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

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Don't open the picture until after you read this!

well hello there family. another week goes by here in the grandeza. it was a very interesting and very amazing week for me.

on tuesday we had something called area attack in our area, which is when all the elders and sisters from our zone come to our area to work, to help find people and get more things moving. it was a tough day for us because we had to plan the day for 12 different elders, and we all know how good of a planner i am, i guess that's one of the things i am here to learn. but the area attack went very well. at the end of the day we added up our the numbers of everyone, and we were only of few lessons short of completing all of our goals for the week. i was happy because we didnt have to work for the rest of the week, haha just kidding, if anything it made us both want to work harder.

on tuesday we went to the area of another companionship. it was a good day of mostly contacting, we found a lot of people, and had the opportunity to help a family do some work in their field. i dont know if i really helped them any, but it was fun, and they want the other elders to come talk to them.

on friday i witnessed a true miracle. from the very first week we had been working with a man named brother armando. He is a great man, but he has really been having troubles with drinking. my companion and i had done everything we could think of to help him, but at times it seemed he didnt really want to change. we talked to him sometime last week and asked him to be baptized, but he said that he really had no desire, and didnt want to right now, and the next day his wife told us he was out drinking again. it was hard for me to hear that, after everything we had done. then on friday we were at his house for noche de hermanamiento, which is when all the ward meets in someones house, kind of like family home evening for the ward. he showed up when it was almost over, and when we finished up, he asked if he could talk to us in the other room. when we got in there, he told us that he had been thinking a lot, and had decided that he wants to be a better example for his wife and kids and wants a better life, and that he wants to be baptized. it was truly a humbling experience for me. my comp made a comment that for 2 months we had done everything we could with little results, but when the spirit touched his heart, he was instantly ready to change.

since then we have taught him twice and he is really excepting the plan of salvation, as well as reading the book of mormon every night. like i said, truly a miracle.

well we found out early about cambios (changes), and good news, im here with elder heywood for another 6 weeks, im happy because i really think we are doing some good work here, and i dont want to leave before we start seeing more results.

all right, im low on time again. but once again i just want to tell you all that i love you and miss you, not in a homesick way, but more in a grateful way. but thanks for the e mails and the prayers, adios for now, ill be writing again in no time. love

Elder Jacobson.

P.S. oh by the way the pouch came this week, and the package wasnt in there. i talked to the secretary of the pouch, and he said if it hasnt gotten here yet it probably isnt going to make it. but no worries, im happy and always have all i need. my one hope is that maybe someone else is enjoying it. its the thought that counts anyway right?

P.S.S. i dont know if you heard about the storm that hit guatamala, but look at the picture, your not going to believe this.

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This is my little stinker wearing the p.j.'s and holding up some of the candy that were in his birthday package. Not sure if I should wring his neck or send hugs of joy.

Now he matches the rest of the fam!


  1. Awww, stinker indeed! What a lovely young man Justin is. I just love reading about how his mission is going. Thanks for sharing it with us! xxoo

  2. I am glad that he got the package... what a stinker he is. Hugs, Mom