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, May 9, 2011


Well its not really rainy seasons. actually its quite the opposite, aka sunny season. the people here keep telling me that its going to cool down, but it seems like every time they say that it gets a little hotter. Last night i fell asleep with my blanket on and my fan on at the foot of my bed. when i woke up i had kicked off my blanket and turned my body around so that the fan was right on my face. but im loving it here. we are starting to get to know the area and the members better. and we are starting to have a more investigators. the people are really receptive and the members help alot. on wednesday we went out with a member named hno rudy. he took us to an area where we had never been and started introducing us to people. we ended up finding like 6 people that day, and putting appts to go back with others. its awesome.
well what else can i say. tomorrow is dia de las madres here in guatemala. I think today we are going to go buy something for some of the moms in our ward. I think it will help alot to strengthen our relationship with the members. we just have to think of what to get them. there is a little dollar store by our house that sells all kinds of little knick knacks, and they sell tube socks there for like 3 quetz. I suggested to my comp that we buy those for the moms. he just walked away without saying anything. I think he was really excited about the idea. Im so creative.
Yesterday i had to give a lesson in the principles of the gospel class. I cant say that it was last minute, but i hadnt really prepared. and it was a tough lesson. i felt like the class room was 100 degrees, and i was dripping great globs of salty sweat that puddled up on the floor. but i guess that's just another experience for the journal. After church we ate lunch with hna mariah and her family. it was really good. she made this salsa out of tomatoes and cilantro and onions and lots of lime juice. after that we had a conference for recent converts that was put together by my zone leaders to strengthen them and encourage them to share the gospel. right as it was about to start my ZL elder cortez came to me and told me that i was going to dirigir (ha i cant remember the word) the meeting. I was kind of nervous, but i just had to read a paper, and there was only like 329 people there. no big deal. Later in the day we went to the appt that i told you about already. it was pretty awesome and the spirit was so strong. I just hope that the family can start exercising some faith to go to church. Then it will be in the hands of the Lord.
ha yesterday after i talked to you my companion woke up when i went in the room. he said he wouldnt be able to fall asleep again and that it was my fault. then out of no where he attacked me, and we wrestled like brothers for like a half hour. i won of course, but to let him feel like he was winning i let him put me in a choke hold until i fell asleep. I think he almost killed me. but somehow i woke up to see the light of day again.
Well im low on time and my zone is waiting for me to go play soccer. I dont know why, but they never start without me. maybe its because of how good i am. or it might be because im the only one with a soccer ball. ha i like to think that its the first.
Congratulations to johnny in his success. its crazy to think of how far he's come from the first time i taught him to do a back flip until now. i feel great pride knowing that i taught him everything he knows. my mind is called back to the words of the legendary nacho libre "Me and my friend think we are ready to go pro" Ha good work johnny, keep working hard
I love you all. it was so nice to talk to you yesterday. its weird to think but next thing we know we will be speaking again at christmas. Crazy. to the whole family, keep hangin in there and working hard. remember that the gospel is what makes us happy and that obedience to the commandments is what will bring us true blessings and happiness. Remember that we are always doing better than we think, but we are never doing good enough ( i thought of that just now, and yes you can quote me). Lastly i encourage everyone to look for people that the missionaries can teach. i have seen the difference between a ward that helps the missionaries and a ward that doesnt and its like night and day. I love you and always pray for you. Hasta el otro lunes
Elder Jacobson


  1. This is one of my favorite letters, he is so funny! I love Elder Jacobson so much and am so proud of him and all he's doing!

  2. Thanks for posting these letters and pictures Lynell. I just love each one. Hugs, Mom