May 1, 2014
Dear Family and Friends,
Well this past week has been cool. We had a Zone Conference on April 18. I got to watch some General Conference... in Chuukese and didn't understand a word of it. So I will wait until you guys send the Ensign if it isn't too much trouble. If it's not too much trouble, could you guys download General Conference onto a thumb drive and send it with the next box so we here in Chuuk that speak English can watch it?
So this past week we taught a guy who is a pastor at another church. But we didn't know he was a pastor until recently, but anywho, we saw him back in March and gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon. Then we couldn't meet with him (Oh his name is Aaron) for a long time because he was sick and/or busy. But then we ran into him on the way to another appointment so we asked him how he was doing. He said he was doing good and that he was almost done reading the Book of Mormon! Elder Peck and I were shocked. We asked him when we could meet with him and he said Wednesday. So we went yesterday and we get to his house and he is home. So we go in and get done with the pleasentrys and we ask him how he is doing with the Book of Mormon. He says that he finished it. Then as Elder Peck was going to ask him something else Aaron says in English, "I want to join God's true church." Elder Peck and I were absolutely stunned! We didn't know what to say. So he went on to say that while he read the Book of Mormon he felt "kidamwe", which is peaceful or at peace in Chuukese. He said that the head of the church which he was a pastor at was changing their standards and stuff like that. So he prayed alot to know what to do and felt that he needed to join the true church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the true church. So he will be baptized on the 24th of May.
Well I will close with my testimony of the Book of Mormon. There is a reason that it is the keystone of our religion because it is the best teaching tool in our 'missionary arsenal'. If we can get people to read the Book of Mormon and pray as to whether it is true or not, and they pray really wanting to know the answer. The answer they receive will ALWAYS be that it is true and that person will want to change their lives to bring the blessings of God more abundantly into their lives. This I can testify of because I have seen it happen more than a couple of times in the four months I have been here and will see it more in the coming years. I say these things in the name fo Jesus Christ, amen.
Elder Jeff Payne
So I have decided to send a Happy Birthday to all that are in the month, these are the ones on the Albuquerque Temple calendar from Grandpa and Grandma. So for May we have -
On the 2nd we have Nyla Payne.
On the 3rd is Aunt Julie!
On the 6th is Uncle Bruce!
The 9th is Jennifer Smith!
The 13th is Joshua Payne who turns 4!
Then the 14th is Josh Smith!
Then we have Joseph Payne on the 22nd!
On the 24th is Santana Smith!
Then lastly we got my little brother Jay Payne on the 26th!!!!!!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVERYONE!!!