Week 19

UnRated Version of Week 18 or 19. Fix before sending home!!!!
Week 18 or 19 or something like that? Shoot. I'm losing track. Transfer 4 Week 1. 12/7/15-12/13/15 
Today was transfers. Elder Leftwich got transferred and I'm staying in Beaumont. My second transfer meeting and I was kinda nervous about what would happen. They split us up and I got to see some of my old MTC friends that I haven't seen since we left transfers number one. That was cool to see.

My new companion is named Elder Biesinger! He came out with me and is a very hardworking missionary who wants to do right. He is going to be fantastic for Beaumont. 

We spent this morning shopping for stuff that we needed. After we shopped, we spent quite a little while reviewing the Ward Directory and planning for the week. Then we went outside to go and contact some people. As we were going outside, Dawn, the lady upstairs that fed us the very first night that we were in Beaumont, was moving. So we helped them for a while then went out to give Elder Biesinger a quick tour of the area. We came back and Dawn and her husband had pizza for us as a thank you gift! They are super nice people and I will be sad to see them go. They let us share a quick message with them about the Savior and agreed to come to church if their schedule allowed it! We will see what happens.

We had a lesson with J tonight. He is progressing but we have to push his baptismal date back till a little bit later. We taught him about the 10 commandments and committed him to live them all! Super cool lesson and the Spirit was so strong!

Today we biked. And biked. And biked. And did that some more. We biked a lot. I would guess that we biked about 20 or 25 miles throughout the day. It wasn't too much, but it was enough to make you sore and tired by the end of the day. Other than that, it was a fantastic day!!

We started out the morning by biking. We were knocking a few doors and ran across a nice Catholic lady named Samantha. She listened to our quick spill about Jesus Christ and why He was born and then asked us to come back! So will happily oblige. 

Then we went to Sonic cause it was 50 cent corndog day and the Zone Leaders had a bunch of free coupons that they let us use. It was so nice of them.

Then we went biking some more! We went and knocked a few more doors in an apartment complex and found another new investigator! Elder Biesinger has never seen so many new investigators in one day cause his last area was all rich white people. Overall, a really fantastic day

We ended the day by biking to the church for a Ward activity. We then proceeded to knock on peoples doors but instead of asking them if they wanted to listen to a message about The Savior's Birth, we just started singing about it. Caroling down here is a little bit different cause there is no snow. (yet- I'm still hoping and praying for a Christmas miracle...) But it was a good day and we came home dead tired and are now proceeding to go to bed.

Today was weekly planning! We had a good time planning and rearranging furniture and getting to know each other a little bit better. Elder Biesinger is a really good guy who just wants to do the right thing. He will be exactly obedient to the White Handbook, which is super amazing! We are gonna do great together this transfer because we are both working to achieve a common goal. 

We got out and contacted a little bit. Knocked a few doors, but really nothing came of it. After that we went to the Latson's house and gave a blessing. The Latson's are a nice Part Member family that we are teaching right now. That was good

After that we biked to the church for a lesson with John! John is doing really well and progressing! 

This morning we had Zone Meeting! It was a fantastic meeting and I learned so much. The Spirit was so strong in the room and I honestly feel that the unity that our zone has right now will enable us to do fantastic things. After that, we stayed at the Beaumont Chapel and helped set up for the Christmas Party tomorrow night. We strung lights all over the gym and it looks fantastic! We are inviting quite a few people to this party and I'll let you know how it goes. 

We spent most of the day biking around talking to people cause we are trying to increase the number of investigators in our teaching pool. Nothing too solid came out of it. 

I have in my backpack right now as this is being typed 3 Carolina Reapers. Elder Biesinger is gonna eat some of one, Elder Berry (DL) is gonna eat some of it and Hermana Conrad (new Hermana in the District) is gonna eat some of it. The rest of us have already eaten Reaper and had a very near death experience but are dumb enough to do it again with them. And if there is any left over, I am mailing it home. Dad, make some salsa if there is any left over. I'd rate it about a 20 or so.

Saturday 25.29 Miles today. 50 or so total for the week. But future totals won't count the 50 previous today.
We are starting to keep a day by day log of the mileage that we go. So yep, y'all will be getting a report of how far we are riding on our bikes. Its something that I have wanted to do for a while, but haven't because we haven't had an odometer. So yep! This'll be fun

We had a blast today! We were able to talk to a lot of people and share the new Christmas video quite a bit! We knocked doors almost all day cause there was nothing else to do and we wanted to be somewhat productive. We are trying to get the members involved because missionary work is nothing without the members. 

Today we had church with a lot of rain. The rain scared everyone away from church and our congregation was super small.

We got outside in the rain on our bikes and it was fantastic! There was nobody outside and it was super hard.

-Elder Allen

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