Date

June 26, 2017

Area

Mt. Vernon

Companion

Sister Amanda Wilcox

Sorry Mr. Squirrel

Hey y'all!!

I've survived my first week of motherhood! So, my new companion is Sister Wilcox and she is from Payson, Utah. Sister Wilcox is such a cutie! She reminds me a lot of myself when I first came out. Except she can draw really good which I cannot. We have had a very eventful week! And we had a lot of animal incidents which is really strange and uncommon, but then again every week is a different adventure on the mission.

Our first day together, was a lot of driving. We had to go all the way to Louisville to pick her up. It's like a 2 and half-3 hour drive. Then once we finally made it back to Mount Vernon we had a dinner appointment. On the way there, a little squirrel ran out in the middle of the road and I had no time to go around it. And yes Mr. Squirrel died. RIP. It was my first road kill. And a great kick off for mine and Sister Wilcox's companionship😂

Then on that same drive to the members house, we saw this big thing in the middle of the road. As we got closer, we realized it was a huge vulture eating some more road kill. This one wasn't mine I swear!! It was so funny though because Sister Wilcox looked at me with big eyes and asked, "does this kind of stuff happen all the time?" I gave her a big smile and said, "nope just today, we're pretty lucky!" That's a ride I'll never forget hahaha.

Now the final story to end the week of animal incidents. We were having dinner at another members home, and during dinner one of their cats jumped into Sister Wilcoxs lap. She pushed it off and he came over to me and looked at me and must have known I hate cats because he smelled me and then went back over and jumped into Sister Wilcoxs lap again. She didn't want to be rude, so she let the cat (leo) chill on her lap. Once we were getting ready to leave, I could tell by the look on Sister Wilcoxs face that something was wrong. Once we got outside she looked at me and pointed down at her skirt. There was little specs of blood all over her skirt! Dang Leo was bleeding on Sister Wilcox the whole time during dinner. So nasty! Don't worry we got the blood out and now we have a good story to tell😉

During one of my personal studies this week I came across this quote by President Hinkely. President Gordon B. Hinkely gave us this promise if we will read the Book of Mormon, "there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God.” The Book of Mormon allows us to grow a stronger testimony of Jesus Christ. 2 Nephi 30 taught me that believing and living Christs gospel will transform your whole life. It will bring a new happiness to your life that you have never yet felt. You will feel the truth and this truth will change your thoughts, actions, and behaviors. Elder Hales said, “For when we want to speak to God, we pray. And when we want Him to speak to us, we search the scriptures; for His words are spoken through His prophets. He will then teach us as we listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.” I have seen first hand how the Book of Mormon adds happiness and joy into my own life. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. When I read the Book of Mormon I feel so much comfort and I know it can help answer any question I have, and help calm any worry I may feel. Turn open the pages of the Book of Mormon and you can feel this too😊

One of our members gave a talk in church this week. I asked her if I could share it because it really hit home for me. She was talking about a time in her life where she was struggling with some addictions. At the time out for women conference, one of the speakers asked this question, "what does God need to be for you?" At first, (I'm going to call the member "Pam") Pam was thinking of the question more along the lines of what God needs to do for her. But after she rephrased the question it wasn't asking what God needs to DO for her, but what God needs to BE for her. She made a list of all the things God needs to be for her. She needed God to be patient, loving, and encouraging. Over the next couple weeks she started noticing the clouds A LOT. It seemed as if something was telling her to look at the clouds. One day as she was talking to the sister missionaries she told them she thinks God wants to tell her something about these clouds. The sisters asked Pam if she had prayed and asked God what he was trying to tell her. Pam remembers thinking, "oh duh! Why didn't I think of that!" After praying about it, one day she had the impression that when the clouds are racing across the sky and making progress, they are beautiful. When they are slowing making their way, they are beautiful. When the clouds are big and poofy, they are beautiful. When they are only a tiny wisp, they're beautiful. When the clouds are pure and white, they are beautiful. When they are dark and full of rain, they're beautiful. She got that answer from God that no matter what stage the clouds are in, no matter what stage she was at in her life, she is beautiful, and God loves her. Pam said God loves me on my good days and my bad.

I know just as Pam said that God loves us all. And He is always there for us. He is patient, loving, and encouraging. He only wants the best for us and is always cheering us on.

Have a blessed week, and remember you are a child of God💛

Love,
Sister Lauren Ashlee Ludwig

Pics:
1. Look how well we coordinate together!!
2. The boonies have some perks
3. You can't tell from this picture, but we were dying of heat, summer has begun🔥🔥🔥
4. Sister Wilcoxs poor, bloody skirt.




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