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 2, 2012

The First Last

When i was with elder platero, he was always mentioning his last things. like last fast sunday, last baptism, last P-day ect. up until now i have only had a ton of first: first baptism, first time training, first time vomiting blood ect. ha but yesterday marked my last general conference in the mission. it was kind of wierd for me. at the end they announced that the conference would finish until six months later. elder horne (an elder that came in with me) and i just looked at eachother, knowing that when the next general conference came around we would be in our houses. its crazy for me. but since we left the church yesterday i havent realy even thought about anything like that. Honestly there isnt time. another month passed without a baptism, and going into april we only have a few posotive people. so basically we have to get things moving alot more quickly starting now. the thing i feel good about is that we have things set up to succeed. we have been working alot with members and gaining their confidence. and lately we have seen alot of people starting to get more excited about doing missionary work. yesterday we had a good talk to the counseler in our branch and he said we need alot more work in reactivation retention and finding investigators, so we made plans to call five pairs of branch missionaries. today we are going to the office to buy some preach my gospels, and we are going to have them set apart sunday. On top of that the new building should be finished soon (ha this time for real) there was a problem with the pipes, so they are a little late. but once we are there things are going to sky rocket... hopefully.
well what else to tell you. my whole district got changed, except for me and elder Jack. all the new elders that came are tight. they are way excited to work. in all three areas someone is getting trained. i like it like that because it means that in each area there is one elder who has experience, and proved themselve to be a hard worker, and one elder that is fresh out of the mtc with energy and a ton of animo. things are gonna start moving like a chineese magnent train on magnetic ice

the conference was incredible to me. when it began i wrote down a few questions that i have been thinking about. and without exageration every one was answered specificaly. as if they were talking directly to me. i felt the spirit very strong and made some plans of things i will do to improve. how cool is it to be in the one true church that is lead by God through his prophets. i think i had to come here to understand what the apostacy and restoration really are. everywhere i go i see churches where people are screaming and clapping and chanting, without reverence and without the spirit. in others i see people who never come out of poverty because they pay the majority of what they make as an offering to the church, which goes straight to the pastor who lives in the nicest house, and drives the nicest car and who never has to worry about money. its so sad to me. but i am so greatful to be in the truth. on friday we taught a 20 year old girl that has listen to the missionaries alot. after we taught a little she thought a second and said. "i dont think you guys should always talk about how yours is the only true church. alot of people get offended, and more people would listen to you if you just made friends with them and told them about the bible and invited them to see if they like your church." there was alot of things i thought about responding, but in the end we just testified that we know that there is one true church just like there was in Christs day, and that everyone can know the church is true by reading the book of mormon, and praying and asking God. i think whe wanted to argue more, but the spirit was there, and she couldnt deny our testimony. we commited her to read the book of mormon.

well im outta time ( thats spanish for out of time) so ill get going. but i love you all. congradulations for being number 1. Keep working hard until summer, and then you can start working hard in the summer. have a good week and everyone try to do something they talked about in conference. talk to ya later

Elder Jacobson

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