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, June 18, 2012

changes eminent

well yesterday was the last day of the change. how crazy how fast things have gone. it seems like elder velasquez just got here. come to think of it it seems like i just got here. but i wont know till tonight if i have chenges or not. i actually feel like i will stay one more time here. we have some good things going in the district and President wants july to be a great month, so maybe he´ll leave me here because i already know the areas and the investigators and all that jazz. but who knows.
it was a pretty good week. in the mission they want us to focus on baptizing, but at the same time on retaining the members. its a challenge because alot of people get baptized and are super excited but then the challenges come. alot of time the members dont really know how to help so they inactivate quickly. so this week we focused alot on the less actives and recent converts. we even did a class with the members to try to teach them how to retain the people that are baptized. we had a little bucket and put three holes in it at different levels in the bucket. we then explained how sometimes there is baptisms, but as the people get baptized they come in one door and go out the other. we visualized this by pooring water in and watching it fall out the holes. then we watched a video of when pres hinckley explains that ever member needs a freind an assignment and to be noureshced by the good word. as we explained each one we stopped the hole with some clay and showed how each time the number of members continued going up. i think it will help. poco a poco.
what else can i say. we found out that some of the young women that are recent converts arent coming to church because they feel bad that they dont have dresses to wear and they dont like coming in jeans. so we talked to some of the members and rounded up som church cloths for them. on saturday we went with some of the young women and a leader to give it to them. only one was in the house when we got there, but her and her mom seemed really greatful, i think it will help. later the lady that we took with us to deliver the clothes invited us to lunch in her house. while we were waiting for lunch i saw a lizard and tried to catch it but it got away. then i told everyone there that i hade been raised by lizards and could communicate with them. i put my hands on my mouth and started saying keee ke kee key. every one laughed, untill the lizard jumped into my hands, then they were just suprised. ha just kidding about the last part, but i really did do that. one of the cool things about not being from around here is that i can do whatever i want without being made fun of because they just think thats the way things are.
in church yesterday we had two young men come. it was there second week in a row. i think they will get baptized soon. they look really posotive. the family we are teaching continues to progress. i feel the spirit there every time we teach. we challenged them to baptism again and they said yes. we just have to get them to come to church a little more. but things are moving along.
im really happy. i have loved this area and the people alot. if feel like i have learned alot of things that will really help me in my life. i hope all is well there. if i ever cant understand any one i will just slap them in the face. ha have a good week. i love you all. talk to you later
Elder Jacobson
ps i got my flight plans today. how crazy

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