Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Last Email

Hey!

Well, this is the last one. Its interesting the feeling of going home. I feel like I`m ready and excited, but also nervous about what comes next. The mission has been a great experience that changed my life. Honestly there is so much to say and so little time or energy to write it all. I just wanted to say thank you for the support and the love over these last two years. There were times when that felt like all that was keeping me going. I love the Lord and His gospel. I am excited to see you soon. I love you and, well, see you in a week!

Love,

Elder Sayler

PS I`m not going to write next monday btw

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2 Weeks Left and Going Strong

Hey! 

Things are going well here, no worries. This is my second to last time that I will write because the last monday I`m going to be flying home. Things are going great here. Elder Jensen and I are doing well together. Everyone keeps asking him if I`m ``dead`` (missionary terms for burnt out or not working anymore) and he keeps saying "no" so I have one witness that we are still going strong. The week went by fast. It was mostly sunny so that was great. The investigators are slowly progressing though. We have a family of investigators that aren`t married. They are super awesome and just have a ton of interest in the gospel. The problem is that they can`t get married right now and they don`t go to church. We taught them the law of chastity the other day and they decided that they will do what they can to get married so that they can have an eternal family. Its awesome to think that people are so willing to change their lives for the Lord and to follow his commandments. Things are going great here in the field. I`m excited to see you all, but sad to leave it soon. We have 2 more weeks left, so lets make them count! I love you!

Love,

Elder Sayler

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Great Week

Hey! 

This week was great! We were able to see some of the investigators that we hadn`t seen for a while so that was great. We really got to put some good work in. We had interviews with President Harris and we were able to talk about how to help the zone out. Elder Jensen and I are doing great. He is an awesome kid. We get along really well and get a lot of work done. We aren`t going to baptize on the 15th anymore, but that doesn`t get us down. We are working hard anyway and are going to keep working hard until the end. I am super excited to see how the week goes this time around. I am looking forward to seeing you guys and am happy to be here in the mission. I love you!

Love,

Elder Sayler

Friday, June 30, 2017

San Fernando and Moving a Family

Heyy! 

Well, this week was very interesting. First of all, it was raining all week, so that just makes everything...well...wet. We did our best this week, but it was still kind of rough. We did go on intercambios this week. That was awesome. I was up in San Fenando with an Elder from Uruguay named Elder Figueroa. It was really cool to get to know him and try to help him learn how to be a great missionary. We ended up becoming great friends hahaha. Then on Wednesday we got to help people move. Moves here in Chile are wierd because nobody goes to help, just the missionaries, and we have to pack all of their stuff in boxes and then put it all in the truck. It is a long and dirty process hahaha. On Friday we had 6 planned lessons and english class. Every single one of those fell. For the first time in a very long time, I found myself walking all day in the rain. It was good though, I got to talk to and get to know my companion really well. Elder Jensen is a great guy and a great companion. All he wants is to do what`s right, so we get a lot of good done. Well, I hope that this week will be better than last week. I love you all and look forward to seeing you soon!

Love,

Elder Sayler

Thursday, June 29, 2017

San Vicente

Heyy! 

Things are awesome in San Vicente! Elder Jensen is an incredible companion! To be honest, at first when I met him I thought that I was going to be with the average missionary that doesn`t do anything, but this week we saw so many miracles and I am so happy that (even though it is bad to judge) that I misjudged him hahaha This week was literally incredible. As usual, we didn`t even really get out to work this week (like every first week of the change as zone leaders) because of all of the meetings and stuff. We really only got to get out and work hard Friday to Sunday. Even though it was rather short time, they were some of the best days I have had in the mission. We saw so many miracles! First of all, we had only had like two lessons before Friday and so we really wanted to get to work hard. We ended asking for referrals and talking to everyone! We finished the day with two new families to teach! One of them is a couple that just lives together and isn`t married. They told us, ``We know we are living in sin, but we want to know what we can do to be forgive of that sin``. When you get an investigator that feels like that (especially in Chile which is #2 in the world for most un-married couples living together) it is really special. Then on Sunday we found a lady named Silvana. She is literally one of the most prepared investigators that I have had in all of my mission. She had so many questions like ``Is there a true church?`` and ``Why am I here on this earth in this life?`` and ``How can I know if this is true?`` We taught her about the Restoration and she received a spiritual confirmation during the lesson twice! Then she prayed and she said that she received her answer again! Now she has a baptism date for the 15th of July, so we will see how things turn out. The Lord always prepares the way. I love you guys and hope you have a great week!

Love,

Elder Sayler

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

San Vicente de Tagua Tagua (ta-wa ta-wa) and Opening a New Zone

Hello! 

Well, the changes are in! I´m heading out! My last change- I will be in a place called San Vicente de Tagua Tagua (pronounced ta-wa ta-wa). The interesting thing is that I will be training a new Zone Leader there and we will be opening a new zone, La Zona San Vicente! My companion´s name is Elder Jensen. He will be the comp that sends me home. I am a little sad to leave Machalí, but at the same time I am really excited to get to know a new place. The sad thing is that, in my experience, when I have been in a brand new sector, the change always goes VERY VERY quickly. The mission goes by so fast right now that it feels like just yesterday I was starting in Machalí! And now in six weeks I´ll be home! Life is getting loca.

This week we went on two exchanges. I was with a gringo named Elder Shumway. We were in Machalí. It is awesome because more than the miracles that happened and the lessons we taught that day, it was cool to see how much Elder Shumway has progressed. As a zone leader, we are always worried about how the missionaries are doing and how to help them out. One of the most satisfying parts of the assignment is seeing how a missionary progresses over a time period like the 4 months here. 

The other exchange that we did was the last exchange of Elder Arrázola. He was my companion a few months ago and we went on one more exchange before he finished the mission. It had more sentimental value than anything

Well my time in Machalí was great. I am excited to see my new zone and sector. I love you all. Have a fantastic week!

Love,

Elder Sayler

Monday, June 5, 2017

Will I Stay or Will I Go? (and Thank You Morgan's)

Hey!!! 

This week was pretty good. It passed by super fast. It was kind of the normal week, actually. We were able to find a new family to teach. We were looking through the area book (the book where we keep all of the records and stuff that we do as missionaries) and we found the names of a small family that listened to the missionaries a few years ago and let us pass by to share with them. They aren`t married so they aren`t going to get baptized too soon, but they are super great and we are going to see a lot of progress with them. Their names are Lily and Rubèn. It is always super cool to see the miracles that the Lord puts in our ways daily. We were on exchanges this week as well. I was in Machalì with a missionary named Elder Jorgensen. He is the only missionary in the mission that is taller than me. We had a lot of fun and saw a lot of miracles, one of which was being able to teach a family the Plan of Salvation and see that they want more than anything to live with God again. This week is the last week of the change so next monday we will know if I will stay here or go somewhere else for my last sector in the mission. I also wanted to thank the Morgan family for sending the package. I finally got it and I was so thankful. My companion and I are always playing all of the games in our free time. I love you all. I hope you have a great week.

Love,

Elder Sayler