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, September 22, 2010

Another Week Down

Hola mi familia,
Hoy es miercoles y esta mi p-dia, me gusta la(el) MTC, no puedo hablo mucho en espanol pero yo aprendo mas todos dia. la comida es muy bien aqui y mi companero es marravilloso
well that's not very much spanish, and i don't know if im even saying what im trying to say. i think i could probably say more but its taking too long to conjure up the words to say. but the spanish is coming very well. its amazing here, i learn so much every day. in my personal study im reading Jesus the Christ. its so interesting there is so many things that i would have never realized that are being pointed out to me every day. in companionship study we are starting to study lesson two in predicad mi evangelio. its pretty cool to learn about the plan of salvation, and im already getting excited for the day when i can teach people about Gods wonderful plan for our happiness.
so on friday we had a chance to go do a more realistic practice. it kind of reminded me of the trauma lanes at AIT where we would put into practical application the things we had been working on. so it started out that we had to go talk to someone only in spanish, get to know some things about them, share a short message about our church and ask if they would like to hear more. we did that twice with two different people. it went pretty good. i think my companion and i said pretty much everything we wanted to, but i only understood about half the words that the native speakers said to me. sometimes i just smiled and nodded and said si tambien. so after we got to know them we had the chance to teach the first lesson in english. that went well i think, we got to teach a lady that was native to guatemala. it was great teaching, it started a little bit rough , because we had trouble diving into the lesson, but it got less rocky over time. and i think the spirit was there.
since then we have been doing more practicing teaching. we learned more ways to make teaching more comfortable and less complicated. today at 10 thirty we are going to teach one of my friends from high school .. i think the more practice i get at it the better.
well other than that not a whole lot has happened, well out of the ordinary at least. we have class every day, and always have alot of time to study on our own. its a lot different from basic training because at basic they expected the bare minimum from us, and enforced it with iron fists. here they expect us to do everything in our power to be perfect representatives of Christ, but they enforce the rules with love. its sometimes hard to stay focused. some days we have like 4 hours straight to just study, and its easy to let my attention wander. but im trying to work very hard here so that im more prepared when the day comes that i need it.
one exciting thing is my travel plans came this week. we leave tuesday the 28, about 6 days from now. im so excited. i imagine my spanish abilities with grow at unimaginable exponential rates. its going to be cool to finally see the country that will be my home for the next 2 years.
thanks to all friends and family for your letters and prayers. they have helped me so much to remember why im here. all of you have been such great examples to me. i hope i can make you guys proud.
well my time is just about up so ill send this before it kicks me off. again i love you guys and pray for you. have a good week and ill try to. talk to you again in roughly 168 hours. until then, adios

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