Monday, November 28, 2011

Less than 6 months

Date: November 28, 2011
Area: Paraíso, Alagos
Companion: Elder Devitry
From: Smithfield, Utah
I have less than 6 Months on the Mission
Hey Guys!
How was everyone´s week? I Hope that everyone had a great thanksgiving. That sucks Brian had to work. We didn´t do anything really, we didn´t even have lunch on that day so we just made lunch at home.

Transfers are this week. I´m staying here in the area and my companion was transferred, so I´ll pass Christmas and my birthday here. I´m curious to know who my new companion will be.

I´ve already got Christmas planned out to use a member´s computer. I just hope the internet is fast enough. I´m pretty sure the chapel has Wi-Fi, so we might take a laptop down there.

So this week we continued to teach Edjane. She told us about her brother that was a member of her church but got into drugs, and about a year ago he got shot. Her other brother also is into drugs and stuff. That church believes that once you are baptized, and you commit serious sins like that, you can’t repent and are going to hell. So we taught her and showed her a bunch of scriptures, and she believes what we teach, but she still doesn´t want to get baptized. She´s had multiple answers that the church is true, but she doesn’t want to go against her family and her church, so it´s complicated, but she went to church and everything.
We found a few other people, but they didn´t go to church. There´s also a really cool lady were teaching, Eliene, but she needs to get married. So I´m gonna keep working with the people that are progressing and I´ll have to find a whole new group.

I hope it starts snowing there for dad to plow.
That’s awesome that the raiders are doing good, I´m excited to watch a football game.
It’s just soccer here 24/7.

My companion has to get all ready to go and say goodbye to some people. So I don’t have a lot of time today.

I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Love, Bradley

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Date: November 21, 2011
Area: Paraíso, Alagos
Companion: Elder Devitry
From: Smithfield, Utah

Hey guys!

Nothing new this week, I got super sick this week, I had a fever of 101so I spent like 3 days in my bed, I couldn't even get up. I´m feeling a lot better now. Still kinda weak and my back and legs are sore. I dunno what it is that I got.
Edjane was progressing really well, but then she just stopped, and she didn´t go to church on Sunday, I don't know what happened to her. I didnt teach her, I was on a division doing a baptismal interview, but we´ll go back and see what we can do.

We are also teaching a few other people but they all need to be married. there´s a lady named eliene she wants to get baptized a lot but she´s gotta get married.

This week is Thanksgiving!! I don't know what we´re gonna do, nobody in the house has money. but we´ll probably get a little dinner together.

I bought some boots. they seem pretty good. they were like 50 reais, they will probably last me the rest of my mission.

It´s full out summer here... I can´t take the heat!!!

I got that halloween package. thanks for the candy and letters.

I might need some more money if I get transferred next week, our lunch falls a lot in this area and so I´ve had to spend a lot of money on food here... I´ll find out this Saturday about transfers.

I´m glad its snowing there, I hope its still snowing in May when I get home too.

Thats about it, I love you guys and I know this church is true, The Book of Mormon is true, and that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that God has a plan for us.

Have a great week and be safe
Elder Ludlow

Monday, November 14, 2011

Church of the Veil

Date: November 14, 2011
 Area: Paraíso, Alagos
 Companion: Elder Devitry
From: Smithfield, Utah


     Hey guys, How´s everyone doing?
I’m doing good. This week was great, It started off really slow, trying to find new people to teach. But we ended up with a lot of lessons, we taught Edjane and she is progressing really well, it’s just that her parents don’t want anything to do with us... she invited us to her church (Church of the Veil) and it was just terrible, everyone yelling and stuff.. They have trumpets and trombones and saxophones. super weird. The women wear veils and the men sit on one side and the women on the other. The pastor was yelling and speaking in ''strange languages'' like gibberish, but we met some of her friends there and she brought 3 people to church, so we had 5 this week. On Wednesday we will invite her to be baptized I’m just nervous cause of her parents, but she really understands what we teach her, and I think she knows what we are teaching her is true.

I also did an interview this week for Boa Vista, the other branch. The lady had so many problems! I felt like a bishop, The zone leaders went to my district mtg. and they will do a division with us on Thursday. Tomorrow we have zone conference.

Today we didn’t really do anything, but 2 elders came to visit people here, and so we went to lunch with them at a member’s house. Next week we´re gonna go to this alligator pond. A member will take us. ´
Our House

My Bed

  But I’m doing good, working hard and having a blast!!!!
 I am loving the mission!!!!
I love you all! Be safe.
Elder Ludlow 

Banana Tree growing in our backyard, waiting for them to grow so we can eat them


Monday, November 7, 2011

Lazy Bums

Date: November 7, 2011
Area: Paraíso, Alagos
Companion: Elder Devitry
From: Smithfield, Utah

Hey guys!! How was everyone?

This week was pretty good, just a normal week. It rained like all week... it was nice because it wasn´t so hot but my shoes are full of holes so my feet were wet like all week... I hope you guys sent my new shoes, I don’t know how much longer I can stand these ones... but today it´s super-hot again and sunny.

So yeah all of our investigators are pretty much just lazy bums... except this one girl we found. Her name is Edjane, she’s probably like 25ish. she is a member of this church that everyone calls the church of the veil. the women use veils during the meetings. But she had some good questions and we taught the plan of salvation. other elders had taught her a lot already. but she prayed and got an answer, but her family doesn´t want her to have anything to do with us. She went to church and we were upstairs because she was a little late, and she was too shy to go in and so she left. Bummer eh? I felt bad, but we´ll get her to go this week and I think she´ll be baptized. Before she prayed she said that she was 100 percent sure that her church was right for her, but then she prayed and is way more open.

Still no Halloween package, but we have zone conference on the 15th so I´ll probably get it there.

You got snow? Man, I miss the snow. Today we went and played b-ball at the church, and I wore a cutoff shirt and I got super sunburned. It´s so hot all the time, even at night it´s super-hot. We are going to try and start getting up at like 6 to go play ball at the church, we just got to see if they will give us a key to the gate, and let us keep the ball at our house.

Last night we went and had a barbeque at a member’s house. There´s this lady named Vanessa and her husband Afranio, they are the coolest members in the branch. They always take care of us. I still haven’t taken a pic with them but I will send one this week I didn’t take pics because of the rain, and I can’t really carry my camera in this area, there’s always robberies and shootings.

My comp is a funny guy; he always makes weird jokes...

We will go to a member's house for family home evening tonight. It's a girl who just got back from her mission. She helps us out.
But not a whole lot going on besides this, I hope school and work and everything is going good. Have a great week.

Be good everyone and be safe.
Love, Bradley