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
 
 
 

Frist Baptism!

I had my first baptism!! It was a 9 year old that Elder Garcia had already taught before so I just did the baptizing, but it was my first official baptism! Also I ate cow stomach this week... I think that is what it was.  Luckily it was small pieces mixed in with noodles and rice so I couldn`t taste it too much!
    Also we had companion exchanges this week and I had to stay in our sector and an Elder from another sector came, so it was up to me to know who to visit and basically to plan our whole day! I still don´t really know the área or exactly what to do but the day went alright! The numbers were a Little bit lower than normal, but I gained a lot of confidence in myself!  I love being a missionary!
     So today is my 2 month mark in the misión.  It feels like I just left yesterday but it also feels like I have been here for a year! It still feels like a dream sometimes!  But it is such a blessing to be here!
     One day last week was super hot... I have never sweat so much in my life!  Luckily it was only the first half of the day, but it makes it worse when you are burning up, and then you go eat hot soup for lunch at a members house... :) But I am getting more used to the heat and constantly sweating.
     The language is coming more and more every day! Sometimes it seems slow, but every week in church or in weekly Ward council meetings I look back to the previous week and see my progress.  Then I know that I am being blessed by God!  I know that he will truly help each one of us and I am realizing more as I am on my misión how blessed I am to have this góspel in my life!  This góspel is amazing and I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to share this wonderful message with others!  It is truly such a blessing! I wish I had time to tell about more experiences because there are plenty!  But I hope everyone has a great week!
-Elder Oyler
 





 

Week 2!

Once again, the time is going by slow but fast at the same time!  I forgot to mention that I am in a town called Babahoyo, which is about an hour to an hour and a half away from Guayaquil.  I am still struggling to understand the language here, which is a bit different then what we learned in Mexico! It sounds like they just mumble everything, and they don´t pronounce half of the S´s... But I am understanding more and more every day! The hardest part for me is not being able to help as much during lessons because I can´t understand them!  But I know it will come!  I can bear my testimony of this wonderful góspel and I know that that can invite the spirit!  And I might not have a whole lot of control over how much I understand or can speak, but I can control my attitude, and I know Heavenly Father will help each one of us, all we have to do is give it our best and keep a positive attitude!
    So my first week I did the annointing with oil part of a blessing in spanish, and yesterday I actually gave a blessing in spanish to a less active! It was broken spanish, but I made it through with the spirit!  And I made my first contact without the help of Elder Garcia after church yesterday! I was able to communicate well enough to get an appointment with him for wednesday!  Everything is going well here, I hope you all have a good week!
-Elder Oyler
 



 

Week 1 in Ecuador!

Wow! Everything is going well! Ecuador is quite a bit different but I love it here!  I have a great trainer, Elder Garcia, from Lima Peru.  He works hard and helps me a lot, and even speaks a little bit of English!  Anyways, the flights and everything were good, and General Conference was great!  There is too much to write about so I will just try to write about as much as I can.
     So the spanish here is a lot different... I could understand people fairly well in Mexico, but here and can´t really understand anything... but I know it will come! I can still talk and testify in lessons pretty well, I just can´t understand the people when they reply, but it will come!  We do a lot of work with less actives here so that takes a bit of our time.  There a quite a few members but a good majority are less active, so we work on that a lot.  We eat lunch with a member each day, and they give a lot of rice!  I have only been able to finish my entire lunch once... but I am sure I will get better at that too!  The food is pretty good! The people are really nice!  Church was great! Even though I couldn´t really understand too well... but everything here is going really well!  I live in a house with another companionship who work in the same ward that Elder Garcia and I work in.  We each have half.  But the other companionship is great to be around! One of them is from the states so I have someone I can talk to in English to fully understand things. It is pretty hot here, but I believe it will get a lot hotter in a month or two when it rains more... so far it hasn´t rained, but I guess when it rains, it gets a lot more humid and a lot hotter! So we will see how that goes! It has been cloudy most all of the time here so that has helped as well.   Also we got to go to the temple on wednesday morning! That was awesome! Also I had a cool experience! My first day was my first baptismal invitation in the night to people who we didn´t know were coming to a family night activity at a members house, and they accepted! first invitation, first day, and they accepted! I thought that was cool. I wish I had time to write more, but I hope you all have a good week!
-Elder Oyler
 
Arrival in Ecuador


With Elder Garcia

My room

View outside my room

Guayaquil Temple
 

Last week at the CCM!

 Wow! We got our travel plans this morning, I will be in Ecuador a week from now!  It hit me pretty hard this morning that I am almost done here!  I will leave on Monday night and get there Tuesday morning!  It has come up fast and I am sure this last week will fly by!  I am so excited to go to Ecuador and get to know what my life will be like for the next 2 years!  I will be sad to leave the CCM, it is great here, but I am excited to start teaching and serving the people in Ecuador!
       So this week we got to see a broadcast of Elder Richard G. Scott´s funeral.  I was sad to hear of his passing, but the spirit that was felt during the broadcast of his funeral was so sweet and amazing! He was truly an incredible man, and I will miss his talks in conference, but I am also excited to find out who the new members of the quorum of the 12 will be, either this week or in 6 months.
      My last Sunday here will be General Conference Sunday!  I am so excited to hear all of the talks and here the music from the choir and see Temple Square!  I know it will be so great to hear what the prophets have to say and I know that I will be able to learn a lot from them and it will help me get ready to go out into the mission field!
       So somehow, I got in to doing a musical number for everyone here at the CCM... One of the sisters in my district wanted to sing a musical number for one of the devotionals, and I ended up being the one to play the piano for her... She is singing ´Lead Kindly Light´ in Spanish right before the devotional next Sunday, and instead of just playing through all of the verses, she wanted to change one of the verses... So not only am I playing Lead Kindly Light to accompany her, but I am transposing the second verse up a fourth... I have never transposed music for the piano so this is a little new, and I haven´t really practiced at all... I will get some time to practice today so lets hope its enough that I will be able to play well for her!
      I hope everything is going well back at home!  Pretty soon I will be writing from Ecuador!  My time here at the CCM is almost done!  It has been an amazing experience and I have learned and grown so much!  I know I will continue to learn and grow in Ecuador!  My testimony of this gospel is becoming much stronger and I know that Jesus Christ lives and that He helps me so much, especially here on my mission!  I hope everyone has a great week!  I am not quite sure whether I will email next from here or from Ecuador, and I am not quite sure exactly when I will email, but I hope everything goes well until then!  
    
    -Elder Oyler
       

Last couple of weeks in the CCM

My time here at the CCM is flying by! I can´t believe I am only down to a couple of weeks left! I have grown to love it here, and I will miss the CCM when I leave, but I am super excited to go to Ecuador and teach the people there!  I know I will grow to love it there too!
      This week has been a good week!  Lots of class and study every day, but I am learning a lot and growing a lot in many ways!  I am growing to love the gospel more and more every day!  I feel I have already changed so much and I know I will change so much more!  This is only the beginning!
       So this last Sunday, my branch president came in during our study in the morning and wanted to talk to Elder Rummler and I.  He took us to an empty classroom and asked us if we would be Zone Leaders!! So Elder Rummler and I are Zone Leaders over our zone, 4 districts of 8-10 missionaries each.  We will be zone leaders until we leave.  I am really excited to be able to serve my zone as a zone leader and I know I will learn a lot from the experience I get from it!
      There hasn´t been a whole lot new this week.  I think it is getting a little colder and rains a little more here in Mexico City.  Mexico Independence Day was last week, but we didn´t see too much of that from in the CCM.  We could see Mexican flags on a lot of the houses up on the hills, and the cafeteria was decorated with flags, the colors of Mexico, and we got little Mexican candies for the meals in honor of Independence Day, but that was about it inside the walls of the CCM.
       My district and I (just the elders) have started to play cage soccer during gym time.  Soccer on a small basketball sized court surrounded by a cage.  We have become the best district, I am pretty sure.  We win pretty much every game and it is a lot of fun!
      I am so grateful to be out here serving a mission!  I know God is blessing me as I learn and strive to become a good missionary and as I strive to become a better person!  I hope everything is going well back at home! Everything is going well here!  Have a great week!
   -Elder Oyler
 
 


Map of our missions in our class building hallway

Elders in my district and the two districts that just left

Class building hallway

Classroom

Our bedroom in our casa----can you guess which bed is mine?  :)