Natalie In Panama – Week 53 – In Which She Goes To A Hawaiian Party

So, this week was a little crazy, but we had some great stuff happen. To be honest, I don’t really remember what happened on Tuesday or Wednesday.

I’ll just go straight to Thursday. On Thursday, we went to the Swalms to help Hermana Swalm cook, but then she turned out to have everything under control. Instead, we did Spanish practice with her. She’s improving a lot in her Spanish. We’ve only worked with her for a week, but she really is practicing. We’re focusing on using the Book of Mormon to learn the language, because we know that if you read it in another language you will, learn the language.

Anyway, during dinner Hermano Swalm commented that Bob, our investigator, had  stopped drinking coffee. In the lesson we had with him the week before, Hermano Swalm mentioned that to be baptized Bob would have to give up coffee and alcohol. Then Bob did it, without us saying anything. We all took that as a good sign that he wants to be baptized.

Friday was a crazy day. Our dinner appointment got canceled. The zone had been asked to help in a Hawaiian night in one of the other wards. We weren’t going to go, but then dinner got canceled, and our appointments fell through, so we said we would go. We texted the zone leader’s to tell them we were coming. Next thing we know, they’re saying that Pula is going to do a dance. She said no. She did eventually agree to teach us all the hula dance she taught in the Polynesian center in Hawaii to the tourists. So, we went to lunch, then managed to catch a chiva (small bus) to the Presley’s. We used their internet to get the music. Then, we got another bus to go down to David. We got to the church building just as they were starting to set up.

They put palm tree branches in the doorway and used green coconuts. Then Hermana Vroom and Barraza asked me to come help with scenery they were trying to draw. They had a jovencita (girl) who wasn’t sure what she was doing trying to do it. Needless to say, I took over. It basically was like doing a chalk drawing from high school, but bigger and only in an hour. I did it though, and had a lot of fun. I had been having knitting withdrawals before, and this got rid of that feeling.

Then, when the event started we did the dance all together. We got members to come join us as well. It was fun. Then, the youth did a couple of dances too. It was a short, but fun activity. Then we got to have a sleep over at the zetta ellas (zone leaders).

Saturday was crazy. We went to the Swalms to help Hermana Swalm some more with her Spanish. Left to go to a cita (appointment), and the person wasn’t there. We went back and taught Bob. That was a great lesson. We taught the word of wisdom and he agreed to follow it. He also said that he will probably be baptized on the 18th of October. We were so happy to hear that. That lesson is what Hermana Swalm sent pictures of (see below). To be honest, I can’t say that a bunch of dogs during a lesson makes me happy, because it easily distracts everyone. I love my dogs, but they don’t help the spirit in my lessons.

Then we went and taught Juan. We went through the plan of Salvation again. The cool thing about teaching it this time is we could tie in the other lessons we have given him. It’s amazing to see how much the lessons are intertwined. I didn’t realize it until I got here, because here we’re teaching them more than one time to help everyone understand them better.

Then, we went to dinner, and then back to the Swalms. We watched Women’s Conference with them. We had some technical difficulties, and we only saw part of two talks. Luckily one was Uchtdorfs. The part I did see was awesome, and more than I saw last conference.

Sunday was great. Both Bob and Juan came to church. We had 5 investigators in church between us and the elders. The only sad thing was it was Elder Duron’s last Sunday as a missionary. He’s going home this week. We’ll see who the new elder is. We don’t have changes, so we just get to wait and see.

So, overall this week was great. I’m glad to see that all of you are doing great. I hope everything keeps working out for everyone.

I love you all a ton and I hope all of you listen to General Conference. I am pumped for my last conference in the mission. I know that everyone who watches Conference will receive the answers to their questions.

Have a great week! Love a ton!

Natalie

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And Now For Pictures!

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Natalie in Bouquet

Natalie, Pula, and an investigator.

Natalie in Bouquet

Missionaries from Natalie’s zone.

Natalie in Bouquet

Natalie in Bouquet

Farewell for Hermanas Vroom and Mills

Farewell for Hermanas Vroom and Mills

Farewell for Hermanas Mills and Vroom

Me working on the scenery for the Hawaii night.

Me working on the scenery for the Hawaii night.

My skirt and knees turned blue from the chalk.

My skirt and knees turned blue from the chalk.

Hawaiian Night

Hawaiian Night

Lesson at the Swalm's

Lesson at the Swalm’s

Lesson at the Swalm's

Leaving the Swalms

Leaving the Swalms

Watching Woman's Conference

Watching Woman’s Conference

Watching Woman's Conference

Watching Woman's Conference

Watching Woman's Conference

Watching Woman's Conference

Watching Woman's Conference.

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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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