Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pictures with PEOPLE in them...YEAH!

Pictures: Elder Spencer Twitchell, returning home after 2 wonderful years of service. He was Seth's trainer, and then Zone Leaders together for 2 separate months. Next picture, Seth's new companion, Elder Jean Peters, from Tahiti. He has German ancestry, but is otherwise very Tahitian. Next Picture, Elder Mariteragi, heading to serve on the island of Mauritius. Seth trained him and has been in a threesome/foursome with him while he's been waiting to go to Mauritius. Last picture, new convert in St. Paul. The branch in St. Paul is currently having lots of success. Cool young man.

Questions answered...

Well, things are going well here in La Réunion. How many times have I started an email with that exact sentence? It's great to hear that everyone is headed off to school, which means people will stop making me jealous by telling me about all of their awesome summer activities. I'm glad you all had a great summer and that you filled it with great activities. My winter has gone very well, however the weather has been hinting that the relatively cool temperatures are on their way out. Elder Peters and I are doing very well. This week is going to be busy with all of the preparation that will take place before the next shipment of elders and sisters arrives on Sept. 4th. This being said, we are going to have lots of time for teaching and finding as well. Elder Peters makes me want to go on a vacation to the MTC. He reaks of greeny fire and the teaching skills of someone that worked with the missionaries before coming out. I'm lucky to serve with him, even if it might only be for another week. Our options for trainers are pretty limited, so there's a good chance that Elder Peters will train after two weeks. I hope that he will at least stay in our apartment. Right now, it's just he and I in the St Denis elders apartment. Elder Mariteragi went to Mauritius on Wednesday and Elder Peck went down to St Pierre with Elder Arrieus, who was serving on Mauritius. Elder Arrieus started his mission on Madagascar, and is a malagasy speaking elder, but he was sent over here to help us train some of the incoming missionaries. He holds French and Canadian citizenship, was born in Pau, France to french parents, and his family currently lives in Cardston, Alberta. We're lucky to have him with us for a while. Let's see, there was a baptism in the Ste. Marie branch this Saturday, which was great to see. Elder Peck and Mariteragi had taught the candidat, Ricardo Villi, while they were in St André and until they left the area this week. Elder Peck and Arrieus drove up from St Pierre this week so that Elder Peck could baptize him. I included a picture of Ricardo and I--we saw him a few times between the time that Elder Peck and Mariteragi left and his baptism on Saturday. Great kid. Answers to Mom's questions: I hope you had a great week? Yes, the week was good. How is Elder Peters adjusting to missionary life? Elder Peters is adjusting well, he was prepared to come out and is a great teacher. Was this the week Elder Mareteragi went to Mauritius? Yes. Are you still in an apartment with the other 2 Elders? No. Elder Peck and Elder________? How are your responsibilities as Zone Leader going? Zone Leader things are going well. There are currently no district leaders on the island, they are going to wait until Sept 4th to call district leaders. I stay busy. How are your appointments? Appointments are good, we picked up a few investigators from Elder Peck and Mariteragi, which added some set lessons to our weeks. Any promising or progressing investigators? We have some that are moving, slowly but surely, and there are some good potential investigators that I hope to start teaching soon. Well, I am going to go take my suit to the dry-cleaners. I hope that you all have an excellent week. Love, Elder Wynn

Monday, August 19, 2013

Time is flying...

Summer seems to be going by very quickly over there on the other side of the Earth. Sometimes I get the impression that time is passing at a different speed at home than it is here. Time seems to be moving normally here, I'm at peace with its speed. But when I hear that the kids are going back to school this week, that Camille's going to Hawaii to start college in two weeks, and that your summer is coming to an end, I realize how fast these past few months have snapped by over there in the United States. Camille only graduated two or three weeks ago, didn't she? In any case, I hope that you're having as much fun as it sounds like you are having, and that God is blessing you as much as it seems like He is. Things over here should be more on the normal side this week. This past week was pretty packed with airport trips, zone conference, fireside, and a new missionary orientation. On Wednesday, we welcomed Elder Peters and said goodbye to Elders Twitchell and Long. Elder Peters is doing well, but we're still getting to know each other and I will be able to tell you more about him next week. He was extremely tired on Wednesday--I'm pretty sure I caught him sleeping standing up--since then, he hasn't seemed too jet-lagged and he's been doing a great job. He and Elder Mariteragi (he and Elder Peck are living with us until Wednesday) have been speaking a lot of Tahitian, which has been good for Elder Mariteragi, who thought he might forget how to speak Tahitian during his mission. I've been trying to learn a few words and phrases. This week's Zone Conference was a great experience, as usual. The focus of this conference was teaching repentance. The highlight of the meeting was a talk by Brother Brad Wilcox, from BYU, entitled His Grace is Sufficient. I highly recommend the talk if you have never read it or watched it. Conducting the zone conference as a solo zone leader was a new experience, but I think that everything turned out alright. Elder Mariteragi will fly to Mauritius on Wednesday to be Elder Miller's companion. Elder Miller's current companion, Elder Arrieus, will be flying over here to be companions with Elder Peck until Sept. 4th. They will be working in the St Pierre area. I send my happy birthday wishes to Camille, Dad, Caleb, Grandma Glenn, and to any of my friends that have had birthdays in the last few days and weeks. I had better go, so I wish you all the best this week. Thank you for all of your support and prayers, know that I am praying for you in return and that Heavenly Father has answered many of my prayers. I'm happy to be who I am and where I am, and I know that I'm doing what Heavenly Father wants me to do, which is a great feeling. Elder Wynn

Monday, August 5, 2013

Is anybody keeping track of how many companions I've had???

Hello family and friends! I am going to get right to news so that I don't leave anything out before I run out of time here. This last week has been a good one. I'm trying to remember if Elder Mariteragi, Elder Peck, and I have been in a trio for one week or two--in any case, I will be getting a new companion this week, and then another one next week. I'm not sure if anyone is keeping track of how many companions I've had in the last three months, but you might want to count. On Tuesday, Elder Miller, who is working in St Pierre, will go to Mauritius. This will leave Elder Long, who finishes his mission in a week, without a companion. So, in order to fix this, I will be working with Elder Long over the next week in St Pierre. We will, however, be living in St Denis. The goal is to bridge the gap between the missionaries that are currently serving in St Pierre and the missionaries that will arrive without any St Pierre experience in a few weeks. This will also allow me to find a new apartments without disrupting Ste Marie work and Elder Peck's training. The number of new missionaries arriving has necessitated that we find two new apartments on the island, in addition to the new St Pierre apartment that the St Pierre elders moved into on Thursday. Are you lost yet? Consider reading this paragraph more than once. As I mentioned, Elder Long will go home next week, on August 14th. He will fly home with Elder Twitchell, who will return from Mauritius on the 12th. They will leave Wednesday evening. Wednesday morning, Elder Peters will arrive from the MTC and I will start training him. Elder Peters is from Tahiti. I will train him in the Ste Marie/St André area as far as I know. Elder Mariteragi will fly to Mauritius on the 21st. Things are going well here, the weather has actually been a little chilly. This is partly due to wind and partly due to the forced climatization that we went through last summer. However, it is still not cold enough to wear a suit on any day other than Sunday. There are still a lot of houses that are closed up and lots of people that are unavailable because of the French summer vacation, but that will end soon. I figure back to school supplies just went on the shelves in America like like they did here. We are looking forward to more people being at home. That's all that I've got for you today! I hope that all is well in each one of your lives and that God is blessing you abundantly, he is definitely blessing me. I know that He loves us and that his church has been restored and is on the Earth today. Laos Deo, Elder Wynn

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Departing missionaries...bittersweet

As Zone Leader, Seth gets to see Elders & Sisters when they leave the mission, and when new missionaries arrive. I know he really enjoys this part of his assignment. This week, he sent some pics of the most recent departing missionaries. Take a look!