Week 6

Emily got her iPad this week, so we finally got a few pictures.  One picture is the view from the little house/apartment where she lives.


Hi everyone,
It has been a great week! I am learning so much. I am in such a great area, the members and investigators are great!
This week we had the opportunity to go volunteer at the church welfare farm (aka the pear farm) we were raking limbs. It was a great chance to go and help those in need. All of the pears are canned and go to the bishop storehouses all over. The farm is huge and we were there for four hours and there was still a lot to do.
We also had interviews with President Russell on Wednesday. For the most part they were uneventful and went really well. The only thing that happened was Sister Russell found out about our apartment. She was not happy to find out about the unclean water. Apparently no one knew about that. We had to call the mission office about that so we will see what happens.
We had a few lessons this week but none that really stood out. They were all really great and all of our investigators are progressing! It is great to watch them learn and grow so much in such a short time.
I would love to hear from everyone and I hope everyone is doing well!
Sister Payne

Week 5

Hi Everyone,
Thank you to everyone for all of your love and support. I am doing great and learning more everyday. Oregon is amazing and I love all of the rain! My companion is Sister Schrecengost, it’s German.  She is great and we work well together. This Wednesday we have interviews with the mission president. We are serving in the Central Point 2nd ward and we love all of the members! They are willing to come out to lessons with us and we have a dinner most nights!
Our apartment that we live in is connected to a member’s home, Sister Richardson. It is really little and old. It is a little bit funny because most of the light switches are in different rooms or in the most random place (the one in the bathroom is in the cupboard). It is not the greatest place to live but I really don’t mind, besides it has a great view. It sits up on the hill a little bit so we can see all of the valley and on a clear day we can see the volcano that is on the other side of the valley. Also if you look hard enough you can see the Angel Moroni on the Medford temple. There is a little swampy area right in front of our apartment so every night you can hear the frogs… and there are a lot of frogs.
On Thursdays we go and volunteer at a soup kitchen that is here in Central Point. We go and serve food to the homeless for a few hours every week and that has helped me to appreciate everything that I have. It has helped me to realize that even though we might not have everything we want we are still blessed more than we realize.
Our investigators are doing well. One is named Chris and he agreed to be baptized by 2017, we would really like him to move it up but that will just take time. I know that he has a desire to be baptized and will get baptized; it just might take him some time to break some old habits. His wife is a member and she served a mission so he has support from her which is really great and helps a lot. We also have a new investigator named Laverne, I think she is in her 80’s or 90’s. She is the sweetest lady and has a lot of faith, she has been a member of her church for 70 years. Her husband has been having some health issues so it is hard to set up appointments with them.
I hope that everyone is doing well! I would love to hear from everyone!
Sister Payne

Week 4

President and Sister Russell have updated the Oregon Eugene Mission blog.  There are pictures of Emily and other missionaries who arrived in Oregon with her.  You can find the link here:  http://oemrussell.blogspot.com/2016/03/welcome-to-greatest-mission-on-earth.html


Hi Everyone,

I am loving it here in Oregon!  We invited one of our investigators to be baptized this week and she accepted!!!  She said she wanted to wait until June to be baptized because that was when her husband passed away.  I hope that she will be willing to change the date and move it forward.  We have had a lot of appointments that have fallen through, but the ones that we have were great!  The ward here is amazing; we are serving in the Central Point 2nd Ward.  The members are so friendly and willing to help us.  My companion’s birthday was on Tuesday, so we had a lot of people from the mission calling us to sing happy birthday.

The “apartment” that we live in is attached to a member’s house.  It is super small and old.  We can’t even drink the water because it is not clean, so we have to fill up jugs of water at the church.  But it has an amazing view of the valley!

I am doing great and would love to hear from everyone.

Sister Payne


Week 3

This week we received a telephone call from Sister Russell.  She is the wife of President Russell, mission president of the Oregon Eugene Mission.  Emily will be serving in the Medford area (the same area where Darrell served for the final area of his mission).  Her companion is Sister Schrecengost.


Hi everyone

I am doing great, loving Oregon! There were 12 new missionaries that came to Oregon this week. I am in the Central Point (Medford) area. My first night in Oregon we went out with the other missionaries there, I got sent with the Chinese sisters, luckily they didn’t speak Chinese the entire time! We stayed in the mission home the first night and we were assigned our companions and our areas the second day. We went to a baptism the second night in Central Point, he is from a part member family.
I am loving the area and the people I hope everyone else is doing great and I would love to hear from everyone!
Sister Payne


We also received a text message from a member in Emily’s area.  She had dinner with the family, and they sent us a picture.  We are so grateful for members who help care for our missionary while she is away!


Week 2

We get to email today!!!!!! Most of our district leaves tomorrow so we get some time to email today. I am so excited to get out to Oregon. I love my district and we have all come really close over the last two weeks. We have to be at the travel office at 6 on Wednesday morning and I believe that out flight leaves at 11ish so I will be calling sometime Wednesday morning. I can’t wait to talk to you!

Sister Payne
Emily called from the airport on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.  It was so good to hear how happy she is, and how anxious she is to serve the people in Oregon!

Week 1

Hey Mom,

I LOVE IT HERE!!!!!!! Remember how I was joking about having my P-day on Wednesday, well it is on Wednesday! I think I deserve having to wait an entire week to email everyone! I love my companion her name is Sister Crapo, she is from Jacksonville, Florida. She will be serving in the Salt Lake City South mission. We have a lot in common. I have learned so much this past week. I want you to know that I love you all but I don’t want to see you for the next 18 months. I love the spirit that is here at the MTC, it is amazing! Last night Elder Rasband and his wife came and spoke. The meeting was being broadcast to all of the MTC’s all over the world. He talked about how calls are made and how inspired they are. I will  be leaving early next Wednesday. I am not sure if you still need my mission PIN but if you do it is in the front of the little missionary booklet that has a picture of someone being baptized. I don’t even know how to begin to tell you how much I am loving it here! On Sunday we watched a talk by Elder Bednar, it was called the character of Christ. It was a talk given at the MTC so the only time you can see it is in the MTC, it was amazing and I hope that I can develop some of the characteristics that he mentioned in the talk. We went to the temple this morning and it was great. I love all of my district, there are four elders and six sisters including me and my companion. Today we get sixteen new missionaries, I am so excited to see them come and see how much they learn in the next week. I also can’t wait to get out to Oregon. I need to get to the rest of my emails soon.
Sister Payne

I love it here! I love learning and I love my companion. I love you all and I love hearing from you and getting all the packages! Tell all of the boys that I love them so much! Tell Jacob congratulations on his track meet! Tell Jacob and Jonathan that they will love to learn to love laundry when they become a missionary, that means you get to read and write emails. We are actually sitting in the laundry room right now! I love all of the little letters from you guys! I love you all and hope you are doing great! I have to go now but just know that I am doing great and love you all!!!!!
Sister Payne

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