Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Date: October 31, 2011
Area: Paraíso, Alagos
Companion: Elder Devitry
From: Smithfield, Utah

Hey Guys!!!
It´s crazy it's Halloween, it sucks that they don't celebrate it here. Today is Elder Beckers birthday so we´ll go to a members and eat cake tonight...

This week was a lot of hard work, we have been knocking a lot of doors, just to try something different. we taught a lot of people and found some people that seem really interested in the gospel, just that no one went to church. that's the hardest thing is to get people to go...

Our best investigator right now is a woman named Brenda. she is about 28 and is super elect. we gave her a Book of Mormon and she is very interested, but she had family in town and couldn't go to church.
 Elder Soares found her when he went to the dentist. she works there as an assistant. we will invite her to baptism tomorrow.

There´s this girl in the branch who got home from her mission this week, we went to the church and she was there getting released... that´s gonna be weird lol. but yeah so she´s super excited to help us and give references. so we´ll leave with her and find some baptisms.

Congrats Bubba on the big buck! nice rack... can´t wait till next year. Dustin shot a nice buck too.

My comp´s foot is better. He´s walking fine and stuff now.

So Brian's back at smiths, did he cut his hair yet?? I bet he´s excited to start school.

Not a whole lot more going on... I love you guys.

I´m loving the mission and growing a lot. I hope that you guys have a great week!!! I know this church is true. Jesus is our Savior and he loves us.
Love Elder Ludlow

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fabiano's baptism

Date: October 24, 2011
Area: Paraíso, Alagos
Companion: Elder Devitry
From: Smithfield, Utah

Elder Devitry, Fabiano, Elder Ludlow

Hey Guys!!
This week was alright... I got my new companion, Elder Devitry. He´s from Smithfield, Utah. He´s a really cool guy. But he has a broken foot though so he´s just been taking it easy. He broke it playing basketball. He´s another big white blonde kid. So everyone just stares at us and always asks us if we´re brothers.

So I was doing some divisions and stuff at the start of the week. But then I got super sick... I got the flu, so I was all achy and congested and stuff. And I had a bad fever... this went on for like 4 days. I´m feeling a lot better now but I'm still all congested and have a cough... So this week we didn’t really get a whole lot done... except that I baptized Fabiano on Sunday... it was really good and he was excited. I like that kid a lot.

Fabiano's Baptism 10/23/11

That´s crazy that Brian´s moving to St. George. It´ll be good for him, and yeah I know Riley, he´s a cool kid.

That´s nuts that Josh is in the marines, and the he left so soon, I haven’t seen him for like 3 years.

I´ll send a picture for a Christmas card next week, I just gotta think of a good photo.

I´ll email McKay a happy birthday.
Love you guys, not a whole lot happened this week, this next week should be better, my companions foot is getting better.

Miss you
Elder Ludlow

Monday, October 17, 2011

Getting a new companion

Date: October 17, 2011
Area: Paraíso, Alagos
Companion: Elder Soares
From: Minas Gerais, Brazil

Oi família!!!

How is everyone doing??? did everyone have a good week???? sorry i´m sending this so late, the Internet was out all day today in my area..

This week was good. we´ve been working with Jaqsons cousin, Fabiano, and we tried to baptize him this week.. but he drank coffee so it´ll have to be next week. he´s an awesome investigator, he understands the messages really well and practically asked to be baptized. he´s really interested about serving a mission. we also confirmed Jaqson, but Junior got the chicken pox, he´s all covered in bumps so it´ll have to be next week. but they are both way excited about the church and are doing good...

We had transfers, and I am staying. I´m happy. Elder Soares and Elder Faria will be transferred. so me and my red headed homeboy Elder Becker are staying in the house with new companions.

The mail here and banks are all on strike.. it´s been like 2 weeks, but they said this Thursday it should all be figured out... I´ve got a bunch of letters to send. I hope they stop the strike soon cause I need my shoes soooo bad, mine are completely worn through and the top is splitting out.

Summer finally started here. it´s getting so hot!!!

I couldn´t do English class this week, I had to go do 3 baptismal interviews this week.

Today we went and visited some members, then my comp went to the hospital... I stayed with Elder Noyes. he got a prescription for his foot.

I always get nervous to get a new comp... I really get along well with Elder Soares, he´s been one of my best companions. he´s a really hard worker.

Family I want you to know that I know that this church is true. I know that we have a true prophet who talks to God and leads this church. I know that God answers our prayers when we pray with faith and are worthy. that an invite to baptism is the only way that I can help these people progress. I love you all and am doing good. the mission is flying by...

This lan house doesn´t take pen drives so I will send fotos next week.. of me and my new comp....

Have a great week... love you all!

boys, cut your hair.

Elder Ludlow

Monday, October 10, 2011

Date: October 10, 2011
Area: Paraíso, Alagos
Companion: Elder Soares
From: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Hey everybody!!!!
This week was pretty good. not a whole lot going on... last Wednesday I went to a mission leadership training. it was pretty good. and I did a division with Elder Noyes it was pretty fun. he´s from West Jordan. he is like 2 transfers behind me. we are gonna fo sho chill after the mish.

 I started the English class this week. it was pretty good, but we didn´t tell a lot of people about it because of conference... we also had ward counsel yesterday...

We´ve been teaching some good people, but they never go to church!!! that´s our biggest difficulty right now, but Jaqson´s cousin, Fabiano, will be baptized pretty soon. he es very interested in the church, especially a mission. we didn´t confirm our baptism this week. junior went outta town and Jaqson's family had some problem with drug dealers that live in in the same grota. the cops busted them and everyone in the favela says that Jaqson's mom told on them... so we went over there on Saturday and it was a big confusion... and he ended up not going to church... so we´ll pass by tomorrow...

Today I went to the doctor, my com has a problem with his foot, he had a surgery a while ago and it is hurting him... going to the doctors in Brazil is not fun... it´s sooo slow there. so that´s about all I did today.

I´m glad to hear Bri might cut his hair...

That's super bad luck with the truck, I´m glad no one got hurt though  (The wheel fell off as I turned a corner, right after I got it safety inspected)

That's good you went to the temple with the ward, I hecka miss the temple... I'm excited to go.

sorry no pics this week, I came straight from the hospital...

But not much else going on... I´m doing good...

I got that letter from the primary... I'll write them back...

Love you, I know the church is true, I love the gospel, and I'm happy to be in Maceió serving the lord...
Love Bradley

Monday, October 3, 2011

General Conference and Baptisms

Date: October 3, 2011
Area: Paraíso, Alagos
Companion: Elder Soares
From: Minas Gerais, Brazil

Hey family,
Another week came and went in the mission field. It was really awesome to watch General Conference. I watched it all besides priesthood, I liked the talks. I dunno if it was just cuz I´m a missionary, but it seemed like they all talked a bunch about missionary work. It was all in Portuguese, They didn´t have the English TV set up. I love the prophet. I felt the spirit so strong when he was speaking, and especially when he was sustained as a leader and prophet of the church.

On Saturday we baptized 2 rapazes. Jaqson and Junior, they both are great young men and will help this branch out a lot. My area is good. I feel like the youth here are way more accepting than adults in this area.



I got an email from my son( Elder Carniero) that he baptized Maelli, a girl I taught with him in Grageru 2. That made me super happy, she was an awesome investigator.

But it´s going pretty good here, we are probably gonna start an English class here in this area; we might start this Saturday...

Thanks for all of the pics. It looks like you guys had a good weekend. Cut you hair Brian and Brandon!
(We went fishing)

It´s starting to get freakin hot. I´m not looking forward to the summer heat.

This Wednesday I have to go to an all-day leadership training.

How´s everyone doin? That’s crazy Kendrick is going to Thailand. (Mission Call)

Dad is super funny, he is just so proud of his new truck. I know how he absolutely loves to get a good deal. I can’t believe he got such a good deal, it´s good to know how to work on cars né?

I´m doing good here, I´m glad to have baptized!!!!

I know that this church is true. I am glad to be here in Brasil as a missionary.

Love, Elder Ludlow

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