Elder Zachary Payne

Elder Zachary Payne

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Honest in Heart!

Wow yeah sounds like mom had quite the adventure this past week! Hey that's really cool though about that little opportunity to share the gospel! Keep at it and you'll see miracles, whether they be big or tiny. We have experiences like that almost every day! (except we're not nurses at a hospital). It's easier for you because you don't have a name tag like missionaries, so you can build trust easily with anyone, because you're "normal!" One of our ward mission leaders, Bro Minus (we call him Bro Plus) has said that if you see a person three times with positive interaction, you automatically have a friendship with them. Once you've established that relationship, you can then slip the gospel into a conversation and work your way to being as bold and loving as you need to be to help them make that next step. So keep at it! That's super exciting!! Thank goodness Van's okay! Well Dad you've had a lot thrown at you these past few months, but at the same time it seems like things are improving. That's motivation on my part and hearing the progress of my family is keeping me out here working hard every week! So thanks!!
Well we met all of our goals for this week! Heavenly Father decided to bless us and help us achieve them. We had an awesome ZTM this past week. At MLC President Leonard started off by telling the zone leaders in the mission that "we've lost our purpose" and "our goals for next month are shameful" haha so the training in ZTM was all about our purpose as missionaries. Our purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. I just want you guys to know, I can still share that in Spanish! haha anyway, it was personally one of the best and most sacred meetings on my mission. Our leaders are bold and loving, and I swear Christ was speaking to us the whole time. I felt revitalized and ready to baptize!
Well Elder Bradford and I tried to incorporate many of the things we learned from ZTM into our area to cap off the week. We've found two new investigators since then. One of them, Richard, has a girlfriend and a daughter and they all want to be baptized at some point. We've only met Richard, so we'll probably be picking up the other two as investigators this week. We also set an appointment with Stefanie who is like 12 and goes to church with her friends. She lives clear across town but wants to take the lessons in our area because her parents tell her to go to church with her friends. (They must be non members or less active or something) So we'll start teaching her tonight, and she wants to be baptized and go to a youth temple trip this summer! We'll work with her and see what we can do!
Well, we're definitely being led to the honest in heart, so Keith your prayers are being answered! So are ours! haha finding has been a big struggle in this area, so this has been a tremendous blessing. We should have at least one baptism in the area this month...Nikki! We'll just have to see what happens at transfers next week! This is our last week of training! Chances are one of us will be transferred out! It'll be sad to see either one of us go, but that's the mission for ya!
Yeah so let's plan on 3 pm my time on Sunday! We'll be getting out of church and we'll head back home for the calls. I'll call on the mission cell phone that we carry around with us all day. Should be fun! No calling cards!! Woohoo seems like last week we did the whole skyping thing! Haha alright well talk to you then!
Elder Payne!


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