July 3, 2017


Mt. Vernon


Sister Amanda Wilcox

My first road kill

Hey y'all!!

Once again I've had too many animal incidents. I'm coming to think that seeing dead animals and being chased by animals is just another normal every day thing here in the boonies. Also, being stuck behind a train is a big occurrence!

So, to explain the animals... the elders in our district ran over a frog and decided they needed to cook up some frog legs. I've been sick most of this week. Bad migraines, and some throwing up. Yanno living the life over here. BUT. The elders decided to give me a get well present. At district meeting they gave me these frog legs and challenged me to eat them. I told them the only way I was going to eat them was if Sister Wilcox joined me. You got to have companionship unity right!! And so we ate some burnt, nasty frog legs. So exciting. Haha also, one day when we were driving out in the middle of no where trying to find one of the members in our branch, these chicken things (I really have no idea what they were) were running in the cornfield next to us, charging straight for our car. Poor Glenn Coco and us barely dodged the evil chickens. It was quite the experience😂

Since I've been pretty sick most of the week, nothing too extraordinary happened. We did get to find two new investigators this week!! Such an answer to our prayers. And also, something super cool happened. So back in Brookside, when I was still with Sister Draper, we started teaching this guy named Johnson. He was a super awesome guy and we taught him most of the lessons and he really wanted to be baptized. Sadly, he decided to move to Rhode Island, and we lost contact with him. We tried for about a week to get a hold of him after he moved so we could send the missionaries in his area his information to keep teaching him. He seriously vanished into thin air and we had no way of getting in contact with him. One day out of the blue we got a call from some elders in Rhode Island. They told us they had a miracle to tell us. One day as they were tracting they came to this house and started talking to this guy. The guy got so excited when he saw them and said to them "oh I have something for you guys"
The elders were so confused and stood outside for like 5 minutes just waiting for this guy to come give them something. They told us they were just about to leave when Johnson came back out and handed them a card with our number on it. He told them that "the girl versions of you" were teaching him back in Kentucky and gave him this card to come find you. Then he told them, "I want to be baptized!" It was so cool hearing about this experience, and seeing how the Lord's hand is in our lives everyday. Also, one of the elders grandma's is actually our mission nurse here in Kentucky, so that was pretty ironic. Anyways, the best part of this story is that our mission nurse posted on our missionary page this week of her grandson and Johnson at his baptism!!! After a few months, Johnson finally got to be baptized!!

Our zone leaders have really been motivating us to study the Atonement of Jesus Christ more in our studies. I was reading Elder Renlund's talk "Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying" and I found a lot of comfort seeing how the Atonement can truly change us for the better. He said, "For us, because of the Atonement of Christ and our repentance, we can look at our past deeds and say, “’Twas I; but ’tis not I.” No matter how wicked, we can say, “That’s who I was. But that past wicked self is no longer who I am.” You are never too far gone off the path to receive Heavenly Fathers and Jesus Christs love and help. President Thomas S. Monson has taught, “One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final. Even if we’ve been a conscious, deliberate sinner or have repeatedly faced failure and disappointment, the moment we decide to try again, the Atonement of Christ can help us. And we need to remember that it is not the Holy Ghost that tells us we’re so far gone that we might as well give up." I am glad our zone leaders challenged us to learn more about the Atonement, I find great comfort in knowing I can always keep trying and my savior will always be there to help me.

I hope all y'all have an awesome and popping fourth of July!! 🤙🤙

Sister Lauren Ashlee Ludwig

1. It's a pretty big deal when the corn fields are taller than me!! HAH SIKE😉
2. Shout out to Sister Wilcox and her mad photography skills.
3. Gotta keep the duck face alive😘
4. True companions deal with the other companions baggage... literally😂 hahaha can you tell my favorite sign is hang loose?!


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