Monday, September 23, 2013

How does it feel to train?

Young Women Values Quilt, Faith, Divine Nature, Knowledge, Choice and Accountability, Individual Worth, Good Works, Integrity and Virtue

This'll be a shorty.

Well, I forgot a very critical piece of information in my last email. When we were at the temple, as we were checking into the front desk the President came up behind me and said "Hermana Ludlow. Como se siente al entrenar?" I'm training this next transfer everyone! So nervous, but so excited. That probably means that I will be spending a total of 5 transfers (about 7 and a half months) of my mission in Talanga. Good thing I like it here.

I love my companion and this work. The churches best kept secret is how hard a mission is though. For sure. I love hearing from all of you and try to reply as best I can. God is good and this gospel is true. If it weren't, believe me I wouldn't be out here. But its so worth it.
Love you all.
Hermana Ludlow

Monday, September 16, 2013


Can we talk about how today marks 5 months since the day I left home!? Crazy.

(Not to mention... for those of you who don't know... 5 months since I have shaved my legs. Yes, I'm serious. What started out as a joke in the MTC has become a real thing. These legs wont see a razor until I'm back in the states. And that's a promise.) 

This week was a good one for sure. 

-Thursday: We went to the temple. SO AMAZING. I have missed the temple so much. It was my first time doing a session in Spanish, so I was a little nervous, but I loved it. The video here at the Honduras Temple is still the same... (kinda a bummer) but because I couldn't understand every word, I paid more attention to the visual aspect than I ever have. Ahh. I just love the temple. 

-Saturday we went to Agua Blanca and ate cow heart and cow liver. No big deal. It they were actually both pretty good. So either I'm becoming more Honduran every day, or just more crazy. We sat down to eat lunch and I looked at my companion and said "What do you think this is?" after she said she didn't know I decided it would be best to ask after we ate it. Sure enough it was cow heart/liver. Pretty tasty, not gonna lie. COOL.

-Sunday was independence day so the streets were nuts and there were only a handful of people at church, not including Hector. Thus, his date has been pushed to the 28th. Kinda a bummer, but were going to baptize his two kids as well. So amazing. 

The work is good. Having a  ton of enthusiasm has been a little tough this week for both my companion and I, but we're gonna tear it up this week for sure! 

Love you all, with all of my heart. 

Hermana Ludlow

Tiff. MY MOM (not you) told me about your call. So happy for you!
Chris: Sorry again about the lack of long emails I keep promising, but I sent you a letter! So be lookin for it. Love you most k?
Mom. So glad to hear about school. Love you
Mission friends. You are all my heroes k? (lamest thing I've ever said, but true)
Lisa. watched finding Faith in Christ today with my companion and bragged about how I know the little girl that gets raised form the dead. LOVE YOU





    This is how we celebrate patriots day. God Bless America.    

                               America, this one's for you

Monday, September 9, 2013

Oh know ye not that Angels are near you, from brightest mansions above?
Shorty email, GREAT WEEK.
I just don't have shloads of time and I want to write a few personal emails, so this one'll be quick and to the point.
We challenged Hector to baptism this week and without a shadow of hesitation, he accepted. September 21st will be a great day in the world. That's for sure. Then, yesterday they WALKED as a family to 9am church from Agua Blanca which is about an hour away. God is so good. This family is the reason (probably one of many) That I am here in Honduras right now, in Talanga.
We get to go to the temple this Thursday and I as so excited! I miss the temple so much!
I love my companion and we are happy, and having so much success. What could be better. I finally feel like I have started my mission. We have a ton planned this week with the members. Because this work can't be done without them... (cough cough you guys!!!!)
Today I was studying in 3 Nephi and kept thinking about the hymn Come Unto Jesus (117) Look up the words. Especially if you're feeling down, ever. Its one of my favorites as of this morning.

Just know that I love and miss you all a ton.
 But this gospel is true and I'm where I'm supposed to be.
Hermana Ludlow
P.S. Quote of the week by my companion " I may not know a whole lot about missionary work, but I know a lot about happiness, and that's what counts."

Monday, September 2, 2013

Dearest friends and Family,
I feel like my mission has finally started. I'm finally starting to feel it. The Spanish is still super rough, don't get me wrong, but its coming! Plus, my companion, Sister Gallardo is already my best friend. YOU GUYS. We have so much in common and she's honestly one of the most charitable, Christ like people I have ever met. Wow I love her. The other day in our companion inventory, I read her the part of my setting apart blessing that says something along the lines of... you will have companions that you will have friendships with now, in this life and into the eternities, as we were both moved to tears we talked about how inspired this companionship was and how pumped we are to be companions, having this opportunity to work together in this crazy, amazing, wonderfully hard work. The Lords work.
This week was a little insane...

Tuesday: Hermana Gallardo had a bad case of the runs. (quite normal, in fact a way of life for us missionaries here in Honduras) anyway we were in the middle of the lesson when she looked at me with panic, and I knew we had to get out of there. We wrapped up the lesson as quick as we could and headed for Hermana Melgar's house to ask her to use her bathroom. We began the long walk through our investigators field to get to the gate at the end of their property. Low and behold it was being guarded by 3 very large horned cattle, one of which proceeded to charge at us with anger in his eyes. Long story short, we made it to  the bathroom, but it was for sure a close call. Gotta love Honduras.
Wednesday night: Hermana Gallardo slipped in vomit. Very funny, very sad. Mostly just funny.
Saturday: We went to Agua Blanca to teach Hector (Marlin... recent converts husband) and the spirit was so strong! I know that one of the reasons I am here at this moment in Talanga Honduras is to baptize this family. He's been reading and praying and him and his wife pray together as a family every night and promised he'd come to church. SUCH A GOOD LESSON. I love that family you guys. With my whole heart. I want this so bad for them, and I know they have been prepared for my companion and I to teach them.
Sunday: Well, first half of the day was for sure a disaster. None of our investigators came to church (mostly because the member with a car who's in charge of picking up our investigators/ recent converts forgot to go pick them up. WORST.) But then in the evening, my companion and I found the best family and taught them lesson 1. That was easily one of the best lessons of my entire mission. Elsa and Fernando are super positive and asked a ton of questions including if they could feed us dinner. So obviously they rock.
I love all of you. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts in my behalf. I can feel them strengthening me everyday.
Sorry about my English. I cant speak either language these days. So that's great.
Love you all

Hermana Rebekah Ludlow
Mision Honduras Comayaguela
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