Gifts and Botshabelo

Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:17:41 +0200
From: kendall.payne
To: cardstonmomma

hey fam jam!!

im glad to hear that you got the gifts!! Like the note said thats it for like every holiday haha i dont have money to send anything else home but im glad you enjoy them. I kinda felt like i had to send some things home for christmas even though im not involved in the christmas draw this year.

This past week was pretty good. Elder Lime and i are still working hard but we are not yet allowed to go to Lesotho. Elder Bednar, who is in charge of the missions in africa, feels like we need to wait thirty more days and see what happens from there. So it looks like i am again waiting to get into another country on my mission haha.

The township where we are working is pretty cool. A township is where the government has built and provided free houses to all those of african descent, so that means that only the blacks and the mixed raced people stay there. It also means that the missionaries are the only white people in the whole area haha. Its about thirty to forty minutes away from bloemfontein, so we come to bloem on mondays to do our emailing and shopping. But we dont stay in Botshabelo. We live in a gated community about Twenty minutes away from bloem haha so we have a lot of driving either way but its kind of nice.

Also i wanted to thank you for getting me (a friend’s) address!! that was like the high point of my emails today haha. Im not able to see the videos, but thats okay haha im sure Janessa does good.

Well i hope you guys have a good week and stay awesome!! I didnt hear about the reading this week!! Keep me updated!!

Love Elder Seth Payne


Giving our best in callingsā€¦ and a bear

Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:20:36 +0200
From: kendall.payne
To: cardstonmomma

Hey guys!!

I dont know if i told you this but i didnt collect anyones emails or mailing addresses before i left, so i dont even have Cassidys home mailing address. i think i would prefer to send it to her home in cardston anyways. So if you could send me that address… that would be splendiferous and i would really appreciate it.

Thats craziness!! dad shot a bear and the Bishopric got released in the same week?? I had completely forgotten that Bishop Leavitts time was coming to a close but thats exciting to hear that you got another excellent Bishop to replace him!! I love Bishop leavitt alot so it will be a little weird to come home to bishop Nunn haha but im sure he will do a great job. And i wouldnt worry to much about your callings in the church there Dad. Like Elder Oaks said in the Last general Conference about the stake president that he released that soon got the calling to be a nursery teacher and how only in this cjurch can that be seen as equally honorable. So i wouldnt worry to much about your calling because any calling in the church has you in the service of the Lord. Even Folding and unfolding chairs on saturday and sunday is a great calling haha.

This past week was a little Crazy. I left Ladysmith to go to my new area in Lesotho, But unfortunately, no missionaries are allowed to go into the country because the Military tried to over throw the government. I think its called a couexx…. im not sure how you spell it…. But as of right now im serving in an Area called botshabelo which is not to far from kimberely my first area and is very close to Bloemfontein which is my first Zone. Haha i was surprised when i heard that i would be coming back to this zone, but everything is done by the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. My Companion is Elder Lime ( not lime. Pronounce it lee-meh) and he is from Kenya. We talk about Kenya a few times but we always agree, that im never going to kenya which is just fine with me. Ive grown to love this mission to much to leave it right now.

The work is going good but im also very tired from all the walking that we are doing haha I hope you guys have a good week!! And keep up the good reading in the Book Of Mormon Shae!!

Love you guys. Elder Seth Payne

Hey brother!

From: Kendall Payne
Date: September 22, 2014 at 4:59:47 AM MDT
To: Devoney Wolfe
Subject: Re: Hey brother!

Hey devs! I dont have much time this week, but everything is going good!! I have been growing alot through my new companion and we are working hard together. We have been Restricted from going to lesotho because of a poiltical upheaval, but im sure that we are meant to find someone here in South Africa because everything happens for a reason. There are no coincidences in life. Just circumstances that we have to deal with. I hope you have a good week and continue to love every one around you!! Elder Payne