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, September 12, 2011

its a new dawn its a new day its a new life for me and im feelin good.

well fam. another week has come and gone. yesterday our ward mission leader said a cool phrase that i had never heard. he said time gets away from us like agua en la mano. ha what a good metaphor. its like i dont even notice it going by, but week by week and month by month time just keeps going. ha but it was a pretty good week.
i say it was a good week, but that is partially a lie. the truth is that it was a pretty hard week with a good ending. so i guess that alls well that ends well. it just felt like nothing was moving in our area. all of our investigators werent really accepting anything, and i didnt feel like we were going to be able to baptize any one any time soon. In this frame of mind, i did the only thing i could think to do, which was pray. every day i would pray that we could do something effective or help someone progress. then on sunday our prayers were answered. first of all one of our more positive investigators came to church with his whole family except his wife. he said he has been looking for a church where all of his kids could learn about the gospel. we talked to him later in the day, and he said that he planned on getting baptized in the church, but that he wanted to do it together with his whole family. so now we are going to have alot of work to do with his wife, but at least he knows what he wants to do. His name is Raphael, and hers is maria estela. remember them in your prayers, this month could really change their lives.
the day continued to go well. we went with some members to talk to hno elmer. another investigator that is positive, but just hasnt made the decision to get baptized yet. but we talked to him, and in the end he agreed to be baptized the 24th of this month. pretty awesome right. my testimony of prayer and faith has really grown alot. its crazy how sometimes we get to the point when we dont know what to do besides kneel down and ask for help. but whenever we do that, things work out and Heavenly Father Provides the way. I guess it makes alot of sense when you think about it. we are so tiny and powerless in this huge world, we can do as much as possible, but our efforts will always be very small. but when we put our faith in Heavenly Father, he will do the work, and make our efforts to get something done.
well after all that the day ended perfectly. a member family invited us to have dinner at their house. we went with some other members and it was like a big party in the house. everyone was laughing and happy, they even let me carve the roast beast. that last part may sound like a joke, but we really did eat roast beast, i will send pictures...
So in the end, i am happy here. sometimes i think i get caught up on everything i dont do, so i forget that we really are making a difference here. the branch has become alot stronger since we got here, and i have come to know and love almost all of the members here. Despite all of the difficulty, the mission is really an awesome life changing experience. ill never regret this time ive given to the lord.
well what else. they had the elections here in guatemala yesterday. the whole town basically did the same thing yesterday, which is vote, and then get drunk and party. ha it was good that we had the two lessons i told you about, because it would have been useless to go into the town, no one would have wanted to hear us. ha funny story after church we were on our way to eat when we got stuck in this long line. i didnt know where it went until they shoved me into a voting booth. i wasnt sure what to do , so i ended up voting for a guy named Santiago galindo mendez chavez. Ha hopefully he doesnt win or ill feel bad.
well, there is a million things i could tell you, but then i would have to kill you....... so its safer if i just finish now. I love you all. Im glad to hear all is well in school and work and everything you do. Sounds like BYU is gonna pown this year, go Cougars. Have a great week and remember about the importance of faith and prayer. dont give up when life is hard, and dont harden up when life gives... I guess it doesnt really work that way, but i love you all. ADIOS
Elder Yacopsen

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