Email #22

Hola,
still not registering the whole niece thing. Who is this baby my mother holds in these pictures? It won´t come until I get home, but I loved the pictures. Keep them coming.
This week was a good one. We baptized this girl named Bethsaida. She´s 17 or so, and her dad is a member, so we added to her family.
Well to start out, I think a good lesson on the faith to find or to do whatever was learned this week. I started the area out with a goal to baptize 5 this month. It really is funny how Satan works… He puts a little doubt there in your mind, or he tries to get you to settle for contentment. Yesterday I was walking, thinking… Well we will have 4 baptisms this month, that´s pretty good. Our goal was 5, but hey, that´s pretyy…..stop.
You can´t settle for being content. No, the goal was five. We have to complete. I remembered this little boy named Walter, his mom is a member and he hasn´t been baptized yet. I went over to his place and asked him how he felt about it, and he´s been wanting to be baptized for a while. We put a date with him for the 30th, and that will complete our goal for 5. The mind of God does not contain doubt. Perhaps we should not settle for barriers, or for contentment. As far as I am concerned, that is a way to give power to Satan. Push through it, and serve only one master. How about we just serve the master that wins in the end? Sounds simple enough to me.
I do hope I don´t sound too caught up on numbers. We must remember them as a way to reference how many people we are helping. It´s an interesting but fundamental realization that we must retain.
I am excited for Christmas. I can´t wait to open that stinking package. It just sits there… that ole´ devil.
We have a Christmas activity in the mission on the 20th, so it´s tomorrow. I´m going to play the guitar in the talent show while one of my buddies sings. We´re going to play “why georgia” by John Mayer.
The area is legit. I do like this area, and I´ll be content if I can stay here for the rest of the mission. I do believe I have the best aspects of El Salvador here. There´s a beach, it´s pretty nice, the weather is like Florida… It´s just a nice place.
There is this really cool family in our area. The wife is an El Salvadoranian, and her husband lives in St. George. He is deaf, and she communicates to him with sign language. It´s really quite the couple. She´s getting baptized next month. She only needs to wait for her husband to come down from Utah to baptize her. He works up there for a few months, then he comes down.
Well, during this time of year we must rededicate ourselves more firmly to what the savior has done for us. The true definition of a Christian can be found by reading Mark 8:34-35. I pray that we all do that to the best of our ability. Remember that taking up the cross of Jesus Christ, does not only mean that we should help Him. Taking up His cross is hard, it literally means we must be willing to carry the possibility of a physical death in order to follow Him. We must be willing to stand up for any manner of persecution, we must be willing to lay our lives down, suffer for Him, do any manner of things… so long as we follow Him.
Remember the sacrifice He made. Read 3 Nephi 27, especially versus 14 and onward. Understand why He came, then adjust the way you live your life, in order to better show your appreciation for the sacrifice He made.
The spanish is improving. I am content with the progress. I don´t get too many headaches anymore, and the translating within the brain has just about ceased to exist. It just happens over time. I can´t quite explain, but eventually the hill is overbound, then you can focus on improving the language instead of understanding it.
Well family, love you all
Take care
Elder Jacobsen

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