Elder Justin Jacobson ~ CALLED TO SERVE ~ Guatemala Retalhuleu Mission September/2010 - 2012

First Area: La Grandeza,
Companion: Elder Heywood 11/9/2010 -3/15/2011
Companion: Elder Tadeo 3/15/2011-4/5/2011
Second Area: Central,
Companion: Elder Platero 4/5/2011-4/26/2011
Companion: Elder Lira 4/26/2011-6/7/2011
Third Area: San Pablo (in Malacatan),
Companion: Elder Altamirano 6/7/2011-7/19/2011
Companion: Elder Matute 7/19/2011-10/11/2011

Fourth Area: San Sebastian
Companion: Elder Platero 10/11/2011-02/15/2012
Fifth Area: Pueblo Nuevo
Companion: Elder Jack 02/15/2012-
Companion: Elder Velasquez -08/30/2012
Companion: Elder Ortega 08/30/2012-09/13/2012

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hello Familia

muy bien semana esta semana. estoy aprendiendo muchas cosas. siento
que mi espanol esta improviendo cada dia. a cerca de trec dias pasado,
2 elderes benga a mi para preguntar una pregunta, uno fue north
american y el otra, latino. ellos preguntaron a mi donde les
necesitan ir. en mal español yo explicè a el latino y explicè en
ingles a el otro, haha soy un bi-lingual. pues no hay mucho tiempo
por mas español, tengo que usar 10 minutos cada oracion entonses
escribire en ingles.

well any way things are great here. im counting the days
till i head to the field, im pretty nervous but very excited. this
past week i studied about recognizing the spirit, and charity. its
crazy reading about charity. Corinthians 13 talks a lot about how
everything will pass away, except charity which never faileth. ive
been trying a lot harder to see everyone as children of God, and give
them the love they deserve. one day as i was falling asleep i was
feeling kind of bad because i felt like i had accomplished very little
that day. as i prayed i realized i felt that way because i had not
shown one person sincere love that day. im grateful that the gospel
allows us to change and become something better tomorrow than we are

the A.P. life isn't too much different from
normal. besides the small army of servants at my command, and this
guy who keeps following me around and fanning me with a big leaf, really
not a lot has changed. ha but it has been fun to get to know more people
as they come to my companion and i for help and to ask questions. the
other day a latino elder came to me and was talking to me, but i
couldn't understand a word he said. out of 3 or 4 sentences i only
picked out the words- donde - and- compro -, which mean - where - and
- i buy -. ha i think i had the gift of tongues because i realized
that he didnt have something and he was trying to figure out how to
get it. i said que necesita? and he said champoo, and soap(which i
cant remember the word for). so we went and got him some. ha ha i
guess its not that cool, but i thought it was pretty great.

this week i think i will study chapter 2 effective study, in preach my
gospel, so all the future missionaries at home should take a look at
that one, if you want.

well i have three minutes so i will finish by telling you all
i love you . sometimes things are way busy here, but every time i slow
down for a second i feel your love for me. the other day an elder
started singing a bar j wrangler song and it was the first time i felt
home sick since i got here. ha well hang in there for another week
and i will do the same. im so grateful to be here, and i hope its
blessing your lives as much as mine. hasta proximo semana adios de
elder jacobson

Google Translation

This week has been a very good week. I'm learning a lot. I feel my
Spanish is improving every day. about 3 days ago
2 Elders began to ask me a question, one was north
American and other Latino. they asked me where I
needed to go. in broken Spanish I explained to the Latino and
English to the other, haha I'm a bi-lingual. there is not much time
for more Spanish, I have 10-minutes left to write in English.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hello Again Family

hola familia, pues, no aprendí mucho esta semana. actualmente yo
aprendí mucho, pero no son cosas que verá en mi e mail. esta semana
fue fantastico. mi compañero y yo enseñamos 3 lecciónes y estoy
estudiando sobre roconocer el espiritu, preguntas de alma, y paciencia
en my estudiar personal. a noche recibiremos un nuevo grupo de
misionaros en el ccm, porque los antiguos salieron esta mañana. y
tambien yo soy el nuevo assistant to the president. haha no se porque
pero estoy animado por la opportunidad a servir y aprender más. mañana
más nuevo latino misioneros estara aqui.

well thats all the spanish i have for today, i dont know how much sense it makes. i just read my spanish part from last week and i couldn't really tell what i was trying to say.

well this week has been pretty exciting. it was sad today because a large group of the friends i made here left for the field. it was tough because i know that i will probably never see them again. especially the natives. but im excited for them and for their adventure.

so with the leaving of that group, brought the leaving of our assistants to the president. ha so my companion and i got called. i don't think its a huge calling but its pretty exciting for me. we will see how that goes.

also today we got to go to the market and purchase anything our little elder hearts desired. ha well almost anything. it was awesome. i bought a beanie with strings coming down the side and out of the top. ha i think that's number 4 for me. it was quite an adventure. we got to practice bartering for the stuff we bought. but i think i wasn't very good because i always felt bad trying to say i would only pay 6 dollars for something they wanted 8 for. especially when i was saying it to someone with so much less then myself. ha, but it was way fun, and i think after every exchange both them and i left thinking we got the better deal.

so like i said i haven't learned a whole lot that you will be able to tell, but i am learning a ton. i think soon enough i will see if i can go a whole day with no english, but it will probably be in a few weeks. well other than that there isn't much to say except that i love you all, and im absolutely loving my time here. today when i was in the market bartering for piñas in español i thought, i cant believe im here. its really incredible to me.

i hope everything at home with work and school and the miriadanal cornocopia of other nutritional things that are filling your metaphorical plate of life are well. i pray for you all every night and ask my Heavenly Father to send you my love. keep working hard and i will do the same. hasta proximo semana, adios from elder jacobson


**hello family, then, did not learn much this week. I currently
I learned a lot, but there are things you see on my e mail. this week
was fantastic. My partner and I taught 3 lessons and I'm learning about
the spirit, soul questions and patience in my personal study. tonight we receive a new group missionaries in the ccm, because the old left this morning. and also I'm the new assistant to the president. haha do not know why but I am encouraged by the Opportunity to serve and learn more. In the morning Newest Latin missionaries will be here.

Justin and his Beanies

It was funny, but not unexpected, hearing that one of Justin's first purchases was a beanie with the braids hanging down. This was a picture of him in the hat he wore pretty much his ENTIRE Junior year. What a goof!

Here is another sweet story. These are pictures of Justin holding my sister's new little son in the hospital. Baby Calan's birth mother had one request.....that Justin pass down his beanie to Cal as he got older. It's a promise I know he plans on keeping!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hola Hola Hola

hola familia. leó sus otra e mails y it took como viente minutos a traducir la carta de dayne. entoses solo tengo a cerca cinco más minutos a escribir mi carta a ustedes. esta semana estuvó muy bien. ensenó trec lecciones en espaniol, y cada meal yo hablo solo español a los latinos. escribé un discurso todo en español y solo buscé como dos palabras in el diccionario. apprendo mas cada dia sobre español, y mas importante sobre el evangelio y las obras del espiritu. me les amo aprender. (ha i dont know if that is correct, we learned direct object pronouns ayer). pues eso es todo puedo decir en español entoses, hasta proximo semana. *

well that was my spanish for the week. you should be impressed because I dont even have anything with me, that was all out of my head. i dont know if it was all correcto, but i think it was close. well another week goes by, its hard to believe that ive been here two weeks now. it went by like a dream. i leave the ccm in 4 weeks and then my practice time is over. but i think i will get better. on saturday we got to go to the temple and talk to the members there. i was pleasantly surprised because i could understand about 60 percent of what was said to me. but i think they talked slow to help me out. tomorrow we get to go to the central park and contact, and try to place books of mormon. im so excited, well see how it goes.

i got your dear elder letters last night that was really great to hear from you all. those and your e-mails make me feel closer to you all. i love you all so much, thank you for your love and support. in general conference elder holland spoke of how he didn’t feel he had given his parents enough gratitude for the things they did for him, and i feel to some extent the same way. im not much of a talker, but i hope all of you back home know of my gratitude. every day i realize how great my childhood and youth was, and its all because of those who always loved and supported me. so thanks to everyone for every thing.

well ive got about 8 minutes left, so what else can i say. ha its hard i dont reall know what to say. right now i can look out and see the spires of the temple, its small but very beautiful. on sunday i had to give the prayer in spanish, it was short but i think i didnt say anything crude or offensive, that’s always a plus. at lunch one time i was trying to ask one of the latinos if it was bad manners or not to eat something with my fingers but instead i said ¿esta bien yo como con mi pedos? ha they laughed at me. well thats my time for this week . keep praying for me, and i will for you. i love you all so much and im excited to hear from you. thanks for all love Elder Hawk+obson

* I went to google translate for the beginning of Justin’s letter
hello family. I read your other e-mails and it took like twenty minutes to translate the letter from Dayne. I have only about five more minutes to write my letter to you. This week was great. I taught three lessons in spanish, and every meal I speak only Spanish to Latinos. I wrote a speech all in Spanish and only looked up like two words in the dictionary. I understand more spanish every day, and most important about the gospel and the work of the spirit. I love learning them. (Ha i dont know if that is correct, we learned direct object pronouns yesterday). Well, that is all I can say in Spanish, until next week.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Another Week

well another week has flown by. its so weird being here. its like a dream. well its hard to even know where to start. my teachers names are hermano cuque and hermana chacon. they are incredibly awesome, they teach in basically only spanish, even though they speak english well. but they always make it so we can understand the point they are trying to get across. since last time i wrote, the latino elders have come to the ccm. they have become some of my best friends, despite the language barrier. mostly we just talk about tortuga ninjas (ninja turtles), and the whole conversation is noises and hand motions, but its great. im getting along with my companion very well, he likes to work and he took 4 years of spanish so he is helping me learn.

its hard to even put into words how much i am enjoying my time here. the hours pass like seconds, it seems like i never have enough time to study and learn. everyone here is so friendly, and to top it all off i get to play futbol every morning. the latins are ballers, one of them told me that -mi corozon es una pelota- or my heart is a soccer ball (i think) ha i don't know what else more to say! i need to start writing all the cool stuff down so i can remember them when p-day comes.

today we go to the temple, im so excited. i bought my first souvenirs, a wool bag that says guatemala on it, and some colorful scripture cases for my spanish scriptures. on friday we are going to try to teach on of our practice investigators about prophets, the apostasy, and the restoration all in spanish, so wish me luck. im trying to get good pictures, its crazy when i look out the window, there is a mountain of trees, with buildings poking out, its like something you would see on a post card. the weather has been unbelievably nice, the latins are always saying estoy frio in the mornings, but i love it. the rain clouds cover the sun most of the day, so its only gotten hot once or twice. there is 8 people in my district and they are all great. but i don't really have time to write all there names, but there is a trio of hermanas which makes the class way different from when it was only elders, its fun.

well thats about all the time i have for today ill write some letters. right now im going to email lester the man i met on the plane on the way here, and ask if he has found a book of mormon, im going to try to figure out a way to send one to him. well as always i love you all thanks to everyone for the prayers and support, and sorry to any one who has sent me a letter or package and i havent responded, its just hard to find a whole lot of time, they keep us busy. me ama ustedes mucho y estoy animado escuchar para/por ustedes. ha i don't know if that made any sense. but i love you all hasta luego. Elder Jacobson