Monday, February 25, 2013

8 Month Mark reached, but who's counting??? Just those of us here at HOME!

February, 20th marks 8 months in the missionfield for Seth. He has been on La Reunion for 6 months!! Carpe Diem Elder Wynn!(Carpe Diem is the Latin phrase, "SEIZE the DAY") Post created by Brooks Wynn

Week 26: Creole pizza & missionaries

Dear Family and Friends, I do not have very much to write today, but the week was well enough spent. I read that it snowed again in Utah--have I mentioned that there aren't seasons here? The highlight of my week was a lesson that we had with Gerville on Friday. We took our ward missionary, Dédé, and three Creole pizzas. We spent most of the time before eating discussing the current challenges that have entered Gerville's life since he decided to progress and move forward toward the Church and to baptism. With every good decision that I have seen people make on this island, there has been, without fail, opposition. While this can be frustrating at times, it is another testimony to me of the truthfulness of this Gospel and of what we are doing out here. The lesson went well, and the pizza was well-received. I need to get some pictures with Gerville. As soon as I do, I will include one in my email. Thank you, once again, for all of your love and support. I wish you all the best this week. CD, Elder Wynn

Monday, February 18, 2013

Week 25: New Branch President...

Dear Family and Friends I hope you're all doing well. Our week here in St. Pierre went pretty well. We were able to have good visits and lessons with three of our progressing investigators, and we have high hopes for their futures. A new branch president was called in our branch. The former branch president, Brother Argien, was called to serve as the first counselor in the new district presidency. The new branch president is the former natural bodybuilder and Mr. La Réunion, Brother Imare. He's been a member of the Church here since 1990. Yesterday in sacrament meeting each member of the new branch presidency was given the opportunity to bear his testimony, and I was especially touched by the testimony of Brother Imare. He stood behind the microphone with tears in his eyes, the size of his upper-arms and shoulders visible through his suit-coat, and said, "I feel very, very small" and then went on to bear his heart-felt testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. Despite his large stature, he is a very humble man, and as far as I know, he loves everyone. He'll do a great job. This week was Valentine's Day. We were invited to the branch Valentine's dinner party, which was to be held in the chapel/cultural hall, and decided to go because we had invited several less-actives and investigators to attend. I went expecting romantic French love-songs and a somewhat quiet environment--it turned out to be more like a Ryan Seacrest's American top 40 dance party. After months of straight Tab. Choir and EFY, it was pretty shocking. Fortunately for everyone except me, I was the only one that understood what any of those songs actually mean. My companion and I probably felt more out of place than we've ever felt during our missions, but we were happy to see that it was a good night for the members of the branch. Needless to say, we didn't hang around very long after the food was served. The wind returned to St. Pierre this week, which was a blessing. Wind is what made St. Pierre so agreeable when I first arrived. Other than what I've already mentioned, the week was pretty low-key. I would like to thank everyone who has sent me emails recently, or in the past. Your support is much appreciated. I apologize for not responding to several of the emails that I have received. Other than that, I hope the best for all of you this week, know that God loves you, and that his kingdom exists on Earth today. CD, Elder Wynn

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Week 24: Cyclone Felleng hits Reunion...

Dear Family and Friends, I hope that the lack of an email yesterday wasn't too suspenseful. Last weekend we had a rainstorm that moved President Adam's visit back a few days and moved our Zone Conference with him to yesterday. The rainstorm (hurricanes are called cyclones in the Indian Ocean. Cyclone Felleng hit about 200 miles off the coast of Reunion, and Seth refers to it as the rainstorm) also wiped out the newly repaired Sainte Etienne river crossing in St. Louis, which means that we'll be in traffic for a lot of this week. The river crossing was wiped out earlier this year during the first week of January. The reparations took three weeks, making the trip between St. Pierre and any other area on the island a two-hour trip minimum. We heard that the finished product cost 500,000 euros. The latest rainstorm destroyed the reparations, which lasted a total of ten days, and we're in for another three weeks of driving very slow. Nevertheless, the week went well, the Zone Conference was great, and we're doing just fine. The week was not very eventful, but we did have a good lesson with Gerville, and are planning on visiting him again with our ward missionary, Dédé, this evening. Gervillle lives alone and is very lonely, and has mentioned that he is interested in making more friends. We visited Vincent Defaud this week as well, and that went fairly well. He finished reading Our Heritage, but has still not gotten into the Book of Mormon. He is very busy with his new job, in St. Denis, which will take up more of his time with the road work going on. Despite the difficulties, we are very optimistic with him and are hoping to be able to meet with him much more often than we have been able to in the past. Zone Conference. Yesterday's zone conference with President Adam's went very well. He taught a series of lessons that were interconnected by the Book of Mormon, the Abrahamic Covenant, and changing the work on La Réunion. I felt the Spirit very strongly and was very educated and uplifted by the conference. I love President Adam's, and have never had anything but good experiences with his visits. I know that he was called by God to lead and preside over the missionary work here in the Indian Ocean. The Church is true. Carpe Diem, Elder Wynn