Legacies.

Hello family and friends!

Holy cow, I am just so happy right now. This past week was awesome, and the emails that I got today were awesome. Things are going so great for me out here and for all y’all back at home. Nothing makes me happier. 🙂

So let me tell you a little bit about this week because it was awesome.

So, not much exciting happened on Tuesday. We had a good day with some good appointments. We had an appointment set up with an investigator and we had a member coming to it, but the investigator wasn’t there, so we still had the member come with us and try by a couple of other people. While we were walking, we met a lady named (R). We started asking her about her religion. She is a Wiccan [simply put, believes in witchcraft]. I have always wanted to meet one of those…I have heard both good and bad (just like you hear about every religion) and I wanted to hear things from a real wiccan. She has had a really rough past. She was very nice though and we set up a return appointment. I don’t know how long we will really be teaching her. She is pretty set in her ways, but you never know! You have to stay optimistic. So anyway, we met her and we were still able to get a member present lesson! God’s grace.

Wednesday we had district meeting. We were supposed to have a chapel tour with (B) and (D), but they didn’t show up. That was a bit of a bummer, but it happens. (On the positive side, we saw them on Saturday night and (B) is just flying by in his B.O.M reading. He is already in Enos! Man that made me so happy.) Wednesday night we taught activity days. That was so much fun! We did some role plays with the girls to help them practice sharing the gospel with other people. Oh my gosh they were HILARIOUS!! They were so funny, but they had such an enthusiasm for it that hopefully it went to good use and they will actually share the gospel with their friends. 🙂

We got in a few minutes early Wednesday night and we didn’t really know what to do or who to go see that lives close by our apartment, so we just started walking. We met a guy named (B) who was outside smoking. We talked to him for a few minutes and were able to pick him up as a new investigator. Once again, God’s grace.

Thursday was so awesome! We had what is called a Legacy meeting. It was only for the missionaries who have 6 months or less. I think it was the first time that the mission has done it. I went on a temporary exchange with Sister Summers so that we could go to the meeting in the morning. We rode down with a few other sisters, so we had a full car. The car ride there and back was so much fun!

At the meeting we talked about how after the first 6 months that the Ohio Cincinnati Mission was organized, we had about 130 missionaries who had been out 6 months or less. We were one of the youngest missions. Now we have about 130 missionaries who only have 6 months left, so we are now one of the oldest missions. We talked about our strengths and weaknesses about being one of the oldest missions. We then talked about the Legacy we want to leave behind when we go home, so that these younger missionaries can see our examples and carry on the Legacy and continue to be a really strong, successful mission. It was awesome and I received a lot of revelation! Plus I got to see Sister Davis and a few other mission friends.

We tried really hard this week to find our purpose in the areas that we were working in and we tried really hard to talk to everyone so that we could find some new investigators. We worked really hard, but we didn’t find as many new investigators as we would have liked. But you know what? I don’t feel discouraged at all. Our numbers were still so good for this week! It was very evident that because we were doing the little things and trying our hardest to fulfill our purpose, God stepped in and made up for it. GOD’S GRACE!! This week was full of a lot of grace, and I feel like I fulfilled my purpose for last week. Now I have to go out again with that same attitude, so that we can accomplish more miracles. 🙂 It is going to be a little harder this week, because we have a fresh blanket of snow on the ground now and it is super cold, but with God, all things are possible!

I am so grateful to be out serving right now. I have just a little less than 6 months, and even though I get a little discouraged at times, or I want to come home so that I can see my family and hang out with my friends (especially those from the mission) I am determined to finish strong. I DO want to leave a legacy behind in this mission, and am going to work hard to do it. 🙂

I love you all so much! Thank you again for all that you do for me. I thank you for your prayers on my behalf. You have no idea how much strength they give me to keep going. I couldn’t do it without all of you. Have a great week!

Love,

Sister Palmer

PS: Here is a picture of Sister Rose and I holding a ferret. Such a cute little guy! Haha. 🙂

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Transfers Everybody….

Good afternoon folks!! How’s things been going??

From the emails that I got today, it sounds like things are going great right now.

This week has been pretty good. I guess you first would like to know the transfer verdict don’t ya. Well, Sister Rose and I are both staying! Yay. That is a nice thing. I only have 4 transfers left….holy crap that is so short. Gives me a heart attack almost every time that I think about it. Man alive….is time moving that quick for anyone else?? I swear, the closer it gets to me coming home, the faster time is going. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Honestly there wasn’t anything super crazy exciting that happened this last week. Today we had a zone fun day and we went bowling.

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It was so much fun! We made sure to have lots of fun!

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Almost the whole zone is staying the same, but a couple of people are leaving. That will be sad. A couple of them are going home, one of which is Sister Parker who was my Sister Training Leader in my first area. Slowly and steadily all of my friends are going home. This is nuts!!

One thing that I love about being a missionary is the change that you get to see in other people as they start to accept the gospel, or even after they are baptized. This week we went over to (L) and (A)’s a couple of times. Man, the spirit is so different in their home now. Now, all of the family are members, except for the two youngest who aren’t old enough to get baptized. Anyway, they are doing awesome!

Our investigator (B) is in 2 Nephi 4 in the Book of Mormon. We only taught the Book of Mormon lesson to him a couple of weeks ago. He is just whizzing on through it. It is awesome! (K) continues to do good as well. We are still working with her to get baptized, but we might have to push her date back a couple of weeks. That is okay though! We want to make sure she is ready to keep her baptism covenants.

Well, I love you all! I hope you have a fantastic week. Talk to you later. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

Baptisms and Miracles!!

Hello family and friends!

This week was so stink’n awesome!

Tuesday we had interviews with President and Sister Porter. That was so amazing! I always love having interviews with the two of them. It is good to talk about my growth as a missionary and see how proud of me they are. They are awesome!

It snowed this week. Finally! We are in January and it finally snowed. It was a pretty good snow too. It isn’t the best to be out in though…and it is freezing cold! It just reminds me of all the adventures that I had last winter with Sister Standage. This is Sister Roses’ first winter, so it is fun to watch her reaction to things and watch her as she experiences her first Ohio humid winter. She seems to be taking it pretty well.

Wednesday we had a zone meeting. That went good. We had a testimony meeting after and I got up to bear my testimony. Before I came out on my mission, I didn’t really like to share my testimony because I was always so nervous and I got super emotional. Thankfully it isn’t like that anymore, so I like to get up and share my testimony! It was really neat and the spirit was really strong as lots of missionaries got up to share their testimony.

We also had exchanges on Wednesday. That was very much needed! I was with Sister Summers again on this one. We always have so much fun when we are on exchanges together. We saw a lot of people, we’re able to find a new investigator, and then that night we had Alex’s baptism interview. That went really good! He passed! Yay. That was a big relief. We had a lesson with (L) and (A) before they went home and before we met up with Sister Rose and Sister Fox to exchange back.

Thursday we had a member take us out to lunch. That was a tender mercy! She took us out to Five Guys. Let me just tell you…Sister Rose is kind of a healthy eater, so needless to say, we don’t really eat out much and when we do, we go to Subway (which isn’t a bad thing because I like Subway too) BUT! I have been craving hamburgers really bad for like 2 weeks, and so when the member asked us what we had been craving I told her right away that I wanted hamburgers! And it was a really good hamburger that I had. 🙂

Also I forgot to mention: On exchanges, Sister Summers and I went and saw (B) and his nephew (D) who we are also teaching. We taught them the Book of Mormon lesson and gave them their own copies. They were both excited to have them to start reading. When we saw (D) later on in the week, he said that he had been reading and that he was enjoying it so far! He also said that (B) has been loving it as well and that he reads it every day. Exciting!

Okay so on Friday we had dinner with a family in our ward who I haven’t had dinner with yet. Well, we had an awesome dinner with them and I really enjoyed getting to know them better! The wife does Mary Kay, so we talked about their product for a little bit, and before she left, she went and got some stuff for Sister Rose and I to have. Free Mary Kay product. Wahoo!

Saturday is the day that you have all been waiting to hear about. (L) and (A)’s baptism!!

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It was so good! There wasn’t anything in particular that stood out to me. No super ecstatic feelings or anything, other than it just felt good. The Elders also had a baptism of a family friend of (L) and (A), so we had 3 baptisms on Saturday!

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It was a good start to the year for the Miamisburg ward. As a zone, we had 4 baptisms this weekend, which is awesome!

Sunday was great. (K) was going to come to church, but she woke up and one of her pipes had broke because it is so cold outside, and she had water all over. She was so sad and disappointed. We were too! Stupid Satan….He causes so many problems. He was causing a lot of problems for (L) and (A) and (J) as they were trying to get to church for their confirmation. Thankfully they made it, even though they were a little late. They got confirmed though and it was awesome!

Sister Rose and I also taught primary. We taught the CTR 5 class. It was crazy, but it was lots of fun. I don’t really know if I would ever want to be a Primary teacher, but you never know. It might happen. We also experienced some freezing rain…that stuff is terrible. We pretty much were walking on ice. Oh well.

Anyway, it was a great week! From the emails that I got today, it sounds like it was a great week at home! I love you guys all so much! Have another great week. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

New Years!

Hello family and friends!

This week was so crazy and so awesome!

Tuesday we had 9 set appointments. You hear that?? Nine!! That is so stink’n crazy. We actually had like 4 fall through, but still, that is a lot of set appointments for one day. WE were running around like crazy!!

Wednesday we came in early for New Year’s Eve. Too many crazies out that night! We had an activity that President Porter put together for us to do, so we had a lot to do after we came in. IT was lots of fun. I was so stink’n tired though! There was no way I was going to try and stay up (I wouldn’t have stayed up anyway because we are supposed to be in bed by 10:30 pm).

Thursday we had more New Year’s Day activities. We didn’t leave our apartment until 3:00 in the afternoon. Basically the activity was that we had to reflect on this past year (what we have learned, how we have grown/changed) then we set a vision for ourselves (what we want to accomplish this year, what we want to be different about us, etc.) Things like that. It was a long process, but it was really good! It was nice to reflect on how much I have grown and improved and set a vision for where I want to be by the time I come home.

The rest of the week was awesome! Things are going great for (L) and (A). We are just trying to make sure that they will be ready for their baptism this weekend! We are super excited. 🙂

Here is a neat story for the week: We went and saw one of our investigators last Tuesday. The first thing she says to us after we sat down was “I have decided that I want to be baptized.”

Now just picture that. How would you have reacted?? I haven’t really had that happen to me before, but I was in shock! I couldn’t believe she said that. After it finally hit me, things were super happy and exciting. I had to keep myself from jumping out of the chair and cheering. Ha-ha! It was a neat experience though and she is now on date for the 31st of this month.

Needless to say, there are so many miracles going on right now! I am so happy to be a part of this work! I am thankful for all the love and support that I receive from you guys at home that keep me going. 🙂

I love you all! Happy New Year’s! Have a great week. 🙂 Don’t freeze either! I don’t know how cold it is out there, but it is finally freezing here…bring on another humid winter! 😉

Love,

Sister Palmer