Friday, June 30, 2017

San Fernando and Moving a Family

Heyy! 

Well, this week was very interesting. First of all, it was raining all week, so that just makes everything...well...wet. We did our best this week, but it was still kind of rough. We did go on intercambios this week. That was awesome. I was up in San Fenando with an Elder from Uruguay named Elder Figueroa. It was really cool to get to know him and try to help him learn how to be a great missionary. We ended up becoming great friends hahaha. Then on Wednesday we got to help people move. Moves here in Chile are wierd because nobody goes to help, just the missionaries, and we have to pack all of their stuff in boxes and then put it all in the truck. It is a long and dirty process hahaha. On Friday we had 6 planned lessons and english class. Every single one of those fell. For the first time in a very long time, I found myself walking all day in the rain. It was good though, I got to talk to and get to know my companion really well. Elder Jensen is a great guy and a great companion. All he wants is to do what`s right, so we get a lot of good done. Well, I hope that this week will be better than last week. I love you all and look forward to seeing you soon!

Love,

Elder Sayler

Thursday, June 29, 2017

San Vicente

Heyy! 

Things are awesome in San Vicente! Elder Jensen is an incredible companion! To be honest, at first when I met him I thought that I was going to be with the average missionary that doesn`t do anything, but this week we saw so many miracles and I am so happy that (even though it is bad to judge) that I misjudged him hahaha This week was literally incredible. As usual, we didn`t even really get out to work this week (like every first week of the change as zone leaders) because of all of the meetings and stuff. We really only got to get out and work hard Friday to Sunday. Even though it was rather short time, they were some of the best days I have had in the mission. We saw so many miracles! First of all, we had only had like two lessons before Friday and so we really wanted to get to work hard. We ended asking for referrals and talking to everyone! We finished the day with two new families to teach! One of them is a couple that just lives together and isn`t married. They told us, ``We know we are living in sin, but we want to know what we can do to be forgive of that sin``. When you get an investigator that feels like that (especially in Chile which is #2 in the world for most un-married couples living together) it is really special. Then on Sunday we found a lady named Silvana. She is literally one of the most prepared investigators that I have had in all of my mission. She had so many questions like ``Is there a true church?`` and ``Why am I here on this earth in this life?`` and ``How can I know if this is true?`` We taught her about the Restoration and she received a spiritual confirmation during the lesson twice! Then she prayed and she said that she received her answer again! Now she has a baptism date for the 15th of July, so we will see how things turn out. The Lord always prepares the way. I love you guys and hope you have a great week!

Love,

Elder Sayler

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

San Vicente de Tagua Tagua (ta-wa ta-wa) and Opening a New Zone

Hello! 

Well, the changes are in! I´m heading out! My last change- I will be in a place called San Vicente de Tagua Tagua (pronounced ta-wa ta-wa). The interesting thing is that I will be training a new Zone Leader there and we will be opening a new zone, La Zona San Vicente! My companion´s name is Elder Jensen. He will be the comp that sends me home. I am a little sad to leave Machalí, but at the same time I am really excited to get to know a new place. The sad thing is that, in my experience, when I have been in a brand new sector, the change always goes VERY VERY quickly. The mission goes by so fast right now that it feels like just yesterday I was starting in Machalí! And now in six weeks I´ll be home! Life is getting loca.

This week we went on two exchanges. I was with a gringo named Elder Shumway. We were in Machalí. It is awesome because more than the miracles that happened and the lessons we taught that day, it was cool to see how much Elder Shumway has progressed. As a zone leader, we are always worried about how the missionaries are doing and how to help them out. One of the most satisfying parts of the assignment is seeing how a missionary progresses over a time period like the 4 months here. 

The other exchange that we did was the last exchange of Elder Arrázola. He was my companion a few months ago and we went on one more exchange before he finished the mission. It had more sentimental value than anything

Well my time in Machalí was great. I am excited to see my new zone and sector. I love you all. Have a fantastic week!

Love,

Elder Sayler

Monday, June 5, 2017

Will I Stay or Will I Go? (and Thank You Morgan's)

Hey!!! 

This week was pretty good. It passed by super fast. It was kind of the normal week, actually. We were able to find a new family to teach. We were looking through the area book (the book where we keep all of the records and stuff that we do as missionaries) and we found the names of a small family that listened to the missionaries a few years ago and let us pass by to share with them. They aren`t married so they aren`t going to get baptized too soon, but they are super great and we are going to see a lot of progress with them. Their names are Lily and Rubèn. It is always super cool to see the miracles that the Lord puts in our ways daily. We were on exchanges this week as well. I was in Machalì with a missionary named Elder Jorgensen. He is the only missionary in the mission that is taller than me. We had a lot of fun and saw a lot of miracles, one of which was being able to teach a family the Plan of Salvation and see that they want more than anything to live with God again. This week is the last week of the change so next monday we will know if I will stay here or go somewhere else for my last sector in the mission. I also wanted to thank the Morgan family for sending the package. I finally got it and I was so thankful. My companion and I are always playing all of the games in our free time. I love you all. I hope you have a great week.

Love,

Elder Sayler

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Great Week

Hey! 

This was a great week. The weeks are passing by super fast these days. We are working a lot better and seeing a lot more miracles. We have a family of investigators that we had been thinking for a while about leaving behind because they weren´t progressing. We had a heart to heart talk with them this week and almost the whole family went to church on Sunday. We only lacked the 10 year old son. Even the dad, who still proclaims himself a devout atheist went to church and (even though he is SUPER stubborn) said that it was ´comforting´. He doesn´t say much, but he is a very closed off person so we know that the church had an impact on him this week. That was definitely the highlight of the week. Other than that not too much more happened. We just keep on working. We went on exchanges and I was with Elder Arrázola (who was my companion a few months ago) and that was cool. We had a great time in the sector. Things are great. Time is flying. I wonder if time flies so fast at home like it does here. I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Love,

Elder Sayler