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, May 28, 2012

rain rain go away

well its raining... thats about all i have to say about that.
but other than that life is good. the works drives on whether it be sun or rain or snow (i wish). we had a really good week this week. elder velasquez and i have been going hard. sometimes we come home from lunch just to rest for a little while. then when its time to go out and work again we just look at eachother with exausted looks as if to say here we go again, then we get up and go out. we are slowly starting to see results for our diligence. we found two families this week and a bunch of other investigators that could be posotive. also we are starting to get help from the members. more and more poeple are inviting us to their house to eat. its either a sign that we are getting more confidence with them, or that they are planning to start putting poisen in the food little by little to finish us off once and for all. If you get a call from my Mission President saying i died of "natural causes" dont believe any of it.
yesterday was the dedication of our new church. it was way exciting for everyone. alot of trears were shed, but mainly just because i jamed my finger in the door and it hurt really bad. but more than the tears i just remember that everyone was so happy. in one of the talkes a lady, one of the first converts here, spoke of what the members had gone through in this area. they have been had their meeting house in like 10 different houses, and when they finaly had a building it wasnt secure and people always got in to steal stuff. but finally they have somewhere of their own. how cool right.
i have been studying alot about how to get a prayer anwered. i read in helaman 10 when the Lord gives nefi power that whatever he asks for he will recieve. i think one of the secrets is that nefi had already shown that he had so much faith that he would do whatever the lord told him. i think alot of times we know what we are supposed to do, but because of fear or whatever other thing we ignore the prompting and just wait for it to pass. they say the President Monson does what most people just think about doing. so ive been trying to learn to just do the things i feel like doing without thinking about it so much that i eventually miss the chance to do it. its sometimes way hard and awkward to stop a family in the middle of the road in front of a buch of people watching us like weirdos, but in the end who cares right. ha so im making some changes and doing some things. i love life. its hard, but i guess thats the point right.
well im out of time. i love you all. have a good graduation and start of summer break. while your all soaking up sun i will just be soaking. ha have a good week. talk to you later.
Elder jacboson

Some Pice of me and my Comp

Monday, May 21, 2012

Open House

well this week was exciting. the chapel was finaly good to go. the only thing was that the stake presidency said that we couldnt didicate the building until we did an open house. the our branch president said he didnt really know how it needed to be done, so he kind of put me and my comp in charge. i figured it wouldnt be too hard, i would just do the same thing i did the last time i planned an open house a new chapel. Oh wait now i remember, ive never done one either. ha he basicaly told us to talk to our mision president and ask how its supposed to be done. so thats what we did. we made invitations that fit 4 on a page. we were told to make about 120 to start. on tuesday i did divisions with another elder, and told my comp to print 120 invitations. funny story he went and printed 120 pages, AKA 480 invitations. en the end it worked out better that way, because we used them all and invited everyone and their dog.
the open house was kind of funny to me because my branch president sat up in front of the pulpit and started reading the scriptures. as people came through he would every now and then look up and ask me and the other misionerys why we wernt working harder. afterwords we all laughed about it. it went really well though. about 140 people came. alot less than we expected, and of those we have a list of about 40 people who said they would like to know more. it was a success.
it continues to rain alot. my feet are pretty much constantly wet. i bought a fungus spray for my feet because recently this black growth has appeared between my toes and when i try to rip it out the skin breaks and bleeds and itches like crazy. haha just kidding, but you can imagine right.
my comp and i get around really well. he is a joker, but i like how he works. always with alot of faith, even when we dont have one single investigator he always says that we will have at least one baptisme this month, and three in the next. it really motivates me. i feel like the things we have done to gain the confidence with the members is really paying off. more and more are starting to give us references, i think it has to do alot with the fact that they know they can trust their friends with us. i know i always say it, but i think success is right around the corner.
well im low on time. thanks for the updates and the pictures. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DAD. i hope that the fruit continues to flourish for when i get home. I love you all. have a great week and finish the school year strong.
best wishes
Elder Jacobson

Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

I know its a little late to be saying happy mothers day, i wish i could have told you yesterday... oh ya now i remember, i did. ha but i guess its good to have it written as well. so happy birthday mom. i hope all your wildest dreams come true.
well alot happened in the last week. we finished another change in Pueblo nuevo. i knew that either elder jack or myself would probly be leaving, i just didnt know who it would be. but in the end we found out the elder jack was the chosen. its funny because whenever people joke about where an elder is going to go they always say they will go to a place called champerico because suposedly its like the hottest place in the world. ha im sure elder jack was excited when they announced that he was being changed to champerico. ha poor guy. but it will be a good expericence for him.
the My new companion is a guatemalan named elder velasquez. hes a stud. i really have liked working with him. its cool because he can relate alot more with the people than any of my other comps have been able to. he can talk about locas sports teams and places they have been and other stuff like that. this week we found 2 families that seem to be posotive, i think there is success coming.
here they celebrate mothers day on the 10, which was thursday. so my comp and i bought roses for all the moms in the branch. we had a little mothers day activity and we gave them all their roses. they all shed tears of joy and grattitude, and hoisted us on their shoulders and paraded us around town like returning war heros. ha not really but they were all happy and greatful. its funny, one of the things ive learned is that when you take time to do little nice things for others you generaly feel better about yourself. i think alot of gospel priniciples seem contradictary to the natural mind. but Gods ways are higher than our ways i guess. maybe one day we will understand it all.
well i hate to say it, but i gotta go. i gotta write some poeple and we gotta make invitations for the open house of the new church. ill let you know how it goes.
Once again happy mothers day. i love you all. have a good week and finish the school year strong. If at first you dont succeed. DO WORK.
Elder Jacobson

Monday, May 7, 2012

Ther Goes Another Change

hard to believe that another change has gone by. its already been two changes since i got to pueblo nuevo. i cant say that its been super easy, but ive learned a ton, and i feel like we are always making progress.
well what news can i tell you. there is an epidimic in our district. 4 or 5 out of the six of us has some kind of terrible incurable fever, and they are all starting to develope a weird pain in thier chest and a cough. my comp and i are the only ones that have been immune to the sickness. i guess those are the blessings of living the word of wisdom. we are way more riteouse than they are. and humble too. ha just kidding. but its mainly been a week of trying to keep everyone motivated. they are all way good missionaries, so they have all tried to keep working despite the sickness. but sometimes they just cant and they are getting a little frustrated. i perscribed them a heaping doce of D+C 10.4 it should help. but i think we should have medicine today.

yesterday we had an investigator in church. its the x husband of one of the faithful active members. he stayed for all three hours and seemed to like it all. we had never taught him before so we decided we needed to find him, but he doesnt live with the member so we went with her to see what we could find out. in one of the conferences president marravilla had talked about how we sometimes dont see, and or take advantage of the small and simple things that Heavenly father does to bring great miracles to pass. but while we were at her house, he showed up just to visit his daughters. (his name is mario). so we took advantage and inivited him to the family home evening in her house today. he accepted. he seems fairly posotive i think there is a miracle on the way.

another cool thing is that the church is finally in our hands. in sacrament meeting the branch pres took out the keys and there was a huge excitement that came over the whole branch. there is going to be a ton of stuff happening in the misionary effort here.

so they havnt told us about changes yet. but the zls said they talked to the a.p.s and they said they would probly leave me as dl. (get all that) ha just kidding, but i think i will stay here. were like in the middle of getting some things done so hopefully we will be able to finish them and see some fruits. speaking of fruits, how are the trees and berry plants doing.

how crazy that another school year is almost over. i know i always say it, but these months have gone so fast. i sometimes worry that when its done and over i will look back and think that i let it go by too fast. but imma try to do everything i can with the time i have.

well im out of time. i dont know exaclty how the call will work out. we will figure it out though. we could probly just do it monday morning because that is p day any way. but who knows. it will all work out.

i love you all. have a good week. good luck for johnny ill be praying for you. and good luck to everyone else. remember how powerful prayer and revelation are. if your trying to figure out what to do just pray and ask then write down whatever thought comes to your mind. it works like 5 out of 6 times.


Elder Jacobson