Happy New Year!!

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.

We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas taking goodies that we made to Members, Less Actives and Investigators! That was a lot of fun!
So Funny Story Time!
In our area we have this bike bridge that is like super steep and rainbow shaped that goes over the the freeway, after the first time we went over it my companion Elder Gardner turns to me after we go over it and is like “I will NEVER walk over that bridge. NEVER!!” haha so the very next time we go over I get to the other side and I turn around to see where he is and what do I see?! I see him WALKING over the bridge! So he finally gets to the other side and I am like “What Happened?!” and all he does is hold up this long chain. Well his bike chain broke off his brand new bike! The bike hadn’t even gone 8 miles! (I have a bike computer I counted!) Moral of the story be careful what you say because sometimes God has a sense of humor! But fear not because He got a new chain put on his bike from the bike shop he bought the bike from!
Also this past Sunday we taught Gospel Principles, and it was about the Sabbath Day. I learned so much from preparing this lesson! When the Sabbath is called “The Day of Rest” it is not referring to napping alllllll day and eating and napping some more! We are supposed to rest from our daily activities and bless others lives! “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27) Meaning “The purpose of the Sabbath is to give us a certain day of the week on which to direct our thoughts and actions toward God. It is not a day merely to rest from work. It is a sacred day to be spent in worship and reverence. As we rest from our usual daily activities, our minds are freed to ponder spiritual matters. On this day we should renew our covenants with the Lord and feed our souls on the things of the Spirit.” (Gospel Principles Manual)
I have never thought about it in this way before, there are SOOO many things that we can do on the Sabbath to spiritually better ourselves. Someone in the class made the comment that some Sundays they are exhausted at the end of them but at the same time they are re-energized to go and do the things they need to do the rest of the week! And it is so true! Even for a missionary! At times I am exhausted on Sundays but I look forward to them because of the Spirit that is with you when you keep the Sabbath Day holy! Now I am not saying it is bad to take naps on Sunday because Sunday naps are the best! But don’t sleep the whole day away, because then you have wasted a great opportunity to grow closer to your Savior!
I am grateful for this gospel and the joy it brings me! I love this work and I wouldn’t be anywhere else. I love you all and wish you the the best and a safe New Year! I love you!!!
My baby boy broke his new bike. 🙁 lol
Elder Parker Tyler | Ohio Columbus Mission | 2014-2016
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