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 28, 2011

buenas dias mi familia amada

well there goes another week and another month. its crazy how fast the days go by here. today is the first day of week five of my third change here.

but its been cool to see how our area has progressed. when we got here there we had almost no investigators, and alot of members werent coming to church. i wrote in my journal that it kind of felt like pushing a truck from a stand still. we put in a ton of effort, and it seemed like we were having little success. but i think we are starting to pick up some momentum. we are finding new people almost daily, even though most of them will probably not ever fully accept the gospel, we are starting to have more and more people that will listen to our message. 2 in particular that appear more positive are hermana delji, and a newly married couple, named veronica and yurlandi. they have 2 children but we havent found out their names yet.

hermana delji is married to a less active member, and is about a month away from having her baby. last time we taught her we challenged her to be baptized but she said she felt like she didnt know enough, we promised we could teach her everything she needs to know, and she said she would read from the book of mormon. we went back saturday and had a really good lesson with them, there was a great change in the attitude of both her and her husband. they said they had been reading, and i think that was the big change in how they acted.

hermana veronica is the one i think i told you about last time that we kept running into in the street. on saturday we had another chance to teach her and her husband. they were really nice and accepting. we taught them about Joseph Smith, and how they could know if he was a true prophet by reading the book of mormon. we asked the husband if he would read it and pray to know it was true, and he said, if this is the test to know the truth i will have to do it. then we asked if he would be baptized if he knew it was true. he said well ive already been baptized, but if this is true, it might change things. we also asked his wife if she would read it and she said "ive already been reading the one you gave me before. its really different, but i can see that it talks about the same savior".

The ward is also progressing very well. we have been having success working with a pretty good number of less active members, and i can see that they are starting to gain testimonies of their own. when we got here the only men showing up to church was pretty much us and the bishopric. but now we usually have 10-15 priesthood holders in our meetings. The obra del Señor is going very nicely here in La Grandeza.

things are good with me as well. its mango season so they are basicly giving away huge plump mangos. and we still get our helping of avacados gratis, so i can never complain with how my life is going. the only bad news is that i finished off the smores cereal you sent. i held a little funerel service when i threw the box away. haha o well guess its back to corn flakes.

well sounds like things are going good for you all there. moving to your own office eh. that is a big move for the family. im excited to see how business is booming when i get home. tell johnny good luck with his meet, ill be praying for him. and i think dance and soccer season is starting up as well right. sounds like there is plenty going on to keep everyone busy. keep doing work everyone, and let me know about all the success. and if there is any failures, i dont really want to hear about it, haha.

well thats it for this month. i love you all have a good week. -Elder Jacobson

1 comment:

  1. Lynell, it is good to read about how well Justin is doing. He is a ray of sunshine and I just know that everyone who meets him feels of his loving spirit and sincere love of the Gospel. As always, we keep him in our deepest prayers. xxoo