December 24, 2018


Choloma, Cortes, Honduras (Choloma Ward)


Elder Mendez

La Primera Navidad

Merry Christmas to everyone! It's been a pretty awesome week here in Choloma getting ready for Christmas. This month flew by and I can't believe its already Christmas Eve. Tomorrow we celebrate the birth of our Savior. He announced his coming in the Book of Mormon, (3 Nephi 1:13) and he came to bring "joy to the world" on that "holy night" so long ago. The other night I was thinking about two years ago when I had the opportunity to sing with Upstage Productions the song, "Sing Noel" and the powerful spirit that I felt singing it. The song, "The First Noel" is one of my favorite Christmas songs because it speaks of the sheperds who were shown glad tidings of great joy by the Angel Gabriel. They afterwards saw an host of angels singing glory to God in the highest and on the earth peace good will to men. I love this story of the faithful sheperds who searched to find the baby Jesus and then adored him. I'm so grateful for the example they gave of seeking after the Savior. We too should do all we can to seek after him, especially this Christmas season. I'm so grateful for the opportunity he gives us to seek after him spiritually by living his restored gospel. We can become more like Him with his help and as we make sacrifices and keep our covenants.

There's a song here in Honduras called "Mi Burrito Sabanero" which talks about a boy trying to get his donkey to hurry up so that they can see Jesus in Bethlehem. It's a catchy song and I love it haha. We heard it on Saturday night for the Ward Christmas dinner. It was super cool. There was also a small talent show which was entertaining. This week we also had our Zone Conference for Christmas and it was amazing as always. President Bush talked about Light and how we can Light the World. Sister Bush spoke of the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ in our lives. Our other leaders spoke about how we can teach as the Savior did. I'm so grateful for them and for always making the zone conferences special.

The other day I had a cool experience. There's a sister in our ward Herman Diana Lopez who has cancer and who is going through a really really hard time. On Saturday she had chemotherapy and she's in a lot of pain. Her son in law is one of our investigators. On Saturday when we called him I had the opportunity to talk to her and I asked her how she was doing. She replied that she was in a lot of pain and then she asked me how I was doing with the cold that I have had for the last week. She was the one going through cancer and all of the awful pain and she was worried about me and the small cold I've had. It really hit me that she had charity and that this is what Christmas is all about. Worrying about others and not ourselves. That is a lesson that I'm learning here in the mission. This is the time to give and to forget about ourselves and just worry about others. I'm so grateful to be out here serving a mission and I'm grateful for all of the experiences I am having. I hope you all have a merry Christmas and that we can all remember the wonderful gift of our Savior.

Elder Ludlow


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