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, January 9, 2012

Birth and Death: the circle of life

well i have been experiencing both faces of the mission in my house for the
last week. as i already said this will be the final change of my companion. i
was worried a little bit that he was going to have trouble working and focusing
because he is on his way home. but i have been delighted to see how it has been
opposite. instead of going down he has picked up his effort and wants to finish
strong. its been tight. on the other hand i witnessed the birth of a greenie
this week. its been cool with him. he hasnt opened up a ton, but i think thats
pretty normal when someone is starting. but hes a good guy, his name is elder
lezcano and he is from panama. i asked him if he had ever heard of the panama
canal and he only responded by spitting on my shoes. ha i dont know what that
was all about, hes kind of weird, but hes a good person and i can tell he is
going to be a great missionary.
I enjoyed the work this week alot. last week we decided to change a
little bit the way we work. we have noticed that alot of people like to listen
to us, but its really hard to get them to come to church or accept other
commitments. the secret in this area, and in all areas, is to work with the
members and have them help us find and teach people. so we didnt visit
investigators hardly at all. what we did is make a list of all the families in
the ward and then made the goal to visit all of them. so this whole week we
have been visiting members. when we go we do basically the same thing in all of
the houses. we teach the doctrine of Christ. then give them a paper that they
can use to write the name of references. then we talk about the book of mormon
and help them make the goal to read the whole thing as a family, and give them
another paper where they can mark each chapter as they read it. its funny
because we both felt that that was the right way to work, but i still felt
hesitant. it took alot of faith for me to not go and visit the investigators
that we have. but in the end we saw great results. the ward was really excited
in church on sunday. they had thier first ward council meeting in like 8
months. they organized the home and visiting teachers. and in the afternoon a
pretty big group went out to visit the less actives. we also heard the bishop
and a few others talk about how they had read the book of mormon as a family and
how they had felt a change in their houses. so it was pretty cool. we still
dont have any positive investigators, but i know that if the ward keeps working
like they are the baptisms will come.
on wednesday it was the birthday of the daughter of our cook. that
lives right in front of us. her name is hna marta, and her daughters name is
adela. the day before hna marta gave us money to go buy fireworks with the
instructions to light the fire works off in front of their house at 5 in the
morning. haha its a funny tradicion here. but it got even funnier because we
passed by again in the night to tell her everything was ready, and she had more
instructions for us. she said that she wanted us to light the fire works then
wait with a cup of water. then when adela came out we were supposed to throw it
in her face. haha man im laughing thinking about it. at first no one wanted to
but then we all agreed and made an oath that we would all throw water. so we
went through with the plan and every thing came out good. ha i still dont
understand what went on in hna martas head, but she was pretty pleased with our
well i hate to say it but im low on time today. but life is good. i
feel like we are making progress in our area. the district is working hard.
mango and avocado season is about to start. what more could i ask for. I love
you all. its good to hear that the familia yecopsen (thats us) is still doin
work and PWNING. ill pray for you all that everything goes good with work and
school this week. thank you all for fasting for us. im posotive that we are
going to see great results this week. Read the scriptures and go invite someone
that isnt a member to go to church. I love you all so much. good buy until
next week.

P.S. the answer is a
red car

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