August 13, 2018


San Marcos, Ocotepeque, Honduras (San Marcos Branch)


Elder Gimenez

Let Every Man Learn His Duty

Hoyyyyy cómo les ha ido? Ojalá que todo esté bien. Para mí ha sido una semana bien maciza y exitosa. Visitamos muchas personas aquí en San Marcos y tuvimos muchos momentos espirituales. I'm so grateful for the opportuniy to serve in God's kingdom and to especially be a part of the work here in San Marcos. We are still having challenges with some investigators but we're also finding new people to teach and we're truly enjoying the opportunity to love and serve.

Other fun facts from Honduras:
1. First off I made a mistake in my letter last week. The word "encanchibarse" doesn't mean anything because I was saying it wrong. I got thorougly corrected at dinner Tuesday night. I have since learned that the word is actually "encachimbarse". It is still a slang word that means to get really angry. So I just thought I'd let you all know haha.
2. Just like there's the word "chu-chu" for dogs I learned a new word this week for cats. While we were eating lunch on Wednesday a cat was trying to jump onto the table to eat Elder Gimenez´ food. Elder Gimenez started saying "No michi. Aléjate." I looked at him completely confused and then he told me that "michi" pronounced meechee means cat as well. So there you go LOL. I guess in Honduras you can fight like Chu Chus and Michis!

This week we had the opportunity to visit a lot of people including new people and some people we had stopped teaching. This week I don't have time to talk about all of the people we're teaching but we're making a lot of progress. José Mejia left yesterday for Copán. Today I had the opportunity to call the Elders over in Copán to talk to them about José. I was happily surprised to talk to Elder Spencer who came with me from the MTC. He's a great guy so I know that I can trust in him to follow up with José Mejia. The situation with José Ramires and Lucy is still in the balance and we're not sure what's going to happen. This week, after about a month of not being able to find her, we met with Katherin Altamirano again and it was super cool because she was a lot more receptive and she seemed a lot different. She said the closing prayer at the end of the lesson which she had refused to do before when we were teaching her. So it was super cool and we're hoping that she finds the desire to follow Christ.

This week I've been thinking a lot about diligence in the work. Whatever calling or assignment we hold we are all working to help God achieve his purpose or his work and glory, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. The Lord has called us and he expects to work with all diligence. We are expected to work with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength that we might stand blameless before god at the last day. I've been thinking a lot this week about a scripture found in D&C 107:99-100 which talks about acting with all diligence in the office to which we have been appointed so that we might be counted worthy to stand at the last day. Elder Gimenez and I implemented this concept this last week with an increased effort to be diligent in all that we do. I can testify of the blessings the Lord so freely and willing gives as we remain diligent in all that we do.

On Saturday, We had a ward fellowshiping night, or "noche de hermanamiento" and we shared a message about charity and love as attributes of Jesus Christ. As the members talked amongst themselves about how they could improve in their acts of charity and kindness I remembered the talk from Jeffery R. Holland this last conference titled "Be With and Strengthen Them". It is an amazing talk and if you haven't read it I encourage you to do so. If you have, I encourage you to review it. He talks about the duty we have to comply with the commandment the Savior gave to His disciples to "Love one another as I have loved you. By this shall men know that ye are my disciples if you have love one to another." (John 13:34-35) This is something we are also trying to implement as we minister to our brothers and sisters here in San Marcos. I know that only through true charity and love for the people we serve in God's kingdom we will prepare ourselves for the Second Coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.

I love my Savior and I love this work and I'm so very grateful for the opportunity to serve. Thank you all so much for your support and have a great week!

Elder Ludlow


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