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 2, 2011

Some Big Changes

well, changes came around again. ha for some reason i was more nervous this time because i thought that there might be a chance that i would get changed. Always before when it was time for changes i was pretty sure the i was going to stay in the same area, but now i dont know what to think, im so confused. ha but surprisingly enough im going to be here in area central for at least six more weeks, im excited this area is tight, and im sure that we are going to have alot of success. the big surprise was that my compañon elder platero did get changed. I was kind of sad, because we got along really well, but i guess thats how the mission goes.
my new compañons name is elder Lira, he is from nicaragua. i was really happy to have a latino compañon again because i can tell my spanish improves alot when i cant go back to speaking english every time that i run out of words in english. I like elder lira alot, he has about 1 more change than me and he is our district leader. hes a good missionary and a hard worker. but i dont really know that much about him because we have only known each other for like 4 days.
this week went well. Our focus for the week was finding new investigators because we only had like two that we were teaching. we started our search in the area book that has all the records of past investigators. so far we have only found one family, but when we got there they said, what a miracle that you came, we thought the mission werent going to come by any more. on top of that hno luis took us to a family that he has been teaching. they seem really positive, and the two children came to church on sunday. we are planning on giving them a baptismal date tonight. also the brother and sister fernando y ruby came to church and we are going to try to baptize them this saturday. so things are looking good for the work here.
I think the main challenge in this area will be retention. as far as i can tell like 50 percent of the people here were baptized in the church at one point or another, but now hardly any come. were are going to have a ward council meeting to see what we can do to reactivate and retain the less actives and recent converts. we may have to start burning down the houses of the people that dont come. i hope it doesnt come to that, but in the end, its for their own good right.
so besides changes there wasnt alot of exciting things that happened this week. besides that i sang another solo in church, ha just kidding. but we did have one really cool experience where we went to eat dinner with a family of members. i always feel bad because they love giving us things here, and i feel like we never do any thing to pay them back. the family is all girls, consisting of the mom and her four daughters. after dinner we asked if we could do anything for them and the mom asked if we could give her a blessing because she was sick. my comp blessed her, and after she asked if we could bless her other daughters. we asked if there was anything wrong, but they said they have just been going through some hard times and could use some comfort. I think i had never realized before what a blessing it has been to always have the priesthood so close in my life. but it was a great opportunity to bless them and feel like i was doing something to help them and not just eat their food. when we finished, hna diana (the mom) had tears in her eyes. i was really grateful.
well i dont know what else to say. you may have noticed that my email came late this week. that was because all the computers were being used this morning and we had stuff to do, so we asked if we could come back later, and here i am now. the only problem is that now we are a little late for our first appt.
but i love you all. thank you for your support and love. keep hanging in there and stay strong in the gospel. im starting to see alot that all the commandments and things we do in the church are just to make us happy. so keep doing the things, and keep being happy. what else is there
Elder Jacobson

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