Monday, March 28, 2016

week 26 (3/28/2016)

Another week has come and gone!  And not only that, but also another transfer!  It's crazy but I'm finally leaving my first area: Penkware, Sunyani.
When I look forward at the days that lay ahead of me, it seems like time is creeping by.  But, looking back at the time I have spent here, I can't believe it has already been 6 months; time really is a precious gift, I only hope it slows down when I come home one day, haha!.

Tomorrow morning, I will be traveling to Kumasi for leadership training.  When that is over I will be looking at a 7-8 hour bus ride to the 2nd hottest area in our mission: Tamale..  I can't say I'm not excited, I am a little bit nervous, but I'm mostly excited. I've come to know the rocks on the road a little to well in this time (;  I think they'll miss me more than I'll miss them.  I will have to learn a new language in Tamale. they speak dagumba and most of them are Muslim. twill be fun ;)
I will miss the people though.  I've come to make some pretty good friends over here. We had another baptism on Sunday. A named Gyan (like john). He's 88 years old and has 16 kids living from his young/wild days. This guy has so much history. He lived through world war two. He traveled to Egypt to study the bible and qu'ran (the Muslim bible basically) for I think, 4 years...man he's cool. I'll miss him and our other recent convert Ma Eunice. She started crying yesterday when I told her I was going. We will go over and eat fufu with her today. She gave elder Argo and I material to get shirts made too. Shes sweet, she's my African mother.  But, as the song goes, "I will go, I will do, the things the Lords commands; I know the Lord provides a way..." (remix) everything's gonna be okay.

I hope all is well for everyone reading this!
I especially hope that you were able to have a Happy Easter, and remember the reason we celebrate Easter.
I know that Jesus Christ lives and is our Savior and brother.  I know that he truly did provide a way for us to be able to return to our Father and have Eternal Life, if only we are willing to follow Him.

Have a great week everyone!
Do what's most important and always seek for more truth!

I love you all!
Elder Speakman



Monday, March 21, 2016

week 25 (3/21/2016)

6 months have come and gone!  It's crazy how fast time is going... sometimes haha.  A wise man once told me, "time is flying by slowly."  Pretty true if you ask me! (; 
At the front of our missionary handbook it reads, "Time is one of the most precious resources Heavenly Father has given you... use it fully and wisely."  Such an opportunity is a privilege."  That's something I've really come to learn while on my mission.  Our time really is a gift.  Use it fully, and use it wisely!  Do things that are worth your time.

By the way, I hope all of you are well! And Happy Birthday SONJA!! Happy belated birthday to you too Kamryn Labrum and anyone else I have missed!  I love you guys!

Yesterday, was an adventure!  After church we ate lunch, then went about doing our regular missionary things... sharing the gospel with everyone, ya know? (;  We went out with a member named Ata (he works all day making planks of wood in the sun, everyday except Sunday, but rather than go home and rest, he chooses to come with us and walk in the sun... he's awesome).  Our final appointment for the day was at a members house, Sis. Victoria.  She fed us some banku with pepper stew (basically blended hot peppers that you dip the banku in so you can swallow it without it getting stuck in your throat) and fried fish.  After eating, we all sat down outside and began discussing the day she got baptized, why she chose to be baptized, and what baptism really is.  It was going great.  It was a powerful lesson.  Then,.. the winds came... and they brought their cloud buddies with them.  So, we cut the lesson a bit short, said bye, and started running.  I'm not even kidding!  We booked it out of that Zongo (an area with a high concentration of Muslims).  The only problem was that we couldn't see a thing.  There was dust EVERYWHERE. My eyes were filled with it, but all I could do was tuck my head and keep running blind.  I could barely see Elder Argo in front of me, and eventually I stepped on a rock and sprained my other ankle (it feels great right now), but at the time I barely felt it, the adrenaline was pumping.  We got to the road and were forced to take cover behind a wall from a huge gust of dust coming down it.  Then, we went back out and crossed the road hoping there were no cars that we couldn't see.  Then, we started running again.  About 1/4 of the way down our last long road I couldn't see where Elder Argo went, but we just had to keep running about 1/2 of the way down the road the rain hit.  It HIT HARD with 3 mins of running left.  Ata and I, reached the house completely soaked and covered in a layer of wet dust.  To our relief Elder Argo was there already.  Apparently, he was ahead of us the whole time, we just couldn't see him.  Then came the lightening.  It was insane!  The sky was constantly lit up in a purple/white combination.  It was amazing!

That is my adventure for the week!  I hope all of you are staying safe!
I love and miss you all!
I'm 1/4th of the way home! (;
Make good choices!

Love,
Elder Speakman (Storm)


Monday, March 14, 2016

week 24 (3/14/2016)

Hey everybody!

I hope that everything is going well!  I assume that things are warming up little by little back in the states.  For us the rain is coming back little by little.  Today, for p-day, I and the rest of our district got to actually play soccer in the rain!  That was sweet!  Afterwards, I made a nice bean-cabbage-tomato (BCT) sandwich, ha!  Twas superb.

This past week has been kind of hectic.  My companion and I traveled to Kumasi to give this dentist one more try, hopefully it will be my last dentist appointment for the next 1.5 years.  After waiting at his office for 3 hours (again), he did manage to fix my TWO chipped teeth (I re-chipped the first one the day after it was fixed and chipped a second one peeling sugar-cane with my teeth... not smart).  After a huge needle and some drilling, Elder Argo and I were in a Tro-tro back to the metromass (bus) station.
When we got there we met up with Elder Curtis.  It was an unexpected blessing for him.  He was planning to travel to our area to be a missionary there, all alone.  Its sure  good thing that we were there.  There were hundreds of people trying to travel to Sunyani on that bus... I managed to get us three tickets.  But... Curtis had 2 bags and there was no space underneath the bus.. So, again I went back through the mob of people. I had money being shoved in my face and people trying to tear the tickets from  hand.  So I tucked away the tickets and manged to get everyone an arms distance away and then controlled the crowd (;  Then, I sold the tickets to the 3 oldest looking people in the crowd.  It was definitely fun haha.  Long story short.  We didn't get on that bus. 
The Assistants to the Mission President came and picked us up. We went searching through town for another bus to take us home.  Finally, at 8pm we found the last tro tro headed to Sunyani with exactly 3 seats left.  We got in, they tied Elder Curtis' bags onto the back and we set off to Sunyani.  We were running off of  5 hours of sleep (early morning) so it was a fun bus ride (; 
That's my adventure  for the week...

I hope you are all living it up and enjoying much more sleep then I am (;

I love and miss you all!
Stay safe!
And make good choices!

Love,
Elder Speakman


Monday, March 7, 2016

week 23 (3/7/2016)

Hey everybody!  I hope that all of you are well!

This past Sunday, I received a package from my grandparents and inside was a wonderful gift, It was..... Beef jerky!! Haha, just kidding.  That was one of the gifts, but the gift I want to mention is the calendar that they sent, and how this calendar is filled with family pictures and the birthdays of all our extended family.  It's stinking grand!  Seriously, I love it so much!!
Sometimes we loose sight of what's most important, especially when we are around that thing all the time. 
Being out here in the country of Ghana, momentarily separated from my family, has really made me realize that, it is family that is most important.  "In the family we experience our greatest joys and our greatest sorrows..." but that doesn't mean it isn't worth it.  One of the major reasons we came to earth was to get our own families.  Families are central to the, "Plan of Happiness."

I guess I want to encourage everyone to not loose sight of what is of the most value.  And don't take that thing for granted.  Recognize its worth and fight (not literally), to keep it and strengthen it.

Sorry I don't have much to tell about myself this week.  I'll make sure to do better next week.  I'll have a whopping whale of a story for you all, I'm sure haha (;

I love and miss you all!

"No Regrets!"
- Love Elder Speakman