Monday, January 25, 2016

Cachapoal, Cristobal and Completos

Hola Todos!

Baptism of Cristobal!
Wow the weeks are flying by quick. On the 12 of February I will have completed 6 months since I left home. That means my mission is almost 1/4 complete! Changes are in - Im staying in Cachapoal A, Rancagua for another 6 weeks with Elder Sepúlveda. I haven´t received the package yet, but I am waiting for it to come in. I´m super excited! We baptized Cristobal this week - it was a beautiful experience and a huge blessing from the Lord. We confirmed him on Sunday and now he will officially be a member when we have turned in all the paperwork. Wow. So much has happened I find it hard to remember it all. Every
Filling the font for the baptism
Grafitti???
 day is a really good day here in Chile. I´ve learned how to study the scriptures and so I´m learning a ton about the gospel, even though one hour of studying every day isn´t nearly enough! My birthday was super good! There is a family here (I think I may have mentioned them before as my family away from my family) called the familia Madrid. We had lunch with them even though their new granddaughter just came home from the hospital that same day and then that night they threw us a fiesta! We ate tons of completos, which are some of my favorite foods in Chile!!!!!!!!!! And its funny because all they are is a high quality hot dog on delicious bread with tomato and avocado and mayo and ketchup. But they are soooo good. This week we were looking in the area book at the records of past investigators and we decided to pass by one of them. She is 15 years old and was investigating two years ago, but stopped investigating because she turned athiest. Now she believes in God again and is progressing super quickly. She reads every chapter we leave her to read in the Book of Mormon and then afterward reads more chapters at random in the book. I think she is going to get baptized. All of our other investigators are out of town so we are just looking for more people to teach. Well that was my week, I hope yours´were just as good if not better!
Service with Hermana Clementina

I love you guys! See you soon!

Love
Elder Sayler

Monday, January 18, 2016

A Land Rover and Mangey Dogs

Something that I found that I thought was cool
Hola!

I was on a bus and could only sit in the chairs
with my legs hanging over the railing.
I got a letter this week about how you are excited to see me on Skype for Christmas! It was still nice to receive a letter. This week was a little slow, so there isn`t much to report. We looked around all week for our investigators, but all but one went on vacations so that was fun. We just found more people to teach and that`s about it. Cristobal is going to be baptized tomorrow! It was a bit of a surprise because we have been planning all month on the 23rd of January, but yesterday he came up to me at church and asked if we can do it on Tuesday so it looks like we`re going to have a baptismal service on Tuesday. I`m excited to see how it goes. This is the last week of this change so we will see next week if I stay in Cachapoal for another 6 weeks or if I go out into a new world to share the gospel with new people. Elder Sepùlveda thinks that I am going to stay and train a new missionary which would be cool, but a little daunting. I think Elder Sepùlveda is going to the office, but he doesn`t want to. Well, like I said, this week was a slow one so there`s not much to report. I`m doing well and hope all of you are doing well, too. On the 22nd I will have completed 4 months in Chile and on the 12th of February I will have completed 6 months! Wow. Well, that`s about all I have. See you guys soon.
A long road in Olivar

Love,

Elder Sayler

And an exchange after he received blurry pictures of our dog Nimbus (who wouldn't hold still): 
Thomas: Nimbussssss!
Mom: he was so excited when Jacob was here and then so depressed after he left - Dad and I both think it is because he misses you so much - honestly - and then the "new boy" was immediately loved and then missed.
Thomas: Just know that compared to most of the dogs here he is a good dog, despite his consistent barking and pooping
Mom: I will make sure dad understands that :0)
Thomas: And he doesn't have sick growths all over his body, bugs like ticks the size of jelly beans, missing limbs, mange, rabies etc
Mom: oh sick. be careful what you pet 
Thomas: its easy - don't pet anything

Monday, January 11, 2016

100% Better and a Great Week

Hola!

I swear we didn´t do this ourselves
Found a tree in Machali
Looking for Gultro
So I´m better from my sickness. It was a virus, but now its gone. I´m not taking my pills anymore and I´m 100% better. In other news this week was really really good. We have seen miracles and lots of blessings. First of all, life was really slow during Christmas and New Year´s so we lost anyone that had a baptism date and that kind of was lame. This week we worked really really hard and ended the week with 9 baptism dates. It was an incredible week. We had a lesson with a woman named Claudia. She had something happen to her brain, some sort of sickness a few years ago and now she doesn´t talk very well and her whole right side of her body is super stiff. She can´t open her hand on her right arm. We taught her the first lesson, the Restoration, which was the most spiritual lesson I have had yet, and afterward Elder Sepúlveda and I gave her a blessing that said that she would accept the gospel and also that her body would heal and her mind would return to normal. After the blessing her hand was open and relaxed. Then she realized it and it clenched back up, but it was slowly loosening as we were leaving. We haven´t been able to find her for a few days, but we will find her and she will get baptized. We have a ton of people to teach this week and its going to be a great week. I´m just a little bummed because 8 of our 9 baptism dates are for after this change and its very likely that I get changed to somewhere else. Cristobal is going to get baptized on the 23rd of January. I´m trying to find some cool stuff to send home from Chile and we just found an awesome store that´s got tons of stuff to waste my money on. Well that´s about it for this week. You guys are awesome.

Love,

Elder Sayler

PS Im fine now don´t worry

PPS If you haven´t sent that package yet-
I also really enjoy ATHLETIC SOCKS and also HI-CHEW and skittles

"Gultro" is a tiny town they were looking for

Monday, January 4, 2016

Emergency Room

My first mate (mah-te)!
Hola!

So this week was...interesting. We had to be in the casa at 7:00 on New Years so that was pretty lame. We just stayed up eating sushi and drinking mate (mah-te) all night long until the fireworks show was over. It was cool. We lost a ton of our investigators for vacations this week and last week and Rancagua is almost empty. Literally the day after New Year`s Eve...so...New Year`s...I guess...there were like three people on bicycles and that`s it in the whole city. Well, and lots of drunk people. 
Christmas lunch with one of my favorite people in our ward
 - Hermana Clementina Galarce
Then on Friday night we had some major problems. I started feeling sick at about 10:00 that night and then I woke up at about midnight and started throwing up. I threw up almost nonstop until about 2:00 (at that point I was just throwing up bile). Then I woke up every 15 minutes or so to go puke. Then I started yelling things in English and Spanish in my sleep and while I was awake. My companion said I was delirious. We put my bed on the floor in the front  room and I was yelling and in tons of pain and puking everywhere. I was also shaking like I was having a seizure. The Nurse said it was an involuntary muscle spasm (in my entire body) to the pain. During this entire time we were talking back and forth with the Medical staff. They eventually came around at about 5:00 to come and see me. We ended up going to the hospital at about 5:40 and I felt like I was dying. We got to the hospital and they put me on an IV for a few hours and that helped a lot. Then we took some Echographs (Ultra-sound) and MRI`s to see what`s up. It turns out that I had a Gasto-intestinal infection. I have four pills (antibiotics) to take every 8 hours. I also can`t eat anything except for rice and yoghurt for a few more days. My companion is doing well, but he might be catching the virus. We are going to go to our sector today to work because the last few days I have been in the casa sleeping. I`m feeling a lot better and want some rice choufan, but I have to stick with white rice. Well, that was my week. This next week is going to be a lot better. I hope your weeks were better too. I love you guys.

Love,

Elder Sayler

So naturally I had many tears and questions after this email - Brian emailed the mission home for info and Pres. Warne responded almost immediately, which we really appreciated. Our questions are in blue, Pres. Warne's responses are in red . - Did Thomas pay for his care already or do we need to reimburse the Mission Office for medical expenses or we will be billed? There is no expense to the family in this situation as we cover all medical expenses here in the field unless there is some underlying pre-mission condition. How is Thomas now? The other night he was having serious pain and ultimately he was taken to the emergency room here in Rancagua.  The nurse and her husband were there and helping with the doctors.  We at first thought he had appendicitis and there were indications of that being the case.  However, ultimately it was determined that he had a bad intestinal infection.  He is on medication right now and the nurse told me today that he is doing better albeit  he is still a sick young man.  We do not know what caused it but the fact that he is responding to the medications is a good sign.  We will take him back if this does not solve the problem. 

I just have to say that my mom heart is still tender at the thought of my boy being so very sick so very far away but I am comforted to hear he is improving. Prayers are appreciated.