This is Elder Harris (US) and Elder Gedamu , both these Elder's were transferred from the same companionship, they call this a white wash. They were replaced by Elder Kakaire and Elder Feleke. We will miss Elder Harris and Elder Gedamu. We took them to lunch before we took them to the bus station. We are getting to know the new Elder's and appreciate them also. It doesn't take long to learn to love them as well.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Hello family and friends we are fine.There is always a threat for our safety but it is no different than around the rest of the world. We hear that a man was arrested in S.L.C who planned on going to city creek mall in S.L.C and shooting as many people as he could. Then going to a near by theater and shooting as many as he could there. So as you can see there is evil all around see all that goes on in the world . So much evil but there is also much good and righteousness in the world we see it every day here both ways but righteousness will prevail. you can see we are in the last days. So now is the time for us to prepare ourselves. So while there is much to stress over . There is much to rejoice over. Keep hope alive in you . We pray for all of you every day we love and miss you. Elder and Sister Palmer [Mom and Dad Grandpa Grandma Friend]
This is a senior couple that were at the westgate mall in Nairobi at the time of the attack. We are fine but due to Kenya being close to Somali, there is always a terrorist threat to Kenya because they don't support the terrorists. We are not in anymore danger than we would be in a US city. Love Elder & Sister Palmer
Pictures at the Westgate Mall taken 9/21/2013 and put on BBC (we did not know) and the other is of Ryan and Amanda who were with us before they had to catch their plane back to the US (it was put on yahoo). Ryan is running on the left and Amanda is behind him in the dark pants. They ran to a corner in the Mall opposite to where we were and got out before us and we did not know where they were. They stopped a man in a car and ask him to take them to State House and he did and they got back to the apartment. We waited about 2 hours looking for them, and then we were called and told they were safe so we caught a cab to the apartment. Our truck is still in the top parking lot at the Mall. We were inside on the floor of a cafe for about an hour or hour and ½ with the shooting going on before we got out. We are OK.
This is Sister Eva (RS president of Mombasa Branch), her husband Akram (who is a Muslim) and their family. There son was away to college so we didn't get the whole family. We had them over one night for pizza (which we ordered, which was 1/2 late getting here) but we sure had a good time. Talked a lot of family and Akram's job. He works at Tudor Sports just around the corner from us making boats. Sister Eva has been a member for 10 yrs or so and wants so badly to go to the temple for her own endowments but her husband has concerns about wearing garments. We explained that they would be a protection for her as the Muslim women wear those long black robes. He seemed so comfortable around us and when we were sick they came to see how we were doing. She has been RS president for over 5 yrs and is one of the strongest members we've ever met. We pray for this family to someday allow her to do this .
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Dear Family & Friends Just a note that we are doing good. The driving here is still one of the biggest challenges. The traffic seems to be getting worse. With the vacationers and school kids coming home makes for more people out on the road. Elder Palmer told everyone that he cannot drive after dark. His eyes do not work like they use to and also his reaction time seems to be slower. But lets give him credit because they only drive here with bright lights and you have to watch for people, picky's (motor bikes) mautuo's (vans) bicycles, Tuk Tuk's (3 wheel vehicles) and carts along the way. It is very dangerous after dark and it's no picnic during the day either. So that is his refining fire. We sure miss all of you but know we are doing what we should. The spirit has really blessed us. There is many challenges here for us on this mission, but for Elder Palmer it is to tolerate the traffic and crazy drivers. Maybe thru this experience we can learn more humility. Life seems to be full of challenges doesn't it. But we know with the lord's help it will all work out. A man from Clifton sent us this quote: "Do not regret growing old, it is a privilege denied to many". I guess that is so true because Larry's mom died at 65 and his dad at 72. It use to seem so old to us but now not so much. I remember when my parents came home from the MTC (Larry's parents) it broke their hearts. I am sure that the lord has and will bless them for their efforts. Now that we are on our mission we think of them often because they were just alittle older than we are now. Maybe that is part of their blessing that we would be able to go. We don't know but we feel very privileged to be able to serve and have been soooooooooo blessed. Sometimes we wonder why we have been so favored by our Father in Heaven. I know that we have many who pray for us both in heaven and on this earth. I know that our son Zachary, Chance and both of our parents and others know about us and love us and pray for our mission. We can feel this influence daily. We miss them very much as we do our family and friends. Our puny sacrifices are nothing compared to the blessings that we will and yet receive. From time to time, especially when we experience traffic problems we become very discouraged and would love to come home. We then think of all them who are praying for us and we take courage and know that our sacrifices are so small and yet so worth it. A friend of ours Joe Schmidt wrote this while serving a mission " we go on missions thinking we are repaying our Father in Heaven by our efforts but we find that we are the ones being blessed". The lord's blessings far out number our small efforts. Isn't that the way in all things, we can never repay all that has been done for us, so we take courage in this and feel a great responsibility to do all we can do, however small it is. We feel it a great honor to serve. We love the people here and love all of you. Mom & Dad, Grandpa & grandma, friend & Elder & Sister Palmer