July 30, 2018


San Marcos, Ocotepeque, Honduras (San Marcos Branch)


Elder Gimenez

Mojados y Rechazados

Hola buenas! Que tal están?! He sentido bastante el Espíritu esta semana y estoy aprendiendo mucho con mi compañero Elder Gimenez. Este Miercoles pasado tuvimos una conferencia de entrenamiento y era súper edificante. So this last Wednesday we had a training conference for those who are training or being trained and we went to San Pedro Sula and it was super awesome. In the conference we talked about some super important concepts. What impacted Elder Gimenez and I most was the importance of
1. Listening to our investigators
2. Asking inspired questions.
So this week we focused on improving our ability to listen with real intent and to ask inspired questions and it has truly helped us. We have come to trust in the promise that has been made to us in D&C 84:85 that we need not take thought for what to speak for it shall be given unto us in the very hour, yea in the very moment what we should say. It was hard to do it at first but it has helped us so much. By applying this concept we have been able to improve our teaching skills and it has been a humbling experience. We often fall into the trap of planning out what we're going to say and in so doing we sometimes miss the sacred impressions of the Spirit who whispers to us softly what we should say and do.
This week we've had a few struggles with some of our investigators which has been hard but we're trusting in the Lord to help us and we're trusting in His will. So that has been really helpful. Now to talk a bit about the people we are teaching.

José Mejia: This week he went to Copán which is two hours away and it's outside of our area so we couldn't teach him as much and he couldn't come to church so that was hard. But other than that he is doing great and he has the desire to get baptized. We had to move his baptismal date to August 11th but we're looking forward to seeing him make this covenant with God.

Lucy: This week was crazy with Lucy. She was progressing so much and we were going to actually hold her baptism this week. In a lesson with her on Friday she told us that the greatest desire of her heart was to get baptized. The Spirit instantly filled the room and I felt prompted by the Holy Ghost to promise her that if she did her part and truly strived to do her best in the midst of all of the trials in her life that she would be able to get baptized. It was a really spiritual moment. The next day however, the situation worsened and she told us that she is going to leave San Marcos to live somewhere else in Honduras. That was really hard to hear but we still don't doubt in the promise we made to her because I know that God fulfills his promises. So this week we're learning a lot about trusting in the Lord.

Karla Peña Turjios: It's also been a bit of a rough week with Karla because she is having some problems with her husband, Maxamiliano, but we're trying to comfort and help her. She is really receptive and really loves everything that she is learning. She is super nice and always gives us free things from her pulpería which is always awesome haha. We're hoping and praying that she can receive the answers to her prayers about the Book of Mormon and Baptism.

Familia Altamirano: This is the family from the miracle last week. We taught them two times this week and things are going well! It's a little hard to find them all in the house at the same time but it has been a blessing to meet with them. On Tuesday we asked if they had had the chance to read what we left for them in the Book of Mormon in Mosiah 4:6-9. The husband looked at us a bit shamefully and told us that his daughter Brittany had lost the card that was marking the page and so he didn't read it. But then he told us that he decided to start reading from the beginning. And he read the first 13 chapters of 1 Nephi! It was amazing! And he told us how much he loved the story. He hadn't prayed to know if it is true but he's excited to do it! As of yesterday, he had read through chapter 20 of 1 Nephi. It was pretty awesome! They couldn't come to church this Sunday but we're really hoping that we can help them to come this Sunday as a family.

Now to explain the Title of the letter haha. On Thursday after our District meeting we went to work and all of our appointments fell through and so we started visiting everyone we had as a back up plan. The sky outside was really overcast and gray but we didn't think much of it because it is often like that in the afternoons. I was saying the closing prayer at the home of a recent convert family when this huge crack of thunder hit and I jumped up as I was praying it was kinda scary LOL. As we left the house and we were walking in the street a huge storm hit us out of nowhere. It was seriously crazy haha. The thunder in this storm was the loudest thunder I've heard in my life. A few people even saw us and then quickly hid inside their house and wouldn't listen to us. We thought that someone would let us in because it was raining so hard, but we actually had a really hard time trying to find someone to let us in haha. We finally got into the house of a member to share a message. Elder Gimenez and I just looked at each other and laughed at how completely wet we were, it was really funny. We've learned a lot this week that it's always better to be positive no matter what happens. What was funny was that as we walked home that night we were saying the phrase to each other as a joke, "Mojados y rechazados" or "Wet and rejected" LOL.

I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be here on the mission helping others to come unto Christ. Yesterday at church in the Gospel Principles class we talked about Sacrifice, and we had a very spiritual moment as we discussed the great and last sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ and also about the story of Abraham with his son Isaac and it was amazing. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints requires sacrifice. It is an amazing opportunity to sacrifice the small and worldly things we have to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He only asks for small sacrifices of time and effort and he promises blessings in return. I'm so grateful for the atoning sacrifice of my Savior and the example that he was to all of us in this principle of the gospel.

Love you all and have a great week!

Elder Ludlow


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