Date

September 5, 2017

Area

Mt. Vernon

Companion

Sister Amanda Wilcox

"Huh" ain't in my vocabulary no more😂

Hey y'all!!

So we're going to backtrack a few weeks... I told y'all about an ear infection I had a while back. Well this ear infection did not want to leave me for some reason. For the past month and a half, I've had an ear infection, and a loss of hearing in my left ear. It was painful, frustrating, and darn right annoying. I felt like CVS was my second home... it pretty much was I was there almost every other day seeing another doctor or picking up another prescription. The doctor I was seeing could not figure out why my ear infection wouldn't leave after all the medication I was on. Then I saw another doctor, and she checked out my ear and this time she said she saw a hole in my tympanic membrane (ear drum) she said I needed to be referred over to an ENT specialist to check it out and most likely have surgery on my ear. Finally, I had some answers as to what was going on, I felt good, until... people started to find out and freaked me out about how painful it was going to be and other stuff like that. That wasn't the most fun week of my life.

So to continue on with the story, I called an ENT in Evansville and the soonest they could get me in was September 11th... I felt so hopeless that I would have to wait another 2 and a half weeks until something could happen with my ear. Luckily, the church has got connections and with my mission Presidents help they had me into to see a doctor the next day! I'm so thankful for everyone who sent prayers my way, I know they made a difference.

On Tuesday, I went in to see the ENT. He took one look at my ear and went right in. He had all these tools and stuff and was just going to town, it killed, but as soon as he took everything out of my ears he looked at me and said, "anything different?" I was so shocked I said "oh my goodness, I can hear!!" It was so relieving! After a month and a half I could actually hear myself talk and man I really was talking super loud😂 the doctor said there was no hole anymore!!! Totally a miracle. Heavenly Fathers hand was definitely in this situation, and took care of it all.

I still had to let the ear infection take its course, but as of Sunday, I have felt so much better!! I know that our prayers are answered, sometimes not in the timing that you want them to, but Heavenly Father never forgets about us, He always does what is best for us in the end.

Alright so some updates... Jaidon, finally agreed to be baptized!! It was a long journey with this 9 year old, who knew they could be so stubborn?! His baptism is on September 17th! It's going to be an awesome and sad Sunday. Awesome because Jaidon is going to be making such a big step in his life, and sad because it's mine and Sister Wilcox's last Sunday together :/ hey, but what better way to spend our last Sunday together! It's so cool to see how much Jaidon has changed since we first started meeting with him 2 months ago. At the beginning, he was so shy and could barely look us in the eyes. Whenever we would ask him questions he would always say "I don't know". Now he absolutely LOVES having us over. He's started to pray on his own, and knows all the answers we throw at him! It was so cool, our last lesson he told us how he was telling his friends about the church and some of the lessons we taught him, he's being a little missionary all on his own!

You know all the good stories happen at Wal-Mart. Well, we had an eventful experience in the Wal-Mart parking lot. On our way to the eclipse we were with 10 other missionaries. We had to stop at Wal-Mart to pick up a few things. As we were all headed in, this man came up to the elders and were asking them some weird questions, anyways, he asked if we would all say a prayer with him he grabbed two of our hands and knelt down, so we all did the same. There we all were kneeling in the Wal-Mart parking lot, listening to this man say a prayer to save America... for sure an once in a lifetime experience😂

Love,
Sister Lauren Ashlee Ludwig

Pics:
1 and 2. Me with the selfie king hahaha. Ammon always wants to take a photo shoot.
3. I think Sister Draper is pretty cool.
4. Our eventful road trip to Greenville




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