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

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