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 26, 2011

the wheels in the sky keep on turning

Just sendin a shout out to my dad and all the other journey fans out there.
well, it was another good week. The work is moving along. sometimes not as fast as i would like it to, but i guess thats why they say that Gods thoughts are higher then the ours. we have a few investigators that can progress towards baptism. as usual they all have challenges and doubts, but we finally have some people that are willing to read the book of mormon and pray about it, which is an upgrade, because generally its all but impossible to get someone to really read the book of mormon. yesterday we had 4 investigators come to church. two of them are the daughter and the son in law of our ward mission leader. we have never even really taught them because they havnt wanted to hear from us in the past, but we talked to them yesterday, and they seem more open to us. so hopefully we will see some progress there. one of the other investigators is a 10 year old girl named engma. her dad came to church once, but didnt really like it, and her mom doesnt really want to hear anything for us, but she is always in church. yesterday we talked to her mom and she told us that her daughter had said that she loves the church, and that she will never go to any other church. the cool thing is that because of her example her mom decided to come to church last night to see a church video. it was pretty cool to see how Heavenly Father is working through the testimony of that little girl to help open the whole family up to the Gospel.
well what else can i say. i continue to enjoy my life. the members are really coming to like us here. i think mostly because they had some lazy elders here before, but now almost every time we talk to any of the members they ask when we will have changes. and when we tell them they say oh, well hopefully neither of you get changed. so at least that part of it makes life easier. its cool because now, any time we want to go out to visit an investigator, we can just call almost any member, sometimes even whole families, and they go out with us. my comp and i are also getting along well. i think we have to make alot of compromises because we disagree in alot of things. but we are learning to swallow our pride and listen to one another so that we do the right thing. but its been alot of fun with him.
this morning we went to the quetzal refuge. the quetzal is the national bird here in guatemala, and there is like a national park of them in our zone. unfortunately we didnt see any quetzales, but it was a really beautiful place, with waterfalls and rivers and streams and the indigenous people that still sacrifice animals (we tried to teach that the law of moses has been fulfilled, but they didnt really get it). it was fun to be with the whole zone and just relax for a few hours. the downside was that we didnt go play soccer, ha i think this is the first p day ever that we didnt play, which is bad news, because i am just going to keep getting fat. but i guess that thats the way things go.
well, it sounds like everyone is doing good there. how crazy that the ward is sending out another 2 missionaries. i think that the syracuse 10th has like 15 out by now. that sucks about jordans car. looks like the rodeo has had its last bull ride. hahaha, that was probly a badly timed joke, but the delete button is broken on my keyboard, so i cant take it back. but just remember to have alot of faith. if you feel like you cant figure out what to do go read in Ether 12, and pay attention to vs 6 and 18. and remember that sometimes we cant see the solutions to our problems, but Heavenly Father already has a solution worked out, go ask Him for help, and ye shall receive.
well i hate to say, but its time to go. mainly because we didnt eat breakfast this morning and we are going to eat right now. But just know that i am happy here. Heavenly Father is blessing me alot, and i am learning a ton. i think i never realized how much we can really learn about the gospel, or how much the scriptures can really teach us, but now i have like 1000 questions and i am finding new answeres and new knowledge every day ( but the real question is how do you spell answeres) I love you all, i pray that you are always happy and living the Gospel. have a good week, and get ready for winter, its just around the corner after all. Adios
Elder Jacobson

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