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
From: Kendall Payne Date: September 22, 2014 at 4:59:47 AM MDT To: Devoney Wolfe Subject:Re: Hey brother!
Hey devs! I dont have much time this week, but everything is going good!! I have been growing alot through my new companion and we are working hard together. We have been Restricted from going to lesotho because of a poiltical upheaval, but im sure that we are meant to find someone here in South Africa because everything happens for a reason. There are no coincidences in life. Just circumstances that we have to deal with. I hope you have a good week and continue to love every one around you!! Elder Payne
Thank you all for bringing us smiles and testimony last evening. We enjoy every minute with you! You are a magnificent group of servants. We wish you transferees well as you embark to your new areas. Please write now and then – we will love to hear from you.
Thank you so much for contacting us. It is really awesome that I have heard from so many of the people that Elder Payne has been working with. Africa has shown me a very friendly face by the actions of so many of it’s people. May the Lord bless and keep you. Sister Payne
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:22:04 +0000
Hello Sister Payne,
Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Suren and I’m a member of the branch where your son Elder Payne is serving in Ladysmith South Africa. I just wanted to share with you his picture with you ..
I will write soon just to give you and update oh how he is doing .. For now he says to say “Hi mom”
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 15:18:46 +0200
Subject: Re: This week at home
Hey family!! first off!! I need Cassidy’s mailing address like pronto!! Like as soon as possible!! I have letters I want to send but hers has to be the first one!! So please, Please, PLEASE!!! Get me her mailing address!! I don’t know how much I can stress this, because it is very important that she gets this letter immediately!!
And yes we did have the baptism and it was awesome!! This past sunday though our branch presidency got released so our old branch president forgot to announce the baptism that was happening after wards! it was a little confusing to the new branch president, but we got things under control. Being able to walk into the waters of baptism to help someone else start making the covenants they need to with heavenly father was a wonderful feeling. Malipo Muhashale was definitely prepared and has a very strong testimony of this gospel. He has gone through so much and I doubt that anything will shake his testimony. Hes an excellent man and looks forward to the day when his wife and brothers are going to be able to be baptised. When we have more time I will send home his baptismal pictures. It was pretty cool actually… After the baptism my companion mentioned to the new branch president that this baptism was only the start of things to come and he was so very excited about that. Having an excited leader in the branch will make all the difference to those who come to the chapel for the first time and then get baptised. I love ladysmith and all the people that we are able to teach.
Actually this past week was one of the hardest that I have experienced. Our car died on Wednesday so we have been walking since then. Its been hard visiting everyone we need to visit because we cant get any where. I think its actually because we were baptising Malipo this sunday that things have been so hard. looking back on it, this was a great week because my companion and I have had a lot of really good bonding moments and are working very good together!! We just need to keep our chins up and find those who have been prepared. I love you all and I look forward to the Christmas package!! It would be nice to have a little spending money as well so I can get some things to remember mission by. Have a good week you guys!! Janessa you look tired haha. And Shae I still want to know where you are reading in the Book Of Mormon. Keep me updated!!