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, April 25, 2011

Distance Runners

well there goes another week, and another change. its hard to believe how fast the time is going here. I feel like im living in the song writtin by the legeandary tim mcgraw called "Dont Blink". this week was a good one, but unfortunately the work was brought abruptly to a complete stop by the catholic holiday oñf semana santa. it was a pretty cool holiday. remember when i told you that on christmas everyone gave us tamales, for this holliday every gives away bread. at first i liked it because the bread is really good, but i kind of got bored of it because we ate so much. Lets just say i literally vomited bread all over my companion and his bed while he was sleeping. things have been pretty rough between us since then.
some of the other traditions that they do for semana santa are, they go out with these things they make and dress up and call judas, after the judas that betrayed Christ. the judas are basicaly like piñatas of people. but what they do is get in big groups of people, dress up in holoween costumes and go around town beating drums and noise makers, and asking for bread or money. its kind of like a cross between Halloween, new years, and st patricks day. after that they go hang thier judas in the trees in the park, and on saturday they burn them
Unfortunately we didnt get to be part of all the festivities. President didnt really want us taking pictures or going around in the processions so i didnt see alot of went on. the other unfortunate thing was that the people didnt really want to listen about the gospel for this whole week, so i felt kind of bad because it was hard to get things done and our numbers for the week were super bad. but we are going to keep going forward and doin work.
friday and saturday were fun days, President didnt want us outside so we met as a zone in the church both days. the first day we studied preach my gospel, which was awesome, and the second day we read from the book of mormon. we also got fed lunch, and played sports in between the studying. so it they were both really fun days.
To answer the questions, the name of my area is Central. its right in the center of the city san felipe in Reu. In the baptism of hermanita diana it was me who got to baptize her. I asked my comp and he said he would like me to do it because i just got here, so i had the privilege of baptizing her. it was awesome. ha crap i cant remember what the other questions were. but its tight here. we can get just about everything we need, and were close to reu which is a big city that has everything.
so as you may already know its cambios (changes) again. We dont find out until tomorrow if we go or stay, but im pretty sure im going to stay here, i just barely got here and i dont think that they will take me out after just 3 weeks. my companion on the other hand is 99.999 percent sure that he is gone. he has almost a year to be in this zone, and he doubts that they will keep him here again. but who knows. i guess we wont know until next week.
by the way, i got the package you sent. thank you so much for everthing, it was really a booster. i think i picked up on your "O" theme. Ohs, yOyO juevOs, diariO, and skittles. ha i dont know if you were going for that, but thanks for everything.
well im low on time, but ill just end by saying thanks for everything. sorry if my emails dont say that much stuff that you want to here, but i just can never think of what to say when i get here. ha but most importantly i love you and im doing good here. good luck with the garden and with everything else thats going on there. talk to you next week. love you.
love elder jacobson

Monday, April 18, 2011


here is a riddle for you that is sure to warp your craniums. What has four legs, two eyes, one tail, is fifty percent fur, fifty percent rotting flesh and reeks of death. any guesses ... well if anyone guessed the dog with the horrible skin disease that lives outside of my house then you got it right.

This week is semana santa, or the Holy week. It is the week that the catholics celebrate the week that Jesus completed the Atonement. Every day they do parades in the street. on Friday they celebrate the death of Christ, and on saturday of glory they celebrate the ressurection. it should be pretty cool and interesting. except i think that on friday and saturday we are going to spend the whole day in the church studying things because President doesnt want us taking pictures and disturbing the celebrations of other religions.
this last week was good. we had some disappointments because we were supposed to baptize 4 people on saturday, but 2 of them said they dont know if they want to and the other 2 are going to wait a little while before making their decision. so it was kind of sad, but we know that good things will come from it if we keep working.
Our ward mission leaders name is luis visoni. he is an old man of about 80 years, and he is freakin hilarious. He always carries around 2 sets of glasses, his normal reading glasses, and some super dark sunglasses like the ones the terminator would wear. my companion told me that sometimes on fast sunday he goes to bear his testimony, and while he is walking up to the pulpit he switches from his normal glasses to his sunglasses. ha he is so awesome. i told you about him, because he has been teaching a family of 5, the missionary lessons, he says they are going great. once i asked if we could visit with them, and he said he wanted to wait a little so that we only had to show up to baptize them. ha, the members are awesome here.
yesterday my companion and i sang a intermediate hymn in sacrament meeting. ha im sure your all laughing thinking about me singing. we sang with one of the families in our ward to give us more volume. it would have been perfect, except the daughter of the family missed her soprano solo, so i had to fill in, i nailed it of course, but we still had to give the daughter a scolding for not steppin up to the plate.
ha after sacrament meeting i had to give a lesson in the principles of the gospel class. it was on the preisthood. there was only like 4 in the class, so it wasnt a huge deal, but i think it went pretty well. I sang another solo.
Well im low on time, and i still have to write to the president. but just know that things are going great here and i am loving my life. i learn so much everyday, and i know that my testimony is growing alot. I love you all. keep up the good work. until next week adios
Elder Jacobson

Monday, April 11, 2011

Cambios de emejencia

this week will be one that i will probly never forget. there is good news, bad news, suprising news, and good and suprising news. the good news is that i have alot more room in my backpack because i dont have to carry around my sweater. the bad news is that its freakin hot here. ha the suprising news is that on tuesday we got a call from the zone leaders at about 9 30 at night, telling me that i was getting emergency changed, and had to be on the bus to reu at 9 00 the next morning. I was way suprised, and part of me didnt want to leave, but i was excited to go to a new area, to meet new people, and learn new things.
as soon as i arrived in my new area i started sweating, and i have been sweating ever since. i take two cold showers a day, and sleep with the fan on and no covers. but the members here say that this is the hottest month of the year, and that it will cool down in may. my new compañon is tight. he is super relaxed, and he likes to work hard. our personalities go along well. The members are awesome too. my companion told me that we never pay for food here, but that the members feed us lunch and dinner for free. at first i felt bad taking their food like that, but then i saw how happy it made them to feed us, and i dont feel quite as bad, im just super greatful. on top of feeding us they are way helpful with the missionary work. in La Grandeza almost all the people we found by knocking doors. but my companion (his name is Elder Platero by the way) says that here, almost everyone we teach is the friend or family of a member, it makes the work alot easier and more effective.
Which brings me to the next subject, the news that is good and suprising mentioned in paragraph 1. when i got here on wednesday, my comp told me that we had a baptism planned for this saturday, (two days ago). He told me that we were going to baptize a little girl, whose mom died when she was younger. but what was more suprising was that he told me that the little girl was introduced to the church by her friend, and that her friend had basically done everything, even set a baptismal date. ha it was incredible, all we had to do was show up, teach, and then baptize her. It was a great experience to teach her about how her Heavenly Father loves her and wants her to be happy. she learned about the gospel and the restoration super fast, and on saturday Diana yuseli vasquez aragon was baptized. she recieved the Holy Ghost the next day. it was awesome.
so thats about all the exciting news for this week. Im loving life here and the future looks promising in the work.
It sounds like everything is going well at home. Good work in your competition johnson and keep up the good work. I love you all and i am always praying for you. keep working hard and enjoying your lives. Ill talk to you next week. Adios
Elder Jacobson

Monday, April 4, 2011

La conferencia general (heneral)

Another week has passed by here in the sunny mountains of northern Guatemala. I had a really awesome week that started with a semi-large earthquake, and finished off with a beautiful general conference.

Last tuesday our zone leaders told us that listening to the prophets can be something that changes an investigators life and helps them progress towards baptism, they encouraged us to bring as many people as we could, and asked us what our goal was on how many investigators could be there. My companion and i decided on a goal of fifteen people. It seemed like alot because we have never had more than 3 in a sacrament meeting, but we made the goal and decided we would do whatever we could to achieve it. That afternoon we printed off about 200 invitations that we made, and for the rest of the week the majority of our time was spent inviting people to the conference. We worked hard to get the goal, walking to almost every place in our area (which isnt called La Grandeza for no reason). At the end of each day I was way tired, but content knowing that we had worked our hardest that day.

Well i know your all expecting to hear that 15 or even more people came. haha but to make a long story short only 4 people came. At first i was kind of disappointed, thinking that we had done everything we could, and I wondered why Heavenly Father didnt help us out to make the goal. But the more i think about it the more i realize that i was expecting Him to answer our prayers in my way and my time. but when it comes down to it I guess i just need to be patient and wait for Him to reward our labors in His way. On top of that i realized that the 4 investigators that came are probably the most positive for baptism, and that the messages were exactly what many of them needed to hear. For example there is one investigadora that wants to get baptized, but is living with an inactive member, and they arent married. She was in the session when one of the apostoles talked about how great it is to be married. Another wont get baptized because he thinks he isnt ready. he was in the session when Elder Bednar talked about how we receive revelation line upon line.

For me as well there were many things said that i think were intended especially for me. It was interesting in Elder Hollands talk how he mentioned how it was a miracle that among all the things said, there is always something, even multiple things, that are perfect for every individual. We got to listen to it in English. 3 other missionaries were in a room with me and they had the english broadcast playing. I was really grateful, i think the words mean more when they are in your own language. we watched it at the church both days. on saturday between sessions we went to a Chinese restaurant to eat. I ordered a huge plate of rice and ham. after i was done ( I always finish first ha) i saw the other elders start laughing, and they asked if i wanted to finish their food. something was weird so i said no, then they pointed, and sure enough, by the door to the kitchen was a little black rat running around on the floor. haha i lost my apetite after that, but luckily i had already finished. I havent felt any negative side affects yet. ill keep you posted on that.

Tell Lonica happy birthday, its hard to believe shes already 10 years old. they grow up so fast. And isnt it awesome that she had her birthday on her very first day of school. haha I love you blondica, happy birthday.

Well what more can i say. Im glad you got my package, i was a little nervous that it wouldnt get there, but the lady seemed like she knew what she was doing. ha its funny that the most expensive things in there were the black shoes, and they cost about 150 Quetz. about 20 dollars. ha I hope you all enjoy. On the subject of packages... ha Im not expecting one any time soon, and this isnt a hint to send one, ha but there is something i need that i dont want to forget. my blue journal that ive had for a while is almost full, and ide like to have another one like that so i could have a nice set of journals that are all the same. its the blue one that just says journal on the front that we all got in like 2005. I write in it every monday, and ive probably got about 2 or three months left in it before its full.

So i guess that takes care of all the important stuff. maybe ill try to answer some questions. my companions name is pronounced Tadeo -tah day oh-. He told me once he talked to a pastor, and the pastor made him feel stupid because the pastor knew so much more of the Bible than he did. So he said from that day on he would learn the bible so it wouldnt happen again. so from him i am learning a ton about the Bible. sometimes its just hard to remember all the references, but at least i know more of whats in there. Another thing he is teaching me is to do the RubixCube tm. I can get all the way the the last 2 or three steps before i forget. but sure enough before the end of this change i will be able to do it.

Well shoot i wanted to say more but im almost out of time and i still have to write the president. But P-day will becoming soon enough again. I love you all and am glad to hear that everyone is happy and healthy, and that the family jacobson is still PWNing. talk to you next week.

Love Elder Jacobson