Monday, January 30, 2017

week 69 (1/30/2017)

Another month passed away... live with no regrets! That's what I keep telling my companion, I don't want to go home after these two years and look back at them and only be filled with regrets.  We need to make the most of the time that we have and remember that, "there is a time and place for all things," and "figure out what things we are suppose to be doing in each moment we are given. "

Coming to Mampong has been a big change.  New companion, new environment, new food (some pudding made of corn that you eat with a soup just like every other food here... #carbs. Gotta enjoy them while I can (; ), 2 man apartment, bikes (looking back to "find" that my companion is not there is always a "fun" experience.  But the exercise and occasional races down our dirt "road" to the apartment at night is always fun... we wear helmets), over all things are just different.  Also, my companion is Ghanian so it's not uncommon for him to get carried away in a conversation that I strain to understand for a few minutes then give up and decide to look at the chickens instead, haha.  Things are just different.  But, something I've learned is:  "The only thing that's constant is change."  That pretty much describes my life but I wouldn't change it (:

One thing I feel to share is from my favorite chapter in the Book of Mormon: 2 Nephi 2.  Throughout this chapter the purpose of life and our mortal conditions are outlined.  One of the most important principles taught is the importance of our agency or, "free will."
Each of us is an agent; in other words none of us are objects to be acted upon but rather have the ability to act for ourselves.  This is something that can never be taken away, no matter what conditions we face.  Sure our freedom can be restricted but our free will is something that is ours forever.  One of the worst habits we can form is to justify our actions with such an excuse as, "I was born this way."  It's true that each of us are different and we all have our own weaknesses and susceptibilities (such as cravings for alcohol), but we all know the difference between good and bad, no matter how much we try to justify, and part of why we are here is to learn how to use our agency for good.  In vs. 25 we learn that we are here, "that we might have joy." True joy comes from righteous use of our agency.

Choose the right everyone and have a great week doing it.

Love ya!
 -Elder Speakman

(ps you should read that chapter, see what you learn)

walking to a referrals house with two kids, EISH! they took us the longest way ever. a huge circle haha. but we got there. 

mountains that we drive through to get to our area

this super flat spider

very interesting fruit that they call apple. it's nice actually. you can bite it or tear it out with your hands. each seed is surrounded by juicy meat. my companion tore it in half for the two of us haha

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