Holy Week of AWESOME Part 2 – Zone Conference

** PREFACE: In the previous posting (from Kayla’s email on 8/25) she said that Zone Conference was really awesome and revelatory and that she had some great notes that she would send home in a written letter to the family. Here are the part of her notes that she shared with us. If any of you need a Sacrament meeting talk…she wrote it for you.

Let me tell you some of the things that were said at Zone Conference that I liked. Zone Conference was centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the focus of “Think – Do – Become”. What we think determines what we will do. What we do determines who we become.

Okay, here are some notes. It might be long, but enjoy.

Read Matthew 7:13:

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat

Why do they use that spelling of “strait”? Do you know what it means when it is spelled that way?

Strait = narrow, difficult, challenging.

Now read verse 14:

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

After we are baptized, and when we are living righteously, we are on the strait path back to God. It’s not going to be roses and rainbows, though. It’s going to be difficult. Baptism isn’t a moment, it is a process. That is why we have the Sacrament each week. But, even though it is difficult, that’s not what it is about. It’s that we grow and become strong to withstand the difficulty. Don’t compare yourself to others because they seem farther along the path than you are. That’s not what matters. What matters is that we are on the path, and that we are taking a step each day to change (repentance), to become more like Christ. Are you taking a step each day?

The purpose of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to help us apply the atonement so that we can become more like Him. Our diligence is an expression of our commitment to Him. What is the evidence that you are pleasing God? The fact that you are trying!!

Okay, so we have this thing called the “Power Triangle” that President Porter uses a lot.

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When our obedience, diligence, and faith in Jesus Christ is equally yoked we receive God’s grace. Read Doctrine and Covenants 103:36…

All victory and glory is brought to pass unto you through your diligence, faithfulness, and prayers of faith.

[We need to] lock our minds on what we can do with Christ, not what we can’t do on our own.

Last but not least, one of my favorite quotes from Zone Conference: “Missionaries come to love their missions not because it was easy, but because it was hard, and it was through the hard times that we recognize God’s hand in our lives.”  – President Porter

That is so true! My mission has been so hard! The hardest thing I have ever done, but my testimony and trust in Heavenly Father has increased so much because I have been able to see His hand in my life constantly. This isn’t just for missionaries though. It can be for anyone. Take time to recognize God’s hand in your lives.

Hope you enjoyed! That’s about it…I can’t write more cuz I gotta go. Love ya!

Have a great week. J

Sister Palmer

 

Holy Week of AWESOME!!!

Hello my most wonderful family and friends!!

So…this week was pretty much awesome, as you can see from the title of this email.

I briefly mentioned last week of the miracle investigator family that we found. Well, they are AMAZING!! God has really prepared them for the gospel. We saw them literally like every day this week. They love us, and we love them!

The two twin girls (E&E) love us and they hug us every time that we come over. The dad, (J) doesn’t ever want us to leave our lessons. He just loves hearing more about the gospel. The girls went to activity days this week with all the other little girls in the ward. We had dinner with the family in a member’s home on Saturday. We went to take them breakfast on Sunday and they were all sitting outside waiting for us all dressed up in their church outfits. It was so cute! All three of them are on date for the 13th of next month. Booyah!! I love families. WE are seeing them again tonight to have another lesson, we have dinner scheduled in a member’s home again this week with them. We are probably going to see them every day again this week. So yeah, that’s just how awesome they are. Sister Carlson and I are going to get a picture with them, and when we do I will send it home so that you can see what this awesome family looks like. 🙂

So that was pretty much the highlight of the week. It rained and it was kinda hot and humid this week. Gross. I hate that sticky humid feeling. Oh well, we are starting to head out of summer. Crazy! IT won’t be like this for long.

We also had zone conference this week, which was so awesome and revelatory!! (spelling?) I will write about some of the awesome things that were talked about and send it home to my family, and then my dad can post some stuff. It’s worth hearing. It was so good!

We also had exchanges on Saturday. That was a lot of fun! I love our Sister Training Leaders. They are so cool. 🙂

Post-exchange with the Sister Training Leaders.

Post-exchange with the Sister Training Leaders.

Anyway, that’s about it for the week. I love you all so much though! There are good things happening everywhere. Keep being awesome and have a great week. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

PS: So, last Monday, president porter made this announcement to us. You ready for it? I was so excited that I was jumping up and down (it was a little pathetic). On Monday, Sept. 8th, our whole mission (all of the missionaries) get to go to….a Cincinnati Reds baseball game!! Wahoo! I don’t even like baseball a whole ton, but it will be so awesome to be at the game and with a lot of missionaries. I am so excited!! 🙂

“Don’t let the bedbugs bite!”

Holy Crud buckets!

Hello Family and friends! How are y’all doing??

So you see the title of the email….yeah bedbugs are real creatures. In case you were wondering. Don’t worry, it wasn’t anything serious. I just got a couple of bedbug bites, but I did treat my bed for the bedbugs, and I haven’t gotten any since then.

Okay, here is my week for you:

Monday, we had a zone fun day! That was so fun. We went to a park and played and intense game of ultimate Frisbee…okay we are missionaries. IT wasn’t too intense, but there was a lot of running and we got some good exercise. 🙂 We also played some basketball which was so nice for me. I love playing basketball.

We had a really good lesson this week with our investigator (N). He is actually a former investigator that Sister Carlson and I picked back up a little over a week ago. He is a little older and he has some health problems, but he is so awesome!! He is so ready to be baptized. I extended baptism to him in our last lesson, and he accepted before I was even done with the extension! He has no problems against the church. It’s just a matter of getting past his health problems so that he can come to church. He has to come a few times before he is baptized. 

So…Robin Williams died this week! I know, you all are probably getting sick of it because that is all everyone is talking about, but I just have to vent! That was one of the saddest things I heard all week. He was an awesome man and an amazing actor. I still can’t believe it happened. He will be greatly missed. 

Okay…so on Saturday, Sister Carlson and I were going to do some personal contacting, because we needed to find some new investigators. We had gone out to see one of the members, but they weren’t home. Just as we were walking away, a lady who was driving away leaned out her window and complimented Sister Carlson on her red hair. Well, then there was a man walking behind us who complimented on it too. (I know, normally this would be really creepy and I would run…) We turned around and thanked him. He was walking with his 2 nine year old twins. He told us that he had just gotten out of jail like two weeks ago and that he wanted to change his life around. He wants to be a better dad for his girls. He told us that they were church shopping, so we shared a little bit of the restoration with him and set a return appointment for Sunday afternoon. Sweetness! We were blessed to get 3 new investigators in a matter of like 2 minutes. Miracles baby!

So we had our lesson on Sunday with this father and his two girls. IT went really well! The member that was with us did so good at teaching and testifying and promising blessings. It was awesome! WE set up another appointment with him for Tuesday (tomorrow) so that should be good. He said that he would plan on coming to church on Sunday, and he accepted the baptism invitation as well. Things are just going good!

Anyway, it was a good week. This week should be good as well. We have exchanges and we have zone conference this week. I am so excited! 

I love you all! Have an awesome week! (Especially for you poor children who are starting school. Have fun with that!)

Love,

Sister Palmer

PS: So I had Skyline chili this week. It’s like all the rave out here…you got to have skyline chili when you are in this area.

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Well, it wasn’t as good as everyone makes it out to be. For those of you who don’t know, they make their chili a little different. IT has cocoa powder in it or something. Then they serve their chili over spaghetti noodles. Then they cover it with about 20 cups of cheese…enough to give you a heart attack or make you constipated (okay sorry TMI) ha-ha.

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It’s worth a try though if you are ever in the area. I just don’t think it is as great as everyone says…

Where am I now??

Hello my wonderful family and friends!!

I can’t even begin to tell you how crazy and pretty cool this week has been! Let me just start from the beginning.

So on Monday, we were so busy that I didn’t even have time to start packing until we were back in the apartment that night. It was like 9:30 before I started packing. Crazy!! It was a really good day though, and I was kind of sad to leave (obviously I had been there for 7 1/2 months. You kind of get attached to people.) I didn’t even get to say goodbye to even a few of the people that I wanted to say goodbye too. IT was sad now that I have thought about it more in the week.

Okay…so then there were transfers. Best transfer meeting of my life!! It was like a family reunion with all of us missionaries. The wonderful Sister Davis was there, and it was just so great to see her (as it always is…one day we WILL be companions.)

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Kayla and Sister Davis

I also got to see SISTER STANDAGE!! Oh man it was so happy. We just gave each other a great big hug and spent a lot of the time talking about some of our favorite memories with each other. Basically Sister Yoakum and Sister Armstrong (who was Sis. Standage’s comp) got to hear a lot of the wonderful companionship that sister Standage and I had. Hahaha. It’s good to know that she liked me as much as I liked her. Anyways, transfers were great.

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Kayla and Sister Standage

Oh! I also saw Sister Ison, who is another one of my most favorites. We were both hoping that we would become companions this transfer, but unfortunately we didn’t.

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Kayla and Sister Ison

Okay, so because of Facebook and such, my parents already know where I got transferred, but for those of you who don’t know….I am in Middletown, OH. It is really awesome out here! Seriously, I love the area. There are a lot of cool people and I am excited for the awesome things that are going to happen this transfer. I really miss the people in the Aboite area, but I was definitely ready to see a change of scenery and meet some new people. The members that I have met so far in the Middletown area are pretty nice, and the investigators that we have right now are pretty cool too. We had a baptism on Saturday and it was a really good baptism! Our investigator (okay, I only taught him like twice, so he was the other sisters’ investigator) bore his testimony at the end, and it was so good! I was glad that I could teach him for a tiny little bit.

My new companion is Sister Carlson. She is from Oregon, but her family has lived in Utah for the past couple of years. I actually already knew Sister Carlson because she had served in the Huntington zone the first couple of transfers that I was there, so we already knew each other, which is nice! I also know a few people in the Middletown zone, so it was nice to get transferred into an area where I already knew a few people.

Sister Carlson and Sister Palmer in the middle.

Sister Carlson and Sister Palmer in the middle.

Well, that’s about all of the updates that I had for the week. I mostly just wanted to talk about transfers, because they were so awesome!

I love you all. Have a great week!!

Love,

Sister Palmer

 

August Transfers…

Hello Friends and Family!!

Are you ready to hear the news about transfers?? Well….I’M BEING TRANSFERRED!!! Okay I don’t write that in all caps because I am super excited…actually I am super excited. I am excited to meet new missionaries and to meet new people. I honestly feel like I have learned all I can out here [in the Aboite area], so I am excited to see where the Lord sends me. I am sad at the same time though. Being here for 7 1/2 months has given me a lot of time to fall in love with the area, the people I teach, and the members that I serve around. I really am going to miss this area.

Last district meeting before transfer from Aboite area.

Last district meeting before transfer from Aboite area.

Okay, quick update for the week because I have a lot of things to do and I am feeling a little rushed right now…

We had exchanges this week! That was super fun. Sister Parker and I were together in Huntington. We had so much fun, laughed a lot, took some videos, and of course (and the most important) we saw a lot of cool people and had some amazing lessons. All of the good stuff about being a missionary. 🙂

Sister Yoakum and I have met a lot of people recently that believe in aliens…I’m not sure how I feel about that. Here is there excuse…In the Bible times, the highest mode of transportation was a chariot. There are a few instances in the Bible where people go up to heaven in “Chariots of fire”. They say that if it really was a U.F.O, no one would know what to call it, so they just call it a chariot. Makes sense I guess, but obviously that is not what I believe. I just think it is kind of funny. Gives you something to think about. How would you respond if someone told you they believe in aliens?

I got a haircut this week! It is quite short actually. I love it though! Just wait for the pictures. (Don’t worry, it’s not like I chopped it off.)

We took a member out with us this week to go to a lesson. We decided to walk to the lesson, but as we started to walk, it started to pour rain! We were already far enough away from the car to grab umbrella’s, so we just kept walking.

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By the time we got to this guy’s house, we were SOAKED! hahaha. And then to add to that, he told us that he wasn’t interested. So back out into the rain we went. We finally found a dry spot of ground underneath a tree, so we stopped there and waited out the rain. When we went to our next appointment, the lady answered the door and was like “What happened to you guys??” haha it was fun and kind of funny.

We have an awesome investigator right now (V) who I actually taught a few times when I first got here, but we had to drop her because we could not set up return appointments with her and she wouldn’t answer our calls. It went on like that for a while. Well, sister Yoakum and I are now teaching her (well now it will be sister Yoakum and someone else…) but she is super awesome! She is so much more prepared this time that she was just six months ago. She is already aiming for a baptism date on August 30th. She has been reading the Book of Mormon, and it is awesome!

Well, there are a few quick updates. I love you all! Have a great week! I will get you my new address as soon as I can. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

Pioneer Day??

Okay, I didn’t know what to title this, but pioneer day was this past week, so there you go.

This week once again was a really good week. We still continue to see a lot of grace, but the opposition is really starting to come in. That’s a good thing though right?? That means that we are doing something good. It’s just hard to see our investigators struggle and tell us that they don’t want to meet with us anymore. Don’t worry, I’m still keeping my head up. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love missionary work. It brings so much happiness and unfortunately it can bring so much sadness. As a missionary, you fall in love with all the people that you are teaching, so it breaks your heart when you see them struggle. My testimony and my faith have increased so much though! I know that God is looking out for us as missionaries. This is his work and he isn’t going to let Satan destroy it. We just have to put our trust in him!

Anyway, there is my little rant or whatever. That is just how I have felt the past few days. Time out here is going by so fast! When I really think about it, I am so happy. I am so happy because I am loving what I am doing, and happy because I will be home before I know it. (I’m not counting though don’t worry. Staying focused on what’s going on out here.)

So this week we were able to reach most of our goals, which was awesome. We set our goals every week by the spirit, so I know that if we work hard, Heavenly Father will help us accomplish them, but sometimes it is hard. This week we had a lot of things happen with some investigators and some appointments fell through. We didn’t know how we were going to reach these goals. We continued to work hard though and we were able to get some members out with us! Heavenly Father provided a way and it was awesome!

On Saturday, we had a pioneer day activity for the ward and all of us missionaries dressed up as pioneers. When I get a hold of the picture that one of the members took of us, I will email it home, but it was a fun activity! There were games and food and visiting. It was fun.

We also did a lot of service projects this week, which is also fun! We helped a member and her kids paint their porch. (I love painting).

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We also helped a non-member (she isn’t an investigator though) get ready to take the “popcorn” off the ceiling. We moved furniture and cleared out the room, and then we started scraping at the ceiling. For those who don’t know what the popcorn is, it is that nasty texture stuff that is on older ceilings. When you take it off, it is dusty and gross. We were wearing bandanas and masks over our mouths so that we wouldn’t breathe it in.

Yesterday we also were out walking with some members and it started pouring rain!! We all took off running back to the apartment and if you can imagine, I’m sure it was a funny sight…missionaries running in skirts, a pregnant lady running, and the dad carrying his son and running. Unfortunately we got pretty soaked, but we had a good laugh about it afterwards.

Well, there is an update of my week. Today I wanted to talk more about the grace that we are seeing and the fun that we are having. Things are going good. 🙂 Also, next week is transfers…maybe this time I will be gone. We shall see though. I have been here for 7 1/2 months. It might be time for a change.
I love you all so much! Have a great week. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

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This picture is of us at the YMCA with Francisco, who is the guy we volunteer for when we volunteer there.