Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
This was our Christmas meal with them because they will be leaving for Métropole for the Holidays. We ate Curry Chicken and Rice (Coq Massalé) off of banana leaves with our hands. It was a blast, and all of the food was delicious. The Gonthier family does a lot to take care of us missionaries. I'm very grateful for them!
This has been a pretty incredible week. It was one of those weeks that I felt went by both quickly and slowly because we had such a great time, and because so much happened. Tuesday afternoon we picked up the Mauritius elders from the airport and then later that evening we picked up Elder Renlund and President Adams with their wives. The next morning, we had an excellent zone conference with them, and everything ran very, very smoothly. The teachings were great, the Spirit was there, and the whole experience was a success in my book. Elder and Sister Renlund were both dynamic teachers and come from impressive backgrounds-- Elder Renlund was a cardiovascular surgeon while his wife ran her own law firm. He has been the area president in this area for about 4 years, which means that he could be moved soon. Elder Renlund expressed, in the name of the Church, the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve, and the Lord, gratitude for us as missionaries in La Réunion. He assured us that we are called by prophecy to serve in this mission and that our mission president was also called by revelation. All those that taught (President Renlund, President Adams, Sister Adams, and Sister Renlund [chiasm?]) helped me, and was able to answer several of my questions. A few of us missionaries had prepared a musical number for the conference, this also went very well and afterwards Elder Renlund taught us about the meaning and background of the song that we had chosen (Brightly Beams our Father's Mercy), and he incorporated it into his teaching. It was a very uplifting and inspiring zone conference. Wednesday evening, there was a district fireside with the Renlunds and the Adams. The fireside went very well and was very well attended. There were not enough seats for us elders, so we stood in the back for the duration of the program. We were happy to give up our seats. The rest of the week went great. We had several experiences that we looked back on to see that the Spirit had obviously guided us to where we were. Saturday was an especially great day. I will share only one of the many cool experiences that happened. Saturday afternoon, after meeting a former investigator in the St Denis part of our area, we decided to go and try to see someone that had told us at the gate that we could come back and visit another time. We drove to Ste Marie and found that the man we had gone for was not home. We then remembered another potential investigator that lived about a five-minute walk away that had seemed very interested but that we weren't able to get ahold of because his phone went straight to voice-mail each time that we called. We walked to his house, and after calling a few times at his gate, he came out and informed us that he was worried he would never see us again because he had lost his phone. He invited us in, and we taught him about the Restoration. He asked all the right questions, has all the right desire, and is very willing to learn more. We are excited to see him progress in the future. Later Saturday evening, we had dinner with the Gonthier family, which was a blast. I've sent several pictures. I hope that all is well with you and that you have a great week! God bless, and Merry Christmas!!! Love, Elder Wynn
I can barely believe December has started! We're really trying to get into the Christmas spirit over here. We started listening to Elder Choi's Tabernacle Choir This is Christmas CD on December 1st and so far we can't get enough of it. When we turn up the music and air conditioning high enough in the Yaris, it really feels like Christmas; this lasts until we step out of the car into the summer weather. Lately, mornings have been very hot and humid and it rains hard in the afternoon. I'll have to attach some pictures of our Christmas countdown calendar. It's a real great example of missionary ingenuity and budgeting. Don't worry, we used an ancient Daily Vehicle Report that was filled and ready to be recycled. Elder Wiberg was responsible for the conception and fabrication of the calendar. Please note that Elder Twitchell's Christmas decorations from last December are still hanging in the apartment. You asked about Thanksgiving--Thanksgiving was a blast. The food was great and we all had a great time as a zone. After eating, we played a few games and had some good laughs. Sister Heap made Turkey breasts and Ham, and as usual, everything that she made was delicious. We're lucky to have her. We had a blast doing lots of finding this week. In the past few weeks, we have found several potential investigators that we hope to begin teaching soon. We got rained on several times, and it looks like it is going to pour again this afternoon. We have a big week ahead of us. On Wednesday there will be a Zone Conference with Elder Renlund of the Seventy, our Area President, and President Adams. We're flying the couple and the two missionaries that are currently on Mauritius (Elder and Sister Conrad, Elder Miller, Elder Mariteragi) over for the occasion. Wednesday night there's a fireside planned for the District. Anyway, we are all really looking forward to the zone conference and fireside. I also will get to go to the airport a few times this week, and I like the airport. I've got to go. I hope that you all have a wonderful week! Love, Elder Wynn