Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ahhh

sorry this letter is going to be super lame. The place that we are at
is kicking us out. I really dont have much to write about anyways.

My testimony is growing in member missionary work! I have about
decided it is impossible with out the help of the members. We had two
different members help us with Mirta this last week. One of them went
and picked her up for church, and then the Bishops wife knew her from
work. When she walked in the door they just wrapped her in a hug and
dragged her to sit down with them. We didnt have to do anything or
worry. That is the way its supposed to be. But hey, i was never a good
member missionary. I didnt see the importance for it. Which living in
utah is harder. Not impossible, just harder. But like Elder Bednar
said, its the members work.. the missionaries are there to help. If
only it could be that way. Well, until then we will keep working hard
finding new people and getting the members to help.

Its getting hotter here. Ha we were walking down a dirt road and a
little kid called out to us. I turned around and he lodged a water
balloon at us. Ha he hit my companion. I love argentina. There are
sooo many things that are soo different, but it makes it argentina.

Hey, this week I took some cigerettes from a guy. He said he was on
his last one. So I asked him if I could have his other ones. Then I
had them all day and didnt know what to do with them. He was supposed
to have come to chuch yesterdsay. He has a baptism date and
everything. Ha im having faith here that he didnt say yes to all of
these things because we are two missionaries. I would say cute
missionaries... but lets be honest we lost that a long time ago.

Okay well dad let me know about the bus. mom I will let you know about
the pics.
Have fun with miss B and Kels. I love yall so much.

Ang and kb thanks for the letter.

Angie you have a letter going in the mail today.

Love,

Hna Payne

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hola familia! Its me again, Hna Payne. Life is pretty good. Ha are you reading into that? Okay, so it was kind of a rough week, not really any reason why. Just the way it goes I guess. But now its pday and I have forgotten about last week. The weather is actually cool today. It was definitely heaven sent. It is starting to get a lot hotter and its harder to sleep. Boo but then again, it was because we were fasting. We decided we cant complain about how hot it is because at least we have water. It is pure torture to fast with out water.
This last week was a funny experience. We went home to have lunch and my comp wanted to cook. She couldnt get the burner lit for the stove though. We figured we were just out of gas and called for replacement. They told us it would be about an hour before they could get there. Well as I was sitting there eating I jokingly told my companion that our gas tank was probably stolen. (we had two neighbors tell us that we needed to buy a lock for our gas, that someone had stolen someone elses in our apt building. We just kind of shrugged it off and figured we would get around to it eventually.) Well Hna Runyan went out just to look and came back in telling me that it was gone. I of course didnt believe her until I went and looked for myself. It was indeed gone. Well by that time we had already called for the replacement. We had no idea what a new tank cost. Turns out it was more than 200 pesos. Usually its only like 30 for a refill.We then went back and contemplated life and how we were going to buy more gas... we figured we could just live off of cereal forever.. but then that didnt really solve the problem. What would we tell president? ¨hey we were warned but didnt buy a lock, and now its gone..can we have more money?¨ Well, then we had to leave and go to our district meeting when I happened to see a piece of paper on the ground by the door. I started to laugh and thought it was from the people that stole our tank telling us sorry for taking it and such. Ha well it was definitely from the person that took it alright. It was our next door neighbor, Laudi. It turns out that someone tried to steal it that morning and she just happened to go outside at that time. He ran away and she ran after him, and found another guy in the same color shirt and grabbed his collar. Ha this lady is old and fat, with a heart of gold! She saved our gas!!!
So then we were just trying to apply this to others and ourselves. But its like the people that we are teaching. I dont really blame them for not wanting to change their lives. They think that life is great, that they dont need anything else. Yet, they have the next door neighbors (the missionaries) warning them what is to come, and what they could have, NOW. They may like the feelings, the message, and have intentions to ONE DAY buy the lock for the gas, that will keep it safe (accept the gospel, and live the commandments which ensures a different kind of security that they have never fully experienced)
I guess that is the way our Heavenly Father feels when he has given us his council and we chose to disobey. He absolutely knows better. He sees the big picture that we cant. He knows what will really make us happy. He tells us now, so that we can have peace and happiness right NOW. Right now we have the opportunity to change and repent. But one day its going to be to late. It is too easy to think ´´one day I will do it, one day i will change.´´ That is how Satan gets us. He pulls us into a false sense of security.

What else happened this week......? We found a really good investigator yesterday. She is a reference from the elders. She said that she is looking for something in her life and that she is going to read the Book of Mormon and come to church. Why is it that we need hard things to turn us to the Lord? Eh, I really dont blame people for now wanting to listen. They think their life is good.

Sorry

Rachel Thomas?????

Camie I need your address so i can send you a letter back! It was soo good to hear from you.

Dusty, you can send yellow envelopes that dont count as packages, and they are of course a lot cheaper =) Ask my mom is you dont know what im talkin about.

Mom, I need a family pic with the whole fam! I have different pics of everyone but not one all together.

Karan, I got your letters! Thank you. I love you.

Okay, well that is about all. I love you all lots. Thanks for all your prayers and support.

Love,
Hna Payne

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hola Familia! Its me again, Hna Payne!

Life is just about as good as it can get here in good Ol Resistencia. This last week in church was kind of a bummer. We missed sacrament because we were waiting on an investigator (the third person that we went to get, the others wouldnt come) Alicia. We have taught her a couple of times. She always seems a little bit drunk and tipsy when we see her. Ha Sunday wasnt any different. She only stayed for the 2nd half of sacrament. President says that we shouldnt be happy if we have any less than four people in the church. Needless to say.. we were disappointed. The family that I talked about last week bailed Saturday night. I really dont know if they are going to progress. Im still not entirely convinced that he isnt a wolf in sheeps clothing. Eh, I dont know how to not judge people, and to just have faith in them.

All of that being said. President said that we should be working on a Chirst-like attribute every transfer. I like that.. Sometimes I think about all of the things that I need to be doing and changing and get overwhelmed, not knowing where to start, and how to follow through on everything. This transfer I am working on charity. (sob, cry, all of the above) Why is charity soooooo hard. Eh, its all soo hard. Im not complaining, just stating the obvious at how hard everything is =) Im loving the mission and am so glad and happy to be here, but Im lacking the love for Argentina and the people. Not that I dont love them.. Im just.. ya kno, not there yet. I love the scripture Moroni 7:48. I didnt have time to type it.
Charity is a gift that we cant get without the Lord and A LOT of effort on our part. I love the word genuine, and of course the meaning. I really am not anything close to a genuine person. My comp and I were talking about that and I think the real meaning behind the word is charity. I think I was always wondering how I could have the appearance of being genuine, but really i think its having a real love for people. That is something that you can not fake. Needless to say, I have a lot to work =)

This week we are trying to work with the members a lot more. They gave us a stat about knocking doors and other things, and then one with having the members with us. I dont remember what it said, but basically it said that knocking doors is a waste of time. Booooo. Its a hard realization to know that you work hard but dont focus your efforts in the right places, it doesnt really matter what you do.

Mom, you asked my favorite food. Im going to say that it is milanesa. Its kind of like a chicken fried steak, but better. Im glad that you got to talk to the Becksteads. I think they were over exaggerating everything, but thats okay. YOu really dont know otherwise, so I will take it =) My spanish is amazing, and I am the best missionary ever! ;)

Hna Jones! I have been meaning to write you. You know how that goes. Then again you were always amazing at whippin out letters. There is a girl Myda in my ward that is moving your way in a week or two. Her mom lives there. Maybe she is in your branch. Anyways, I love you! I love reading your letters. You are amazing. Keep up the faith =)

I didnt get an email from either of those people mom. Ha I figured. I owe chels a letter.... just havent had time. Love ya chels.

Hey can you please send my some bobby pins? I had myself pretty convinced the other day that I was going to cut my own hair. I have heard a lot of horror stories about how the chop it off... and then I looked at the back and realized there is no way that I could cut my own hair. The only plus side to doing it myself would be that I woudnt take of length. Maybe I will let my companion do it. But then again, even if the styliest is bad.. she at least has more experience than me and my comp. Hum.. I dont know. Random side note. Maybe I will buy some scissors.

Drew, I remember getting a letter about you asking how the fam was doing in their FHE. How are you doing on that btw?

Hilly! Thank you for just loving me. I love, love, love getting your letters. I loved your scriptures. Keep it up. Good luck on your first day of work. You will do amazing! I put yours and Angels letter in the mail today. Hill tell Mike that I am waiting on a real letter from him.

Kels, I loved the pics! B is soo adorable. Im glad you like the boots. I loved the pic that I got with her in them. I still havent gotten your xmas card. hopefully tomorrow in our district meeting.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Hola Familia! Its me again, Hna Payne! Life is as good as can be!

Guess what!? We were almost robbed today… apparently? Ha its funny because we didnt get robbed. We only had 1000 pesos, our cameras, and our personal and church credit cards… That would have been bad! But we received a phone call from the assistants asking us if we were in the plaza and that we needed to walk! We still arent sure why they were there, or how they knew.. if it were anyone else we would have called them back after. Needless to say we are great and dandy. So yes mom, to answer your question, I know Elder Andrews.

I know that you are dying to know if I saw Jan or not!? YES!!!!!!!!!!! I just love her. She really is one of my favorite people. I got a phone call on Wednesday night from one of the office elders telling me that they were in the office waiting. It was like 8:30 at night and we were about a 30 minutes walk away. We ran like the whole way! Im really not sure that was allowed but I got to see her so I was sooo happy. Thanks so much for the Christmas package. It was perfect! I clipped the key chain to my bag.. it says its hot… great =) The walking thing needs a screw driver so I havent gotten to use that. The skirt is super cute. Its big, but cute so I make it work. The shirts are great too. Thank you. Kels I loved the watch! Thank you. Did you help make it?? Or just Levi? ;)

We spent New Years with President and the office elders and the assistants. I think it was the most chill new years eve that I have ever had. It was fun though. We had a bbq and ice cream.

Hey we had a family in church this last week. Oh my gosh was it a miracle. I dont even know where to start with this family. Yoan is the nephew of Gladys. For being so bad he is a good guy??? Oh I really dont know what to think? We are told that he beats his wife…? How can anyone be a good person that hits their wife? And when I say wife.. we really dont know if they are married. They say they are but Gladys says no. You name the commandment and they a problem with it. They promised us twice that they would come to church.. but we went on Saturday and told them that if they didnt have any interest that there were other people that did. He told us they were going to come. We went to get them the next morning, and they came!!!!! Oh their two year old little girl it naughty! They left after Sacrament meeting and I was worn out… ha and it was just sacrament. I cant imagine what its going to take for them to be baptized. Im excited though because I still havent really seen the atonement change anyone. I know that this g√≥spel changes people! Im waiting to see that change in people. Did I mention that he is a chain smoker? Im pretty sure that is why he couldnt come to class.. he had to smoke. Ha my companion says she wont ask for another baptism if this family gets baptized. Hey, miracles happen. It just depends on if they want it or not. It wont be easy, but I know they can do it!
How are my emails? Answer honestly. I feel that I just ramble about what happens in the week. I dont feel like they are very spiritually uplifting.. or very focused... something to work on?
Hilly! Im sorry to say that you dont even have a card in the mail. I wrote one today, but it wont get mailed till next week. P.s you look sooo good! I got your pic! And I laughed soooo hard at your dedications! Especially the whipped cream game… hahah
Shout out to Lori Preston... my stalker =) Ha I got your xmas letter thank you.
Grandma! Thanks for all of your emails. sounds like yall are all doing great. Hey, I need a 101 for dummies on our family history. My comp has cool stories... and I really dont know anything about my legacy. I want one. HOw do I get one? I need one from Pat too. But like the simplified version... thanks!
Okay well that is about all I have time for. I love yalllllll sooo much! Thanks for everything. Have a great week.

Love,
Hna Payne

Saturday, January 1, 2011















Random pictures...

Gladis, Hna Runyan, drunk man in front of the church, a horse in the street eating trash, sunsets, Lilly pads that are HUGE, xmas in a mall (we are really excited) Xmas dinner with me cooking, and with the family, and I dont remember what else.
Hola familia! Its me again, Hna Payne!

Sorry that this time isnt as good as on Saturday. It was sooo good to talk to yall. And yes, the time went sooooo fast. I really dont have much to say. im trying really hard to send pictures right now. Maybe it will work.

Im trying really hard to see Jan. Im so scared im going to get in trouble though and that it is going to cause a problem. Pretty sure the assistants and President are going to be there. But it just so happens that we are having a meeting that night. Usually our meetings on Tuesday but our mission leader of the ward asked if we could do it wednesday at 6. I quickly asked if we could at 830. THis time really does work better for us. Im praying it will all be fine. Im not in a hurry for anything, but i will need more contact solution , crystal light raspberry ice, Gatorade packets, sun screen spray. Just an fyi.

Okay well I love yall have a great week.

Love,
Hna Payne

Dad, write me more details about the store
Dusty and Britt Im putting letters in the mail today