Monday, October 24, 2016

week 55 (10/24/2016)

Hey, everyone! How's life?

Things have been going well over here; but life sure is a roller coaster, haha.. I wish I could explain everything behind that statement. Maybe, one day. (;

But transfer week has come!  My companion and I are staying together, but we will be getting a new missionary in the apartment who is just beginning his 2 year adventure in Ghana.  It will be just like looking at my, "greenie self," over 1 year ago.

One thing that I've really learned on my mission is how to be patient, especially when it comes to words.  Sometimes, the things people say just make me want to.... do somethings back that I probably shouldn't do, haha.. For example, the other day we were walking through this compound when this big guy stepped out of his house and yelled at me, "COME!" Oy! I was mad.  I kept walking but my companion and the church member we were with didn't, so I came back.  He continued to talk really disrespectfully to me, no matter how kindly I responded. So, eventually I just had to keep quiet and stare at him until he was done harassing me and walked away.
Man! It wasn't easy, but I can tell you that the outcome was much better than if I had listened to the, "natural man," and retaliated. In fact the same thing happened to me when I went to buy porridge for breakfast this morning... I guess the Lord is really testing me this week. (;

But aside from those moment of fury, this has been a really good week! We have 5 people we are teaching who are really progressing and even came to church.  There is this one couple we are teaching who even want to get married so they they can be baptized and eventually be sealed in the temple.  It's sweet!  And I think the girlfriend is happy that he is finally bringing it up, haha (;

Anyway, the heat is coming... but things are going good! 

I hope you all have a great week!

Until next week!

Elder Speakman

Monday, October 17, 2016

week 54 (10/17/2016)

Heyooo!  Long time oo. Kafra (sorry) time just flies when you're having fun I guess.  I know none of you can respond to this but I hope you're all doing well and making good choices!  I sure do miss you all, but it is worth it! (;  Plus, I've reached the top of the mountain and am on the hike down.. but it's more like I'm sprinting at this point.  I can't believe that as of today I have only 11 months left... time is flying, slowly.

Things are going well here. This past week my companion and I were really able to work hard and it felt great, "work, work, work- there is not satisfactory substitute, especially in missionary work." - Pres. Ezra Taft Benson.  That's something that I've really come to see the truth of.  There is no time that you feel better than when you know that you've worked your hardest, that you've done your best, and that you're doing what is expected of you.
Being on a mission sometimes it feels like we are over loaded with rules and some of them can be difficult to understand why they need to be followed.  But, an eternal truth that I've really come to appreciate and understand, is that we need to, "Keep the commandments.  In this there is safety, in this there is peace." -Hymn #303  How true is that?
Rather than always looking over your shoulder to see if someone is watching you, or having to try and constantly justify your actions, isn't it better to just have peace?  Isn't it better to just be safe??  I guarantee you that it is.  And that little act of being rebellious can never make up for what could have been gained or kept by simply being obedient.
But, Sometimes, we do make mistakes, sometimes we slip up; what matters after that moment is how we will react.  I'll tell you what though, if a child disobeys his mother and touches a hot iron that he was warned not to touch, the solution is obviously not to go and sob quietly in the corner because he is too ashamed to go and tell his mother that he didn't listen and because of that he got burned.  He needs to go to his mother whom he disobeyed and confess.  He needs to get help!  The damage is done, damage that could have been avoided, but there is no need to hid it now and let the injury get worse.
It seems obvious right?  Especially, when we are applying it to other people.. but how good are we at applying it to ourselves?  To our own lives?  With our own mistakes?... Do we really believe that it does apply to us?
Wither you believe it or not, it does!  So try and figure out how.

"Choose the right! There is peace in righteous doing.  Choose the right!  There's safety for the soul."  It's so true.  We have the choice to choose between momentary pleasure and eternal joy (not to mention the peace we all desperately search for).

As a wise man named Shia once said: "JUST DO IT."

I love you all :)
Take care,

Elder Speakman

 This guy is one of our investigators. We met him, I think on Tuesday, and since then we have seen him 3 times (he wants us to come every day) and he came to church!! He's so cool, and he really wants to change his life around.  It's great to see!

 elder nygren and I have been cooking together and...we BARBECUED!!! We bought some super expensive chicken breast #purechicken. Amazing! And we even marinated it in sprite and over priced teriyaki sauce. It's amazing though. I've still got some in the fridge. (;

CTR (choose the right)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

week 52 (10/3/2016)

Hey everybody!
I hope all is well!

Sorry, I missed you all last week.  Life is definitely not slowing down haha, but things have been going great over here.  The people are great and companion and I are getting along great at this point, and I can confidently say that we are friends. We had an emergency transfer in our apartment. (The new Nigerian was transferred somewhere to replace the zone leader who had been called as assistant to the president). We now have Elder Nygren, (I knew him up in Tamale), he's an awesome guy. The other night I played him (and won) in chess...I also beat my companion *smirky face* I'll probably loose next time.....
Elder Nygren is a great guy though, last night, I was eating chicken and a random piece of bone lodged itself in between my back molars. It hurt and I couldn't get it out, it was actually cutting my floss. So he helped me to get it out haha. We used a knife, a tool in my sewing kit, and floss.  Eventually, after his hands being in my mouth for a while, we managed to get it out haha. That's when the chess began. (;

General Conference was great!
Yesterday, I was blessed to be able to watch most of General Conference live at our chapel (most missionaries don't have that privilege especially those, "out in the bush."), but we did, and the chapel was filled!  They had to open up the over-flow to have enough space.  One of our investigators, Eunice, who showed up really enjoyed it and ended up taking tons of notes, it was great!
As I was watching, one talk that really stood out to me was the one given by Henry B. Eyring.  He made me realize how important it is to be grateful, not only for the sake of others, but, even more for our own sake.  As we are grateful through whatever it is that we are gong through, we will find that we are much happier and are able to endure much more.
Test it!  It's a promise.

I love you all.
 Sorry this is so short, gotta go chop (;

Elder Speakman

                                      zone conference