Date

August 14, 2017

Area

Mt. Vernon

Companion

Sister Amanda Wilcox

Helen Keller

Hey y'all!!

Hahaha boy what a week it's been! Sooo for the last couple of weeks I have not felt too hot. I'm not a big fan of doctors, and it's pretty hard to schedule in time to go see a doctor on the mission, so it's been a good couple weeks of pain. About 2 weeks ago, my ears started hurting as well, and then my hearing was all muffled. My hearing was so bad, Sister Wilcox would have to yell for me to hear😂 one morning I woke up, no glasses or contacts in, and for those of you who know I'm seriously blind without my contacts and glasses. Anyways, I woke up blind and deaf. In that moment I felt so much compassion for Helen Keller. I don't know how she did it... after that experience, I knew it was time to suck it up and go to the doctor.

Luckily, we had exchanges this week, so on Friday Sister Draper got to take me to the minute clinic. She felt so honored as my mom to take me to the doctors hahaha. (cheesy missionary humor) turns out I've had a double ear infection in my ears for weeks now and it's been causing all my pain. She had to go in and flush out my ears... oooh that was painful. Thankfully, she put me on some medication, so things will start getting better! I have to go get my ears flushed again on Wednesday, but after that I should be all good! Hallelujah😊

BUT. Coolest part of the story, no it's not done yet😂 Once again I've seen that everything happens for a reason. There's even a purpose to me getting a double ear infection. God works in mysterious ways. The doctor at the minute clinic was super interested in missionaries and who we were and what we did. We had the chance to talk A LOT. It took a while to flush out my ears, so I was in there having a good 2 hour conversation with her. Turns out she has a daughter named Lauren who is my same age. She opened up to me about challenges that had been going on and I had a chance to bring the gospel up into our conversation. There I was sitting in this ladies office bearing my testimony about how the gospel blesses our families. I'm not one to tear up, but both of us were crying, the spirit was so strong in the room. It's something I will always remember. I wish she lived in Mount Vernon, but sadly we have to give her information over to the Elders. It's okay though were friends on Facebook now🤗

So this upcoming week is going to be awesome!! Willie is getting baptized on Sunday!! Woot woot!! He is so excited, we got to make his program yesterday and he wanted to text everyone to be there. He loves the branch so much, and they all love him! Who wouldn't love Willie, he's amazing! Yesterday, we arranged for him to go to the ysa fhe. We had him go with one of the ysa in our branch over to the activity. We were worried about him all night, wanting to make sure he was enjoying himself. And all was good!! He texted us this morning, telling us how much fun he had.

We had a training this week on the importance of sincere prayers. This really hit home for me because I realized my prayers to my Father in Heaven need some work. God is a person, He wants to feel important. Sometimes I find myself always saying the same things. President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “The trouble with most of our prayers is that we give them as if we were picking up the telephone and ordering groceries—we place our order and hang up. We need to meditate, contemplate, think of what we are praying about and for and then speak to the Lord as one man speaketh to another” I know that prayer is a two way conversation. I know that when we call upon our fathers name in prayer, he hears us. He listens to us. And he will answer back. The Book of Mormon teaches us to have faith in the Lord.

There really is a story in the pages of the Book of Mormon. It's story is similar to our own lives. We are here right now on this earth to learn. The people in the Book of Mormon were in our same shoes. They may have had different challenges, crisises, and concerns than us, but they still had trials. Even though our circumstances may be different because of time, how to receive help is still the same. The Book of Mormon shows the example of where to turn to for problems. It shows us who we need to turn to. Trust in God. Have faith he will help you. He wants to help us. He loves us. Our Heavenly Father should be the first person we cry out to for help. We can see from the people in the Book of Mormon, things go so much easier and simpler if we put God first, trust him, and do what is right. In order to receive help from him, we have to ask, "Ask, and you shall receive, knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen." (Doctrine and Covenants 4:7)

Also, learn from my bad example, and get help from others when you are in need... hahaha doctors are good:) have a blessed week😘

Love,
Sister Lauren Ashlee Ludwig

Pics:
1. Glenn Coco and I matched this week😍 goals
2. After I got my ears flushed. Good times.
3. What's a group email, without a selfie??😉




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