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, August 6, 2012

Big Changes

 Elder Heywood comes back.  This was Justin's "Dad" or trainer.  He is back for a visit.
well its official.  the end of the begining.  the last change has started.  i think ive said this like 1000 times, but its so weird how fast the time goes.  it seems like i just got to this area, and i already have a half of a year here. 
   changes were cool.  they put on a special presentation for the group of people that were leaving to their houses.  it brought back a ton of memories because a bunch were from the group that came in with me and a lot were some of my best freinds in the mission.  imma miss those guys alot, but im planning on finding them after.  we already planned a trip to the snake river.  when i first got off the bus at the change meeting someone came up to me and said "Elder Jacobson, Heywood is here"  ha i dropped everything and ran inside, only to see my mission dad run up and give me a big bear hug.  it was so good to see him.  he left almost a year ago.  we talked for a while and after i wrote down my info to stay in contact.  then he walked away and came back with his hands full of candy and goody from the states.  hes such a good guy. 
   i had kind of a cool experience with the changes.  with elder velasquez i got along great, but he was ready to go home, and it was hard to really stay focused and work hard with him.  i was hoping they would send me a really hard working diligent missionary to help me end my mission well.  when they announced the changes i was a little worried.  my new companion is elder ortega.  he kind of has a reputation of being a lazy elder that doesnt really like to work.  i dont really like to listen to what others say about the missionaries, but i can say that i was thinking, how am i going to finish strong if my companion doesnt even want to work.  we said good bye to everyone and headed home.  in the house he was unpacking his stuff and i saw a jesus the christ book on the floor.  i picked it up and opened it.  by "coincidence" it opened up to a part that i had read before one time when it talks about the time when jesus walks on water.  i started reading.  it talked about how the apostles had been in the boat all night fighting with the storm,  they were exhausted and scared when christ showed up walking on water.  many were afraid and thought it was a ghost.  but christ calmed their fear with the words "fear not, it is I" (i think thats how it goes) but the cool thing is that the author explains that sometimes when we have worked hard for a long period of time (like i have here) when the help finally comes we think it is something bad, or something to be afraid of.  i thought that that could maybe apply whith my new companion.  i decided to trust the Lords descision and give it a try.
   its been cool because since then my comp has been helping me a ton.  something that i have lacked for a while is just really pushing hard and being bold enough to help people change thier lives.  and boldness is definately one of the strong suits of my new companion.  i love it because hes not afraid to tell any one to listen to our message and to be baptized in our church.  i have seen, and will continue to see how Gods ways are higher than ours.  He knew exactly what he was doing. 
   yesterday we saw a miracle.  we went to invit a member to church.  his wife isnt a member.  the member said he was going to go and bring his wife.  i almost didnt even want to beleive because he has been saying that for the past 4 months, and has never gone.  but sure enough about half way through sacrament meeting he walked in with his wife.  later we went and challenged her to baptism.  she said she wanted to, but not yet.  we will have to work a ton to make it happen, but i truly have faith.  ittl happen.
   well, what else to say.  when we went to go say good bye with elder velasquez to some of the members i told a lady that i was going to leave as well.  she imidiately started sobbing uncontrollably.  even when i told her it was a joke she wouldnt stop.  so we left her in her house alone crying.... i hope shes alright.  well that didnt really happen but you can imagine how cool it would be right.  i think its gonna be sad to leave.  i really love the members here.  who knows.  ittl probly be me sobbing uncontrollably.
   well i think ill finish up with that.  there is a ton of people waiting to use computers so imma go.  but i love you all.  enjoy the last of summer break.  remember only 5 weeks and isle be home.  im going to work my hardest untill the end and end it with no regrets.  have a great week.  talk to you later
         Elder Jacobson

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