Elder Zachary Payne

Elder Zachary Payne

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Downward Slope...

Well my friends this Thursday is my year mark! That's crazy! We're planning on celebrating by having a few teaching appointments and finding activities. Woohoo! The work moves on! We'll be getting a new mission president in about a month, so things will probably be changing a little bit. His name is president Center, from Dayton Ohio, and he's a veterinarian. Man I spelled that wrong. Oh well! Yeah so this last week we had a leadership training meeting in which we talked about the importance of creating a smooth transition from one mission president to the next. President Leonard will meet with President Center for about 2 hours to show him around the mission home and the mission office and maybe eat some lunch, and that's it. So it's up to us as the leadership to keep what President Leonard has been preaching for the past 3 years in our hearts and accept President Center's new input will be and keep the work at a consistent if not better altitude. President Leonard is afraid the baptisms are going to drop. We can't have that happen! We have high expectations in this mission.
Hmm well this week was very slow because of high school graduation and summer and memorial day weekend. Everyone was either gone or had family over and didn't want to talk with us haha. All of our investigators cancelled appointments so they could go out of town for the weekend haha. Other than Christmas this is probably the worst holiday for missionary work! But we battled through and tried our best to stay busy. Come what may and love it! We've been doing a ton of biking back and forth in our area. Poor Elder Linville...it's his first biking area and he's driving like a $5 walmart mongoose bike. His front brakes sound like an 18 wheeler engine braking, and everytime he slams on them my ears cringe and he just laughs the whole time haha.  He's seriously the funniest companion I've had so far. I think Heavenly Father saw fit for me to have a comical relief transfer haha. It's the best! We get along great and despite him not being in shape and walking up some the the big hills in our area in the warm spring air, he loves this area! We're doing well.
Well I got the mother's/father's day package sent out today! It's on its way! I was reading in Alma 29:4 the other day and I learned about asking the Lord for things. To me that verse basically says that the Lord really does grant according to our desires because our desires affect our thoughts, which affect our actions, which will affect our consequences, at which point the Lord comes in. So if our desire is to back out of a trial because it's too hard and you dwell on that, then the Lord will give a big sigh and disappointedly say, "Alright..." and it will happen. On the other hand if we desire to have the strength to overcome our trials, then Heavenly Father will bless us with that strength and push us onward. So the moral of the story is watch where your desires are leading you! Anyway you guys have a great week!
Elder Payne!

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