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, August 29, 2011

aqui estoy

well well well, what can i say that i havent said yet. Another week has gone by and once again i find myself here at the computer writing to the fam. This week was alot better. we havent had that much more success still, but ive been forcing myself to stay positive, and it really does help alot. today we had to tell our zone leaders all of the possibilities that could get baptized in our area this month, and i was surprised to see that we have a pretty good list. yes folks things are looking bright for the humble missionaries here is san pablo.
well yesterday we had a sacrament meeting that im sure ill never forget. it started out normal, but about half way through things went nuts. about three weeks ago a women stopped us in the street to ask us for money. we told her that we werent allowed to give money, but we invited her to church and she said she would come. and sure enough , last week she came. she found us again this week and asked for money again, but once again we just invited her to church. well, she came about a half hour late, but she came with all of her kids. she walked in and went straight to the podium to shake the hand of our branch president, who was giving a talk at the time. ha after shaking all of the branch presidents hands, she knelt down in front of the podium, in the middle of sacrament meeting, and started praying. well i dont have time to write about it all, but sufficeth to say that the whole meeting was out of control. But they always say that the Lord works in mysterious ways. my comp and i realized that she had come to church twice on her own, even if she was only looking for money, but she came. so after church we told her to come back later in the day so we could teach her. she showed up with all of her six kids, and we taught them all. they all have no education, and couldnt even tell us who Jesus Christ was, but we taught them simply about how Jesus loves us and wants us to be happy. and we taught about the gospel and how it was important to be baptized. in the end, her and 3 of her kids accepted a baptismal date for later in this month.
it kind of made me think, alot of times we teach people that are super smart, and we try to explain things really well with all of the logic we can, and they almost never accept. but now we have found a family, who honestly has nothing more than the cloths on their backs, and they accepted just because they feel good. I think the secret to success as a missionary is to not use any logic, but to just help them feel the spirit, and they will accept more.
so they was a pretty cool experience. another cool thing that happened last week was that on monday we did an activity as a zone, so we didnt have time to buy anything. on tuesday morning we went to the house of a member to get keys to the church, and my comp told her we hadnt eaten breakfast. she asked why we didnt eat, and we explained that we didnt have any food in the house, and it seemed to end at that. but then later in the day when we went to give the keys back, the same hermana told us that she had talked to some of the members of the relief society, and had decided to help us out with our food problem. so they all pitched in a little money, and have been giving us breakfast and dinner every day this week. at first i felt a little bad, because the truth is that they have so little, and the missionaries generally have everything they need. but i talked to other missionaries and they said to not feel bad, but to just feel grateful, and know that they are going to receive blessings for their willingness to help.
so like i said, things are good here. im happy and healthy. tomorrow they will tell us about changes and we will see if i am going to be here in san pablo for another 6 weeks or no.
but its time to go. i love you all. have a good week. enjoy everything and keep up the ANIMO. talk to you later
Elder Jacobson

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