Sunday, November 2, 2014

Welcome Home Elder Wynn!!!!! ANOTHER BEST DAY EVER!!!!!!

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

Week 2 on Mauritius

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

Gone Fishing.....last days on La Reunion

I wanted to put these pics in from Elder Wynn's fishing trip on La Reunion.
Today, for my last P-day on La Réunion, we spent the day at the Chion-Hock family's with Matthieu, St Denis' priest-age young man. We fished in the morning, grilled up the fish to go with our lunch, and then did a little hiking on their land in the afternoon. What a perfect last Monday in La Réunion! The down side about my fishing efforts was that none of the fish I caught were big enough to keep. The upside was that my companion and Matthieu caught seven between the two of them.

TRANSFER: Island hop to Mauritius...."I feel like I moved to India".

This is Elder Wynn's new area for the next month. Go to Google images, Mauritius, for more pics of this island.
I safely made it to Mauritius! It turns out Mauritius isn't really like La Réunion at all, so I have lots of learning and adjusting to do, but Elder Choi and I are having a blast so far and the work is going pretty well. I think I will start by listing facts and answers to your questions about Mauritius and my leaving La Réunion, rather than trying to fit all of my thoughts into paragraphs, which would take too long. My companion is Elder Choi, you are all familiar with Elder Choi. He's from Korea. Elder Zimmerman's companion on La Réunion, and the new Zone Leader is Elder Wiberg. The senior couple here is Elder and Sister Conrad, they're a great couple and we had the opportunity to teach with them twice this week, which was a lot of fun. Sister Conrad also made us lunch one day, and since Mauritians don't eat a lot of beef, because of their religion, it's as cheap as chicken and we had filet mignon. We drive on the British side of the road. I'm still adjusting. Driving itself is not too hard, but my brain switched directions, so when Elder Choi tells me to turn left, I often turn right. I also feel like I'm driving in India, because the roads are small. There are two branches and one group over here. During my stay, I will attend the Flacq group once, the Phoenix branch twice, and the Rose Hill branch once. We attended Flacq this last weekend. There were 21 people in assistance, 4 investigators, and most of church was in Mauritian Créole. The créole here is completely different. I understand pretty well, but I have a real hard time responding for now. The people also speak a lot more créole than the people do in La Réunion. In La Réunion, most people speak good French, some people and areas not as well as others, but just about everyone understands French well. La Réunion's créole is also much closer to actual French than most other Créoles. Here in Mauritius, créole is definitely their first language, and then most people speak understandable French and English, but we try to speak Créole as much as we can with the Mauritians. It's been really cool to come over and see Elder Choi speaking another language that he didn't speak four months ago. Here's a few comparisons of Créole Réunionais and Créole Mauricien: R: Komo i lé? M: Ki manière? E: How are you? R: Mi sa va légliz M: Mo pé all légliz E: I'm going to church R: Oussa mi guiyn trouve un boutik? M: Kotsa mo kapav trouvé ène tobagie? E: Where can I find a store? There are little stores on most corners called tobagies, and among the people we taught this week were people named Pooja, Deepa, and Divya. I feel like I moved to India. Anyway, I'm having a lot of fun and am learning new things. The members I have met so far have been very nice, it's a little sad to think that my stay here will be so short. Living conditions are good, we live in a house and have a guava tree in our yard. We don't, however, drink the water without filtering it first. I didn't get sick, but I did drink the water at the Phoenix chapel my first day here and my throat burned for a while afterward. It is weird, and a little unreal, to not be in La Réunion, and I do miss it already, luckily, I'll get to go back one more time before I really say goodbye. I love you all and hope you have a great week! Elder Wynn

Happy Easter

District Easter Dinner
Dear Family, This has been a good week, and we especially had a good weekend. We have been BUSY with getting transfers ready and preparing several visas for missionaries who will be leaving La Réunion in the future. We announced transfers last night and most people will be moving or getting new companions Wednesday. My plane will take off at 7 am on Wednesday morning for Mauritius. Leaving La Réunion is a scary thought in some ways, but I'm excited for the new opportunities in Mauritius. We had a really great East dinner with our district at the Madsen's last night, and I had a lot of fun. Every once in a while, it feels great to go somewhere that feels like a family dinner at Grandma's house to eat some food prepared by an american mom. Dinner was great, I'll send you a picture. Today, for my last P-day on La Réunion, we spent the day at the Chion-Hock family's with Matthieu, St Denis' priest-age young man. We fished in the morning, grilled up the fish to go with our lunch, and then did a little hiking on their land in the afternoon. What a perfect last Monday in La Réunion! The down side about my fishing efforts was that none of the fish I caught were big enough to keep. The upside was that my companion and Matthieu caught seven between the two of them. Everything was closed today because it's the day after Easter, so we weren't able to do our shopping or a number of the other things we generally do on P-day to prepare ourselves for the week. We'll have to squeeze those things into our busy schedule tomorrow. The apartment and the car did, however, get cleaned today. I'm looking forward to working over in Mauritius, and I know that the opportunity will definitely push me during the weeks that I am there. I found out last night that Mauritius watched General Conference already, we haven't watched it yet in La Réunion, so I'm not sure how I am going to see conference. I'll figure something out though. I did, however, see the Church's Because of Him video and was very impressed. I had better go, I love you all and am so greatful for all that the Savior did and does for us. It is because of Him that we can be together forever, that we can overcome our weaknesses, and look forward to a bright future after this life. I love Him. And I love all of you. Have a great week! CD, Elder Wynn

Dear Family...

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