Saturday, September 14, 2013

New missionary force has arrived!

Description of pictures, Top to bottom: New companioin, Elder Choi, from Korea. Elder Choi arrived from the Provo MTC. New companion, Elder Hammond, from Grantsville, UT. Elder Hammond arrived with the other missionaries from the Ghana MTC. Seth's last companion, Elder Peters, from Tahiti. They were companions for a short few weeks, now Elder Peters is training one of the new Elders that just arrived! At least, he's got French down, that being his native language. Seth & Elder Peters with a wonderful member family, The Payet's. JOhn Payet serves as the Branch President. Last, the 7 new missionaries that arrived on Sept. 4th. 6 Elders & 1 Sister. A small army to do the Lord's work! Hurrah for Israel!!(Seth must be taking this picture?)This week's email follows: This has been a good week; I'll get right to telling you about it. The group of seven missionaries that we have been talking about for months finally arrived on Wednesday and Thursday. We were expecting Elder Choi to arrive from the Provo MTC on Wednesday morning, which he did, and the other missionaries to arrive on Wednesday evening. However, shortly before Elder Choi arrived on Wednesday, we were informed that the rest of his group would be arriving Thursday night. This caused a big scheduling change for every companionship on the island, but in the end they all arrived safe and sound. Trainers were announced on Friday morning at our new missionary orientation and Elders Choi and Hammond were placed in my care. Elder Choi is from Korea, and he seems like a great guy so far. He had to postpone his missionary service to finish his two years of required military service in Korea, and he actually started his mission in Korea while he was waiting for his French visa to go through. He's a great guy--optimistic, hard-working, and his accent when he speaks French is one that I definitely haven't heard before, so that's sort of fun. Elder Hammond is from Grantsville, Utah and is one of our new 18 year old missionaries. He just graduated a few months ago. He seems like a great guy so far and we're getting along just fine. Elder Zimmerman is training Elder Wiber in the St Denis area and they are living in our apartment in St Denis which seems suddenly full now that there are five of us living there. I don't have too much more to report, but things are going well. I'm happy and am having a great time. I hope that all is well back home, and that this week goes well for each one of you. CD, Elder Wynn

Monday, September 2, 2013

7 NEW missionaries arriving on Wednesday!!!

Well, it sounds like summer has just about ended for everyone over there. It was good to hear that everyone is doing well. This week has been a good one; we got a lot accomplished, and I'm pretty sure that we are ready for the group of missionaries that will be arriving on Wednesday. Also, the senior couple that is here on the island with us, Elder and Sister Heap, were in Mada this week and we survived without them. We will be picking them, as well as President and Sister Adams, up from the airport here in about an hour. New missionaries arrive Wednesday! Elder Choi, from Korea is the only missionary coming from the Provo MTC, so he will be coming alone and will arrive Wednesday morning. The six other missionaries--five elders and one sister--are scheduled to land at 7pm, Wednesday evening. They will be coming from the Ghana MTC. We will be placing them with their companions Wednesday night, but they will return for a new-missionary orientation on Thursday morning at 11. We just received transfer news about an hour or two ago from the Assistants to the President, and we're in for some changes this week. Elder Peters is being transferred to train in Le Port--I might remind you that Elder Peters arrived only two weeks ago, and because he is a native French-speaker, was not in the MTC for very long. He and I realized this week that he entered the MTC after the missionary that he will train, whoever that ends up being. Elder Sanchez, who arrived in June, will also be training in Le Port. Elder Zimmerman, who is currently in Le Port and just finished training Elder Sanchez, will be coming up to my apartment and will be training a new missionary in the St Denis area. There will also be a training-trio of sisters in St Denis. Elders Peck and Elder Arrieus will be in a trio with a new missionary in St Pierre. Elder Wynn, will be staying in the Ste Marie area, thankfully, and will be training the two elders that remain (while this was a bit of a curve-ball, I was aware that it was a possibility considering our limited training options). We do not yet know who will be training each of the individual elders, so I will have to tell you who my two new companions are next week! I'm looking forward to training again and to meeting all of the new missionaries. Elder Peters is a little shell-shocked. He was not expecting to move so suddenly. He and I have had a great time together and he's a great elder. Among his many good qualities are his optimism and a good attitude, and he's got his act together when it comes to personal organization, apartment cleanliness, and teaching skills. I'm confident that he'll do a great job training. We need to leave soon to go to the airport, so I'm going to close. Wish me luck, and more importantly keep praying, because God has answered many of the prayers that have been offered in my behalf. I love you all, and hope that each of you makes the absolute best of this upcoming week. Elder Wynn