Monday, January 25, 2016

week 42 (1/25/2016)

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great week!! 

This week has been a pretty great week! We were able to have a fireside, where we received guidance and teachings from the leaders of the Church. It was really a great opportunity to learn from them! 
This week has not been any different as far as heat goes, but I think my body is getting a little more used to the suffocating heat haha. Changes are tomorrow, time really is flying in the mission! 
As far as everything else goes, there is always something new to learn every week haha, One of the greatest moments of this week was to be able to talk with the grandmother of a recent convert who is investigating the church. As we were talking with her, we had the opportunity to talk about temples and about why we have temples and why they are so important and special. As we were teaching, we could feel the spirit testifying to her that what we were teaching was true. 
Before coming on the mission, I felt... hm, well I didn't really understand the need for missionaries, I felt like we should just leave people alone and let them decide what they want to do, and that if they are good people that's enough right? 
Well, at the beginning of my mission, my feelings continued the same, until I started studying and reading the scriptures. I finally understood why, why it is so important that we share the gospel with the world. Its not to have more members of the church, its not just to baptize a ton of people, because the baptism will not save them if they don't continue until the end, striving to always keep the commandments. But we need to share the gospel with the world, because God Loves the world!  He wants to live with all of us again, but He is just, and He is pure and true.  He taught the way, the only way. He taught the way of salvation and He taught the way of Joy, of Happiness and of Peace. 
Sure sometimes it looks like others are happy doing the things of the world, but the lasting joy they do not know, because it is only found in keeping the commandments. That doesn't mean that as members of the church we are never going to have problems and everything is always going to be perfect, but as we keep the commandments we have the lasting peace and hope that everything will end well and the knowledge that this life is so much shorter than we understand, and that great things will come afterwards. 
As we were teaching the grandma, she began to understand as well the importance, that it really isn't just another religion, another church, but it is a way of living. A way of living that can be hard. A way of living that can require a change, but a way of living that is the best, the happiest, and the most peaceful, because it is the way of the Lord. 
I know that this church is the church of God, that He is at the head, he guides us and teaches us.  I know, that it is always possible to change, and He is always here to help us do so. 
I love you all!! Thank you for your love and support, I hope you have a great week. Share the gospel, live the gospel, love the gospel :) 
with all my love, 
Hermana Speakman 

                                            Played in a game of Volleyball

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