Monday, June 24, 2013

Happy Birthday Elder Twitchell!

Dear Family and Friends I have now been a missionary for more than a year. Can you believe it? I have a picture in my photo album of me walking away from the family at the MTC and part of me wants to believe that it was taken only a few weeks ago. The mission is treating me well, and I hope to grow even more during the upcoming year than I have in the last, this being said, if the amount of blessings and growth that I receive and see in the upcoming year are anything compared to what they have been, I will consider myself very blessed. Serving a mission has, among other things, helped me to realize that the spoon that was in my mouth at birth, was solid silver. I am and always have been very, very blessed. This week has been really good. I get the impression that my last few emails made it sound like all we do is run back and forth from the hospital to the airport all day. Luckily, this is not true. Most of our time is spent being the best finding, teaching, testifying missionaries that we can be. We have a lot of good going on, and I love working. We also benefit from being able to hear about the work all over the island, which includes my past areas--St. Pierre has some really great things going on--and we have some unique opportunities to serve in different ways than usual. Elder Twitchell turned 21 this week, I have included a picture. Other than that, I don't have too much to report. For those of you who wonder, there are currently fourteen young missionaries serving on La Réunion, and one senior couple. Mauritius is being worked by a senior couple and two elders, and I have no idea how many missionaries are in Madagascar. Several missionaries will soon finish on all three islands, and all three islands will receive those missionaries' replacements and then some in the next five months. Mauritius will most likely be the exception to that statement, as Mauritian visas are very hard to gain and we have a very limited amount of visas allotted to us. Well, I love you all. I hope that you are doing well and doing your best. Happy 24th Wedding Anniversary to my parents! Congratulations, and I love you so much. LD, Elder Seth Wynn

Thursday, June 20, 2013

ONE YEAR!

One year ago today....we dropped Elder Seth Wynn off at the curb of the MTC! What an incredible year it has been, for which we are extremely grateful! Carpe Diem Elder Wynn! WE LOVE YOU!

Monday, June 17, 2013

New missionaries arrive!

Dear Family and Friends, This week has been really busy. Luckily, the business is mostly over for now and I am in a set companionship with Elder Twitchell, my trainer for the next month. It's great to serve with him again. We have very similar desires and we get along really well. Between Elder Milot and Elder Twitchell I was with Elder Bedwell for a day and Elders Mariteragi and Peck for a few hours. If you want to count those mini-companionships, I've had five companions in a week. We received four new missionaries on Wednesday. Elders Peck and Sanchez from Lehi and Arizona and Sisters Hurst and Edwards from somewhere in Utah and San Antonio Texas. The orientation with them went well and they are settling into their new areas and companionships. Elder Mariteragi is training Elder Peck in the St. André area, so we no longer have two church units to attend to. As I mentioned, I sent Elder Milot home this week. He arrived safely at home after honorably serving his mission. I felt like we were companions for about two weeks. I'm not sure what else to say, that's about it for this week. I can say that I love work. Work feels so good and it makes me so happy, and no work has made me happier than the Lord's work. I am very blessed to be a missionary and to have a knowledge of the truth and of the goodness of God. Being a missionary is such a blessing, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I wish the best to all of this week, I hope that you will do your best in everything that you do. I love you, and I reciprocate your prayers for me and for we missionaries in general. To my father, and my two grandfathers, I wish you a very happy Father's Day. LAUS DEO Elder Wynn

Monday, June 10, 2013

Ste. Marie...Elder Milot's last days

Dear Family and Friends I apologize again for not writing a mass email last week, time management during emails is not always my strongest quality. Well, It has been weeks since I have really written a good email, so I assume that you are all a little bit behind the times! Elder Milot and I have now been companions for almost four weeks, and he will be returning home to North Carolina this Wednesday. This is my first experience with having a companion go home, and so far, it doesn't feel very much different than any other transfer. I hope that this feeling will continue. Elder Milot and I have worked really well together and these last few weeks have been really rewarding. This upcoming week is going to be very busy. I am going to be at the airport this week on as many as five separate occasions sending missionaries off the island, either to the U.S. or to Maritius, and receiving missionaries, either from the U.S. or from Mauritius. Orientation for the four new missionaries will happen on Wednesday afternoon, and Elder Milot will go home Wednesday evening. All of the arriving missionaries are from the United States. These last few weeks we have been working both the Ste. Marie and St. André areas, which has kept us busy. On Sundays, we attended sacrament meeting in St. André, and the remaining two hours in Ste. Marie. Thankfully, two elders, Elder Mariteragi and one of the two arriving elders, will be transferred to St. André this week and will be able to give all of their attention to helping the group that is there. I usually am unable to write an email without mentioning the weather. La Réunion has been relatively very cool over the last month or so. On Tuesday, snow fell on Piton des Neiges (Snow Summit in english), which happens very rarely. Elder Milot has really been feeling the cold, I, on the other hand, have found the weather during these last few weeks to be perfect. I wouldn't change anything if I could. Well, I think that that is all the news that I have to give! I will include a picture of Elder Milot and I at the Ste. Marie chapel. I love you all, and and the Church is true. I know it is. Laus Deo Elder Seth Wynn