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 14, 2011

feliz dia del cariño

well it was definitely a life changing week for me.

this week we had two area attacks. i dont remember if i explained it but it is when all the missionaries in a zone all work for a whole day in the same area. it helped alot when we did it in our area, but this time was kind of tough for us because we didnt really make any progress in our own area.

Tuesday elder heywood went to reu for another meeting, so i worked with the two elders we live with. once again it was a really good opportunity to learn how others work and teach , and to see how i can improve my own teaching.

On wednesday we all went to chamac to work. It was kind of a tough day, its hard to work in a different area where you dont know where anything is. but we did find one positive investigator, that said he would be willing to be baptized, now it will be up to the missionaries there to finish him off.

on thursday i did divisions again because elder heywood had to go to san pedro to do a baptismal interview. i worked with elder paz (paz means peace in spanish) and we found a family that is really positive. they just moved to this area and right now they are looking for a church to go to. we challenged them to be baptized, and the dad said he wanted to because he hasnt been baptized yet, and the mom said, that its been a long time since she was baptized so she probably has a lot of sins. ha right now they arent really doing it for the right reason, but they are willing to listen and do what we asked them, and that is the important thing.

thursday night we did the baptismal interview of hno Armando. he is a stud, and the zone leader said he passed with flying colors.

friday was another area attack in san pedro. nothing super exciting happened, but we did find some good people for the elders to teach. hopefully we made a difference there.

Saturday was super great day. in the morning hno armandos wife called to tell us that hno Armando decided that i would be doing the baptism. (originally he had asked elder heywood, but i think she convinced him to let me do it because it was my first.) When the baptismal service started i felt pretty calm. but as time went on i got more and more butterflies in my stomach. then it finally came time. we went into the water (which was freezing because the heater wasnt fixed yet) and did the baptism. it wasnt until after while we were changing that i fully felt it, i realized that i dont fully understand why we baptize like that, but i felt really peaceful knowing what just happened, it was a great experience for me.

Sunday Hno armando was confirmed and given the gift of the Holy Ghost. he came to church in a white shirt and with his hair cut. he is such a stud. also in church was hna ingred and her two kids. we have been working with her family for a long time, and now they are starting to make the steps to accept the gospel. it was great to see them there.

to top off the week we had a lesson with another family that we are working with. we had taught them about the restoration, but we didnt think they really understood it. so we taught it again. this time when we taught it the spirit was there, and when we asked the dad who could have the authority of God after the apostles were dead, he looked off into space for a long time and finally said, with a defeated look, i dont know. at that point in time i utilized my army training and went for the throat, by telling him that no one did, and that is why it is so important that God gave this authority to Josè Smith. at the end of the lessons he promised to read the book of mormon to find out the truth. i really believe that he will do it.

So like i said it was a really good week, and on top of everything else, i received your valentines package. in a house with four elders i had to fight for my share of cheetos, and bugles, but rest assured that no one is touching the smores or the sweet tarts.

I love you all, i hope everyone is happy this valentines day. tell the j dog that he better not be mackin on the girls. keep working hard and having fun. have a good week. ill talk to you later.

P.s. congrats to jordan for the hair cut. now you will just have to fix the lawn mower


  1. Congrats on the Baptism. I am glad it brought a feeling of peace for you. It sounds like you are working very hard and doing well. I am sure that ecryone who meets you can feel of your beautiful, generous and kind spirit. Keep up the good work. As always you and your companions are in our prayers. xxoo

  2. Thanks again for posting this Lynell. I never saw Justin look happier than he looks in that first picture. I am so happy for him.

    We made it home safe and sound. We are missing you already. Many hugs, Mom