Hello everyone! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and that everyone was able to celebrate the birth of our Savior! Christmas was good! I loved being able to talk to my family.
So recap time! I have been transferred and I am Training a brand new baby boy, weighing 160 lbs and 69 inches long! His name is Elder Gardner and he comes from Idaho Falls, Idaho (duh)! He has been a member of the church for a little less than 2 years! He is awesome! And he is practically training me! We have been doubled in to the Worthington 3 area! (I am always serving in the 3rd area! Weird!) The ward is AWESOME! We get fed almost every night which has NEVER happened to me before! Its awesome! A lot of grad and medical students at OSU, so a lot of the ward is like 1-3 years older than me! lol its weird! But its been awesome! Yesterday we had a Christmas devotional! That was a lot of fun! We invited members, investigators, everyone to come and the missionaries had a choir and and small groups singing and a program and the mission president spoke! The spirit was awesome! During the devotional they showed the new Piano Guys video with David Archuleta and Peter Hollins! It was so awesome to see all these people come together to #ShareTheGift! If you haven’t seen it go watch it now!
It is amazing! I love you all and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!
Elder Parker Tyler | Ohio Columbus Mission | 2014-2016
Just a heads up! I am being transferred AND training a new missionary! Bless that missionary’s soul! I sure hope he has a lot of patience because we both are going to be brand new to the area! It is going to be a great learning experience, and I am going to miss the Springfield ward so much! Love you all!
Elder Parker Tyler | Ohio Columbus Mission | 2014-2016
Now before you all wet yourself that is just mission lingo for I am going to be training this next transfer! SO the next time you hear from me I am going to have a brand new baby boy! bahahaha! ITS A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! I don’t know if I am staying in Urbana or not but I just know I am training! It has been a good week! We also had a baptism this week! That was really cool to experience! It is amazing to watch the physical change in people when they are baptized and promise to follow our savior. I just love this work! I want you all to know that! This isn’t something that was made up! It is real! I love you all and I hope everything is well!
Hello everyone! I know it has been a while since I posted, but time to change that! I hope everyone is well! This past week The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints released a video called “He is the Gift”! On Tuesday us missionaries had a special training to help us prepare for this video and initiative behind it so that we can help members of the church, Share the Gift of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and all he has done for us! Now before reading I invite you to watch the video, even if you have watched it already watch it again! As you do pay attention to the spirit and how you feel about the video! It wont take long! I’ll wait…
AWESOME! Thank you for watching it! Now I want to you to think about the thoughts and impressions you had during the video. Did the Spirit testify to you that it was true? Did you think of someone you wanted to share it with? There were 3 points that were mentioned at the end of the video:
- Discover The Gift
- Embrace The Gift
- Share The Gift
I would like to quickly hit on these 3 points.
Discover The Gift
As we have gained a testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ we have discovered the gift. We have sought to know if the things our parents, family, friends, or the missionaries have taught us are true. We have a desire to find out who Jesus Christ is and what he has done for us!
Embrace The Gift
We have embraced the gift and continue to embrace it by becoming baptized and renewing the covenants of baptism by partaking of the sacrament. We have seen what a blessing following the example of Jesus Christ has been to us. We have felt His comfort. We have felt His guidance and we know we can continue to follow him.
Share The Gift
We have all heard over and over and over again that once we obtain the word we must share it. But why? Is it so we can get more members in our church? Is so we can get more people to believe what we believe? No it is because we have the full truth. We have all the teachings from all the different prophets and apostles throughout the times back together in the full complete thing! Think of it this way: Imagine you are by yourself looking at the most beautiful sunset you have ever seen! Imagine how happy it makes you! It makes you so happy that you want to share it! So what do you do? You take a picture of it and share it with all your family and friends! The gospel should be the same way! The gospel is that sunset! Now I am not saying go out and shove the gospel down all your friends throats and demanding they join the church, that’s not how it works. Help them find out for themselves the truth of the message and what Jesus Christ has done for all of us. Start by sharing this video with your friends, however you choose to do that! Post it on Facebook with your testimony! Or say to them, “Hey I just saw this video and it reminded me what Christmas is really about, you should check it out!” There are many simple ways to share! Pray and ask your Father in Heaven how you can share this with those who need to hear it! I know he will help you accomplish this! I love you all and I miss you all and I wish you all the best! I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ Amen!
So here is a quick update on how I am doing! Things are going well! Transfers is next week and THIS SATURDAY between the 3 companionships of missionaries in the ward there are going to be FOUR BAPTISMS! FOUR! FOUR people have discovered that gift and are going to embrace it! HOW AWESOME IS THAT! SOO COOL! Anyways gotta run! I love you all and I hope its everything is well with y’all!