Wednesday, October 31, 2012

St. Pierre District

This is a great picture of Seth's District. The sisters in this picture are Tahitians, Sis. Soeurs Opeta and Sis. Vaietua. The other 2 Elders are Seth's MTC companion, Elder Miller,(over Seth's shoulder) and his trainer. Then, Seth in the middle right, with Elder Mariteragi in the front, left, center-ish. What a great lookin' bunch & a beautiful spot!

Bragging 'Mom moment' indulge me, Please

This is an email from Sis. Anna Adams. She and her husband are the mission President in the Madagascar, Antananarivo mission. This email was sent to Becky & her husband, they are serving in Madagascar mission too. Becky is a friend of our ward member, Carri Jenkins. Carri asked Becky to watch for Elder Seth Wynn serving from our ward there. She received this copy of an email, Sis. Adams had sent to Becky when she inquired if they had met Elder Wynn. (Wow! That's confusing! Sorry!) Anyway, here's a excerpt from that email: Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 4:12 AM > > It's the middle of the night for you and we are preparing for a very > long road trip early tomorrow morning so I will sent a short email and > call you next week after we return. I am dreading this long drive on > curvy roads, but it has to be. We met Elder Wynn about days ago when > we were touring the mission with the Cooks. He is serving on the > island of La Reunion, French speaking, and has been out a little less > than two months I believe. > He is a very impressive elder - a spiritual giant, (and tall, blond, > and handsome), and will goes places in this mission. The Cooks, Dave > and I felt his spiritual maturity right away. I can tell you more > when we chat. LOVE to hear stuff like this. Of course, I'm his Mom afterall.

PICTURES!!!We love getting pictures from Seth's mission!!

Here are a few pictures of Elder Twitchell's last days in St. Pierre. He was made a Zone Leader and transferred to St. Marie. We are grateful for the good start Seth had with Elder Twitchell! The last picture is a FROG, not Elder Twitchell...jk

Week 11: Making improvement...

Dear Family and Friends It will be Halloween in America this week. I have heard that it exists here, but haven't seen any evidence yet and had actually forgot about the holiday until today. As far as I have heard, most holidays here are celebrated by lighting mass amounts of firecrackers, in any case, we'll have to see if we end up experiencing any Halloween. If not, I won't be too hurt because Halloween isn't by any means my favorite holiday. I hear the Presidential race is close, I will be interested to know how that turns out. I don't think that I will be able to vote. Most people here know that there is an American Presidential Election going on, but there is not a lot of talk about it. La Réunion is suprisingly out of the loop of world news, or it could be that we're just missionaries. Elder Mariteragi and I had a pretty good week, there was a definite improvement between our first week together and the second. I see so much potential with every aspect of the work here, which means that there is always plenty to do, and plenty to hope and pray for. I am a little bit at a loss for words today, something that seems to happen often when I am supposed to have a lot to say. Let's see, we were able to eat lunch with Danni Ratsimanirimanana and her family yesterday, which was something that we have been trying to do for months. We decided to go over there on a whim to drop off a letter that one of the sisters that found Danni gave us to deliver, and ended up being invited for lunch. In hindsight, we were definitely subtly led to the opportunity by the Spirit. Maybe you've heard about Danni, she is our perpetual investigator. She knows that the Church is true, wants to be baptized, but doesn't want to do it without her husband. The Lunch ended up being a pleasant suprise and we were able to answer a lot of the questions that her husband has about the Church, as well as start to form a relationship with Danni's family. Her husband is intelligent, successful, personable, and Anglican. He really stood out as someone that, the Church in La Réunion needs, and that is still searching for truth in religion. I hope that we will be able to help him find it. I'll finish today with my testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ, our Savior exists on Earth today. The Lord loves us, and he wants the best for each of us. Best wishes to everyone during the upcoming week. Happy Halloween. Carpe Diem, Elder Wynn Mom, The two sister missionaries in my new district are both tahitian, but one of them is from French Guyanne. There names are Soeurs Opeta and Vaietua. I am sending you a letter today. Still looking forward to receiving the package you sent, and am happy to hear that you are sending a package for Christmas early. Don't forget Dash. Tell everyone that I love them. Don't be afraid to send pictures, even if you are running a bit behind. The one I sent this week is of what I have been eating for breakfast lately, however I did not eat all of those mangoes in one sitting. I love you lots! Elder Wynn

Week 10: 1st Week as a Trainer

Dear Family and Friends, I am happy to hear that everything is going well in the United States and in all of your lives. Life is going well here as well. This week was my first week as a senior companion and as a trainer on La Réunion. The first thing that I will say about that is that I don't feel qualified or experienced enough to be either right now, but I also think that that is how it is supposed to work, I don't question that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing right now. It is humbling, but so far it has been fun as well. There have been a lot of things that I have helped Elder Mariteragi with that I felt like I just barely learned how to do a week or so ago. A few things about being companions with Elder Mariteragi: I speak French all of the time, except during phonecalls with missionary leadership. Every time that I eat with my companion, I feel like I am watching someone train to be able to eat their weight in hot-dogs, and he also puts ketchup on near everything that he eats. He connects with the people very well, and it seems like everyone likes him right off the bat. Elder Mariterani is a great Elder and I think that he will really help the work and the people here in St. Pierre.
The work is moving forward, there aren't a whole ton of specifics to report this week, but I think that there will be soon. We were able to watch General Conference this week, however. It was great to see and to listen to our Prophet and Apostles. I don't think that I have ever felt the level of spiritual recharge from General Conference that I did this time. It was a great thing to see, and all of the talks were excellent, even in French. All of the footage of Salt Lake City throughout the Conference made me remember how blessed the people in Utah and what a wonderful place Salt Lake City is. I have received a fair amount of questions about what people here think of Mitt Romney. For the most part, they have heard of him, and that's about it. Every once and awhile someone tells us about some poll or some newsbit that they heard somewhere. The pictures this week are mostly from a hike that we did this morning in Pleine Des Palmistes as a district (districts got changed up a little bit with the last round of transfers). The first picture is a picture of Elder Mariteragi at, you guessed it, McDonald's. I don't remember the last time that I went to McDo's, but he insisted on going; it was a good time.
Gotta go, cafe is closing. The Church is true, I love you all. Carpe Diem, Elder Wynn

Monday, October 8, 2012

Week 9: I will be training a new Elder...Already?!

Dear Family and Friends Everything has been pretty busy here so I will get right to it. We planned on focusing less on less-active work this week and more on finding investigators. This went well, but we did however, end up seeing even more less-actives than we did last week. In addition to this, we found a new investigator. The day that we found her was one of those days when it just feels like the Spirit is doing the work for you. Before we found her, we had been visiting a less-active in the area and had planned to contact immediately afterwards. When we were done with the less-active, we started walking, neither of us sure exactly where we were going to start contacting. We came to an alley and decided to check it out without really putting any thought into it. We called at one out of the seven houses at the end of the alley (every house has a gate here, so you usually call rather than knock) and ended up teaching the Plan of Salvation to someone that just seemed to understand that what we were presenting was important, and also seemed to be really receptive to the Spirit. At the end of the lesson, my companion and I just marveled at how much we must have been led by the Spirit to find her. She is still really new, so I don't know how things are going to end up, but I wanted to share the experience. This week at church we had a few of the less-actives come back to church that we have been working with since I started in St. Pierre. One of them hasn't been to church in years, and she came with her 21 year old son who we have also been teaching. It was great to have them there, and I pray that they will continue to come and to improve their lives. Gelly Nativel came as well, which was big on her part because she left later in the afternoon on vacation to South Africa. She has been doing well and we have also had the opportunity to get to know her family on several occasions. Her family has become really important in my mind all of the sudden, and I really feel like we need to teach them the Gospel. I think that we will have to be smart about how we begin teaching, but I know that they need the Gospel. Gelly telling them that she is a member would probably help us out a lot as well. I also got some pretty big news this week. On Saturday Elder Twitchell and I got a telephone call from President Adams telling us that Elder Twitchell will be transferred to St. Marie this week to become one of the Zone Leaders and that I will be training a new elder starting this Saturday. This came as a suprise to me, and I feel really humbled by the upcoming responsibility. My mind has been pretty busy since I got the news. My new companion will be from Tahiti, so he is a native French speaker. I think that this could help my French tremendously, but also means that I will have to work hard. That shouldn't be a problem. I heard about the General Conference missionary news as well. It is very exciting to hear and I know that it will lead to there being many more missionaries in the world. I am happy to hear that things are going well in the United States and that all is well in your lives. I know that this Church is true and that Jesus Christ lives. I love you all very much. Carpe Diem, Elder Wynn

Monday, October 1, 2012

Week 7: A New Game Plan

Dear Family and Friends I am happy to hear that everything is going well in the U.S. and that everyone is excited for General Conference. We will see it here in a few weeks in French. This week Elder Twitchell and I did a little re-evaluating on our game plan. Up to this point we have been working almost exclusively with less actives here in St. Pierre because there is so much less active work to be done. While this was good and we have seen some success, we have decided to focus more on investigators while continuing to see the less-actives that are making progress and that desire to come back to church. We think that getting the members involved with new investigators and baptisms will really help to unify and to lift the branch. There is not too much big news to share this week, but things are looking up and it is great to be working hard for the Lord. This church is true. The French is coming along, but I feel like If i give you an update every week, I won't ever see any progress, so I will let you know later on. It was very good to hear about Caleb's baptism, and I have never seen anyone look that good in a suit. I am so proud of him. What a blessing it is to be raised in the Church. Best wishes to everyone this week. I love you all very much. Carpe Diem, Elder Wynn