Any reason to celebrate is a good reason

Dear Family and Friends,

Well, here we are. It still feels very surreal to me. I can’t believe I am packing my bags and getting ready to come home. Time goes by so stink’n fast! I can’t even begin to say how grateful I have been to be able to be a full time representative of the Lord Jesus Christ, and even though I will be released on Wednesday, I plan on continuing to be an example of Him.

That’s beside the point right now though, so let me tell you how this week was!

First off, I wanted to say that at the beginning of the transfer, Sister Blackburn and I had made an area vision of what we wanted to accomplish this transfer, and then last week we made another vision of what we wanted to do and accomplish the last week of the transfer. Our vision was to make the last week the best week of the transfer, and by golly, we sure did that! This week was so fun!

Tuesday, we were able to pick up a new investigator named John. We have known John almost this whole transfer now, but we have never been able to set up a return appointment and make him a new investigator. Well, it had been a couple of weeks since we had seen him, so we decided to go on Tuesday and it was great! We had a good conversation with him and set up a return appointment! Also he said that he was totally going to come to church on Sunday. He had been on his way to come to church with us because he had been thinking about us and had a feeling to come to church, but then his daughter called and she needed help with the grandbaby, so he wasn’t able to come. :/ At least he was on his way though! Hopefully he will come to church in the near future.

We also had a lesson with Charlie on Tuesday. He talked a little more this day and we were a little more off track than usual, but it was still a good lesson! He also took us out to lunch on Friday. We went to a little family owned restaurant here in Pendleton called Anita’s kitchen. It was so good! We had a good time with Charlie. He also came to church yesterday! Woohoo! It was a really good Fast and Testimony meeting. He ended up staying for all of church. In Gospel Principles, we talked about the Word of Wisdom….heehee. Not really the lesson that a missionary wants taught when you have only been teaching someone for a couple of weeks, but it was okay. The only problem Charlie has with it is that he drinks coffee, and he didn’t understand why we don’t, but that’s okay. He can get taught more later when he understands. 🙂

Wednesday we did some service and stuff and we had dinner with one of my most favorite families in the ward! We always have so much fun when we go over to their house. We are constantly laughing and telling stories. It is lots of fun and we are going over there tonight to have FHE. I am excited!

Thursday we had zone meeting. It was a really good zone meeting! The spirit was very strong and we received some good revelation. It was also this day that it finally hit me that I was going home. It didn’t really hit me hard until we were singing our closing song, which was the mission song. I realized that was going to be one of the last times that I sang it, and it made me cry.

We also had exchanges on Thursday. I got to go on exchanges one more time with Sister Dunford!

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Both Sister Blackburn and I stayed here in our area.

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It was fun and between the 4 of us, we found 5 new investigators! We just talked to everyone we passed by….it’s kind of scary doing that (even after 18 months), but we did it anyway and it turned out good. 🙂

Friday and Saturday were both really good with 4th of July celebrations! We didn’t see any fireworks, except for the ones that we saw as we drove home both of those nights, but we got to have some cookouts (which I love), and we did some service and such. The weather was so nice on both of these days! It was actually kind of hot and humid, but I loved it. 🙂 While we were doing some service, I had pulled a weed that was a little prickly, and it caused my arm to get red and swell up, and it made my arm itch really bad! So, I stopped pulling those weeds and had Sister Blackburn pull them. Well, a little bit later I found some poison ivy in the midst of the other weeds! Eeeekkk! Just my luck to run into poison ivy right before I come home……we finished pulling all the weeds, including the poison ivy, and then went in and washed up super good! I have been checking my arms and legs for the past couple of days to make sure I don’t get poison Ivy again and that it doesn’t spread. So far, it looks great! *PHEW*

So that is about it for the week. We had Canada day, the 4th of July…there are a lot of celebrations which is why my email is titled the way that it is. I had texted Sister Porter and wished her a Happy Canada Day, and asked her why we celebrate it. She just told me we celebrate it because it is a great country! Ha-ha…but then she told me that any reason to celebrate is a good reason. So yeah. It was a great week and a great way to end my mission, and there is more celebration to come. We got transfer calls today and Sister Blackburn is getting transferred, which is really sad, but we both feel at peace and we know that this is what God wants and that He has something awesome planned. 🙂

I love you all so much! I will talk to you later this week. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

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Coming to an end…part 2

** PREFACE: This is from a hand-written email that Kayla wrote a couple of hours after she wrote the email that was shared in the previous post. It arrived on Friday (July 3rd), and unless she writes an email on Monday (July 6th) that she wants shared, will end up being the last letter from her mission. I felt it was worthy of sharing so that you would get a feel of the emotions that she is feeling, the love that she has for her mission, and the testimony that has grown inside of her.

Dear Family,

Hello! I figured I would write a letter home today, seeing that it is probably the last hand-written letter I will send home (unless I decide to write one next week and address it to myself…ha-ha!).

Man, I don’t even really know what to write…I just know I wanted to write a letter home this week.

You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you get really excited or when you get really sad/upset? Yeah, it has happened a lot this week. I’m getting really excited to come home, but also really nervous and I’m sad to leave here.

There is a show on the Mormon Channel (YouTube) that I started watching this week called “Two Brothers Two”. It shows two brothers as the grow up and then as they go on missions. It is really good! It made me cry, especially when it shows video footage from their missions. The love that they have for the people they teach really shows. In dad’s email today, he talked about love for our missions, the people we teach, etc. Sister Watts and I also talked about our love for our missions and the gospel when we were on exchanges. There has been a lot of love lately! Sister Watts and I were talking about how love = pain. That’s why it is hard to say goodbye, or get transferred, etc. because you grow to love! Not just that, but if you do it right, you feel the love God has for us and these people. That’s why coming home has so many mixed emotions. You love your family and want to see them, but you love life here and you love being a representative of Christ. It’s just great!

Anyway, now I am rambling. I can’t want to share experiences of my mission with you guys! They are so much better coming straight from my mouth.

Well, I know that as soon as I put this in an envelope and seal it I will think of more to write, but oh well! Nothing that I can’t just tell you next week. 🙂

That’s it for now. I love you all! This week is going to be awesome and next week is going to be even better! Talk to you soon. 🙂

Love,
Sister Kayla Palmer

Coming to an end….

Dear Family and Friends,

Holy cow. I can’t believe we are finally at this point. The time just goes by so fast and it is weird to think that I am headed into the last week of my mission.

This week was another great week! We got a ton of rain…and it is supposed to rain like most of this next week too. There are some roads that are blocked off because they are so flooded! Can you believe that? I don’t think I have ever seen so much rain in my life.

We had a lesson with our investigator Charlie this week (also known as Boom Boom the clown). I don’t know if I have ever mentioned him before, but we have been teaching him for a couple of weeks now. We taught him the Book of Mormon lesson on Tuesday and it went really well! We gave him a reading assignment to read the first two chapters and when we went and saw him on Thursday, he had read them! He didn’t really understand anything that he read, so he was kind of upset about that, but we re-read them with him and took it a little slower so that he could understand. It went good and we left him with the assignment to read the next two chapters. 😉

The funny thing was that we took a member with us to his lesson on Tuesday (Sister Hiday), and it turns out they know each other! #smallworld #instantfellowship Apparently they used to go to the same square dancing club a few years back in their younger days. Ha-ha! It was nice that they know each other though! It helps us a lot.

Here is a really quick, nasty story…. So my whole mission I have hoped and prayed that I would never see a live bedbug. Up to this point, it has been good! I have seen bedbugs, but they were all dead and they weren’t in my apartment (thank heavens), and I have gotten one bedbug bite my whole mission. Well this week we had a lesson and I saw something out of the corner of my eye….there were bedbugs walking all over this one person’s bag! Thankfully we didn’t get them, but it was so gross! They are nasty things….

I didn’t end up having my exit interview this week like I thought I would, so I will be having it sometime later this week. I almost got to go to the Centerville chapel though! I was so excited and I was starting to think about who I would try and catch at church while I was there, but it turns out that it was a mistake in the scheduling. President forgot that I am not in Miamisburg anymore. Ha-ha! How do you forget that?! Oh well…the mail has already come today though and I got my travel itinerary. It has gotten real folks! It hasn’t hit me yet though…I feel so blank inside. EEEEEKkKKkk!

We had exchanges on Saturday! I was with sister Watts here in Anderson. It was so much fun!

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We were able to have a few lessons and find a couple of new investigators. What I loved the most though were the conversations that I had with Sister Watts throughout the day. Sister Watts goes home the transfer after I get home (so the end of next transfer), and she was just asking me questions all day about what she needs to do to stay focused and involve herself in the work, and stuff like that. She doesn’t want to get trunky or think a lot about home, so she wanted some advice. That’s beside the point though because we started talking about our missions and the people that we have taught and become such good friends with. I can’t even tell you how much I LOVE my mission! It was so nice to reminisce with her. Serving a mission has been one of the greatest decisions I have made and I have learned and grown so much. I am excited to see my friends and family, but at the same time, this is my life! I have established a temporary family out here and have made so many friends that I don’t want to leave! Coming home is definitely going to be a bitter sweet experience.

Well, that’s about all for this week! Only one more week to go. This one is going to be the best one yet. 🙂 I love you all! Have a great week and I will see you soon!

Love,

Sister Palmer