Date

May 14, 2018

Area

Potrerillos, Honduras (Morelos Ward)

Companion

Elder Pututau

Feliz Día De Madre

BUENAS! Esta semana fue tan especial porque tuve la oportunidad de hablar con mi familia y mi mamá por el Dia de Madre. Fue super macizo para hablar con ellos pero fue extraño tambien jaja. So Happy Mothe's Day! Especially to my awesome Mom! I love you Mom and thank you for everything that you've done for me and your love and support! Love you! So it was such a cool experience to talk with my family yesterday but it was also just kind of strange to see all of them. It's a lot different than just looking at the photo of my family that I have haha. It was really a cool experience. I hope everyone had an awesome Mother's Day!

Now here are a few fun things from Honduras this week.

1. Jaywalking is not only allowed but encouraged, haha. We were in Villanueva today. Villanueva is the next city over where we go to lunch on P-Days (they actually have a Pizza Hut and a couple of other restaurants). I realized that there are no cross walks down here. The highway goes right through town and everyone always jaywalks. But today I just realized that there's no other option haha. The only way to cross the street is to jaywalk haha.
2. Random Thunderstorms. I've only had about two big thunder and lightning storms here in my area in Morelos. But this last Saturday there was a crazy storm! Like the skies were just electric with giant purple lightning bolts and loud cracking thunder. It was just wildddd. We actually had to go home like an hour earlier than normal by instruction from our zone leaders because the storm was a bit dangerous. But we're all good.
3. The rain brings toads. Yesterday I saw the biggest toad I've ever seen in my life. It was about a foot long and it was just gigantic. I saw it hopping around and I was just so surprised haha. I also saw a few dead toads that had gotten run over by cars, it was crazy.
We also have changes this week and we just heard about everything that's happening. My current companion Elder Pututau is going home. I'm going to be training a brand new missionary. I've also been called as the District Leader here in Potrerillos! I'm super humbled to accept these new responsibilities and I'm a bit nervous but also super excited for these new changes. It's going to be an adventure and I'm going to learn a lot! I won't know who my new companion is until tomorrow when I go to pick him up in San Pedro but I'm excited!

Now to talk about investigators this week:

Felix Gomez- Felix is acutally progressing a lot this week! We met with him three times this week and already finished teaching him everything. He has the desire to get baptized which is awesome. The only problem is that he didn't come to church this week because he was running errands, but other than that everything is going well!

Daniel Herrera- I can't remember if I already talked about Daniel but he is 15 years old and he is really cool! He has some doubts right now about the existence of God. It's really cool because most people here in Honduras already believe in Christ. It's interesting to talk to someone who isn't sure and then to bear testimony that God does exist and that he loves us. He's really pilas (golden) though and he asked a lot of questions when we taught him and he's interested to learn more which is awesome!

Nelson- We finally met with Nelson this week and he's doing good! He's still reading in the Book of Mormon which is awesome! He hasn't come to church yet but we're hoping he comes this week! We meet again with him tomorrow and we're excited to see how it goes.

Glenis and Pascual- We are working to put together an activity for Glenis and Pascual to raise money to pay for the rest of the papers they need to get married. They're so so close which is awesome! And that lady who told us out of nowhere last week that she wants to get baptized (Mina) is Pascual's mom. So we're working with them which is awesome.

For spiritual experiences this week I wanted to talk about the experience we had with Daniel teaching that God exists. I told him that the only way he could know that God existed was by way of the Spirit. When I testified of this I felt the Spirit testify of the truthfulness that God really does exist and he loves us. Also, I wanted to give you an update on Bishop Pineda (the man we visited in the hospital last week). He is doing a lot better and is out of the hospital and in his house recovering. Thank you for all of your prayers!

I want to talk this week a little about Personal Revelation. This was a focus from the First Presidency this last general conference and I really liked it and I have been trying to apply personal revelation. I'm learning that personal revelation comes through feelings of peace and comfort when we do our best to search out the answers we need. I really liked a scripture this week found in 1 Nephi 10:19 it reads "For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round." I want to testify that the heavens are open and God is ready and willing to give us personal revelation if we follow the steps given by President Eyering to 1. Be humble 2. Pray in Faith 3. Be obedient and 4. Search to know the needs of others, we will be able to recieve our own personal revelation. I testify that God loves us and wants to help us.

Just a shoutout to my best friend Anthony Anderson who's leaving on his mission to the Belgium Netherlands Mission Dutch speaking! So proud of you man and you're going to do great things and you're going to be a great missionary and serve the Lord faithfully. Love you bro.

Thanks to everyone for your prayers and your support. Love you all and have a great week!

Love,
Elder Ludlow




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