Sunburns and Tan Lines

Hello family and friends!

This week has been pretty awesome for the most part. The weather has been so nice! Could you tell by the subject of this email? Yep, I already have sunburns…and I’m getting some SWEET (sarcasm) tan lines. Just one of the perks of being a missionary I guess!

It has been really nice though to have good weather. We have done a lot of walking this week! There have been a lot of people outside doing yard work, so it gives us an opportunity to serve people. If anything it is even better because we can talk to people! We have been making it a goal to talk to everyone and hand out more pass along cards. This week we have been doing so much better at it! I am finally getting more confident with myself and I am not as scared to go up and talk to people like I used to be.

This week, we had an awesome lesson with our golden investigator (C). As a mission, we have been pushing on getting our investigators rooted in the Book of Mormon, and so we have come out with a lesson (that isn’t in preach my gospel) for us to use to help us accomplish that. I don’t know if other missions are using this lesson or not, but it is a good lesson that gives all of us a new perspective on the Book of Mormon. Since coming out on my mission, my testimony and love for the Book of Mormon has increased, but being able to study this lesson about the Book of Mormon and then teach it to our investigators has made my testimony increase even more. It really is a book that is for our benefit. It can help bring the spirit into our homes and it can answer questions that we may have.

Friday was probably one of the best days this week and one of the reasons is because we got two new investigators! Sister Standage and I have been praying for new investigators and our prayers were finally answered! They are an older couple, but we had a really good conversation with them and were able to talk a little bit about the gospel with them. They told us we could come back and teach them more, so we are going over to their house again tonight and hopefully we will be able to teach them about the restoration.

Yesterday was a wonderful Easter. We had stake conference this weekend, so we got to hear from our wonderful stake president, and we had Elder Snow, the church historian presiding at the meeting, so we got to hear from him as well. We also got to hear from President and Sister Porter and a couple from the Chicago temple presidency. It was a really good stake conference and we were able to feel the spirit. Our golden investigator (C) came to stake conference. He had a few questions about why we didn’t celebrate Good Friday. They were answered at stake conference. One of the speakers also quoted a scripture that we had told him to read the other day. It was funny because he asked us if we had talked to the speakers beforehand to make sure they answered his questions. Thank heavens for the Spirit to answer our questions! We explained to him that we hadn’t talked to the speakers and that it was by the spirit that his questions were answered. It was awesome!

I hope you all enjoyed Easter. What a wonderful time it was to reflect on our Savior Jesus Christ and all that he did for us. I am so grateful for him and his sacrifice, all because he loves us. 🙂 I hope you got a chance to watch the Easter video put out by the church called “Because of Him“. It was on the main page of YouTube yesterday and many members shared it on Facebook. It is a really good video, so if you didn’t get a chance to see it, watch it! If you saw it, watch it again! It’s just a really good video. 🙂

I love you all! I hope you had a great week this past week, as well as a great Easter, and I hope your week this week is a great one as well!

Love,

Sister Palmer

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Baptism

Hello folks! Ready for this… okay then here we go.

This week was pretty great. We had a zone meeting where we had some training and got to hear from the zone leaders and sister training leaders. It was pretty good and the spirit was strong! I love zone meetings where we can all learn together. We also had a special training on Wednesday with President and Sister Porter. The assistants gave us a little bit of training on things that we can do to improve in our areas. We also got to hear from Elder and Sister Dunn, who are the missionary doctors in our mission as well as like 14 other missions. Yeah, they cover a lot of missionaries, but they came and talked to us about stress and our health and things like that. It was pretty interesting.

M's Baptism

This weekend we had a baptism. Yep! Wahoo. (M), our investigator that we have only been teaching for about a month finally got baptized. She is so awesome! I have to tell you the crazy story that happened though. We got a call from the Elders, because they were at the church filling up the font for us. They couldn’t turn on the font! It wasn’t working! In very calm voices they told us to just pray and they would figure something out. So we did. They ended up hooking a hose up in the church, in the member custodial closet and putting it in the font to fill it up that way. So now the font is at least getting filled up. Phew! At least for a little bit. After a bit, the water started coming out freezing cold! Now what?? The Elders went into the kitchen and started boiling water and putting bowls in the microwave to heat the water up, and then they were dumping hot water into the font, while it filled up with the hose. (Aren’t our Elders awesome! they do so much for us…) Anyway, we finally figured out the problem and got the font to turn on, but (M) got baptized in really cold water. We were never able to get the temperature up. Talk about an adventure!! Satan didn’t want her to get baptized….but it finally happened and she was confirmed a member of the church and given the gift of the Holy Ghost yesterday at church. Wahoo! 🙂

I don’t know if I told you about the iPad April fool’s joke or not, but we didn’t end up getting IPads at the special training this week…bummer! OH well, who knows when we will get them.

The weather out here is fantastic…So far. I for sure can feel the humidity starting to come really bad. Ugh! My hair is a little crazy…We will see how a summer of humidity goes for me. Indiana really is beautiful though. The snow is all melted and the grass is so green! Sister Standage and I just want to lay in it sometimes. 🙂
Our awesome investigator (C) came to church yesterday! He said he really enjoyed it! He also got to meet more men in the ward, which was good for him so that he is more comfortable coming to church.

That’s about it for this week. I hope things are going well for y’all back at home. I sure do love staying updated on the wonderful things happening. I hope this week is a great one for ya! I love you all! 🙂

Love,
Sister Palmer

PS: Sister Standage and I decided to start off this awesome next transfer with making ugly faces…Yeah we have good times. 🙂

Neither of us were transferred.

Neither of us were transferred.

Conference

Family and Friends,

This week was a good week, but I don’t have much to update on. There weren’t any crazy stories of anything that really happened, but let me tell you a couple of things that I did like.

First of all, conference was this weekend. I hope ya’ll watched it, because it was stink’n awesome! Who doesn’t love conference? I remember being a little kid, and it wasn’t really my favorite thing to watch, but my love for it has definitely grown as I have gotten older.

So, favorite talks anyone?? I loved Elder Holland’s talk about standing up for what you believe. It’s not ever going to be easy, but we need to do it. He also talked about love. “Christ-like love is the greatest need on this planet.” You are correct Elder Holland. Can you imagine how much better the world would be if we focused a little more on love? Just something to think about…

Elder Anderson talked about how the church will grow and prosper, but Satan’s power will also grow and get stronger. The world will change, but Heavenly Fathers standards won’t.

There was also President Uchtdorf’s talk on gratitude. “We can choose to be grateful no matter what.” “Gratitude is a catalyst to all Christ-like attributes.”

Okay, so there are a couple of things that I liked. Obviously it isn’t all of them. There were many good talks and I received answers to questions that I had, which was probably the most important. I encourage everyone to re-read or listen to them again. It will be for our benefit.

Watch-General-Conference

We had a lesson with Casey this week! It went really good. He also came to conference on Sunday for the morning session (we watched it at the church). He seemed to really enjoy it. There were some members of the ward that went up to him after and got to know him. That’s good for him, because now he can feel a little bit more comfortable coming to church! 🙂

We have Mikaela’s baptism this weekend. Wahoo! That should be fun and exciting. I will tell you all about it next week. 🙂

Sorry that the email is shorter. I hope you all enjoyed it though! I love you all. Have a great week! 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

Transfers!

You see the subject of this email?? Yep, this week is transfers. Do you want to know what’s happening? Sister Standage and I are both staying!!! WAHOO!! Another transfer together and I already know that this one is going to be full of miracles. 🙂

So I have spent some time reading everyone’s emails and seeing what has been happening back at home. I am so happy to hear from all of you! There have been a lot of crazy things happening at home that I wish I could be there for, but there are great things happening here, so now it’s my turn to tell you what’s going on. 🙂

So last Monday I wrote about a lesson that we had with a new investigator at the church. His name is Casey and we had a lesson with him right before we came to email last week. Well anyways, we had another lesson with him on Thursday, back at the church. He had read through the restoration pamphlet that we had given him and we answered a couple of the questions that he had. We then gave him his own copy of the Book of Mormon (even though he already had downloaded the gospel library app on his phone) and we gave an overview of the Book of Mormon. We also taught him the Plan of Salvation. Everything seemed to make sense to him. If it didn’t, he would ask us questions about it. At the end of the lesson we extended the date of May 3rd for him to be baptized. He said he would work towards being baptized on that date! He is an awesome investigator that was prepared by the Lord to hear our message.

We also had a lesson with our little nine year old investigator Mikaela. She can’t even wait to be baptized! The date that we extended to her at our last lesson turns out to be stake conference, so we extended a different date. She is now preparing to be baptized in two weeks, on April 12th. She is so funny and she has such a love for the gospel. She is definitely setting a great example for her family!

This week we had exchanges with the sister training leaders in Huntington. That was pretty good! I love going on exchanges and learning from the leaders and having them work with me on things that I am struggling with. I have been struggling a little bit with some self-esteem issues and whether or not I am a good missionary, but things are starting to get better, and with neither one of us being transferred, I am really feeling a lot better and I am ready to work hard this next transfer and to build up my courage (and my self-esteem)! 🙂

Saturday we had a Social Media Day. We had different members in the ward come out with us all day long and take pictures of what we were doing, and then posted those pictures on Facebook. The purpose of this was so that people throughout the world can really see what missionaries do. It was weird getting our pictures taken, but it turned out to be a really successful day! We were able to get some of the members to meet a couple of our investigators! That was awesome because there was one member who came out with us that we have been trying to set up a time with her to come meet our investigator that lives kind of by her. Since she came out with us, we went over to that investigators house. They seemed to hit it off really well! The member invited our investigator to church, and to some relief society activities that are coming up. It was awesome!

Saturday was also the women’s broadcast. It was sad not being home with my mom and sisters (and the rest of my family) to watch it, but I enjoyed being with the Columbia City ward members. The spirit was really strong and there were a lot of great things said. I encourage those who didn’t watch it to go online and watch it, because it really was awesome!

Well, that’s about it for my week. Not too bad eh? Yeah it was a really good week. I can’t even tell you how excited I am for the next transfer and for the miracles that we are going to see. I am thankful for all the updates from all of you! I sure do miss you all and pray for you! I know that the Lord needs me here in Fort Wayne right now though. I love you all and hope you have a good week! 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

Sister Palmer & Elder Arritt

P.S. This picture is of me and Elder Arritt, who was one of the best zone leaders. I was able to make some connections with him and my family, because he is from Burley, Idaho which is where my mom and her family are from. He goes back home on Wednesday and all of the missionaries in the zone are going to miss him. (Kayla’s mom used to babysit Elder Arritts siblings when she was a teenager…before he was born.)