Member Presents

Hello! So this week was a pretty awesome week! We had a lot of fun and we were able to accomplish a lot, so let me get started….

On Monday we had a zone fun day, which was a lot of fun! They always are, but I do love them. We had a picnic at the church, so everyone brought some food to share, and then we played basketball and volleyball and chair soccer. Classic missionary games, but it was really good to get out on the court and play. I especially enjoyed basketball. It is still one of my most favorite sports!

We had a legacy meeting on Tuesday. I didn’t think it was as awesome as the first legacy meeting that we had, but it was still really good! We watched a video clip from the movie “Facing the Giants” It is a pretty popular movie clip, and it makes me cry every time (pathetic, I know…) but the video clip was about a football player, Brock, who is doubting that they will win their game that Friday. The coach makes Brock go out on the football field and do the death crawl with one of his teammates on his back. The coach then blindfolds him so that he can’t see where he is at. Anyway, by the end Brock goes all the way across the football field. It was really good to watch and we were able to relate it to us and to our situations. Right now, I need to not worry about where I am at (which I am not too worried), and just push hard to the end. God’s grace will kick in and we will be able to finish. That’s just what happened this week.

This week we had a big focus as a mission on getting member present lessons with our investigators. Sister Witherspoon and I worked really hard every day to accomplish the goal, and we were delivered! We had a couple of appointments on Tuesday evening that fell through, so we took our recent convert (G) all over the place with us to have a member present lesson, and we got one! We had a lesson with (C), even though it wasn’t a scheduled appointment.

There were a couple of days this week where we didn’t have any appointments set up with investigators, but we still had members come out with us so that we could try. One of those days was on Friday. We had a very recently returned missionary (and I mean very recent. She just got home on Tuesday) come out with us. Once again, we went and saw (C) and had another lesson with her, which that one also went well.

Saturday, we had one of the young women out with us and we had an appointment scheduled with (R). We went to her house, she answered the door, and she told us she was very sick. She said she had a viral infection and she was supposed to be on bed rest for a few days, and technically she was under “quarantine” because it was so bad. Needless to say, she didn’t let us in the house, which was fine because I don’t want to get sick. We still shared a little message with her though in the hallway so that we could get a member present! #makingithappen

Saturday we also had a Relief Society activity, which was lots of fun! It was mostly just a social and a dinner, but we went because there were going to be a couple of less-actives there and one of our investigators was supposed to come (but she ended up not being able to). We had Hawaiian haystacks for dinner, which were so good! There were so many leftovers too! The Relief Society seriously sent us home with so much that we had to put it all in a garbage bag….I felt like a freakin’ pig as I carried this giant bag out full of food, but I wasn’t going to complain either. Haha! We have enough Hawaiian haystacks to last us this whole week. 🙂

The biggest miracle of all was yesterday. We went to go contact a referral from one of the members that we had received a couple of weeks ago. We stopped by the member’s house first to see if she would be able to come with us, so that hopefully we could get another member present. She wasn’t home unfortunately, so we just walked across the street to meet the referral. We met the referral. His name is (D). While we were talking to him though, Sister Kimura, the member that had given us the referral and that we wanted to come with us walked out of their house…miracle! We eneded up going inside the house and talking to a couple of the daughters.

One of the daughters, (M), is our age and she is agnostic. We got talking about how she came to be agnostic and she opened up a lot to us. She has had some health problems throughout her life that have been a big trial for her. I had a very strong feeling that we should share the Plan of Salvation with her. It was kinda awkward at first, but the lesson went really well and the spirit was really strong! We ended up picking her up as a new investigator, so we got a member present, new investigator, and referral contacted all at one time! It was awesome.

That’s about it for my week. I love you all! Have another great week!

Love, Sister Palmer

The pictures are from zone fun day. One of the elders had brought Baja Blasts. DSCN0925[1] I have never had one because it is a Mountain Dew, but I have heard lots of good things about them, so I decided to try one. It was delicious! DSCN0927[1]

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That was awkward…

HELLO!!!

This week was actually really good. For it being a transfer week, we did really good! Transfer weeks are known for being kinda bad because of the change and such…but I guess since there wasn’t any change between us, we had just another normal week. WE have been trying to have 3 awkward experiences a day as a zone, so that is the why my email is titled the way it is, although some stories you my read about can also fall into the title…

So this week, we had a chapel tour with (B)!!!!!!!! We were so stink’n excited that he actually came! We have tried at least like 5 times to have a chapel tour with him since we started teaching him and every time something goes wrong and he doesn’t show up. Well, this week it finally happened!! We got some training a couple weeks ago in leadership council and then in zone meeting on how we should do our chapel tours so that they aren’t super long, but that they are super powerful. (B) was our first investigator to test our training on, but it went really well. The spirit was strong, especially when we were in the chapel. I thought it was a great experience for us and for (B).

(B) was supposed to come to church yesterday, but he didn’t make it. We don’t know what happened. We haven’t talked to him yet to figure out. We were super bummed! There was some more things that we could have done to make sure that he got there, so part of it was a lack of effort on our part, but I was just hoping that he would come anyway because of his experience at the chapel tour. Oh well! We will do better this week. On the bright side, we had 2 less-actives at church that we have been working with, and 2 recent converts that haven’t been to church in a while.

#miracleinadifferentway #lookingforthegrace

Those were the hashtags that Sister Witherspoon sent out to the zone when she told them about our day. She does a really good job at finding the grace. 🙂

So Friday we did have to walk almost all day! There have been too many car accidents throughout the mission these past few months and so President Porter said that the next missionaries to get in a car accident would mean that everyone’s cars would be “grounded” and we would have to walk. It actually wasn’t that bad though! The sun was shining and it was super nice outside! (Gotta work on my tan.) We were able to talk to a lot of people and I felt like it was a pretty productive day since we were outside.

I have to tell you what happened on Friday though. Boy do I love our investigators….So we thankfully were able to have a miracle…a member present. We were able to find a member that could come pick us up and take us to our appointment, which was awesome. Here is what happened at the appointment though….

So our appointment was with our investigator (R). I have talked about her before. She is a Wicca and she is awesome. We love (R)! Here is where it got kinda cool, creepy, weird, I don’t know what you want to call it. Just as we were about to say a prayer, (R) looks at me and says that she has something to tell me after we pray. “Just me?” I said. I was starting to kinda freak out a little. I said the opening prayer and during the whole time, my hands were sweating because I didn’t know what was going to happen, and while I was praying out loud, I was saying a prayer in my head that we would all be okay and that (R) wouldn’t drop us and that things would be fine. Haha! Okay. After the prayer (R) proceeds to say something, I don’t remember exactly what, but to me it sounded like she was getting ready to drop us. I finally stopped freaking out in my head and just listened. (R) told me that someone in my family was going to get sick, like not just a cold, she made it sound like it was going to be something tragic (hopefully not cancer or anything). Anyway, someone in my family was going to get sick and that because my faith is so strong, I was going to need to be there for them and that they were going to rely on my testimony and my faith during their trial to help them keep their faith strong and so that they could be confident and get through their trial….Then she said “Now your guardian angel, or spirit, or whatever you want to call it can leave me alone.”

Okay, so it wasn’t worded exactly like that, but that was the gist of it. It was crazy! I didn’t know what to think. My mom and I love the show “Long Island Medium” and we have always wondered what it would have been like to see Teresa Caputo and have a reading with her…Well, I think I pretty much got read by (R)! Apparently my guardian angel or spirit or someone had been bugging her for a while and that was the message that she was told to give me. It was an interesting experience. She isn’t a medium, but she has had experiences with spirits before. She told us that spirits speak through symbols, so she doesn’t know when it is going to happen. She said it could be 6 weeks from now, or it could be 10 years from now. She also didn’t know who in my family it would be….so there are a lot of possibilities there. I didn’t proceed to ask her questions, but in a way I wish I would have. I don’t think she is crazy…now is what she told me real? Who knows, but I am not going to think too much on it right now.

So yeah…there are a couple of highlights from my week. It was super awesome week. I love you all! I hope you have a great week as well. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

I got an awesome bouquet of flowers from my parents this week.

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The pictures aren’t the greatest. It was very pretty!

Transfer Doctrine

There was probably about a month where I really struggled with a term that missionaries like to call “trunky”. I really never thought that I would get to that point on my mission. I remember when I was companions with Sister Origer and her mom sent her information about school. She about freaked out and I just laughed. “Haha! I don’t have to worry about that ever.” Then I remember when Sister Webb was trying to get housing figured out. Once again…I never have to worry about that right?? Well, I started getting similar questions. I didn’t know what to do. I don’t think that was the only reason for my trunkiness. I know that part of it was that my mission friends were starting to go home…I constantly thought about what I was going to do with them when I got home, but I was also thinking about what it would be like to see my family again. (I am very grateful to my mom and dad for getting all of my college situation stuff worked out on their own, so I don’t have to worry about any of it.)

It was brought up at interviews with President and Sister Porter about how “trunky” I really was. I didn’t think it was that bad, but after talking to them, I realized that it was worse than I thought. It was a constant battle with myself. I made a goal that day that I wasn’t going to talk about home anymore. I didn’t want Sister Witherspoon to get transferred from me for my actions…because that is what would have happened.

Anyway, so the past few weeks I have been working really hard on it, and it is going good! Sister Witherspoon and I have been seeing a lot of grace lately, so I will tell you about some of it right now as I talk about our week.

First off, we are staying together…yay! I am not going to be a sister training leader, which I guess right now is fine. I am going to just focus on training and making sure Sister Witherspoon is the best missionary she can be.

I am really excited to still be here in Miamisburg. At the end of this transfer, I will have been in Miamisburg as long as I was in Columbia City. CRAZY!! There is going to be a lot of awesome things happening this transfer though. Now let me tell you the highlights of the week.

So Monday we had a fun Nerf war at the church as a zone. It was super awesome!

Wednesday we had a lesson with (G). That was pretty much AMAZING! Before we went into the lesson, Sister Witherspoon was like “I am going to tell (G) to give me her cigarettes.” I was like “Are you crazy??!” Look, I know as missionaries we are supposed to be bold, but sometimes being bold scares me, especially when it is THAT bold. But, we did it anyway. (G) wouldn’t give them to us, but we set up a return appointment for Friday. We decided that we would fast on that day, and she was going to fast with us. We set up things for a blessing, and it was all going to be great! But then, come Friday at 7:00, as I was starving from literally eating nothing all day and doing lots of service, (G) didn’t answer the door….WHAT??? Come on now…it was sad and disappointing. We had a lesson with an investigator the next day and we had a member out with us, but this investigator (R) wasn’t home, so we took the member to go see (G). This time (G) was home. The good news is….she ended up fasting with us on Friday, and she no longer has any cigarettes!!!! That’s right folks, (G) is now living the Word of Wisdom and she is preparing to get baptized towards the end of May (before the transfer is over). WAHOO!! Exciting.

Another grace moment….We tried so hard this week to have a lesson with our investigator (C). We seriously could not get anything to work out. Every time we would schedule a lesson, something else would come up or (C) just wouldn’t be there. It was so frustrating!! But, yesterday before we went to church and our ward council meeting, we stopped by (C’s) to bring her breakfast. It was a little early, and (C) was the only one up, but we helped her clean her kitchen and do her dishes and we talked to her about coming to church. She said she would! She ended up coming to church and brought her 5 year old son (TJ). On the way to church, she got lost, called us freaking out, and said she was going to go home, but we were able to calm her down and convince her to keep driving. They finally made it and luckily they made it just in time for the sacrament! Double grace there! We are supposed to be having a chapel tour with her tomorrow. 🙂

Last but not least is (B). Remember him?? We got a call from (B) on Monday evening. He was just checking up on us to see how we were doing, but we set up a time to go see him on Sunday. He was also going to come to church with us, but he ended up getting sick from dialysis and was really dizzy when he woke up Sunday morning, so he didn’t come to church, but we still had our lesson with him yesterday afternoon. He is doing just great! He is currently reading in Moroni in the Book of Mormon, but this is his 3RD TIME THROUGH!! Okay, this man is ridiculous….seriously. We set up a chapel tour with him for this week as well, but he is also now on date for May 9th. Grace is happening all over the place people!!

I am really happy that I get to be here in Miamisburg still. Yesterday I had a feeling that God is pleased with me and the work that I am doing. I am obviously not perfect, but guess what? Repentance is real. I am so grateful for that. I struggled for a little bit, but now I am back on track and I ready to keep going! This work is so amazing and I am grateful to be a part of it!

I love you all so much! Have a great week!

Love,

Sister Palmer

PS: Pictures are of mine and Sister Witherspoon’s matching shirts,

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and of us soaking wet after a run one morning.

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Gotta love the rain!

Revelation Horse

Dear Family and friends,

Happy Easter! I hope you all had a great day yesterday. I know we did. In fact, this whole week was SO MUCH FUN!! Let me tell you about it…

So on Monday we had a ping pong tournament as a zone. It was a lot of fun, but I was unfortunately out after the first round….dang! It was lots of fun to be hanging out as a zone though.

Tuesday we had a really good lesson with our investigator (C) and our new investigator (K)… (K) is (C)’s babysitter. He watches her son while she is at work. We taught them both about the Book of Mormon and gave each of them a copy. That night we also had dinner with some members. We had Skyline chili since it was Sister Witherspoon’s first time having it. Remember how I didn’t like it the first time I tried it? Well, you just have to eat it a few different times, and then you will like it. I like it now!

One of the cool things about Wednesday was that we were able to find a new investigator! We had gotten a referral from our recent convert (L) for her aunt that lived nearby. We went on Wednesday to contact her and we were able to share a little message and set up a return appointment. Yay!

Thursday was awesome! We had specialized training that day, and then after Specialized training, we had a new missionary training. DSCN0891[1]10464003_786855728064915_642504696248212608_n

It was so fun and the best part was that I got to see Sisters Davis, Jackson, Yoakum, and a few other missionaries that I love so much! 🙂 We didn’t get back into our area until around 5:30, so we went and got Chipotle for dinner and then we went and had some cold stone for dessert and then ended up going out to work. We found another new investigator before the night was over. Yay!

Friday was amazing as well….Okay so back story. We got in Thursday night and we got a call from the assistants saying that I was invited to go to Mission Leadership Council the next day.

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Mission Leadership Council is for the Zone Leaders and the Sister Training Leaders, and you normally don’t get invited (I don’t think) unless you are going to be a Zone Leader or a Sister Training Leader. Hmmm…we shall see what happens. It was a lot of fun though! I got to see more of my friends again!

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Sister Witherspoon stayed here in Miamisburg that day with Sister Lovell, because Sister Lovell’s companion, Sister Armstrong, got invited to come as well. Sister Lovell has only been out one transfer longer than Sister Witherspoon, so she is not quite done with training. #twogreeniesinanarea… That was the hashtag that they sent on every text. They ended up having a really good day though!

Then we had conference this weekend! Basically I had 4 days in a row of awesome revelation. That is why this email is titled the way it is. We had such a great week though.

Let me tell you of one quick grace moment. (C) and (K) were supposed to come watch conference with us on Saturday like they said that they would, but when we went to go get them, they weren’t there. It was really sad, but people have their agency. As we were planning on Saturday night, we felt like we should still go take them breakfast the next day and try to get them to come watch conference with us on Sunday. Well, we did and guess what?? They hurried and threw on some clothes, then we went to a member’s house to watch conference. Not just that, but WE were able to have a lesson afterward, so we got a member present in a members home. It was great!

I love you all! Have a great week. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

PS: Also, this is the last week of the transfer. CRAZY!! Time is going very fast.