Week 38 - 5/30/16 - 6/5/16

W1 of T8 5/30/16 - 6/5/16
Bike Stats
Total: 830.44 Miles
Week: 22.786 Miles
MaxSpd: 27.4 mph
AvgSpd: 9.7 mph
Time: 2hrs 20min 00sec

Thursday Night
Well, this week we have been pretty rained inside... The rain just keeps on coming down. It has come down for a long time now and it is not scheduled to stop till Sunday Night. That's crazy to me, that it can rain enough to cover a city. Most of Houston is already underwater and the rest isn't too far behind it...

The flooding in Houston has been crazy. Supposedly Kingwood is underwater and so is half the mission. We in Summerwood have been pretty much untouched, cept for when the rain overwhelms the drainage system. It's done that 2wice in the last week. I can't believe that it rains that much. 40 days of this would surely do the Earth in and I can now understand when Noah says that the floods came after 40 days.
That 40 days and the Earth was underwater. Some people don't believe that, and to them I say this: Come to Houston, Texas and you will see that it is possible to baptize the Earth with water. Then wait till the summer and the Baptism by fire will also be here.

Sunday Night
Hey Howdy Hey y'all! We had a good day today! It didn't rain at all today except for light sprinkles here and there, which makes it nice cause it's just kind of refreshing instead of drenching us.

We found a turtle! We named him Eugene and we tried to feed him Ham.

Eugene didn't eat the ham. But, we kept him in the bathtub for a few hours while we tried to figure out what to do with him.

Earlier that day, (Saturday) some other missionaries had come over and when they left, one of them left his backpack. So when they came to pick it up that night, we tossed Eugene into the backpack... They took him home and didn't know about him. So we called and told them to look for the surprise that we left inside the backpack. Haha, it was hilarious!

They still have him tonight and on Monday they are gonna get nail polish to write their names on his shell before they turn him loose.
So. That's the end of Eugene!

I was able to answer a lot of questions I've had by studying these last few days. 1) Y'all should study up on the Prodigal Son Parable told by the Savior in Luke 15. It's super good and amazing and has so many different life lessons inside of it. But bottom line, no matter what you've done and who you've been, Heavenly Father will always rejoice when you come home and start back down the straight and narrow. 2) John 14:15. Keep the Commandments, not because you have to, but because you love the Savior. Your obedience to the laws and commandments established by Heaven is a direct expression of your love and appreciation for the Savior and His Atonement. Really brings to light the importance of keeping the commandments, don't it? But it's true! By being obedient, we are coming closer and closer to our Father in Heaven and if we choose to be disobedient, we distance ourselves from Heaven. So exercise your agency and choose the right!

3)“Life offers you two precious gifts--one is time, the other freedom of choice, the freedom to buy with your time what you will. You are free to exchange your allotment of time for thrills. You may trade it for base desires. You may invest it in greed. …
      “Yours is the freedom to choose. But these are no bargains, for in them you find no lasting satisfaction.
      “Every day, every hour, every minute of your span of mortal years must sometime be accounted for. And it is in this life that you walk by faith and prove yourself able to choose good over evil, right over wrong, enduring happiness over mere amusement. And your eternal reward will be according to your choosing.
      “A prophet of God has said: ‘Men are that they might have joy’--a joy that includes a fullness of life, a life dedicated to service, to love and harmony in the home, and the fruits of honest toil--an acceptance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ--of its requirements and commandments.
      “Only in these will you find true happiness, the happiness which doesn’t fade with the lights and the music and the crowds.”

Wow, that's so true! Make sure that you are making the most of every moment of every day. Because it's something that you will never get back. But spend your time doing the important things, not just menial tasks or chores. But do that which has eternal significance and will bring lasting happiness.

Keep being awesome! Thanks for the support and the prayers! Love you all!

-Elder Allen

I've attached a pic of the usual forecast down here! Seriously, that's all we have seen for the last month and a half...

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