Monday, March 23, 2015

So close yet so far!!!!!

So I just saw the video of Jake opening his call, HOLY COW!!! That is so awesome that he is coming to Peru!! But hate to break it to you Jake you're going to the second best mission in Peru, Mine is better!!!! But wow that is so awesome congrats man I am so proud of you!!!

Well, it was really just a normal week! I have been healthy, we have  just been working, really no outstanding news!! But some cool things that happened this week. 

It was a ward member's birthday this week, and we are all super good friends with him. So he invited us to lunch, we all thought he would just make us lunch cause he is a chef, so we go to his house and nothing is made, he ended up taking us to the super fancy restaurant which was absolutely delicious!! We didn't have to pay either which was awesome!! haha

Another funny story this week is that we were talking about birthdays at our Pensions house, and I said oh mine's coming up soon! They asked when and I said the end of next month, which apparently when said in Spanish sounds like Lunes. Which for those of you who don't know, means Monday. So the mom of our pension got so excited and just started singing, in English which was rather impressive, Happy birthday to you, and me and Elder Card just looked at each other so confused, and then told her the right day! haha!

Really I have been anticipating this Monday, For two reasons in specific, One Jake opening his call and that is so awesome!!, The second is that March Madness!! Holy cow I miss it so much!! haha but some good news is that today we are going to play basketball, know I'm going all out. I also hate to say it but I think Kentucky will win it. Although I haven't seen a lick of college basketball, I received revelation or something like that!

Haha the work here is going good, we are starting to find more new people so that is good. The attendance in our ward for this month has gone from the 80s to now we are steadily around 105, so that is super awesome!! I am so excited for conference! My first one in the mission field, and even better is that the Sunday session will be on Easter! That will be such a spiritually amazing day! I am so excited for it!! 

I guess the Spiritual thought for the week is the initiative that the church is doing for this time of year. Maybe you guys have heard from the missionaries maybe not but I'd like to share with you. It's called "Because He Lives" I have pondered on this quite a bit as we are sharing it with a lot of people, and really because our savior lives everything is possible. Because of the Atonement we have the ability to be clean of our sins and live with Heavenly Father again, but not only solo, with our families, which to me is one of the biggest blessings. I invite all of you to ponder on this initiative and the 27th of this month, or maybe the 28th, the church is going to release  a video about this. So my invitation is that you all think about this, then after seeing the video I'd like for you guys to write me your thoughts, it could be something small such as Because He lives, I have the opportunity to be clean, but maybe something a little more specific, I promise this will bless your lives as you ponder and reflect on all the things our savior has done for us! I love you all so much!!!! 5 Months down 19 to GO!!!


Elder Ludlow

PS: I got a Preach My gospel case, Here it is!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Well this week was a good week you could say. One kinda crazy story that happened this week is some members invited us out to eat... crazy right???? haha no but so we went out and when we got there i started feeling pretty light headed... Then when we finished I thought for sure I was gonna pass out.. But I ran super fast to a chair and was able to make it there. Elder Card said that my face was like super green... so that's always good! haha but I am ok now don't worry mom!!

This week I also received the Willits Christmas card... Personally its a little early to me sending out Christmas cards but thanks anyways!! haha umm not really much happened this week, just a normal hard working week. We did find a new less active family that we have started teaching, and we also have a couple new investigators that we are working with so that's good! So we had planned for this week to baptize hermana Dora. She had classes on Saturday and so things were gonnna work out perfect, then she heard that
her classes got changed to Sunday, and she wasn't going to be able to attend church this week. Which would mean that she couldn'
t be baptized cause investigators have to be confirmed in sacrament meeting, and then we just wouldn't have been able to baptize her until like the 12th of April, so we were really sad, but we knew that Heavenly Father can do all. So after her telling us we went home and fasted and prayed super hard to be able to have her baptism. The next day we went to her house and she confirmed that her
classes would be on Sunday. So that was super rough. And we pretty much told her the two options she had... So on Friday we asked her to talk to her teachers to see if she could show up late to the baptism, and she said she would but told us the attendance is super strict here... So we just kept praying and praying. Then on Friday we met with her in the chapel, and well when we saw here it just wasn't looking like things were gonna happen.
But because of the faith that she, us, and many members had, she was able to show up to classes late and be baptized! What a miracle and what a testimony builder to me that the Lord can do all!

Also because its march madness there was no way we couldn't not participate... so to warm us up for some MaRCH Madness we had our own march madness, with Disney songs!! We still have finished it but by next week you guys will know the winner, just remember the best team doesn't always win March Madness!!

Thanks for all your support, and prayers in my behalf, I couldn't do this without all of you!! I love you all!!! 


Elder Ludlow

PS: I've been working on my drill pose... how does it look?? 

Monday, March 9, 2015

1D Getting Buckets!!!

OK now you guys are all probably thinking is he really talking about 1D getting buckets... Well yes I am! For those of you who aren´t so young and hip, 1D is a boy band called one direction. Anyways how are they getting buckets you ask, well let me explain. This week we went with a member and visited this less active families house. There were two teenage girls there and they didn't want to talk, or want us to be there for that matter. So we gave our little message and when we were ending we saw a 1D folder and other 1D stuff, and so Elder Card and I asked, you guys like 1D? The change in these two daughter's attitude towards us was like the the change Micheal Jackson made, Black to white. Holy cow, they just went off and we were just talking about it and they were just so excited and we were just so excited and wow, now they want us to come back, they had us sign their Books of Mormon, and ya it was awesome!! hahahaha

Well the reason I am emailing so late is cause we went to another beach today for zone p-day, it was fun, but wasn't as cool as Charcas. But I got fried again because I forgot sunblock, I really blame my mom for my bad memory! Love you Mom :)

Haha, so this week not much really. We do have a baptism this Saturday... but other than that ya nothing.... The work is kinda going but kinda not, our people are progressing but we don't have a lot of people and we are really struggling trying to find new people, we are starting to give english classes in the church so hopefully it will be a good way to find for people to teach! 

Also this week we had interviews with Pres. Harbertson and some trainings. That was good and Pres. is so awesome!! He really helped me a ton and motivated me to just keep working!! We are really working on something in our mission and I would like to invite you guys to do it.... as missionaries we preach the doctrine of christ, but it's hard to preach something you haven't applied to your life. I will remind you of the 5 principles and I hope you guys can start trying to apply these principles just as i have, Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Gift of the HG, and Endure to the End.

Ok last funny story of the week, we had ward council this week, and I think the whole entire time me and Elder Card were just laughing, we were just cracking jokes left and right, and some of the leaders were just watching us the whole time, and we just couldn't stop laughing, so what ended up happening is two in particular just kept watching us, so obviously we started giving them crap for not paying attention, and then the war started. So instead of paying attention really I just goofed around the whole time, it was awesome!! haha Then after those two told us we were their favorite missionaries!!

Well I love you guys so much!! Not a day goes by I don't think about you!! But there's people out here who need the gospel and hopefully I can find them!! I love this gospel, and the church is true!! 
PS keep me updated on March Madness :)


Monday, March 2, 2015

Guapos! ;)

Well I think I really need to start off with why the title of my email is guapos. I mean everyone already knows that I am right?? haha j/k lol. Well yesterday we were contacting families, and we saw a older couple probably 50s or 60s and so we were like ya lets talk to them. So we went up and they're like sorry we are in a hurry so we dont' have time, the usual, but something different this time happened. We gave them a card and said when they had more time they could talk with missionaries, so they were like ya thanks and started to walk away, then the lady turned around and said "Hey....... Guapos!" and walked off... For those of you who don't know guapos means handsome or beautiful, but for guys... So ya we got hit on by like a 50-year old, awesome right?? Wait it gets better, we kept contacting and we saw a family and started talking to them they had to daughter and we were talking and one of the daughters says to me, probably 12 or 11 years old, "Does everyone in Utah have blue eyes?" I said some people do, then she said "Well you have really beautiful eyes!" Man I guess it was just the day to hit on Elders!1 haha but ya it was funny!

Well I also got to be zone leader for about three days this week cause Elder Bentson was gone.. And I am thinking that I did pretty dang well! We had to drop off and pick up a ton of misisonaries cause of changes and so I spent 4 of the 7 days this week in the bus terminals! Awesome right!! Well in this time of moving misisonaries around we only lost three missionaries!!! I know what you are thinking, you lost three missionaries wow that is awful you are a crappy zone leader Elder Ludlow, but no im not cause they werent from our zone so they arent important to me!!! haha thats sarcasm if you couldnt tell, haha but ya it was a funny time!

SO as yall know i got a new comp this week.. honestly i was a little bit worried cause i didnt know how it would be.. But wow me and Elder Card are like best friends! We hit it off perfectly and we get along great!! WE just joke around a ton and wow it is so aweomse!! Hes from Utah and well probably the only thing wrong with him is hes a Utah fan! He played basektball at Lone Peak and we figured out that we ended up playing each other in high school! Small world right?? But he is awesome!! I love it!!

Well the work is going good! We have another investigator with a date so that is really awesome!! Now we are really trying to find more people cause we don't have a ton of people who we are working with! But other than that everything is really good!! We couldn't work a ton this week cause we only had three days together. So this week we are gonna go hard and I am so pumped!! 

I love and miss all of you!! I can't believe that it is already March.. How crazy!! Time Flies, Take advantage of it! I love this work, The church is true!!!! If you don't think so I dare you to try and find out.. I know that it will change your life! Love you guys!!