Luck of the Irish

Family and friends!

Guess what?? This week was pretty great. Definitely a lot better than last week. Still not as great as it could have been, but so much improvement!

So Monday, we had a zone fun day. It was fun for sure!

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The weather was great, so we were able to go outside and play games. It was so much fun!

Tuesday was St. Patrick’s Day, and we had exchanges! That was a blast as well. I stayed here in Miamisburg (of course) and I was with Sister Nash.

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Sister Nash came out a transfer after I did and she started in Miamisburg. It was weird for her to be back in her greenie area, but we had lots of fun! We got to see some people that she knew when she was here, but we also got to see some others that she hasn’t ever met.

Friday was pretty awesome! We got to go to Oakwood High School in the morning and teach the comparative religions class there. The students had been learning all week about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They had read from the introduction to the Book of Mormon, and they had also watched the Restoration video. We got to go and be the special guest representatives from the church to go and talk a little bit more about it and to answer questions. It was SO MUCH FUN! The kids are very bright and they had some great questions! I have had people tell me before that they think I am going to be a public speaker, and after doing this presentation, I think it is more of a possibility for me. I enjoy doing it!

We also had interviews with President and Sister Porter on Friday right after we taught the class at school. Those went fantastic as well! President and I had a great time in my interview. We just laughed and talked the whole time. I have loved seeing how much I have grown as a missionary and how much President and Sister Porter have noticed I have grown. It feels really good!

We also got to role-play at interviews. They do it every time, and they video tape us while we do it. It can be very nerve racking, and it is really awkward when they go back and make us watch ourselves teaching. Let me tell you though, our role play was AWESOME!! Seriously, Elder Beckman (who is one of the assistants) said that our role play was the best one he had seen all day. He looked at Sister Witherspoon and was like “How long have you been out?” He couldn’t believe she has only been out 3 weeks. It made me feel really good.

Saturday we had a really good lesson with our investigator (G)! She has pretty much almost quit smoking, and then we will set a baptism date for her. She has had multiple in the past, but this time I think it is going to happen. She tells everyone that she is a Mormon, and when people ask what the Mormons believe, she tells them what we believe! She has been meeting with the missionaries off and on the past year and a half, so she knows a lot. She is funny and I love going over to see her!

Sunday we had a less-active sister, Sister (W) come to church. That was awesome too! My companions and I have been working with her off and on during the time that I have been here, and she finally came to church! She seemed to really enjoy it, and she is going to be coming to the women’s broadcast this Saturday.

Oh yeah, by the way, the women’s broadcast is this Saturday! YIPEE! I am so excited I can hardly wait. Then General Conference is the week after, which will be just as awesome! I love this time of the year. 🙂

That’s probably about it for my email this week. Lots of good things happened! It really was a good week. I love you all! Have a fantastic week yourselves. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

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Punch Satan in the FACE!!

Hello my wonderful family and friends,

This week…was terrible. Yep. I hate to say it, but I can’t lie. It was kinda bad. We faced a lot of opposition this week and didn’t do nearly as good as we did last week. We tried so hard, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out! We had very few lessons and a lot of lessons that we scheduled fell through. Honestly, I think I am more upset that Sister Witherspoon had to go through a week like that on her second week in the mission. Welcome to missionary life?! It is just evident that there is a giant miracle on its way!

One thing that I have learned on my mission is that God is always with us and he is always a part of our lives. No matter if we have good days or bad days, we can always find something good. So, even though this week was bad (as far as numbers go), let me share with you some of the grace that we received…

To start off, it has been so stinking WARM here!!! Hallelujah! Seriously, winter ended and spring was here overnight. It was so sunny and all the snow has melted *knock on wood that it doesn’t snow again*. Today it is supposed to be like 70 degrees, so this afternoon we are going to go to the Miamisburg mound park and have yet another zone fun day!

Zone Fun Day!!!

Zone Fun Day!!!

(The whole mission got an extra zone fun day from President Porter because of some of the goals that we have accomplished). We are going to play some Ultimate Frisbee and just have lots of fun in the sun! 🙂

Another grace moment this week was that we got to go to the temple!

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District at Columbus Ohio Temple

It was kind of a surprise. We weren’t supposed to go until this Wednesday, but last Monday the assistants sent out a voicemail to all the missionaries saying that our temple trips had been re-arranged. It was so much fun to go to the temple though!

Zone at Columbus Ohio Temple

Zone at Columbus Ohio Temple

Our session started at 9:00, so we had to get up at 5:30 to start getting ready. (Bleh!). After our temple trip we went to Culvers for lunch. I love Culvers! There isn’t a Culvers down here, but there was a Culvers in my first area that we went to a couple of times, so it was nice to go back there again.

Another quick grace moment that just came to my mind is that our dinner calendar is filled up to the end of the month! Yay! That’s always a nice thing. The members love us. 😉

Even though we had a lot of lessons fall through, we had a couple of really good lessons with some less-actives that we have been working with. Another grace moment.

So that is about it for the update. There are just a few things that I can think of where we saw grace that made this week a lot nicer. Like I said, we can always find something good in our day if we look for it!

I love you all. Have a fantastic week!

Love,

Sister Palmer

His grace is sufficient!

Hello my dear family and friends!!

Holy cow! What a week we have just had. It has been crazy! Let me tell you about it though….

So Monday, we ended up going to Graeter’s ice cream as a district.

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The Kettering sisters were getting doubled out (boooo!), Sister Rose was leaving, and so was Elder McDade. Most of the district left! Sad day.

Tuesday was transfers, obviously! There were a butt load of missionaries going home…including my dear friend Sister Standage. (sad day!) I had the training meeting right before the transfer meeting, so I didn’t get any pictures with people.

My new companion is Sister Witherspoon. She is from Kaysville, Utah. She is the oldest of 5 kids, and all of her younger siblings are girls. She is 20 years old. Just turned 20 a couple of weeks ago.

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So far, we have gotten along, so I think it will be good. By the end of the first day, I was exhausted! I remember thinking “Man, Sister Standage trained me when she had only been out for 3 transfers, and I only have 3 transfers left!” I don’t know how she did it being out for so little time. I’m not quite used to someone asking me so many questions. I just kind of expect her to know….then I remember that she is fresh from the MTC and so she doesn’t know. I am enjoying teaching her and she is really good at taking advice and applying it. 🙂

Little (T) did end up getting baptized on Saturday. Yep, Sister Witherspoon got here at a good time. Baptism in the first week baby! It ended up going really good. His parents and his sister came, as well as his grandparents.

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Then he got confirmed on Sunday and his parents came to that. Sister (D) was telling me that she was going to go shopping for a skirt, and they were going to get little (T) some dress pants for church. Yay! We hope the whole family starts coming back to church.

We also saw (B) after church yesterday! Holy cow…it has been like 3 weeks since we have seen him, but we were finally able to get back in touch. Guess what? He has now read the ENTIRE Book of Mormon. You hear that? The ENTIRE Book of Mormon. Now he has started over re-reading it. Man…he just needs to get baptized. He has been taught almost all of the lessons. We set up a chapel tour with him for Wednesday, and then he is planning on coming to church on Sunday. He told us that he was going to make things happen this time! Hopefully he will start to progress a lot.

Also, the weather has been fantastic the past couple of days! Wahoo!

I don’t really know what else to update on for the week. It was an awesome week, and I can’t wait to see what this next week has in store. 🙂 I love you all! Have a great week.

Love,

Sister Palmer

Help! I need somebody. Help!

My dearest family and friends!

Hello folks. How are y’all? I am doing pretty great. I have a lot of mixed emotions right now. This week has been AMAZING though, so let me tell you about it.

I guess I should start off first by mentioning the transfers. So here you go….Sister Rose is leaving and I am staying! Holy cow it was totally unexpected. I thought I was leaving. I am thinking that I might finish my mission here in the Miamisburg ward. Why do I think that? Well, the other news that I have with transfers is that I am TRAINING! I don’t even know how I feel. If you had told me a year ago, or even 9 months ago that I would be training a brand new missionary, I probably would have just cried and cried and tried to hide under a rock. I would have been way too scared! I am not scared right now….I just feel very neutral. I am not freaking out. I’m not scared. I don’t really know how I feel.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the Miamisburg ward! (Although I have also absolutely loved every other area that I have served in.) I don’t have a problem being here longer, but I have been trying to figure out what my purpose is in this area. I have now been here for 3 transfers, which equates to 4 1/2 months. If I stay here the entire time that I am training, then I will have been here the same amount of time that I spent in Columbia City (5 transfers a.k.a. 7 1/2 months). If I finish my mission here in Miamisburg, then I will have been here for half of my mission. That’s not too bad! Anyway, I have just been trying to figure out what I am supposed to do and accomplish here in this area. I feel like I know it so well and that there isn’t much more for me to do. There is always something to do though. Satan is just trying to tell me otherwise. (Stupid Satan!)

Okay, well let me tell you about our week. This week was seriously so AWESOME! We had 2 chapel tours this week. One was with our investigator (R), and the other was with our investigator (T). We were a little worried about (R’s) chapel tour because she said that she has anxiety attacks when she goes to churches. We got to the church though and things were going pretty good. We ended up showing her around the church and then we went into the chapel. She absolutely LOVED IT! The spirit was so strong and she could feel it. She felt very comfortable and welcomed there. The member that was with us then invited her to come to church and she said yes! Booyah.

As far as (T) goes, he has been to church before, so he knows what the church is like, but one of the things that we have to do before our investigators get baptized is give them a chapel tour. (T) loved it though, and it was good because we were able to get his mom, Sister (D), into the church. (T’s) parents are both members. They were baptized about 11 years ago, but they have been kind of less active for a little while. (T) is 13 and he hasn’t been baptized (until this weekend). That’s right folks! (T) is getting baptized this Saturday. 🙂 We are really excited. It will be a good way to start off the transfer, and with me having a brand new missionary, it will be a good experience for her.

So guess what? Church got cancelled yesterday! It was snowing so bad that the bishop decided to cancel it. (Stupid snow!) It’s okay though…it ended up being kind of a blessing. I swear I never experienced church cancelling until I came on my mission. Since I have been out, I have had church cancelled like 3 or 4 times. It’s crazy! We ended up going over to the Brother and Sister (D’s) and helping them shovel their driveway. Then we had a snowball fight with Brother (D) and (T), and we built a snowman with (T)…(it looked like Olaf).

Building a snowman with T.

Building a snowman with T.

We had to have a little bit of fun! After that we went to one of the members houses with (T) and Brother (D), and we watched a session of General Conference. That counted as church for us yesterday. It was good though!

Those are just a couple of quick updates and highlights for the week. It seriously was so awesome. 🙂 This week is going to be another good one. Heck! This transfer is going to be great! I am excited. I love you all though! Have a great week!

Love,

Sister Palmer

This first picture was taken on Wednesday. That is most of our zone.

Dayton Zone prior to March 2015 transfers.

Dayton Zone prior to March 2015 transfers.

The second picture is of our district! 🙂

My district before the March 2015 transfers.

My district before the March 2015 transfers.