Nakupenda!! (Swahili for I love you)

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

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Your missionary has arrived at the MTC!

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.

Love,
Sister Janet Reber
South Africa MTC

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Companions

Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:46:41 -0700

The missionaries finally arrived….the last one coming about midnight last night.

Everyone has a companion (or two) and is adjusting nicely.

The companions are:
Elders: Nkomo and Henderson

Elders: Nkomo and Henderson

Elders: Malpage and Bryant

Elders: Malpage and Bryant

Elders: Mashombo and Payne

Elders: Mashombo and Payne

Elders: Smith and Ngobeni

Elders: Smith and Ngobeni

Elders: LaFond and Elder Shai

Elders: LaFond and Elder Shai

Sisters: Malunga, Muchemwa, and Muduwa

Sisters: Malunga, Muchemwa, and Muduwa

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Elders: Faganello and Mohlakoana

Elders:  Mchunu and LaFleur

Elders: Mchunu and LaFleur

Elders:  Malatji and Hinckley

Elders: Malatji and Hinckley

Elders:  MacMillan, Kaufusi, and Manquele

Elders: MacMillan, Kaufusi, and Manquele

Tomorrow half of them will be speaking in Sacrament Meeting!
Love,
Sister Janet Reber
South Africa MTC

Elder Payne in Africa

Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2014 14:36:44 +0200

So im in South Africa now at the missionary training center!! The flight from calgary to london was ridiculously long and we hit a load of turbulence so i didnt get much sleep until i got on the flight from london to Johannesburg. i was actually really sad when we landed in london because we were asked not to leave the airport even thoough we had eight hours until our next flight. So we just walked around the terminal hunting for missionaries haha. We found two elders while doing this. One was Elder Henderson from Las Vegas and the Other was Elder Bryant from Arizona. I was rather inpressed Elder Bryant because he has been an member of the church for only a year, hes the only member in his family and yet he decided to serve a mission. This kid is a gem! When we landed in africa we were all super tired because we had been on flights for almost a whole day and were very tired. but when we stepped outside we were amazed with the simplest things like how crazy the trees look and how nobody but white people wear their seatbelts. Our driver showed us the largest man made park any where in the world so the was pretty cool. ive seen it rain once so ive alrwady felt the rains down in africa haha. i found out when i got to the mission home that it is the smallest in the world and can only house and train 30 elders at a time so im getting to know every body here pretty well. when i had the interview with the mission president he said to remember a few things one my mission. one was that in the companionship there are only two people who matter and those two people are the lord and your companion. we have been asked to forget all about ourselves and make the relation ship as strong as it can be. and the time zones have messed up all the elders so im pretty exhausted right now. Elder Hinckley and i have been getting along really well and we met another Elder From Victoria that we both get along with pretty well. His name is Elder Faganello and hes a pretty solid kid. well thats about all and i promise to send some pictures soon. talk to you later.

Elder Payne

A word of explanation…

This is the blog for Elder Seth Payne, a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, called to serve our Savior in the Kenya Nairobi mission. As much as possible, these posts are directly taken, unedited, from emails written by him or people who have emailed on his behalf. My name is Devoney Wolfe, and I am Elder Payne’s oldest sister. I wanted to do a service for my brother because I love him and am proud of him, so I am compiling these in a blog for him to help him spread the good news of Christ!

Why do missionaries like Elder Payne do what they do and why do we send them out at all? It is because we love Christ, and, even more importantly, that Jesus Christ loves all people and wants to share the message of His love with them. It is our privilege that He graciously allows us to help Him do this through missionary work.

Thanks for reading!

~ Devoney Wolfe

To bring the world His truth