Monday, July 16, 2018

Staying in Blois

Bonjour à tous,

Well this past week was pretty great! And I am still seeing miracles every day! I am learning a lot of lessons (many of which I learned the hard way).

I am so grateful for this wonderful district and the ability and opportunity I had to serve them on a meaningful level. Thankfully, I am still the District leader here in Blois. And I am very happy about that. 

One of our amis is coming to the temple with us on Saturday! I am incredibly excited for that because the temple has always been a wonderful place for me, and one of the only places on earth where I can feel genuine peace and refuge from the world. So I am very excited to be able to share a little bit of my passion for the temple with one of our amis. We also had to change his baptismal date, some family issues.

Also, this past week I have again seen the hand of God in my life. He answers every single one of my prayers.

I have been learning how to make crepes and I must say, I've gotten decent at it. I've made crepes for dinner about once a week now. I'm starting to really figure it out.

I have begun to look into my family history as well. I figure that during the Mission, I don't have a way to really do work to find these ancestors, but I can learn about them. So I have been using the family tree app to learn about my ancestors. And I must say that I feel like I have more of a real relationship with these people now. I know some of there stories and have taken a real interest in it. It really is interesting to learn about who they were and to understand what kind of people I came from.

I learned an especially large amount about the man I was named after, Jay Payne. Who was my great uncle. It is amazing to read about the legacy that was left behind for me.

Anyway, so this is a little bit on what's going on in my life. Also, France just won the world cup for soccer. And man, France went crazy that day. We actually were told that we needed to be home by 5 because that's when the game started. And people in France tend to be a little crazier when things like this happen. France likes to get really loud and crazy when the world cup comes around.

But we were safe so no worries there. 

Well I love you all! I will see you in about 8 months! Have a good week!

Sincerely
Elder Payne 
France, Paris Mission



Monday, July 9, 2018

Learning to Use the Spirit More Effectively

Bonjour à tous!

Well this past week was interesting. We went to Paris for exchanges with the Zone Leaders. And that was good, nothing much to report there.

Something that is really cool that has been happening is our efforts in Blois. I had the idea while I was still with Elder Sebryk that I could try a new way of finding the people who are ready for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The idea is centered on using the spirit to the maximum. Every missionary knows that tracting door-to-door and contacting on the streets is incredibly inefficient. It's like looking for a needle in a haystack. We go out and walk around and talk to everyone in hopes that we will find that one person who is searching.

So what we do now is every morning, we try our best to feel the spirit during personal study. And then before we do any proselyting, we pray personally to make sure that we do indeed have the spirit with us. After that, we get together and pray as a companionship to know what to do. Then we go out and follow the spirit to the best of our ability. The idea is that we follow literally the challenge given in the scriptures.

Doctrine and Covenants 42:13-14
And they shall observe the covenants and church articles to do them, and these shall be their teachings, as they shall be directed by the Spirit. 
And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach.

And that is what we have decided to do as a companionship. And let me tell you, the fruit is good. I have seen miracle after miracle, day after day. And I feel like I have been the doing my best to improve. It's amazing and I see God's hand in my life every day. I am so blessed right now that it's not even funny. 

I feel that I have found the key to effective missionary work. And I wouldn't have found it if I had not gone through the trials that I did. 

So that has been amazing to watch. And that was the highlight of my week.

I love you all!

Sincerely
Elder Payne 
France, Paris Mission

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Baptism and a Flooded Font in Tours

Bonjour à tous!

Well this past week was a blast I'm gonna summarize it for you.

First we had zone conference and missed our train heading back because of some guy who wanted to argue with us about our religion

We stayed the night with the #ParisLilas Elders (not the first time).

We had a baptism on Wednesday in Tours to go to because the sisters there couldn't find enough priesthood holders to do it. So we were witnesses. So we took a train straight fro  Paris to tours.  We got there early to help set up the font. And we started the water and started filling it up, then we decided that it should take a while so we went upstairs and just left it running. Well, about 40 minutes later, we hear the door open downstairs (it's a 2 story building) and then we heard someone yelling. We went to check it out, and it was a member and the branch president who had shown up. But the entire area with the font was flooded! The font had flooded and now there was about 2 inches of water on the floor. I didn't know it could do that! Most fonts have some drains to help that not happen! Well this one wasn't like that. So we grabbed dustpans, buckets and literally anything that could pick up water and got to work. We ended up getting it to the point where it just looked like we had mopped recently in about 50 minutes. Everything went well and the girl getting baptised was definitely strengthened by the whole experience. She was so happy!!

Then we had an apartment inspection (that we rocked) on Friday.

We went to exchanges that night in Le Mans. (Sorry dad, I didn't get to go to the race track). Had a crazy awesome time there.

Then it was Sunday, we ate a five course meal at a members house and now here we are on Monday. For P-day my companion and I found a cave with a bunch of homeless people in it, after visiting with them spent the rest of the P-day playing basketball, frisbee, and ping pong (I've gotten pretty good at ping pong).

Well that's it, I've gotta play more ping pong.

Here are some pictures from last P-day and a helpless flightless bird I found in the street. (It was alive, but unable to walk or fly. I did what I could transferring it under a bush where it would be safe. Never did find out what happened to it.)

Sincerely
Elder Payne 










Wednesday, June 20, 2018

New Missionary Companion in Blois

Bonjour à tous,

Well, I have been getting kinda nonchalant about writing these weeklies. Sorry bout dat.

Anyway, my new companion is awesome! We have a great time together. We have bonded over Fhineas and Ferb! He is a big fan of the show just as much as I am! So we quote it pretty often. I am going to be fast here, because we want to play some ping pong. 

Our most promising ami is still doing great! We had a really good rendez-vous with him and a member this past week and we intend to have another one this week.

Tomorrow we go to Paris very early in the morning to eat breakfast as a zone and have zone conference. 

Friday we have an apartment inspection to make sure that everything is functioning properly. 

Today me and Elder Nilsson went on a walk in a big park nearby. It was beautiful and I really needed a good fulfilling p day. We had some ice cream and filmed a nature video of "The Wild Elder Payne" I will see what I can do about sending it. I discovered the French equivalent to poison ivy (that wasn't fun). We found a bird on the way home that was injured on the sidewalk. It wasn't dead, but it couldn't fly or walk. We don't know why, I suspect it was hit by a car. I moved it to a better spot. And because I'm a missionary, I can't keep pets. I would've loved to help it more. But I think I did what I could.

Well I don't have any more time. Talk to ya next week! 

Sincerely
Elder Payne 
France, Paris Mission



Monday, June 11, 2018

New Companion and Potential Baptism

Bonjour à tous,

Well this week was interesting for me. Elder Sebryk is now home. He was a sad to leave France but excited to see his family. My new companion is Elder Nilsson. He is a really good missionary and speaks French very well. 

Anyway, good news! I am getting the hang of this District Leader thing! It is a time consuming assignment. But, at long as I take the time the assignment needs, I'll be alright. I was supposed to make a video of a district meeting for the rest of the zone to share in their district meetings. It turned out awful. It looks like someone from the 80's took the video. Haha. I could make a new one but it took so much work and time that I'm just not willing to spend that kind of time. 

Also, our ami has accepted a date to be Baptised!!!!!!!! I'm so excited for him. He has been doing so good. I asked him why he comes to church all the time and he said it's because he feels very calm at church and that his worries seem to go away when he comes to church. He has the faith and now we just need to make sure that we provide all the support he needs. His baptismal date is set for late July. 

That's it for this week!  Anyway, talk to ya next week!

Sincerely
Elder Payne 
France, Paris Mission

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Staying in Blois and getting a new companion

Bonjour à tous,

I am staying in Blois. But, just like every other transfer, I'm rather anxious about this next one. I am getting a new companion named Elder Nilsson. I am also excited because I was called to be a District Leader! I can't wait for the new experiences that comes from being district leader. I am a very adaptable person and I can't wait to start serving my fellow missionaries! It's going to be an adventure!  

So we get to go to Paris on Wednesday to make the change! I think that Elder Sebryk is sad that he is leaving France but at the same time, he is way excited to see his family. 

On Saturday, we got his parting meal, which was some kebabs, but these were special kebabs. I will explain it later.

We got some good rain here last night. I've come to love the rain, it's so refreshing. 

Well, today is a really busy day, I better finish all these emails. I love you!

Sincerely
Elder Payne 
France, Paris Mission

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Birthday in Blois

Bonjour à tous,

This week was alright, nothing huge happened other than MY BIRTHDAYYYYYYYYYYYY!! It was fun! The night just before I ate until I couldn't at a members house. Then the next morning we went to the local market to get a pastry. Then we went to get kebabs for lunch. Then we had a rendez-vous that night with an ami we are working with. That went really well, he still has some pride in his heart but he is starting to change. So that is really cool. 

Yesterday we went to eat with a member and like 9 other members! We had a big meal all together and on the way their we got to ride in a convertible! It was an old fiat but riding through Blois in an old convertible fiat with a suit on made me feel like the classiest man alive! My hair didn't feel the same way but I don't care, it was still awesome.

I also got my birthday package! Some Hatch green Chile and other essentials! My parents also sent me a cool metal scorpion to build as I did ask specifically for something I could build with. Little old me, always fidgeting and tinkering with things. 

This week is the last week of the transfer! And my companion Elder Sebryk is going home next week, so I am guaranteed to get a new companion. Of course I'm excited but me and Elder Sebryk have had some really awesome times together and we get along so well that I am really sad to watch him go. Maybe I will see him in the future if I ever go to Canada. 

Anyway, that's all I got! I love you all! Here are some pictures!

Sincerely
Elder Payne 
France, Paris Mission

Elder Payne and the wonderful Hatch green chile



Scorpion puzzle for birthday.

Rain in Blois

Staying in Blois

Bonjour à tous, Well this past week was pretty great! And I am still seeing miracles every day! I am learning a lot of lessons (many of wh...