Monday, October 14, 2013

News from La Reunion

Well, I'm more up-to-date about the government stand-off in the United States. Thank you, Mom and Dad for filling me in! The whole thing sounds like a mess, but doesn't really worry me at all; I figure things will work themselves out and all will be alright. If not, I know that the Lord will take care of us if we are righteous. A lot of the people here have a very interesting view on America--most of the young people have seen way too many american action movies and think that every one in america carries a gun and that you can't go out at night without being assassinated by gangsters. We try to convince them that it's not like that, but they usually don't believe us. Anyway, life is good here in La Réunion. Most of our efforts are still going toward finding people, as usual, but we're having a great time. Recently, I have been trying hard to invite people to go to mormon.org to learn about mormons. I've found that even people who are not at all interested in hearing what we have to say will often accept a card with the mormon.org website on it if I explain what the site is and tell them a little about it. My hope is that people will watch the videos on the site and be able to learn more about us, because most people here have a very skewed view of who we are. We have a new sister, Sister Amassouga, coming in from France this week, which will leave us with an even number of sisters. I don't know very much about the new sister, other than that her name is definitely not french. She's coming in on Wednesday night at 10:40 pm, which means we will be staying up a little later on Wednesday because of the exceptional circumstances. I really like going to the airport, and I've lost count of how many times I've been since May. Elder Choi and Elder Hammond are doing well, I feel like they are learning fast and they're great missionaries. I decided this week to stop speaking English with them, which is going well so far. Living in an apartment with five elders is a big change in comparison to all of the time that I have spent in apartments with a single companion. We're having a blast. It's fun to have another companionship to talk to, to share experiences, and to play basketball three times per week. On the other hand, our washing machine has never worked so hard. This upcoming weekend we will be watching General Conference, and I'm really looking forward to it. I had the opportunity to read a talk from one of the new Seventies, Elder Funk, this week. I thought it was a great talk, and I considered it as sort of a trailer for next weekend. I should probably get going. I hope that all of you have an excellent week, and that the Lord continues to bless you like he blesses me. I'm very greatful to be in the service of our King and to be serving Him where and when I am. Carpe Diem and God bless you. Love, Elder Wynn

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

News from Elder Wynn's side of the planet...

I'm happy to hear that Conference went well and that everyone is spiritually-recharged. I am looking forward to having that experience in two weeks! I think I've mentioned this at each General Conference, but I really didn't understand the enormous importance of Conference until I became a missionary. I look forward to General Conference like it's Christmas. It sounds like there's some governmental problems going on in the US of A. Here's the quote that my Mother sent me: "Did you hear about the 'Government Shutdown' here in America? Hasn't seemed to make much difference for us yet, but hopefully they can come to some solutions and compromises this next week." Needless to say, I still have no idea what the government shutdown is! (I love you Mom) Anyway, I hope that everyone's okay, and that America is still America when I arrive home in two years or so. The photos I sent last week were at a waterfall that we went to called Grand Etang -- which is the largest fresh body of water on La Réunion. It didn't look like much more than a pond last week when we were there, but it apparently gets much bigger during the summer rains . Last week was a good one. We completed six missionaries' long-term visas, and they are good to stay for at least a year. We also did a fair amount of work on two more Mauritian visas for some elders that will be sent over there in the future. In addition to this, we did normal missionary work, of course. As usual, we are doing lots of looking. I find that tracting is as fun as you make it, and we have a pretty great time. I'll include some excerpts of funny experiences that have happened to us over the last few weeks: 1. I really like to stare into the eyes of angry dogs behind fences because it drives them nuts and because I like the rush. Last week, I was staring at a dog that was barking at us when he decided that he'd had enough and revealed to us that his being behind the fence was a personal decision. He almost got Elder Choi, but I threatened him with the Book of Mormon and he ran away. His bravery earned our respect. 2. French men are sometimes way too comfortable answering the door in their underwear. The best description that I can come up with for one of these guys is--I actually probably shouldn't go into further detail. 3. One man told us that he couldn't talk to us because he had a crêpe on the stove--sometimes people live right up to stereotypes! Well, that's about all that I've got for today. I would like to say in closing that I know that the Church is true. I don't know where I would be in today's world without the Church of Jesus Christ in my life, but I don't imagine it being anywhere good. I know that Thomas Monson is a prophet called of God. I consider myself very blessed to be on a mission and to be where I am; the Lord is taking very good care of me. I hope that all goes well in your lives this week! God bless, and Carpe Diem. Elder Wynn Dear Dad, As always, thank you so much for your email. It's good to hear that all is well back home. I apologize for my general lack of specificity during my emails- I will try to do better. It's amazing to me how fast an hour of email time flies by. You will have to congratulate Ammon for me, it sounds like the AF band is excellent, as usual. Tell him I'm proud of him. Let's see, the waterfall that we went to last week was at Grand Etang-- which is the largest fresh body of water on La Réunion. It didn't look like much more than a pond last week when we were there, but it apparently gets much bigger during the summer rains. I think the reason that I didn't include much information about the hike was because we actually did it two weeks ago and I wasn't able to send pictures because we emailed at a different spot. Things are going well here. We have trouble finding serious investigators, but that's nothing new, and other than that, things are really great. Elder Hammond and Elder Choi are both great guys. This morning, Elder Choi came out of the bathroom after having cut his own hair--we were all pretty suprised. The cut looks pretty good from the front, but he himself used the word 'bumpy' to describe the sides and the back. We had been looking for a pair of chopsticks for him since he arrived, and we finally found a member who gifted him a pair this week. He was pretty excited and we made a pretty big deal out of it.
What happy missionaries! I love this picture! Also, the picture of Elder Choi shows how excited he is about finding a pair of chopsticks. Happy Korean!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Picture Email: "worth at least 6,000 to 7,000 words, right?"

This week's email came in the form of pictures! We LOVE pictures, although the email that accompanied them was short & sweet. Most of the pictures are taken on a P-day hike to a picturesque waterfall on La Reunion. Ahh! Paradise found...Take a look!