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, December 12, 2011

Temple Dedication

Ha something funny came to my mind when i wrote dedication. in the states
when we want to pretend that we are speaking spanish we just put an O at the end
of every word. ha well here when they want to pretend they are speaking english
they put the suffix "ation" at the end of every word. ha one time we all talked
like that and it comes out funny.
well another week has gone by. i dont know where the time goes, but i
also completed 15 months a few days ago. when people ask me how long i have i
always say just a little more than a year, I think im going to keep that going
till my last week in the field. its like a funny trick. It was a good week.
we enjoyed alot of blessings from Heavenly Father. I tell you about some
One of the highlights was the baptism of jorge. My comp was super
happy because he has been teaching jorge for like 5 months. It was kind of a
stressful baptism. The first problem was that this whole week he has been up by
the border of mexico, about 2 hours away from here. so we couldnt visit him the
whole week. we basically just had to hope and pray that he would show up for his
baptism. but we talked to Hna Valeria, his friend that first invited him to
church and she said that he told her he would be there at like 8. so at about 7
30 we had everything ready to go. we waited and waited and he didnt com
forever. But finally he came like at 8 45. then we had to do the interview
because he couldnt do it all through the week. The interview was the most
stressful part i think because usually they last like 30 or 45 minutes. and his
lasted about 2 hours. I knew that he still had some doubts about if the church
was true and i wondered if he wasnt sure about his baptism. but finally they
came out and said that everything was good to go. We took pictures and started
the baptism like at 10 30. which is funny because we are supposed to be in the
house by 9 30. but the baptism went through smoothly. before he was baptized
he asked to say a few words and expressed that he still wasnt positive if the
church was true, but that he had liked everything he had seen. the part i liked
the most is that he said he was being baptized as a step to know if it is true,
and that he planned on doing everything necessary to gain his own testimony if
it is true. I know that one day he will be a powerful member with a strong
testimony, because he has the desire to know.
Another highlight was the temple dedication. you could feel the
excitement in the air among all the faithful members that will be blessed by
the temple. there were three sessions and we had permission to go to all three.
it was kind of sad because there was some problems with the transmission, so we
didnt see some parts of it. but we felt the spirit and were all uplifted.
In the second session a man came up to me and said "Elders theres 2
gringos over there, but we dont know where they come from, can you go talk to
them" so we went to talk to a man and his wife that were from the states. He
told me that he was a missionary about 32 years ago. after it was over he told
me that he had started a branch in san sebastian (my area) and asked if it was
still going. i told him that there was 2 wards with over 100 people in each one
and he almost died. he wanted to see the chapel so he took us in his car and we
showed him where it was. he couldnt believe it. he said that when he was there
the had the meetings in the tiny room where they lived. then he asked if we
knew a place called los brillantes because he had also started a branch there.
my comp had been there so we took him there as well. he said that out of
everyone he baptized the two that he wanted to see most were his first two
baptisms that lived in Los Brillantes. he said their names were Faustino and
Edela. then we arrived at the church and once again he was astonished at what
the church had become in that area. he then asked the bishop there who were the
oldest members there, and the bishop said "his parents" pointing to a man in
the corner. we asked what his parents names were and the man said Faustino and
Edela. ha so he met the son of his first converts. the man said that his
parents were about to get to church so we waited. then they got there and they
all knew each other even after 30 years. they shed some tears and took pictures,
it was a sweet moment. then they took us back to the church for the third
session. I guess that story doesnt have anything to do with me, but it was
pretty cool.
Well shoot, im low on time. but once again just know that life is
good here. we got all the christmas decorations up and are all ready for
christmas. Its the hap happiest season of all. I hope all is well there and
that everyone is happy this week. Enjoy your time with the family. remember to
read the scriptures and say your prayers. I love you all so much.
Elder Jacobson

And by the way. thanks to dad for his preaching to me, and to all the
people who wrote me at thanksgiving time. I got you letters and they meant alot
to me. Gotta go Love you all Adios

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