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, June 27, 2011

June 27, 2011

Well here i am again, writing you for the 32 time. ha just kidding i didnt count, but it feels like alot. It was a good week. my comp and i are getting along well and working hard, and hoping to see alot of success in this coming week. the weather has cooled down and now it just rains all the time. i cant decide if i prefer the heat or the rain. i guess the grass is always greener on the other side.
2 days ago we had the baptism of melisa and anali. like i said before it was amazing to see how Heavenly Father provided the way for us to have success when i thought we werent going to be able to. The baptisms went beautifully, even though we started about an hour late. ha i have yet to have a baptism that starts less than 40 min late. but the important thing is that they happen. I felt the spirit very strong and i know that everyone in the building did as well.
other good news is that one of our investigators, Hno Elmer came to the baptism. I have taught him a few times ,and he doesnt seem to take very seriously the things that we teach him. but in the baptism he was listening and watching very intently, im sure the spirit touched him. yesterday he came to church and stayed all three hours, and yesterday night my comp went to teach him (we did divisions) and he said that he saw a change in elmer. so pray for him, i think he wil be the next baptism that i write about.
Lately our president has been pushing us alot to work with the members. hes taught how if every one works it is the difference between 2 missionaries, and 102 missionaries harvesting. so i have been praying alot to know what we can do to get people excited about working. the answer to my prayers came yesterday. in sacrament meeting the relief society pres pulled me to the side and asked if we could teach the lesson in relief society, and we agreed. we taught about the love that Christ has for us and how we can show that love for others by sharing the gospel. then we asked who they knew that we could visit. at first no one really answered, but then, like the opening of a flood gate they all started saying people they knew. it was hard for me to get all of the names down, but i think we got it all, now we just gotta follow up.
so to answer some questions. im still junior comp, but we have almost the same amount of time so we pretty much dont even go by junior senior comp. my comp is from nicaragua. the living conditions are good. the house is big, and we have running water. the only downsides are that the toilet doesnt flush normal so we have to pour water from the sink into it. and the bugs are really starting to bug me. in our kitchen there is millions of cockroaches. and there is ants all over. there is really no way to prevent them, so i just deal wih them. ha i night i spray like a gallon of bug spray on me so i dont get eaten in my sleep. but other than that life is excellent.
this week i learned alot about love. ive realized that in most things we do we can do it out of obligation, or out of love for Heavenly Father and his children. its like the law of moses and the higher law that Jesus talked about. im really starting to see how the work, and all the parts of my life go better when i am focused on trying to think of others.
well im low on time. but once again ill say i love you. happy fourth of july, enjoy a hamburger for me. keep working hard and go talk to the missionaries about one of your friends that they can teach. you cant know how much of a blessing it will be to them when you do. have a good week. I love you

Monday, June 20, 2011

livin la vida loca

im not really living the crazy life, but sometimes i feel like my life is pretty crazy. the weirdest thing for me is time, sometimes it feels like a day will never end, but then i blink and its p day again. how crazy is it that we are almost done with june.
this week was good. im still getting used to my new area. sometimes i feel a little lost because i have trouble remembering all the names and places and needs and challenges, and all the other stuff that a missionary needs to keep track of. but im trying to be patient, I remember that i felt the same way in La Grandeza, and now i know that place like the back of my hand, so i figure it will come, its just going to take some time.
we had some ups and downs this week. this coming saturday is going to be our last chance to baptize this month, so the zone leaders have been putting some stress on us to baptize people. they really stress baptism alot, but i have learned from the president and my personal study that every time the Lord has a blessed and happy people it is when they are all converted and baptized, because that is what Jesus wants us to do, so i understand why they put so much focus on baptism. But i was excited this week because we had one investigator that was really positive, and i felt pretty sure that he would be baptized this saturday. but he didnt come to church and when we went to see what happened his wife (who is a member) told us that they had talked alot and that he wants to go back to his own church. Well needless to say i was pretty bummed, but i guess that part of life is that people always have their agency to choose between happiness and misery. we are going to keep working.
The good news is that Heavenly Father always provides a way for us to have success. when i first got here my ran into a lady in the street, and my comp told me that she was an investigator who wanted to get baptized but couldnt because she couldnt get permision from her parents. well its kind of a long story, but suficeth to say that her mom gave her permision, so she is going to be baptized this saturday. Just goes to show that Gods ways are higher than ours, and when one door closes there is always another that opens
My comp and i are getting along well. the first week was kind of a get to know you week, so we didnt talk a whole lot. but we are both starting to open up. hes way funny, and we can mess around with each other with out getting mad. The members are cool too. Im starting to get to know them better and feel more at home. I hope that President leaves me here for a long time so that i can really make a difference in this area.
well thats about it for now. im having fun and loving life and it sounds like your doing the same. im excited to come home to raspberries, strawberries blackberries, cherries apples plums pears and whatever else there is. keep working hard and reading the scriptures. enjoy the cold weather, because the grass is always greener on the other side. I love you all, enjoy your week.
Elder Jacobson

Monday, June 13, 2011


another changed has finished up. i only had about 1 change in san felipe so i figured i would have at least another change there. so I was super surprised when our zone leaders told me i would be heading out. That day (tuesday) we went running around trying to say good bye to everyone. It was pretty easy because i didnt have that much time there so no one was really crying or anything. until we went to the house of the young man that we just baptized. we already had an appt with them so we taught them a lesson like normal. then at the end i announced that i would be leaving the next day. we took a picture and and talked for a few minutes, then it was time to go. i went around shaking hands. when i shook his moms hand she pulled me in and gave me a big hug haha (dont tell President) then when i went to shake gustavos hand his eyes filled up with tears and he started telling me thanks for everything. I gave him a hug, and looked up to see that the whole family had tears in their eyes. It was freakin hard to leave the house, but it was already late so we had to take off.
on wednesday we had the change meeting. when President walked in he shook my hand and said that he heard a young man in san pedro bear his testimony about how my comp and i had really been a big help to him in deciding to go on his mission. When the meeting started he gave a talk to all the missionaries, and in his talk he mentioned an experience that he had in a stake conference in san pedro where a young man bore his testimony about how, before, he was afraid to talk about the church in his house, or even bring a book of mormon into his house because his parents were so strongly against the church. Until two missionaries ( he didnt mention names) showed up. he talked about how his dad came to like the two missionaries, and how he started to accept that his son was a member. he also said that when the two missionaries left his dad was crying because he didnt want to see them go. and in the end the parents finally gave him permission to go on a mission. Ha i was super happy in the meeting. It was good for me to hear, because i felt like in my 6 months i didnt accomplish very much in san pedro. but i guess we never know what kind of influence we can make when we truly try to do the right thing.
My new area and comp are awesome. My area is called San Pablo and its in Malacatan, and my comps name is elder altamirano ( in spanish his name means tall/high mirano... I dont know what a mirano is). People told me that my area wasnt that hot, ha thats always the first thing i ask about an area, but i think they were all lying through their teeth because i am dying here. its not unbearable but more than im used too. but other than the heat i can tell that this area is awesome. I forgot to mention, but in the change meeting when they told me where i was going President said that he had heard that there was like 14 people in my area that were close to baptism, he said "I expect alot out of your area Elder Jacobson" ha so that puts some pressure on me to have alot of success. but it should help me to work harder. the first week we went around getting to know people. its cool to see how the people in every different area have their own "forma de ser". Its always a change when they move me.. ha i guess thats why they call it changes. but i can tell that i am going to like the people here. they are really humble and kind. i like it alot. As far as investigators go, we have alot of people that are married to a member but never got baptized. for a missionary someone like that is a perfect candidate for baptism. so we´ll see what we can do to help them towards baptism and being sealled in the temple.
well what more can i say. Ive been told by like five people that i have lost a ton of weight. ha my comp, who had seen me in san pedro, said that he didnt recognize me when i got here because he thought i was one of those chubby kids. hahaha i dont now what i am doing different but i guess my fatness is fluctuating alot here. how weird. I showed my comp the magic trick where you put something on your thumb and make it look like you have it in your armpit but its really in your hand and it appears being your head. ha he was freakin out about it and now he tells every member and investigator that we visit that i have a trick to show them. ha everyone here loves it. they also like the one where i push the pencil into my eye. but i dont like that one as much because it scares the little kids and ive lost too many pencils.
Well its time to finish off again. but just know that i am enjoying my life here. Im learning alot of things that will really help me in the future. Keep me updated on how things are going with your summer. ha its crazy to think but you guys are probly getting ready for the snake river. how crazy. I love you all and pray that you are all happy and healthy. Remember that keeping the commandments is what will make us happy and bring us blessings. have a good week. Adios
Elder Jacobson.

Monday, June 6, 2011

9 months

well i havent reached nine months yet, but almost. another week has been lost in the sands of time. how crazy.
Well i guess ill give you the good news first. Hno Gustavo was baptized on saturday, and confirmed yesterday. on friday night the zone leaders told us that another area had a baptism planned for the same time. so we had to wait with the family for like 30 minutes outside of the church. ha its crazy how it seems like a baptism never goes through smoothly. I think satan does everything he can to prevent them. but his power is basically nothing, so the baptisms always go through. before the baptism gustavo went to change into his white clothes and he was in the changing room for a long time. I started getting nervous and wondering what was going on. my comp went to check on him, and when he came back he said that gustavo was praying. its amazing to see how he changed so much from the first time we met him, to how he is now. On sunday he was also ordained to the office of a teacher. and on the 14th of this month he is going to the temple to do baptisms for the dead.
Well i guess I should also tell you the bad news. but im low on time, and my keyboard is retarded so it takes forever to write. I fill you in next week.
So its time for changes again. they wont tell us untill tomorrow, but im pretty sure i will stay here for another change. I hope so at least. I like it alot here. Im good friends with the members, and they help out a ton with missionary work. and we are starting to have success with some of our investigators. so hopefully i will have another change, but if i am called to paths that i do not know, Ill answer dear lord with my hand in thine... you know the rest.
Well hna josefina came to church again. when we showed up to her house to invite her she said i dont think ill be able to go today, and she started to tell us some difficulties she had been having in her life. we talked to her a little and after a while she said, ok ill do everything i can to go to church. we continued talking, it was mostly her taliking and us commenting on what she said. but after a little more time she said, i promise you that ill be in church today. and sure enough she came. it was cool how we hardly said anything about going to church, but the spirit told her what she needed to do.
Well its cool that schools already out. im sure everyone has gotten really good at x box these last few days. ha. i wonder if you could send me some tomatoes and some rasberries. but if not at least save me some.
well crap i wanted to write more but im low again on time. so ill finish up now with a poem that i wrote. but its in spanish.
Si Quieres
Si quieres caminar en mi tereno, te matarè
Si quieres comer mi comida, te matarè
Si quieres tirar juevos a mi casa, quemarè tu casa
Y si quieres ser mi amigo hasta el fin de tus dias, me vale, te matarè

well thats it, i hope you like it. have i good week and dont be too lazy with your summer. read the scriptures and say your prayers. always look for people to serve and with whom you can share the gospel. I love you all.
Elder Jacobson

I translated Justin's poem and all I can say is....I can't explain the crazy kid! ha ha

If You Want
you want to walk around my land, i'll kill you
you want to eat my food, i'll kill you
you want to throw eggs at my house, i'll burned your house
and if you want to be my friend until the end of your days, i'd better, i'll kill you