Monday, October 26, 2015

Fasting is Real!

Well last Saturday we had a mission fast, where all of the missionaries fasted for the same cause, one of those causes was that we would be able to find more investigators, well here is the rundown.

Monday, after p-day we had a district meeting, and then a family night with our pension The Abarca Family, and then they took us and the sister missionaries out to lunch. 

Tuesday we had a couple of lessons with less actives and recent converts, then as we were coming home I had the impression to pass by some old investigators house. We kinda left them because we could never find them. The lights were off and everything but we knocked and they answered and we found them!! The best part was the little girl, Milagros 9 years old, saw us walking as they drove by us like 2 minutes before, and said to her family, the Elders are coming to visit us!! #FollowTheSpirit

 Wednesday was ok, we had a lot of appts fail us and we were walking around a lot, but we called this couple, a reference from a member from another ward. We had actually given a blessing to the wife of the couple probably a month ago when she was pregnant. They were like "Can you guys come tonight?" CLARO!!!! So we went two more times and they are really awesome. Their problem is they aren't married, very common thing here in Peru. Then at night I burned a shirt for completeing the year mark! :) pictures included. 

Thursday was long and tiring and just a lot of nothing. We walked around all day long and all of our appts failed, but we ended up having an emergency ward council. 

 Friday wasn't the best day either, we had a couple of lessons, with a family night, we taught Gustavo hijo. The guy is awesome!! I really am going to miss him!! He is such a great guy, one of the best converts I will have, I believe. 

Saturday we had a multistake service. We started at some point walked down the road and picked up just trash in the street. There was a lot and I got fried! #alwaysforgettoputonsunblock
After that we had a lesson with a member, who we told to invite her friend, who is an investigator. He came and we had an awesome lesson about the restoration. Her sister is also a less active, we are working with her and it was a sweet lesson! Then late that night at 8:30 we had another lesson with news. We show up and they own a little store, and there is this drunk guy, we go say hi to the wife and she tells us to wait a sec cause her husband is still on the way home. So this drunk guy calls us over and just starts talking and talking and talking to us. Great guy, says he wants to change his life and that he doesn't want to be a drunk, we walked him home then made an appt with him, we will see how he feels when he's not drunk! haha Then we had another appt with two new investigators, Fiorela and Bruce Lee! Yes I have an investigator named Bruce Lee!! They are awesome and the best part, is they are married!! Well, so we think, we forgot to ask, but they wear rings, so that's good!!

Then Sunday we had a regional conference. The first thirty minutes the stake president talked the last hour and a half was broadcast from salt lake, where we heard talks from 70s and from Elder Anderson, he spoke Spanish!! It was sweet! Well then we had a lesson with crazy old Juana but it was awesome, the spirit was so strong and my testimony that God and Jesus live was reconfirmed! I felt so good, and I testify to you guys that they live and love each and everyone of us! We had a couple more lessons that day. 

Well Thanks for all your support, it's crazy that I'm on the downhill... everyone says it goes faster which scares me cause I don't understand how.... but we will see. I love you all! The church is true!!! 

My scripture this week was Ether 12:27. Something I really learned is that there is no limit of people in God's kingdom, so imagine if we all humbled ourselves and everyone was there, talk about a huge party!! haha love you all!! 

Ok the last picture is a sign we saw here that we thought was kinda silly it reads "Here WE ARE CATHOLICS  We love Jesus´ Mother and we don't accept other religions because many false prophets walk in the world, Thanks for respecting our faith.  Haha oh Catholics! We are thinking we might knock on that door this week!! 

Have a great week everyone!!


ELder Ludlow

Woo Hoo! Buring of a shirt for his one-year mark!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Tim Howard . . .

Well probably the best story of the week happened today. This morning we went and played soccer and we usually rotate being goalies. So it was my turn and I was just magically good! I don't know how but it was awesome!! haha I was just tearing it up and just stayed as goalie for the rest of the time. Everyone wanted to score on me and there was this fat member playing with us and we were just taunting and he's like "I will score on you!" You know he didn't score on me. I was pretty much Tim Howard or something! haha I had a sweet diving stop that should have been a sure goal, and then the fat guy and I were alone, he was on a side and kicked it and just drills me in the stomach but didn't score! haha It was tight!!

Well this week nothing really good happened. We just had a lot of failed appointments. So I won't go day by day cause it was just walking everyday. We had the primary program this week and it was good!! I think i played well and it was awesome!! I love the primary program!! 

On Tuesday we had a multi zone conference which was really awesome! We were there with a lot of missionaries and well everything was just great! I learned a lot and it pumped me up!
The good thing is we had a lot of appts. with new inv but they all failed so we will find them this week so this week will be good! 

Well I pondered Moroni 7:48 this week! It is an awesome scripture, and we need to pray with the energy of our heart! Always pray, and the Lord with bless us!! 

I love you all have a great week!!! The church is true and God loves each of you! :)

Check out Zach's mile-high hair!!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Double Dragon . . .

Well this week was very interesting.
So it was just going to be a normal week right, we were gonna work our butts off and just do so much work, then our plans kinda got changed. 
I get a text monday night that we had to be in the mission office Tuesday to go help with a service.
Tuesday morning we go to the mission office and they tell us that a group of doctors is here from the United States and we will be translating for them. So we get there and see that they are all eye doctors, and really it's a super cool thing. The group is called OneSight and what they are doing is giving out free eye exams, and glasses to all the people that come. They are here for two weeks. We were there all Tuesday morning translating. We were doing refracting, where they use the machine to see what glasses you need, so that was cool. Luckily we just went in the morning then in the afternoon we had a couple appts.
Wednesday, we had to go back to the thing but this time in the afternoon which kinda stunk because people are in their houses in the afternoon. Well today in the translating thing we had to help people use this machine where you look into it, and when you are looking in you see like a red house, and then the workers would scan their eyes with a really fancy machine. What we had to do was help people put their head right up against it, the bad part was some people just wouldn't do it so we were shoving there heads right up against it! haha
Thursday (because we had to go in the afternoon to translate again), went to a less active's house in the morning, had one of the best lessons ever!!! This less active, Henry, the RM who we helped last week, is the coolest guy ever!!! He totally is going to come back and it was just an awesome lesson. He started to cry just saying how hard it is to be far from the church when he knows it's so true, but he will come back. Then we went to help translate for the doctors.  This day I got to help people choose sunglasses that they liked, everyone who came got a free pair of sunglasses, and I had to go help with distributing. Everyone that needed them got glasses made and the following day could come pick them up, so i was down there helping give out and translating for people, also taking pictures with all of them and their new glasses!! Look up the OneSight blog, I could be on there! haha the blogger of the group and I are way tight!! 
Friday same thing we just had to help with the translating, and we did the same thing we did the first day.
Saturday we had a couple of appts then went and helped with the "activity" to go clean the church.  It was us plus two other members. We had to clean the boys bathroom...let's just say it was gross. Poo stuck to the ground, all over the toilet, and I didn't even have gloves, but we got it nice and clean! Mom you would be proud!! Then we had a family night with our pension. Well that night we go to bed and I just couldn't sleep. I was tossing and turning and just could not sleep. Then i just felt it...(for those of you who are weak, don't read the following part) (SERIOUSLY) so I ran down to the bathroom, almost passing out on my way down there, and just let it go, it was awful. I was sweating, and just wanted water, so i yelled up to elder Barry, but he was asleep. Luckily our pension wasn't so she gets him, and her daughter and they are all just worried about me and telling me to make myself throw up.  I look in the mirror pale as a ghost. Then round two comes... It leaked out of me like something that leaks really bad. haha! Then my pension makes me some stuff that will "make me feel better" so she gives it to me, along with a bucket, so I drink it and it was the grossest thing ever, and it makes me throw up.  So as I am diarrheaing, I am also throwing up! Yeah, that was great. At one point It sounded as if i was just peeing, but it was just draining out of me and I felt gross. I'll spare more details for when I get home ;)
Sunday I woke up and felt better, not 100% but better, so we go to church, and during Sunday school I found out I am the new primary pianist! haha have to play for their primary program, that will be interesting! Other than that just a normal day!!
Well because of this last conference I decided I would share with you the scriptures I am ponderizing for the week. This week was 2 Nephi 33:10.
Something i really love about 
this scripture is it says if you believe in Christ, you will believe in the Book Of Mormon. Truly it is applicable to everyone!! Thanks for all your love and support! The Book of Mormon is true, Christ Lives!! I love you all!!!
Elder Ludlow!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pizza and Conference

Well this week was alright.. kinda a bad week number wise, but I felt the spirit like crazy, here's the rundown.

Tuesday we had a service, picture attached below.  We have been helping this lady for like three weeks now, and well finally we finished this service. She had a shop of glass and aluminum, like for windows and things like that, and well we had to transfer that like a block to her house, without a car. Tuesday we had to move all of the glass, we went there crying cause it sounded like it was gonna be rough but luckily her dad had a truck and helped us so it wasn't to bad. Then Tuesday in the afternoon we had an appt. fail us and we were gonna go to our back up plan, but we both had the feeling to go to this guy's house named German. Well German is a guy who contacted us in the street and told us he's a member, he was wasted of his mind, well we followed the spirit and we finally after weeks of looking found the guy in his house!! it was truly a miracle! #listentothespirit! Then our pension took us out to pizza!!

Wednesday we had a couple of appts then another service.  We go and we weer going to help the guy move so he went to go pick up the moving truck, and he was gone forever, he finally calls us and tells us that something happened and that we were gonna do it tomorrow, so that kinda stunk.

Thursday we helped him move. He's this less active guy who is super duper awesome! He is an RM and well we are going to help him come back!! He is a great guy. We also had a couple of lessons on Thursday and just a normal day. 

Friday was alright, we didn't have really any lessons, everyone just failed us, but the good thing was a member that we went and visited invited us to more pizza!!!

Saturday was awesome! Conference was incredible!! We got to watch it in English but had to go to the stake center #lotsofmoney but it was incredible. The spirit was so strong and it was awesome!!! Then we were gonna go get pizza with Henry during a session, the guy we helped move, but he cancelled so after priesthood session instead of getting ice cream we got pizza!! haha

Sunday was awesome as well! The conference was incredible! The cool thing was there was like 20 white people that came and watched conference, all from good ole Utah! Then after the sessions of conference we had a family night with our ward mission leader and well his wife rents out all sorts of costumes, so we had a little fashion show!!

Well I love you all!! If you didn't have the chance to listen to conference I invite you to do it. Go to and listen, your life will be changed. I loved the talk by Elder Lawrence who said something along the lines of, talking about how the spirit helps us become better "The spirit won't tell us all the things we need to change at once, but will tell us a small things we can change that will help us become better, then after we follow that he will keep telling us more. We can't become perfect in this life, but we can set the foundation for it in this life." That's not the exact quote but it was something like that! Love you all and have a great week!!

Elder Ludlow

Doesn't Zach make a fine Donald Duck?!