Monday, April 18, 2016

The weather just got crazy around here

I don't know if y'all have heard about it but dang! Since last night
there has been a HUGE storm going on. Luckily we live on the second
floor of our apartment, and it's in Bellville which has a few more
hills than most of the Houston area, but we can't really go anywhere
today because most of the highways are at least partially flooded. One
of our members from Brookshire (closer to Houston) texted us and told
us there's a foot of water on the road over there. Another one called
us from New Ulm (lots of people have been checking on us lately) and
told us his daughter's house got flooded and she had to be rescued BY
A BOAT. The assistants to the president texted us and said make sure
all your valuables are off the floor if you live on the first floor of
an apt., don't do any unnecessary driving for the next 3 days, etc. so
yeah it's pretty insane. But as far as we know, every missionary in
the mission is fine, including us. We had a bit of a crazy drive home
last night but everything is okay.

Good and bad news: Mauro and Ana didn't get baptized on the 16th, but
fear not! They have had a hard time attending church and our mission
has certain requirements about how many times someone needs to attend
church before they can be baptized. (which is a good thing.) Their
work schedules have made things really hard these days. They are still
on track to be baptized on the 30th, though, and they still want it
super bad. The past few discussions with them have been really really

Cool things are still happening. The other day a guy named Marcus
called us and said "hey, guys, I just found God and I want to hear
about your religion!" which was sweet because that almost never
happens. So we taught him a bit, and then his friend Jay showed up at
the very end and was like "dang it, I can't believe I missed it!!"
They were super stoked to hear about Mormonism. Jay told us he's
teaching a Bible study at the Blinn college campus in Sealy and he
wants us to come and teach it one day!! Which is awesome, but kinda
scary too. We'll see what happens.. It's even luckier because we are
trying to find public places to teach family history classes and the
college campus is probably the best place to do that around here. So
now we have that super valuable connection.

I hope everything is going well for you guys! I'm not exactly sure how
to end this email, haha, so there it is.

I love you all!

Elder Taylor

Quick update, we tried to leave Bellville and found this. So we might be trapped here for several days. The Brazos river has flooded like crazy and unfortunately it intersects every road connecting Bellville to the towns south of it. (Bellville is the northernmost town in our area.) good times!!

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