From: Kendall Payne
Sent: January 19, 2015 3:50 AM
To: Luana Payne
Subject: Re: this week
Hey fam Jamily!!
This past week was awesome!! First off some big news! My mission call has been officially changed to the South Africa Durban Mission. I just want you all to know, that i know that this is the will of the Lord. He by his apostles and prophets did send me a call to serve in kenya, But now due to circumstances beyond our control His apostles and prophets have changed my call to be where i am. I am so excited over this its hard to express.
Also i wanted to tell you about an experience that we had yesterday. My companion and i were going into a house to teach one of our investigators about eternal marriage and temples. I was a little bit nervous because of the few times that i have taught this lesson to anyone. I have studied it, but have been unable to teach it frequently. So as we started the lesson i prayed to heavenly father that he would help my companion and i as we were teaching so we could share what he wanted us to share with her. Just as we were about to start teaching her about the principle, the bishop of our ward showed up at the door and came into the lesson. When he sat down i asked him if he could give us a testimony of eternal marriage. He did so by going back to when the elders first met with him and shared with him how he and his ancestors could be with each other forever. As he bore his witness of how beautiful marriage in the temples is i could feel the spirit come very strongly into the lesson. We continued to teach and testify and bear our witnesses of how the atonement could heal her heart from any past pains and that she and her daughter right now would be blessed by doing so. At the end of the teaching she was crying and we committed her to prepare herself for an eternal marriage at some point her on earth. After we closed the lesson and were walking away i told the bishop that he was the answer to my silent prayer. He then told me that he and his friend who he brought with him were planning to go home but then decided to come visit with a member who lives at the same house where we were teaching the lesson. I want to tell you that i know the Lord answers our prayers. His church leaders are indeed inspired and receive revelation for us. He helped me when i was in need and i want to let you know he can help you in your needs as well.
Stay faithful, stay positive pray always and do not faint (2 nephi 31:9) and keep the Lord in the center of your life. Have a good week!!
Elder Seth Payne
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:39:58 -0700
This photo was taken this morning. It will hang on the wall of the MTC for about 3 years….then it will be put in a big binder that is kept at the reception area of the MTC.
Great looking group I must say!
Sister Janet Reber
South Africa MTC
Hey mom! Everything has been going super well. This week my companion and i have been teaching the investigators at the MTC. their names are Ken Lyomo and Grace Nkosi. They are just roles that the teachers assume but it has been going super well teaching them. ive also learned two new games, and a bunch of words in swahili. President Reber said that this is one of the few MTC’s in the world that doesnt have the capacity to teach a language so that’s probably why i didnt get called to speak in swahili. On tuesday we had the opprotunity to go through the Jo Burg temple. from the outside it looks like a church house in canada. when i told the elders from africa that our temples were made out of granite instead of brick which they couldn’t wrap their minds around it. Nine of the elders didn’t have the opprotunity to get endowed before they got to the mission home so they had that wonderful opprotunity on tuesday. They went again today so all the white elders are stuck at the MTC with Brother Mocke. Hes a cool guy. He reminds me of Randy Roe except hes from cape town and has a sweet accent. During sports yesterday we Elder Malpage, and Elder Kaufusi taught them all how to play rugby. It kinda of reminded me of the gospel. At first it doesnt make sense, but eventually it makes sense and you have a blast. Ive been jogging and working out everyday so i dont get fat haha. Elder Lafleur and i are going to have a push up contest on the day we leave. I think i can beat him though. Hes only from utah haha. i was a little dissapointed to see only three emails from family though. If you could ask Lacey to repost that i would appreciate emails that would be sweet. im loving it here. im not sure i called TD Canada trust before i left. if you could call 18662223456 and tell them i will be in kenya for the next two years that would be great. Elder Malpage is pressuring me to get off so i have to sign off now. Nakupenda!! Elder Payne
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:14:18 -0700
This is Sister Reber, wife of the MTC President. Your missionary has arrived and today they started their training.
From the photos you can see that they are a great looking bunch. One Elder from Madagascar didn’t come….(after two trips were made to the airport to pick him up)…as he was unable to get a visa.
One Sister from Uganda tried twice to come yesterday…..and the documentation wasn’t in order….so we are hoping she arrives tonight.
If you would like more updates, please let me know.
Sister Janet Reber
South Africa MTC