Hello to my wonderful family,
Well this past week has been one tough week. It has been tough for a variety of reasons. 1. One of our most progressing investigators moved suddenly on Saturday. It was Makayla, the little girl that was so close to baptism when I first got out here. She is moving somewhere like south Sacramento. That was such bad news because we were so close with her. 2. We have not been having very much success lately. We have been working so hard trying to find new people to teach, mainly because our investigator pool is dwindling. We have been trying multiple ways to move the work along in this area with little to no success. and 3. It has been absolutely blazing out here. I dont know if you have been checking the weather for this area but it has been just a little steamy. I think the past 4 or 5 days have been above 100 every day. It is supposed to continue like that later into this week too. As you can imagine with how much I sweat I have been just a little gross.haha I basically am just dripping all the time. One perk of being getting as sweaty as I do is that a few people take pity on me and give us water. We try our best to stay cool but it is hard when it is as hot as it is out here.
So i would tell you more about people we are teaching but like i said we dont have that many people to teach right now. That is why we are trying to find so much right now. We did have a few people that seemed a little bit interested that we tracted in to. Two of those people accepted pamphlets and the other jsut said we could come back. That was such a blessing to finally have somebody that didnt just slam the door in my face (which actually happens a lot more than I thought it would). Those couple of people that would actually talk to us was such a moral boost. It made things so much better and even made it seem a little less hot. I was so disheartened until then. With the week we had things just seemed like everything was against us, but finally a little glimmer of hope made things not seem so bad anymore. Other than that we are just basically working as hard as we can with the time that we have.
So it is good to hear that things are going pretty well for everyone back there. That was exciting to hear that Staci's baby is doing well. i feel bad that she still isnt feeling well. When does the sickness usually go away? Speaking of babies how is baby claire doing? i would love to see some pictures of her and baby jeter as well. I am really jealous that you all got to go to wicked. That must have been really fun to go see again. Oh yeah I got a letter from Derek and Tevan. They both sounded like they were doing really well. So I know that Tevan still has a little while but how much longer does Derek have. I think he might be leaving this week but I am not sure. With Whit when does she go back to down to school? I got a pretty hilarious letter from her only is sucks because my companion doesnt really get the inside jokes that me and her have. haha. Anyways I love you all and cant wait to hear back from you. I love you
Love Elder Payne