Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:27:31 +0200
Subject: Transfer News!!
Hey family!! I sent you a picture we took as a zone at Elder and Sister Herringtons house last night! in the back you can see me and my companion elder Kelsey. He is the bald guy right next to me flexing like some sort of maniac haha. WHO IS TAKING SHAELYN TO GRAD???? This question has been killing me!! Has she been accepted into any schools? has she applied? So for us this past week Elder Kelsey and I committed an investigator on a Baptismal Date!! hope fully this is the first I have on mission! The mans name is Stewart and is from Malawi. He was super prepared to meet with us!! He told us last week that our church is his church now and we wont leave it!! AHHHH this man is power!! Also we received transfer news on Saturday And I will be staying in ladysmith with Elder Kelsey for another transfer!! im so Excited!! Elder Kelsey is basically my twin our birthdays are so close so I call him Buthi which means Brother in Zulu. I love this Guy a lot. We have a lot of work to do here. At the start of last transfer we put all of our Less actives that we see on a reading program so they can finish the Book of Mormon in a year. Its actually been working very well!! My companion and I came to the conclusion that a big reason why you fall away from the church is because you don’t have a testimony of the Book of Mormon and you have stopped reading as well. It has also helped me with my own testimony and personal reading as well because often time when they share something they like in any scripture, it opens my mind to that verse. I have grown to love reading and sharing this book with every body that we teach.
Also this week we went and saw Gogo (grandma) Mbata a woman who we met while street contacting a few weeks ago. We didn’t have much time to teach her last time we visited her because she was having a party at her house so there was a lot of people there which was an advantage and disadvantage as well. So at the end of that lesson we left her with a plan of Salvation Pamphlet and left because we really were not feeling the spirit. We came back on Thursday and she was so happy to see us! She said that reading the pamphlet opened up her mind to so many more wonderful works of our heavenly father. She LOVED it. It was also a little funny because she said she only had one question for us. She turned the pamphlet around and pointed to the Book of Mormon on the back and asked ” What is this book? And where can I get one?” we were so happy to give her AND her sister a book of Mormon because they as well were very prepared to meet us. At the end of the lesson This dear Gogo said “you know I think this book of Mormon is just as good or better than the bible.” Not saying I dislike the bible but I would have to agree with her haha. It was a very powerful lesson and I loved it. I look forward every day to serving people here and helping them progress. I love you guys a bunch!
Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 12:19:52 +0200
Subject: Re: mothers day
Family At home!! Hello from Ladysmith!! So big News today!! The first presidency has been praying for a long time about our mission and has decided to make Swaziland a part of the Mozambique Mission Starting next transfer. So that means all the missionaries that are currently serving in swazi are now a part of the Mozambique mission. Elder Reeves My trainer is in swaziland so i doubt i will see him for the rest of my mission. I will miss the man greatly. Also Elder Macmillan from red deere was in swaziland so he is having his mission changed AGAIN!! This kid has some serious plans in the works if he keeps jumping missions like this. I hope one day to meet with him in kenya. And Dad, Onstar is very simple. i wish i could sit down with you and help you figure everything out. But since im not there i will pray for you and your work. Im interested to know some of your experiences from your mission. And i would love to hear from Uncle Bryce telling me about his mission. I dont know how long i will be here in South Africa But i may as well make the most of it. This past week ever since monday has been interesting. On monday night a half hour before i was supposed to get on the bus to go to Ladysmith, i woke up and was incredibly sick (probably from the tripe or chicken feet) so i stayed in Bloemfontein for two days until the issue cleared up. I got a ride from Elder And Sister Carlile to ladysmith to meet my new companion Elder Kelsey from Utah. But i got into my area on thursday and i love it! the members here are really kind to everyone and this ward feels like a big family so i feel like i am at home. Not much else to share except Shaelyn im positive you will do amazing if you enter in for a scholarship. Janessa!! Wena!! you didnt email me!! im coming back over the ocean to shoot you in the foot with a rusty arrow!! HAHA!! VENGEANCE WILL BE MINE!!!!! anyways i love you folks. Have a good week! Elder Payne
Date: Mon, 5 May 2014 15:22:20 +0200
Subject: mothers day
janessa you make me giggle. But congrats on how well you did in archery!! i bet you could even beat Katniss everdeen in the hunger games. and i do use prayer everyday in my mission. its a useful tool and i suggest it to everyone. Shaelyn you sound like you need to eat some tasty chicken feet. they actually were not that bad and that is not how elder lafrance looks all the time. that kid is crazy haha. Dad just keep your head up above the water. if you feel like you are drowning just remember that the lifeguard can swim. But… i get to skype next week sunday!! we are allowed to skype at 5 pm so you may need to miss church so i can talk to you. unless you want me to call me and talk to me that way. our number is… if the skype thing doesnt work out for you people. but we can also facetime!! you have ipods with facetime right? I would like to skype though so could you please send me your skype address or facetime address? so could you please send those my way before sunday? also… am i getting a birthday package? you havent mentioned anything to me so im a little worried about that. please please PLEASE!!!! send me your skype address!!! I think that is it for now. Have a good week!! Elder Payne