Date

April 9, 2018

Area

Potrerillos, Honduras (Morelos Ward)

Companion

Elder Pututau

Spring Cleaning and Climbing "Mount Baggy"

Hola, hola y buenas y hola! Que tal?! Este es Elder Ludlow hablando del área Morelos, ciudad de Potrerillos Cortez, Honduras. Tuve cambios y todavía estoy acostumbrandome a esta área. La verdad es que me la gusta bastante. Hace un gran calor aquí, un calor exagerado. In other words, it is super super hot here in my new area haha. I never knew how good I had it out in Mochito because out here in Morelos it is ridiculously hot. No joke, you can see the heat waves in the air. It's crazy, I am always thirsty and always buying these half liter bags of agua to drink but it never satisfies the thirst haha. I haven't stopped sweating since I arrived. So ya it is hot. I've got a lot to talk about this week so first we're going to start off with saying goodbye to Mochito.

Last Monday was my last day in Mochito and I spent the day saying goodbye to as many people as I could and taking pictures with everyone. We had a mini going away party that night and one of the members made me my favorite Central American food, the pupusa, and it was soooo good! Funny story from last Monday was that at one of the houses when I was saying good bye to one of the member families in our ward the dad found this huge insect thing and picked it up and it tried to fly away but couldn't. He then offered for me to hold it. At first I refused because I hate bugs and have a small fear of touching giant insects and stuff haha. But then I decided to hold it and overcome my fear a bit. It was nasty, but I got the picture with it. Anyways it was sad to say goodbye to Mochito and all of the people that I have loved over there but I am excited to find the people I'm meant to find here in Morelos.

Now some fun facts from Morelos, Honduras:
1.The word down here for "soccer cleats" is "tacos" haha. It's so weird because when I first heard someone ask me about tacos I was so confused until I realized they were talking about soccer cleats haha.
2. Geckos are super common down here. I see them in our house all the time. And they are sooooo fast. They move like 6 feet down the wall in less than a second it is crazy. There are also iguanas down here but I luckily have't found one in the house yet haha.
3. This was't a thing in Mochito but down here in Morelos you'll just see pigs wandering the streets like the dogs do. There are pigs everywhere.

Now to talk a bit about Morelos. So Morelos is a lot different than Mochito. It´s kind of crazy because there's the main part of the city of Potrerillos and then there's a small mountain behind the city. If you go around the mountain the city picks back up and continues on like that for a while. We live in a house above a gym and our house is pretty good. It's really hot in our house because there isn't air conditioning and we just have two small fans to try and cool us off. Also, the water isn't running all of the time.
In fact we only get water like 2 or 3 days of the week. I never thought about how lucky I was in Mochito to have a washer and a dryer at our house. This morning I learned how to wash my clothes by hand and I have gained some respect for all of the women down here who spend the entire day washing clothes. It is't easy. The ward here is a lot smaller than the ward in Mochito. This is in part because the ward was recently split. We have a lot and I mean a lot of less actives here in Morelos and not too many investigators right now so w're going to have to find some more people to teach this week. But our ward mission leader here is super super awesome. H's a convert and he has 10 kids and he is super super helpful in the work. Apparently I am the first true gringo to come to this area for more than 6 years. This is because i's a bit dangerous here in Morelos and the previous gringos have had problems with the "mareros" or "gangsters" in the area. Feels great to be the guinea pig haha. But don't worry we're being super careful and I feel pretty safe walking beside a huge Tongan. My companion, Elder Pututau is pure Tongan but lives in Utah. He is super cool and he actually has a full ride scholarship to play football at the University of Utah (wrong team but still pretty cool). He is super tall and a cool guy. He goes home in 5 weeks which is crazy! But everything is going good here in Morelos.

Now to explain the Title of this letter "Spring Cleaning and Climbing Mount Baggy" First we'll start off with Spring Cleaning.

So last night we had dinner with the bishop and they gave us dinner to go. So we took our dinner to eat in the house and when we got to the house we heard water running and saw water dripping from our balcony upstairs. Elder Pututau looked at me wide eyed and said "I think we have a problem." We ran upstairs and the entire floor was covered with over 2 inches of water. We frantically picked up everything off the floor that was electronic (most of it already ruined) and realized that this was really bad. We immediately started to get rid of the water but there was just so much of it. Elder Pututau started sweeping water off the balcony with a broom while I took a small bowl and started filling up a 5 gallon bucket of water. I filled up that bucket fourteen times. That means there was over 70 gallons of water on our floor. It was awful. Our zone leaders came after two hours to help us get rid of the water. It took us a total of 3 hours and it was awful. When one of our zone leaders walked in and saw all of the water he smiled and looked at me and said, "Welcome to Potrerillos" in Spanish. I just smiled and said "Thanks." I was planning on mopping the house on p-day but it had already been cleaned out by all of the water, hence the spring cleaning.

And now for climbing Mount Baggy: So weekly we have the "opportunity" to climb a mountain to get to some investigators in our area. I literally mean climb a mountain. We have to take a little bus about ten minutes down the road and then get off and hike up a mountain. We did this on Friday. The name of the area where these investigators live is called the Icotea. It was a really hard climb to get up to the house of this investigator. There are also members who live up in this area of the mountain. The investigators are named Glenis and Pascual. They've been investigating the church for a while and the problem has been getting them married. They have been waiting for the last of their papers to be finished and we just got news today that the papers are finished so that will be awesome. But going back to the mountain, after hiking for about an hour and a half to reach the house of the investigator we decided to visit a family of recent converts that live about another hour and a half farther out. We hiked to their house and visited them. What's crazy to me is that according to Elder Pututau, these members climb down the mountain every Sunday to go to Church. It is about a two hour descent down and about 3 hour hike up, no joke. This really humbled me to know that these people make this sacrifice with their little children every Sunday to come to Church. Their faith and diligence is just remarkable. Now you're probably wondering why the name "Mount Baggy". Down here in the mission the word "baggy" is used to describe when a missionary is missing home and thinking about their family and friends. For example people say that Elder Pututau is baggy because he only has 5 weeks left in the mission so he's thinking a lot right now about his family. I've heard that in other missions in the states they use the word "trunky" but 'm not sure haha. Anyways this mountain is called "Mount Baggy" because, according to Elder Pututau, when you climb it it's so crazy hot and you're so out of breath that you can't even talk to your companion. So you just start to think about home and your family haha. And not gonna lie, it's kind of true haha. But for real, it was an exhausting hike and we were dead afterwards. We were gone from 8 in the morning until about 4 in the afternoon and it was a really humbling experience.

For my spiritual experience I want to talk about my investigator Betzy Flores from my last area. Sadly she wasn't baptized this last Saturday due to some problems that I'm not really sure on the details but she should be baptized this coming Saturday if all goes well. Elder Burt told me on the phone that he talked with her this last week about General Conference and she told him that she knew that President Russel M. Nelson is a prophet of God. She said that she could feel it and the spirit just overwhelmed me when he told me that it was just amazing to hear. I'm really hoping all goes well and that she gets baptized this next week. I was reading a talk from last conference from Quentin L. Cook called "The Eternal Everyday" and it talks about the importance of humility. This is something I want to really work on is being more and more humble. To recognize God's hand in the work and how blessed we are in this life through the gift of his Son. To recognize that we are nothing without him. In Mosiah 4:11-12 King Benjamin begs us to humble ourselves in the depths of humility so that we can always remember Jesus Christ and retain a remission of our sins. I testify of his words and this is something I'm going to try to apply to the work.

Sorry about the long email but there was a lot to be said. I hope everyone has a great week I love you all!

Cheque
Elder Ludlow




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