Natalie In Panama – Week 56 – In Which She Has A Bilingual Baptism

So, I may just be a little excited by the fact that we had a baptism this week. That was definitely the focus of our week.

We also had divisions this week. That was a lot of fun. Hermana Walstrohm is super awesome. Nobody was home, because it was raining like usual, but we did have a great lesson with Bill. That’s one thing I’ve really come to appreciate in this area, is that I get to learn how it is for the missionaries that teach in English. I have to do the same even though I’m in a Spanish speaking mission. How cool is that?

Just a random note, but the odd phenomenon here in Boquete is that when it’s raining no one is home. When it’s all nice and sunny, everyone is home. What’s up with that?

Anyway, back to the baptism. We had it in English. That caused a bit of drama here, because I am in a Spanish speaking country. The thing is that our branch is kinda bilingual, because were in a tourist area. So, we had the baptism in English, because Bill only speaks English. We did provide translation to Spanish for those who came and speak only Spanish. It went great. You could really feel the spirit and it didn’t matter what language you spoke. We sang “Nearer my God to Thee” as a special number for Bill. He seemed to really enjoy it. Bill gave his testimony at the end, and it was great. You could really see that he understood that God was the one who had brought him to this point in his life. It’s wonderful when people see that so they don’t just think it was for the missionaries that they got baptized.

That was mostly what I did this week. We do have another investigator who accepted a fecha (baptism date). She’s from Honduras and is visiting her sister for a couple months. Her sister is a member. She’s really curious and is reading the Book of Mormon. It’s great to see her progress.

Next week should be full with more things to share, because we planned better for this next week, and I won’t be worried about the baptism.

I hope you have a great week. Michael have a happy Birthday. Make sure to announce it to everyone so you get a ton of cakes.

Love you all

Hermana Palmer

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And Now For Pictures!

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Bill’s baptism! Us, the Swalms, the Elders, and Bill.

Bill’s baptism! Us, the Swalms, the Elders, and Bill.

Bill's baptism! The Swalms, Bill, and us.

Bill’s baptism! The Swalms, Bill, and us.

Me at the edge of a cliff, that looks like the end of the world.

Me at the edge of a cliff, that looks like the end of the world.

My group from the service activity.

My group from the service activity.

My group from the service activity.

My group from the service activity.

Sunrise in Boquete the day we had to go to David super early.

Sunrise in Boquete the day we had to go to David super early.

Pula and Salguiero have problems with their noses, now they have matching red noses.

Pula and Salguiero have problems with their noses, now they have matching red noses.

These photos are from Taylor’s camera. So, everybody should think, “Thanks Elder Taylor” when they see these. Elder Taylor with these husky puppies he always talks about. I just thought it was really funny and you guys would get a laugh out of his face.

These photos are from Taylor’s camera. So, everybody should think, “Thanks Elder Taylor” when they see these. Elder Taylor with these husky puppies he always talks about. I just thought it was really funny and you guys would get a laugh out of his face.

Me sleeping while the others were watching the fantastic Mr. Fox.

Me sleeping while the others were watching the fantastic Mr. Fox.

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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, Republica de Panama.

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