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, July 11, 2011

Feliz cumpleaños al perro

Directly translated, the subject means "happy birth day to the dog" . but what it should say is happy birthday to the dawg. hard to believe jolling is already more than 71 years old. i know hes gettin the ladies. haha just kidding, but happy birthday jalen. i hope you had a good day and are still doin work.
well this week was good, and we worked very hard. we have been blessed these last 2 weeks to find alot of new investigators, so we have had alot of work to make sure we can get back to visit all of the people, to make sure they can progress. saturday night and sunday night reminded me of the first few weeks of basic training, when i would stagger to my bed, start my night time prayer, and the next thing i know i wake up to the sound of my alarm. ha its tough, but its a good feeling to know that im giving my all, and we are starting to see results.
im getting to know and like my area alot. i get along well with the members, and they like us alot because they can tell that we are missionaries that like to work. the weather has been pretty nice, usually its hot in the morning and rains all afternoon. but the rain keeps it cool, so i cant complain. Im starting to get to know the are really well. in my first area i felt lost for like the first 3 months, but now i think i can find pretty much any where. san pablo is a fairly small town. i live about 5 minutes away from the center. my favorite places in the town are the bread store and the smoothie store, ha i think when i come home i will miss the bread here the most. the people are all really nice and always take time to talk to us in the streets. my spanish is still improving, but not as much as before. but its rare when i cant think of a word to say something, i think now i mainly need to focus on my accent. but i have to say that life is going great for me.
i have been praying alot that we could help some people to commit to baptism (nothing new there). we have alot of people that are ready, and even have testimonies of the truth, but they all seem to have their challenges, the road to salvation will never be easy. but yesterday we had a breakthrough with one of our investigators. we taught her with her boy friend who is a returned missionary. it was a great lesson and she told us that she knew the church was true and that she wanted to get baptized, but just wanted to wait. her boyfriend helped a ton and in the end she said that she wanted to get baptized as soon as we were done teaching the lessons. It was great to see how the spirit worked with us all and in the end she accepted the truth.
well what more can i say. it sounds like the fam is doing good and enjoying their summer. how is the garden and the yard looking. is the bathroom finished yet. its probably almost time to be heading to the river again. ha a few days ago i was in a part of my area with a big river. someone was burning their weeds, and we were in kind of a jungly part. the sound of the river, the smell of smoke and the trees gave me dejavu of the river, ha for a second i couldnt remember where i was. So lonica is secretary eh. well it doesnt surprise me. work hard little loni and make sure all the girls in the bee hives come to church, that is your responsibility. that goes for you as well jalen. i think when i was your age and i had callings i didnt realize that Heavenly Father will hold us responsible for all the people in our quorum. so go find them all and make sure they are all coming to church. you will be blessed, and you will be happy.
well i think its about time again. its crazy that im up to 10 months, i dont really feel the time, i think that when all my thoughts are focused on people, Gods children, it seems like i dont have enough time in the day to do what i want to. But the work is going forward. I love you all, i know that you are all doing well and enjoying life. remember to do all of the basics that help us to have the spirit. Especially Daily prayer, daily study of the Book of Mormon, and weekly church attendance. when we do these things we can be sure that the spirit will always direct us for the better.
Ha i feel like i preached alot today, but have a good week i love you all. Talk to you in 7 days. good bye
Elder Jacobson

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