Monday, April 22, 2013

Week 33: LAUS DEO-Seize the Day!

Dear Family and Friends I hope that all is well on the other side of the planet. We were blessed with the opportunity to watch Conference this weekend. I don't think that I was ever excited enough for Conference before my mission. I am so grateful for the General Authorities, for their divine callings, and for their addresses. We watched Conference at the St. André group building, and were joined by several members and on Sunday morning by Safia. Conference was her first LDS Church experience, we hope that she received it well. We will be sending three missionaries home this week that started on La Réunion and are currently serving in Madagascar or on Mauritius. Elders Barclay, Cusick, and Temarohirani arrive today or this weekend and will be staying with different missionary companionships until they go home on Wednesday. Elder Cusick, who was Elder Bedwell's trainer, will be staying with us. Elder Barclay is my trainer's trainer, or my mission grandfather. We are looking forward to a full week of finding efforts. We are in pretty serious need of more investigators. I'm tempted to start looking for a soap-box to stand on. As usual, I don't have too much to say, but all is well. I know that the Church is true, that there is a prophet of the Lord on the earth today, and that God and Jesus Christ love each of us very much. I wish each of you all the best this week. Stay safe, and magnify your efforts in all that you do. Laus Deo Elder Wynn

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Week 32: Most Tamouls are also Catholic...?

Dear Family and Friends It has been far too long since I have sent out a good email. I will do my best during this email to update you about how I am doing here in St. André with Elder Bedwell. I will start by sharing a few things about St. André. St. André is about four times as rainy as St. Pierre, which also means that it is very green. The East side of the island is beautiful, which is not to say that the West side isn't, but rather that the two sides are very different. As I mentioned in a past email, there are a large amount of Tamouls here in St. André. Tamoulism is a branch of Hinduism. I have found during the last few weeks that a very large portion of these people are both Tamoul and Catholic. We've been trying to find out exactly how those two religions work together, but so far have been unsuccessful. The people here are generally polite and happy, but struggle to understand what truth is. We are pressing on with them and are confident that there are good things in the future for the St. André group. Elder Bedwell reminds me of my cousin, Nathan Glenn. He's a great missionary, and we are having a lot of fun. He's seen the missionary work in Madagascar, so his advice and experience are a good learning opportunity for me. We are quickly moving forward with Safia, an investigator that we found about two weeks ago. Safia is Malagasy, and teaching her is unike any other teaching experience that I have seen on my mission so far. We teach her in French, but Elder Bedwell likes to throw a few malagasy words into the lessons when he gets the chance. Thanks to Elder Bedwell, I have learned a small amount of malagasy and sometimes understand a word here and there. I will try to get a picture with Safia to send in a future email. She bought a dress for Church this week but was unable to come. We hope to see her next week for Conference. I am really looking forward to Conference. Thank you for not sending me any spoilers. I know that we have a living prophet today and that he is the tool through which Jesus Christ himself leads His church. I am very grateful for the knowledge that I have of the existence of a modern prophet. I see the blessings that this knowledge has brought me and my family, and the blessings that it will bring to anyone that will accept the Gospel. I don't think I was ever excited enough for Conference before the mission. I hope that you don't take it for granted. I love you all and wish you all the best this week. LAUS DEO Elder Wynn

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Happy Birthday Elder Wynn!!!

I am so thankful for a loving Sr. missionary, Sis. Heap! She made Seth a birthday cake and brought ice cream and decorations to District Mtg. on Friday, April 5th, Seth's 20th birthday! Thank you for taking care of our son on his big day & his first birthday away from home!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Week 30: Happy Easter!

Dear Family and Friends, Happy Easter two days ago, I hope that everyone had a good day. I'm writing a day late because literally everything was closed yesterday due to Easter Monday being a National Holiday in France (and La Reunion). We were invited Easter Sunday to accompany our Zone Leaders to an Easter lunch with a family in Sainte Marie. This week we did a lot of contacting which turned out to be fairly productive because we have several follow-ups to do this week. We also have a new investigator, who is pretty incredible. I hope to talk more about her in the future. I really do not have a lot to say today, so I apologize to all of you who were hoping for something longer. St. André is going well. It's a little cooler than St. Pierre, and rains about four times as much, which I don't mind. Well, the Church is true. Jesus really is resurrected and He lives today. He loves each of us, and wants to be and do our best. Have a great week, Carpe Diem Elder Wynn