Memorial Day Madness

Hello Family and Friends!!

First off, I want to say thank you to those who have sent me emails and letters of encouragement. This week has been a better week, so let me tell you about it…

Well first off, yesterday was Memorial Day! I hope it was a great day for all of you. It was a pretty good day for us. Since it was Memorial Day, our preparation day got moved to today (obviously that is why you are just getting an email). Since it wasn’t prep day, we went out and worked!

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We started out going to Roanoke for a Huntington ward picnic. The purpose in us going to that (activity) was so that we could get to know members in the Huntington ward better, since we cover a part of their ward, but never actually attend church at their ward. It ended up being good, and we had a really good time. 🙂

We did some personal contacting in the afternoon, but didn’t really have success with that. So we finished off the night by going to a barbeque at a members house. They had invited other members of the ward over and some of their non-member friends.

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It was good to go and build our relationships with the members and to set good examples for their friends. Unfortunately none of them are interested in learning more about the gospel, but that’s okay. One day they will be!

Because it is the end of the month, we are a little low on miles. Ugh! Because of that, we have been riding bikes…..I know laugh all you want! We have gotten some really weird looks, and there have been people that have laughed at us, but I don’t care anymore. It actually isn’t as bad as you would think. The first day that we did it I was so mad! I did not want to ride the bikes at all. I just had a selfish attitude about it.

Kayla enjoying the bikes...not

Since then it has gotten better and I don’t hate it as much anymore. Sister Yoakum loves it! She is like a little kid on Christmas day when we ride the bikes (at least that’s what I tell her) haha.

There actually wasn’t a whole lot of awesome stuff that happened this week. We did contact a referral that we had received from a member, which ended up being really awesome! She was super friendly and let us right in. She asked us some questions about our church and we taught her the Restoration. We weren’t able to set a return appointment, but we exchanged numbers and actually the members that referred her and her husband to us have invited us over for dinner one of these next couple of days and their friends are going to be there too, so hopefully that goes good. 🙂

Well, that’s about it for the week. I am doing better…not perfect quite yet, but I am doing so much better than last week. The thing that I am working on right now is not worrying about numbers/comparing myself to other missionaries. I get so caught up in wanting people to be proud of me and the things that I have done, but that isn’t always shown in the numbers. I just need to go out, work hard, and trust in the Lord. It isn’t always easy, but he always provides a way. 🙂 I know that to be true, because I have experienced it the past couple of weeks, and weeks previous.

I love you all! Have a stink’n awesome week! Congrats to my brother Hunter who will be graduating high school this week! (What the…??) School is almost out and the summer adventures are starting to begin, so I hope you all enjoy! 🙂
Love,
Sister Palmer

P.S. I got the Mustaches in a package from my family this week…so awesome! I had a lot of fun with them. 🙂

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God’s Grace

PREFACE: This is one of those letters that as a parent you wish you could be there to hug and cheer up your missionary. Companion changes are really hard, especially when you got along so well with the previous companion. Even more when the new companion does things differently. That is the beauty of a mission; new experiences with each changing day.

Dear Family and Friends,

Let me start off by saying that this week was probably the hardest week for me since I have been out on my mission, but I also did see a lot of God’s grace in the work, so let me tell you about it.

First off, I did get a new companion. Her name is Sister Yoakum. She is pretty cool. She has been out for 6 months, so I am not training (thank heavens!)

Sister Yoakum, Me, Sister Hatch, Sister Ryan

Sister Yoakum, Me, Sister Hatch, Sister Ryan

I don’t have as much fun with her as I did with sister Standage, but she has a lot of faith and is such a hard worker. She has a big vision for the Columbia City ward and has a lot of awesome things planned for this transfer. I know that this transfer with her is going to be awesome!

I have definitely been out of my comfort zone this week. It has been really hard. I am going to have the Elders give me a blessing later this afternoon, so hopefully that will help. Sister Yoakum does things differently than sister Standage (obviously, because we are all different), so it has been a real struggle for me to get used to. I was with sister Standage for 4 1/2 months and she became one of my best friends, so what can you expect?

Last night of fun with Sister Standage.

Last night of joy riding with Sister Standage.

Hopefully things will get better this next week.

So for the first few days with Sister Yoakum, it rained, it was cold, and it was just super gloomy. We were only having like 2-3 lessons a day, and not until in the evening. I didn’t understand why. I didn’t think that we were doing things any different from how Sister Standage and I did things. I have learned that I just need to work hard, trust in the lord, and He will make up for the difference. Sometimes it is hard though. I have noticed God’s grace in our work this week though. We did hit all of our goals, and we had some awesome miracles! 🙂

Our amazing investigator (C) did get baptized!

C getting baptized

Me, C, someone else, Sister Yoakum

He did give me a bit of a heart attack though. He was so super busy this past week with work and he cancelled his baptism interview on Thursday, because he wasn’t going to be able to make it. We rescheduled for Friday morning. I began fasting and praying as hard as I could that things would work out and that he would still be able to get baptized on Saturday. We had his interview Friday morning and it went great! So already God’s grace is shown because my prayers are being answered.

On Sunday, there was a couple at church that aren’t members, but they decided to come try out a different church. (Who does that these days??) The wife, has family that is LDS, so they decided to come to the church and try it out. This past weekend, the zone had a fast that we would be able to get investigators to church. Well again, Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers! This family is in our area and we are going to start teaching them. We have also been praying to find a family to start teaching and to baptize in June, and I think this might be our family. So we got two new investigators, and they were at church! How awesome is that?! God’s grace I’m telling you.

We did see a lot of success this week, and I am trying to be positive and focus on all of the miracles. Eventually I will adjust to a new companion, and we are going to be able to accomplish a lot this transfer. I’m hoping that a priesthood blessing will also help me. Thank you all for the emails. I sure do enjoy them (you know that) and they have really lifted my spirits. I love you all! Have a great week. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

Cinco de Mayo Mothers Day

PREFACE: I am a slacking parent…I went two weeks in a row without getting her letters posted. For this post I am actually combining the last two emails she sent home. I am doing this for two reasons: first, because they are both short. Second, because they are tied together with some of the things that Kayla talked about. So with that said, enjoy the first two weeks of May in the Aboite area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Hola! Happy Cinco de Mayo to my family and friends! (Did I even spell those Spanish words right?)

I hope you all had a great week! I sure did. We have a zone fun day today, so I am typing this very fast and it will be a little short.

Hangin' with Sister Seamons again at a Zone Fun Day.

Hangin’ with Sister Seamons again at a Zone Fun Day.

I am hoping to get on a little later and I can update y’all a little more but here is a little update for my week…

(It didn’t happen so consider the second email below as her update.)

Wednesday and Thursday we didn’t have a car. It was in the shop because we had to get the front bumper fixed due to a small accident that happened in January. The roads were just too icy and we spun out and hit a snowbank. So yeah we had to get the bumper fixed. It was a pain because we had to call members to pick us up from a certain area, take us to a different area, and then a couple hours later we would have a different member pick us up and take us to another area. Yeah…it was a pain but it worked out! We did a lot of walking those two days though. We were so grateful when we finally got the car back! We are very lucky to have a car. 🙂

We were supposed to have a lesson with our golden investigator (C) on Thursday, but he got super sick and so we ended up just having a lesson with the member whose house we were at. In the middle of it, (C) texted the member (who is our ward mission leader) saying that he wouldn’t be able to come because he was sick. He spelled Sister Standage’s name wrong and so it said Spandage. Our ward mission leader was giving her a hard time about it, so that is her nickname with him now. My nickname is Sister Farmer because apparently I talk too much about owning farming land and stuff (I don’t really talk about that much) but they keep thinking that I am going to be a farmer someday. Who knows…

Okay well this email isn’t extremely interesting. Things are going great out here in Indiana. Next week is Mother’s Day and I get to Skype home with my family (WAHOO!) so there isn’t much that I have to say since I will get to see my family next week. I hope that you all have a great week though and that you eat some yummy tacos or something today okay?

I love you all!

Love,

Sister Palmer

(And the next week she said…)

Dear Friends and Family,

So how are you all doing? I am doing pretty great!

Mothers Day Skype 2014

Yesterday was Mother’s day and it was AWESOME!! It really was only awesome because I got to Skype home with my family, but it was awesome. It was so nice to see my family and talk to them for a little while.

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The 40 minutes that we got to talk were probably the fastest 40 minutes of my life, but I am glad that things are going well at home and that I was able to share with them things that are going on here in Indiana. 🙂

Okay, so tomorrow is transfers. You are all probably wondering what is going to happen. I know that my family is. So any guesses??….Well, I’m staying!! Unfortunately Sister Standage is getting transferred. 😦 We figured she would, but it is still hard for me. We have become such good friends and have had so much fun during the time that we have been together.

Kayla and Sister Standage before transfers

It is going to be different having another companion. I haven’t gotten a call from President Porter yet saying that I am going to be training, but I most likely with be training someone fresh from the MTC. Boy are they going to be in for an adventure…..heehee. I actually feel like i am going to be in for more of an adventure than they are. Even though I have been out for like 5 months, I feel kind of like i am back at square one, because I have to teach someone everything that i have learned. Hopefully I can do a good job.

Okay so other than the fact that tomorrow is transfers, this week should be pretty good! Our golden investigator, (C) is scheduled to get baptized on Saturday. Wahoo! We have been so excited for this to happen. He has been such an amazing investigator and has just soaked up everything that we have taught him. Hopefully things go well! 🙂

The weather here continues to get warmer and warmer, and the humidity is getting worse and worse. Gah! Oh well, not anything I can do about it.

I don’t think there is much that I have left to update on. Mostly because I talked to my family yesterday, so I don’t know what else to write. I love you all though! I hope you have a great week! 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

Atonement

Hello family and friends!
This week was pretty great, just as almost every other week is. Let me tell you about it.

We had exchanges this week, which is always a good experience for me. We got to see a couple of less-actives and some investigators in Huntington. It turned out to be a pretty good day and I was able to make some goals of things that I want to work on. 🙂

Wednesday was interviews with President and Sister Porter. President Porter told me of a couple of things that I can improve on, but that’s what he is supposed to do. He is helping all of us become better missionaries! The interview overall was great though. I love getting to talk to both of them!

Saturday was probably the best day this week. We got to see a lot of people! We also went to Columbia City because one of the Elders investigators got baptized, so we went to support them. On Saturday I finally got to meet one of the less-actives that we have been trying to see since I have gotten here. She had just gotten home from grocery shopping, so we helped her carry in her groceries and then she let us come sit down and talk to her. It was really good! It actually was like a miracle that we saw her.

We have been doing a lot of personal contacting this week because everyone is outside! We met a guy on Saturday who was walking his bike up the street, so we stopped and talked to him as we were walking by. He was either extremely drunk or super high. Ha-ha! It was actually really funny. His language was so slurred, but he was super nice! (At least he wasn’t an angry drunk.) It was all I could do not to hold up my hand and ask him how many fingers I was holding up. I decided that would be rude and not missionary like of me, so I didn’t. We had a good conversation with him and we gave him a pass along card with a picture of Christ on it. He loved it so much! We said a prayer with him and went on our way. Sister Standage and I were laughing so hard! After we got back in our car, we made sure to drive by the street and make sure he wasn’t passed out anywhere. We didn’t see him, so we think he made it back to his house.

So here is some cool news: Someone from our ward came up to President Porter last week at stake conference and told him not to ever transfer Sister Standage and me. I guess the ward does love us! (Just kidding, I know they do). It is just nice when you hear about it. Sister Standage and I may not always get good numbers, but we sure are one of the best companionships out here! (At least I think so). I am so happy to have a companion like her where we can teach really well together and have a lot of fun at the same time. It is such a blessing!

So you may wonder why I put Atonement as the subject of this email. Well, I had the opportunity to speak in church yesterday! Actually, all the missionaries got to speak. We spoke on Easter and the Atonement. The bishopric wanted us to make it personal to us, so that the same stories and scriptures were getting said over and over. In my talk, I shared the poem “Footprints”. Ya’ll may have heard of it. It’s a good one. (Luckily Dad packed it away in my suitcase before I left, so I have a nice copy of it.) I also shared 1Nephi 21:14-16. It’s a good scripture. Basically it talks about how Christ will never forget about us. He has “engraven us on the palm of his hands”. It’s a good scripture and I suggest that you all read it.

Well, that is my update for the week! I love you all and hope this upcoming wee is fantastic for you!

Love,

Sister Palmer