October 29, 2018


San Marcos, Ocotepeque, Honduras (San Marcos Branch)


Elder Clement

"If I'm being completely honest that's what I'm talking about" - Elder Clement

Una buena semana! Hemos estado aprendiendo mucho y estoy agradecido por todas las experiencias que hemos tenido. Another transfer period down in San Marcos and I'm thinking just one more to go. It's been going pretty well and we're learning a lot. This week was full of events. On Tuesday we had our Zone Conference which was cool and then on Friday we had the opportunity to learn how to make tortillas with a less active member in the branch. On Saturday night we found a giant tarantula (pics included). And on Sunday we had Stake Conference. I'll explain each one of these in a little bit more detail.

So at the Zone conference on Tuesday President Bush talked to us about the Gathering of Israel and how we are helping our Father in Heaven as missionaries to fulfill the covenants he made to Israel. He spoke about how we are participating in the work of the Father of flooding the earth with truth (Moses 7:62) Sister Bush showed us a video about the First Vision and talked about the prophet Joseph Smith and how he did all that he did at a very young age. The Lord calls youth to do his work, especially in these last days. Then we had a couple of workshops with the Assistants to the President and the Sister Leaders and our Zone Leaders. All in all, it was a great Zone Conference and it was super edifying.

On Friday we made Tortillas with Hermana Flor and it was cool because we actually had a small miracle happen. We had expected her older son to be there for the appointment because we can't visit women without a man older than 18 years old home. But when we got there she told us that her son wasn't home and that she was there with just her daughters. We felt bad but explained to her that we had promised to obey the rules and that we would try to search for a man in the branch to come with us before we had to go to our next appointment. She was a little offended and then we apologized and left to find someone to come with us. For 20 minutes we went around our area desperately looking for a man to accompany us. When we couldn't find anyone we decided to go back and apologize to her and schedule another appointment, but when we got to her house we found out that her brother had come to visit her and we were able to have the appointment. What a great blessing from the Lord. Even though it was a small miracle it was amazing. We then made tortillas with her and ate dinner, it was super cool.

On Saturday night while we were walking at night and I saw a small movement out of the corner of my eye with the light of my companion's flashlight. I told him to stop and then we saw with the flashlight a good sized tarantula. This was my first time seeing one that big so it was kind of cool. Those things creep me out though haha not going to mess with one of those anytime soon.

Yesterday (Sunday) we had our stake conference for the Merendon Stake and it was super cool. The conference was great and there was a big focus on preparing ourselves for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It was also cool to ride the bus with the members of the branch that were able to attend. All in all a pretty cool week.

We started running for our exercise in the morning. We found a trail super close to our house that we didn't know existed and it's a super cool trail. There is a small river crossing and then it pops out on the shore of a much larger river called El Río Chamelecon. It's been pretty fun running every day. We're definitely not going fast yet because it's been a while and we're out of shape but we are running lol. On Saturday morning we skipped some rocks on the river which was fun as well.

Everything is going well and I'm learning a lot. We're hoping to see more progress with the people we're teaching but we know that the Lord will guide us in His work. I'm so grateful to be a part of it and a scripture that I have loved recently is found in Moroni 7:41 which says, "And what is it that ye shall have hope for? Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ... to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise." Hope is powerful in all that we do and it is the anchor of our souls. Thanks for all of your love and support and have a great week!

Elder Ludlow


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