From: Kendall Payne
Sent: November-24-14 3:33:05 AM
To: Luana Payne
This past week was a bit crazy with the emergency exchange and all but it is all for the best haha.
My new companions name is Elder Ng’ambi and he is from zambia! So far i have had three americans, one south african one from kenya and now a zambian which is sweet!! He is finishing his mission next year so i am most probably going to kill him (not literally just in mission life) Its going to be fun. He really likes to work hard and the people really like him which is also a good sign.
Its crazy to think that so many people i knew from back home are going on mission. Hopefully by the time i get home i will be able to hear their powerful testimonies.
Right now i am in Helaman 3 and i really want to finish before christmas. Its going to be a big push but i am sure that i can do it.
From: Kendall Payne Date: 17 November, 2014 3:25:37 AM MST To: Luana Payne
Janessa remember. You are a woman. In no ways can you be Iron Man. That is a false statement. Haha Plus im Darth Vader who is so much cooler anyways…
This past week was pretty interesting haha. My companion and i walk into our boarding on thursday and we get a call from the Assistants to the president. They told us that my companion and i would be split and going to different areas and that they would be closing down the area in which we were working in. I was a little sad and dissapointed that they would be closing our area, because my comp and i did a lot of really good hard work to find and teach all the people that we had in our teaching pool. But our ways are not the Lords ways, and my commission is to do what he wants me to do, Even if i dont like or agree with the decisions that are made. Eventually i will understand, but for now things have to happen this way.
Other than that i really have no exciting things to tell you haha. Im happy to hear about ardens baptism and i was thinking about sending him a little gift from me, but the country i am serving in has a current mail strike so sending him anything might be a bad idea.
Im happy to hear that you are all doing well and that you are continuing to read the scriptures. Dad please remember to stay strong and know that there is a plan in store for you.
Right now with my readings i am in alma 57. I fell a little bit behind but i am picking up again!! Hopefully by the end of the year i will be done with the book of mormon a second time! Exciting!!
One thing i picked as i was reading was the quote from the stripling warriors of helaman. “We do not doubt that our mothers knew it” I was thinking about it and me as well have never doubted that mom knows that this gospel is true. What ever mom says… is pretty much law. Listen to mom and things will be awesome!!
On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 12:36 PM, Kendall Payne wrote:
This past week was pretty awesome. My companion and i a few weeks ago tracted into a young man who was very interested in the gospel and what we had to tell him. As the lessons have progressed he has told his friends what we have been teaching and they have been coming into the lessons as well. So now we have five young men that we are teaching, that are all around the same age group (16-19) and they all have interests in learning the gospel which is stellar. This past friday and saturday we have had activities that are focused on youth and helping them bring their friends to church. On friday one of the Elders teaches a dance class and afterwards we have mutual activities and play games with every one that comes, and luckily four out of the five boys were able to make it and they really enjoyed it. Then on saturday we had a soccer game which all five boys came to and they all really enjoyed it. It was just awesome. We asked Lebohong (who was the first investigator) if he was coming to church the following day and he said “Elders yes! im bringing my friends as well!”
Haha i really love these young men and my comp and i talked all the way back to the boarding how we can see these boys going on mission within the next five years, coming back and being leaders in the church. As well we have some less active young men that we have been working with that are coming back into Full activity and they have told us that they want to go on missions in the future to do what we are doing every day. These past few weeks have been awesome with all the work that we have done. We have seen lots of investigators come to church and hopefully we will be able to see some of these fantastic people baptised and reactivated into the church.
Something That a senior couple told me a long time ago that i have tried to apply since the day that i heard it was this “Love the area, love the people in the area and love your companion, then every thing else will fall into place.” I have pretty much made that my mission motto and i have seen the benefits from the love that we pour into the area. Something as well my companion told me a while ago “if you get out of bed with the attitude that the day is going to be horrible, then you will have a horrible day.” I can also tell you i know that those words are true haha. I was reading through my patriarchal blessing a while ago and a line that stuck out to me was “you have much reason to be positive and optimistic” I know as well as we come into situations being positive, bright and friendly then it is going to work out so much better for us in the end.
And to answer your question dad, if you experience a stupor of thought after you pray to heavenly father, then it means whatever plan or possible answer you had in mind was wrong and that is not what he wants you to do. Please Review D&C 9:7-9. Im sure it will give you the answer you want and need.
I love you guys and every thing that you do for me!! Im looking forward to chatting with you at christmas time!! I hope your next week is amazing!
Love Elder Seth Payne
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:12:06 +0200
As well, the Andrus couple came to bloemfontein and told me to say hello to you folks for them
This past week was pretty cool with some interesting experiences. It was transfers this past week and our mission president got the okay to start sending elders back into lesotho, But again he has some restrictions with that as well. Every set of elders is allowed to go to lesotho during the day. but at night they have to drive back out of the country and stay in a city called Ladybrand which is pretty much hugging the border. But unfortunately my companion and i are unable to go to lesotho for a few reasons. One of then being that our area is pretty far away from the border and the mission office thought that we would just be doing a lot of driving with very little time to do teaching. so we are still in Botshabelo right now. Im also not allowed to go into lesotho Because of visa problems, but that doesnt discourage me at all. haha im actually excited to stay here longer because we have a few people that are getting ready for baptism which will be sweet!!
Also this past week we got our vehicle stuck as we were trying to get to a soccer field so we could play with some members and investigators. Haha it was pretty fun actually. Not that i would get it stuck again, but at the time it was awesome. One of the best things was that when we got stuck there was seven or eight people that came and helped us get out. Some of the people were elders and we had a few members as well who we were meeting at the grounds. At one point, nothing is working to get the truck unstuck. We got some shovels and tried to scoop away the mud, but it didnt do anything. We tried to find things to put under the tires so we could get some traction, but that didnt work either. Elder Faganello stopped and said “you know… this is like that talk by elder David A. Bednar. we are in need of some serious spiritual traction” I laughed pretty hard at that but again the truck was still stuck. Finally one of the elders said “you know… I think we need to take our shoes off, get into the mud and push it out! thats the only thing that will work” People were still standing by saying “no there has to be some other way!” but eventually all the conclusions were drawn up, Agreed and took off there shoes to push and get the truck unstuck. At first nothing happened, but the elders and members are giving it their all and are pushing as hard as they could regardless of all the mud that was being thrown into their faces by the tires, and all the mud that they were standing in which in reality was probably sewage mud. It stunk pretty bad. So they kept trying and trying and then eventually we got some traction, the tires stopped spinning and the truck flew out of the mud, back to paths that were more dry and a lot more safe. Now i didnt really think that the experience was spiritual at all, but my mind got changed as i heard an elder bear his testimony about what we did. He told the same story and then eventually ended saying this “You know… when i got to the front of that truck i looked and i realized something… It wasn’t just us missionaries, laboring to get the vehicle out, But the members as well came into the mud, even though it stank and helped us get the vehicle out. Now that experience to me was an example of how we should be doing missionary work. if it is just us elders doing the work, yes we will bring people to church, but without the help of the members help, our progress is going nowhere.” I thought about it and it was true what he said. Yes we are young men and women who work hard and do our best every day, but until the members are willing to lend a hand, all the work that we do will be much harder. So i just want to close with this-You may think that missionary work is just for The young men and women who get set apart to do this work. But that is Wrong. President David O. Mckay said “Every member a missionary!” And there has been countless counsels from numerous general authorities, apostles and prophets about this subject. Remember that the members need to help out so we can hasten the work of salvation among our spirit brothers and sisters.
I hope you all have a good week!! I love you all!!
Elder Seth Payne
Note: For ease of reading, I have combined three emails into this one post, one letter and two picture emails.
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 12:28:14 +0200
Subject: Fwd: Pictures
Enjoy the picture!
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 12:33:00 +0200
Subject: Fwd: Pictures
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:45:33 +0200
Hey there fam jam!!
This past week was again awesome. I love being able to learn every day about the gospel and to help every one else find their faith in christ. This past week Elder Lime and I invited almost everyone whom we saw to church and as a result we had Quite a few people from our area come to church!! It was very cool seeing all these people come to church. And as well we had some very powerful lessons this week and im sure that since we were feeling the spirit in the lessons all the investigators were feeling it as well. We were told by one of the men who we were teaching that he was feeling something different about the message that we shared and he really liked the feeling but couldnt describe it to us. Later as i was having personal study i came across a scripture in Alma 32:28 that describes how the spirit feels almost exactly, at least to me and i really want to share that scripture with people who tell us they feel the spirit but cant tell us how it feels.
Later in the week i was Studying Alma 32 and grew to love the example that alma gives about plating a seed of faith, nurturing it and later after it has grown into full bloom, Partaking of the fruit that will lead to salvation. It has become my favourite chapter in Alma and again i really want to share this with everyone.
Well… haha nothing else new or exciting happened this past week, but i want to let you know that i love you people!! have a good week!!