#satangotdesperate part 2…nope, it’s beyond that

Dear Family and Friends,

Holy freak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t even know what to say right now. There is so much stuff going on through my brain at this moment. I originally was going to title this email something along the lines of “Satan’s desperation pt. 2”, but it is beyond that at this point.

So this week was an awesome week, and then it has just spiraled down hard this weekend. I will hurry and let all the negative off of my chest, and then I will tell about all the other awesome things that we were able to accomplish.

My story starts on Friday. We had a dinner appointment with some members, and while there, the mother, sister “L” adjusted both mine and Sister Witherspoon’s backs. Nothing wrong there, it felt great. But…Saturday morning I woke up feeling like I had been hit by a train and thrown across the room. My throat also hurt really bad and I had a slight fever. Sister Witherspoon asked me if I wanted to call the mission nurse, but I told her no because I would be okay and I just wanted to tough it out and go out to work. My fever didn’t get any worse, in fact it actually went down a little, but it persisted about half of the day. By the time we got to our personal studies, I was EXHAUSTED. Literally, all of my energy was suddenly drained. I didn’t understand why, but I continued to fight it.

Sunday Morning I woke up. I didn’t feel like I had been hit by a train, but I had another fever and this time, my throat felt a little worse. Once again, Sister Witherspoon was taking good care of me and she asked me if I wanted to call the mission nurse. Once again, I told her no, that everything would be okay, and that if I wasn’t feeling better after church, I would call. Well, I wasn’t feeling better after church, so I called the nurse. I was worried that I had strep throat (I kinda was thinking that the whole weekend, but I just kept putting it off. I really needed to get rid of my pride and just let people help me). Sister Willoughby (the mission nurse) told me that I should go to urgent care, so we did! We got there, I got back into the room, I told them that I thought I had strep throat and they did a swab on me. They told me that it would take about 5 minutes and then they would let me know the results. I kid you not, they came back literally 45 seconds later. The doctor had a big smile on her face. I said “So, I have strep?” She said “Yeah…..you sure do!” She then had me open my mouth and she shined a light in the back of my throat. “Yeah, you really do have strep!” She prescribed me some medicine and sent it electronically to the pharmacy…Well guess what? The Pharmacy closed at 5:00, and by the time we got there it was like 5:15. By this point, the urgent care was closed, so we couldn’t call them and ask if they could transfer it to a 24 hour pharmacy. Thankfully, we have some awesome members, and one of the members in the stake presidency is a doctor, so he prescribed me the medication that I needed, and some members went and picked it up. Hallelujah! I felt like I was dying last night….literally, but now I am doing a little better. My throat is still a little sore, but it isn’t as swollen, I can breathe better, and I have been able to eat a tiny little bit. I haven’t really eaten much the past couple of days, so it feels good to eat. 🙂

*Side remark: Sorry for all of you people in the Miamisburg Ward who may be reading this right now. If you get strep throat, please forgive me for possibly contaminating you.*

Also, we got our transfer calls today. Are you ready for this? You probably won’t believe me, which is fine, even I am still freaking out. We are getting DOUBLED OUT! In fact, our whole district is getting doubled out. Not just that, but about 75% of our zone is leaving. Out of 8 areas (two of which are in trios) there are only 5 people who are staying. Not 5 areas, 5 singular people! We are all freaking out! As of right now, we have not gotten any leadership calls, and we haven’t found out if our area is getting shut down, although I don’t think our area will get closed down, because Miamisburg is an awesome place and we  have been accomplishing a lot of awesome things. 🙂

So as far as the actual week goes, let me tell you a little bit better news. We saw (M) like almost every day this week, and a lot of our lessons were in members’ homes with her. That was awesome! So far, she is still good to get baptized this Saturday. Hopefully this transfer call doesn’t change it. We have an appointment with her tonight, so we will let her know and get things worked out.

On Thursday, we were just about to be done with our weekly planning, and we get a call from one of the members and she said that there was someone at her house who was very anxious to meet us, and asked if we could come over. So we went over right away. This member is a little older, and the person that was anxious to meet us was her aid. Sister “T” the member, had read a little bit of the Book of Mormon with (B) that morning, and she wanted to know more. She said that God had been on her mind a lot in the past couple of months. She told us a lot about her life. She hasn’t been much of a church goer, except for when she was little. She said that there was one point a little while ago when she was meeting with Jehovah’s Witnesses and was going to go to church with them, but she got a feeling that she shouldn’t, that God had something else planned. Well, a few months ago, she started working for Sister “T” as her aid. She said that she just felt good every time she came over. So anyway, that’s like the really short story, but she is excited to learn more, and she even came to church yesterday! Unfortunately, she lives in Dayton, so we are going to have to pass her off to the elders who are in Dayton. It was an awesome experience though. We got a new investigator, contacted a referral in a member’s home, and had a member present in a member’s home. It was fantastic. 🙂

So yeah, since we were confined to our apartment yesterday after we found out I had strep, we still had one lesson to get to hit 20 lessons for the week and to hit standards. So, we called up one of our recent converts and had a lesson with her over the phone. Haha! Gotta love technology. Thankfully though we were able to reach 20 lessons and we got standards. Booyah! 🙂

Currently, since it is Memorial Day and the library is closed, we are emailing at the members house who got me my medicine yesterday, and they are feeding us. They saved some fruit and stuff from our ward Memorial Day picnic that happened this morning that we unfortunately were not able to go to because of my strep throat. I love the members here! Haha.

So that is it for my week folks. I love you all! I hope you have a great week. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

Pictures:

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Our district fun day that we had on Monday. It was so fun, but it started to pour rain while we were there.

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A district picture from our last district meeting in the transfer.

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A picture of me during weekly planning. I am now on my last planner for the rest of my mission. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#satangotdesperate

Hello my wonderful family and friends!

This week’s email isn’t going to be as long. Sorry about that. There isn’t as much to tell though. Most of our week revolved around (M). We did have a couple of extra adventures that I will mention though.

So (M) is doing freak’n awesome! We saw her a few different times this week. All of our lessons with her were in a member’s home. We had a lesson with her on Saturday in our Stake Presidents house. It went really well! We taught her the Word of Wisdom that day. She had already researched some of it and knew what we believed. She doesn’t have a problem with anything, and she committed to live it! Booyah (M). #sheisgolden

She also came to church yesterday and had another great experience! We had a lesson with her after church. We are going to be having Family Home Evening with her tonight in a members home and she is bringing at least one of her sisters (hopefully more) and probably one of her friends. We are looking forward to it! She has a baptism [date on the] calendar and she is still on track to be baptized on May 30th! That is right after the transfer, so pray that we are still here!

Oh yeah, so this is the last week of the transfer! Craziness. It is also Sister Witherspoon’s last week of training. It has gone by so fast!

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So we had a car fast on Friday, so we were all out walking. It ended up being a pretty good exchange for the most part! I had a great time in Springboro. Sister Witherspoon got to stay in our area and lead. #proudmommamoment The only bummer part was that sister Witherspoon was in the hospital by the end of the day…..CRAZY! Don’t worry folks, she is okay. She just got a little sick. I never thought anything like that would happen on my mission, but it did! We are very thankful for members who watch out for us and we are especially thankful for the members who took care of her while I was away for a little bit.

So that is why my email is titled the way it is. We are having a lot of awesome success right now, especially with (M) about to get baptized, so he got after us. Oh well, we continue to fight back! Sister Witherspoon was such a trooper. 🙂

We also got to talk to (G) this week! It was so stink’n nice to hear from her. She is doing good. She has been bombarded with questions since she has been in Arizona, so that caused a bit of contention and doubt, but she has such a strong testimony and she knew where to turn to help her overcome it. She isn’t going to be home until the beginning of June, but she is going to work towards baptism again when she gets back. She knows she needs to do it! Keep her in your prayers please.

So that is about it for the week! I love you all. Thanks for your love and support. Have a fantastic week!

Love,

Sister Palmer

Roller Coaster Ride

Hello my family and friends!

This week has had a lot of ups and downs. Literally, I think Sister Witherspoon and I have experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows that you can experience as a missionary this past week. That is why I have titled the email the way that I have.

I won’t go into all the lows, because what matters is the awesome parts. So here is what happened……

Tuesday was freak’n awesome!! We had a lesson with our investigator (M) in a member’s house. We taught her about the Book of Mormon and gave her a copy of one. She has been reading and really enjoys it! She also reads a little bit to her sisters and asks them questions about what they are talking about in the verses. She is so golden.

After our lesson with (M), we got a text from the member who we had the lesson with and she said that she had another friend who wanted to meet with us and she wanted to know a time that we were available during the week to meet up again and meet her friend. It was great. 🙂

We went and saw a member on Tuesday who had just had surgery and we took her some lunch.

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While we were there, her non-member friend came over, so we had a lesson, and then Sister Witherspoon extended baptism to her. She said yes and we pretty much left it at that. We said a closing prayer and said goodbye because we had another appointment to go to.  We got a call later that night from the friend though saying that because of some things that have happened in her life recently, she is now ready to take the discussions and get baptized. We were like WHAT??! Okay, we would love to help you make that happen. 🙂

We had a Zone Meeting on Thursday which went really good! We talked a lot about the Book of Mormon and how we can apply it more in our studies and how we can apply it more with our investigators, recent converts, and less-actives so that they can become more rooted in it. I definitely could do better at my Book of Mormon study. It is such an important book and we are so blessed to have it in our lives. It seriously is the answer to all problems! We have noticed with a couple of our recent converts lately that are now less-active that they haven’t been reading the Book of Mormon. That is why they are less-active! If they would just read, things would go so much better.

Friday we had a chapel tour with (M). It went longer than planned, but the spirit was super strong! It was an awesome chapel tour. The member called us after to thank us for doing it. She recognized the spirit as well and she was just so excited. This is something that her family has wanted for (M’s) family for a long time and it is finally starting to happen. 🙂

Saturday we had a social media split! Booyah!

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#socialmediasplit #cincinnatimission. We had a few service projects and a couple of lessons with some members and one of our investigators.

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All in all, it was a good day! Social media splits are something that our mission started and they are now doing them throughout the world. Baltimore does social media splits once a month and they have seen a lot of success from it, so we are now going to start doing our social media splits once a month as well! We have to flood the earth with social media just like Elder Bednar said. It is so easy and can have such an impact!

Yesterday (M) came to church. Booyah! She loved it and is looking forward to coming back again. We also got to Skype home with our families yesterday.

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I love my family! It was so great to be able to Skype with them and tell them stories of things that have happened recently.

So, that is about it for the week. I love you all! Thank you for your love and support! Have a great week. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

Kindred Spirits

Hello y’all!

This week was pretty great! Not quite as crazy and exciting as last week, but there were still a lot of good things.

Sister Witherspoon and I went thrift store shopping on Monday. That was lots of fun and I was able to get a few nice shirts. I spent less than 10 bucks, so booyah!

We had zone conference on Tuesday. Can I just say….I love being in the presence of President and Sister Porter. They are both so awesome and I love when they teach us. We talked a lot about less-actives and working with them to help them come back to church, but also to bring them with us to teach our investigators. We were promised by our keyholders that if we worked more with less-actives, we would find more new investigators and we would also have more baptisms! Sounds pretty good to me! Having a less-active start to come back to church and be active again feels just as great as when one of your investigators gets baptized, so I am more than happy to work with less-actives. I always have been, but now Sister Witherspoon and I are going to put a really big focus on it. 🙂

Wednesday we had exchanges. Both Sister Witherspoon and I went to Springboro this time. First off let me tell you…our Sister Training Leaders are in a trio right now, so there were five of us in their apartment that was definitely not made for 5 people to live there. Thankfully we were just there for the day, but it was lots of fun! I got to go with our new STL, Sister Krueger. It was nice because I got to know her a little bit more. She is hilarious! We had a good time. The day was kind of slow, but we were still able to have a few lessons and extend baptism to people. And we were able to pick up a new investigator! All in all, it was pretty good.

Thursday we had a zone weekly planning. We had it at the Middletown building. I love that building! I always enjoy when I have the opportunity to go to Middletown. It is nice to just reminisce on when I was there. As we were driving back, the GPS actually took us through Franklin to get to our next appointment. That was fun because I just told Sister Witherspoon stories of when I was there. Haha good memories!

Friday we had one of the members take us out to lunch! It was lots of fun, and so good! We went to a place called Dewey’s pizza. After lunch we went and did some service for one of the members, and then we went to go see the Dorsey’s (because we haven’t seen little (T) in a while.) The only person that was home was (H). She is 17 years old and she is the only person in the family now who isn’t a member. We have been trying to establish a better relationship with her. She came outside and talked to us for a little bit. While we were talking to her, I had a very distinct thought come to me that now was the time for us to start teaching her. I felt like we had established enough of a relationship with her for her to trust us, so I just started talking to her and asking her about her feelings and her beliefs. We had a pretty good talk and in the end, we were able to make her a new investigator! I am excited to go back and see her this week.

We had a lesson on Sunday with a newer investigator named (M). Holy cow, I love (M)! Her family (we haven’t started teaching the whole family yet) was a referral from a member family that lives right across the street from them. Sister Witherspoon and I had gone last week to contact them. I mentioned the story of contacting them last week in my email, but we had another appointment with (M) yesterday. She told us that she had prayed every day last week!!! We were so excited. This is a big deal because she is agnostic. We ended up finishing the Plan of Salvation and then we have another appointment with her tomorrow.

The reason why my email is titled the way it is is because I feel like I knew (M) in the pre-existence and that we were really good friends. I know that as a missionary, you already love your investigators and you want them to get baptized, but I just feel that it is deeper with (M). I want so badly for her to feel the love that God has for her, because as a missionary, I have been blessed to feel the love that He has for her. I want her to see how the gospel can bless her life. We extended a baptism date during the lesson. She didn’t feel quite ready yet (which is okay, she has only met with us twice) but she didn’t say no to it. She recognizes that it is the next step for her once she does come to know that it is true. I am so excited!

Anyway, that is about it for the week. I love you all so much and continue to pray for all of you! I hope you have a great, and happy Mother’s Day!

Love,

Sister Palmer

Pictures are of me and sister Witherspoon this week.

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