Date

December 11, 2017

Area

Morehead

Companion

Sister Alisa Campbell

Winter Wonderland💛

Hey y'all!!

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!! SO much has happened this week haha. Shall we begin?? Hahaha😊 (caution: this will be lengthy)

To start off, we finally got to meet with the college minister on campus. Reverend McNeil, what a guy. It was a tad bit intimidating to meet with him. I was very nervous at first, but the little meeting we had went really good! He is a very faithful man, who is doing a lot of good in the world. He gave us some great tips we could do to work with the students. We are quite excited for school to start up again and try some new things around campus!

Speaking of the future... Sister Campbell and I are staying together in Morehead for the next 6 weeks!! Woot woot!! We are really excited! We're going to have a lot of fun this Christmas season! Totally going to freeze to death together!!

IT SNOWED ON SATURDAY!!! Coolest day ever! No pun intended ;) (that one's for you AJ) anyways, it's so funny how many people freak out about the snow! Church almost got cancelled, but we ended up only having sacrament meeting. By Sunday afternoon, all the snow was melted, but hey I got to see snow fall!!

One day, while we were on campus walking around, a cat jumped out of the bushes right at me. I jumped into Sister Campbell's arms hahaha. Every Scooby doo needs their shaggy😉 Also, people have been telling us to try the frozen hot chocolate from the fuzzy duck. I totally recommend it. But it was so cold outside, people looked at us like we were insane! Haha good times.

We've really seen so many miracles this week! We had been trying to get into contact with some members for a while. They are dealing with a lot of health issues right now. We also, had another member come into our minds that we needed to see. How lucky were we, to find out once we met with the struggling members that the other member we were needing to see was their daughter! And because of meeting with their daughter, she gave us 2 referrals!! It was awesome. The Lord knows what he's doing. While we were meeting with them, the older member has dementia and comes in and out of conversation. While we were talking with her daughter, the mom speaks up and says to us, "you need to go and read the Bible and Book of Mormon, so you can be missionaries!" Hahah it was soo funny. She was right though!

The Lord really blessed us. He lead us to find 5 new investigators in just one day!! I know that this is a marvelous work! There are so many people out there to hear and accept the gospel. The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few... choose to be a laborer and help bring the world Christs truth.

One girl we met was seriously hilarious! Her roommate is actually lds so that was pretty cool! We asked for her number so we could get into contact with her, and her response had me fighting the urge to laugh. She said, "wooow were only on a first name basis here, we gotta work towards the number!" Hahah I loved it😂 luckily, she agreed to be our Facebook friends!

For some reason, the focus of all my studies have been trials. Probably because a lot of the people we are meeting with are going through a lot. Someone shared this analogy with me that I absolutely loved!
"I was in the Dollar Tree last night and there was a lady and 2 kids behind me in the LONG line. One was a big kid, one was a toddler. The bigger one had a pack of Glow Sticks and the baby was screaming for them so the mom opened the pack and gave him one, which stopped his tears. He walked around with it smiling, but then the bigger boy took it and the baby started screaming again. Just as the mom was about to fuss at the bigger kid, he bent the glowstick and handed it back to the baby.
As we walked outside at the same time, the baby noticed that stick was now glowing and his brother said "I had to break it so you could get the full effect from it." I almost ran because I could hear God saying to me, "I had to break you to show you why I created you. You had to go through it so you could fulfill your purpose." That little baby was happy just swinging that "unbroken" Glowstick around in the air because he didn't understand what it was created to do which was "glow". There are some people who will be content just "being" but some of, those of us that God has chosen, we have to be "broken".
We have to get sick. We go through divorce. We have to lose a job or friend because, in those moments of desperation, God is breaking us but when the breaking is done, then we will be able to see the reason for which we were created."
-Unknown

Since, the Book of Mormon is my new Google;) I found even more examples of why we go through trials. God does have a good purpose behind these hard times. We can know the plan of God, but not the details of mortality. In Alma 38, the prophet Alma is talking to his son. Shiblon had to endure horrible pains. He was stoned because of his faith and because of Christs word he delivered. During this time however, as he pressed forward with patience amongst adversity, he was able to "bear all these things" because the Lord was with him (verse 4). And while the savior was with him, shiblon was able to gain a strong faith that the Lord did and will ALWAYS deliver him. Sometimes, we may think where is God in horrible circumstances, and how could he allow that to happen. It is through our trials that we can gain faith in him who never did leave us, but who was there lifting, comforting, and encouraging us through the dark moments. I know this without a doubt. And Shiblon is promised as long as he puts his trust in God he, "shall be delivered out of your trials, and your troubles, and your afflictions, and ye shall be lifted up at the last day." We're loved more than we could ever imagine.

And to build off of love. I heard a quote by Elder Holland and he said, "love is what you go through together." It clicked in my head that Jesus Christ can love us so much, unconditionally, because he has gone through everything we have.
As we rely on the Savior, and put our hand in his to approach any of lifes demands, our love will grow for him, he already has so much love for us, but we can turn to him and he will help us weather any, and all storms.

One of the Savior's many titles, that I like is found in Revelations 22. Revelations refers to him as the bright and morning star. He is not only the Son of God, but the sun. There will be times when we don't see the sun. Darkness may be all around us. And that dark of the night may last for a day, a week, or for weeks on end, but we will feel happiness again. And to quote Elder Holland again (can you tell I love him) he says, "the sun will come up, the darkness will flee, and hope will return." I testify that I know we will all feel the brightness of the sun in our lives. Jesus Christ is our bright and morning star.

Remember no one can stop you but yourself!!! Have a blessed week y'all😊💛

Love youinns,
Sister Lauren Ashlee Ludwig

Pictures:
1 and 2. Happy Holidays❄❄
3. This picture says it all haha. Kentucky loves their KFC.
4 and 5. Goodbye to our awesome district!




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