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 9, 2012

Semana Santa

well there goes another week. it was semana santa. i think i told you about how they celebrate that here. its a holiday of the catholic church. they mainly just do parades with floats that show Jesus´ death and resurection. they sometimes have people dress up like roaman soldiers. sometimes it gets a little crazy. just like last year president didnt want missionairys outside in the festivities, so they had us all go to the church. the plan this year is that we were going to do a reading marithon, and all read the entire book of mormon in 36 hours. that means we would have to not sleep for a night to have time to get through it. i was pretty excited, i had just finished it a few days ago, and thought it would be cool to do it one more time. we started at 3 in the afternoon on thursday. i wont say all the gruesome details, but i will say that it was one of the most physicaly mentaly and emotionaly trying experiences of my life. it started out good, but the night went on and we got powned. everyone was falling asleep. there were casualties all over the place. the worst was taht we didnt read fast enough, so we didnt finish until the following morning, saturday, at like 4 in the morning. ha if you do the math thats about 46 hours without sleeping. haha i laugh every time i think about how miserable it was. but at the same time it was fun and a good experience.

yesterday was cool. we went in the morning to get investigators, but no one wanted to come. i felt bad that another week would pass without any investigators in church. it wasnt untill after that i looked back, and saw a member had brought his wife tahts not a member and a young man had brought his friend. we talked to them both, and have citas (appts) to go teach them this week. i think ive mentioned that our main enfasis has been to get the members to work with us. i feel like we havent done a ton of things. but i think our prayers, and plans are really starting to pay off. more and more people are starting to give references. the branch president even said that ever leader in the church needs to have a name of someone we can work with by next week. things are starting to move.

well what else can i say. Elder Jack and i are continuing to get along well. ive been greatful for his patients and his work ethic. he just has a great attitude that always keeps me posotive and happy to work. the new district is awesome as well. i told them some things that they could try that have worked for us, and they all went and did it and things are starting to get movin in the whole district. i wrote to my president that i feel really good. like we are actually getting some things done. theres alot to do, we need to start baptizing some of the families we have. but it will be alot easier to find and teach as long as the branch keeps working.

im very happy. its not always easy, but i know that Heavenly father is always wilth us, and always proud when we do our best. times going too fast, another month just went by. how crazy. wll im out of time. i love you all. have a good week and do work. finish the school year strong. its like i always say. if you finish stong, its because you are strong. if you finish weak, its because YOU SUCK. haha dont quote me on that one. i love you all

Elder Jacobson

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