email. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love you all and hope you have a great week. ๐Ÿ™‚

Love,

Sister Palmer

Temple Trip Soon…EXCITING!

* PREFACE: This post is a combination of an email and hand-written letter because she talked about the same subjects and people.

Family and Friends,

You see the subject of this email? Thatโ€™s right. We get to go to the temple on the 19th!! Coming out on my mission I didn’t think that I would be able to go to the temple at all because there isn’t a temple in our mission boundaries, but about a month ago, President Porter told all the missionaries that they had been given permission for all the missionaries to go once every six months! We were all so excited. Then last week President Porter told us that our first trip to the temple would be within the next couple of weeks! Needless to say, the missionaries are super excited. ๐Ÿ™‚ I realize now that we need to be super grateful for the temples all around us that are only like 10 minutes away. We have to drive three hours to get to the Columbus temple….

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Sister Standage made a paper chain to count down the days until we go to the temple. Haha! She is super excited! (I am too, but I wasn’t going to make a paper chain…)

Anyway there is that great news. Want more? Okay good because this week was a pretty good week and I don’t think I have anything negative to talk about, so here we go…

I usually give a weather report, so here is the weather report for the week. This last week we did get some more snow, but there were a couple of days that it warmed up so much that Sister Standage and I didn’t even wear our coats when we went outside. Yep! It was so nice. ๐Ÿ™‚ Today the weather is pretty great, but we are supposed to have a big drop in temps again later this week, with some more snowfall. Whatever….itโ€™s got to eventually warm up someday right??

This week we had a lesson with Taylor. We talked about obedience and how Heavenly Father gives us commandments not as rules to follow, but as something to keep us safe and to help us continually progress to living with him again someday. I recommend that you read Mosiah 2:41. Itโ€™s a pretty great scripture that talks about the commandments and how we are happy when we obey them.

We also had a couple of really good lessons with some of the members in the ward. We are teaching a family in the ward right now that is going through a hard time and they asked us if we could come over and teach them the missionary lessons, to help them learn more but mostly to help bring the spirit. Every lesson we have had with them has been so good! I love going over to their house and spending time with them.

Sister Standage and I felt prompted to go visit another family in the ward. They haven’t been coming to church as much, and when they do, they usually only stay for Sacrament meeting. We went over to their house and visited with them. We were able to talk to their daughter-in-law, Summer. She was telling us about a missionary opportunity that she has been having at work. She then asked us questions about what more she can do/what she should say next.

Sister Standage and I answered her questions and then we started talking about our temple trip that is coming up. That led us to talk about temples. Summer and her husband are originally from Utah, and they were married in the Manti Temple. (Woot woot!) We started talking about the Manti Temple and the Manti Pageant. I can’t wait until I get home because I want to go see the Manti Pageant again.

We got a new investigator this week! One of the members in the ward is pretty close friends with her next door neighbor and has told her a little bit about the church. Sister Standage has been trying to meet this neighbor Emily for a long time, but she has always been super busy with work and stuff that we have never actually been able to meet Emily; just her husband and kids. This week we were actually able to see her, we talked to her a little bit about the church, and then we set up a return appointment with her to go start teaching her! We are planning on teaching her husband and kids too, but we were super excited to finally meet Emily.

That is pretty much the big updates for the week. It was a great week! I am looking forward to this next week. I love you all and hope you all have a great week as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Love,

Sister Palmer

Open Your Mouths…

*PREFACE: In the subject line of this weeks email, Kayla wrote “Snow AGAIN??”. I find it funny in the course of her emails she went from being the person that asked what everyone was making such a big deal of regarding the snow storms in the middle of January to being the one that is tired of it…all within six weeks. Hang in there Kayla, spring is on the way.

On another note, I decided to change the title of this weeks post from what she titled her email to what you see now because of something she talks about in the email. When I read the email for the first time, I thought of many scriptural references about opening our mouths and sharing the gospel. In Doctrine and Covenants 33:8-10 it is mentioned three times to “open your mouths and they shall be filled”. Kayla has obviously recognized this happening, which is great since she is a full-time representative of the Lord, called to share the gospel. I am grateful she is experiencing these miracles of love and that her testimony is growing.

Hello my dearest Family and Friends,

I would like to start off by letting you know that this week has been so much better! I realize that my letter last week was a little negative, due to the bad week that we had. This week, both Sister Standage and I were feeling a lot better and we had a better attitude about things. We did not reach our goals this week, some we didn’t even come close to reaching. The fact of the matter is that we had a better attitude and so things went a lot better. Here is a bit of what happened…

First off, we got more snow. Seriously?! Okay, we are so tired of it now. The only positive thing about the snow at this point is that it gives us service opportunities and a chance to talk to more people. Fort Wayne has now broken the record of snowfall ever! (Okay, I’m not completely positive, but I’m pretty sure it is true). They almost cancelled church yesterday, but our prayers were answered and they still had church. They were going to only have sacrament meeting if there weren’t very many people that showed up, but once again our prayers were answered and there ended up being quite a few people come, so we ended up having all of church. YAY!

This week we had district meeting. It was our first district meeting with our new district. Basically what they did was they took the two districts that we already had and made a third one out of it. Weird I know, but it isn’t that bad. Our district leader is Elder Jolley, who is one of the Columbia City elders. He was so nervous for our district meeting! Hahaha it was only his first time, so I can understand. It ended up being really good though. ๐Ÿ™‚

After district meeting, we had exchanges. Sisters Standage and Ison came back down here to our area and I stayed up in Huntington with Sister Parker. We went to lunch first with a lot of the missionaries in our zone. One of the members in the Huntington Ward paid for all of us to go to lunch. That was fun to socialize with some of the other missionaries! We then left and went to work.

Sister Parker and I went and visited on of their investigators, Wayne. Wayne has been an investigator for like nine months and even had a baptism date. As it got closer to his baptism date though, he got cold feet. We talked to Wayne to see if he had any concerns with the church or anything like that. He doesn’t. Throughout the course of our lesson, the spirit was very strong. I had a very strong impression that I needed to be bold with him and tell him as it is. I pointed out to him things to help him realize how much he knows the church to be true. I told him that the next step for him would be baptism and that he knew thatโ€™s what he needed. I then had a strong impression for March 22nd. So, I invited him to be baptized on March 22nd and he said yes! It was my first baptism extension to someone and it was a good experience for me.

We then went and visited another investigator of theirs. He is only like 18 years old and his friend was over at his house. They asked us a lot of questions throughout the time that we were there, and I was able to answer almost all of them! It made me happy to know that as I opened my mouth, Heavenly Father filled it with words. It was a good day of exchanges. ๐Ÿ™‚

We also had a Sistersโ€™ Conference on Friday. You have probably seen pictures, because Sister Porter takes lots of pictures and puts them on Facebook. ๐Ÿ™‚ We have almost 100 sisters in our mission! Thatโ€™s almost half of our mission! Itโ€™s amazing how much missionary work has grown.

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The Sistersโ€™ Conference was in Cincinnati which is 3 1/2 hours away from Fort Wayne. We had to wake up a 4:00 in the morning and be out of here at 5:00. BLEH! It was lots of fun though. We had some members of the ward take us. They are a younger couple with only one child. We had so much fun with them! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sister Eden is from Provo and she played basketball for Provo High, so we were able to talk about a lot of things. ๐Ÿ™‚

The best part about the Sistersโ€™ Conference was that I got to see SISTER DAVIS!! It feels like forever since I have seen her. We saw each other and ran up to each other and gave each other a great big hug. She was the best MTC buddy ever, even though she wasn’t my companion. I did get to see Sister Jackson as well, so it was good.

Anyway, there are some highlights from my week. We did see a couple of our investigators this week which was good. I am thankful for all of you and all that you do to help support me on my mission. I love you all and I hope you have a great week!

Love,

Sister Palmer

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P.S. The first picture is of Sister Seamons and I. We take a picture with each other every time we see each other. The second is a picture of Sister Davis and I, as well as Sister Fausett and Sister Jackson. We were the MTC buds. ๐Ÿ™‚