Monday, January 28, 2013

Week 23: Answers to prayers...

Dear Family and Friends, Thank you for all of your love and support. It was great to sit down at the computer today and see that I had a lot to read, it was very happy to hear from all of you. Thank you very much. I especially enjoyed the communal email from Sunday family dinner. That being said, I have fifteen minutes before the cyber café closes and they usually close five minutes early. Excuse me in advance for the short letter. We are awaiting the visit of President Adams this week-end, and will be blessed to have a zone conference with him on Saturday. The members of St. Pierre are anxiously anticipating his attendance in our branch on Sunday; due to the distance between St. Denis and St. Pierre, the mission president isn't in St. Pierre very often. I would like to share a short experience that happened to us last Monday evening. Since before Christmas, we have been unable to see a 17-year-old investigator named Damien because he moved and broke his cell-phone at the same time. During this time, we'd been prayed often to be able to find him and start teaching him again, and had even done door-to-door contacting in the area where we'd heard he lives. No success. However, while loading our groceries into the car on Monday, we met his mother and were able to get his contact information and address. The experience was a blatant response to our prayers. I apologize for the condensed version of the story. CyberBase is closing, five minutes early as usual. I love you all and wish you all the best with all that you will do this week. God is Great, Carpe Diem. Elder Wynn

Monday, January 21, 2013

Week 22: Pictures of our hike, good news...

Family and Friends From what I've read in your emails, I left Utah the year that it became Canada. I hope that everyone is surviving the cold weather. La Réunion is still hot. This week went well. We are, however, in great need of new ideas for finding and teaching people. Scheduling is difficult for a large portion of our teaching pool. For many people, scheduling more than one visit in a week with the missionaries seems like over-kill, which makes for a lot of time between teaching appointments. I've received several questions about whether or not we are doing service. This week we did nine hours of service for less-active and part-member families, which was about twice as much as we usually do. We ask everyone we meet if we can serve them in some way, but I have not seen a non-member accept service since I arrived, with the one exception being the man that comes to our Wednesday English class each week. Perhaps you remember me mentioning an investigator named Gerville during my first few weeks on the Island. Shortly after my arrival, he accepted the invitation to be baptized, and then dropped us and told us to call him after the sugar-cane harvest ended. We tracked him down this week. We ended up finding him at his house after several failed attempts at calling his discontinued previous phone number. He told us that he's continued to read the Book of Mormon over the last four months and that he's willing to start meeting with us again. The first lesson that I taught as a missionary was with Gerville. We're optimistic about his future. I included a handfull of photos from the last few weeks with today's email. I hope you enjoy them. I would like to thank everyone for all of your support and for the emails that you've sent to which I have not responded. I love you all and hope that you are doing your best and that you are happy. Carpe Diem. Elder Wynn
Elder Wynn & his companion are 'Outstanding in their field'
Cascade Chauldron, St. Denis, La Reunion
Sooo tempting for a swimmer...

Monday, January 7, 2013

Week 20: Back to work after the holiday slow-down!

Dear Family and Friends, Happy New Year. I hope that all is well in every one of your lives. Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of time for emails today; I will do my best. This week was a bit difficult because of New Year's Day, and because of a storm warning that kept us in our appartment for an extra day. We are hoping to be able to start seeing investigators again this week. There are multiple investigators that we haven't seen in weeks because of their holiday unavailability. There's not a whole lot to report this week. Elder Mariteragi and I were able to have a really good weekly planning session and companionship inventory, during which we discussed and planned several new ideas to remotivate our companionship and to stimulate the work. We'll see how it goes. Elder Mariteragi is officially trained. He passed his twelve week on Friday. I love you all, I'll write more next week! Carpe Diem, Elder Wynn

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Dear Family and Friends Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I feel as though it's been long since I last wrote an email. I hope that everyone's Christmas was wonderful and that your New Year starts on a good note. We will be spending New Year's Eve with a member family, until 9:30, when we will go home and sleep. That being said, I will be up and moving on January the first before the New Year starts in America. As expected, missionary work is challenging during the holidays. We do our best considering the circumstances. We tried to focus on member and less-active work more than usual this week in order to be as effective as possible. We were placed in a few situations this week that reminded us that Heavenly Father is in charge. I don't think that missionaries often run into people by coincidence. I'm at a major loss for words today, and the free internet café was closed today, so we're paying to share a computer lounge with a group of adolescent french video-gamers. I'll do my best to write more next week. I love you all, Carpe Diem, Elder Wynn