Sunday, November 2, 2014
Elder Seth Michael Wynn returned on May 21st, 2014 to a very happy Welcoming party. "Well done thou good & faithful servant!" We Love You!
Monday, May 5, 2014
Well, I've had another good week here in Mauritius, life is good. Time is starting to get a little bit weird--sometimes it feels like I've got years of mission ahead of me and only minutes of mission behind me, but I'm doing great and Mauritius is treating me well. We have a lot more teaching opportunities over here, which has been a lot of fun. It's great to see investigators on their way to being baptized in the not-too-distant future. The Créole is definitely different, and I often slip into French when I'm having a hard time expressing myself in Mauritian. Let's see, I spent a lot of time with the Phoenix branch this week, and I am starting to feel like I know some members here, which is really nice. We went with the Phoenix branch on Thursday for a branch activity in the mountains, and two of our new Nigerian investigators came with the branch. Thursday was Labor Day. These two Nigerians were first drawn to our church because there are a lot of English-speakers in the Phoenix congregation, and they don't speak any French of Créole. They'll be living in Mauritius for the next three years, while they complete their studies, and apparently there are several hundred of them that are here, which could turn out to be a big blessing because they seem really receptive. The Phoenix branch also did an open house for the government this week, to try to improve the government's opinion of the church. The open house was on Saturday and we spent most of our morning and afternoon setting up and waiting for people to arrive, unfortunately, no one in the government showed up. The bright side is that I got to know the members a lot better and there was one person that did show up, a friend of the branch president's wife, and apparently there is some future potential there. Attending the Phoenix branch is a really interesting experience. About half of the branch is made up of non-French-speaking South Africans, whose English sounds like something off of an adventure movie, and I can't help but smile when I hear them talk. The other half of the branch is Créole, but almost all of them speak English. Sacrament meeting was conducted in English, but we sang in French, and about half the testimonies were in French. There's also a family from Utah in the branch. Brother Steele, from Orem, is here with his wife and youngest son on Sabbatical at University of Mauritius. He is a professor at BYU. They invited us over earlier this week, and I couldn't get over how Utahn they are! I didn't realize how different people from Utah are until I left Utah, but eating dinner with them was like going home. Sister Steele called herself a 'ding-dong' when she forgot to take the banana bread out of the pan. By the way, I've learned on my mission that we use a lot of phrases and words in Utah that English-speakers from out of Utah don't understand. 'Ding-dong' is one of them. I think that's about all I have to say for this week! I've been taking pictures, and I think you'll really like some of them, but I think I will wait a few weeks to show them to you, uploading pictures isn't this computer's forte. I hope you all have a great week! Keep up all the good that each of you does. Also, send my congratulations to Matt, Jamie, and Kinley Glenn. CD, EW
Monday, April 28, 2014
I wanted to put these pics in from Elder Wynn's fishing trip on La Reunion.
This is Elder Wynn's new area for the next month. Go to Google images, Mauritius, for more pics of this island.
District Easter Dinner
It sounds like a pretty huge week back at home! I look forward to hearing more about it all in the weeks and months to come. Mom, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Camille, welcome home. And congratulations to Jesse and Sarah. I'm looking forward to all the weddings this summer. I'm not exactly sure what else to say, but I'm glad that the Lord is blessing my family and friends and that so many people are so happy. We had a pretty good week here in the Indian Ocean. Every Thursday, the missionaries in St Denis do a free English class at the church. The last several weeks, due to increased advertising, have produced lots of new English students and this past Thursday there were nine non-members and five members that came to English class. It's getting so big that we spent about an hour after this week's class going over improving our organization and class technique with the sisters so that we will be able to respond to increasing numbers at English class. I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned English class in my emails, but I have taught a weekly English class in three out of four of my areas. The classes are better attended in some areas than others; St Denis' class is by far the biggest. At the beginning of my mission, it didn't take long for me to learn to love teaching English, and it is one of the highlights that I look forward to every week. Teaching French-speakers has also helped me a lot with my French. We also had a really fun branch activity for the commemoration of the restoration of the church. The branch dinner brought out almost all of the active members, one or two less-actives, and there were even two non-members that came with member friends. One of the dishes served was a Civet de Canard, which is one of my favorite plates here in La Réunion. Our young men's president killed three ducks for the occasion, and I ate one of the duck feet (I have now eaten pig, chicken, and duck feet.) This upcoming week should be pretty busy, which is always a positive thing. I know that Heavenly Father hears our prayers, and that He and His son heard and answered the prayer of Joseph Smith. I know that They restored the Church of Jesus Christ through Joseph Smith, that this church is the church that we belong to. I love you all, and wish you all the best this week! Carpe Diem. Love, Elder Wynn