Interviews and Exchanges

Wow. I don’t know what to title my email now a days, so that is the majority of what happened, so that is what I titled my email.

Hello family and friends!

This week was a great week! Yeah…a lot better than last week, so here we go.

Obviously we had interviews with President and Sister Porter this week. I really needed that! Both of them re-assured me that this is where God needs me to be. They also helped me see why God sent me here. I found it interesting that a couple of reasons were because of something that I need to learn/do. I don’t feel like I have spent too much time thinking about what I am supposed to learn. I feel like I have been thinking more about what others are supposed to learn from me or how I can help someone progress, etc. It was a humbling experience for sure. We always need to remember that we are never going to be done growing and progressing until Christ comes again. There is still a lot that I need to learn! President also pointed out to me that it is all about the doctrine of Christ. I need to start working on that again.

Sister Porter pointed out to me that I have a choice. I can choose how I want the rest of my mission to be. That really stood out to me. I don’t have to let it be such a rollercoaster of emotions. I can just choose to be happy and work hard and have fun! Then life will be great.

At the end of my interview with President he looked at me and said “I am going to be back up here next week. We will talk again for about an hour about home and getting adjusted and stuff…” My eyes got really big and he told me not to freak out. #exitinterviews #whattheheck! #thisjustgotreal

We had a lesson with our investigator (M) this week. We taught him the Word of Wisdom. He took it better than what I thought he would, but he still just couldn’t understand why we can’t have coffee. We brought it back to whether Joseph Smith was a prophet or not. He believes that Joseph Smith was a prophet. Later that week while we were on exchanges, Sister Blackburn and Watts went and visited him again. He wanted them to show him in the Bible where it says that we can’t have coffee. Sister Blackburn kind of pulled a smart one with him and said “it doesn’t say anything in the Bible about heroin, so does that mean I can just go out and do heroin since it ‘isn’t against Gods word’? No! We know that heroin is bad for us” Haha! I thought it was funny. They brought everything back to the restoration of the gospel and modern prophets and the priesthood. It apparently was a really good lesson. (M) said he would pray about the Word of Wisdom.

Sister Dunford and I were in Muncie for exchanges. We had a pretty good time together!

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We got poured on twice. It rained really bad, so pretty much we were wet all day. I also got the experience of riding a bus (we tried to do some bus contacting as we were heading to appointments, but there actually weren’t very many people on the bus). It was a different experience that’s for sure! It made me think about when I was with Sister Yoakum. She really wanted to ride the bus but I was very much against it, so we never did. Haha! Sorry Sister Yoakum….

We had a block of faith activity this weekend here in Anderson. There were a lot of churches that set up booths and laid out some of their materials and stuff. It was also kind of like a fair because there were some activities and some food vendors, but it was for people to check out the churches in the area and find out more about them.

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We had a booth set up with the elders and our ward mission leader. It was a lot of fun! We didn’t talk to as many people as I thought we would, but we were able to hand out some cards and tell people about the temple open house that starts next month!

We also did some family history with our recent convert (L) this week. It was cool because there was one point in time where she plugged in just a tiny bit of information, and a whole line of family came up. Someone has been doing here family’s family history! We were able to go back to at least the 900’s and we weren’t even done! It was cool and it was exciting to see the spirit of Elijah work through her. It got her really excited to do more family history.

So those are the big highlights for the week. I love you all! Have a great week. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

HIYAA!!!!

Holy cow,

Hello family and friends. I feel like this transfer has been the biggest roller coaster of my life. There have been a lot of downs, and then we have a lot of ups, and then we have more downs. By the time Sunday hit this week, I really just needed some spiritual rejuvenation. I don’t know what the deal has been! I don’t know why I am struggling so much right now. I think part of it is the fact that I am coming home soon.  I am trying so hard not to get trunky again and to stay focused on the work! I have a lot of mixed feelings right now.

So this week was fun though because we had our mini missionary (Sister Risch) with us!

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Having fun eating watermelon with our mini missionary, Sister Risch.

We had to take her back on Saturday and it seriously was so sad! We had so much fun with her and we did not want her to leave!

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The picture that Sister Blackburn drew in her journal when we had to give Sister Risch back to her parents.

She is going to be an awesome missionary someday if she decides to go. She said that after the week she had with us, she is leaning more towards going on a mission than she was before she came with us, so that is a good thing! That’s what we hope to accomplish right?

WE got a miracle voicemail this week from the Miamisburg elders saying that they had gone to see (G) and one of the first things she asked them was ‘When can I get baptized?” I cried so hard inside. I am so happy that (G) is still going to get baptized! I am sad though because it might be another baptism that I miss because of being too far away. 😦 We have interviews with President and Sister Porter tomorrow though, so I am going to beg them and see if the let me go. haha! 😉

So we met a guy this week that told us that he was Jesus Christ re-incarnated as well as a bunch of other people like Hercules, Thomas Edison, Leonardo Da Vinci and many others…..WOW!  You don’t hear that very much do ya? Haha! It was a great experience for our mini missionary. He talked a lot and we barely got two words in! We finally handed him a Plan of Salvation pamphlet (hopefully he reads it and feels the spirit or something) and we were out of there before he could say anything more. I wanted to try and teach him something, but yeah….it wasn’t going to happen. He did end up coming to church yesterday though! I was so scared for my life because I didn’t know if he was going to make a scene or not. Thankfully he didn’t and he ended up leaving before sacrament meeting was over, so we didn’t even get to talk to him to see how his experience was. We will probably never see him again, but who knows! Haha! That was our adventure for the week.

It has rained a lot this week and the humidity is so bad and it is so hot! There were multiple days this week where it got over 90 degrees. Bleh!

So anyway, we have interviews tomorrow and I can hardly wait! And no, it isn’t my exit interview so that is not why I am so excited. It will just be nice to see President and Sister Porter. 🙂

I love you all! Have a great week!

Love,

Sister Palmer

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Zone fun day last week…always one of the ups in life.

Mini Missions

Holy cow!!!!!!!

Hello my dearest family and friends! I am freaking out a little bit inside right now because of all the awesome things that are going on here in the mission and back at home. I am just loving life right now! I realize that my email last week was probably a little negative and depressing (obviously because I was a little down last week), but let me tell you….this week has been so much better! Let me tell you of some awesome things that have been happening.

Okay, so last week we had Stake Conference. Since it was Stake Conference, President and Sister Porter were there and so I got to say hi and talk to them for a second. Sister Porter gave me a hug and had mentioned to me about (M’s) baptism that had happened that day and how excited she was for me. I told her how sad I was because I couldn’t go and because I was missing Miamisburg so much. She told me to find 1 reason everyday why God decided to put me here in Anderson for the last 6 weeks of my mission. I haven’t been perfect, but there were a few awesome things that happened this week, and I am slowly finding reasons why I am here. I love it here!

Okay so earlier this week we had a lesson with one of our recent converts (K). She has been a little down on herself and had some depression and we had a super awesome lesson with her where I was able to talk about (G) a little bit (a recent convert from Miamisburg who had some depression problems). I told her that (G) was always the most depressed when she wasn’t reading, praying, AND coming to church. Notice all three of those things had to be done. I don’t know what all I said, but she thought it was interesting and wrote down a few things that I said so that she could remember them. This was on Tuesday and I finally felt like there was a reason why I am here. I have to be here for (K)… (and many others) because I might have just the right story or experience to share that might help them continue to increase their faith in Christ.

We had another walking day on Wednesday. Good grief! We just had one last Friday. Too many car accidents. Hopefully people start being more careful on the road. One of the members took us to Dairy Queen for dinner that night though. Yummy!

Another big highlight this week was on Friday. We had a zone meeting on Friday, and it was AWEOME! The spirit was so strong and there were a lot of things that stood out to me. I had been asked to share my testimony at the beginning of the meeting, but we had a testimony meeting at the end so that anyone else could share their testimonies. I had a really strong feeling that I needed to get up again even though I had already given my testimony already. I stood up though and as I stood up, all the thoughts that were going through my head left me. I had to sit there for a minute and give the spirit a chance to speak so that I would know what to say. I don’t even remember what all I said, but I do remember getting a feeling of comfort as I bore my testimony that God was with me, he knew what I was going through, and He has a purpose for me here in Anderson. It was really nice to get that feeling.

We also went on a little mini exchange that afternoon with the STLs. I was with Sister Dunford, and can I just say…..I was so happy to be with her! She is so awesome.

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We were in the same district in Miamisburg when elder McDade was our District Leader. Now Elder McDade is my Zone Leader and Sister Dunford is one of my STLs. So, it was an awesome exchange with her. We found 3 new investigators in like 45 minutes. It was great! Sister Dunford and I talked a lot about what I had been struggling with and that I was trying so hard to find my purpose. I told her that I want to work so hard this last transfer and have so much fun, but I was struggling trying to accomplish that. We had a really good conversation and she helped me feel so much better. She also told me that one of the reasons she knew God loved her was because He had sent me here at this time to be with her again. It might sound kinda cheesy, but it was just what I needed to hear to find another reason why I am here at this time. I am here for the other missionaries!

This weekend we got our mini missionary. Her name is Sister Risch and she is really cool.

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We got her on Saturday morning, so she hasn’t been here extremely long, but we are having a lot of fun with her, and hopefully teaching her a lot!

So that is a quick update on the week. Like I said, it was so much better than last week. I am happy, I am having fun, and most importantly, I am working my hardest. 🙂 I will be home in exactly one month from today (don’t worry folks, I am not getting trunky this time). There is too much going on to get trunky and I am going to finish my mission strong! I love you all! Have a great week!

Love,

Sister Palmer

What time is it…it’s summer time!!!

My dearest Family and friends,

Holy cow. This week has been full of many ups and downs. I am now in Anderson, Indiana. Not gonna lie, I have lots of mixed feelings about it. Mostly good feelings though so don’t worry. I am so happy to be back in INDIANA!!!!!!!! I really do love this place. I know a lot of missionaries who have served here in Anderson, so that makes it kinda nice. Elder McDade (who was one of my DL’s in Miamisburg) is serving here in Anderson. There are also a few people in the zone who were just in the Middletown Zone with me. It was like we all got transferred to the Muncie South and Muncie North Zones. Haha. Kinda crazy! I was really hoping that if I got transferred that I would be able to go back to Columbia City to finish my mission, but apparently God has other plans. It’s okay though because I saw the Columbia City sisters at transfers and the ward is doing great up there.

So anyway, Indiana. Let me tell you a little bit about this past week. (As you can tell, my mind is kind of all over the place right now, so I am going to try and gather my thoughts.)

So at about 6:30 pm Monday night, we got a text from the Assistants saying that they were going to be temporarily closing down our area. WHAT???!!!!! Have you not been seeing our numbers lately? Do you not realize that we have a baptism this weekend and it is already crazy enough because we are getting doubled out?? Yeah….those were the thoughts that I had. We had an appointment that night with (M) and we had the Elders come so that she could get to know them a little better since they would be finishing things off with her. (M) is great though. We told her that we were getting doubled out, that our area was shutting down, and that the Elders would be finishing her teaching. She was shocked but her response was “Wow. I am so sorry guys.” I was like “(M)! You are sorry for us? I am sorry for you.” She seemed to take it pretty well though.

*Side note: (M) did get baptized this past weekend.

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Sister Witherspoon was able to go since she was within an hour from Miamisburg. I unfortunately wasn’t able to because I am like 2 hours or so away. 😥 That was definitely one of the bummers of my week, but I am super happy that she still got baptized. She is just too awesome.

So Monday night was crazy trying to get us all packed and the apartment finished cleaning and all the other stuff that we had to do because our area was getting shut down. Needless to say, I didn’t get a lot of sleep, I was super stressed and very tired on Tuesday, and I was leaving one of the BEST AREAS EVER!!!!!! Yeah….I was an emotional wreck. I actually held it in pretty well, but it didn’t help me later on in the week. It kinda turned into some depression and bleh.

It rained a lot this week, so it has been kinda gloomy. That hasn’t helped any at all. I just need to sun to shine to make me feel happier!!! Anyway, I was really sad and depressed the first couple of days here and I couldn’t figure out why. Then it hit me….I was homesick for Miamisburg. And I mean homesick! I haven’t been homesick very much on my mission, so it kinda caught me off guard. It was a great area to serve in, and I am now going to have to party it up in Anderson!

The transfer meeting was crazy! There were a lot of missionaries going home, we had a pretty good sized group coming out, and there was a lot of screaming and yelling. Yeah, it was probably the most exciting transfer I have been to.  Sister Witherspoon is now in a trio with the Little Miami Sister Training Leaders. Booyah baby!! #proudmomma She just got out of training and she is companions with Sister Training Leaders. She is going to do awesome in this mission.

My new companion is Sister Blackburn. She is from Roy, Utah. She is 24 years old. She came out a transfer after I did, so she only has 2 transfers left on her mission. She is a little quiet, at least to me she is. I am a loud person though so it isn’t saying much. I don’t really know what else to say about her. We get along pretty well!

I don’t really know what else to say in my email right now either. My new address is (contact my parents if you want the address). I know I only have 6, well 5 weeks left now, but I would still love to get some mail from you all! Nothing makes a missionary happier! 😉

I love you all! Have a great week.

Love,

Sister Palmer

Pictures:

Saw Sister Davis at transfers.

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Always have to get a picture with her. She is one of my best friends!

#2 the corn is growing!

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# 3 beautiful Indiana sky. I am in love!

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