Monday, November 7, 2016

week 57 (11/7/2016)

Good morning everyone!  Sorry, I missed you all last week!

We had a Halloween activity at one of the chapels.  It was sweet!  It was kind of spontaneous but we all ended up gathering at one chapel in pretty large numbers and playing sports.  One of our investigators even came with us, it was his first time playing American Football haha., but he said he really enjoyed it!

Things have been going well lately.  We are teaching quite a few people who are really progressing and enjoying learning about the gospel; 4 of them even came to our Stake Conference yesterday which was sweet because Elder Vinson, from the quorum of the 70 was there.  It was actually a pretty historic conference too, there is now a 3rd stake in the city of Kumasi!  There were too many people, so we couldn't even meet at one of the chapels, we had to go to one of the conference halls at a nearby University.

Something I have really come to see in those who progress in the gospel, and enjoy learning more is that they understand the need for the commandments.  For lots/most of the people we see, see the commandments as restrictive and old fashioned.  Because of that, a lot of the, "Charismatic Churches," here don't teach people about them. They don't tell the people that they do actually need to change.  That there are things that they need to do better.
Something that I really enjoy about my mission, and the church (something that the investigators notice and appreciate as well), is that it encourages all of us to change; and not just to change, but to become better.  No matter what stage you are at in life, as you study the gospel you will see that there are things you need to change.  Maybe it's the way you talk, the way you treat others, do business, or dress.  No matter what it is, there is room to improve.  And the people who progress, the people who enjoy the gospel and desire to learn more, are the people who understand that, and they don't try to shirk from that reality.
We aren't here to, "be comfortable," we are there to progress.
We are here to do hard things and become better because of it.  And it's the gospel that shows us how to become the best that we can be.
Don't make the excuse: "baby, I was born this way," be better!  Choose the harder right!

I love you all and hope that you have a great week!
CTR (choose the right)

Love,
Elder Speakman

ps-HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD and ISAAK!!
pss- Elder Nygren and I discovered that if you take biscuits and put peanut butter in between, it tastes        just like a Nutter Butter... fun fact (;

           Mosiah 28:3   "Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature..."

  WE HAD A LINGER LONGER AND IT WAS CHAOS. I don't know if the members can handle what I've introduced haha, it was hilarious....everyone was just eating each others food and made a huuuuge mess. the 2nd counselor stopped by us and yelled "EAT. EVERYWHERRE!". man...we were dying hahaha




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