Monday, March 13, 2017

week 75 (3/13/2017)

"Good morning sunshine; the earth says hello!" (name that movie).  I hope all is well on your part of the globe!
As for me, this has been a great week.  Much has happened that's for sure.  More and more frequently I find myself pulling out my planner to write something down that I don't want to forget to put in my journal, and more and more often I find myself using all my willpower to keep myself from cackling like Taggart and rolling on the ground from the hilarious things that happen.
A large majority of that laughter is caused by this one, "stubborn boy," Nana Yaw.  Hahaha  Oh man, just thinking about that boy makes me laugh.  Ooooh, he's just soo obnoxious, it's hilarious.  Yesterday, we were outside teaching this girl Lina (she, her sister, their neighbor Sheilah and their friend Isaac are really progressing well together), and throughout the whole lesson, Nana Yaw was there.  Whether he was with us sitting on the ground "like the muslims," coming over to shake my hand, giving me palm seeds to chew, "but not swallow," calling my name, taking off his shirt to show me it's reversible, or just standing across the street in the other compound.. he was always there.  I can't even explain it, but let it suffice to say that I've never had a more difficult time teaching someone about the word of wisdom...
Along with all the funny experiences, it was a great week of work as well.  7 of our investigators made the decision to come to church!  One of them is the wife of Bro. Eric!  It would be a great thing to hear that they went to the temple a year from now to seal their marriage, "for time and all eternity."
Earlier in the week we walked into Lina's compound and we saw her sister laying outside on a mat with all the pamphlets and around 5 books she had been given at church.  She had just finished reading, "Faith in God."  I asked her what she had learned, and this is what she said: "Well... I think I should be baptized, and go to the temple, and read these books with my family."... I was pretty shocked.  It's amazing how simple the gospel really is, and how she was able to understand it just from reading that small book.

The gospel is for everyone, and it's for families!!!

Have a great week everyone!

E. Speakman

that is me frying gari (I love that stuff)

pounding fufu for this old woman in that compound with our investigators  

us cleaning the water out of the chapel....someone left the tap on and when the water came it flooded the place...we're on the second floor too. 

 our investigator Santos, he's a sweeet guy,

 i was a bit scared because as she was walking towards me she wouldn't take her eyes off if I was food. (;

and finally we have Sheilah and that crazy boy Nana Yaw.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

week 74 (3/6/2017)

Well, the new transfer has begun!  And once again changes have come.  Elder Boakye has left me and my new companion is Elder Annor!
Transfer day was Wednesday and it was great!  We traveled down to Kumasi by taxi (it's a miracle that thing could get us there, especially with all my comps stuff, haha.  He even brought his sugar-can, and I understand why, that stuff is great!).
When we got down to Kumasi I had a great time meeting up with my former companions and friends.
 Transfer day is the day everyone buys each other spring-rolls from the women selling them on their heads, then talk and wait around for our new companions to come while the zone-leaders stress out about making sure everyone makes it to the station on time... it was a nice change to be one of those who stands around chomping on a spring-roll for a change (;

My new companion is sweet!  He's also a Ghanaian from the Eastern Region.  He has been through alot in his life and it's a great opportunity for me to be able to learn from him and serve with him.
Since he came the work has really picked up!  We have been teaching lots of people, making great friends and working hard, it's great!
Many times we will start a lesson teaching maybe one or two people, but by the end a crowd has gathered!  One night, I counted and by the end 11 people were listening to us.  I sure wish that we learned twi in our mission, it's amazing to see how prepared these people are to listen to what we have to say when it is presented in their language.
The gospel is for everyone!

I hope you all have a great week!
My advice is: #1 Be patient and laugh, it will work out.
                       #2 READ THE BOOK OF MORMON

Love you all!

Talk to you soon (:

Elder Speakman

The snake the Elder Boakye DESTROYED behind our house on the path that we take. 

 This girl named Stephanie driving banku. that's like stirring a pot of play dough, do you know how hard that is?? some of these kids really know how to work. 
me and my old companion Elder Boakye at KFC 

two of our investigators who came to church (they are all friends but the other refused to join the picture haha. the  one in the pink dress has family who are members in Accra) and my new companion Elder Annor.