Monday, December 28, 2015

NAVIDAD BLANCA!!!!

Well this week was AWESOME!!!!!

Tuesday we had lessons with Cynthia and Edward, our two investigators who had a date. They are doing great. Then with the Jilapa Family! They are an awesome recent convert family with a daughter who is less active and living with her boyfriend, who we are trying to get married. Then we just did some zone stuff and ya it was good.

Wednesday we didn't have a lot of lessons, we did find two new investigators who we committed to baptism so that was awesome! Then at night we went out with the JAS, or the young single adults, and went Christmas Caroling to all of our less actives and investigators!! It was soooooo fun!!!! Elder Mann and I were just killing it singing, and we actually went to a less actives house, we made her cry, and are now teaching her, her name is Alejandra, and she came to church this week! #WeSingLikeAngels

Thursday was another solid day. We had a lesson with Edward and with Familia Jilapa again, and we just talked about Christmas a lot with them! haha duh! Then we got invited to dinner from the Relief Society President. She is the best person in the world. There was so much love in her house and it felt really good to be there. Plus she got us cinnamon rolls because I told her that's a tradition we have. She is the best!!!!!

Then CHRISTMAS!! We went and got the font all ready. When we went it was gross there, was like three week old water in there.... So we drained it then cleaned it out. Following that we went and celebrated Christmas with Familia Jilapa. Another great day!! Then went to lunch to a members house who gave us stuffed turkey! Really good then we went to the baptism!! It was the best!!! Things went really well and there was a lot of people there. And well,it was a really awesome Christmas Miracle!!!! Following that we went and talked to the family!! Que TRUNKY!!! and then had a gift exchange with our pension and her family. Attached below is a picture of the gift I gave to one of her daughters. It's a huge poster of a selfie of Elder Mann and me!! Maybe the greatest gift I've ever given!!

Saturday was just a normal day where we had to do so much planning. But that was ok, we had a lesson with Alejandra and it was really cool!

Then Sunday was another good normal day. We had a lesson with Milagros and invited her to the 23rd of January and she accepted!! So that is super exciting!! Then we went to Hno Robertos house, now this guy was the old Branch President, Bishop and Stake President, so he knows everyone and their dog! So we took him the ward directory and went over all the names. He gave us like 20 families to visit. So this week should be awesome!!!!

Well I love you all and hope you had a great Christmas and have a happy new year!! The mission is the best!!! I miss and love you!! 

Love, Elder Ludlow


You gotta love the selfie poster her gave his pension's daughter!  Only Zach . . . .





Here are some pictures from Christmas morning 





Here is the video of the daughter opening her "gift" from Zach


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Monday, December 21, 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like a White Christmas!!!!

Hey family and friends just want to start off by wishing you all a very, very, very happy Christmas!!!!!! 

So Monday we spent all day saying goodbye to people because my comp had a change.

Tuesday we sent him off along with other missionaries and it was super cool, I was with a mini missionary, or a part time missionary and we had some lessons, but it was a super busy day sending missionaries off and receiving them so that was great!! haha

Then Wednesday I traveled to Cusco for Consilio, a meeting with all leaders. It was an ok drive,  when I got there I waited in the office forever until Elder Mann came, then we went to his old sector!

Thursday was Consilio, and it was super awesome!!! We learned a lot and we talked a little about christmas. Jesus is the Christ!! He loves us and died for us! Then at night we had to travel back to Puno because we had our Christmas dinner with the zones on Friday and wouldn't have gotten back in time. We also went out to pizza with my old pension! I was so happy to see them, and them to see me! :)

Friday we got to Puno at 5 in the morning, and from there we were busy all day. My comp had to unpack, we had to go get stuff ready for the dinner. Let's just say it was a super stressful day!! We got there 1 hour before to make sure everything was good and they took out ALL of the tables in that chapel. So we had to run to our chapel get all the tables and come back. The best part was there was only room for one person to sit in a seat in the taxi, so I laid in a tiny space on the tables in the back of the taxi, squished between the tables and the roof of the car. It was interesting.. .haha then at night we had to try and find rooming for elders and that was a pain because there wasn't a lot of mattresses.... it was like looking for an inn :)

Saturday was a little better, we had a lot of planning to do, and had to go clean up a little better. Then that night we finally could work and had lessons with Edward, and Euclides which was awesome and they are progressing great!

Sunday we had a normal day, we gave talks in sacrament meeting about Christmas and that was fun. Then after we had baptismal interviews for Edward and Cynthia, well they kept telling us "wait, I'm coming," or "in an hour I will be there." The interviews were scheduled for 12 and 1 and we finally did them at 3:30 and 4:30,  haha oh well they both passed and I am happy cause they both are going to be baptized on Christmas!!! :) Then there was a ward activity and they told us 5 hours before that we had to do a special number... so Elder Mann and I, being two men just so musically talented, whipped out a sweet special number,  It will be in my dropbox if it loads in time! and then we also did a little skit with our elders quorum... if there is time that as well will be there!!

Well there is my crazy week!! Hope yours was great and that this is the best Christmas ever!!!! 

#HaNacidoUnSalvador
Love Elder Ludlow

Here's me and my comp, and me taking a selfie with like the entire ward! I'm cool I know :) Love you!


Monday, December 14, 2015

Changes . . .

Well today are changes... it's sad to say, but Elder Johanson has a change. I'm super sad about it, but my new comp is Elder Mann another greengo!!!!!! He is a super sweet missionary and I am excited!! I think I'm racist because I just have way to many greengo companions! haha

Tuesday I was with Elder Powell, a district leader in my zone. He is a great guy! We had an awesome day of work, and really just a stud!! 

Then wednesday I was in our sector but with Elder CastaƱeda, and my comp was in Llave... we had a decent day with a couple of lessons... and also went to the town square to sing. It was sweet cause Elder Powell brought his guitar and played with us. There were a lot of people there, and a lot of people to contact! :)

Thursday was solid. Cynthia and Edward are both progressing very well!!! its sweet!!! They are both looking like white Christmas. Then we had some other lessons. 

Both Thursday and Wednesday the start of the day was spent traveling 2 hours, to go to and get back from Llave... fun!!!!

Friday wasn't so great.. failed appts. and all that and a whole lot of stuff to do with the zone... but we did have another lesson with Cynthia and she accepted the word of wisdom very well! Then right after that at 6 we had to travel Yunguyo to do baptismal interviews, it was a 2 1/2 half hour trip watching this young couple just flirt it up on the bus, yes me and my comp made fun, and then we did baptismal interviews that night!!!

Saturday we wake up help set up the interviews then had to get back to Puno cause our zone had to practice a special number our stake President asked us to do. Well we get to Puno to go open up the church, and realize we left our keys in Yunguyo! Two hours away!!!! ya it was rough... then that day we also had to do another baptismal interview

Sunday was a kind of normal Sunday. Cynthia, Milagros, and Edward all came to church. Then we taught Cynthia the law of chastity, she also accepted it. Then we had a lesson with Milagros, then a stake christmas devotional, the most irreverent devotional I have ever been in. But our special number was sweet. We sang O holy Night, mixed with Silent night, and it was awesome!!

Well that was the week for ya! I got a new bag made for me.. here's a picture!! Love you all and have a great week!!!

Elder Ludlow!








Monday, December 7, 2015

Trial of Our Faith



Well this week really was hard. We had lots of failed appts and lots of zone stuff to do. 

Tuesday I did divisions with another district leader. It was sweet but we walked around a lot!!  

Wednesday, almost all of our appts failed us, and then we had to go buy stuff for our zone and get stuff ready for them!! 

Thursday was more normal, although we had some failed appts. We had a lesson with Cynthia our investigator with a  date for the 25th, and with some other less active and investigators. I started to get super sick. We had to run from our church, the bottom of a mountain, to an appointment, top of the mountain, in the cold rain at night. Oh I love the mission!!! haha

Friday lots of zone stuff, again, with a couple of lessons, with Cynthia again, she is progressing well!! Then with edward our inv. with a date for the 19th.

Saturday we had zero lessons!!! and then we went as a zone and caroled and contacted in the town square, we are going to do this every Wednesday and Saturday until Christmas!! cool!! Then we had to help some elders with a ward activity!!

Sunday was a super good day. We had a lesson with Cynthia, with an inv yonni, pronounced Jonny, and then we went and did an activity with a ward in our stake where we split up and looked for every member in the ward directory. It was awesome!  I went with the first counselor in the bishopric and we were knocking doors contacting like maniacs! It was awesome! Then to top if off we had the Christmas devotional!! I loved what Elder Clayton said it went something like this (I'm just translating so it might not be exact) "Thanks to the birth of Christ, there's hope and so much more" It's so true!!!

Well sorry there wasn't much this week I love you all so much!! Have a great week!!!