Hello everyone! Greetings from the middle of nowhere, Ohio! I LOVE IT! Reminds me of Grantsville except older and slightly bigger and cooler! I have been transferred to the Marion Branch, the OLDEST Branch in the church! Elder L. Tom Perry served in this branch when he was on his mission! Last year when Elder Perry came to visit, he told President Wilkes (The Branch President) that when this branch becomes a ward (and it is soooo close) he will come back for it! Over this past year the active members have gone from 80 to about 130! So we are so so soo close to becoming a ward! Now for a tour!
The star is the town I am assigned to (Kenton, Ohio). The blue outline is our branch boundary (Red is mission boundary! Purple is other ward boundaries), and the meetinghouse is in Marion, Ohio! For those of you playing at home that comes out to 60 miles round trip to church!
I love it out here so much! There is so much work to be done, and we have to do a lot of tracting but even when people aren’t interested they are still so nice to us! There is only ONE active member in our town, yes that is right ONE! But there about 30 less active members so we are definitely working on that! Most of them say they will be active when we get a branch in Kenton but we can’t get a branch in Kenton until Marion gets enough members to become a ward and we get enough ACTIVE Priesthood in Kenton! #TheStruggleIsRealYo! But They way I am seeing it, is that they are basically saying they will “Follow Christ, when its convenient for them.” Becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ is NEVER an easy task. We are always going to have to make sacrifices. When we sacrifice things we are showing our true faith that we know the Lord will take care of things!
New companion time! So with a new area comes a new companion! Introducing Elder Jenkins! This fine young gent is from Le Grande, Oregon! WOOOO! He has been out for 10 months and yes we are rockin the BYU hoodies like us Mormons do!
I love you all and I am so grateful for all your support and for everything y’all do for me! Remember who you are and what you stand for! Remember Jesus loves you and so do I!
Elder Parker Tyler | Ohio Columbus Mission | 2014-2016