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

Monday, January 3, 2011

año nuevo vida nueava

Well its hard to believe, but yes we have already reached a new year. Despite the fireworks and other celebrations, i think it still hasnt hit me how fast the time has gone. its crazy for me to think of where i was a year ago and where i am now. time is really a crazy thing.

not only another year, but another week has passed. this week was really good. One thing i didnt realize was that here new years is celebrated more than Christmas. so it was kind of tough. we literally couldnt get one single appointment for news years eve, and only variouse on new years day. it seemed like it would be a perfect occasion for 2 good days of knocking doors with everyone home and with family. But it turned that most people didnt like being disturbed in the holiday season. i guess it makes sense, it be like if vacuum salesman came to our house on Christmas eve. so this week was a little tough for me, it was frustrating because my companion and i really wanted to get some stuff done, but we kind of hit a wall. but we know that this is the work of the Lord, and that it will go forward, sometimes it just takes time i guess.

Despite that there was some good progress. Hermano armando is progressing very well. he told us about a peace he feels only when he is in the church with his family, and promised to read the book of mormon. we are planning on baptizing him the 18th of this month. ha now we just need to tell him about it. but its been amazing to see his life change as he does lives the gospel. something hit me this morning, that when we baptize him we will be giving his family the chance to be together forever. I think its pretty amazing. We also had a good lesson with a family called the Godinez family. the dad had alot of questions about the plan of salvation, so we taught him everything. it seemed to answer his questions, and they promised to read the book of mormon to know if they should get baptized. we went back yesterday to invite them to church. the parents said they were busy, but they told us they had been reading. so all in all the work is going forward well.

another good thing is that we had the opportunity to work with bishopric. we talked about some ways we could be more organized in the work, and they were very willing to listen. the ward really wants to put in effort with the missionaries. we also got a ward mission leader, and we are going to meet with him to see what more we can do. its kind of overwhelming right now, but i know that great things are going to happen as we establish and organize the work more. the hope is that even when we leave this area, the new missionaries will have everything they need to keep moving forward, and not have to start from scratch like we did.

So we moved into our new house. I cant believe how blessed we have been. the house is really big, and probably one of the nicer ones in this entire area. we have basically all new stuff because this area hasn't had anything in the past. we were going to make some weights out of cement for exercise, and when we asked a member where to buy cement, he told us he had weights that he never uses. so really we are living the dream here.

Well im running low on time now. but its good to know that in only seven short days ill be reading your email and emailing you guys again. So give my love and gratitude to everyone. I love you all, have a great week.

Elder Jacobson

P.S. all this work with the ward made me think of the time i waited before the mish when i could have been helping with the work. So i challenge everyone who reads this to look on pg. 221 (i think) of preach my gospel. its almost the last page and it talks about making a missionary plan. i encourage the family to make a plan, and also to start praying for and looking for missionary opportunities. and to find someone to go visit with the missionaries. you can report on your success next week.

P.S.S. tell the flints and grammy and grampy, and everyone else thanks for the packages. I really enjoyed them alot, and it meant alot to me to receive them

Well good by for real this time. i love you all.

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