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 19, 2011

its p-day once again

Yes indeed, we´ve made it trough another week. september is winding down, and we are finally moving out of the rainy season. I actually have a hard time believing that the rainy season is over, because it was raining when i started my mission, and that was about a year ago. i dont imagine that the rain will stop any time soon. but who knows, life is like a box of iguana heads, you never know if your gonna get a tape worm. so it was another good week. as usual, there were some hard things and some great things, but in the end im always content. Im learning that its important to see the Lords hand more in our lives, especially in ways that we dont expect. i think alot of times we pray with all our hearts that Heavenly Father will bless us with something, but then we dont get exactly what we want and we think that He let us down. my comp showed me something he learned, and explained that if we ask for something righteous, with real faith that we will receive it, Heavenly Father will always answer in 1 of 3 ways. He will either say yes, or He may say wait for a while, or He might say "I have something better for you", but he will never tell us no. So lately i have been trying to pray with more faith and then look for the answers that Heavenly Father gives, even if they are not the answeres i wanted or expected. For example i have been praying alot that the members would help us by inviting their friends to find out more about the church. the truth is that its almost impossible that someone will get baptized if we just contact them off the street, but its alot more likely if they have a friend that invites them. there is a few members that said they would bring their friends to church, and i was really praying that they would come through and bring them. but then when i got to church i saw that none of the members we had talked to had brought their friend. for a moment i thought "how could that happen, i prayed with faith?" but then a less active member came in to sacrament a little late, and brought one of his neighbors that he had invited to church. i realized that i was expecting an answer in a specific way, but Heavenly Father decided to bless us in a different, probably better, way. Just one of the many things that i have learned lately. on saturday we had our ward activity. it was alot of fun. i forgot my camera so i cant send pics, but there was music, dancing, games and food. alot of people showed up and it was a good time for the branch to grow closer together. something interesting is that I had to make a real effort to keep myself involved in everything. generally i prefer to keep to myself, and not talk alot, but as a missionary i had to change things. i thought about when mom told me about the book she read about introverts, and extroverts. I think i lost alot of energy from being in a social environment and having to talk to a ton of people. it was a real challenge for me, and afterwords i felt exhausted. ha in the end i loved it and had a good time, and im happy that im learning to come out of my shell and be a more social person. Just one of the many things i have learned lately. Well the bad news is (i hate that there is always bad news) that both Rafael and Elmer have decided they dont want to get baptized. its sad to me because i think that they know what is right, but because of fear, or pride they wont accept the Gospel. my comp and i made the decision not to visit them any more to go look for other people. it was sad, but afterwords i felt peaceful, knowing that that is what we are supposed to do right now. So now its off to the races again to see who else is being prepared for the Gospel ( Alma 16:16). last night i had the dream again. ive had it probably 7 or 8 times since ive been on the mission. its the dream that i am at home, and that everyone is congratulating me for finishing my mission. every time i try to tell everyone that i havent finished yet and that i still have more to do, but everyone at home just keeps saying welcome home and stuff. how weird huh. i think i mainly have that dream when i start to think that there is no one in my area that wants to get baptized. every time i have that dream i wake up with the realization that my time here is really short, and that i dont want to go home thinking that i needed to do more. well thats all for now. I love you all. by the way thanks for the package. i dont know how you do it, but you always put in there everything that i was thinking to ask for. so thanks for that and for all of the letters. i have now received one from Lonica johnny and jalen. just waiting for King jordans to show up and then i will have the whole set. Have a good week. good luck on the eagle project. good luck on the gymnastics season and dance and on everything thats going on. Talk to you next week . Love Elder Jacobson

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