Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Two letters with news from Nantaku

US Mail receive this week...

Hey Family,                                                                                   May 30, 2014

Just figured I would drop a quick update on how things are going here in Nantaku!  Things are going really good here we have about 3 progressing investigators.  I know that it doesn't sound like a lot but we have other people we just don't know where they live, hahaha., we're on that.  The three investigators are Larkuse, Jay and John (in order of how long we have been teaching them).  Larkuse is from the island of Tol and he works for the elementary school in Nantaku and could be baptized on the 7th of June if we teach him everything and he wants it.  Jay we have been teaching for a little while and he knows perfect English.  He is from Paulin which is 200 miles outside the lagoon but he went to school in the States and he could be baptized the 14th of June (which I think he will because he is super smart and super prepared).  Now to John, haha, John is  a character he is ADD and gets off subject quick but somehow brings it back to the subject we were talking about.  He is super prepared as well, he really likes us because we don't try to shove our religion down his throat and allow him to ask questions.  The only problem that we can see is that the church is far away from his house.  So Nantaku is part of the Mechitiw Branch so we meet in the town called Mechitiw (pronounced Mech-e-teew) which is a good half hour walk from our apartment and will be even further for John because he lives by the airport which is also a half hour walk  from our apartment.  So it will be tough but I think he will do it.

Well I will wrap it up with saying that as we obey the Lord he will bless us and this seems like a Sunday School thing to say but it's true, to every blessing there is a law that we need to keep to receive that blessing.  I want you guys to go read "Blessing" in the Topical Guide and pick a couple and write me what those scriptures mean to you and with permission to use them with investigators.

Thank you for all the wonderful blessings you guys have been to me in my life.  Stay strong and always follow the Lord.  Amen.

Elder Jeff Payne

E-mail received this week...

Dear Family,                                                                             June 9, 2014
HAHA more food sounds nice but I have lost 40, I repeat 40 pounds, and feel great.  Now don't freak out about it I am still healthy. It is just eating Chuukese food, which is high fiber so fills you up quick and you end up actually not eating a ton. Then the walking everywhere helps shed the pounds and keeps them off hahaha.

Well not much has been happening here just baptizing the island and changing peoples lives and what not haha, no but really we have some super good investigators going right now and I have sent letters explaining about each of them that are progressing but my favorite is Jay he is the coolest guy ever! (and not just because he has my favorite brother's name haha) He is just super prepared and it is incredible how much he has spiritually progressed.  He is an example of how the missionary lessons should be taught and learned because he learns and understands basically by himself because we just guide his thoughts and let the Holy Ghost work on him super hard core it is super cool to watch his understanding grow.

Hey well I am being bugged by other missionaries to get off the computer. I love you all and hope to hear from all of you and hope you all stay strong and keep on reading the Book of Mormon and growing stronger in the gospel.

Love you all,
Elder Payne

A few pictures from the Micronesia Guam Mission FaceBook page and the Crisps's blog...

Elder Payne and Elder Simpson contemplating lessons at Zone Conference.

Elder Payne and Elder Simpson

One more picture of Elder Payne and Elder Simpson

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

One shoe has arrived. Crocs not good in Chuuk.

Dear family and friends,

Well its good to hear my package got to NM ok. I was super worried about it, haha. Did it make it in time for Jays birthday? Or was it a little late? haha... I wasnt sure when it would make it. It is really nice because the post office is in our area so I can send mail more regularly. haha But still cant get it regularly, thats up to the stressed out, super busy, zone leaders. haha But they are super good they just need the other missionaries to help as much as possible.

I freaking love Nantaku! A lot of the people know pretty good English and can really help me with Chuukese. So I am learning super fast and its kind of hard because I have learned so many words so fast that I cant remember them all.

Tell Kristen to not hurt her self, but if it cant be avoided I dont know what to tell her. I am sure there is some scripture or something that relates to the situation but I dont know them, haha.

Well Kristen and Mom, have fun at girls camp and just remember to trust the Lord because He helps you. You can put your full trust in Him because He knows best.

I have the first shoe and am still waiting on the next shoe. I have been suffering in the Crocs because there is no tread left on them and Nantaku has a lot of concrete that is slick when it rains. But it is the #1 area in the mission!
Well I love you guys and talk to you later.

Elder Jeff Payne

We were instructed to send the shoes one package at a time.  Also we have been completely wrapping the packages in clear packing tape to protect the contents from tampering and water damage.

Kristen sprained her ankle jumping on the trampolines at Gravity Park.  Poor thing was only a couple of minutes into her one hour 'flight' when she hurt herself.  We were worried that she wouldn't be able to go up to Girls Camp this week.  But by Tuesday morning, she didn't even want to wear the ankle brace because she was up and mobile.

Jeff re-gifted a Birthday card to give to Jay because they don't seem to be available in Chuuk.  Genius!

Their stove coil burst. never heard of that happening.