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 16, 2012

The wheel in the sky keeps on turnin

i think i write this in every email, but how crazy that another week has already passed. i dont know how it happens. i feel like the more i want time to slow down the faster it goes. its crazy because i feel like im in the area where im supposed to be. like every day i have like 5 ideas of things that we could do in the branch to really get things moving. but sometimes i worry that i havent been diligent enough in going and doing them. in three weeks are changes again. its never sure, but generally when someone is training they are together two changes, then the trainer leaves. it scares me that i will leave here without doing what i was supposed to do. i guess in the end thoughts like those are just satan trying to convince me that there isnt enough time, but i still tend to worry. nevertheless i had a cool Book of mormon experience. i read of the success of ammon and the sons of mosiah, and i was trying to figure out what made them so successful. i found a key in the part where the king of all the lamanites sends a proclamation to everyone saying that they couldnt touch the nefites and basically that they had to listen to them. i compared that to my situation here, and with the leaders of the branch. like i said i have like 100 ideas of things i want to do, but sometimes when we say them to the president he says its better if we wait or do something else. i remembered that what started it all was when ammon chopped the arms off. i thought, i need some kind of opportunity like that to show the leaders that we can be good effective leaders. the opportunity came yesterday, despite our work to bring up the attendance, it fell again to an all time low of 28 people. after church was over everyone had left except the counseler (who basically is the president because the president has a stake calling and is never there) after everyone left he sat down and said "we went down again" he put his face in his hands obviously stressed out, and just said "what more can we do" ha its funny that in the book of mormon when all of the servents of the king are crying, ammon was happy for an opportunity. i felt the same way. i saw my opportunity, and started blasting him with all the things i thought we should do. we talked for a long time and came to a conclusion. when we were done he was smiling and obviously full of ANIMO. ha its cool how the book of mormon will always apply to us. there is only like 50 stories in there, but some how or other they always unlock the window to revelation. how cool.
in other news we found a posotive family last night. they dont go to any church, but the husband freddy has already been baptized. his wife marta hasnt. they were accepting and expressed their desire to have the whole family together in a church. were gonna give it all weve got with them, and continue looking for others. there is still time to do alot of good things.
well what more can i say. we talked to a man on the streets that was conviced that the united states are about 1000 times better than guatemala. the reason behind his thinking is that everyone in the states only flies airplanes every where they go. hahaha. we tried to tell him that guatemala has alot of good things too. i told him the people were really nice and he asked when someone in guatemala had done something nice for me. i told him that in the last house we were in someone had given me juice to drink. he said juice is nothing. if you were in the states instead of juice someone would have given you an airplane. ha its hard to say how funny it was talking to this guy. its officially rainy season. its really beautiful when it rains. but i hate having wet feet all day. but its inavoidable. the members say that it sometimes rains super hard. we havent seen it too hard yet, but i imagine the worst is yet to come.
i started reading the new testament. its crazy that i had always heard the stories that are in there, but never really read them. its cool to learn about the saviors life and all he did. it really makes me want to be a better person. well i cant wait to talk to you all in about a month. things are going fast. i love you all. have a good week. sorry i cant write alot, but im low on time. talk to you next week

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