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

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

#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

Transfer Doctrine

There was probably about a month where I really struggled with a term that missionaries like to call “trunky”. I really never thought that I would get to that point on my mission. I remember when I was companions with Sister Origer and her mom sent her information about school. She about freaked out and I just laughed. “Haha! I don’t have to worry about that ever.” Then I remember when Sister Webb was trying to get housing figured out. Once again…I never have to worry about that right?? Well, I started getting similar questions. I didn’t know what to do. I don’t think that was the only reason for my trunkiness. I know that part of it was that my mission friends were starting to go home…I constantly thought about what I was going to do with them when I got home, but I was also thinking about what it would be like to see my family again. (I am very grateful to my mom and dad for getting all of my college situation stuff worked out on their own, so I don’t have to worry about any of it.)

It was brought up at interviews with President and Sister Porter about how “trunky” I really was. I didn’t think it was that bad, but after talking to them, I realized that it was worse than I thought. It was a constant battle with myself. I made a goal that day that I wasn’t going to talk about home anymore. I didn’t want Sister Witherspoon to get transferred from me for my actions…because that is what would have happened.

Anyway, so the past few weeks I have been working really hard on it, and it is going good! Sister Witherspoon and I have been seeing a lot of grace lately, so I will tell you about some of it right now as I talk about our week.

First off, we are staying together…yay! I am not going to be a sister training leader, which I guess right now is fine. I am going to just focus on training and making sure Sister Witherspoon is the best missionary she can be.

I am really excited to still be here in Miamisburg. At the end of this transfer, I will have been in Miamisburg as long as I was in Columbia City. CRAZY!! There is going to be a lot of awesome things happening this transfer though. Now let me tell you the highlights of the week.

So Monday we had a fun Nerf war at the church as a zone. It was super awesome!

Wednesday we had a lesson with (G). That was pretty much AMAZING! Before we went into the lesson, Sister Witherspoon was like “I am going to tell (G) to give me her cigarettes.” I was like “Are you crazy??!” Look, I know as missionaries we are supposed to be bold, but sometimes being bold scares me, especially when it is THAT bold. But, we did it anyway. (G) wouldn’t give them to us, but we set up a return appointment for Friday. We decided that we would fast on that day, and she was going to fast with us. We set up things for a blessing, and it was all going to be great! But then, come Friday at 7:00, as I was starving from literally eating nothing all day and doing lots of service, (G) didn’t answer the door….WHAT??? Come on now…it was sad and disappointing. We had a lesson with an investigator the next day and we had a member out with us, but this investigator (R) wasn’t home, so we took the member to go see (G). This time (G) was home. The good news is….she ended up fasting with us on Friday, and she no longer has any cigarettes!!!! That’s right folks, (G) is now living the Word of Wisdom and she is preparing to get baptized towards the end of May (before the transfer is over). WAHOO!! Exciting.

Another grace moment….We tried so hard this week to have a lesson with our investigator (C). We seriously could not get anything to work out. Every time we would schedule a lesson, something else would come up or (C) just wouldn’t be there. It was so frustrating!! But, yesterday before we went to church and our ward council meeting, we stopped by (C’s) to bring her breakfast. It was a little early, and (C) was the only one up, but we helped her clean her kitchen and do her dishes and we talked to her about coming to church. She said she would! She ended up coming to church and brought her 5 year old son (TJ). On the way to church, she got lost, called us freaking out, and said she was going to go home, but we were able to calm her down and convince her to keep driving. They finally made it and luckily they made it just in time for the sacrament! Double grace there! We are supposed to be having a chapel tour with her tomorrow. 🙂

Last but not least is (B). Remember him?? We got a call from (B) on Monday evening. He was just checking up on us to see how we were doing, but we set up a time to go see him on Sunday. He was also going to come to church with us, but he ended up getting sick from dialysis and was really dizzy when he woke up Sunday morning, so he didn’t come to church, but we still had our lesson with him yesterday afternoon. He is doing just great! He is currently reading in Moroni in the Book of Mormon, but this is his 3RD TIME THROUGH!! Okay, this man is ridiculous….seriously. We set up a chapel tour with him for this week as well, but he is also now on date for May 9th. Grace is happening all over the place people!!

I am really happy that I get to be here in Miamisburg still. Yesterday I had a feeling that God is pleased with me and the work that I am doing. I am obviously not perfect, but guess what? Repentance is real. I am so grateful for that. I struggled for a little bit, but now I am back on track and I ready to keep going! This work is so amazing and I am grateful to be a part of it!

I love you all so much! Have a great week!

Love,

Sister Palmer

PS: Pictures are of mine and Sister Witherspoon’s matching shirts,

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and of us soaking wet after a run one morning.

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Gotta love the rain!

Revelation Horse

Dear Family and friends,

Happy Easter! I hope you all had a great day yesterday. I know we did. In fact, this whole week was SO MUCH FUN!! Let me tell you about it…

So on Monday we had a ping pong tournament as a zone. It was a lot of fun, but I was unfortunately out after the first round….dang! It was lots of fun to be hanging out as a zone though.

Tuesday we had a really good lesson with our investigator (C) and our new investigator (K)… (K) is (C)’s babysitter. He watches her son while she is at work. We taught them both about the Book of Mormon and gave each of them a copy. That night we also had dinner with some members. We had Skyline chili since it was Sister Witherspoon’s first time having it. Remember how I didn’t like it the first time I tried it? Well, you just have to eat it a few different times, and then you will like it. I like it now!

One of the cool things about Wednesday was that we were able to find a new investigator! We had gotten a referral from our recent convert (L) for her aunt that lived nearby. We went on Wednesday to contact her and we were able to share a little message and set up a return appointment. Yay!

Thursday was awesome! We had specialized training that day, and then after Specialized training, we had a new missionary training. DSCN0891[1]10464003_786855728064915_642504696248212608_n

It was so fun and the best part was that I got to see Sisters Davis, Jackson, Yoakum, and a few other missionaries that I love so much! 🙂 We didn’t get back into our area until around 5:30, so we went and got Chipotle for dinner and then we went and had some cold stone for dessert and then ended up going out to work. We found another new investigator before the night was over. Yay!

Friday was amazing as well….Okay so back story. We got in Thursday night and we got a call from the assistants saying that I was invited to go to Mission Leadership Council the next day.

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Mission Leadership Council is for the Zone Leaders and the Sister Training Leaders, and you normally don’t get invited (I don’t think) unless you are going to be a Zone Leader or a Sister Training Leader. Hmmm…we shall see what happens. It was a lot of fun though! I got to see more of my friends again!

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Sister Witherspoon stayed here in Miamisburg that day with Sister Lovell, because Sister Lovell’s companion, Sister Armstrong, got invited to come as well. Sister Lovell has only been out one transfer longer than Sister Witherspoon, so she is not quite done with training. #twogreeniesinanarea… That was the hashtag that they sent on every text. They ended up having a really good day though!

Then we had conference this weekend! Basically I had 4 days in a row of awesome revelation. That is why this email is titled the way it is. We had such a great week though.

Let me tell you of one quick grace moment. (C) and (K) were supposed to come watch conference with us on Saturday like they said that they would, but when we went to go get them, they weren’t there. It was really sad, but people have their agency. As we were planning on Saturday night, we felt like we should still go take them breakfast the next day and try to get them to come watch conference with us on Sunday. Well, we did and guess what?? They hurried and threw on some clothes, then we went to a member’s house to watch conference. Not just that, but WE were able to have a lesson afterward, so we got a member present in a members home. It was great!

I love you all! Have a great week. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

PS: Also, this is the last week of the transfer. CRAZY!! Time is going very fast.

Luck of the Irish

Family and friends!

Guess what?? This week was pretty great. Definitely a lot better than last week. Still not as great as it could have been, but so much improvement!

So Monday, we had a zone fun day. It was fun for sure!

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The weather was great, so we were able to go outside and play games. It was so much fun!

Tuesday was St. Patrick’s Day, and we had exchanges! That was a blast as well. I stayed here in Miamisburg (of course) and I was with Sister Nash.

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Sister Nash came out a transfer after I did and she started in Miamisburg. It was weird for her to be back in her greenie area, but we had lots of fun! We got to see some people that she knew when she was here, but we also got to see some others that she hasn’t ever met.

Friday was pretty awesome! We got to go to Oakwood High School in the morning and teach the comparative religions class there. The students had been learning all week about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They had read from the introduction to the Book of Mormon, and they had also watched the Restoration video. We got to go and be the special guest representatives from the church to go and talk a little bit more about it and to answer questions. It was SO MUCH FUN! The kids are very bright and they had some great questions! I have had people tell me before that they think I am going to be a public speaker, and after doing this presentation, I think it is more of a possibility for me. I enjoy doing it!

We also had interviews with President and Sister Porter on Friday right after we taught the class at school. Those went fantastic as well! President and I had a great time in my interview. We just laughed and talked the whole time. I have loved seeing how much I have grown as a missionary and how much President and Sister Porter have noticed I have grown. It feels really good!

We also got to role-play at interviews. They do it every time, and they video tape us while we do it. It can be very nerve racking, and it is really awkward when they go back and make us watch ourselves teaching. Let me tell you though, our role play was AWESOME!! Seriously, Elder Beckman (who is one of the assistants) said that our role play was the best one he had seen all day. He looked at Sister Witherspoon and was like “How long have you been out?” He couldn’t believe she has only been out 3 weeks. It made me feel really good.

Saturday we had a really good lesson with our investigator (G)! She has pretty much almost quit smoking, and then we will set a baptism date for her. She has had multiple in the past, but this time I think it is going to happen. She tells everyone that she is a Mormon, and when people ask what the Mormons believe, she tells them what we believe! She has been meeting with the missionaries off and on the past year and a half, so she knows a lot. She is funny and I love going over to see her!

Sunday we had a less-active sister, Sister (W) come to church. That was awesome too! My companions and I have been working with her off and on during the time that I have been here, and she finally came to church! She seemed to really enjoy it, and she is going to be coming to the women’s broadcast this Saturday.

Oh yeah, by the way, the women’s broadcast is this Saturday! YIPEE! I am so excited I can hardly wait. Then General Conference is the week after, which will be just as awesome! I love this time of the year. 🙂

That’s probably about it for my email this week. Lots of good things happened! It really was a good week. I love you all! Have a fantastic week yourselves. 🙂

Love,

Sister Palmer

Punch Satan in the FACE!!

Hello my wonderful family and friends,

This week…was terrible. Yep. I hate to say it, but I can’t lie. It was kinda bad. We faced a lot of opposition this week and didn’t do nearly as good as we did last week. We tried so hard, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out! We had very few lessons and a lot of lessons that we scheduled fell through. Honestly, I think I am more upset that Sister Witherspoon had to go through a week like that on her second week in the mission. Welcome to missionary life?! It is just evident that there is a giant miracle on its way!

One thing that I have learned on my mission is that God is always with us and he is always a part of our lives. No matter if we have good days or bad days, we can always find something good. So, even though this week was bad (as far as numbers go), let me share with you some of the grace that we received…

To start off, it has been so stinking WARM here!!! Hallelujah! Seriously, winter ended and spring was here overnight. It was so sunny and all the snow has melted *knock on wood that it doesn’t snow again*. Today it is supposed to be like 70 degrees, so this afternoon we are going to go to the Miamisburg mound park and have yet another zone fun day!

Zone Fun Day!!!

Zone Fun Day!!!

(The whole mission got an extra zone fun day from President Porter because of some of the goals that we have accomplished). We are going to play some Ultimate Frisbee and just have lots of fun in the sun! 🙂

Another grace moment this week was that we got to go to the temple!

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District at Columbus Ohio Temple

It was kind of a surprise. We weren’t supposed to go until this Wednesday, but last Monday the assistants sent out a voicemail to all the missionaries saying that our temple trips had been re-arranged. It was so much fun to go to the temple though!

Zone at Columbus Ohio Temple

Zone at Columbus Ohio Temple

Our session started at 9:00, so we had to get up at 5:30 to start getting ready. (Bleh!). After our temple trip we went to Culvers for lunch. I love Culvers! There isn’t a Culvers down here, but there was a Culvers in my first area that we went to a couple of times, so it was nice to go back there again.

Another quick grace moment that just came to my mind is that our dinner calendar is filled up to the end of the month! Yay! That’s always a nice thing. The members love us. 😉

Even though we had a lot of lessons fall through, we had a couple of really good lessons with some less-actives that we have been working with. Another grace moment.

So that is about it for the update. There are just a few things that I can think of where we saw grace that made this week a lot nicer. Like I said, we can always find something good in our day if we look for it!

I love you all. Have a fantastic week!

Love,

Sister Palmer