Monday, July 25, 2011

Hola Familia, its me again, Hna Payne! Im always in denial at how fast time passes. But then im here again writing. Boo.

I always love getting yalls emails that say how discouraged i was the week before. No. I just sometimes write very dry with out feeling. That doesnt make my week bad =) I dont mean to make it sound like im judging or that i dont love the people. I do! I think that is why it makes it harder.

As for baptisms... no. No one got baptized. Juan Carlos as of right now will be this Saturday. But transfers are tomorrow.... who knows what will happen. We went to a baptism on Saturday and Juan Carlos finally came which is great because he is afraid of water. Romina came too. (she still isnt comitted to anything)The church was quite a ways a way. We of course took the bus.. but I made a mistake and we got off to early. I was sure that we were at our stop. We ended up having to walk quite a ways after. I felt really bad. Juan Carlos is fine to walk but he is pretty old. Oops. It reminded me of hiking up corner canyon and there being a ´´short cut´´ but i was positive it didnt work. Well im done with directions and wont trust my good sense of direction the next time. Okay, i knew it was always bad... but im officially done trying. It was nice to walk in a different place tho. We could see the colors from the sunset. The sunsets are BEAUTIFUL here! But we made it in good timing for the baptism. My comp and I got asked to be the speakers about 5 seconds before. Gotta love being the replacement for a year and a half. (we speak a lot in our branch too)But i can say that im definitely more comfortable with speaking in front of people. I still dont like it, and i still get nervous... but not as much. Gotta love the mish =)

We had a talent show with all the missionaries in our zone this last weekend.... Haha i still havent found my talents.. im still lookin hard for them. So i did my next best thing.... I juggled! Haha ya i know, i was desperate. I dont really know the point of the show.. who wants to come and see missionaries sing (very poorly) and juggle? It would have been a lot better to invite the members to participate. We finally have a ward mission leader instead of the President. (Im pretty sure we got that because he is now our neighbor and didnt want to hear any complaints. They invited us to lunch this last week. The wife told us that she could wash our clothes. We understood that we could bring them to her Tuesday or Thursday, but she told us at lunch that she wants them both days, and she doesnt have a problem washing EVERYTHING. Wow! That is super nice and means we dont have to hand wash!) Its soo nice, and he is soo great. He helps us a lot. But we are now trying to plan activities in the ward. Hopefully that will help us have more unity. We have a movie and popcorn planned for the beginning of August.

Okay well I love, love, love yall! Have a great week!

Love, Hna Payne

Dad.. no more trunky comments! =)
The photo of the lake is gorgeous!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Hola Familia! Its me again, Hna Payne. HOw goes life on the home front??

Well this week was..... kind of a downer week. Hey, but now its a whole new week... but really life is always great. We are supposed to have 2 baptisms this Saturday... but neither one of them were in church on Sunday. They both have 3 times in church so they havent lost their date yet. We tried going by both houses yesterday but neither one of them were home. Juan Carlos doesnt understand a whole lot.. but has desires to be baptized?? And then there is Romina that says she understands. We will be going by tonight to see how the end of the week will play out. Are they ready?? Or is it what we want? Eh sometimes I dont know if im helping my cause by being here in the mish or just condemning myself......(Jacob1:19)

We had a mini MTC here in Formosa with all the kids in the stake. Well there were lots of kids... but not a soul from Parque went. We called the president to ask what time they were going to meet up. He casually told us that the girls just didnt want to go.. and that the guys werent going because of soccer. WHAT!?!?!?!? Soccer wasnt until 6:30 at night. They expect all these kids to go on a mission but arent doing anything to help them. These kids live for soccer and play station. Nonthing else matters... and it doesnt seem that anyone else is trying to tell them otherwise. Well of course they arent... our branch really doesnt function. The young men and women dont have leaders. They had some.. but then the president took away the callings and put himself in charge..... Boo! We had 20 people in church on sunday. it rained. when it rains, no one does anything. Oh argentina.

The Zone leaders called us on thursday when we started our 3 hour planning session. They were outside of our apt. We were outside planning because our power was out. We had to move our table because of all the dog poop and the smell. There is a tiny area of dirt, and it just so happens to be right in front of our door and they never clean up right there. But the elders were great sports and volunteered to clean it up.

So i ordered scriptures the other day. I went to put them in my scripture cases that i ordered in Resistencia.... and they dont fit!!!!!!!!!!! Im sooo mad. I dont understand why. Hna Runyan has the same ones and hers fit! We cant call the office, so i cant ask aobut it. My zl said he is going to ask the elders in the office that are in charge of talkin to the man.. but i dont kno if i have a lot of hope in any of them.. and the elder that was in the office is now in the field. My whole scripture experience has been an expensive one. Hopefully i will eventually get my cases... They cost a lot... especially not to be able to use them.

Okay well im out of time. i love, love, love yall! Have a great time in CO.

Hna Payne

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hola familia! Its me again, Hna Payne!

Today is pday and we just got out of interviews with President. Oh, he
is soooooo great. And his wife too. She would say that she is learning
spanish, but really its great. She knows a lot. Our interview wasnt
very long, but he is just soo nice and complamentry, and he of course
had just met me. One of his themes and visions is the Spirit. Are we
doing all we can to live by the Spirit.

So what happened this week????? We now have new neighbors with 2 dogs.
We live in an apt in the back.. and The president of the branch and
his wife just moved in. You would think that would be a good thing. Im
not soo sure. Lots of people in the branch have problems with him. I
know there are always more than one story to every side.. but after a
while when you hear the same things, and see a little evidence of
things... well you start to understand. On a super bright note the
wife has a washer and a little machine that sucks all the extra water
out of your clothes that she offered to let us use. YAY! The weather
is crazy and sometimes it takes FOREVER to dry. But not with this
little machine.

We are teaching an 18 year old girl that now has assisted 3 times in
church. We have taught her the law of chastity 3 times now. The first
time, well we didnt teach it very well. The second time was great.
Very direct, very informative. You know in the Book of Mormon when
prophets are giving their dying testimonies saying that they have done
everything in their power to bring souls unto God and that the blood
of their sins will be upon the peoples own garments. And that they
will be waiting at the judgement bar of God?? We left feeling that we
would write our dying testimony. She absolutely understands the law of
chastity. And understands that she is still acountable even if she
doesnt get baptized. We taught the law of chastity yesterday too to
her boyfriendthat is visiting. He lives hours away, and they never see
each other. He flat out said he didnt agree and that he wasnt going to
live this commandment. Eh!!!!! I hope that she was strong enough in
her commitment. But she is 18 and totally in love with this 23 year
old (who she has been with for 4 years. and in this time he has been
with other girls) We have another lesson with her today. Her date to
be baptized is the 23rd. She said that if he wasnt going to be okay
with her decision that he could leave and do whatever. If only the
things that we say were as easy to do then say.

I just love, love, love this work and this gospel. I know that life
isnt easy.... but with the gospel it can be. Okay i know that im
saying this as a 22 year old girl that hasnt lived very much of life.
But i do KNOW that this gospel can change lives and that it can at
least be a lot easier. When we understand the Plan of Salvation and
what it has to offer then our priorities are different. We understand
that we really can live with our families forever. We have the power
to do this if we are willing to work for it, sacrifice who we are- to
become better, and live the council and commandments that God has
given to us through a prophet. I just wish that people could just
listen more with an open heart because they already KNOW this gospel.
Everyone was taught this and accepted this plan before we ever came
here. We chose the side of our Savior, Jesus Christ. And everyone CAN
know it again. Im soo thankful for the knowledge and understanding
that we have. We know why we are here, and what we have to do. Now,
its just the doing that is the hard part.

Mom, IM soo glad you could go to Hna Runyans homecoming. She is just
soooo great. I just love her. I couldnt have picked a better american
companion that i will be able to stay in close contact with. I like
your garden and door too!

DREW! We had someone give a talk on sunday about the importance of
Family home evening. I remember a certain letter that asked us the
last time that we had FHE. Ha how are yours going?

Hna Jones! I found hna wheelers add. You asked for it one time, but I
didnt think i had it...

Britnie Wheeler
Canada Toranto East Mission Office
24 Fernand Drive Suite 300
Don mills ON M3C 3V4

Okay well I love, love, love yall! Have a great week!

Hna Payne

Monday, July 4, 2011

Hola familia! Its me again, Hna Payne!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its soo hot for yall and soo cold for me! Sometimes i forget what month im in because of the different seasons.

Well, we now have a new president. We have had no contact with him.. but he is indeed here. We have interviews with him this next monday.

So yesterday at church was one of those days that you just want to kill people for being who they are, and not thinking... and just being one of [those people] We were in relief society and the lady giving the lesson decided to give a whole class about the way we should dress for church. Well, EVERYONE in the class minus Noelia (recent convert) and her investigator friend and antoher investigator were in jeans. Its one thing to comment for a couple minutes.. but a whole class period when the ONLY people in jeans are investigators. Por Favor! If only people could think what its like for new people. And Noelia was already in a sad mood because her mom is visiting and isnt okay that she got baptized. She is thinking about not coming anymore. Why cant it be easy for new converts? Its one thing for us because we understand.. Its kind of like a baby thats sick and crying.. you just feel soo bad because you cant take away the pain, and they dont understand why they are hurting. But when its an adult they can at least understand and handle it in a different way. New converts are the baby that have to learn to deal with adversity in a different way than they have had to in the past... and a lot of times they dont understand why. I dont know if any of that made sense... She needs friends in the church. as of right now we are her only support. I wish she could find a boyfriend that would help her along. She is going to institute.. but its hard to be new.. and people forget that too and then dont grab them and bring them into their circle. She also doesnt have a phone. that makes things harder.

Well we have struggled finding people these last few weeks. It seems that we dont really have a pool of anyone. but we will continue forward putting our faith in the Lord that there are people waiting for the gospel. We are still working with Margarita, abel, and Juan Carlos. We havent had a lot of progress. Juan Carlos still has a baptism date, so we are working with him.

Well that is about all. im about out of time. I love, love, love yall!

Have a great week!

Hna payne!

I got my packages and card! thank you!!!!