Monday, December 28, 2015

week 38 (12/28/2015)

Hey everyone! 
I hope you all passed a great Christmas, now we are on to the New Year! I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for being a part of my life. For the things you have taught me, and for the times we have spent together. I am grateful for the opportunity that we have to go into another Year all together!!!
I know that this life isn't always easy, I know that sometimes we feel overwhelmed, tired, and stressed. But I also know that together everything is possible. If you feel like you can't keep going forward, the best thing to do, is look for someone who needs a helping hand. I promise you, that there is nothing that will help you faster, nothing that will cure you better than helping someone in need.  

I hope you all have a great start to the New Year! 
Remember that you are never alone. 
I love you all!! Thank you for everything!!! 

With love, 

hermana speakman 

ps: If you are trying to think about what goals to make this year... a great one is to read the book of mormon everyday!! I promise you will see a grand difference in your day and life. 

Christmas dinner with Antonella and Lu. 
 Fireworks after dinner which is eaten at 11:00pm on Christmas Eve..
 Christmas dinner
 Zone Activity, gift exchange

Monday, December 21, 2015

week 37 (12/21/2015)

Hi everyone! 

Well... this week is going to be Christmas!!! :)
 Its the best time of the year. Even though its hotter than I thought possible.
 I have a feeling this Christmas is going to be one of the best Christmases of my life. I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to be out here in Paraguay this Christmas season and for this year and a half. The things I have learned and seen and felt, are indescribable
 I know, that Our savior lives. I know that He came for all of us. That we are in this life with much more purpose than just to live, we are here to learn, we are here to grow, and the most important is that we are here to one day return and live with our Father in Heaven and his Son our Savior again. I know that He loves us, every single one of us. That it doesn't matter what we have done, or haven't done, that He is always there for us, waiting with arms wide open and more than anything in the world, He wants us to return and live with Him. 
I know that this life isn't easy, sometimes it seems like we won't be able to make it much longer, but I also know, with all my heart, that Christ came for those moments. For when we feel like we can't take another step, to carry us. For the moments when we feel lost without direction, to guide us. We just have to trust in Him. And He, Him, His life, His sacrifice, is why we celebrate this Christmas season. 
I hope you all have a beautiful Christmas, remember how much He loves you.
 Remember that He came for all of us.
 I hope you all have an amazing Christmas this year. I miss you all!! I love you all!!! :) 

Feliz Navidad!! 

I hope you can watch these short videos they are only 2 minutes each :) 
 They are the best, so crazy but every time we walk through that area to go teach Javier they all came to his house to listen, they are all cousins that live in the same house 

 family Rios, the one in blue pants just got back from her mission! 

 Javier (recent convert) and Celsa 

 Osmar!! Hes going to be baptized on Saturday :) 

 Rosa, Yenni, Celeste (investigators)

 Belen, Mesaiel, michel, mauro 
(investigator and sons or hermanos of investigators) 
Mesaiel is who threw a rock at my knee once hahah hes the cutest one in front 
 Less active members Gilda and Fatima

We went to a Christmas concert at the temple with an investigator and a recent convert that left the church for a while but wants to come back now. It was great, it was really pretty.

Monday, December 14, 2015

week 36 (12/14/2015)

Hi Everyone! 

This week has been a great week, full of adventures as always the time is flying by.
 As I was studying this morning, reading the Ensign for last month that has the talks from General Conference the Talk from President Uchtdorf stood out to me, when he told the story of the young girl who went to live with her great aunt and learned how to be happy. I have learned the truth of this story out here on the mission, I know it is true with all my heart, and I want to share what I have learned with you through this talk as well, because if we are being honest, he speaks a whole lot better than me :) ...

“But,” Eva said, “you can’t just flip a switch and go from sad to happy.”
“No, perhaps not,” Aunt Rose smiled gently, “but God didn’t design us to be sad. He created us to have joy!3 So if we trust Him, He will help us to notice the good, bright, hopeful things of life. And sure enough, the world will become brighter. No, it doesn’t happen instantly, but honestly, how many good things do? Seems to me that the best things, like homemade bread or orange marmalade, take patience and work.”
Eva thought about it a moment and said, “Maybe it’s not so simple for people who don’t have everything perfect in their lives.”
“Dear Eva, do you really think that my life is perfect?” Aunt Rose sat with Eva on the overstuffed sofa. “There was a time when I was so discouraged I didn’t want to go on.”
“You?” Eva asked.
Aunt Rose nodded. “There were so many things I wished for in my life.” As she spoke, a sadness entered her voice that Eva had never heard before. “Most of them never happened. It was one heartbreak after another. One day I realized that it would never be the way I had hoped for. That was a depressing day. I was ready to give up and be miserable.”
“So what did you do?”
“Nothing for a time. I was just angry. I was an absolute monster to be around.” Then she laughed a little, but it was not her usual big, room-filling laugh. “‘It’s not fair’ was the song I sang over and over in my head. But eventually I discovered something that turned my whole life around.”
“What was it?”
“Faith,” Aunt Rose smiled. “I discovered faith. And faith led to hope. And faith and hope gave me confidence that one day everything would make sense, that because of the Savior, all the wrongs would be made right. After that, I saw that the path before me wasn’t as dreary and dusty as I had thought. I began to notice the bright blues, the verdant greens, and the fiery reds, and I decided I had a choice—I could hang my head and drag my feet on the dusty road of self-pity, or I could have a little faith, put on a bright dress, slip on my dancing shoes, and skip down the path of life, singing as I went.” Now her voice was skipping along like the girl in the painting.
Aunt Rose reached over to the end table and pulled her well-worn scriptures onto her lap. “I don’t think I was clinically depressed—I’m not sure you can talk yourself out of that. But I sure had talked myself into being miserable! Yes, I had some dark days, but all my brooding and worrying wasn’t going to change that—it was only making things worse. Faith in the Savior taught me that no matter what happened in the past, my story could have a happy ending.”
“How do you know that?” Eva asked.
Aunt Rose turned a page in her Bible and said, “It says it right here:
“‘God … will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
“‘And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.’”4
Great-Aunt Rose looked at Eva. Her smile was wide as she whispered, with a slight quiver in her voice, “Isn’t that the most beautiful thing you’ve ever heard?”
It really did sound beautiful, Eva thought.
Aunt Rose turned a few pages and pointed to a verse for Eva to read: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”5
“With such a glorious future,” Aunt Rose said, “why get swallowed up in past or present things that don’t go quite the way we planned?”
Eva furrowed her brow. “But wait a minute,” she said. “Are you saying that being happy means just looking forward to happiness in the future? Is all our happiness in eternity? Can’t some of it happen now?”
“Oh, of course it can!” Aunt Rose exclaimed. “Dear child, now is part of eternity. It doesn’t only begin after we die! Faith and hope will open your eyes to the happiness that is placed before you.
“I know a poem that says, ‘Forever—is composed of Nows.’6 I didn’t want my forever to be composed of dark and fearful ‘Nows.’ And I didn’t want to live in the gloom of a bunker, gritting my teeth, closing my eyes, and resentfully enduring to the bitter end. Faith gave me the hope I needed to live joyfully now!”
“So what did you do then?” Eva asked.
“I exercised faith in God’s promises by filling my life with meaningful things. I went to school. I got an education. That led me to a career that I loved.”
Eva thought about this for a moment and said, “But surely being busy isn’t what made you happy. There are a lot of busy people who aren’t happy.”
“How can you be so wise for someone so young?” Aunt Rose asked. “You’re absolutely right. And most of those busy, unhappy people have forgotten the one thing that matters most in all the world—the thing Jesus said is the heart of His gospel.”
“And what is that?” Eva asked.
“It is love—the pure love of Christ,” Rose said. “You see, everything else in the gospel—all the shoulds and the musts and the thou shalts —lead to love. When we love God, we want to serve Him. We want to be like Him. When we love our neighbors, we stop thinking so much about our own problems and help others to solve theirs.”7
“And that is what makes us happy?” Eva asked.
Great-Aunt Rose nodded and smiled, her eyes filling with tears. “Yes, my dear. That is what makes us happy.”

I hope you all have a great week this week, I know that when we put others first and lose ourselves in the service of our Lord, we will have the happiness we so desperately long for. I love you all!! If you are feeling down, not sure what to do, put my testimony to the test, try it out. I promise you will see that what I have said and so many leaders have taught is true.
Love you all!!!!! have a great week :)
Love, Hermana Speakman

Monday, December 7, 2015

week 35 (12/7/2015)

Hey everyone! Well another week has come and gone, and it has gone so quickly!! I hope everyone is well, and enjoying the Christmas spirit!! 

This week has been quite the week, full of many adventures.... some more fun than others haha. 
This week as we were studying a little more about our baptismal covenant, and about the importance of going to church every Sunday to renew this covenant. 
I found a scripture that I would like to share with all of you that is found in the Bible in Isaiah 58:13-14.
There was a quote in PMG that says, "that our actions on the Sabbath day show our devotion towards serving the Lord,"... I began to think about my actions. What I did on the Sabbath day at home, and what I would like to change, to be able to do as it says in the scripture, "the Lords will," instead of my own. 
I truly know and testify that when we do the Lords will instead of our own, when we put Him first, we will be full of joy, hope and love. And there will be a different light in our lives, as we begin to really see and understand more fully our purpose in this life, and live up to our divine potential.
I love you all! I hope you have an amazing week. 
Don't forget His love for each and every one of us. 
I hope this Sunday you can all find a way to put His will first, find a way to help someone in need. I promise you will feel a difference as His light fills your life.
With love, 
Hermana Speakman 

Our back yard was flooded, it is very deep, the water was literally crashing through our yard it was crazy. 
When it gets super hot and humid, it means the next day its going to rain. The rain is the hot type .