Tuesday, December 25, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS! from St. Pierre, La Reunion

Enjoyed a wonderful visit from across the world with Seth on Christmas Eve! I love technology! We love this boy! It was fun to hear him speaking French and to meet his companion Elder Mariteragi from Tahiti. BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Week 17

Dear Family and Friends It's already the tenth of December. I hope that everyone's Christmas season is going well. In La RĂ©union it's around 100 degrees Farenheit, 100 percent humidity, and yet it refuses to rain most days in St. Pierre. The fact that we have a car, and a car with air-conditioning, is an enormous blessing. I don't have a lot of news to share today, but the week was well spent. We met with Mr. Vincent Defaud for our second visit and all went well. He attended an LDS church twice in Paris while on vacation, and, other than expecting the ward choir to be more like the Tabernacle, had only good things to say about his experience. The two lessons with Mr. Defaud have both gone fairly slow as far as information covered, but are productive nonetheless. This week, Vincent exhibited more desire to know that the Church is true and mentioned that if he finds the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to be the truth, he would be interested to know where the path could take him. The obvious answer is the Celestial Kingdom. We'll be discussing the Plan of Salvation in the future. We received authorization this week to use Skype for our Christmas phonecalls, so, if all goes well, I'll see you at Christmas. I'll include details in next week's email. Mom, regarding your question about the pronunciation of the phrase 'Carpe Diem,' car-pay dee-um would be my best guess, however carpe diem is a latin phrase, so I'm no expert. 'Saisissez le jour' is carpe diem in french; we can talk about pronunciation at Christmas. The email will be a little on the short side this week, I hope to be able to write more in the future. If there's anyone left to receive mission calls or wedding rings, let me know when it happens. Congratulations all around. I hope that all is well in everyone's lives and that you are all moving forward and progressing. I love you all with my heart. Carpe Diem. Elder Wynn

Monday, December 3, 2012

Week 16: Zone Conference

Family and Friends, I'm happy to hear that everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. As I mentioned in my most recent email, we celebrated Thanksgiving together as a zone last P-day in St. Denis. The food was delicious, because we're blessed with a authentic Utah grandma, Sister Heap, and the evening was great. Tuesday we had splits, so Monday night I stayed in Port and Elder Milot (DL) went with Elder Mariteragi to St. Pierre. Splits gave me the opportunity to work with Elder Miller on Tuesday, one of my MTC companions. Working with him again was fun, and it was a good change of pace. The split was actually the first time I've worked a day out of St. Pierre. We have a few great investigators that are progressing; I think that I've mentioned all of their names in the past (Hery Ratsimanirimanana, Vincent Defaud, Damien). Vincent Defaud has been in France for the last few weeks, so we haven't seen him since our first visit. We called him last week and set up an appointment for this upcoming Wednesday. He informed us that he attended an LDS ward in France two times during his trip. Hery is Danny's husband and one of my favorite people on this island. Our lessons go pretty slow with him as far as covering material, the man's questions are out of this world, but the Spirit has accompanied us in all of his lessons thus far, which is good, because we'd be lost without it. Damien is doing well, but unfortunately we weren't able to see him this last week. I think that's all for this week. We're looking forward to a relatively relaxing P-day today and to a new week ahead of us. I threw in a picture of our zone at the last conference, Sisters Miles and Hartley (the white girls with their hair down) go home tomorrow. We currently don't have any news about incoming Elders or Sisters. There's also no set transfer schedule here, but I expect there will be some changes in the upcoming months. The Church is true and God loves you, so tell your friends, and then call the missionaries. Life's a gift, so seize it. I love you. Carpe Diem, Elder Wynn