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, April 23, 2012

It's P-day once again

well here i am sentado at the computer pooring out my feelings over the miracle that is E-mail. it was a good week, we continue to work hard and enjoy ourselves.
on tuesday we had another conference with the a member of the quorom of the 70 Elder Gavarret. it was really good. he is one of the heads of the mision department in salt lake. he taught us alot of cool things about how to work effectively and teach. but one of the things i liked most was that he told us that in everything we do we just need to trust the lord. sometimes its hard to get my head around the thought, but when you really think about it we have no controll over anything. as much as i sometimes dont like to beleive it, i dont have any power to touch people hearts, or make them change years of habbits and traditions. regardless of how hard and effective i work, i cant really make a big difference on my own. Heavenly Father on the other hand is in charge of everything. He knows every heart personaly, He doesnt need help in His work, He will do it, and do it perfectly. all i have to do is try my best to be an effective instrument in His hands to do His will. like i said, sometimes i forget or have a hard time understanding, but little by little im changing my thought process. its pretty cool.
well my book of mormon experience continued this week. like i said last week we gained the confidence of the counseler (the servents) but we still needed to win the trust and confidence of the President (the King). in my reading i realized that one of the secrets of both ammon and aarons success was that the spirit of the lord worked in both of the kings to convince them of the power of the misionaries, so i had been praying to have a spiritual experience with the president. on friday he agreed to go out with us. i was hoping to find some investigators to teach with him but no one was home, i thought he might want to go back home but he said lets try a few more, where else can we go. i started thinking and remembered a less active member who had been fighting with an alcohol problem, we heard he was drinking again so i said lets find him. we went there and found him and his wife in the house. we taught with the president and it was such a spiritualy powerful expierence. President carlos talked about when his son died and he wanted to go drink, but he wouldnt do it because he knew no good would come from it. alot of tears were shed (none by me of course). it was crazy. on sunday he couldnt stop talking about it he told everyone about the great experience he had going out with the missionaries, and encouraged everyone to do it. its just like in the book or mormon. how cool huh.
well freak im already out of time. i wrote a long letter to president marravilla today so i only had like 20 minutes to write. but its been a good week. we are trying to focus on opening our mouth and talk to everyone and we are finding alot of people to teach. i feel like more and more i am becoming completely submerged in the mission. tommorrow we go to the temple in xela, im so excited. i love you all. i hope that everyone is good on health, dont be afraid to ask for a preisthood blessing, they work. have a good week. keep working hard and never get discouraged with life. be happy, i know i sure am. ADIOS
Elder Jacobson

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