Friday, May 27, 2016

BBQ and Out Almost 10 Months

Hello Hello 

This week was super awesome. We had a ton of success (relatively) compared to what we have had for the past almost three months. We now have three investigators with baptism dates (including Carmen) and we found five new investigators this week alone. The Lord has been great to us and has blessed us a lot. We are in the last week before the changes and we are going to work hard as ever to get everything done the way it should be. We had a barbecue today for PDay and it was super good, the best one I´ve had since I got here in Chile. It isn´t the same one as the one we did last week that I´m going to send you the picture of today. I´m trying to think of everthing that we did this week, but I can´t think of everything jajaja. We are working a lot harder and teaching a lot more than we have taught the entire change just this week. We are super excited for the coming week to work and get some stuff done. I was thinking about something this week. When was the last time that you prayed to know that the church is true? I have learned that we shouldn´t just rely on one spiritual experience in our lives to found our faith, but we should continually renew our faith. We don´t have to ask God if the church is true, but we can ask him to confirm the faith or testimony that we have about the church. I have done this a lot and I can see my testimony grow every time I do so. I completed 8 months in Chile yesterday, which means in about two weeks I will complete ten months from the day I left my house. This is crazy to me, but I guess that is the mission. I´m doing great and I hope everybody else is too. I love you all.

Love,

Elder Sayler

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Goats, Weird Dogs and Feeling Trunky

Hello Hello

I´m super trunky now looking at all the pictures from the Olympus Rally that you guys sent me. Trunky means thinking about and/or missing home. But the pictures and the video are awesome. This week we´ve really buckled down and worked hard. We didn´t have a lot of success with numbers still, but we do feel better about the work that we are putting in. We found a family that´s super awesome. The mom´s name is Yasna and her husband´s name if Rafael. They live with six other people from their family in their house. Yasna is pregnant so we left a pamphlet about the Plan of Salvation. When we stopped by again, she said that she had read it and that she loved it. She said she really liked the references to scriptures in the Bible and the message that it presents. She also asked us if we have any other pamphlets. We stopped by with a pamphlet of the Restoration and a Book of Mormon and left both with her. She is even doing the additional study that is found in the back of the pamphlet with the Bible and the Book of Mormon. We have a lesson with her tomorrow and I´m sure that it is going to be an awesome lesson. We talked to Carmen, our investigator that smokes a lot, too. She is really working hard to quit smoking. She has a date for baptism - on the 18th of June! And she knows that she has to quit smoking before getting baptized. I think that this date for baptism is going to be the one because she is really excited. She even went to church the other day and said that she really liked it! Its amazing to see how the Lord blesses people when they have found the truth and apply the principles to their lives. I gave a talk in church yesterday. In spanish it was called, ´El Mayor en el Reino de los Cielos´ from Matthew 18:1-5. It was about how we can become like children to have a place in heaven. I felt the Spirit a lot and I think it went pretty well. An Elder that served here three years ago came back to visit Chile and stopped by to give a performance. I guess he´s a professional dancer/singer/pianist. A lot of people came to church just to see him, and he also gave a good talk about the grace of Christ and the Atonement. This week I´ve been trying hard to apply the Atonement into my life because I´m super imperfect and hate being so bad. Elder Gutierrez and I are working hard out here in Paniahue. We are seeing lots of blessings and I am excited to see where these next two weeks we have left together go. I feel like I´m going to leave and Elder Gutierrez is going to stay. Things are really picking up and I have a lot of friends here. Almost enough to make me want to stay another change. We will see what happens I guess. I hope everything is going well up there in Washington. I love you guys and will write you all next week.
Some goats we found in the road...?

Love,

Elder Sayler

A good friend of mine, Bryan, left on his mission to Guatemala


The bikes the other Elders let us use  -
"Violents are those who provoke social inequality
and not those that fight against it"

My booty after after a good day of riding bikes in the rain

I guess all the dogs here are weird 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mother's Day Skype Session and the 'Zoo' in Santa Cruz

"Hello Hello 123 123"

My Mother's Day card
That´s what everyone yells at me in the street here in Chile. Or the girls yell, ´Ay que lindo, que precioso, que bonito...´ (So fine or perfect (a 10), so precious, so handsome) etc. They treat me like an animal in the zoo, petting me, trying to touch my hair, yelling at me. I guess that´s just Santa Cruz for you. Anyway, this week was the slowest of all the weeks. I guess I already told you a little bit over Skype. But just a recap - we walked around for hours everyday trying to find people that were never in their houses. Actually though, we only had two lessons this entire week. I´m glad I´m not training because this would be a very disheartening change for a new missionary. But Elder Gutierrez and I are just more and more motivated to work even harder. We are going to put in some work this week and we should see the results afterward. It was great to see the family again. Next time we Skype is in Christmas and that seems like forever away, but they say that time flies after a year, and I´m going to complete a year before the next conference, so maybe the time will fly. Who knows? We have a singing devotional this Saturday and the Zone Leaders are trying to get me to sing in a duet. We´ll see what happens. Other than that, life´s good and the mission´s good, and I don´t have much else to say. I love you all and will talk to you next week!
Skyping as a family

Love,

Elder Sayler

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Pichilemu for PDay

Jelou Jelou

That`s how my lame companion wrote hello once (not Elder Gutierrez). Everything is good down here in Paniahue. There still isn`t a lot to report seeing as how all we do is walk around now. I`m not sure what happened, but for the last few weeks we have been doing nothing but walking around all day. The other day we passed by over 10 members and investigators and we only got into one house. A different day this week we walked for 5 hours before someone let us in. But that`s just the mission I suppose. Elder Gutierrez and I are working as hard as possible. Despite the fact that we haven`t had many lessons, the few that we have had have been super great. We are working super hard. I hope you`ll forgive a short message this week, but we will talk on Skype soon so it shouldn`t be too bad. We are in Pichilemu right now, on the beach. Its super beautiful. I`ll start on your package next week probably because we are going to get back from PDay late today because Pichilemu is 2 hours away from Santa Cruz. I am also trying to send photos, but the computers are really slow and I need some time to do it. But things are good and I will see you guys soon to talk.
Love,

Elder Sayler

PS I will call you at 7:30 SANTIAGO TIME