Tuesday, June 28, 2016

week 37 & 38 (6/27/2019)

6/20/2016
Morning peeps!! How are you all?  The clouds are out and it's a cool morning up North here in Tamale.  Speaking of weather, on Wednesday we all traveled to Techiman (south) for a Zone Conference with a bunch of other missionaries.  We ended up staying for 2 nights just because tamale is such a  long drive, about 4 hours.  In those nights, I ALMOST FROZE.  I don't know how I'm going to survive when I come home, it couldn't have been cooler than 60 degrees, but I was curled up on my mat, with my used white shirt on top of me and my small travel towel; I forgot a sheet...

During Zone Conference we discussed a talk given by the past prophet, Ezra Taft Benson, and it's entitled: "Beware of Pride."  Before I do a terrible job at trying to explain it, I want to invite all of you to take 5 mins and read the talk yourselves, I don't think you'll regret it (;.
First of all, "pride is ugly." It is, "there is no such thing as a righteous pride."  Sometimes we forget that there are many different faces of pride.  When most of us think of pride we think of someone who is haughty, conceded, or boastful.  And that's true, but... being prideful is much easier than that.  "The central feature of pride is enmity- enmity toward God and enmity toward our fellowmen.  Enmity means, 'hatred toward, hostility to, or a state of opposition.'" Faultfinding, gossiping, backbiting, murmuring, living beyond our means, envying, coveting, withholding gratitude and praise that might lift another, and being unforgiving and jealous, "'are all manifestations of pride."
As I read this talk I realized... holy cow (yes, I said holy cow), I'm prideful.  That's one thing I didn't expect; pride can be quiet!  And  that is when it can be most difficult to see it in ourselves (it's always easy to see it in others though... right?!) (;  Everybody should read this talk!  If we could all recognize our pride then trip ourselves of it we would be so much happier; that I can promise.  So read it!  And do your best to see what you need to improve on (not what others need to improve on, that's easy, but what YOU need to improve on).
Humility and submissiveness are not signs of weakness.  If anything they are the true test of strength.

I love you all! 
I hope you are doing Fantastic!

I'll see ya soon (;
Take care and be Humble!

Love-
Elder Speakman

ps Happy Birthday Naomi (for reals this time) Eat some cake for me!)




those are what we call tiger nuts. I'm not sure where they come from, but they kind of taste like coconut)



6/27/2016

Good morning (or whatever time it is for you)!
It has been a good week!  Honestly, I don't know when the weeks begin or end.  If it wasn't for my planner, I would have no clue whether what we did happened this week or 1 month ago, because we're just soo busy.  Seriously, by the end of the day, the things that we did in the morning feel like they happened the day before... we just see too many people and go to too many places and when I do take a minute to relax at night it's weird,  I start to feel like there's something I should be doing.  Time really is a precious thing!

I got smacked on Wednesday.  It was horrifying.  I was just innocently sitting there, teaching a lesson, when some berserk woman came up and slapped me across the face! Actually, that's a lie haha.  Well! It's half-truth.  We were teaching an investigator and her brother had decided to join us, so at that point in the lesson I was focused on him.  As I was watching him, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a slow movement of his sister in my direction, really, it was just one of those things that you notice but you give no second thought to.  I sure gave more thought to the matter when her high velocity hand made direct contact with my relaxed jaw!!!  In case you were wondering yes, she got the mosquito.  She showed it to me.  She got it juuuuuuust before it sucked gallons of my blood; thank goodness for her.

Something else!  I cooked!!  I got sent Italian seasoning by a wonderful daughter of God, my mom, and it had a sweet recipe on the packet that uses beans and rice; which is perfect! I've got beans and rice to go around!  So I made that, it was a little gray but it tasted absolutely wonderful.  Call me a chef (;  I even got  creative and put it on bread to make a sandwich.

I hope you all had an exciting week as well,  haha!
I miss you all!
Read the Book of Mormon! (;

Love,
Elder Speakman 













Monday, June 13, 2016

weeks 35 & 36 (6/13/2016)

6/6/2016:

Another week gone by!  I hope it was a good one for all of you!

I'm gonna be a typical person and talk about weather for a second...
Yesterday, the weather was perfect!  After church we were walking some of our investigators home when we looked behind us and saw what looked like a huge storm coming.  On our way home the wind hit and blew dust all up in my eyes, twas lovely.  BUT, the rain never came.  The rain dumped some where near by but never hit us.  But oh, the cool breeze hit us well.  It was fantastic!  I think we got to around 70 with the wind-chill, and people were complaining of cold haha.  It was perfectly timed too because I chose to wear my long-sleeved shirt that day.  And it was even more perfectly timed because we had to chase our branch president through town, to visit his friend, while he was riding on his moped.

So, basically things are going well here!  Our investigators are progressing and keeping their commitments to read the Book of Mormon, pray and come to church, which is awesome!  And I've made some good friends.  I hope things are going well for all of you.  I'm sorry to all of you whose birthdays I have forgotten.  I don't have Facebook to help me out haha.  So Happy Birthday!

Read your scriptures!

Love,
Elder Speakman



6/13/2016:

Here were another week come and gone!
This past week has definitely been a hard working one for me.  So, I guess I can call that good?  (;  Just kidding, things have been good for me!  The missionary work is really moving here in Tamale.  It's great to see. Hard work really does pay off!  Waddya know?!  I've never been able to fall asleep in the middle of the day so easily. SINCE WHEN COULD I TAKE NAPS?! Sometimes during lunch I accidentally fall asleep. I wake up covered in sweat of course.

The Muslims are fasting this whole month soo basically all of Tamale is on a freeze, except for the bakeries, because there is a huge demand for bread, as that is what they like to break their fast with (haha...break-fast...breakfast).  Seriously though, by mid-afternoon all of them are sleeping just so that they can survive.  Teachers don't teach because they get too tired...I don't know how, or if, anything gets done.

So, in conclusion, things are going well! 
We will be traveling down to Techiman (4 hour ride in a tro tro) this Wednesday afternoon, we will stay the night, zone conference the next day, then stay the night, and leave in the morning. EXCITING. Basically I'm going camping (wait....aren't I in Africa?).
Transfers are next week.


I love and miss you all!

Love,
Elder Speakman

p.s. Don't have too much fun on your birthdays Marissa and Naomi... I guess you can be a little happy though (;  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!