Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas!

I don´t have a lot of time, but Christmas was great!! We spent the 22nd and 23rd in Guayaquil as a mission and got to work and skype on Christmas which both were actually really great! We sang hymns for lots of our lessons and that was super cool!! Also, seeing the family was great!! Families are amazing!
    Also, a few have asked about how christmas is celebrated here, The people here usually party until late in the night/ early in the morning on Christmas Eve, and they have little statue things that they make and they have those around, statues of minions (The movie), spiderman, batman, etc are the most common, but I have heard that on new years they blow them all up at midnight, and party late that day as well, which I will see how that goes this week :)
   Sorry that I don´t have more time, but I hope that you all enjoyed Christmas!! Christmas was great for me on the mission! Even though I was a little worried about having a  different Christmas at first.
    Also, I finished my 12 weeks of training and now I have a new companion, Elder Alvarado! He is also from Peru, and has about 6 or 7 months in the mission, but he has already trained someone else, so I am excited to work with him! I am the only one that knows the sector now, so I have a lot more responsibility, but I am excited to work with a new companion, even though Elder Garcia was great!  I know I will learn a lot and grow a lot now that I am the only one that knows the sector and investigators and such :) I will update you more on how it goes next week! I hope you all have an amazing week, an amazing new years, and trust in God always!
 
-Elder Oyler
New house

Navidad with the zone

Monday, December 21, 2015

Navidad!

    First of all, Merry Christmas to you all!!  I hope you all have an amazing Christmas, and most of all, that you remember the true reason for Christmas!  This year I have realized a lot more how wonderful the true meaning of Christmas is!  Ha nacido un Salvador! There is such hope and joy in this!  Before my misión, I almost treated it as a burden to have to take away from the gifts and all these things to read about the birth of Christ and really remember Him, I always knew it was important, but I never truly appreciated it.  This year, I realize that it is not a burden!  It should be the main focus of Christmas, but why?  Because it truly makes Christmas so much better!  I am discovering so much peace in studying and pondering about Christ's birth, and even though there isn`t a Christmas tree in my house with presents underneath, and family and friends to enjoy a Christmas dinner with, I am so happy that it is the Christmas season!  Because I have realized what a joy and peace it is to truly comprehend what it means that our Savior was born more tan 2000 years ago.  There is true joy, happiness, peace, etc. in the true meaning of Christmas, and I encourage you all to really think or study about it, with real intent, and it will really make your Christmas so much happier and more meaning full!  It doesn`t have to be a burden, like it has been for me before this year! 
      Updates, I am really loving Montalvo!! It is such a cool Little town and there aren`t crickets in Montalvo! :)  Also, we have 4 baptisms last week!! That was awesome! :)

Have a Merry Christmas!!

-Elder Oyler
Bus to the mountains :)
 
Path to river

Bridge over river
 
Bridge

River
For Kylie---this was in our house one day.  :)
 


Crab--for the second time in my life.  :)



Maria Bajaña

Maritza Pilai
 



Ronaldo Chillogalli

Cristian Parra

Monday, December 14, 2015

Desire!

I don`t have a lot of time this week, but I want to share a Book of Mormon story that really helped me this week.  Ammon, when he went to preach to the Lamanites, had an amazing desire to live among, and serve, the Lamanites.  This was his only desire!  And this, along with his faith and prayers, brought miracles to his life and to the lives of many Lamanites!  I realized that even though I had the desire to be here, I also had other small desires, like sometimes having a desire to spend Christmas with family, or other small things like that that would distract me from what my one desire should be as a missionary.  I have focused on that this week and it has changed me a lot! I am so much happier to be here and everything is going better now that I have realized what my one desire is.  Even though it is hard sometimes to stay focused on my misión, it is truly bringing blessings!  I realized how important our desires are!  Desires and faith are what lead us to everything else! 
   I don`t have more time, but I hope you all have a great week!
-Elder Oyler 




So many different fruits here!
 
Montalvo (river and mountains)

Montalvo (on exchanges with Elder Albrecht and we had
the ward misión leader, Alberto Junco, with us)

Montalvo

 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Temple, Zone Conference, Great food, Rain, ¿¿GRILLOS??

We went to the temple this week before our zone conference! It was amazing!  I love to temple so much!  Also the zone conference was great!  We got to stay in a Little hotel type building that the church owns by the temple, so we got pure running wáter and a hot shower! :) Also, the food was provided for us that day and the food was great! Not that rice is bad, but it was good to have a rice free day :)  I really don´t mind the rice though!  The zone conference was great, and we learned as missionaries how important the book of mormon is and how important it is that we develop a testimony of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.  I know both are true, and these past 2 weeks I have really developed such a stronger love for Joseph Smith and realized a Little more how important he is in this dispensation.  I encourage you all to read Joseph Smith History, because we can truly learn a lot from Joseph Smith and his example and I know that I didn´t read it very much before my misión, but it is truly amazing!
     Anyways, after the zone conference, we got back to Babahoyo at about 8:30 at night on thursday.  (It rained quite a bit earlier in the week) and there were grillos (crickets) EVERYWHERE!!  In the bus terminal it was the worst, and as we waiting for a taxi the crickets were just jumping on us and crawling on us and they were everywhere!  There were a few in our house when we got back as well.  So thats new this week.  It is starting to be the rainy hot humid season, so there will probably be crickets, at least here in Babahoyo, until April ish.  Also, this year is supposed to be worse with the rain and everything, so these next few months should be exciting!  The crickets are big crickets too!  They are as bigger than the grasshoppers I am used to at home :)
    Last week, I was ´ponderizing´ Moroni 7:48, and so I starting praying that I would have more love for my investigators in particular.  On monday night, We had a lesson with a less active, and we were discussing the plan of salvation.  I know I was blessed because I had so much love for them in that moment, and I started being able to speak more freely in the language, share my testimony with more power, and really teach them to help them.  I knew it was important to have love for those you teach before, but after actually experiencing it, I realize how important it is to love those you serve!  I encourage you all to pray for love for those around you! Whether it is a spouse, a child, sibling, parent, friend, whoever it may be.  I know that as we do this, God will bless us with more love for them, and as were strive to serve them, we will receive true happiness, and both ourselves and those we pray for will be blessed so much!  We will get along better, and all together, our lives will be filled with the love of Christ and the peace and happiness that God can bless us with! 
    I hope you all have an amazing week!
   -Elder Oyler
 
Hot Christmas

Rain!  Without an umbrella!



Nativity next to the temple



Ecuadorian Sun
(street clothes due to service activity)


Monday, November 30, 2015

Navidad!

The Christmas video by the church is out now!! I encourage you all to watch it and share it with others!  And truly search out the reasons for our Savior!  When we find more reasons and learn more of what He did and understand more and more how big of a role He plays in our lives every day, we truly become more grateful and recognize the blessing that come from Christ in our lives!  I have become much more grateful and happy as I have studied more about this topic and I am realizing how lucky we are to have the knowledge of Christ that we have as members of His church.  Get to know Christ a little bit more this Christmas!! It will truly bless our lives as we do this and as we share this message with others!
     So more rice, more heat, more spanish, more rice and heat, I am still learning more, oh and we had rice again for lunch yesterday.  Yep, rice every single day, and its always hot :)  But I am loving it here more every day!  I only have about 4 weeks left of my training, and then things will probably change a bit, companions or area or things like that.  We will see!  So far I haven´t had a change in companions or area yet, so I am hoping once it does change it won´t be too hard to adjust.
    I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!  They don´t really do anything for Thanksgiving here, so it was just another normal day, but I studied Thanksgiving in the topical guide in the scriptures and that was really cool! Remember to be grateful for everything! That is a big key to happiness and progressing in this life!  I hope you have have an amazing week!
 
-Elder Oyler

The sun is always so cool as it sets!
 

 

My new roommates :)
 
 

Monday, November 23, 2015

3 Baptisms!

We had 3 baptisms this past saturday! All from different families!  And I also got to go to the temple this week, we didn´t go inside, because we went as a Ward activity, and we had several recent converts there, one of which didn´t have a reccomend yet, so we walked around the grounds with him and had an amazing lesson with him there next to the temple!  We felt the spirit so strongly and he felt the spirit so strongly as well! It was great for him! And the temple is truly beautiful!  Take advantage of the temple!  The people here in Babahoyo don´t have many opportunities to go due to money and travel time, so take advantage of having a temple so close!  We can learn so much from the temples and they are a huge blessing that often times we choose to leave unreceived!
    Also, last monday there were transfers, and Elder Clarke, the only American in my house was transfered, and now it is 3 latinos and I in the house... No more english :)  it was rough at first, but I know it will help me learn more!!
     I hope you all are having a great week!! Remember that God gives us the góspel and the church to help us!! When we are having a hard moment, just remember that God gives us the scriptures, the church, and the góspel and prayer to help us! Take advantage of that!! You are His child! He loves you and is waiting for you to come to Him so that he can bless you, teach you, and help you progress to the person He wants you to be.  Our trials help us come to Him, and give Him and opportunity to help us, and to teach us and shape us into better people!! Have faith, trust in Him, and come to Him!

-Elder Oyler
 
Temple with convert Antony Bano

Manuel Jimenez

Damaris Rodriguez


Daira Sala

Temple with convert Braian Aguierre

 

Monday, November 16, 2015

First transfer is over!

Wow! I have already been here for 6 weeks!  The time is flying!  I am continuing to become more and more adjusted to everything here!  The spanish is still coming slowly! 
I got to go to the fields this week!  It is basically the farm area that is in my sector.  Normally we are in the more populated area but we went and visited some people in the fields this week!! It was cool to see all the rice and fields that surround Babahoyo.  Also we had another baptism this week!  A 9 year old girl who has been coming to church even though her parents are less active!  And it is possible that we have a couple more baptisms this saturday!! I am hoping they all work out!  Also we had a really cool lesson with our ward mission leader.  Our ward mission leader shared a really cool message and the less active we were visiting was crying a little as he gave the closing prayer.  Really cool lesson! The spirit was so strong!  And I learned more how powerful each one of our testimonies is!!  Sharing your testimony can really help someone out!! I am seeing this in sharing my own testimony and in seeing others share their testimonies!  Don´t be afraid to share your testimony, even if it is simple and quick, it can be very powerful!! It can truly change someone´s life! 
    It rained a little bit last night,  but I believe there is about another month before the real rain starts!!  It is still staying managable cool,  still hot but not super bad yet!! Lots of clouds still!  I hope you all have a wonderful week!

-Elder Oyler


Baptism.....Ivanna Perez



In the campos


 
 
 
 








Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Book of Mormon

I don´t have much time to write this week, but I wanted to share my testimony of the Book of Mormon.  It is truly an amazing book and we can learn so much from the stories and doctrine within!  Every day as I study it, I receive so much help and guidance!  I know that every one of us, when we read with real intent, truly searching for help and answers will receive it!  I love reading the Book of Mormon each morning, and teaching about it, and I encourage you all to take advantage of this great book!  It is truly how our Heavenly Father can help us! Through the Holy Ghost, we can recieve guidance through this book.  Find out for yourself, or strengthen your testimony through this process of receiving revelation!  I know it will bless each one of us as we do so!
Also, the weather has been staying cooler (for Ecuador). :) it has pretty much been cloudy the whole time, but there is only about a month or two left of this, if I am right.  So I am enjoying the ¨cold¨:)
Have an amazing week!
-Elder Oyler
 


 

Good morning!

So since I am one of the only white people here in Ecuador, I often here little English phrases from the people.  Most of the time I can´t understand their English... But one of there favorite phrases is ´´good morning!'' except is sounds like ´´go´ mo´ning´´ and I hear it most often at night after the sun goes down... :)
       I am getting more and more used to things here! I still need a lot of work on the language, but I know it is slowly increasing!  I have a lot to learn still, both in the language and about being a missionary, but I know it will all come eventually!  It is a continual process!  I definitely am learning to be patient!
       My testimony is strengthening so much every day here! I thought my testimony was strong before I left, and I am not saying it wasn´t, but it has grown, and is growing, so much here in my mission!  I am truly learning how important this gospel is in each of our lives!  I am learning that, as a missionary, I bring a message of hope, peace, comfort, happiness, and much more, that comes to us through Christ.  When we come to Him, and if we are willing to come to Him and follow Him and show our love for Him, we will truly receive the comfort, guidance, help, and anything else we need in our lives, constantly!  I am changing so much through the wonderful Atonement of Jesus Christ, and I know we can all progress so much every day, we just need to come to Him, and remember how important His sacrifice is in our lives constantly!  I am so happy that I can share this gospel, and my testimony of Jesus Christ to the people here in Ecuador!  I hope you all have a great week!

-Elder Oyler
 
America bus

Cow

Macedonia---really yummy!

People just blare music from their cars

Ride back from Montalvo this week