Monday, May 27, 2013

Pres & Sis. Adams' visit, Area Seventy visits La Reunion

Dear Family and Friends, This week was pretty packed, and I am not sure where to start. We had President Adams on the island this week as well as Elder Collin Bricknell of the Seventy. President Adams arrived Wednesday, and will be returning to Madagascar tomorrow. Friday we had a zone conference, which went very well. We are really looking forward to changing this place for the better. President Adams is a powerful teacher and his zone conferences have always included a perfect balance of missionary training and doctrinal study. During this zone conference, we discussed and learned about the nature of the godhead as it is described in the Bible, and about our status as Christians. In attendance was the new missionary couple that will be serving on Mauritius, Elder and Sister Conrad. Elder Bricknell arrived late Friday night from South Africa and then presided and led this weekend's district conference meetings. General Authorities have never let me down. He carried the Spirit with him, and taught boldly and powerfully. I don't know what to say about him other than that in his presence I felt the Spirit and an undeniable desire to do what God wants me to do for the rest of my life. Ste. Marie and St. André are doing very well. Elder Milot and I are looking forward to a great week. We have some really great things going on about which I hope to write much more in the future. Stay tuned. I love you all and I know that Jesus Christ is the living Savior of the world. I wish you all the best this week and hope that each one of you will seize the day. Thank you for prayers offered in behalf of missionaries. Laus Deo Elder Wynn

Saturday, May 25, 2013

New Assignment: Zone Leader

Dear Family and Friends It has been several weeks since I have last written, so I will try to write as fast as I can to fill you in. Last week I was transferred to Ste. Marie and am now working as a zone leader. I live in St. Denis. For the moment, Elder Milot and I are the only missionaries for St. André (my last area) and Ste. Marie, so we have lots of work to do in combined areas. Elder Twitchell, my trainer and one of the former zone leaders, went to Mauritius and will be there for the next month serving on a social visa that will expire two days after my current companion, Elder Milot, goes home. After his visa expires, he is supposed to come back and serve as zone leader with me for a month before he will return to Mauritius for the last month of his mission. We are currently juggling the missionaries on Mauritius because of visa restrictions, so there are a few missionaries that will serve there temporarily while other missionaries wait for more permanent visas, which take longer to get approved. We are very busy with the two areas, the Ste. Marie branch, the St. André group, and our other responsibilities. Our role as zone leaders is a little unique because of our location. The island is one zone and we are in charge of cars, appartments, airport runs, visas, missionary health, and anything else that Elder Heap or President Adams asks us to do. This week we did about six hours of translating for a senior couple Eppel that was here from South Africa doing branch audits. I really like having a full schedule, so I am looking forward to the work and have enjoyed this past week. We welcomed a new sister, Sister Berchel, from France this week. She joined the Church three years ago in Toulouse. She will be working in St. Paul. President comes this coming week and will be holding a zone conference this Friday, which I am looking forward to. We also have Elder Bricknell, of the area presidency that will be coming to speak at that conference. I apologize for my lack of organization, I tried to get as much information in as I could. Well, I am grateful to be a missionary, we are very blessed. And life is good. I love you all, and wish you the best this week. May God bless your efforts. Laus Deo Elder Wynn