Thanksgiving!!

Hello Family and friends!

Okay, so I don’t have as much time, so this one will be a little shorter. I will just have to share more adventures and feelings in a handwritten letter home.

Let me start off by saying HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! That is so crazy that it is this week. Time is just flying by too quickly. My birthday is also next Sunday. That is so weird to think about! Eeeek! I’m going to be 20 years old. MAN…that is old.

This week was pretty great! We had a zone fun day on Monday and we had a snowball fight which was a lot of fun.

Tuesday we had exchanges. The weather was so cold that day!!

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Sister Summers and Kayla on exchanges…

Today it is a lot warmer, but it is super windy…

It's a little breezy...

It’s a little breezy…

the good news is that all the snow from Monday is melted right now. That’s good!

So…Brittany texted us on Tuesday and said that she wasn’t ready to get baptized. Obviously! We knew that it wasn’t going to happen when we thought, but now we haven’t been able to hear from her. She has disappeared off of the face of the planet! We don’t know what has happened. We have tried having the members get in contact with her, but as far as we know, they haven’t had any luck. That was pretty much the only bummer part about the week though.

The best part…(S…also known in these letters as Uncle Si)! He had dinner with some members this week, on the day that we had exchanges, so I wasn’t there but it went good and he loved it! The best part was that HE CAME TO CHURCH!!! (S) finally came to church and he loved it! He said that it wasn’t as bad or as scary as he thought it would be, and then he apologized for not coming sooner. Oh well, now he likes it and things are good for him to get baptized on the 6th. He is also living the word of wisdom now!

That is all of the adventures for the week right now. I will write a better handwritten letter home. I took too much time reading through all of my emails. Whoops! Keep the emails coming though! I love them! Things are going great at home and that makes me happy. While I am thinking about it, I might as well do a shout-out to my wonderful cousin Kirie who has a birthday today. Also to my good friend Tatiana who had a birthday on Saturday I believe?? Just want you to know that I am thinking about all of you. I love you all! Have a wonderful week, a wonderful Thanksgiving, and for all of you black Friday shoppers, don’t get hurt!

Love,

Sister Palmer

Winter Wonderland!!!

Hello my family and friends!!

How’s it going??

So guess what?? It snowed today!!! In case you couldn’t tell by the subject of this email. I have mixed emotions about it. I absolutely HATE driving in the snow (although you would think that since I am from Utah it wouldn’t be that bad. That is pretty much the only reason why I hate the snow though. It does make everything look so beautiful! I am hoping to have some good snowball fights in it.

So let me tell you about our week. Honestly, it had quite a bit of ups and downs. We taught our investigator (S)…he is the one that looks like uncle Si. We taught him the word of wisdom on Tuesday, and he accepted to live it! That was good. 🙂 The only bummer part was that when we had our lesson with him on Friday, he hadn’t cut back on anything. So, we had to push his date back a week. That won’t be a big deal, but it was still very devastating. Preach My Gospel talks about how you should feel devastated if an investigator doesn’t read the Book of Mormon after you ask them to, and I think that it should be that way with all commitments that you leave investigators. I haven’t always felt that way with all of my investigators, but let me tell you, when you do feel that way, it sucks! Especially with (S). He is so awesome! The spirit is so strong every time that we go over to his house to teach him. Every time we go over there, I am reminded of why I like being a missionary. I always without a doubt have a smile from ear to ear because I am so happy for him. That is one of the great joys of missionary work. The happiness that you get from it. 🙂 Anyway, so it was actually really sad to push his date back, but we will just keep continuing to work with him.

Also, it hit me this week how much time is left before the transfer and before Sister Webb goes home. She is not excited to go home, and I am not either. This transfer starts the transfer where pretty much all my friends that I have made on my mission go home. 😦 That also just puts into perspective how much time I have left before I come home. I know that a lot of my family and friends are excited for me to come home, and don’t get me wrong, when the time comes, I know I will be excited too because I will get to see everyone again. Just the thought right now is hard. Anyway, I guess I still have like 6 months to not worry about it. The last 1/2 month or so is when I can start worrying about it.

Also, our investigator (B) may or may not be getting baptized this week. I’m not too worried, but we have had a hard time getting in touch with her. We may have to push her baptism back a week too.

Amazingly enough, I am not extremely stressed about the situation. That could be a bad thing. I don’t know. Should I be more worried about this stuff?? I keep telling myself that the reason why I am not so stressed is so that I can help my companion not be so stressed. Who knows?

I can’t believe that we are already in the middle of November. BAH!! Craziness.

I feel like there is more that I was going to say, but at the moment, I can’t think of it.

Oh wait yes I can. This week, Elder Wilford W. Andersen of the Second Quorum of the Seventy came and toured our mission. We had a great big zone conference. It was so fun! It is always a great opportunity to be with President and Sister Porter and to receive revelation and to also to receive revelation from a general authority. Anyway, it was good. I am now out of time, so unfortunately I can’t go into detail about it. Maybe next week.

I love you all! Have a great week. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

Opposition and God’s Grace

Dear Family and Friends,

Hello! Today is a great day! The sun is shining…I have read awesome emails. Things are just going fantastic at home. 🙂
So let me tell you about our crazy week. There were very many ups and downs.
So on Monday we met this lady who told us that she is going through a transition phase right now and that she is pretty much open to anything. She said that she would love for us to come back and teach her, and she has 2 daughters living with her. That was quite the miracle! We are going back to have our first lesson with them tonight. 🙂 Oh, and she said she would get baptized…it was kind of a crazy contact, but so super awesome!
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday were terrible!!! We had so many awesome appointments scheduled those three days, and almost all of them cancelled. 😦 We had a zone meeting on Tuesday, and before the meeting was over, all of the appointments that we had that day except for 1 got cancelled. It was so sad! And they all got cancelled for valid reasons, not just because people were flaky. Needless to say the beginning of the week was rough.
But then we have Friday. Friday was our day of REDEMPTION! We found 2 new investigators that day. One of them was an older man who had met with missionaries like 30 years ago. The other was a cute little mom who had recently moved into a less-active family’s house. We stopped by to try and see the less active family, but instead we met (R). She was awesome, and we have another appointment with her tomorrow. 🙂
Then we had a lesson in a members home with our investigator (B) who is getting baptized on the 22nd. We taught her the word of wisdom and she committed to live it!! Wahoo!
Finally, the best part about the day. We went to see our favorite Duck Dynasty investigator (S). He is very shy. We had been committing him to pray about a baptism date, but he still hadn’t. I had been prompted to extend the 29th to him a couple lessons previous, but I hadn’t because we wanted him to feel comfortable and to be able to receive revelation and make his own decision. Well, since he wasn’t keeping the commitment about praying for a date, I decided to extend the 29th. He sat there for a little bit in silence and then said “The spirit is really kicking me right now….Yes.” Sister Webb and I both almost started crying and jumping for joy. We are so super excited! We can hardly wait! That will be a great birthday present. 😉
Saturday ended up being an awesome day too! We had a chapel tour with (B). That went really good and she got excited when we showed her the baptism font. She can hardly wait to get baptized. 🙂
Sunday wasn’t quite as great, but it was still good. I spoke in Sacrament Meeting. The bishop called me on Saturday night and asked me too. (Welcome to the life of a missionary). Haha, it wasn’t even that big of a deal. I spoke on Gratitude and I used quotes from 2 different talks. The first one was by President Uchtdorf from this past April General Conference, and then the other one was from President Monson clear back in 2008. I believe the talk was called “Finding Joy in the Journey”. Both were really good and thankfully I was only the “youth speaker” so I didn’t have to speak for like 20 minutes.
Anyway, that’s about it for the week. Overall it was pretty good. Sister Webb and I continue to have lots of fun together!
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She is so funny, and I am really enjoying being companions with her. 🙂
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Love you all! Have a great week!
Love,
Sister Palmer

Halloween?!

Dear family and friends,

I would like to start off by saying…CAN YOU BELIEVE WE ARE ALREADY IN NOVEMBER!!!! Okay, freak out moment is over with. Holy cow I can’t even believe that we are in November. My birthday is in like 27 days, and Thanksgiving is coming up. This is so crazy! The temperature difference between October and November is also noticeable. *sigh* I have put off wearing my coat and boots for as long as I can, but I can’t do it anymore. I am going to get sick I think if I don’t. So…on November 1st, I pulled out my coat and my boots, and I have been wearing them ever since then. Man…We had daylight savings. It was so nice to sleep for an extra hour, but it does kinda stink to have it get dark so early. Oh well! Such is life…

So…I guess you would all like to know the results of transfers (although my parents already know. They are just crazy like that). I am now in MIAMISBURG!! My new companion is Sister Webb. Let me tell you my thoughts and feelings on this…

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So, I am very excited that I am here in Miamisburg. I was praying that I would get sent somewhere close to Middletown, and Miamisburg is about as close as you can get. Literally…Mine and Sister Webb’s area borders the area that I covered in Middletown. So, I am in the same stake and in the same zone, just in a different ward. Not too bad.

It has been a little bit of an emotional struggle this week because I have missed Middletown so much. It’s hard because I am so close, but I can’t just leave my area and visit the people in Middletown that I love.

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D, the investigator I was so sad to leave in Middletown.

*sigh* Miamisburg is great though!

We have an investigator (B) who is on date for the 22nd of November. She is so funny. She is just kinda like a sponge. She loves the gospel and just soaks everything in. There was a baptism in Middletown on Saturday for one of the Elders’ investigators, so of course we went to it! haha. I was dying! I had to go back to Middletown. One of the members drove us and (B). She loved the baptism! The spirit was so strong and it made her even more excited to get baptized. She has been telling everyone since then that she is going to be getting baptized soon. haha! She is funny.

We had another cool miracle happen this week. It was freezing cold outside and Sister Webb and I had just gotten in the car. As soon as we sat down, Sister Webb noticed a guy outside who was covered in tattoos and was smoking. She was prompted to go and talk to him, so she turned to me and asked me if we should go talk to him. I was a little hesitant because we had just gotten in the car and I was freezing! The car was nice and warm. We decided to go out and talk to him anyway. He ended up being really grateful that we had talked to him. He has had a rough past and he has a sincere desire to change. He didn’t make it to church yesterday, but we have another appointment with him tomorrow. 🙂

We also have this awesome investigator (S). He is so funny! He looks just like Uncle Si off of Duck Dynasty. He has the beard, glasses, hat, EVERYTHING! He loves the gospel too and wants to get baptized. There are just a few things that we have to work on with him first.

Halloween was good. We got sent in early and we did our weekly planning. No trick or treating or anything like that, but that is okay because one of the members supplied us with enough candy to make up for it. 🙂

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Let me really quick tell you about Sister Webb. She is from Star Valley, Wyoming. She goes home this next transfer. So she is another companion that I will only have for 6 weeks. Oh well. She only has one arm. Crazy! She almost functions better than I do though. haha. She was born with only one arm though. It is really cool. It doesn’t stop her one bit. 🙂 We have had lots of fun this week! She is an awesome missionary.

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Sister Webb and I holding an adorable dog, Rocko! Isn’t he cute?!

 Anyway, time is pretty much up. I think that is all I have to report on for right now. I love you all! Have a great week!

Love,

Sister Palmer

Transfers……………….(ugh!)

Dear family and friends,

Holy freakn cow. We still haven’t gotten transfer calls yet. I am not going to send this email until we do though, so you should have the update by the end of the email. I am freaking out inside!! I seriously do not want to get transferred. I LOVE it here in Middletown. The people here are awesome, and even though we don’t have tons of investigators right now, I absolutely love the ones that we are teaching and I don’t want to leave them either. *sigh* The downfalls of being a missionary. You don’t always get what you want.

So let me tell you about my week as I anxiously await the call…

Okay wait a second…we just got the transfer call. Guess what the verdict is. WE ARE BOTH GETTING TRANSFERRED!! Are you kidding me??? We are getting doubled out. Oh my gosh, I am so super upset right now. I did not want to leave at all!!!!!!! aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! This email isn’t even going to do it justice how bad I didn’t want to leave. I am just going to cry the rest of the day.  I guess God does have different plans, but sometimes we just don’t like those plans. Ugh. Okay, now that my day is going to be depressing, let me tell you of the awesome week that we had.

We had exchanges on Tuesday. That was so much fun! I was with Sister Fisher here in our area. This area was Sister Fisher’s area the first 6 weeks of her mission, so she knows the members and stuff. WE saw our investigator (D) and had a super spiritual awesome lesson with her. Pretty much the day was super awesome. We had a lot of fun and made a lot of memories.

Wednesday was kinda cool because we got 4 dinners. Yeah, two of them we actually ate, and the other two were for us to take home. It made me kinda think about what it is going to be like for Thanksgiving. haha. 🙂

We saw one of our recent converts on Saturday. It has been forever since we have seen her! I guess they were under quarantine because they were all sick, so it wasn’t that they were just avoiding us.

There was also a wedding reception on Saturday. That was fun, and the music that they played was awesome! Tender mercies…music I have decided is my weakness. It is hard not to get up and dance when I hear music. Oh well, it was still good, but we were probably there longer than we should have been.

Our investigator (D) came to church! Haha it was so funny. Nothing was going her way yesterday morning. The coffee pot decided not to brew, so she didn’t get coffee. And she hadn’t had a cigarette either. Haha! I thought it was so funny. She is awesome though, and church went really well!

WE saw a lot of (D) this week. She is working towards baptism on the 22nd, but right now she is a little upset because of the transfer calls. We haven’t actually told her that both of us are getting transferred, we just told her that she wasn’t going to like it…Oh my gosh, I wish I could just bring her with me the  rest of my mission. I LOVE (D) so much!!! She is probably going to be the one that I miss the most in this area. It’s amazing how much you can fall in love with someone. Especially as a missionary. I love being a missionary because I get to see people the way Christ sees them. Had I met (D) not as a missionary (or anyone else that we teach for that matter) I probably would not have been friends with either of them. But I can’t even begin to tell you how much you learn to fall in love with the people around you. This is the greatest experience of a lifetime and I am loving every minute of it (except for right now because I am getting transferred, but I will guess I will get over it) oh man…

Well, I love you guys. Hope you have a fantastic week. Pray that this week goes good for me. 😥 Talk to you later.

Love,

Sister Palmer