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 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.

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