Thursday, August 27, 2015

8.27.15

Dear Mom,
Mexico City Temple
I bought an sd card reader to upload pics with! I had to pay with my debit card so that should be the only transaction on it. I still havent gotten any letters so i think they got stolen. I´ve been promoted to district leader! It doesn´t mean anything though...Elder Christopherson came and spoke at a devotional yesterday! It was really good. He talked about Charity and about the Savior. I got to go outside the wall today and visit the temple open house. We got a quick tour and stuff. The Mexico City Temple is so beautiful! I´ll get to go through it on my last thursday in the CCM! We can still only take pictures on PDay so I probably won´t have very many until we get to Chile. I´m really struggling with one of our zone leaders. He´s really bossy and rude to me sometimes. Only four more weeks to deal with him! YAYYYYY! 
Mexico City from the bus

To answer some questions:

The cooks try to make American food, but they do a very poor job so its like soggy corndogs and bad hamburgers, but sometimes they do chicken and stuff and that isn´t too bad!
I´ve been doing my laundry for years, its just the part where I keep running out of [under]garments! (I might use my debit card to buy more)
Usually we play volleyball for gym time because nobody in our district is coordinated enough to play other games! That and we don´t want to get all  sweaty because we don´t want to shower again.
Elder Hinton is my great companion and he will stay my companion for the duration of the CCM
Spanish is coming along, we teach every day in spanish so its getting better.
The weather at the CCM is kind of spastic - It will be freezing in the morning, hot in the day, and then pouring rain with lightning and thunder at night! And it rains almost everytime new missionaries come...
My District
 dont really know what else to sayyy....

I miss music a lot! It´s so hard! I used to listen to music everyday to relax and release stress, but now I can´t because no music in the CCM! I´m also running out of gum but we´re not aloud to have that in public either...I´m going to be honest, I kind of miss Nimbus..............Next week´s email should be better! I wrote a bunch of things to talk about in my journal and then accidentally left it in my casa, so you´ll get two weeks worth of experiences next time (maybe, there might not be anything cool). And if you do decide to send a package, make sure there´s a portable ping pong net and paddles in it. I miss you guys and I love you all!

Love,
Elder Sayler


A letter in response to questions from gma Josie:

For fun we play mostly volleyball, there isn't too much free time. We play a little foosball during potty breaks though!
It's generally cold in the mornings, pretty warm in the afternoon, and then often thunder and lightning storms at night! Hahaha very diverse weather!
Spanish is coming along well, it's a slow process, but we teach lessons in Spanish daily so I'm getting better.
I still haven't gotten any mail, but there is a way to get mail and packages through within a few days. If you google "how to get packages into the mexico city ccm" it should come up with the websites.
I'd just say don't send care packages yet, but the online package thing works well and is less expensive because it sends it out of Mexico.

 - Elder Sayler


and in response to gma Susie and papa Honey:

Hey Gram Susie and Pop Sonny!
Thanks for the email! The days are kind of flying by now, much quicker than the first week did, that's for sure! It's fine serving a foreign mission, I just do my best and the Lord picks up the rest. Or he lets me do it...either one! My mom made a blog about me! I think its eldersayler.blogspot.com so check it out!

I love you guys,
Elder Sayler

Thursday, August 20, 2015

CCM in Mexico

Elder Sayler and Elder Hinton
8.20.15 

Hey Mom!

I miss you too! I am taking pictures, and I'll send them when I can, but the camera didn't come with a way to upload them. I also don't have very many because cameras are only allowed on pday. We only just started learning basic Spanish, but we've already taught 5 lessons in Spanish. I haven't gotten any mail yet, but I'll keep checking. I've been waiting so long to write you guys, but now I have no idea what to say! The food isn't very good and it isn't full immersion like we thought it would be. It's mostly white people here. My companion's name is Elder Hinton. He's kind of quiet but he's pretty cool. He doesn't know any Spanish so it's kind of tough. There's two other Elders in my room and district that we hang out with. They are Elder Burgess and Elder O'Barr - I love Elder O'Barr! He's 6-2, 210 lbs., ripped, football player, volleyball player, that can sing really well. He's also a ginger hahaha. I realize now why missionaries can't wait for Mother's day and Christmas! The first four days at the CCM were so hard and long, but once Sunday came we all started to love it! The days go by so fast and we can feel the Spirit all the time and I've grown so much. You'd be proud of me! btw CCM is Centro de CapacitaciĆ³n Misional. I'm so glad its finally pday! It's been 9 days straight without a break, and now I can finally relax! But no naps :( I had a list of things I need, but I left it at the casa...Packages do get through, they just don't transfer from the CCM. I could use a way to upload photos. Elder Burgess has a thing that has a usb plug in and you put the camera card straight into the plug. Then you can upload photos with only the card. I'd also like a snap on watch, like those bracelets dad used to get from his hood to coast runs. That would make life so much easier! I'm not sure what else, but snacks are always welcome.  I've been praying for you guys. Oh, I could also use a lined comp book for notes. I'm going to try to get pics out today, but we might have to wait until next week. Well, I love you all and I miss you! Can't wait to come home, but also can't wait to go out to the field and serve the Lord!

Love,
My District
Elder Sayler



I actually have a little more time because we all are trying to share the same uploading device for photos and it's really slow. You could say I'm at the end of the line. There's 8 people in my district. 6 guys and 2 girls. They're all super great and I love them all! Well...most of them all! I wish we were devious enough to get on our emails at the same times to email back and forth! I don't know that its according to the rules though...I'll have to ask Presidente Alvarado. So I don't know how to write good emails, so if anyone has questions for me I'd be delighted to answer them. We wake up at 6:15 every morning, all four of us shower, and we are always late to personal study time in the classroom. Then we go to bfast at 8-830. After that we study Spanish and PMG (Preach My Gospel) in our classrooms until 11:40-12:30 for gym time. Then lunch from 1-1:45. Then we study languages and teach a lesson until 6:30 when its dinner time. At 7:45 we go back to the classroom and study some more! That's about the typical day at the CCM! I Love you all!

Love,

Elder Sayler