Category Archives: return home date

Every Member a Missionary

Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2015 11:01:03 +0200
Subject: Re: Nov. 29, 2015
From: kendall.payne
To: cardstonmomma

Hey family

Haha so this morning i was a little bit depressed, because the thought came to mind “Hey Elder Payne! you go home next week baba! this means today is your last email!” I was sad because that means i no longer will be sending inspirational emails home every week, I will no longer be having moments to teach the gospel Every day and i wont be surrounded by Great wonderful missionaries every day. But i took comfort in the words of David o. Mckay. “Remember… Every Member a missionary!” I realized as well just because i cant teach the gospel to investigators every day, doesnt mean i have to stop teaching the gospel to all who i see including family members and church members. And just because i wont be around full time missionaries every day, doesnt mean i wont be around the part time missionaries our church had to offer. Those thoughts made me glad. And i well i can continue sharing the gospel each week through the internet just like i have been doing for the past two years. While some opportunities come to an end, many more wonderful opportunities will come. I look forward to those, as well as the multitude of blessings that are in store for those who seek to fulfill gods words.

This past week i have become more aware of many of the blessings which god has given me. They are to many to mention but i am grateful for all of them. I will mention just a few however that always stick out to me.

I am grateful for a Loving Father in heaven who has broken me down, but as well has built me up to be something more than i could have become myself.

I am grateful for serving a mission and the skills i have learned, such as patience, diligence and many others.

I am grateful for church leaders who are inspired by God and for scriptures written by prophets ancient and modern. These have become a pillar of strength to me in so many ways.

While there are many other things i could say, i feel like saying anymore would be a little bit boastful. But i know that God can bless your lives as richly as he has blessed mine.

As well i have pondered upon whether or not i should wear my suit on the plane ride home or not. I have come to the conclusion that i will wear my traditional zulu wear that i have acquired and can be seen in the picture below. So i look forward to seeing all of you who are family at the airport in calgary, all who are friends at some other point during the course of my life. But i hope to be able to see everyone of you in the celestial Kingdom of our heavenly father.

Till We meet!!

Elder Payne

New Return Home Date

From: Kendall Payne
Date: 2015-06-29 2:58 AM
To: Luana Payne;
Subject:Re: Photo with Elder Robbins

hey Family!!

This past week was again great! My companion and i were in the mission office a few times and sister poelman (who is in charge of incoming and outgoing elders) called me over and said “Elder Payne i have something i want to tell you! Because your group is ending their missions so close to december we are going to be sending you home on either the Seventh of December or The Fourteenth. Doesnt that sound wonderful?” At first when i heard it it sounded more the the dentist coming in and saying “Oh Elder Payne! We just got your xrays back from the Physicians and it looks like we are going to have to remove your wisdom teeth again! Doesnt that sound wonderful?” Haha so in essence what i am trying to say is even though i know it has to happen, it is still going to be very sad and almost painful to me. I love my mission and i hold it very sacred to me. I wish that there was some way that i could continue to be a missionary here in South Africa. But at some point i must return home.

We have had some great opportunities this week. My companion and i made contact with a man who has been around the church for the past twelve years and made the decision to get baptized. He is married to a member and has been attending our church for the past twelve years without going to his old church. It was quite an interesting experience. Also it really does seem like new people are just coming out of the wood work for us to teach. The Lord is really blessing my companion and i for the labour we are doing and it is wonderful.

Yesterday as well we had a very good lesson with two of our young men whom we are currently working with. One of the brothers expressed how he loved sacrament and young mens class but despised sunday school. Upon him saying that i got the impression that he really needs to talk with the branch president about his situation. After a little more discussing he did admit to us that he had done something that he wanted to move away from, but my companion told him that he could not get rid of his guilt unless he talked with president. He mentioned to us that other members had told him the same thing but he was still hesitant about it. Inwardly it made me sad cause i know the difference that could happen in his life.

(personal notes to family members)

Have a good week! I love you all!!

Elder Payne