Monday, January 23, 2017

A Baptism, I Turn 20 + Pics of My Weird Foods Quest

My quest to eat wierd foods. This is when we ate pig head...
This week was incredible. Our investigator that was close to getting baptized was so excited (his name is Sebastian) to get baptized so he asked if we could change the date to last Saurday! We were a little nervous because we weren`t sure if he was ready or not. He said that that it when his family can do it though, so we said ok. We worked with him every day that week and it was incredible to see how much he changed during that week. On Saturday, after three years of investigating, Sebastian Antonio Aguillòn Arancibia joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was so excited. After the baptism he shared his testimony and he said, ´I feel so much joy right now! I have no idea why so its a little wierd, but I`m so happy right now!` It was incredible to see how baptism can change the life of a person in just one day. Another miracle of this week - We have an investigator named Susana. She lives with her boyfriend. She`s about 50ish so I don`t know what you would call it. She has been waiting for the divorce of her man to come through so that she could marry him and get baptized. Divorces in Chile are very hard. They have been waiting for a few years on their divorce and he always treated her like garbage. This week she was thinking a lot about her baptism and he left her. He always leaves her and then comes back after a few days or weeks. This time she said a prayer and received an answer from God not to ever get back with him again, but that she should get baptized! She told us that she wants to get baptized and got herself a cat so that she won`t be lonely in her house. She even found a new job so that she can pay the rent without his help. She is getting baptized a week from this Saturday. We are so happy and so blessed for the miracles that we are seeing in our sector. It is going to be awesome. Changes are coming up in two weeks. It will be interesting because after our interviews with Presidente Harris we have no idea who is going to leave and who is going to stay. If I go, i will most likely go to train. If I stay, I will be a zone leader one more change and then go and train. Presidente said that he wants me training new missionaries. Tomorrow is my birthday. I`m going to be 20! I`m so old hahaha. We are going to be in Rancagua all day so its gonna be cool. I love you all and hope you have a great week. See ya! 

Love,

Elder Sayler
SEBASTIAN FINALLY GOT BAPTIZED, AFTER 3 YEARS!!!




Chicken heart, chicken liver, and chicken feet...




Monday, January 16, 2017

On a Quest to Eat Weird Foods

Dear Mom, 

This week has been awesome. My companion and I are on a quest to eat weird foods. Actually, he is from Bolivia so he is pretty used to the weird foods, but he knows that I`m not so he`s helping me out with my dreams to eat weird foods in my mission. So far we have eaten: stomach, pig head, chicken liver, chicken heart, intestines, and chicken feet. I`ll send pictures when I can. This week was great. We are working very hard. We got to have interviews with the mission president, President Harris. It is always a great experience to talk with him. Even though it takes away a whole day`s worth of proselyting. We had a couple of great meetings with Sebstian. He is progressing very very well. He will be baptized on Wednesday next week, but its possible that we baptize him this Saturday so that his family can not be working. We got to go on exchanges with the sectors in Paine. I stayed here in Los Jardìnes with a new missionary, Elder Leatherwood. This is what I love about the mission, getting to meet so many missionaries and be their friends; live with them for a day and work hard with them. We got to visit a couple of people and teach a few lessons. It was awesome. I love the mission. It`s amazing how the mission changes a person. Everyone is telling me that I`m changing a ton. Thanks to the Atonement of Jesus Christ this is all possible. I`m so grateful for this gospel. I love you guys. I will see you soon. Happy birthday to Meredith (I sent her a seperate email.)

Love,

Elder Sayler

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Baptism and Working Hard

Hello! 

Finally things have calmed down here in Buin, Chile. The weather is still sunny and hot, but the drunks have calmed down and the Christmas rush is finally over. I got a little sick this week, but nothing to keep us in the house all day, just enough to make things a little bit miserable. I`m better now though so no worries. This week we were able to see a ton of miracles. One of which is named Carmen. She was a reference from some other Elders here in Buin. We called her the other day and said that she was waiting for us to pass by and see her for days. We ended up talking for a long time. Actually, she talks a lot so we ended up listening almost all the time, but it was super cool to visit her. We got to go back and teach her the restoration of the gospel and she understood it all and was so excited that God actually loves us and wants us to be happy so He still talks to us today. We invited her to be baptized and now she is praying about a date. Also, Sebastian, our investigator (since a while back), is super excited for his baptism on the 25th of January. We are so excited to just work this week and things are going so great. We are working really well together and we are just happy working in the Lord`s vineyard. Its crazy how fast the time flies by now, things are getting so crazy. I love you all and hope to see you soon!

Love,

Elder Sayler

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!! 

Its late, but its the thought that counts, I think. The weeks are going by so fast now. The months of the mission are fastest from about December to May-June. Last year they flew by and this year I`m expecting the same. Its crazy to think that this year I am going to go home. I`ll be there in about 7ish months. They are going to go by so fast. This week was a little crazy. We had a ton of holidays and stuff recently (as you know), but its a little different here hahaha. First of all, everybody is still working like crazy. In Chile the people work very hard for a very long time. Everybody has preparations for Christmas and New Year`s so there is a little less time for two humble servants of the Lord. It was still a great experience because that just means that the people that we did get to teach and help had real intent if they are willing to put off their personal things to listen to a message from the Lord. This week we had a bunch of super spiritual experiences. First of all, we had to do changes and that is always a mess (when all the missionaries in the mission change the sectors that they work in). Then we had to revise all of the houses to make sure that they were all clean. Then we had to go to the meeting they call Leadership Council in Rancagua with Presidente Harris and the Assistants. There we learned a lot about repentance. It was really cool because we analyzed Alma 34:15-17 which talks about the importance of repentance in our lives. Really, the purpose of our lives is to repent. If we want to make some sort of change in our lives, it is thanks to the atonement of Jesus Christ that we can do it. This week I realized the importance of the atonement in our lives. We were able to apply this principle with an investigator named Enrique. He`s an alcoholic that is quitting his alcohol. It is super hard for him, but as we work with the addiction recovery manual and talk about the atonement, he has made a ton of changes in his life. He`s not drinking anymore, which is the first time that this has happened in 19 years. He wants to get baptized because of the changes and blessings that he has received through the atonement. Jesus Christ really is the Savior. I love you all and hope all was well during the holidays and that you have a great year. Especially now that everyone is setting goals for the new year, it is a great time to think about the atonement and think about what you can achieve this year with the power of God at your side. See you soon!

Love,

Elder Sayler