Monday, December 30, 2013

What did you do this morning?
Welp, I did my laundry, by hand. Lovin' life.

This week was great. Things are finally starting to look up here in La Paz. We actually found a lot of new people to teach this week including two families. I feel like I was really sent to this area to help my companion and strengthen the ward and less actives here. It's been rough these past few weeks, but I'm starting to feel like this really is where I'm supposed to be. The Lord works in mysterious ways. 

Talking to all of my favorite people on this earth on Christmas was probably one of the best days of my life, but hey, let's just spend it together next year. Whatta ya say? 

Christmas was mostly just another day in the mission other than the disgusting amounts of food we ate. Tamales, Torejas, Chicken, Tamales, rice, sandwhiches, tamales, tortillas, tamales. I agree with Niels on this one though. Heaven and Hell for sure. SO MUCH FOOD. 

God is good.
Little by little our companionship is getting better. My companion really is great. 
It's basically January of 2014 so thats nuts. 
We're going to the temple next week on the 8th!!! So pumped. 

Well I love you all. 
As always there are 23 seconds to write, but know you're all loved and I pray for all of you. 

-Friends on missions-D&C 43 15-16
-Family, send me churchy music. I'm dyyying

 D&C 43 15-16
15 Again I say, hearken ye elders of my church, whom I have appointed: Ye are not sent forth to be taught, but to teach the children of men the things which I have put into your hands by the power of my Spirit;
 16 And ye are to be taught from on high. Sanctify yourselves and ye shall be endowed with power, that ye may give even as I have spoken.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Wishing a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of the people I love. (That means you.)

I love you all so much and am grateful for your love, encouragement, prayers and support. 

Don't forget the reason for this Christmas Season. 
Jesus Christ lives and he loves each of us.
The atonement is so real and will change your life if you let it. 
God is so good. 
This gospel is true.
I love all of you so much. 

Hermana Ludlow 

Monday, December 16, 2013

New companion, New area, New year... (Almost)

Its a good thing I have 42 seconds to write. AHHHH
Transfers happened.
I am now in La Paz with Hermana Moran. I¨ll write more next week, but lets just say we have a lot of cleaning up to do from the sisters before. Im excited to have a fresh start even though leaving Talanga was the hardest thing.
Photos of the view from our deck, my new companion and I and Familia Elvir that I had to leave behind in Talanga. Love you all.


Monday, December 9, 2013

"If there's one thing the people of Honduras need, it's the gospel."-President Fortuna

Transfers are the day after tomorrow, and I've been feeling freaky all week. The anticipation, excitement and nervousness all wadded up into one knot tying stomach ache. I'm excited though. Whatever happens will be great. God is good and he knows what I need and what these people need.
"If there's one thing the people of Honduras need, it's the gospel."-President Fortuna
Christmas is in the air and how sweet it is. I have to admit that spending Christmas here is going to be so weird, in more ways than one.
-Its hot and there is zero snow
-99% probability that I'll be in a new area with a new companion.
-Far away from loved ones
-etc etc. 
But, don't get me wrong, I'm way excited. I'm pretty sure there's proabably no better way to spend the Christmas season than as a missionary.
This week flew by. We found 2 new families that seem positive and are progressing. The biggest issue is that almost NO ONE here is married, nor seems to see the need to be. Frustrating.
I'm grateful more and more everyday to have been raised in this gospel. Outside of Provo Utah, it's a whole different world and these people need the gospel. As much as some don't want to admit it or don't even know it, they are starving and searching for it. It's just so great to be such a small part of such a big thing here as a missionary.
Love you all.
As always, zero time.
Tanner. PAULA though! That close up of here brought me to tears so I'm sure you probs died. Tell your mom shes to cute and nice to be real.
Bayley and Lisa. You are both the prettiest missionaries I have ever seen. Thanks for the sending photos!
Jacob. So happy for you. So glad youre doing what you love.
Family. I love you more than there are words to describe.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Remember the Savior this Christmas season.

This week.
1. The only full days we had to work where Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but in spite that fact, It was a great week. We found 2 new families and a bunch of new positive people. Sometimes I feel like the weeks, or even the days when we have less time to get out and work, I push myself harder and miracles happen. Really.
2. The power was out all day on Thanksgiving, so we didn't get to cook our Thanksgiving lunch. We decided to splurge on burgers instead. (Don't worry mom, the stovetop stuffing was still put to good use.)

3. Luz came to church yesterday. Honestly, there is nothing better then when your investigators come to church. Especially when you've been saving them a seat every Sunday for 7 weeks. Our Zone leaders came to our area on Saturday without pre-warning and went to go visit her without telling us. Later that night they called and told us how she wasn't going to progress and we shouldn't go visit her. ( NEVER DO THAT NIELS. K?... Or any of you that might be Zone Leaders in the future.) That was one of the most discouraging phone calls in my entire mission. We tried to push it aside, especially because we were fasting especially for her. I told my companion that it was just a trial of our faith. With doubt in my heart, I tried to reassure Hermana Rojas that Luz would be at church in the morning. I prayed harder than almost any other time in my mission that night. In the morning, when we walked by her house to pick her up. With wet hair, she came to the door and said "Voy a llegar. Solo tienen que esperar en las puertas de la iglesia. Pero voy a llegar." (I'm going to come. Just wait for me in the doors of the church, but I'll be there.) When she walked around the corner of the church building, I had the biggest dorkiest grin on my face.
God is so good and he answers our prayers you guys. Sometimes Satan will tempt us, or others to lose our faith, but those are the moments when we need it most. Everyone needs their time, some more than others. We just need to love them and have patience.
4. After 5 transfers, this is probably my last full week here in Talanga. I have never felt so sad and excited to leave somewhere in my entire life. Oh wait... maybe once before. But really. This is different. I feel like its going to be harder to leave here than it was to leave home. Home is waiting for me, but Talanga. Oh Talangita mi amor!
God is so good.
The Gospel is true.
The atonement is so real and will change your life if you let it.

Remember the Savior this Christmas season.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. If there's one thing besides the Gospel that I'm most grateful for, its the people in my life. Love you all.
Hermana Ludlow
Tan, tell your mom to send me the treats you don't want. GEEZE.
Bay, You are my wife and I love you. You tiny missionary!!!!
DAD, Happy birthday on Friday. I sent you a card and I hope you get it in time. But just know that I love you more than anything.
Jacob, I've been listening to you sing Come Thou Fount everyday and it makes me cry EVERY TIME. I love you. You have an amazing voice. All the sisters in the house agree and want copies.
Leah, thanks for the photos of little Porter. Love you guys!
Chris, Don't forget the scripture I always right you k? Don't forget for one minute. 
Mom, Thanks for everything.
Celeborn, I had a dream that when I got home from my mission you opened your mission call and got called here! To Honduras. Ahh! I guess we'll find out in less than two years!
Wow. I love EVERYONE. really.