Monday, March 25, 2013

Week 29: New Area-St. Andre

Dear Family and Friends, From what I hear, the weather in the USA is warming up and you are all doing well. I need to stop starting my emails by talking about the weather. My first week in St. André went well. I have never been transferred, so the feeling of change and separation was something that I had not experienced before. It was not easy to leave St. Pierre and many of the people that I love there, but the change was needed and appreciated. I replaced Elder Bedwell's former companion, Elder Fennell, who finished his mission and went home to Arizona on Wednesday. I don't have a lot to say about the new area yet, because I am still in the process of meeting new people and members and getting used to the eastern side of the island. I can, however, tell you few things about my companion. Elder Bedwell is from Georgia, but his family has since moved to Denver, Colorado. He has been on his mission for twenty months. He served the first six months of his mission in Le Port, here on La Réunion, before being transferred to Madagascar, where he served for ten months. He served in several areas over there and speaks Malagasy well. There are a fair amount of malagasies on La Réunion, who always get a kick out of his ability to speak Malagasy. So far the companionship is going great, I am excited to work with someone with his level of varied experience. That's about all I have for this week, I will send a few pictures from my last days in St. Pierre. I know that the Church is true, whether that be in a ward, a branch, or a group. God loves each of us, and he hopes every day that we will make the decisions that will lead us and our families to live with him one day. Best wishes to everyone this week, be the best that you can be, and know that Christ lives. I'll wish you a happy Easter next week. Elder Wynn Seth replaced Elder Fennell in St. Andre. He is returning home to Arizona. Elder Wynn & Elder M. 5 months in St. Pierre together!

Monday, March 18, 2013

More Pics!!!

These pictures probably need a little explanation. Hooray! for Fried Chicken. The Elders, Sisters & Sr. couple found a restaurant that serves Fried chicken, fries & Coke!! The whole Zone ate lunch here one day. Apparently, flowers are all in bloom in the WINTER on La Reunion. So soon, the hills and roadsides will be blooming in bright pinks, reds and yellows. This is an interesting picture, but so true in life...Sometimes the beautiful things or times in our lives have some thorns mixed in. A neat analogy, I thought. Here the hungry Elders are waiting in line for some fried chicken at the restaurant previously pictured! After Fried Chicken, Elder Heap, the Sr. couple Elder, knew of a milkshake shop that makes milkshakes with American ice cream. It was a bit of a walk, but they all wanted milkshakes. So they walked in the hot weather, only to find when they arrived, that the store was closed. You can see the disappointment on the missionaries faces. That's Seth in the corner with his back to us, head up against the door. After finding out that the owners were there through a window, the Elders asked if they wouldn't please open for them. The owners told them they would be open in 30 minutes. At first, none of the missionaries wanted to wait, but their stomachs and tastebuds won the battle, and they decided to wait... Here are the HAPPY missionaries enjoying their much anticipated, milkshakes! They look like a Happy, satisfied group!

Week 28: First Transfer-St. Andre

Dear Family and Friends, I am not exactly sure where to start this week, so I will apologize in advance for the disorganization of this email. This week was good. I felt that having and finding productive and effective things to do came easier this week than it has been coming over the last few months. St. Pierre is especially being blessed right now when it comes to less-active work. We had one of my favorite people in St. Pierre, Anaelle, at Church this week for the second week in a row. She also attended a branch family-night activity last Monday. Yesterday was probably the best Sunday of my mission. The branch was blessed with the attendance of the district presidency, as well as President Adams. The district presidency spoke in sacrament meeting, and President Adams taught during the third hour of Church. All members of the branch were invited to attend President Adams' third-hour remarks. All of the district presidency's talks were excellent, and President Adams' lesson went very well. After the block, President had several temple-recommend interviews with members that will be going to the temple for the first time in the future. Following those interviews, the branch ate lunch together. Following lunch, President had interviews with Elder Mariteragi and I. I will be transferred on Wednesday to St. André, where I will be working with Elder Bedwell. I have been in St. Pierre for seven months, since the beginning of my mission. My feelings are pretty mixed about being transferred. I have never been transferred before, and am starting to come to the realization that I will be leaving St. Pierre, and several people that I have grown to really love. I am very grateful for the change, and for the opportunity to work with Elder Bedwell, but I don't think that it is going to be easy to leave. Elder Mariteragi will continue to work in St. Pierre with Elder Long, one of the current zone leaders. St. André is the Hindu capital of La Réunion. Apparently, the percentage of Christians is very low. Members of the branch of Hinduism that is practiced on La Réunion are called Tamouls. Tamoulism is one of the largest religions on La Réunion, I will have to give you more details in the future. Interviews with President Adams went great, as usual. I'm very blessed to serve under President Adams, and have grown to really love him. Elder Fennel and Sister Redford will be honorably returning home this week to Arizona and Pennsylvaniz, respectively. Rumor has it their replacements will arrive Wednesday. I am out of time. I love you all, and hope you all the best this week. God bless you and Saisissez le jour. Elder Wynn Here is a picture of Elder Bedwell, Seth's new companion. He served on La Reunion for 10 months and then was transferred to Madagascar for 8 months, where he learned Malagasy. Now he is back on La Reunion, speaking French again. The second picture is of the newly organized 'group' in St. Andre, where Elder Bedwell and Seth will be serving together. They cleaned up an old building to use for a church. I acquired these pictures from Elder & Sis. Heaps' blog.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Week 27

Dear Family and Friends I think I need to start off by congratulating Utah Men's Swimming and Diving for their performance at the PAC-12 championship meet. I just received an email from my father informing me of some of the highlights, and my adrenaline seriously spiked. Whether or not any members of the swim team are reading this week's email, my congratulations and encouragement go out to all members of the team that have competed so far this championship season, and to those who will move on to swim at the next level. Go Utes! I'm happy to hear that the weather is finally warming up in Utah. I am happy to report that it has been very slightly cooler here during the last few weeks, mostly due to the return of wind in St. Pierre. Recently, we haven't seen anything over 34 Celsius {93F}. This week went considerably better than last week. We were blessed to have the opportunity to do two days of splits, once with the district leader and his companion, and once with the zone leaders. I learn a lot from effective exchanges, and they break up the routine. We were able to do some effective work this week with less actives, which is rewarding. Anaelle, a less active that we have been working with for a few months, came to church yesterday with her son and her two half-brothers. Anaelle's family is one of my favorite families to work with here. We are looking forward to President Adam's attendance in the St. Pierre branch next Sunday. He will arrive in La Réunion this Saturday, and will spend several days doing administrative work, during which we've heard there will be interviews with the missionaries. That's about all that I've got for this week. I'll close with my testimony that God lives, and that he loves each one of us personally. I know that he wants the best for us and that his 'work and his glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.' There is nothing that will make us happier than learning to please God. Best wishes to all of you this week, Carpe Diem. Elder Wynn

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Pictures found!

Quite by accident, Mike found the blog for the Senior couple that are serving on La Reunion, Elder & Sister Heaps from No. Ogden. We found quite a few pics of Seth. Since Seth doesn't send too many pictures, and when he does, they don't have people in them, I thought I'd post a few pics here that I found. It certainly is a beautiful place! Take a look!

Week 26: Zone Conference

Dear Family and Friends This has been an interesting week in La Réunion. All is well, but we suffered the effects of many cancellations and other frustrations during the week. This morning, we went to Cilaos, which meant that I have now visited each of the three La Réunion cirques. Cilaos is accessible by car, but the road is unworldly. I'll send a picture or two. On Friday we had a zone meeting that was led by our zone leaders, Elders Twitchell and Long. More than I have ever felt before, I felt that the lessons that were given were prepared and delivered for my companion and I. The meeting was a testimony to me that the Lord inspires his leaders on all levels. I love you all very much and hope that you are doing your absolute best to be happy, and to follow the Lord. I was especially touched by an email sent to me this week from my mother, including the stake conference address of President Matthew Scott De Visser of the Sandy Utah Hidden Valley Stake. I add to it my testimony that we are indeed the Saints of the Latter days, and that the time is now to prepare ourselves and the Church of Jesus Christ for the Second Coming of the Savior and for the many events that will precede its arrival. I know that God loves us, and that he has prepared a way for us to be perfected through the Atonement of his only begotten son, Jesus Christ. I wish you all the best in the upcoming week, and send you my support and love. Seize the day. Elder Wynn