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, March 5, 2012

good news and bad news.

the good news is that the poor bird didnt die. the bad news is that it
smashed into the windshield of the bus i was in on the way here. haha, the other
bad news is that i didnt get it on video.
Well, another week passes here in Pueblito nuevo. The work continues as
always. The truth is that it has been going a little slow for me. its been
tough trying to open area. arriving and not knowing any one or anything in the
area. ha sometimes i feel like i only know like ten people in my whole area.
the hard thing is that the main allies in the work are the members, but a bunch
arent coming to church right now, because the house is far away. so we dont
know who to go visit to ask for references or ask for help with our
investigators. so we mainly just go tracting all day. its not super hard, i
just feel like its not that effective. from all my 18 months of experience the
chances of someone getting baptized off of a contact are way smaller than the
chances of someone getting baptized off a reference. so thats our challenge
right now, mainly just getting to know people. it makes me have alot of respect
for all you returned missionaries who spent your whole missions in areas where
the church was just getting started. but all is good here. were gonna be
patient and hopeful and watch how Heavenly Father blesses us.
I like my area alot though. the climate is about perfect. it hardly
ever gets hot, and its never cold, it stays at about utah spring weather the
whole day. the people are really friendly. we can talk to pretty much anyone in
the whole town and they will give us time and listen to us. the members give
us lunch for free like 3 out of the seven days. on days they dont give us
lunch, and for dinner we just cook in the house. the only thing we ever make is
noodles with speghetti sauce. ha its the fastest, easiest and best tasting.
there is a fruit stand by the house of some of the elders in our district that
sells everything really cheap, so any time we go there we come home with our
bags full of produce. right now in the house weve got about 12 purple bananas
and 6 mangos. ha i love fruit. we get along great in the district. all of our
personalities are way different, but somehow the combination (secret combination)
is just right to make us all have fun together. Elder Jack and i continue to
get along as well. he is learning way fast, and i feel like i have to do less
and less each day.
well thats it for now, im out of time. but i love you all. have a
great week. remember the quote from batman "Why do we fall bruce. so we can
learn to pick ourselves back up" being able to fall and get back up and keep
going is a Godly attribute that we need to learn and apply in our lives to
progress and become like our Heavenly Father. if we got everything right the
first time we tried we would never grow from having to try over and over again.
the scriptures teach that if everything is going bad, we can take only a moment
to feel bad, then we need to get back to work. (Jacob 5). well thats my
preaching for the week. i love you all keep doin work. and by the way the
fourth missionary was way helpful, really changes the way we think about
things. love you all
Elder Jacobson

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