Monday, September 19, 2016

week 50 (9/19/2016)

It has been a week of changes over here!  It was transfers on Wednesday and that's always exciting!  It was a completely different experience to go through transfers as a zone leader though... that's for sure.
Wednesday morning, we all shuffled off to the dreaded, "metro-mass."  Metro Mass has to be the absolute worst transportation system ever haha, and yet, that bus station is the hub of all transfers (It's where I began my crazy adventure we call, "mission."  It's where, one year ago, I took one of those orange cramped and sweaty rectangles (for 3 hours), to my first area: Sunyani.  I've come so far ooo)!
The zone leaders, and all other missionaries being transferred within Kumasi, meet there and somehow manage to find a way to get all the missionaries to where they need to go; whether by Bus, Tro, or Taxi, we get them there.  I'll tell you what, that's a miracle in it's self.  We were there 11:00-3:00pm stuffing people into cars until finally we got to breath... then it was off to the apartment to eat lunch and we were back out again!  Fun stuff (;  (fun-fact; I'm so white that I actually got sun burned in our short time at metro-mass... my companion just laughed at me). 

Now, in our apartment we have Elder Akharia from Nigeria.  He was actually in the MTC with me in the beginning of the time haha.  But he's a sweet guy!  Things in our apartment are much better than they were and we're all getting along great.  I think a big part of that is because we're all trying/making a conscious effort to sacrifice and serve each other (don't take that in the wrong way... we aren't sacrificing each other (; . I even made french toast for him Sunday morning (not sure why I'm just now starting to make french toast.  I forgot how good that stuff is...).

Anyway, I'm done being dumb haha.
 I hope you are all dong well!
 I love and miss you all. .

Make good choices! 

Elder Speakman

Also, Happy birthday uncle Mike and Trevor!!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

week 48 (9/5/2016)

Hey Everybody! How's life (not that you can respond to me...)?  Things are gong well here!  I mean, things are never easy, but I'm still breathing.  Haha

This past Sunday, I had the wonderful opportunity to witness the baptism of one of our investigators, an old man named Michael.  Every single lesson that we have ever taught to him has been with a translator.  When it's just us, one on one, we can barely communicate.  Yet, it's amazing to me how, despite all of this, he was able to accept what we taught him so quickly. And this guy knows his scriptures!  So, he had plenty of questions for us (which is always awesome, I love questions!), but as soon as we would answer the question if he recognized it as truth, he would not argue but would accept it and act accordingly. 
For example, when we taught him about temples, and how in the church we understand the need for family history work.  At first, he had some questions, but as soon as we explained and he understood, he acted.  The very next time that we came he excitedly shared with us that he had started filling out as much of his family history as he could remember (something that is not easy to do at all with the record keeping here, so it's awesome that he's doing it now so that knowledge won't be lost).  It was awesome!! I was so surprised.
His baptism was something interesting too haha.  We ended up having to do it like 5 times because every time his leg would pop up out of the water because of his stiff joints.  But despite that, and even though none of his family came to support him, when it was all over, he was happy.  He knew he had done the right thing, so he was happy.
It was just a sweet experience to learn from him and his quiet example. 

Really, not much else has happened except that the two siblings Ruth and Raymond, whom I was teaching up in Tamale, got the chance to be baptized!  I had the opportunity to talk to them on the phone before it happened, they were so excited for their baptism...  It was awesome!!

Well, things are good here!  Difficult, but good (;
I hope things are the same or better for the rest of you!

Love ya!
-Elder Speakman