June Transfers…

Hello Family and Friends!

Sorry this email is getting to you so late. We were late getting to the email this morning because we were waiting for our transfer calls to come in. Then when we got to the library, there weren’t enough computers for both Sister Yoakum and I to use, so I emailed for a couple of minutes, but then we decided to go and do some shopping and wash the car and then come back to email a little bit later.

So, you probably want to know the outcome of transfer calls? I know at least my family does. (Drum roll please….) IM STAYING!! Yep, another 6 weeks here in the beautiful area of Aboite (Fort Wayne). I am really happy actually that I am staying. It’s kind of a bitter sweet moment. I love the people out here, so I am happy that I am staying. The problem is that now I have 6 more weeks to get even more attached and have it be that much harder when I leave. Oh well, it’s worth it! The ward and the people out here are awesome!

Okay so this week was super awesome! Here are the highlights from the week….

We had exchanges this week. That was so super fun! I went with Sister Ison, who is one of my favorite sister missionaries out here! We have a lot of fun together. She reminds me a lot of Sister Standage and I think that is one reason why we get along so well. 🙂 We stayed in Huntington for the day while Sisters Yoakum and Parker were down here. Sister Ison and I saw a few different people and had some pretty good lessons, but the best part was that we were able to laugh and have a lot of fun with each other! We both have been struggling the last few weeks with a lot of the same things, so we were able to just talk to each other about the things that are going on and try to help each other resolve those problems. Needless to say, it was a very much needed exchange. 🙂

There were a lot of miracles that happened this week. We have been going through our area book the past couple of weeks and putting some potential investigators as well as former investigators in our schedule to see. On Monday we went and saw a potential investigator (E). He opened the door and kind of laughed a little bit, but he came outside and we ended up talking to him for like an hour and a half. He is super funny, but he does kind of have a bit of a potty mouth. He has what we would like to call colorful language….and he smokes and drinks throughout our conversations (it’s not a big deal. I’m used to those kinds of things) but nonetheless he is curious about the things that we believe, especially the Book of Mormon. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks we can help increase his faith enough so that he will come to church.

We also have a progressing investigator right now. (R) was a former investigator in our area book. We have now seen her a couple of times and she is doing really good! She went to a Southern Baptist church out in Atlanta a few years ago, but then she moved here and she hasn’t been able to find a church that she likes as much as the last one. Right now she is trying to do what God wants her to do, so she is keeping an open mind to all things, so that she can learn more about what God wants her to do.

The greatest thing that happened this week was that a less-active couple that we have been seeing every week in the 6 months that I have been here went to church yesterday! They haven’t been to church in a long time, but they love the missionaries and never turn them away. We have been working with them for a while now and they finally went back to church. They are one of my favorite less-actives out here. They are kind of like a grandma and grandpa to me in a way. They are just super funny and fun to be around. They also referred us to a guy (Ri) that has been doing yard work for them. He expressed to them that he wanted to learn more about their religion, so on Saturday we had our first lesson with him at Bro. and Sis. (A)’s house. It went so well!

Anyways….there are a lot of good things happening out here and I am excited that I get to be here for another 6 weeks to see more miracles. I am thankful that I get to be here, even though it isn’t always easy. There are a lot more rewarding things than negative things. 🙂

I love you all! Have a great week! 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

District Meeting June 17 2014

PS: Here is a picture from our last district meeting all together. Unfortunately Sister Ison is getting transferred. 😦 The picture didn’t turn out the greatest, but I thought you’d like to see it. And yes…all of us sisters are matching. We planned it that way. 🙂

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Mini Missions

Hello Family and Friends!

Can I just start off by saying how much I love you all!? Seriously, I got some good emails today that have really made me happy. Just though you all should know. 🙂

This week was a good week. We had a mini missionary with us all week. Sister P was awesome! She was very shy at first, but she opened up by the end of the week.

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She was super nice and always wanted to do service for Sister Yoakum and I. Haha. We had a pretty good week with her.

This week had a few ups and downs, but it wasn’t too bad. I just want to start off by saying don’t listen to Satan! He always makes you feel sad and terrible. We were not having as much success at the beginning of this week as we had last week, and we were starting to get a little bummed out. We didn’t know what to do, and in my case, Satan was just getting me down. Well, we decided to do a couple of things different (this was probably on Thursday). We went through our area book and wrote down in our planners a few potential investigators and former investigators that we wanted to go and see. We did a lot of personal contacting as well the next couple of days, but guess what? We found 4 new investigators. We ended up having a really good week. At the time it may seem bad, but in reality, it was a good week. And it’s not just because we found 4 new investigators, but that did help a lot. I just needed to change my attitude. President Porter is always telling us to have a language of Faith. Good things come when you have a language of faith. I can testify of that!

Tomorrow we have exchanges and I am so looking forward to that! I love going on exchanges. They are so fun and it is good to learn from the Sister Training Leaders.

I don’t know what else to really talk about. Just know that it was a good week and that I am super thankful to all of you! I love you all and I continue to pray for you. I hope this next week is a good one for you as well. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

We had a zone fun day on Monday and the mustache mania has spread! hahaha We had fun taking the pictures, although you wouldn’t be able to tell by my face…anyways, here is a little picture update for y’all

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Holy Guacamole!

Hello Family and Friends! I gave this email the title that I did, because I didn’t know what else to say about this week. This week was seriously AMAZING! We saw miracles like crazy!

Monday we went to the zoo with one of the members in the ward, which was so much fun!

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It was nice to get out and do something other than sitting in the apartment and writing letters and such.

So there is like the fun part about the week. We also had a zone meeting this week which went really well. The spirit was really strong (as it always is) and I was able to receive some good revelation. We also set some goals as a zone on things that we can work on and we made a “vision” for our zone and what we all want to do to become better missionaries. It was awesome. 🙂

Okay, so let me tell you about the miracles. On Sunday, the missionaries fasted that we would be able to find families to teach and to baptize this month. The members joined with us in this fast, so there was a lot of faith shown by everyone, and because of that there was tons of God’s grace in our work!

This week we found a total of 7 NEW INVESTIGATORS! We found all of them on Monday and Tuesday. We found them a number of different ways, but it was amazing that we were able to find that many. I have never found that many in a week since I have been out on my mission. I know that the past couple of weeks have been really hard for us especially, but we are finally able to see the blessings of our hard work.

Two of the investigators that we found this week were a little boy and girl, about 10 and 12 years old. Their dad is a less active member of the church who has started to come back, and their mom is not a member. They really want to get baptized, but it has gotten pushed off because of their parents. Well, now their parents are more on board with it, so we are starting to teach them.

Two other investigators are a couple that was a referral from an awesome family in the ward. When we contacted the wife, she was super friendly and we taught her the restoration. This last week, the members invited us and their friends over for dinner, so we got to teach the husband about the restoration. It was awesome and we actually met with them the next night and taught them our new Book of Mormon lesson. That didn’t go quite as planned, but they both said that they would read and pray about the Book of Mormon, so we will see what happens. We are praying that they really feel the spirit and get a confirmation that the things we are teaching are true.

So, that was pretty much the week, and an overview of a couple of our investigators. It was pretty amazing. There is a scripture that was brought to my attention on Saturday, that pretty much sums up the week, (thanks for the scripture Jess! :)) Its Alma 26:12 “Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for  which we will praise his name forever.”

I know that everything that happened this week was because God was helping us out. Yeah, Sister Yoakum and I had to work hard, but we have been working hard the past couple of weeks and haven’t had much success. We have continued to be faithful though and the miracles have come. I know that with God, all things are possible. I know that even more this week than I have in previous weeks I have been here.

Well, I hope you all have a good week! I am loving the updates from everyone. Sounds like things are going good at home, and I pray that they continue. I love you all!

Love,

Sister Palmer

PS: this week we have a “mini missionary” with us. She is living with us for the next week and is going to live like a missionary, to see what missionary life is like. It’s kind of cool! 🙂

3rd Week

Okay…I didn’t know what to title this email, but we are like halfway through the transfer (what the?) so yeah…

Hello Family and Friends! How are all y’all? Good? Good.

This week was kind of a crazy week. Last week I told you about our P-day getting changed to Tuesday because of Memorial Day. So, first off, our schedule is out of whack. Then on Wednesday we had Zone Conference, which started at 9:00 in the morning and didn’t get over until 5:00, so we only had a couple of hours to go out and work that day. Then Saturday we had exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders, so we weren’t even in our area that day. I just felt like we didn’t have a whole lot of time to work in our area (which is kind of true). Let me tell you a little bit about the week though.

Zone Conference was awesome! It always is.

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President Porter is just amazing and we had some great training from him and the assistants. We also got to hear from Sister Porter and President Sorenson (the Stake President) and they both were really good as well. I don’t have my notes with me to tell some of the amazing things, but just know that it was good. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed the pictures that Sister Porter posted as well.

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Sister Seamons and I made sure that we had our mustaches with us. (I wanted to sneak them on during the training so that Sister Porter could get a random picture of us, but I decided not to. I didn’t want to get caught)

Thursday was a pretty good day as well. We saw a lot of people and doubled our lessons that we had had for the week which was nice. We got to see one of our investigators (R) who showed up at church a couple of weeks ago with her husband. Her husband felt really uncomfortable at church, but she loved it! We are going to try and do a FHE with them to help the husband feel a little more comfortable, and hopefully he will give church another try.

Friday we found a new investigator! We haven’t found one for a couple of weeks, so we were excited. He likes to read and has had missionaries come up and talk to him before (but he never took lessons), so he knows a lot more about our church than someone we usually come in contact with. We set up a return appointment with him for Sunday. We went over yesterday and got to meet his wife. She was super awesome and friendly. We taught them the Restoration and it went pretty good. I think we could have done a better job at bringing in the spirit stronger, but oh well. They aren’t ready to have us come back quite yet. They wanted us to give them a couple of weeks (bummer…) but I left a commitment for them to read some stuff off of lds.org so hopefully they do.

Saturday we had exchanges, which is always so much fun! I went with Sister Ison and we had a good time. 🙂 We got to talk about some things that I have been struggling with this transfer. It was nice to just kind of talk them out with her (I have talked some things out with Sister Yoakum as well, so don’t think I am not communicating with my companion and keeping things to myself). Anyways, so that’s that.

Sunday we went on splits. Sister Yoakum went to Huntington ward and I went to Columbia City. We are trying to involve ourselves more with the Huntington ward, since we do cover part of it. It was good, but it was also really weird being separated and having one of the sisters in the ward as a companion. We probably will only be doing something like this once a month, so it won’t be often.

There you have it. That’s my update! We are going to the zoo today with a member in the ward, so that should be fun! I love you all. Have a great week! 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer