Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Zone Conference with Elder Renlund

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 RĂ©union. 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

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