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

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