Monday, December 28, 2015

Skyping, New Shoes (thx family for the $$$), and Our Neighbor Mary Jane

¡Feliz Navidad!
Hola Familia!

Skyping Christmas Day
SO this was an interesting week. We really didn`t do very much because everybody in Rancagua leaves for the beach in Viña del Mar for the holidays - so all of our investigators left and we didn`t really have any lessons for the past couple of days. The holidays were super good. We had a huge dinner and a few great lunches. We are all having a good time, even though the new Hermanas don`t seem to like us very much. We had Christmas dinner at the Camargo house and other than that we didn`t do anything super special. Just doing the work the Lord sent us out here to do. It was awesome to Skype, even though noone has called me Thomas for about 4 and a half months. That was a little weird. Our investigators are doing well though. Cristobal didn`t come to church again so its beginning to look like if I don`t get another change here I`m not going to get to see him baptized. His baptism date fell again. Javiera is a new investigator from the familia Ruiz de Gamboa and she came to church for the first time yesterday. 
I had to take off $10,000 from my card today. We get new money and about $10,000 more each month starting this Friday! Other than all of that, life is pretty low key and normal here. 
Oh - I did have a pretty cool, but weird experience yesterday. Elder Sepùlveda is pretty sick right now so we were given permission to stay home and rest for a few hours. He woke up from his nap and told me that he felt inspired to give me a blessing. I thought that was pretty weird because he was the sick one who needed a blessing. He insisted that he needed to give me a blessing and so it was good and it was actually answers to a lot of my prayers. Well, other than that this week was pretty low key. I will send some pictures of stuff. I love you guys and will "see"
Looks to me like our neighbors had a Feliz Navidad as well...

you in about 6 or so months!


Elder Sayler

PS Sorry this one is so short

Monday, December 21, 2015

It's Almost Christmas


Elder Sepúlveda drew a picture of us
Well right now in Chile it is about 80-90 degrees and we are doing great. I love it down here. We have Christmas dinner with the familia Camargo and its going to be great except for the fact that all of my friends just left. Elder Smith is gone in a long lost place called Tupahue (about 10 minutes north of my sector by bus) and the Hermanas left for all the way across Chile. But its all good. My new companion is named Elder Sepúlveda and he´s awesome. He played rugby for his national team; so he¨s kind of huge. He also has only been a member for two years of his life, even though he has a year in the mission already. He may not have much time in the church, but I´m pretty sure he knows more about doctrine and scriptures than I do. He´s also better at speaking Spanish than me. Oh well, what can you do. Christmas is this week and we haven´t heard anything about Skype or calling or nothing. I think the President is running late with his weekly address that should have all the information because this week´s letter is the same as last week's. Its almost Christmas and not very many people have their lights up. They don´t do too much of that here.
And then I helped him finish it
Well work in the sector is going super well. Elder Sepúlveda is a super great and hard working missionary. This week alone we have three new investigators, a strong baptism date for the 23rd of January, and also about 20 more future investigators. We also just made everybody in the Elder´s Quorum mad at us because we had the lesson and we taught about the Priesthood, their duties as Elders and how they need to come with us on lessons and do their home teaching because we were the only people doing home teaching and that´s not even in our calling right now. We just were visiting and reactivating every less active we can find without any help from the ward. We are seeing super a ton of blessings these last few days together. First of all, my spanish is growing a lot better because we don´t speak any english, even though we both know english fairly well. We are having fun and doing great work. Thank you for the pictures that you sent. Last week I think I asked for a package. I have some updates on this:
We had a ward activity and
this was the snack table afterwards

I just bought a speaker so don´t worry about that
A super small - small nerf gun and bullets
and just as many snacks as you can fit in a large box because snack foods are expensive

Also, I would like your recipe for getting animal pee stains out of carpets. Elder Sepúlveda can't hold it in very well. Just kidding: the people before us had cats that we are pretty sure peed on the carpets and the Matrimony missionaries would like to try your recipe to get it out.

We just decided that we are going to Skype at about 5:00 Chile time, which I think should be about 1:00 your time. I love you guys and will see you soon!


Elder Sayler

Monday, December 14, 2015

A Good Last Week With My Companion

Hey guys!
Selfie while helping the Familia Alvarez move.
 Look at my terrible tan line...
This week was super super good. It was a good last week with my companion. We moved into our new apartment. We also haven´t showered with hot water for a week now. We had a service every day which was awesome!
 On Tuesday we helped the familia Madrid move a fridge they just bought into their house. After that we helped the familia Ruiz de Gamboa rivet together their empanada oven. 
Ruiz de Gamboa, my other family away from home.
We buy empanadas from them every Saturday.
Fabián, Francia, Maxi, Javiera, Elder Smith, Elder Sayler
A great friend of the misioneros and the misioneras -
Hugo Muñoz (Hugito) Hugo,
Hermana Squires, Hermana Ampuño, Elder Smith, Elder Sayler
On Wednesday we woke up early to make cinnamon rolls. The computer won´t let me upload those pics for some reason, but we made a double batch.We did this for a very special occasion. We have this guy we know named Rodrigo. He is super awesome and is just like the typical modern day gangster you would see in America. He speaks really good english, but talks like he´s from Brooklyn because he learned English from the TV. He also has a terrible potty mouth. The first time we saw him he swore at us and didn´t want to talk to us at all because he didn´t want us to get to know anything about him. Now, on Wednesday, he actually invited us to his house to talk about stuff! He´s come so far from where he used to be. We learned a lot about him. He was in a Chileno Supremecy gang in Santiago once, but I guess he left that after he got out of jail. His father is super rich so he doesn´t work because his father just gives him money instead of spending time with him. He lives with his Pareja, kind of like a girlfriend you live with, a pretty much wife without marriage, his daughter, and his father in law. He´s awesome. 
On Thursday we had a regional Christmas conference with the president and I think four or five zones. 
On Friday, we helped one of our favorite families here move out to Machali. Then we had a Noche de Hogar with los Abuelitos Solitos in the chapel. 
My family here in Chile - Maggie, Juan Carlos,
Elder Sayler, Elder Smith,
Hermana Madrid, Andres Madrid, and La Tonka

Another friend of ours - Hermana Ampuño, Hermana Diana,
Hermana Squires, Elder Smith, Elder Sayler

Saturday we watched the Christmas devotional in spanish and sang a Christmas song in it. Then we got our changes. Elder Smith is going to work in the office as a financiero, which means he is going to handle the money for the entire mission with his new companion. My new companion is Elder Sepulvida. He is a Chileno who has about a year in his mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but he is coming over here for health issues. It is kind of funny because Elder Smith and I were talking and I told him that I didn´t want any missionary in the mission as my new companion. And now the Lord has blessed me with a companion that´s not even in the mission. I would call that irony. And both the Hermanas in Cachapoal are leaving to other zones and sectors, so I am going to be the only one here who knows anything about Cachapoal, so I am in charge of everything now. Yippee. That´s about it for me. I´m excited to see how the week goes, it will definitely be interesting. I love you guys and will see you on Christmas.


Elder Sayler

Monday, December 7, 2015

Moving, Manzanal, and a New Bath Mat

Hey everyone!

My new kitchen! Only two people in this casa
so it WILL be kept cleaner than that other pigstye...
So its beginning to look a lot like Christmas down here in Chile. Its about 30 degrees (Celcius) and super sunny! We also FINALLY moved our casa! We now only live like five minutes away from our sector instead of half an hour! We moved in today so I will be able to tell you more about how its going next week. 
Well this week was a week full of fun and service. First of all, we thought we were going to move out earlier in the week, like Wednesday, so we didn`t buy any food because we thought we would buy some after we moved. We have been surviving on whatever we can find for the past week. We also didn`t make it to the plaza last monday so we didn`t take out any money. This means that we didn`t have money for bus tickets or fast offerings so it looks like I have to pay mine this next week. 
Some awesome flowers we found in Manzanal
On Tuesday we didn`t actually have a service so that was kind of lame, but we did have correlaciòn and that was good. That`s a meeting with the Hermanas and our ward mission leader. There were a lot of other people there so we ended up just singing Christmas songs for an hour or two. It was a fun waste of time. 
On Wednesday we had divisions again and I went to Manzanal with Elder Heap. That was interesting because I was in the CCM with Elder Heap and neither of us know the Manzanal sector or spanish very well. 

Our new bathmat -
Our bathroom is too small to get a picture of lol

On Thursday we had a service kind of. We were helping the Eberhard`s move some stuff into our casa. We had to move a refridgerator, beds, and a ton of other stuff to the fifth floor of an apartment complex. Then we went shopping for stuff we thought we might need (like a bathmat). Then we had a Noche de Hogar with the familia Camargo. I love the Camargos, they are pretty awesome. The Noche de Hogar was a little weird though because it was the Camargos, Elder Smith and I, and the Hermanas, and he taught the importance and role of marriage in the world. We all sat there and it was weird, but good. 

Friday we had a service with Clementina Galarce. We went to town on her yard pulling out weeds with shovels and picks and stuff. There is so much to do that we are going back tomorrow too. Then we had a Noche de Hogar with the old people who live alone in our ward. That was good. Then we tried to teach a Less Active about praying in the name of Jesus Christ and not in the name of the Father and of the Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. He just got offended and mad at us so oh well. 
Our new study room -
Smith caught me in a pose transfer so I just look super gayyyyy
On Saturday we had a service with the Sandovals. We were told that we were going to move some stuff for a little bit, so we just wore church clothes with a shirt on over it. It turned out to be that we destroyed a huge brick wall and had to destroy all the bricks and mortar. My shoes and other clothes got destroyed. Then we had lunch and started our fasts. Then we got invited to the Camargos again for a birthday party Noche de Hogar for Hermana Ampuño`s birthday. We fasted through the burgers and cake while everybody made fun of us. It was good though, we had a good time.
Sunday was good. We had a choir practice after church for like two and a half hours. That was about it. Well this week was good. All we know about Skype is that we get to make a call for one hour on Christmas day.  Oh two highlights of the week: There was a knife fight in Rancagua Sur, the place where we spend the most of our time. I`ve also been going through a sleepy period these days and I fell asleep during a lesson. It was just a visit with an old member so it was fine he didn`t care. Well, that`s about it, I love you guys and will see you soon.


Elder Sayler