Sunday, March 21, 2010

March 21, 2010

The past few days have been good ones for Derek (and consequently, our family). He has been feeling well. He attended Church today and enjoyed visiting with ward members and friends. Our ward Relief Society made him a beautiful quilt with personal messages of love and encouragement penned on each block. Derek was surprised and humbled by this act of love. He enjoyed reading the messages, and now it occupies a prominent place on his bed. Thank you, Cedar Meadows Ward!
Thanks, also, to those who have sent messages in the form of letters, cards, phone calls, and other means. You have no idea what a great boost they are for Derek's emotional and spiritual well being.
During these past few days of Spring Break, he has been able to get out and join some of his college age friends, a welcome break from us, I'm sure.
We are grateful for these "good" days. But even through the bad days, we have been blessed with a continual feeling of peace and yes, even happiness.
Tomorrow Dave and Derek will drive back to Primary's for the next chemo treatment (the week long one). They will also meet with the doctors to discuss his upcoming surgery to remove the tumor. This surgery will take place mid April.

"No pain that we suffer, nor trial that we experience is wasted."
--March 2010 Ensign


  1. Wanted to stop by and tell you Derek that we're thinking about you and praying for you. We're so happy that you were able to get out and do a few things. LOVE YOU!

  2. Our son, Elder Brian Payne, will return home from his mission is Phoenix,AZ on April 20th. He is truly a direct result of David's mission in Alabama over 30 years ago. Because of David's strong testimony of the Gospel,your family will be forever in our prayers. We will are especially thankful for David's influence in our lives and will surely continue to pray for Derek as he goes through his treatments. Even in adversity we can find comfort in our Heavenly Father's love and care. He is there for us even when we feel alone and so very weak in our understanding of his eternal plan for our lives.
    Much love and prayers,
    Sandi Payne, NC