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 22, 2011

August 22, 2011

Well like you said im coming up on a year. now when people ask how long i have been out for i just say "about a year". I think i always say it, but time is so weird. a whole nother year seems like a really long time, but if it goes by as fast as this one (and they say it goes by faster), i think it will be over too soon.
this week was pretty good. on tuesday we had interviews with president. he always has us fill out a paper that has us rate ourselves from 1 to 5 in a bunch of categories. in the category "Animo" i put a 3 out of five. im not sure what the word is for animo is in english, but it basically means how excited, or motivated you are to work. President asked me why my animo was low, and i told him because no one in our area is progressing, and we havent had hardly any success here. He taught me a good lesson. he said that our animo is like the fuel in a car. if a car doesnt have fuel, its not going to do anything. he said if a missionary feels discouraged and sad, he isnt going to do anything either. he told me that regardless of our success, we can never lose hope or faith. i liked it alot, and i made the goal that from this point forward i would not allow myself to get discouraged.
this week we mainly focused on finding people. ive have been praying hard that we could find someone who was ready for the Gospel. and the Lord has really blessed us. this week we found 3 families that seem pretty positive. one of them is a family of 11. they say that 12 years ago, 4 of them got baptized, but the others were too young, and that they went inactive over the years. we asked if they would like to come back to the true church and they said they will talk about it among the family. we are going to work hard, and pray that they make the decision to come back. the other families seem pretty positive as well. yes, things look bright for the future. i think that the quality of our lives depends little on the actual quality, and more on how we look at things.
Great news. Hna angela got baptized on wednesday, and was confirmed yesterday. she told us that when she got home from the baptism she cried because she was so happy. It was a great blessing to see her accept the true gospel. i know that her life is going to be very blessed.
well i think i will close up now. i would just like to encourage you all to continue reading the book of mormon. it will really be a great blessing. keep working hard. enjoy your first week of school. im sure today you will all receive about 50 disclosures that all say the same thing. ha i never got the point of all those , but i guess they know something i never did. Have a wonderful week everyone. Remember to never lose your ANIMO. a person without animo is like a car without gas, it doesnt go anywhere. I love you all, and am so grateful everyday to be part of your family. ADIOS
Elder Jacobson

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