Time is Flying…and chicken feet

Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:27:04 +0200
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From: kendall.payne
To: cardstonmomma

Hey family at home! exciting news! i got my drivers license this past week when we had interviews with President Zackrison so the mail got to durban just fine. im doing great this week in fact! Elder Lewis and i have been waging war on the insects that have come into our flat and i hope you get the pictures im trying to send you. I finally got my camera cords as well! but i really need my home debit card to work. i decided not ot bring my credit card cause it would get stolen and then hacked. Its crazy to think that i have been on mission now for over two months! time has just flown by. Elder reeves and i are both excited for this upcoming transfer and we both want to go to swaziland haha which would be amazing. i hope you continue to have a good week! and janessa <em>(Elder Payne’s youngest sister) <\em>just know that while you are struggling to eat tofu im down here in africa eating chicken feet. love you guys lots. Elder Payne

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Get Ye Into The Mountains

From: Kendall Payne
Date: March 17, 2014 at 5:53:42 AM MDT
To: Devoney Wolfe
Subject: Get Ye Into The Mountains

So not that much happened this past week. we had exchanges with elder Berry and Kinyaka who are our zone leaders on thursday, then district exchanges on friday. Iwent with elder lewis into Galeshewe which was a little crazy. being a friday every one was out partying so we just walked quickly to and from our appointments. Elder Berry and My trainer were both avid backpackers before mission so they asked Elder Lewis and i if we wanted to climb Tobanshoe which is a “mountain” that is close by Bloemfontein. So we woke up at Five this morning and trekked off towards the mountain. It was hard at first and physically demanding as well, but when we got to the top the view was well worth the two hours it took to climb. Elder Berry suggested that we all find a secret place where we could pray because we dont get opportunities like this every pday so it was really awesome. then on wednesday we have interviews with the president. Love you Dev! Elder Payne

Family History Pilot!!

From: Kendall Payne
Date: March 10, 2014 at 4:49:54 AM MDT
To: Devoney Wolfe
Subject: Family History Pilot!!

So a few things to tell you this week! On Monday we had Zone Training Meeting and had some really awesome things that were brought forth but the one thing i want to share with you is work considering Family History. Our mission in South Africa has been chosen to do a pilot project with Family History work to see if it brings about anything. Now the interesting thing about this is three weeks ago my trainer and i were praying about what other things we could do to find people either street contacting or tracting. and the answer we got was to do family history work. We had one lesson with our most powerful investigator concerning stories about his ancestors and he soaked it up like a sponge. He loves the idea of being able to trace your ancestry back hundreds of years and find out where you came from. The people here love learning about family which i think is awesome. Training has been going super well. My trainer actually thought of something that has been really useful. He has a voice recorder and we have been recording when we do teach one another a principle. It has really shown us what we need to do better so our investigators understand what we are teaching them. Also My trainer showed me the mangoes that grow here in africa. The only way i can describe it is think about how big a softball is and that is normal size. They are pretty massive. well thats every thing this week. Love Elder Payne

Elder Payne riding on the side of a streetcar.
Elder Payne on a streetcar.

Thanks to Luana Payne, a.k.a. Mom, for sharing this picture.

2 Baptisms and a Lifty Artisan

On Mar 3, 2014, at 12:42 AM, “Kendall Payne” wrote:

things have been pretty tight in our flat recently but they have started with the construction to build on another room. they are projecting that it will be done within the next week or two so that is pretty sweet. and you wont believe what i saw the other day in galeshewa. when we walked out of a lesson with one of our investigators, i looked down the street and saw some kid having a birthday party. the biggest attraction though was the bouncy house that they had in the front yard. i was pretty amazed. the weather has been really nice recently. lots of sun with very little cloud cover so its been pretty hot. things continue to pick up for us as well. On wednesday we are holding a baptismal service and are dunking one investigator that elder reeves has been working with since last year and an eight year old boy in the ward. we are trying to get the rest of our investigators to come to the service so they know what to expect when we invite them to be baptised. Also this past week we had ward missionary splits so us elders got to teach some members what we do every day. The man i got paired up with is a elevator technician or as they call them over here a Lifty Artisan which is a weird title haha. When we were on our way to meet with an investigator he got a call from his boss saying that someone was stuck in a lift and they needed him right away. so i got to see how they get someone out of a stuck lift which was pretty cool. Well i think thats it for now. hope you have a great week! Elder Payne

South Africa

On Feb 24, 2014, at 10:49 AM, “Kendall Payne” wrote:

hey Devoney! things have gone pretty well this week for us. We have committed another man to be baptised on march 29, but something my trainer has kept repeating to me is the baptism is worthless if we dont retain them as a member. so we are doing our best to make sure they know what they are getting themselves into before the dip a toe into the baptismal font. Things continue to get more cramped in our flat. We had a second fridge dropped off in preparation for the addition that the landlords are building for us (3/3/14 …we needed the second fridge to hold the other companionships food), but as of right now its pretty tight in our quarters. Also this past week we had a good discussion on safety from a senior couple called the Carlile’s. The reason for it was because the other two elders in our area got there bikes stolen during the middle of the day so they just wanted to remind us to keep all our valuables locked up and out of sight. for P day today we went to a tourist attraction called The Big Hole which is literally just a big old mining hole in the middle of kimbereley. It was pretty crazy to see because when it was dug people were just using pickaxes and shovels yet they removed nearly 22,000,000 tons of dirt and produced 2700 kg’s of diamonds. but not all diamonds are clear. alot of the ones they pulled out were white but they also had brown, yellow, blue and green. they said you can find red diamonds but mainly in india. well i think thats it for this week. Elder Payne