Tuesday, October 28, 2014

News from Guam - October 2014

HEY HEY HEY, ITS SKINNY PAYNE! hahaha that was dumb... ok haha
What is this I hear of another dog I can eat when I get home, yes! Well this week has been good nothing to note yet other than I gotta chance to stop by and have dinner with Justin and Crystal. They were super excited and super nice and the food was awesome (though it made me super trunky because i miss food like that). It was a super good time and we had a super good lesson too, well I felt it went well you will have to ask them about it. haha You can be my insider haha.  
Well this week was kind of normal, outside of that, coming up on a new transfers next week so, sipwe iotek pwe upwe chok nomnom non dededo south haha. 
So I came across this cool scripture the other day in my studies, it was Alma 41:12-13 me a era 
"12 And now behold, is the meaning of the word restoration to take a thing of a natural state and place it in an unnatural state, or to place it in a state opposite to its nature?
 13 O, my son, this is not the case; but the meaning of the word restoration is to bring back again evil for evil, or carnal for carnal, or devilish for devilish—good for that which is good; righteous for that which is righteous; just for that which is just; merciful for that which is merciful.
So when I read this I had a thought that that is the reason that we call it the RESTORATION of the Gospel of Jesus Christ because to restore something is to bring it back in its natural state.  Alma is referring to the ressurrection and says that all of our body will be "restored" limb for limb and joint for joint so we will be brought back to the way we were before.  This definition also applies to the gospel, it was brought back word for word and doctrine for doctrine.  Well I don't know if this makes sense to any one else but for some reason it just clicked in my head.  Food for thought.

Well love you all very much!

Elder Jeff Payne
The Payne's have a new pet dog (Cocoa needed a friend)...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Phone call to Elder Payne and new photos!

We did not receive an e-mail from Elder Payne this weekend but we did get to talk to him on the phone!

Jeffery is enjoying his area in Guam.  He said that there are a surprising number of people on Guam that speak Chuukese and other languages from the other islands.  His companion is Elder Rice from Burley Idaho.  Elder Rice will complete his mission in December so Jeff thinks he will be the one to send Elder Rice home.  Jeff will be able to e-mail much more often because the Internet in Guam is way more reliable in Guam!

Jeffery has to get used to Guam, his last island Uman was only a mile across and he could walk around it in no time at all.  Plus there weren't very many modern conveniences (like Taco Bell and McDonalds).  Jeffery's first two purchases on Guam were at McDonalds and Taco Bell.  As Jeff would put it, ha ha ha. But he is determined not to re-gain all the weight he lost in his first areas.

One of Dodie's former co-workers, Justin, and his family now live in Guam and they were able to contact Jeffery and his companions.  They treated the missionaries to some New Mexico enchiladas!!  So much for keeping the weight off :)

And Justin provided us with some great pictures!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Elder Payne transferred to Guam just in time for typhoon Vongfong

September 28, 2014

Dear family,

Hey, so transfers have come around and I have been transerred to Guam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I will email the letter I was going to send snail mail.  I wasn't sure what the Internet on Guam was going to be like, but it is super fast and I will be able to e-mail every week. So for snail mail and what nots start sending it to 620 W Route 8 Barrigada Guam USA 96913.

October 5, 2014

I have already talked to the zone leaders in Chuuk and if the packages you sent arrive in time they will bring them to Guam with them this weekend and if not they will send them to me.  So far it has been good and there are tons of cars and MCDONALDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! haha but I havent lost all this weight in Chuuk just to gain it back  here in Guam so I am going to work out hard core. 

Hey so the typhoon has already past.  It passed at like 4am this morning with little to no damage whatsoever. We had to stay inside last night and we were going to stay in today too but President Zarbock lifted it because they say Guam is safe. So here I am emailing you guys now.  My companion, his name is Elder Rice, he is from Idaho and is done with his mission in December.  He is super cool and a super good missionary.  I was super sad to leave Chuuk but Guam is super cool and full of super prepared people.  Oh and I am in the Dededo South area.  I will attach a pic from google earth.  Well hope the "inquiring minds" are now satisfied haha.

Love you all
Elder Jeff Payne

Elder Payne's general location in Guam

Missionaries in Guam - Elder Payne 3rd from left on front row.

Typhoon Vongfon headed toward Guam