Monday, August 24, 2015

6 mos (8/24/2015)

Tomorrow marks 6 Months in the mission! Crazy how fast the time is flying.  I can still remember very vividly my first days and my disaster in the airport haha but Im so grateful for the opportunity to be here!! 
Its amazing, I am so happy to finally be able to say that I understand why they say the "best two years" although for me its the best 18 months :) There really is nothing better than serving the Lord, and those around you. 
I hope this week you have all had the opportunity to go out and visit someone, I promise that no matter how stressed, sad, overwhelmed, or alone you feel if you go out and serve someone in need, if you open your scriptures, and if you pray you will feel the love of the Lord stronger than you ever thought possible. You are never alone! 
This week has been, crazy! Full of work and full of laughter and joy. Yesterday a child of the... spit food at us and tried to kick us when we passed her in the street hahahhah but its ok cause we went to the house of our investigators and they gave us big hugs and kisses and we just laughed it off. There really is no replacement for work, especially in the work of the Lord. 

Thank you all for your examples to me! I hope you all are doing well! dont forget to pray. 

Love You all!!! 
Love Hermana Speakman 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Week 19 (Aug. 17, 2015)

This week I have no time please forgive me! We had an activity for our zone and it ate all our time. 
But this week has been really amazing!! and really exhausting haha.
We were able to go out on visits with members from the ward and meet with the less active members. I know as a member before I came on my mission, I really didn't understand the value of going on the visits but as a missionary, it not only helps my faith and helps me to be spiritually rejuvenated haha, but also we really can see the difference it makes in their lives. 
There are a lot of people lost and confused, who just need a little help and to feel a little love not only from us but from our Father in Heaven through us. The little things we do make all the difference!
Thank you all for everything you do for me and for your examples and love for me. I love you all very much and hope you have a great week!! Don't forget to pray and Read!!! He is always there to listen :) 

With love,
Hermana Speakman. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Week 18 (8/10/2015)

Hello everyone! 

This week has been a little crazy! I got sick Thursday night and that lasted until Sunday Night. Sunday I also had the luck of giving a talk in Sacrament meeting... my main goal was to not pass out, my second was to make a little bit of sense. Not sure if anyone understood anything but I didn't pass out so I achieved at least one of my goals! haha 
This week two of our investigators came to church!! Alejandra came again, and also Jazmin Soledad. Shes 15 years old and is the Daughter of a less active member. When we first met her she had the worst attitude and wanted nothing to do with the church but she has completely changed and is now asking us why she has to wait so long to be baptized! It was a great experience and what made it even better were the members! They were so welcoming to Jazmin and Alejandra, they have friends in the church to help them feel the love of God stronger in the church. 
I know that when I was at home I really wasn't as good as I should have been with helping the missionaries with their investigators and the members as well feel comfortable and happy at the church, but being out here on the mission has taught me and shown me the difference the members can make in their lives! I would like to challenge everyone to test it out and see the difference you can make.
Attached are a few pictures of my companion and I with the kids of the family Bogado Leon! and one of the collectivos that save our lives and our legs every day haha.  
Thank you for all of your love and support and prayers. I miss you all

Monday, August 3, 2015

week 17 (8/3/2015)

Hello everyone! 
I hope you all had a great week. 

This week we were able to teach a family of investigators and the parents committed to prepare to get married the 29th of August!!! :D and then get baptized and prepare to go to the Temple to be sealed. This family is amazing I love them so much. 
We were also teaching the daughter of a menos activo and she at first wanted nothing to do with the church but changed her heart and now is preparing to be baptized. A miracle passed and she decided to live with her dad instead of moving back with her mom and we now are going to have the opportunity to continue to teach her and help her :) 
I once again almost died from the hole in the collectivo, this time was more serious I'm pretty sure the collectivo fell apart after we got off haha next week there will be a picture of the hole.
This week we got stranded at the house of our family after setting dates with them to get married and baptized and we had to walk home for more than an hour! When we were almost home a drunk guy started trying to offer us a ride to our house on the back of his motor scooter, luckily our police friends passed by and took us home in their truck haha! 
This week has been full of adventures haha attached is a picture of Alejandra, the daughter of the family Bogado León, her parents are preparing to be married the 29th and weren't able to come to church this Sunday but she came with us and here is a picture of us on the collectivo that we almost died in, on our way home :) 

This week I got the news that Great Grandpa Lynn had passed. I know he is so happy now with Great grandma and I will forever be grateful for their examples to us and for the families that they gave me. He will be greatly missed, but he won the battle and now he is resting in peace and I will always be grateful for this knowledge. 

I hope everyone is well. Never lose faith. I love you all. 
Be strong and of good Courage. 
Love, Hermana Speakman 

Paraguayan dancers outside my home

Time to replace the shoes...1st set to go