Elder Zachary Payne

Elder Zachary Payne

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I'm Living in a Mansion!

Well shoot it's Tuesday! Sorry about that! MLK day was yesterday so we're doing emails today. I'll try to keep it short sweet and to the point! So transfers were good...said bye to everyone in Cedar City and packed up. It's kinda interesting because me and Elder Toropainen (who is from Finland) are basically just going on a transfer long exchange. We just switched spots! I'm with his companion now, Elder Betham. He's a black Hawaiian crazy laid back goofy Elder haha he likes to have fun and has had some troubles with obedience in the past, including before his mission. He's very chill though and easy to get along with. It's gonna be kinda interesting to find the balance between fun and obedience this transfer, but we'll work on it. We have a bunch of baptisms lined up for this transfer already...7 in total! The oldest is a 16 year old haha E Toropainen just destroyed the unbaptized child list and put them all on date! Anyway we had a baptism for a nine year old named Ivan this past Saturday! He's so awesome! I only got to teach him three times but it feels like I've known him forever! He always has that huge smile on his face and loves the gospel and has awesome parents. It's been a blast! Oh by the way, one of our 14 wards here in the Little Valley stake hits the state line, so when our miles get replenished next month we'll drive down to the Arizona border and take a picture haha. Let's seee....oh! This transfer is only five weeks because next month begins the influx of new missionaries...like 31 of them are coming in one transfer! Gonna be crazy! But yeah Little Valley is basically where the church is already building the celestial kingdom. There's some nice houses here! Richest place in southern Utah! We live with some members in their basement, which has a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room, pool table, weight room, and a theater. Not too bad! Apparently this is one of the best apartments in the mission haha. But other than all that, we're trying to create an escalator effect instead of an elevator effect as far as the work goes. Amidst all these baptisms we still need to find new investigators to begin teaching! It's kinda rough since neither of us know the area very well. We're trying though! Anyway gotta go for this week! Thanks everyone I love you guys!

Elder Payne!
Elder Payne, Ivan, & Elder Betham

The Mansion

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