Thursday, June 30, 2016

Crazy Crazy Week

Hello!

Oh this week was crazy crazy crazy! We literally didn´t do anything in the sector because we were doing everything. We had a great activity on PDay, and then we had a Zone meeting on Wednesday, and then on Thursday we went to Rancagua for a goodbye conference with President Warne (he leaves today) and then on Saturday we had more service activities and english class. It was a crazy week. Even with all the craziness, we still managed to have a lesson with one of our investigators named Jeny. She´s awesome. She came to church for the second time this week. We have taught her the Plan of Salvation. She keeps telling us that she wants to get baptized because she wants a big change in her life and she feels that baptism is the way to do it. We were talking to her parents yesterday, and they told us that now that she is going to church and is reading the scriptures and praying, she seems a lot happier. She laughs and jokes with her parents and family instead of only crying about how her children are aweful. She is really going to be a great member of the Church. It just makes my testimony a ton stronger that this is the true church of God and if we want to feel the love, peace, and happiness of God in this life, we need to search him out in the right places (like his church!). Our other investigators are doing ok. We were going to have a baptism this Saturday, but it fell through and the people just need a little more time to get things worked out, like testimonies and stuff. Its ok though, even if it taked 5 years, its better not to baptize before you are ready to make and keep the committment. In our conference with President Warne we learned a lot about what it takes to be valient in the work of the Lord. We read a talk called ´´Be valient in the battle of the faith´´ I think...at least in spanish its ´´Sed valientes en la batalla de la fe´´. Its by my good friend Bruce. He´s a great apostle. We are going to have changes in another two weeks, but with a new Mission President, I have no idea what is going to happen, if I stay in Paniahue or if I go. We will see. I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Love,

Elder Sayler

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cupcakes and Chainsaws

Hello!

In service with investigators making cakes!
And mini-cupcakes
This week was pretty crazy, and yet, I still feel like not a lot went down. Monday we played a game of dodgeball with the zone and it was pretty fun. We walked around all week. We usually walk for about three and a half to five hours every day. We really get around. On Wednesday we had divisions with my district leader and I stayed in Paniahue again. We had two lessons that were super great. One of them we taught part of the Plan of Salvation and then we fixed another baptism date. After that we taught about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and wrecked in a spiritual way. We got to do a couple of services this week. We got to help an investigator make cakes and cupcakes for Father´s Day. Then on Saturday, we got to chop a ton of wood! It was so much fun because it was the first time in my mission, and the first time for the other missionaries I was with in their lives. I even had to teach them how to use the chainsaw because the guy just handed it to them while it was running and said, ´´you just press here and it goes´´ and let them at it. This week was super great. Today we went to Pichilemu again. It was fantastic. We got to do a ton of cool stuff like take awesome pictures, play volleyball in the beach, and eat a huge barbecue. I´m excited to see how this week goes for us. Happy Father´s Day! I got to speek this week and I spoke about the roles of fathers in our lives and how that relates to the role of our Heavenly Father in our lives. We had a fun week this week and next week is going to be crazy. I love you guys and will tell you about it next week.

Love,
Elder Sayler


This crazy guy almost died trying to surf in Punto de Lobos




Selfie game is just so hard right now



Me and one of my best friends in the mission - Elder Carneiro from Brazil!




Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Slow Week and an Impressive Onion

Hey

The most impressive onion I've ever seen
This week was a little bit slow. It was actually one of the slowest weeks that I think we have ever had. We only had one lesson. The ENTIRE week. Other than that it was good. We had some divisions and I stayed in Paniahue with an Elder from Brazil who only had 8 days in the mission. It was awesome to see what its like to be with a new Elder and more importantly, see how much progress, knowledge, faith, and growth I´ve had in the 10 months since I left home. I finished 10 months yesterday (loco). I´d say the mission is going pretty well. Its always going to have its ups and downs, especially when you´re in Paniahue, but we have some plans to change things up a bit. We talked with our Ward Mission Leader and we made a plan to do a sort of huge family home evening as a branch and invite investigators and members and everybody we can. Chile played against Bolivia in the Copa America this week, so we were in the house early. We made a huge pot of Arroz Chaufa (a Peruvian dish) with Elder Mesías, the Peruvian of the house. It was pretty good. I might have to make it some day in the house. Its a lot like a fried rice. That´s about it for me this week. I hope everything is going well up there with school getting out and everything. Meredith is going to be a Senior! Wow. I love you all and will see you all soonish.

Love,

Elder Sayler

Monday, June 6, 2016

Decisions, Bball and Truck Washing

Hello Hello!
This week, I´m not sure what changed, but we´re back to normal Paniahue again. We worked as hard as we could, yet we still only had 3 lessons this week. It ok because we do have people working diligently towards being baptized, and that´s all that matters. We also hit an alltime low in our church attendance this last week. The week before we had an alltime high of 39, yesterday we had an alltime low of 13 people. It was an interesting church day. 
We played basketball for PDay today, my first time in the mission. On the 12th I´m going to finish 10 months since I left home on that dark August morning. Wow how time flies (more or less). In reality, sometimes time flies, but sometimes it feels really really slow. It just depends on the day.
I´m working on your guys´ package. I took out the money last week, so we are one step closer to sending off the package. The problem is that there isn´t much good stuff here in Santa Cruz. I will see what I can do. 
Four of the baptismal dates we had set fell through yesterday. We will try to re-set them this week if we can. These people need to get baptized some day. 
I´m having a great time with Elder Gutierrez. We work out every day together and everything. We get along really well. The only problem is that neither of us likes to make the decisions, so its like, ´´what do you want to do? I dunno, what do you want to do? I dunno.´´ or ´´Do you want soda with lunch or juice? Its the same for me. Whatever you want. I don´t care, you choose.´´ Just little things like that that we can never decide on. Either way this doesn´t stop the work from progressing. 
We had an awesome service the other day. We found this old guy washing a truck and we were like ´´hey can we help you?´´ and he was like ´´no´´ so we picked up his tools and started washing his truck for him anyway. He invited us to come back and chat some day. I am excited. His name is José (just like every other Chilean here). We had a pretty good week. 
I can´t believe you guys are driving to Kansas this summer without me. I am so bummed. I have always wanted to go and now I´m stuck here in freaking Chile. Its ok. I will forgive you (eventually). I lost my spanish hymn book and so that´s why I need a new one. The English hymn book I asked for is just for fun, because I miss singing in english and can never remember the words to the verses. If you want that scripture case thing you have to send me the pictures so that I can send them to the guy that does them. I will order them when I can and when I can verify the cost. I love you guys and hope everything up there is just as great as it is down here.

Love,

Elder Sayler

PS Happy birthday, Dad!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Hello hello!

Hello hello!

This week was frickin´ great. We have finally seen all the blessings that we were missing out on all of the last change. First of all, I went on divisions to a place called Nancagua for like three days so that was my entire week. We didn´t really do anything, we just played some soccer and painted a house for hours, but it was still fun to chill with some other Elders for a while. While I was away, Elder Gutierrez put two baptism dates with people. Then I got back and we put 3 more in the next two days. We now have 8 people with baptism dates in our sector. I know that the Lord wants his children to learn the gospel and that he has guided us to those who he has prepared to receive it. We are working a ton in the sector now and its awesome. Even more awesome is that changes are tomorrow, and Elder Gutierrez and I are going to stay together here! We are going to be able to see the progression and hopefully baptisms of lots of people together. What a blessing it is to help people to come unto Chirst and make covenants with him through baptism. I´m so thankful that the Lord is guiding his church and that he makes it possible for us His children to help His other children come unto Him. Other than that we just are doing a ton of work and focusing hard to become better teachers and better representatives of Jesus Christ. I hope that everything is going well up there in the USofA and I hope to hear from all of you next week. I love you and will see you soon.

Love,

Elder Sayler

PS in two weeks I´m going to complete 10 months in the mission! Crazyyyyy!