Road Trips and Temples :)

Hello my wonderful family and friends!

Hows y’all doing?? Things are going pretty great for me right now. This last week was kinda bleh, except for one thing which I will mention in just a minute.

So we had a couple of appointments on Monday, but they ended up cancelling because people were sick…being sick is not fun! I was glad that people were mindful of us, but I was also disappointed that our appointments cancelled.

There wasn’t a whole ton that happened on Tuesday either. We were going to go to one of the member’s houses to read to her mom who was on hospice (spelling?) but she ended up passing away over the weekend and the viewing was on Tuesday in a part of Ohio that the lady grew up in, and it was out of mission boundaries, so we couldn’t go to it.

Wednesday we had zone meeting, which went really good! We had a lot of fun. Played a game, but then also had some training. I took a lot of good notes that will hopefully help continue to grow and progress in my missionary work. That afternoon though, I was not at the top of my game. We were staying too long at appointments (I like to visit with people, but usually I do good and keep it to a minimum). I almost forgot about one of our appointments. We still made it, but we were late. We did have a correlation meeting with our Ward mission leaders and the elders that night, so that was good at least! Also on Wednesday, we had a few appointments scheduled and a member to come out with us, but no one was home for their appointments…the frustrations of missionary work.

Thursday was very slow too. Basically the whole week I felt like I was walking through sand. In my head I wanted to work super hard, but my effort wasn’t as great, and then our numbers were not good. This was the worst week of numbers that I have had my entire mission. I know that the numbers don’t matter as much. I am proud of Sister Rose and me because we did work really hard! We just faced some opposition, which for a missionary that is normal. This week is going to be a good week! The past is behind us, and we are going to do better than last week and accomplish a lot more. 🙂

Okay, enough of the sadder, negative stuff. Let me get to the good part. So if you noticed I included temples in the heading of my email. So let me tell you about it…

On the first and third Saturdays of the month, we get to go to the temple with our recent converts.Our zone and the zones that are south of us go to the Louisville Kentucky temple on the first Saturday of the month, and everyone north of our zone goes to the Columbus temple on the third Saturday of the month. At the beginning of the week we weren’t planning on going to the temple, but our zone leaders had called us on Tuesday to get a little bit of information and they committed us to try and get someone to the temple on Saturday. Not gonna lie, I really doubted it would happen. I pretty much told myself that I would try, but I wasn’t going to get too upset if it didn’t happen. (I know…where was my faith?!) Anyway, we went to work to try and accomplish it. The zone leaders told us we could do it, and President Porter is really pushing for every area to take a recent convert to the temple every month.

We decided to take (L). We saw her every day! We began by getting her set up on FamilySearch and helping her find names. Then on Thursday, we called the Bishop to see if he could do a temple recommend interview with her. He said he was available that night, so we prayed that she would be able to do it. Guess what? She was able to do it! 🙂

By Friday we had still not found a ride. We prayed and prayed and asked lots of the members if they could take us. We finally found a member to take us. Thank heavens! We went over on Friday to see (L) and finalize everything.

Then the big day arrived! We left Miamisburg at about 9:30-ish and began our trip down to Louisville. It is about 2-21/2 hours from us. I haven’t been on that long of a car ride since I was in Indiana. Everything in Ohio is a lot closer, and so I haven’t had to.

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Things ended up going so good! (L) was able to do baptisms for her mom and her grandma. It was a neat experience for her. There were a lot of missionaries and a lot of recent converts. President Porter did a lot of the baptisms.

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Toward the end, when almost all of the recent converts were done, we were told that some of us sisters could do baptisms too! I was so excited. I don’t remember the last time that I did baptisms. We went and got changed. President Porter was the one that did the baptisms for all of us, so that was a neat opportunity. I was the first one to do the baptisms, and after President was finished and as I was getting out of the font, he told me that I had just done the baptisms for his family; family names that he and Sister Porter had brought to the temple. It was so awesome!

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Anyway, that was the highlight of the weekend. It made everything a little bit better. 🙂 I love you all! Thanks for all you do. Have a great week!

Love,

Sister Palmer

Some adorable cookies that Laura made for us! 🙂

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