Monday, January 27, 2014

I feel enormously blessed...

This morning we went out to Ste Rose to do a hike along the seaside that was recommended to us by Elder and Sister Heap before they left. I took a lot of cool pictures, but I don't think I will be able to send them today because I'm using a computer that looks like it's about 15 years old. Anyway, the hike was fun and the ocean was beautiful. Almost all of the shore in that area of the island is black volcanic cliffs, which makes for some really beautiful sights of the waves crashing against the cliffs. This has been a good week. We are fairly busy right now with Visas and helping the Madsens, but it's really not all-time consuming and we find plenty of time to work. For the moment, we are doing our best to get Ste Clotilde moving. We are doing a lot of contacting, but for the moment we are not getting a lot of bites. I'm not discouraged about this and we will persevere. Results follow the trial of faith. The St Denis branch is an absolute blast. I love the time that I get to spend around the members and I leave church every week feeling seriously recharged. I don't know what else to say today, and I'm just about out of time. I responded to some much-appreciated emails today from some long-lost friends. Thank you, Mom, for putting my name and email address out there! Unfortunately, I wil have to leave you with a little less than usual today. I will, however, say that I feel enormously blessed to be on a mission right now and I am very, very blessed. I am also very thankful for all of you, for all of your support and prayers. I would not be who I am today if it were not for the incredible entourage that has surrounded me my whole life. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for you. I wish you all the best this week, Elder Wynn

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pictures! We LOVE pictures!

Pictures are the BEST! Transfers really mixed things up around the mission! Here's the run-down: First, Elder Choi is heading to Mauritius! From Left, Elder Zimmerman, Elder Choi & Elder Wynn. Next, Elder Arrieus is heading to Madagascar. From Left, Elder Zimmerman, Elder Arrieus & Elder Wynn. Seth with children in the St. Marie branch. Next, The fabulous threesome of Elders Choi, Wynn & Hammond at the St. Marie branch. Next, Elder LeReoux is heading to Madagascar too! Elder Peters & Elder Wynn, Elders Peters and Marateragi, both Elders that Seth trained. Elder Marateragi has been serving on Mauritius, now serving in St. Pierre.
Scenes from the airport. The plane that will take the Heaps back to America. The three new missionaries that arrived from the Ghana MTC: Sisters Thomas & Isham and Elder Estrade. The Zone Leaders, Wynn & Zimmerman with Sis. & Elder Heap. Hugs from Elder Heap for a member that came to the airport to see them off. Elder Heap & Elder Wynn, hard Goodbye. Finally, off to security and on their way! What a legacy Elder & Sis. Heap have left. "Them are some pretty big shoes to fill!"

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Heap's Finish their mission, hardest farewell....

This has been a pretty enormous week. We sent three elders to Madagascar, sent one to Mauritius, received one from Mauritius, received three new missionaries, and sent the Heaps home. Transfers really mixed things up, it will be interesting to see how everything goes forward in the next few months. Getting everyone to their areas and with their new companions required some planning, but everything went as planned and I think everyone is settled. I have a lot of confidence in the three new missionaries that arrived. Elder Estrade (Qu├ębec), Sister Isham (Washington), and Sister Thomas (Belgium) all seem like really great missionareis, two of them are native french-speakers, and I think all three are going to do just fine. The two new sisters are both being trained in St Denis, Elder Estrade is being trained in St Pierre. I am very excited to be working in the Ste Clotilde area. I have always wondered if I would serve in St Denis, and so far my experience in the St Denis branch and area has been very positive. Our area has only been and elder's area for a few months and it is going to require a lot of work to build success, but I'm thankful for the challenge and for the opportunity! Ste Clotilde definitely feels like the city, which is an environment that I haven't really worked in during my mission, but the change has been fun. Elder Zimmerman has been on his mission for almost a year now. He started in Feb 2013. He's from South-East Texas and is the youngest of nine children (Elder Hammond, one of my last companions, is now the oldest of nine). He was trained by my MTC companion, Elder Miller. Elder Zimmerman likes soccer, and has a lot of funny stories about things he used to do down in south-texas such as catching gators. Surprisingly, he does not really have a strong Texan accent. He went to BYU before his mission. The hardest part of this week was, without doubt, taking Elder and Sister Heap to the airport to send them home at the end of their missionary service. Elder and Sister Heap have always been among the most positive influences for me as a missionary, and they will definitely be missed. Seeing the Heaps go was harder than any other of the missionary farewells I've attended at the airport, but I am very happy that they will be getting home to their family. Several members from multiple branches on the island came to the airport to see them off and the whole experience was touching. I really have a hard time finding the right words to praise their great leadership and example. Tomorrow, we will be having interviews with President Adams, who we will be picking up from the airport in a few hours, and on Wednesday we will be picking up the new couple, the Madsens. I am excited to meet them and to work with them. Elder Madsen was President Adam's trainer as a young missionary in France. We're looking forward to a great week. I wish you all the best. Keep up all the good that you do and keep me posted. I love you all and am grateful for everything that each of you has done to help me be a better disciple of Jesus Christ and a missionary for him. Thank you very much. Elder Wynn

Monday, January 6, 2014

Cyclone Bejisa & Transfers!

This has been a pretty enormous week. I don't have a whole lot of time to write today, but I'll do my best to fill you in in the most efficient way possible. Tuesday- New Year's Eve. We had a cocktail-weenie party for the occasion at our apartment at 9h30. I know I've mentioned this before, but the experience in this apartment with Elders Choi, Hammond, Wiberg, and Zimmerman was a blast. I'll get to the was later on. Wednesday- New Year's Day. We stayed busy with some visa work and preparation for several things coming up this week. No one on the island worked, and most people didn't leave their houses at all. The streets were deader than I have ever seen them. Thursday- Cyclone Bejisa. Red alert all day and all morning Friday. We played cards, wrote letters, studied, made pizza, and watched the Testaments. Cyclone Bejisa wasn't too bad from the cement apartment, and there's not a whole lot of damage besides trees. We were, however, stuck in the apartment for a whole day and a half. We really had a good time in the apartment and the cyclone was a cool thing to watch. Thursday morning at 3 am, Elder Hammond and I bailed out our balcony like sailors because our apartment was filling with water. Thursday night I received the transfer call from the assistants and announced that to everyone. Friday- We did some apartment repairs, and did a lot of running around preparing for new missionaries and today's transfers. Saturday and Sunday- spent almost all of our time preparing Ste Marie and its area-book for the missionaries that took over today. Monday-Sent Elder Choi from Mauritius, received Elder Mariteragi to Mauritius, and transfers went into effect all over the island. Transfers- Ste Marie- Elder Wiberg and Elder Peck Ste Clotilde- Elder Wynn and Elder Zimmerman (Zone Leaders) St Denis- Sister Stewart and Sister Isham St Denis- Sister Gardiner and Sister Thomas (Sister Thomas, Isham, and Elder Estrade arrive Wednesday) Le Port- Elder Mariteragi and Elder Hammond St Paul- Sister Hurst and Sister Amoussouga St Pierre- Sister Packer and Sister Berchel St Pierre- Elder Sanchez and Elder Estrade St Pierre- Elder Bush and Elder Clouse Mauritius- Elder Miller and Elder Choi Elder Arrieus left to go back to Madagascar today, Elder Peters and Elder Leroux go to Madagascar on Wednesday morning. As I mentioned, we're really busy. I am very excited to be working in the St Denis branch and to be with Elder Zimmerman, which also means I don't have to move and can keep sleeping in the same bed. I'll tell more about the area and Elder Zimmerman next week when I know more about them and have more time. I hope you all have a great week! Love, Elder Wynn