Natalie In Panama – Week 47 – In Which She Rescues A Cat

Okay so last Monday we did an awesome activity with the Hermanas. We did a sort of scavenger hunt. We had to find different types of things or people and take a photo with them. For example, one was police. We had a ton of fun being silly, and ended up contacting people at the same time.

So, this week a really entertaining thing happened one night. We were walking home from dinner and found this small cat. It was in the middle of the road and not moving. So, we picked it up and moved it to the side of the road. We tried to give it a cookie, because it was crying from hunger. But, it was too small to eat solid food. Then, what does it do? It sits right down in between Hernandez’s feet and starts crying. She fell in love with it.

We had to go to a chino (store) and buy milk for it. Then, we started asking the entire world if they wanted a cat. Nobody did. After about 15-20 minutes, we ran into the Elders and they started to help us. Santizo started calling everyone he knew, and no one wanted a cat. Finally, at almost 9:30 at night, we found a house for the cat.

This incident has led to a bunch of jokes between us and the Elders. One day, they called us trying to convince us they had found a cat and brought it home. So, the next day we told them we had found a house for it, and that the Hermana would be really mad that we really didn’t have a cat.

We went to lunch, and Hermana Yanelis followed us on the joke. She called them and started to talk like she was really mad, but couldn’t keep it up because she was laughing too hard. The Elders got really worried, but we explained it was only a joke. Most of the jokes are simpler, but this one was pretty good.

We had an awesome experience with a less active family. We didn’t have set plans after dinner one night. We shared a message with our dinner family, and then asked if we could do anything for them. The oldest daughter took a deep breath and asked us to help her with her mission papers. So, we did. We ended up there for about 2 hours helping her and looking at the clothing for missionaries. From her original question, she asked us about books to study and things she needs for the mission. She really opened up to us, which isn’t normal because she’s super shy. It was great to have her confidence.

Saturday we had a reunion with the Hermana’s. We had to teach about being creative in your lessons. We’ve been doing different types of games. For example they have to read the pamphlet and draw it. Then they have to explain it to us. Or they have to find 10 questions and answer them from the pamphlet. Then we play an intelligence game. It’s working really well for us. We gave the Hermana’s a bag with chocolate, a puzzle, googly eyes, a q-tip, and smiley faces. They were each something to help them remember what they needed to do to have more interesting lessons. The Hermanas seemed to really enjoy it.

Then, Saturday, in the afternoon, we ended up ignoring our plans. We visited the twins we are teaching. They ended up telling us that they are completely sure about being baptized. It was awesome to hear how sure they are.

After that lesson, we ran around contacting people. We met one guy who was smoking and asked him if he knew about the Word of Wisdom. We ended up giving him a pamphlet. Some of our contacts knew us from the night when we were asking people to adopt the cat. They were really friendly and asked if we had found a house. Thus we see the lord really does work in mysterious ways.

We also contacted a house by asking the woman if she was Mormon. We told her that she looked like she was Mormon. She ended up inviting us in and told us her son had received the lessons about 4 years before, but with changes the lessons had stopped. We ended up placing fechas (baptism dates) with them, and the son promised to go to church with us. He was really funny, because he was saying that 11 AM was way too early to get up.

Then, on Sunday we had 5 investigators at church. The son from the family on Saturday and the Hermanos of Alicia. Virgilio also came on his own. It was awesome. We can truly say that we are extremely blessed.

Today, we went hiking up a mountain. It was in the valley Anton. The whole zone went. It was a ton of fun. It’s really pretty to go hiking in a rain forest.

I hope you all have a great week! Thanks for remembering that I’ll complete a year on Wednesday Mom!

Love you lots,

Natalie

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And Now For Pictures!

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Hernandez being proposed to by this super cute dog.

Hernandez being proposed to by this super cute dog.

Mamon chino - is super yummy, even though it looks like a sea urchin.

Mamon chino – is super yummy, even though it looks like a sea urchin.

The Valley Anton

The Valley Anton

The Valley Anton

The Valley Anton

The Valley Anton

Natalie in The Valley Anton

The Valley Anton

The Valley Anton

The Valley Anton

Natalie and Hermana Bennett in The Valley Anton

The Valley Anton

Natalie and Hernandez in The Valley Anton

Natalie with Hernandez, and Bennet

Natalie with Hernandez, and Bennet

Natalie and her zone in the Valley Anton

Natalie and her zone in the Valley Anton

Elder Quico, asleep on the way back.

Elder Quico, asleep on the way back.

Bags that we filled with things for a lesson we gave to the other Hermanas on Saturday.

Bags that we filled with things for a lesson we gave to the other Hermanas on Saturday.

Bags that we filled with things for a lesson we gave to the other Hermanas on Saturday.

Bags that we filled with things for a lesson we gave to the other Hermanas on Saturday.

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E-mail Hermana Natalie Palmer directly at natalie.palmer@myldsmail.net

Even a short, encouraging e-mail would be great!

If you would like to write to Hermana Palmer, here’s the mission mailing address:

Mision Panama
AP 0834-02798
Panama, Repucblica de Panama.

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