Try, Try to be Like Him

From: Kendall Payne
Date: 2015-11-16 2:57 AM
To: Luana Payne;
Subject:Re: This week

Hey family!!

(… personal notes to family members)

This week was really good for me. On tuesday we went to Ladysmith to drop off my previous companion Elder Ngulube and picked up my final companion (Or executioner in mission terms) Elder Tshuma also from Zimbabwe. I also had the opportunity to see a man who i grew to love when i was serving in Ladysmith. He told me i have lost weight (which im not sure i believe) and how happy he was to see me again. I told him seeing him was like seeing my mom or dad. It really was almost to good haha.

After Getting Elder Tshuma we had a lengthy drive back to Madadeni, but as soon as his bags were dropped off we went to work. And we have continued to do the Lords work this whole week. At one point in the evening He mentioned to me “Elder Payne i have been around old missionaries, but not every one has finished as strong as you currently are. What is your secret?” I thought about it for a few seconds and then turned to D&C 84:33 which says “for whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which i have spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the spirit unto the renewing of their bodies.” I told him time and time again i have leaned upon that blessing especially now as my mission is coming to a close. If we magnify our calling, which is to do the work which is required of us and then do a little bit more, keep the commandments and exercise our priesthood in faith, we shall be blessed with a renewing of our body and receiving more strength. If we are to continue in our calling with faith and strength we need to follow the counsel given us by our leaders and do all that they are asking of us.

I have realized that if one can keep all the commandments of God and church leaders we shall be perfect! But the problem all humanity has is keeping all the commandments. Again perfection is something we are commanded to strive for, but it is not a gift any mortal can achieve until he is resurected. President Joseph F. Smith acknowledged the same but then added this, “There are those who you will find in life who are well Traveled on the path to being perfect.” So we must understand not everything can be achieved all at once, but to be able to do better every day of our lives.

I hope we can all achieve that wonderful goal of being a perfect being one day in the Presence of God.

I love you all!!

Elder Payne


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