Email #15 with some pictures

Greetings,
Hey family. This week went great. We have some baptisms coming up tomorrow! Two! I´m gonna dunk a person for the first time. I´m excited for that. I got a new companion. His name is Elder Nunez. He is the man. There is no doubt about that. He`s a champ. He`s taller than the last little chiquito that I had. He speaks a little english, so we’re going to work on that. He`s the district leader, and the boy can teach. He`s been out for 6 months, and he`s the type of person that anybody will like. I`m very grateful and satesfied with this change. I´m still in the same area. It`s called Colon. Good ole colon. Colon varies in appearance as you trasverse the map.. there are super rich areas, then there are areas with dirt floors. It really is interesting in that aspect. My companion and I have spent tons of times cleaning the train wreck in our house, but it`s looking good now. The president is awesome. He looks young enough to be a missionary. I think he likes me a lot. We shall see. That will be dependent on the fruits of my labors. Therefore, he will like me.
The ward here is great. Our bishop is excellent. We`re trying to work with the members more, so that we can have more success with the investigators. It`s working well, as far as we can tell. We found some new families this week, and we are working with them, and trying to get them to come to church. There`s a funny phrase here, people say ¨Primero Dios.¨ Hey can you come to church, ¨primero dios.¨ or god first. I always tell them that God wants them to come to church, but I don`t think I´ve been very convincing. 
I had a cool experience this week. We were walking and what not. You know how missionaries walk. We passed by this house, and I remembered that I had to ask the man who lived there, a member, to help us bring some crippled folk to church the next day in his van. It was kind of late. I knocked on the door. It turns out the man was super sick and was looking for someone to give him a blessing. We gave him a blessing. He`s doing well, but I just thought that sometimes we can be the answer to someone elses prayer if we look for opportunities like that. If you live in tune with the spirit, and have an open eye, you can accomplish much good.
We weren`t going to have baptisms this month, because our baptismal interviews fell through. Miraculously, the ZL`s snuck up in our area last night and interviewed the two. Therefore, we will baptize tomorrow. I`m excited. It`s a mom and her 14 year old daughter. They`ve been attending church for quite some time now, so they are sufficiently prepared.
The spanish is improving rapidly. I`m thankful for the help that I receive from heaven. My spanish is advancing and improving. I can understand nearly everything, but my speaking is probably at 70%. I`m grateful for the spiritual gifts. 
Well familia. Take good care. I`m hoping that you`re doing well. Mary`s getting tall! Kate is getting super thin and eloquent. That`s the word. Welp, take good care. Happy late birthday dad, I wrote you a letter that I`m sending sometime this week. Finding the time to write letters is hard. 
Much love,
Elder Jacobsen

Email #14 and some pictures!

Greeting.
I really like it when the computer shuts off half way through the email.
Hey padres, what say ye if you send me some pics in an envelope? A good pile of pics. A bunch of missionaries have them around here, and it`d be nice to have a few. 
El salvador is great. We`ve had a bunch of success this week. We found two new families, and they are all positive. We have a few dates for baptism, but we havent had one since that first one. In literal translation, El salvador means ^the savior, so Jesus is a celebrity here. There are posters, signs, quotes, and bumper stickers of Jesus on every thing you can imagine.
I was able to go on interchanges with the zone leaders, it is good to see how the real missionaries work it around here. I sent some pics of the temple, they were taken on my comps camera because I left mine at home. 

The lesson of the week. Simplicity. There is a spirit in simplicity. There is a spirit in living your life in a way free from complications and trust in the Lord. The scriptures say that by small and simple things, are great things brought to pass. I believe that many of us, as members of the church, get too wound up in things that are not of eternal or significant worth. The prophets and apostles have counseled us to retain balance in our lives. If one thing gets too heavy or out of order, take it easy and concentrate on those things which you do have. 

Secondly, I do believe, although I do not quite understand, that the purpose of our life should be to be the answer to someone elses prayer. The Lord sends his angels to answer our prayers, but I do not think we realize that those angels may take the form of our dearest friends. Pray every morning, just like ballard advised, that we might recognize one opportunity to serve another throughout the day, and we will find that we do just that.

Enjoy the pics fam. Lookin good. Tell kate to calm down her beauty. She might be too tempting for her fellow man peers.

Much love. 
Elder Christian Jacobsen

Email #13

hey parents,
sorry for the delay. I did write an email last week, but there was an error or something. Apparently it didn`t send. Sorry about that, mom.
The plaque looks legit! Hey, and the news about missionaries being able to go at 18 and girls at 19. Tell kate to wait a month before she ships out, so I can see her. 
El Salvador is nice. It`s pretty great down here. I don`t know if it`s cooling down in FL, but it`s quite hot here. I`m getting so cheap. I don`t know how I`ll spend any money when I get home. I do think the thought ran across my mind 30 cents.. holy cow that`s a rip off. 
Sorry I don`t have a lot of time. I couldn`t get the computer to work for a while. So I`ll leave you with this short message. 
I have learned a lot about the idea of perfectionism. Perfectionism is a striving to do everything perfect, the right way, the first time… and I struggle with that a bit. I`ve had to practice a lot of patience out here in the mission field. Patience with myself, patience in the language.. whatever we may have. The Lord gives us weaknesses that we may acknowledge them, and move on. When we focus on our weaknesses and try to perfect them, we lose sight of what we do have. We lose sight of our strengths, and our talents. Like the parable of the talents, we are to take what we are given, and magnify them. Glory in what we do have. Do not dwell on weaknesses. We have so much to be grateful for, and so many lives to bless. It`s a little sickening to see the things people don`t have, and then we think we have issues. I find strength in a phrase. Seek to be the doctor, not the patient. Focus on your strengths, then the Lord will see willing to strengthen your weaknesses.

I went to the temple. It was great. I`ll send pics next week. I love you all. Tell mary I sent her a letter today, and I appreciate her concern. The answer to her question is in all of my letters. 

Love you family

christian