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, March 7, 2011

6 Months

well another month has gone by. I just did up the math, and tomorrow will be my cumplimez to complete six months on the mission. Its hard for me to believe that im a fourth done with my mission, i think ill have to make sure to work really hard to make the last three fourths better

so things here are going very well. it was kind of a tough week for us because we had something, basically every day. on tuesday Elder Heywood had to leave for reu again, so another elder and i worked here in la grandeza, but it was tough to get anything done because we had cancelled all of our appts because we didnt think we would be here. On tuesday we also cancelled all of our appts because we thought we would be working in another area for our last area attack. on thursday we had a meeting with President Maravilla. He taught us about agency and how we can use it to free ourselves, or enslave ourselves, it was really awesome, he is a super powerful speaker, and he really loves us. on friday we had interviews with the President. I only got about two minutes to talk to him because there are so many elders. but he taught me about how i can learn to follow the spirit better, i think it will help me alot if i put it in practice. Saturday and sunday were more effective days, and i feel that we got alot done. so all in all our numbers werent super great for this week, but i feel like i learned and grew alot. Bring on another week.

So changes are coming up this wednesday. The other changes didnt make me that nervous, but now ive got a few months here, so im not sure if ill be staying or heading out. Either way ill be happy, but the truth is that i want a few more weeks here to see what we can get done. i think the ward is starting to progress, and we are having alot of success with the less actives, as well as with some investigator families. Like i said, ill be happy wherever the Lord wants me, we´ll just have to see what happens this monday.

So like i already said, not a whole lot happened this week but there were a few highlights. The first was that one of our less active members dropped a bag full of wood on his leg, and now his ankle is the size of a cantaloupe. It may not seem like a highlight, but the Lord works in mysterious ways. the story is that we had tried various times to go find him, but he is never home. his wife says he is living with another women, and he only shows up every now and then. but on saturday we found him in his house, and found that he is unable to leave. We had a good talk with him, and he told us that he has always known that the church is true, but stopped coming because he got offended. we talked to him about how its important to forgive others. the other good news with that is that he has like 6 sons that haven't been coming to church ever since he left, so we think if we can work with him, we will be able to re-activate a cornucopia of people. my companion said that in ten years when he is an active happy member he will look back and see that breaking his leg was the best thing that ever happened to him. I think alot of times our lives are like that, even though we might not be doing anything bad, sometimes or other we are all going to have hard things come up in our lives. I think the problem with us as humans is that we can only see the pain and hardship, without looking at the silver lining. I sometimes wonder what our lives would be like if we were able to only see the good in everything. I bet it would change alot. It kind of reminds me of the story of Alma in Mosiah18-24.

Well another highlight happened last night. we had an appt with a family that didnt seem super positive. but we showed up and starting teaching the 3 daughters that are all 20 something years old. as we taught more and more people came into the room, and we ended up finding 8 new investigators. so it was a good way to finish up the week.

The last highlight happened yesterday as well. In church our recent convert bore his testimony. he talked about how his life wasnt really great before when he was just drinking and playing soccer all the time. but he said, im grateful that Heavenly Father sent the Elders to teach me the gospel, and now my life is alot better. It really made everything worth it, and made me want to find more people to teach the true gospel.

Well thats all for now, im almost out of time. but Just know that i love you all, and that its good to hear how everyone is progressing with their own lives, and how you are progressing as a family. keep doin work. and ill try to do the same. enjoy some tomatoes and rasberries for me. adios for now.

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