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Blessings!

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a great week! This week has been a good week and Its transfer time already! CRAZY! This transfer has flown by! We won’t know who is leaving or staying until Wednesday so stay tuned for that! So sad news! Elder Perry WILL NOT be coming anymore BUT happy news! Elder Christofferson IS coming this next Sunday to a Missionary Fireside we are putting on! HOW FREAKIN AWESOME IS THAT?!?! I am WAAAY excited for that! I LOVE Elder Christofferson! Now to the good stuff!

Earlier this week we were given a referral from another set of missionaries that a member had given them, so Tuesday we contacted the referral, the member did not give them a lot of information about them, just an address and that she may need some help with service. So will this little information we knocked on the door and mentioned the member’s name and that he said that she might need some help and she immediately welcomed us and started talking to us and knew exactly who we were. The member who referred her is actually someone who is renting a room from her while is finishing up orientation at OSU medical center, and she told us what she knew about us and that she wanted to know more about us and that she knew we were sent to her from God. We have a lesson with her tomorrow and are helping her move some things on Saturday. She is very interested and is definitely a miracle! Great things are happening in our area! We are definitely trying our best so the rest is in the Lord’s hands! I love you all and I can’t wait to hear from you! Don’t be afraid to write emails OR letters! I don’t bite and I do my best to reply! But I would hold off on letters until I give the go ahead about transfers on Wednesday! I pray for you all daily!

Elder Parker Tyler | Ohio Columbus Mission | 2014-2016
Picture: A little table football while our companions practice a special musical number for the Missionary Fireside!
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BURRRRR ITS SO COLD!!!!

Hello everyone!!! How are you?!?! GOOD! Things are going well! It is sooo cold here we couldn’t help but laugh at how cold it was when we were out it was funny haha! it was like -10 and -24 with windchill so it was SUUUUPER COLD! But we are fine! no damage! Also we don’t ride bikes in the snow because 1) Ohio has a thing against sidewalks because they have like none, even in the city, and 2) WHEN THEY DO, they aren’t cleared. So it makes it hard to ride so we just walk! haha  We had a really good lesson last night with a less active family. During the lesson we were able to discover the family’s real concern. When they first joined the church they were in a lot of financial trouble and the ward helped them out a ton, so they expressed to us that they didn’t feel worthy to come to church and that if they did come that they would think that people there would not want them there because they were not able to give back. After they expressed this to us, Elder Gardner related the story of the Prodigal Son to them and it helped them understand the importance of making a change and coming back, that people would be overjoyed that they were there and not be worried about the past. Which we feel would be true, every Sunday at least one member of the ward asks us where this family is and why they aren’t there. So they are definitely missed! We invited them to pray everyday until church next Sunday asking for the strength to over come this fear and to attend church. But it was probably one of the most powerful lessons I have been in. I felt nothing but love and concern for this family and I wanted to help them with ever fiber of my being! One of our biggest concern is being able to find some people to teach but it will come. Saturday during studies we were getting frustrated because we weren’t finding anyone and as I was studying “patience” I came across D&C 5:34 which reads,

“34 Yea, for this cause I have said: Stop, and stand still until I
command thee, and I will provide means whereby thou 
mayest accomplish the thing which I have commanded thee.”
 
and I immediately got the thought, “Hold on, keep doing what you are doing, I am still preparing someone.” and then this was instantly followed by the spirit. It was the craziest thing ever! So awesome. So we are just renaming faithful and being still! Which is weird for a missionary but we are! We are being still NOT idle. haha My advice for Katia and anyone is to learn to love the Book of Mormon. Pray to God EVERYTIME you read it asking him if it is true! And EVERY TIME he will tell you it is true! I promise you that! The Apostles do it and so should we! SPEAKING OF APOSTLES MARION IS BECOMING A WARD SO ELDER PERRY IS COMING AT THE END OF THE MONTH FOR THAT! I AM SO EXCITED!! THEY ARE FINALLY BECOMING A WARD! HAPPY DAY! Elder Perry served there when HE was a missionary that’s why he is coming! But it is so cool! Anyways I love you all and Hope all is well!
Elder Parker Tyler | Ohio Columbus Mission | 2014-2016
Me holding a piece of snow in the shape of Ohio! We found it on the ground like that!
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