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, February 7, 2011

Another Month Down

ha first of all ill just have to excuse myself for the joke i played in the last e-mail, i just couldnt resist. but im glad you figured it out, i was worried the picture wouldnt go through or something.

so this was another really amazing week in la obra del Señor. once again i dont know where the week went, and i can barely remember all the things that happened. the truth is most of my time and attention has been focused on Hno Armando, the man who is getting baptized. we´ve been able to teach almost everyday this week, and he is learning everything better than we could have hoped. its funny because sometimes i finish teaching a principle and think, "there is no way he could have understood what i was trying to explain." but every time i ask, he is able to explain it back to us better than i explained it. ha the more im here the more i realize that we dont really do anything. it kind of makes me think of when dad used to let us push his truck out of the driveway. in reality he was in control the whole time, and we werent doing anything, but he waited until we started pushing to let us feel like we were helping. but any way hno Armando fasted yesterday, and we went by later in the day and planned his baptism, he picked the hymns and the speakers, and we set a time for the interview and the baptism. its truly a miracle.

Other than him, there isnt a lot of people that are progressing quite that fast, but we do have some positive investigators. Part of what i love about the culture here is something that i really hate, and that is that it is so laid back and relaxed here. its a great place to live because everyone has time for each other, anyone will stop to talk, but its sometimes hard for missionary work because there is no hurry to do anything. like sometimes we will explain that everything you need to have a happier life and a stronger family is in the book of mormon, and we commit the people to read it, but when we go back and ask if they read it they say "oh i forgot, maybe ill get around to it next week." ha sometimes its frustrating, but im loving it and learning a lot about how much the spirit is needed if we really want them to change anything.

well what else can i say. im really loving it here more and more. i dont stress so much about spanish, or about the other things like if ill have money for food and that kind of stuff that i worried about when i was just starting. the mission is pretty amazing in how it teaches you so fast, im really learning a ton. oh and i should probably mention that along with the unlimited supply of free avocados, you can buy fresh off the tree orange mangos for about a quarter, and pineapples for cheap. ha what else could i ask for.

well i hate to say it but im low on time again. sorry i dont write alot, but its hard to get all my thoughts out of my head and in a way that follows a logical thought pattern. but i love you all so much. as i see more of some of the hard things of the world, it always makes me more and more grateful for the examples ive had that have helped me avoid the things that make you miserable. so thanks for everything. hang in there for another week. just think, summer is just around the corner, even if it was lonica's first day of school. love you guys.

Elder Jacobson

by the way something that we started doing is pick a christlike attribute from preach my gospel to focus on for the week. its really helped my improve myself. you guys should start it up and see what you think.

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