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

Blizzards and Social Media

Hello there my wonderful family and friends!

This week was pretty great! We don’t have tons of time left so let me wrap my brain around all of this and tell you about this great week!

This week, it snowed A LOT! Like a lot a lot. It was crazy. On the days that it wasn’t snowing, the wind chill was about -25 degrees. People keep telling us to go inside and stay warm. Hah! If only you knew…sometimes I do want to stay in, but we must be doing the Lords work!

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The snow is kinda nice though because we are able to take our shovels out with us and we are able to help a lot of people shovel their driveways and sidewalks. It is a great finding tool. We have been praying really hard this week that it would stop snowing and that all of it would go to Utah, because last we both heard, Utah really needs it. I have found out from my emails today that at least Orem got some snow! Not sure about everywhere else, but at least Utah is getting a little bit of it. 🙂

This week we had a couple of awesome lessons with our investigator (R). I mentioned her once or twice before, but she is our Wicca investigator. She has been reading the Book of Mormon and is already in 2 Nephi. Her son has also been reading (even though we haven’t been able to pick him up as an investigator…he is never home when we go over). They talk about it with each other. Right now, (R) feels pretty good about the church. We were at a point where she was wanting to combine our religion with Wicca. She recognizes that there are “holes” in Wicca but she loves that religion. She recognizes that what we have to offer is really good, and that is why she wanted to combine it. That way, she would be able to keep her religion but fill up the holes.

Anyway, that can’t happen! Sister Rose and I didn’t know what to do. We knew that we would have to bring it up to her at some point, but we didn’t want to hurt her feelings or anything. We were praying and praying to know what to do. This week, we had one of the members come out with us that we felt prompted should come. She came and was PERFECT! The lesson went so great! This member was able to teach and help (R) understand that she can’t do that. We were then able to add to the things she was saying.

The next lesson that we had with (R) after that was really similar. She still mentioned something about combining the two. I said a prayer in my heart that we would be able to teach boldly and in a loving way so that we wouldn’t hurt her feelings, but that we would be able to help her progress more. The spirit was so strong! I felt like I taught very boldly. I had a surge go through me and I was able to say the things that needed to be said. Sister Rose was able to add her testimony, as well as the member that was with us for that lesson. It was awesome! We are having a chapel tour with (R) this week, so hopefully we will be able to get her to come to church on Sunday!!

We didn’t see (B) this week….bummer! We are having a hard time getting a hold of him. He is staying with his father in-law right now and we think that he is getting ready to have his surgery that he was supposed to have last month. We just keep praying for him and pray that he will continue to read. At the rate he was going though, I wouldn’t be surprised if the next time we saw him, he was finished with the Book of Mormon. Who knows!

Saturday we had our Social Media split. We were going to go up to the church in the morning to help out with the family history jamboree that was going on, but it was snowing so bad our car wasn’t even making it up this one road by our apartment. It is a little bit of a hill, and I almost had to get out and push us. Yeah…we turned around and went home. We had to go to the store to get some chocolate chips though so that we could make some cookies later that morning. There is a gas station really close to our apartment, and there was no way that we were going to drive to an actual grocery store, so we grabbed our shovels and shoveled our way to the gas station. We thought we would be helpful and help plow a path on the sidewalk. Haha! It ended up being a really good day.

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We had a few different members come out with us and take pictures, and we didn’t die on the roads! It finally stopped snowing around 4:00 in the afternoon and the plows were able to catch up and get the roads all cleaned off, so we were able to go out driving that night. It was a good day and a great week! If you have not seen pictures of the Social Media split and would like to, look up #mormon and #socialmediasplit. You should be able to see pictures of all the missionaries by doing that.

Anyway, I love you all, as always! Have a great week! By the way, this is that last week of the transfer. Say what?? Yes, it is. We are going to end this transfer with a bang! 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

Can You Feel the Love Tonight??

** No this is not a Disney sing-a-long, Lion King-esque story…

Hey family and friends!

Happy belated Valentine’s Day! I hope it was a great day for all of you. 🙂

So let me tell you about the week…

Monday last week, we had a shorter p-day because we had gone to the temple on Saturday (two days before…see the previous post). That’s okay though because that gave us lots of time to go out and work and see people! Yay. 🙂 We finally got to see our investigator (B). He is still doing awesome. We saw him a few different times this week. Since the last time that we saw him, he is now on date for the 14th of March. He is also in Alma chapter 55 of the Book of Mormon (as of Friday). I have never had an investigator read that much of the Book of Mormon before they got baptized. That is just crazy!!! He is pretty awesome. 🙂

Wednesday we had a Relief Society activity. Sister Rose and I weren’t going to go because we didn’t have an investigator or a less active member going, but then one of the members told us that she had invited a non-member friend and asked us to come. It ended up being pretty good! We had a lot of fun and I was able to see a couple of members from the Middletown ward and they gave me a few updates on what was going on down there. It was nice to get an update. 🙂

Friday we had exchanges. I was here in Miamisburg with Sister Summers!! We always have the best time on exchanges. She goes home at the end of this transfer, so that was the last time that I will get to be on exchanges with her, but we made it lots of fun. Thankfully she isn’t “trunky”, which is a good thing. While we were on exchanges, we saw our investigator (A), who we haven’t seen quite as much as we would like. (A) has a really good friend who is LDS and she has known her for about 20 years or so. She also was getting taught by missionaries last year. Anyway, Sister Rose and I picked her up as an investigator again about a month ago. Sister Summers and I had a really powerful lesson with her! We were able to talk about a couple things (like why she didn’t get baptized last year). The spirit was really strong and by the end of the lesson, we had extended a baptism date for March 21st. March is going to be a great month!! We will see if I am still in Miamisburg though.

Saturday was Valentine’s Day. It was also Sister Rose’s birthday. We had a really good day! We had a meeting in the morning with the Elders. During lunch we came home and ate some food while Sister Rose opened her presents. That night we had some members feed us, and they had heard it was Sister Rose’s birthday, so they made some really yummy food and got a delicious cake! We sang Happy Birthday to her and had a good time. Overall, it was a really good day. 🙂

Today it is snowing.

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That sucks. I hate driving in the snow…it is no fun.

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So this past week we got a few different voicemails from President and Sister Porter. They were talking about all of the great things that are happening in the mission right now! They posted our baptism recap video on a Facebook page for the missionaries who have already gone home. Sister Porter read a couple of the posts from some of the previous missionaries who commented on the video. It made me feel good! I am so happy to be a part of the OCM (Ohio Cincinnati Mission) right now! There are so many good things going on. We have set some pretty high goals, but we are working super hard to achieve them! It is all part of leaving a legacy behind.

So there is my update! I love you all so much! Have a great week.

Love,

Sister Palmer

Carols and Christmas Time!

PREFACE: I don’t know why Kayla titled her email the way she did this week because she doesn’t mention any carols and barely talks about it being Christmas. She probably had “The Forgotten Carols” playing in her mind as she wrote…it is her favorite Christmas album. If I were to write the title of this entry (which I could since I control the account) it would be “Learning and Growing Through Change”. But this is Kayla’s mission, not mine, so on to her letter.

Dear family and friends,

Hello, hello! Holy cow it is so great to be able to email today. Not gonna lie, the first p-day of a transfer is the best, because you get to email and hear from family and friends to give you a boost to keep going.

Okay, I make it sound like this week was terrible. It wasn’t, but it was a bit of a struggle. It was so hard having Sister Webb gone! I felt like part of me was missing almost all week. Satan was also doing what he does best to try and bring me down. He knows my weakness is my thoughts, and I’m not gonna lie, I had some negative thoughts this week about myself and what I was doing as a missionary.

But…. Let’s talk about some good stuff and some of the things that I have learned this week. Let’s first start with my companion. My new companion is Sister Rose. She is from Tooele, UT. She is the middle child, with an older sister and a younger brother. We are the same age (at least as far as school goes. She graduated in 2013 as well). She has done 1 year of college at UVU. She wants to be a pilot. Sister Rose has only been out for 3 transfers, or 4 1/2 months. She is just a baby as far as mission age goes! She is the youngest companion out on a mission that I have had so far. She reminds me a lot of myself when I was at the beginning of my mission, or even where I was at the time that she is at now.

It has been kinda fun this week just to think back on my struggles and weaknesses at that point in my mission, and the similar struggles she is having. She is very quiet. Just like I was. It has been hard and required a lot of patience, because I don’t want to overpower lessons. If there is one thing that I have learned on my mission, it is that God needs us where he needs us, and puts us with the people he puts us with for a reason. This week I have tried to have the mindset of “Why did God put us together? What am I supposed to learn? How can I be an example and what am I supposed to teach her?” It has been a big help to have that mindset, because I am trying to work with her a lot. Things are finally starting to get better. She is a great missionary, and I hope to be able to teach her all that I have learned on my mission so far.

So other great news, Shelby got confirmed yesterday!! Wahoo! The newest member of the church. He is so awesome. He said that his confirmation was such a powerful experience, which it was. The spirit was strong. I have loved seeing him learn and grow and seeing the light in his eyes as he has progressed in the gospel and become more familiar with the spirit. He is awesome!

This week ended up being a great week! We found 3 new investigators, and we are working with another lady (L) to prepare her for baptism on the 27th. We will see what happens.

I am so thankful that I get to be a missionary at this time. I am thankful for the gospel. It is such a blessing in our lives! I love you all! Have a great week.

Love,
Sister Palmer

PS: Christmas is in a week and a half…for all you that still have Christmas shopping to do. Haha. I can’t wait to talk to my family though!! That will be so exciting.

PSS: Pictures this week are… a good looking group of missionaries! 😉 Me and Sisters Webb and Ison on the day of transfers. Two of my best friends from the mission are now home. That is just too weird.

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The second picture… We filled up with gas the other day. I have no idea what gas prices are in Utah, but $2.29 a gallon was so exciting for me! That is the lowest it has been on my mission.

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Busy, Busy, Busy

Dear Family and Friends,

Holy cow this week was so busy! So, so, busy….

Let me first tell you about transfer calls since you are probably dying to know. As you know, Sister Webb is leaving. Unfortunately that isn’t going to change. Thankfully, I am staying! Wahoo. I have not receive a call from President Porter yet to know if I am training. I don’t think I am. That’s okay though. 🙂

So, back to our busy week. We had appointments like crazy!! Holy cow you would not even believe. It was great because it is nice to be busy as a missionary. Tuesday we just went from appointment to appointment. We ended up having eight lessons that day. 4 of those were with members. We got 4 member present lessons in one day! We were so excited.

Wednesday we had Zone Conference. That was great as it always is! We ended up having it in the Middletown building. That was nice because I got to be back there. Also, the Middletown Ward Relief Society was in charge of feeding us that day, so I got to see a few people that I love from that ward.

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That isn’t the most important part though. The important part was that we felt the spirit, received revelation, and got to spend time with other missionaries. That is what I love. After Zone Conference, we went to dinner at Wendy’s. We needed to eat something quick because we had a chapel tour up back up in Centerville that night. While we were at Wendy’s, the assistants and Sister Porter walked in, as well as a couple other sister missionaries. We ended up eating dinner all together. Our chapel tour got cancelled, so we didn’t have to rush. It was fun to spend time with all of them.

(S) had his baptism interview on Wednesday. He was in his interview with Elder McDade for over an hour! We had no idea what was going on. When they came out though, they both had smiles on their faces and Elder McDade said that everything was good for his baptism to be on Saturday. YAY!!! So there was another great thing that happened.

Friday we had exchanges. I stayed in our area. I have to be able to run it ya know…I know that I can. It was a lot of fun though! I got to be with Sister Summers again.

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We got poured on as we were out walking. Unfortunately I don’t have a copy of that picture to send, but we were so wet! It was lots of fun though. 🙂

Saturday we had our Social Media split where the members come out with us and take pictures of the things that we do as missionaries and then post them on Facebook.

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We made some cookies in the morning and did some service as well. Then we went to the church for (S)’s baptism!! That was so good. The spirit was so strong. Everything worked out the way that it needed to.

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After the baptism, we had a couple of lessons, one of the members took us out to dinner at Olive Garden and then drove us to the Saturday session of Stake Conference. That ended up taking the rest of the night and then we came home and planned out for the next day.

Now we are finally at Sunday. Sunday we had Stake Conference. I got to see a lot of members from the Middletown Ward. They all came up and gave me hugs. It was fun. Stake Conference was good. After Stake Conference, and after we made it home, we drove right back down to Middletown so that Sister Webb could meet with President Porter for her departing interview. This transfer we have 21 missionaries going home. 21!! Can you believe that?? Because there are so many missionaries going home, President has started interviewing some of them early, so that he doesn’t spend 10 1/2 hours at once doing interviews. He likes to spend at least half an hour with each missionary. That went good. I got to just sit on the couch and talk with Sister Porter while we waited for them to get done with the interview. We ended up having to re-schedule some appointments because there was no way that we were going to fit them in. Last night we had some appointments and it was lots of fun.

Today we had our last companionship study….. :,( We were both a little emotional. Today is going to be another crazy day trying to get everything done that we need to.

See?? This week was crazy! And I actually timed my emailing time right so that I could just write about most of the details. Are you all happy?? Haha just kidding.

I love you all! Have a great week! Thank you so much for all your prayers. I really can feel them. Heavenly Father is definitely providing me comfort as we move into this new week. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

Gobble, Gobble!!

Hello Family and friends!!

I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving! I know that we did. 🙂 Not gonna lie, it was a little different not to be with family and the whole day I would occasionally think about my family and the activities that they would be doing. It was still a good day though. We had dinner with one of the members. The food was all so great. 🙂 I loved every bit of it. On Saturday, we went to go and see a less active, part member family in the ward and we just happened to show up as they were having a Thanksgiving dinner with one side of the family, so they invited us right in (I will have you know that this was our first time meeting them too. It was kinda crazy to have them just invite us in and sit us down to eat). Needless to say, we had a second Thanksgiving dinner, even though it was a couple of days later. It was really good!

Shelby is getting baptized this weekend!! Things are looking really good for it. 🙂 We are both super excited.

My birthday was awesome! Thank you for all the birthday wishes. It honestly was just like any other day, but one of the members fed us a good dinner and I was able to open presents. It was lots of fun. 🙂 We also had a birthday dinner with a different less active/part member family. We are teaching the son who is 13. They LOVE the sister missionaries, because it was sister missionaries that taught the mom and dad and helped them get baptized. So they found out that it was my birthday and so they had us over for dinner on Friday. We also had some great pumpkin pie for dessert and they sang happy birthday to me. It was a lot of fun!

This week we have Zone Conference, which I am looking forward to, as well as Stake Conference. I am excited to see members from the Middletown Ward! Plus we have Shelby’s baptism and a social media split. It is going to be a great week!

I love you all. Have a great week. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

PS: Here is a picture from this past week. One of the members gave us a Christmas tree to put up, and in the box there were a couple of hats, so of course we took pictures with them on! DSCN0722[1]

Winter Wonderland!!!

Hello my family and friends!!

How’s it going??

So guess what?? It snowed today!!! In case you couldn’t tell by the subject of this email. I have mixed emotions about it. I absolutely HATE driving in the snow (although you would think that since I am from Utah it wouldn’t be that bad. That is pretty much the only reason why I hate the snow though. It does make everything look so beautiful! I am hoping to have some good snowball fights in it.

So let me tell you about our week. Honestly, it had quite a bit of ups and downs. We taught our investigator (S)…he is the one that looks like uncle Si. We taught him the word of wisdom on Tuesday, and he accepted to live it! That was good. 🙂 The only bummer part was that when we had our lesson with him on Friday, he hadn’t cut back on anything. So, we had to push his date back a week. That won’t be a big deal, but it was still very devastating. Preach My Gospel talks about how you should feel devastated if an investigator doesn’t read the Book of Mormon after you ask them to, and I think that it should be that way with all commitments that you leave investigators. I haven’t always felt that way with all of my investigators, but let me tell you, when you do feel that way, it sucks! Especially with (S). He is so awesome! The spirit is so strong every time that we go over to his house to teach him. Every time we go over there, I am reminded of why I like being a missionary. I always without a doubt have a smile from ear to ear because I am so happy for him. That is one of the great joys of missionary work. The happiness that you get from it. 🙂 Anyway, so it was actually really sad to push his date back, but we will just keep continuing to work with him.

Also, it hit me this week how much time is left before the transfer and before Sister Webb goes home. She is not excited to go home, and I am not either. This transfer starts the transfer where pretty much all my friends that I have made on my mission go home. 😦 That also just puts into perspective how much time I have left before I come home. I know that a lot of my family and friends are excited for me to come home, and don’t get me wrong, when the time comes, I know I will be excited too because I will get to see everyone again. Just the thought right now is hard. Anyway, I guess I still have like 6 months to not worry about it. The last 1/2 month or so is when I can start worrying about it.

Also, our investigator (B) may or may not be getting baptized this week. I’m not too worried, but we have had a hard time getting in touch with her. We may have to push her baptism back a week too.

Amazingly enough, I am not extremely stressed about the situation. That could be a bad thing. I don’t know. Should I be more worried about this stuff?? I keep telling myself that the reason why I am not so stressed is so that I can help my companion not be so stressed. Who knows?

I can’t believe that we are already in the middle of November. BAH!! Craziness.

I feel like there is more that I was going to say, but at the moment, I can’t think of it.

Oh wait yes I can. This week, Elder Wilford W. Andersen of the Second Quorum of the Seventy came and toured our mission. We had a great big zone conference. It was so fun! It is always a great opportunity to be with President and Sister Porter and to receive revelation and to also to receive revelation from a general authority. Anyway, it was good. I am now out of time, so unfortunately I can’t go into detail about it. Maybe next week.

I love you all! Have a great week. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer