Monday, August 26, 2013

You guys. This week has been the difference of night and day.

The cutie on the left is my new companion Hermana Gallardo. Wow. I don't even know where to start. I guess with a little family background. She's the second of five and has a brother serving in Argentina right this very second with a sister getting shipped out there this Wednesday. 3 siblings on a mission at the same time? So cool. Talk about blessed family! Anyway, Her dad is from Mexico and her Moms from New Port Beach California and both her parents served missions. Her mom in Puerto Rico and her dad in Mexico.
Hermana Gallardo and I were talking about how we were going to be companions at the activity we had with all the sister missionaries and HERE WE ARE. For the reunion de cambios, Hermana Watts and I stayed at the house to wait for our new companions while Hermana Peruch (my companion before) and Hermana Judd (my twin/ bestie) went to Tegucigalpa since they were the ones getting transferred. ANYWAY, as you can all imagine we were anxious and super nervous all morning. Then, the phone rang and it was the President, telling us our companions missed the bus, but they were on their way. When he told me who my companion was I fell to the floor with joy and sobbed. Not even a joke.
Things have been rockin. We haven't had a ton of success this week with lessons, and the President wants her to go over my training again because for lack of better words.. my trainer wasn't super ready to train. Anyway, We are so pumped to get to work and translate all of Talanga. She's the best and we are basically the same person. Cant wait for this week and to tell you all how it goes.
Got letters from Leah (sister) and MEISH today. Meish. I died. That was easily the best letter I've gotten since I left home. You're the best.
God is good. This gospel is true.

Hermana Rebekah Ludlow
Mision Honduras Comayaguela
Edifico Plaza America Contiguo A Sears
A Una Cuadra del Mall, 3 Nivel
Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazan

Monday, August 12, 2013

Good news and Bad news.

Good: I'm alive. We had two baptisms this week. We're in Tegucigalpa right now because we had an activity with all the sisters and the Presidents wife. We have exchanges next week. I'm a missionary.

Bad: We're at a different internet cafe (obvi because were in Tegucigalpa) and I cant hook up my camera to this computer. Saddest, because I have a lot of good photos to send. Good thing there's always next week though. 

Alright alright alright....

BAPTISM!!!! The baptism was super awesome. Both Sumela and Marlin had their whole family there and they were both so happy and so beautiful. Baptism days are always super stressful, to say the least, but always so so worth it when it's all said and done. (Photos to come) Wow you guys. Its also awesome to be at a baptism where I was there for the entire conversion AND where I can kinda understand what's going on. Spanish is coming. Its so frustrating some days (most days), but its coming. I've been blessed with a companion that's native which seriously is a huge contributing factor.

On Wednesday we had a testimony meeting where we brought a bunch of the members/ leaders with us to Agua Blanca at Hermana Melgars house. So awesome. The Presidencies all bore their testimonies around a big campfire and then we watched the Restoration video with our investigators. 

Funny story... (mostly for Niels) Yesterday we were contacting and met this 97 year old lady who definitely didn't have all her wits about her named Amelia. When I asked here if she had children she proceeded to remove her shirt and asked me if it looked like she had children. This lady was proud of what she's got and the fact that she's never breast fed.... to say the least. Good times you guys. Good times. 

Exchanges are next Wednesday. Way nervous and also way excited. I'll keep you all posted. I'll know by the end of this week if I'm training or not. (AHHHH hopefully not. But if needs be, I'm up for it!) 

Love you all. Thank you for your love, encouragement, support and prayers. 
Hermana Ludlow

Got packages from Sister Jeffs and Tanner. Thanks Natalie and kids for your letters! I love you guys so much! And TANNER: couldn't have asked for a more perfect package. Skittles, oil, and best CD (Thanks Caleb Darger!!!) 

Mom, got your packages too. Thanks!!!! 
Leah (sis) thanks for the pregnant picture! 

OUT OF TIME: LOVE YOU ALL. the church is true!!!

Monday, August 5, 2013


Honduras in August

Welp, this week happened, and it's already Monday again, and its already August, and it was already my fourth Fast Sunday here. I don't know you guys. Time is a crazy thing. We're coming up quick on the four month mark. CRAZY.

So good to hear from all of you and your summer adventures. Thanks for the photo Leah! So fun that you guys were all in California together. Oh nostalgia. Nah, it's good to be here. Lately I've been thinking about how completely different my life is right now, and how quickly it changed. Sometimes, it freaks me out and other days not so much. It's starting to feel normal to be here. I don't know if that really makes sense, but I don't feel like as much of an alien anymore. (Despite the solid fact that I'm pretty sure everyone here thinks I am a literal alien. Its fine...) 

Not too much to report of this week. July was a pretty dry (baptism wise) month for our little area. As a district, (4 companionships) we had two baptisms, when usually every companionship has that many. August is looking better though. Hermana Peruch and I have two baptisms set for this Saturday with two Hermanas from Agua Blanca. They are both so great! 
-Sumela, 23 single mom with a son of 20 months
-Marlen is 19 and married with two kids. The husbands progress is a little slow, but were thinking with her taking the first step, it'll help him progress too. 

We have a family home evening planned in Agua Blanca with the Branch Presidency at Hermana Melgar's house and all of our/the elders investigators. Should be splendid. More to come on that next week. 

What else? The weather is super hot, super humid, and super rainy every day. So that's great. Hermana Judd (my bestie/twin) have been whipping out our rain jackets a ton. So that's great. Transfers are coming up right quick and its more than likely that both Hermana Judd and I stay here for the next 3 months. If that's the case, we'll spend 7 1/2 months together in the mission. She is seriously so great you guys. Despite the hardships that I've had with both companions so far, the Lord knows me and knows I needed her in my life. She rocks, and she's from California, so we'll for sure be buddies after the mish, (Not that we think about life after the mission or anything...)

(Pictures to come next week.) THE POWERS OUT HERE and has been since yesterday afternoon. Due to wind and rain, but its normal here, this is just the longest its stayed off since I've been here. We're at the internet cafe place using their generators for power. They are the cutest nicest because they said they've been saving the generator power for us because they know we always come at the same time every week and it's our only day to write. Nicest. 

Anyway, sorry this week doesn't bring any crazy exciting news. Next weeks email will be more exciting though for sure. 

Love you all. Thank you for your emails, letters, thoughts and prayers.
Pray for my people, and be a member missionary for crying out loud!!! (ha)
This gospel is so true. 

Hermana Ludlow