Monday, June 8, 2015

Elder Payne now on Romanum

Hi Mom!!!                                                                                                    June 6, 2015

So I have gratefully received the shoes today and have been "breaking" them in all day. They work great thank you very much.  Let me know when the backpack makes it to you guys, or if you have sent a new one already let me know when it should be here.

And saddly it is true I am no longer Elder Matavao's companion. I have been transferred to the island of Romanum and my companion is Elder Dann from England.  The switch acctually happened a week before transfers due to some extra changes that needed to be made in companionships. But ya, Elder Dann is a stud and we will do great on Romanum (or Romolom).

So Romanum is super cool and the people are awesome. There are a few that will be a challenge but other than that it is going to be the best ever.  So it literally it takes like 2 hours to walk around the whole island. About 4-5 hours teaching the whole way. So it is really really small.  It is kind rough looking which is sort of a bummer because I am sure it was a lot nicer before the typhoon. The family that we go to to help  us learn better Chuukese has a pet bat named Gerald. I will try to send some pictures of him, but we let him crawl around on our shirts, and he is down to just hang out and really likes to eat coconut. It's the best, hahaha.

I will be able to e-mail about once a month again. I think I will probably go home from Romolom. It is super crazy to think just less then 6 months I will be home, going crazy over hot water and blazing fast internet haha. But I am not getting "trunky" or anything because I will miss Chuuk like crazy and we will eat rice and spam on the floor with our fingers every so often, haha. I am sure you guys wont be happy about it but that is what will happen haha.

Well I love you all and pray for all you guys often and hope all is well in "normal people life" haha.

Love Elder Jeff Payne

Here is the small island Jeffery is on.  Looks like it is slightly longer than the airport runway on Weno

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Mid-May letter

Dear Family,                                                                     May 17, 2015

Hey I am doing good. In Wichap things are going great. Elder Bloxham got back today and we are excited to have him back!  Haha, it was funny to listen to him talk about the facebooking with you all haha it was great.

Well I am strong and still alive and send my thanks to the Shingles for thier box it will and has been greatly enjoyed.

Sorry... Low on time and the other missionaries are tired and want to go home. So I love you all and wish the best for you all.  Remenmber to pray, read the scriptures and go to church because those things help us stay strong in our faith and will help us to grow and be sure of what we believe.

Love you all and uwie ai kapong ngeni aramasie menisin!

Love Elder Jeff Payne

Sorry for the delay in posting this update.  We did receive a package with various items (some gifts and some things he wanted to save).  The letter in the package was dated January 27th!!  Finally sent the end of May.  :)