Happy New Year!

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

Yeah…I wish I spoke Spanish. That’s all I got for ya. πŸ™‚

I hope y’all had a merry Christmas! I know that I sure did. Let me tell you a little bit about my week.

They split our P-days in half on Monday, so that we could have some p-day time on Christmas. Tuesday, we had some members take us out for a DELICIOUS dinner at Longhorn steakhouse. It was fantastic! So yummy, and we had such a good time.

Christmas Eve we had district meeting and a couple of appointments throughout the day as well as another delicious dinner. It wasn’t tacos like my family usually does, but it was good enough. πŸ™‚

Christmas day was a blast!! We got up and did our normal routine. After we got done exercising, we hurried and opened up all of our presents before we had to have our studies. I got everything I asked for and more, which was awesome! We spent the morning with some members, and since it was technically considered p-day, we stayed longer than we normally would. We had breakfast with them and then opened presents that they got for us. It was so fun! That afternoon we went to another members house and ate dinner with them, and then we had the long awaited Skype time with our families. Oh man it was so great! I love my family and it was so good to see them and actually hear their voices! πŸ™‚ The rest of the evening was fun, but we pretty much just saw members on Christmas.

The Elders had a baptism on Saturday, and our investigator (M) took us to that. The Spirit was really strong, and I think (M) enjoyed it! She was taking notes during the baptism, so that was a good sign. We also gave her a chapel tour after, which also went really well! We are now working at trying to get her to come to church.

Yesterday was church (which I always look forward to). It was so nice, and we ended up having a great afternoon.

We now have a fun day today, which is a reward (kind of) for how well we did last week.

I hope you all have a fantastic week! Enjoy celebrating the New Year!! By the way…can you even believe it is a new year?? Yeah…me neither. It went by so fast!

I love you all! Talk to you later. πŸ™‚

Love,

Sister Palmer

PS: Here are pictures from the past couple of weeks. The first one is of Sister Rose and I on Christmas Eve.

Kayla and Sister Rose on Christmas Eve...with Kayla in her new pajamas from the "Sandman" (family tradition for Christmas Eve).

Kayla and Sister Rose on Christmas Eve…with Kayla in her new pajamas from the “Sandman” (family tradition for Christmas Eve).

The rest are from our Christmas conference last week. πŸ™‚

Celebrating one year (to the day) on her mission while at the mission Christmas program with: Sister Porter, Kayla, Sister Jackson (Kayla's MTC companion) and Sister Davis (from Kayla's MTC district).

Celebrating one year (to the day) on her mission while at the mission Christmas program with:
Sister Porter, Kayla, Sister Jackson (Kayla’s MTC companion) and Sister Davis (from Kayla’s MTC district).

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Kayla with Sister Davis and Elder McEachearn (from her MTC district)

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Christmas Time!!!!!

Holy cow. Does the subject of this letter let you know how excited I am?? This week is Christmas, but even better, I get to talk to my family!!! I can hardly wait.

Hello my wonderful family and friends.

I sure hope things are going great for you at home. From the emails that I got, it seems like they are. I hope that you are all ready for Christmas this week! πŸ™‚

So this week was actually pretty good. It had some downers, but for the most part I enjoyed it. Sister Rose and I are finally starting to work well together. That’s a plus!

Right now we don’t have any super solid investigators, so the work is kinda slow. I mentioned last week I think about our investigator (L). We were planning on her getting baptized this weekend, but we have pushed it back. We want to make sure that she is ready, and we are also teaching her son (A), and they want to get baptized together. It will be a lot better that way! πŸ™‚

So, this week we had a Christmas conference. It was so fun! We had a wonderful Christmas program. I got to see all of my missionary friends (that haven’t gone home yet) and we got to watch “Meet the Mormons”. That was such a good video! I loved it. I am just like my mother and cried when it got to the missionary mom. It didn’t help that the day we watched it was my 1 year mark from the day that I entered the MTC.

Ready to head out the door of my home and enter the MTC.

Ready to head out the door of my home and enter the MTC.

Why don’t you all join me as we look back in time a little…I remember that day as if it happened last week. I got up in the morning and started packing. Yep, I am a procrastinator, and I had not done any packing at this point. Thankfully for my wonderful dad who packed it all up for me and made everything nice and neat and organized.

Sitting with my sister Morgan at Denny's on the way to the MTC.

Sitting with my sister Morgan at Denny’s on the way to the MTC.

I remember my family going out to lunch at Denny’s. (They give missionaries going into the MTC a free meal, so we figured “Why not?”) I remember after lunch we drove off to the MTC. As soon as we came around the corner and we could see the MTC my dad asked me “Are you nervous Kayla?” I of course replied that no I was not nervous, I was excited, although my insides would have told otherwise. I really actually was scared out of my mind!!

One last picture before Kayla enters and we leave.

One last picture before Kayla enters and we leave.

I said goodbye to my family and I remember thinking that 18 months would be so long and hard, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to do that anymore.

Well, here I am 1 year later. I look back on everything that has happened this past year. The things I have been able to do, the people that I have been able to meet, the friends I have made, how my testimony has grown. This has been one of the greatest things I have ever done! I only have 6 months left. I am excited for when I finally get to be back at home with my family and friends, but for right now, I think I will continue to work hard and enjoy my time here. πŸ™‚

I read a quote today by Elder Nelson. He said this “God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, but we are not. Each day, ours is the challenge to access the power of the Atonement so that we can truly change, become more Christ-like, and qualify for the gift of exaltation with God, Jesus Christ, and our families.”

I thought it was a good quote. Pretty much sums up my mission. I have had to make a lot of changes and even more important, accept a lot of changes. I have had to apply the atonement to help me change and grow and progress to become more like Christ. How grateful I am for that opportunity that I have had, that I continue to have, and that we all have as Gods children. I am thankful for my savior and all that he is done for me and that we get to celebrate his birth this week.

I love you all. MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Have a fantastic week. πŸ™‚

Love,

Sister Palmer

Carols and Christmas Time!

PREFACE: I don’t know why Kayla titled her email the way she did this week because she doesn’t mention any carols and barely talks about it being Christmas. She probably had “The Forgotten Carols” playing in her mind as she wrote…it is her favorite Christmas album. If I were to write the title of this entry (which I could since I control the account) it would be “Learning and Growing Through Change”. But this is Kayla’s mission, not mine, so on to her letter.

Dear family and friends,

Hello, hello! Holy cow it is so great to be able to email today. Not gonna lie, the first p-day of a transfer is the best, because you get to email and hear from family and friends to give you a boost to keep going.

Okay, I make it sound like this week was terrible. It wasn’t, but it was a bit of a struggle. It was so hard having Sister Webb gone! I felt like part of me was missing almost all week. Satan was also doing what he does best to try and bring me down. He knows my weakness is my thoughts, and I’m not gonna lie, I had some negative thoughts this week about myself and what I was doing as a missionary.

But…. Let’s talk about some good stuff and some of the things that I have learned this week. Let’s first start with my companion. My new companion is Sister Rose. She is from Tooele, UT. She is the middle child, with an older sister and a younger brother. We are the same age (at least as far as school goes. She graduated in 2013 as well). She has done 1 year of college at UVU. She wants to be a pilot. Sister Rose has only been out for 3 transfers, or 4 1/2 months. She is just a baby as far as mission age goes! She is the youngest companion out on a mission that I have had so far. She reminds me a lot of myself when I was at the beginning of my mission, or even where I was at the time that she is at now.

It has been kinda fun this week just to think back on my struggles and weaknesses at that point in my mission, and the similar struggles she is having. She is very quiet. Just like I was. It has been hard and required a lot of patience, because I don’t want to overpower lessons. If there is one thing that I have learned on my mission, it is that God needs us where he needs us, and puts us with the people he puts us with for a reason. This week I have tried to have the mindset of “Why did God put us together? What am I supposed to learn? How can I be an example and what am I supposed to teach her?” It has been a big help to have that mindset, because I am trying to work with her a lot. Things are finally starting to get better. She is a great missionary, and I hope to be able to teach her all that I have learned on my mission so far.

So other great news, Shelby got confirmed yesterday!! Wahoo! The newest member of the church. He is so awesome. He said that his confirmation was such a powerful experience, which it was. The spirit was strong. I have loved seeing him learn and grow and seeing the light in his eyes as he has progressed in the gospel and become more familiar with the spirit. He is awesome!

This week ended up being a great week! We found 3 new investigators, and we are working with another lady (L) to prepare her for baptism on the 27th. We will see what happens.

I am so thankful that I get to be a missionary at this time. I am thankful for the gospel. It is such a blessing in our lives! I love you all! Have a great week.

Love,
Sister Palmer

PS: Christmas is in a week and a half…for all you that still have Christmas shopping to do. Haha. I can’t wait to talk to my family though!! That will be so exciting.

PSS: Pictures this week are… a good looking group of missionaries! πŸ˜‰ Me and Sisters Webb and Ison on the day of transfers. Two of my best friends from the mission are now home. That is just too weird.

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The second picture… We filled up with gas the other day. I have no idea what gas prices are in Utah, but $2.29 a gallon was so exciting for me! That is the lowest it has been on my mission.

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Busy, Busy, Busy

Dear Family and Friends,

Holy cow this week was so busy! So, so, busy….

Let me first tell you about transfer calls since you are probably dying to know. As you know, Sister Webb is leaving. Unfortunately that isn’t going to change. Thankfully, I am staying! Wahoo. I have not receive a call from President Porter yet to know if I am training. I don’t think I am. That’s okay though. πŸ™‚

So, back to our busy week. We had appointments like crazy!! Holy cow you would not even believe. It was great because it is nice to be busy as a missionary. Tuesday we just went from appointment to appointment. We ended up having eight lessons that day. 4 of those were with members. We got 4 member present lessons in one day! We were so excited.

Wednesday we had Zone Conference. That was great as it always is! We ended up having it in the Middletown building. That was nice because I got to be back there. Also, the Middletown Ward Relief Society was in charge of feeding us that day, so I got to see a few people that I love from that ward.

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That isn’t the most important part though. The important part was that we felt the spirit, received revelation, and got to spend time with other missionaries. That is what I love. After Zone Conference, we went to dinner at Wendy’s. We needed to eat something quick because we had a chapel tour up back up in Centerville that night. While we were at Wendy’s, the assistants and Sister Porter walked in, as well as a couple other sister missionaries. We ended up eating dinner all together. Our chapel tour got cancelled, so we didn’t have to rush. It was fun to spend time with all of them.

(S) had his baptism interview on Wednesday. He was in his interview with Elder McDade for over an hour! We had no idea what was going on. When they came out though, they both had smiles on their faces and Elder McDade said that everything was good for his baptism to be on Saturday. YAY!!! So there was another great thing that happened.

Friday we had exchanges. I stayed in our area. I have to be able to run it ya know…I know that I can. It was a lot of fun though! I got to be with Sister Summers again.

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We got poured on as we were out walking. Unfortunately I don’t have a copy of that picture to send, but we were so wet! It was lots of fun though. πŸ™‚

Saturday we had our Social Media split where the members come out with us and take pictures of the things that we do as missionaries and then post them on Facebook.

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We made some cookies in the morning and did some service as well. Then we went to the church for (S)’s baptism!! That was so good. The spirit was so strong. Everything worked out the way that it needed to.

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After the baptism, we had a couple of lessons, one of the members took us out to dinner at Olive Garden and then drove us to the Saturday session of Stake Conference. That ended up taking the rest of the night and then we came home and planned out for the next day.

Now we are finally at Sunday. Sunday we had Stake Conference. I got to see a lot of members from the Middletown Ward. They all came up and gave me hugs. It was fun. Stake Conference was good. After Stake Conference, and after we made it home, we drove right back down to Middletown so that Sister Webb could meet with President Porter for her departing interview. This transfer we have 21 missionaries going home. 21!! Can you believe that?? Because there are so many missionaries going home, President has started interviewing some of them early, so that he doesn’t spend 10 1/2 hours at once doing interviews. He likes to spend at least half an hour with each missionary. That went good. I got to just sit on the couch and talk with Sister Porter while we waited for them to get done with the interview. We ended up having to re-schedule some appointments because there was no way that we were going to fit them in. Last night we had some appointments and it was lots of fun.

Today we had our last companionship study….. :,( We were both a little emotional. Today is going to be another crazy day trying to get everything done that we need to.

See?? This week was crazy! And I actually timed my emailing time right so that I could just write about most of the details. Are you all happy?? Haha just kidding.

I love you all! Have a great week! Thank you so much for all your prayers. I really can feel them. Heavenly Father is definitely providing me comfort as we move into this new week. πŸ™‚

Love,

Sister Palmer

Gobble, Gobble!!

Hello Family and friends!!

I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving! I know that we did. πŸ™‚ Not gonna lie, it was a little different not to be with family and the whole day I would occasionally think about my family and the activities that they would be doing. It was still a good day though. We had dinner with one of the members. The food was all so great. πŸ™‚ I loved every bit of it. On Saturday, we went to go and see a less active, part member family in the ward and we just happened to show up as they were having a Thanksgiving dinner with one side of the family, so they invited us right in (I will have you know that this was our first time meeting them too. It was kinda crazy to have them just invite us in and sit us down to eat). Needless to say, we had a second Thanksgiving dinner, even though it was a couple of days later. It was really good!

Shelby is getting baptized this weekend!! Things are looking really good for it. πŸ™‚ We are both super excited.

My birthday was awesome! Thank you for all the birthday wishes. It honestly was just like any other day, but one of the members fed us a good dinner and I was able to open presents. It was lots of fun. πŸ™‚ We also had a birthday dinner with a different less active/part member family. We are teaching the son who is 13. They LOVE the sister missionaries, because it was sister missionaries that taught the mom and dad and helped them get baptized. So they found out that it was my birthday and so they had us over for dinner on Friday. We also had some great pumpkin pie for dessert and they sang happy birthday to me. It was a lot of fun!

This week we have Zone Conference, which I am looking forward to, as well as Stake Conference. I am excited to see members from the Middletown Ward! Plus we have Shelby’s baptism and a social media split. It is going to be a great week!

I love you all. Have a great week. πŸ™‚

Love,

Sister Palmer

PS: Here is a picture from this past week. One of the members gave us a Christmas tree to put up, and in the box there were a couple of hats, so of course we took pictures with them on!Β DSCN0722[1]