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. 🙂
Our district fun day that we had on Monday. It was so fun, but it started to pour rain while we were there.
A district picture from our last district meeting in the transfer.
A picture of me during weekly planning. I am now on my last planner for the rest of my mission. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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!
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!
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.
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!
#socialmediasplit #cincinnatimission. We had a few service projects and a couple of lessons with some members and one of our investigators.
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.
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. 🙂
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!
Pictures are of me and sister Witherspoon this week.
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. 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!
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.
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. 🙂
I got an awesome bouquet of flowers from my parents this week.
The pictures aren’t the greatest. It was very pretty!