Who I am, Where I am, and what is this blog?

Hello, My Name is Elder Parker Bone. I am a Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I am currently serving a LDS mission in the Ohio Cleveland Mission I will be serving for two years and will be returning home in Summer of 2017.
I will be emailing my adventure in Ohio to friends and family and this blog will contain those emails.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Finale, A Family, and Inspired Words

So Starting off where we left off on the Adventures of Elder Bone in Lisbon Ohio....

After Emails we drove to the New Castle West Elder's apartment and met up with them and the New Castle Elders as well. We then had a great time playing games and talking about what Elder Levitt was going to do when he got home. After Chimi-Cheesecake (Lets just say its basically A chimichonga with Cheesecake instead of beans and rice and its kinda heavenly good) at a nearby restaurant we drove home and changed to go with the Bishop to meet with the Babik's; a really nice family that we found by a miracle.

One day after district meeting we were all having lunch and the church phone rang. Now normally no-one is in the building at that time and Elder Parris picked it up and this lady, who isn't a member but knows of the church, that lives in Pennsylvania told us about this family that was struggling that was just south of Lisbon. We took the information on them and we called the bishop to schedule a time to go which brings me back to Tuesday.

We went over to the Babiks with the Bishop and just talked about their situation alot and the bishop lead most of the conversation about the welfare and employment side of things but we did talk about their relationship and how the Gospel can help in those affairs and We gave them a Book of Mormon to read together.

Wednesday was transfer day but Elder Parris and I are still in Lisbon for the next 6 weeks so we did some service for a family that moved out of the Then sisters area of Lisbon South(we now have Elders there) and moved in to our neck of the woods. The Zeh's are very nice and actually made us Pizza Sandwiches (don't worry Pop they don't come close to your's though!) After a MUCH needed stop in Salem to go shopping and have a bite we came home and showered and changed and headed to the Ward building to greet the new Lisbon South Elders and to meet up with Mark to find some temple names.

The new Elders are Elder Mulestien who is training Elder Taylor. We are actually probally gonna hang out with them as Elder Parris and Elder Mulestien Go back to His days of Highschool Basket ball.

Also at the Family history center Sis Koopman was holding a Computer Class and Dad you aren't nearly as lost as these people.. the thing that amazed me though was half of them had iPhones but no clue how to type on a Keyboard!

Thursday was kinda Hectic and a lot of driving as we did service for Sis Spriggs in her Garden (and I forgot to take photos sorry)  and Sister Kamps who has two HUGE doberman dogs. then dashed home and changed and went to the Wrights for dinner and finishing of studies

Friday was a pretty normal day after our weekly correlation meeting with our ward mission leader Brother Hobbs. We did go and meet Rita, a good friend of Sister Conner the Stake President's wife, and did some service in her yard.

Saturday we returned to the Babiks and Elder Parris mowed their lawn while I helped Sister Babik and the Kids with cleaning out the Garage. After that we went home to get in our suits before driving to Brother Clark's for the Leadership and the Adult sessions of Stake conference. The Leadership session was mostly about numbers and statistics one of which Shocked me, there is only a 25% active membership in Ohio. our ward has 500 members but we are lucky to see 100 at church and the rest of the state is the same way. I hope to help change that as I am here and that we can show others the urgency of this Gospel to all we come in contact with. One of the Speakers gave an Inspired way to share the Book of Mormon to our friends. He told us to take a copy of the Book of Mormon which he had on the back, each with 5 Document flags and with a colored pencil, and think of someone and then mark 5 scriptures that will help them, then mark them with the flags so when you give them the copy a) they know you care and really put effort in to finding scriptures to help and b) they can easily find said verses. Elder Parris and I are doing that for all Copies we give away from now on 

The Adult session was great as we got to here from none other than my Mission President. He re-iterated what Pres. Hinkley said, "that Members are the Key to a successful mission Program"  
Sunday Stake confrence was great as well and many of the speakers spoke of Missionary work and increasing our faith by Sabbath day observance

Monday was kinda a bummer when half way thought the day we got the call that our ride had to cancel so no temple but that evening we did have a great FHE with 4 families and it was a great time!

(I remember when I said I would only be sending short paragraphs.. XD)

Love you all! 

Elder Bone


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