January 22, 2019


Choloma, Cortes, Honduras (Choloma Ward)


Elder Mendez

New House/New Life

ENCONTRAMOS UNA NUEVA CASA!!! Si hombre, leyó correctamente. Encontramos una nueva casa y es bien maciza! So, ever since I arrived in the city of Choloma we have been living in a tiny house in the "La Mora" neighborhood. Let's just say that La Mora is not where you want to settle down with your family for the rest of your life. The house we have been living in was actually breaking the majority of the mission rules with regards to suitable housing for missionaries. Not only is the house in really bad shape but it is really far away from the areas where we spend most of our time teaching and contacting. Of course, it didn't help that we had no lock on the door and every night we just tried to wedge screwdrivers under the door to stop intruders. To make matters worse, there have been four missionaries living in a space that is too small for just two of us. Needless to say we needed to move ASAP. Two Saturdays ago, I found a house with Elder Deleva (my temporary companion from Argentina) in a nice neighborhood called "La San Carlos". The house looked pretty good and it was a bit cheaper than the tiny house we had been in. There were a number of issues we had to work out to try and get this new house. The representative who was in charge of renting out the house was leaving to the States last Thursday to be on vacation for about a month. So we had to work at super sonic speed to try and get all of the paperwork done in just 5 days. It was pretty stressful. The cost of this new house is actually 300 Lempiras (Honduran dollars) more expensive than what is allowed for missionary housing. However, it is 3,500 Lempiras less than what we were paying for the horrible house in La Mora. At first our financial secretaries in the mission office denied the request to get the new house. However, we were able to talk to President Bush and he cut through the red tape and got us an approval. There were a few other last minute problems but in the end we got the keys on Wednesday so that was awesome! I have a new appreciation for my mom and how stressful real estate can be. It was cool though, because we moved from a tiny house with tons of problems to a pretty good sized house with tons of benefits and we're paying a bit less on the payment! Ya, I know, I'm a realtor - LOL! We spent the entire day on Saturday taking everything out of the old house and cleaning it really well and we moved ourselves completely into the new place. The new house is super safe and private and best of all...there's running water all day every day! I mean, the toilet actually flushes and the shower works!! I know this may seem trivial, but this is the first house that I've been in since I got to Honduras that has a working shower. Two days ago, I took my first real shower in over a year - bliss!! It was amazing! So now we're all moved in and loving it. There's so much more space and it's much more comfortable. What I'm most excited about with the new house is how accessible it is and how much closer it is to everything. In our last house we had to walk a a lot to get to our area. Now we're closer to everything. We're hoping to be able to save time and use our time more efficiently.
Last Tuesday Elders Deleva and Garcia (my temporary set of extra companions) were sent to new areas. I wasn't informed which areas they are in but hopefully they're doing well.
Church was amazing yesterday, we really enjoyed the Sunday School Class this week and I'm so grateful for modern day revelation and for the new changes that have happened this past year.
Tomorrow we have transfers! Elder Mendez is leaving for a new area and I will be receiving a new companion, which will be crazy. I don't know who my new companion will be yet. Updates for sure next week. Poor Elder Mendez only got to enjoy our new place for a grand total of 3 days. But this new house will continue to be a blessing for the missionaries that will serve here in the future.
I'm sorry there is not much to write about this week with regards to our investigators. We spent most of our time trying to work out the housing issue. I'm excited to focus on the work this next week and help others. I love you all and thanks for your support! Have a great week!

Elder Ludlow


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