Tuesday, September 29, 2015

week 2 (9/29/2015) Heading to Kumasi

It has been a week full of ups and downs. The beginning was probably one of the hardest adjustments of my life. But things are going great. I love the elders here. 
The African Missionaries are awesome. They are so happy and friendly all the time its crazy. 
If you walk anywhere you are bound to shake the hand of at least 3 other people. And there is an abundance of different hand shakes to try and learn haha. It's always fun. 
I have had 2 continuing struggles here at the MTC (missionary training center) the food and the sleep. Just kidding the food actually hasn't been that bad. It's definitely been different. The 2 most interesting things I've eaten have been the Fufu and what I call "Rice Porridge". but the hardest one to eat was the fufu. We are supposed to rip off a little piece of the...dough, or whatever it is, then use our fingers to dip it into the soup. then you put that in your mouth and swallow it whole. I think the soup is necessary so that #1 it doesn't get stuck in your throat, and #2 so that it actually has some taste. I would suggest not chewing it, because then there is a sensation...but I don't know if I would dare to call it taste. 
The sleep has been hard because apparently some people only need about 3 hours of sleep. Not even kidding some of the Africans go to sleep around 12 and wake up at 4:00. Its a struggle. But once I'm asleep I'm knocked out so that's nice. I don't even sleep with the sheet on me (they don't even provide a blanket because there is absolutely no need unless you have a death wish) but towards the middle of the night it gets to the point where I like the sheet to be on about half of my body. 
These 11 days? have been awesome. They have been full of great memories and people. I leave for my actual mission in Kumasi in about 30 minutes! So talk to you all later!

-Love Elder Speakman

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

week 1 Ghana MTC (9/23/2015)

I got here safely and the travel went well. On my first flight they had to delay to kick off some guy who was drunk haha. But it's okay because I was sitting at JFK for hours on my own anyway. Eventually 12 other missionaries showed up from all over the west.  All the Elders here are awesome both the Americans and the Africans. They've definitely been a huge help and good role models. Even in this short amount of time.  We are already talking about having our mission reunion at Elder Burge's house when we get home. That would be awesome. The Africans are so friendly. They all know my name but I only know like 5 of theirs haha. Its a struggle. The Names are hard. My first companion is actually from the Philippines, he is the only filipino here. but he's pretty awesome. He really knows his scripture references.

The food is alright, the first day and the second day it was horrible and I could hardly eat. But now I'm getting used to it and my stomach is almost back to normal size.My favorite new food is what I'm calling rice Porridge haha. Its actually not bad but its definitely not my favorite. Thats a joke. It was the first thing that we ate when we got here for "breakfast" along with breads, baked beans, and some white pineapple (<- glorious). 
 Its the humidity that kills!

We get to go outside every day, but there is a wall with an electric fence at the top so we can't really leave (jk), its just to keep other people out.

We went to the temple today which was amazing. It is beautiful. 

Today at lunch, I wasn't that hungry because I'd just eaten breakfast, someone started playing the piano. It took them a while to get the hang of it but eventually they got the notes right and they played the song that I was hoping they would. So I went over and sang with the group. It was great. 
Tell everyone I say hi and I love them! Including my friends!

I'm loving it although this is going to be a long two years haha
Elder Speakman

 Arrived at the Ghana MTC 9/18/2015
 Meal time with Companion.
 District of Helaman


Ghana Temple 9/23/2015

From MTC Pres.
 2 miles from the Ghana MTC.  If you look out a few miles South of here, it is where the equator and the Grenwich latitude line intersect.  So missionaries leaving from theGhana MTC are leaving from the Center of the Earth to the mission field. (Nice tidbit, eh?)