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

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