Monday, September 18, 2017

YEAR MARK!!!!



  

 I am a year old! Holy cow, where has the time gone... Well elder Kujanpää and I climbed to the top of our apartment roof, burned a tie and sang the "Star-spangled banner". Yes, It was awesome and funny.
This week, we have been given so much local fruits and veges. It is one of those pro things of being in the Carib. Cons are the storms that pass through. HA! All is well in Grenada though.
My good friend Ricky came back from utah and I got to hear all of the fun things he did! He is so cool, wish I could have been there for him when going through the temple.
  We also drove to Gouyave again yesterday, that was nice. We brought a member from our branch and one from Gouyave. we brought the sacrament to a faithful member up there and we had a devotional with a family as well. It is days like that, that make you very grateful for how close a church is to you. They live at the top of the island.
We had a branch activity on Saturday. That was AWESOME! It was a "localizer" We got to eat a lot of local food and try things I havent eaten before. Ricky  made a giant pot of "oil-down" and he let my comp and I take home the rest of it :D
The work here is really picking up for some reason. we are experiencing countless miracles everyday. We find the most humble people to teach. We are be-befriending the most prepared. But we will see how this next month goes.
Really, I want to say, at the beginning of my mission, I changed. A lot of my behavior changed, but I feel like my nature has changed now that I have been out a year. I really feel privileged to have the opportunity to help people. Sometimes service is better than any worldly things we can receive by the way it makes us feel. 
I love and miss you all, See you in ONE!

September 11, 2017 - Update



My Birthday went well. We had fun Bowling and eating some nice sushi.
I "killed" of my 2 companions today. they made their way home! I have served around Elder Monroe for almost an entire year! Kinda crazy that I was also the one to be his final comp. It was a sad day. It also rained too.
My new Comp. Elder Kujanpää, He is super cool and nice. he is from Highland Utah and his name comes from Finland. I am happy to be serving with him here!
Speaking of rain, The island of Grenada was not affected thankfully. We are praying for those who have suffered this storm. We got word that one of our islands was basically destroyed. Good thing they took the missionaries out before hand.
But all is well here.
We have been givin fresh avocados, breadfruit, coco balls...etc by many random people here. My comp[ has served here before so he knows the area well.
being a Zone Leader is fun and I am learning a lot.
I love and miss you all!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Transfer Calls / My Birthday


  I am going to spout of everything in chronological order... soo.

This week I have driven to Grenville three times! I have been driving here so much. Glad I am feeling better about switching sides of the road.
Last P-day, We explored some abandoned planes on an old airstrip. I got so many cool pictures from that. We also Got to tour the Grenada Coco factory. they make some NICE chocolate :)
The Branch president asked us to continue to help him. I dont mind, cause I got to improve my caulking skills. 
The sisters in our district had asked us to give a blessing for a lady that had almost committed suicide, but the sisters had contacted her just before she decided that. That was an awesome miracle to be there for that.
I also received a B-day package from my family. I am so Grateful for them. Also anyone that had written a letter to me. I enjoyed reading those SO much!
So as  a hurricane approaches our islands, we have many missionaries flying about. we have many going home including my 2 companions: E. Ashcraft and E. Monroe.
I received my transfer call though, I will be a Zone Leader with Elder Kujanpaa. I met him back in Vincy and he is a super nice guy. He goes home this next transfer so I will be "killing" him. HAHA.
This will make my 4th missionaries I will kill!!!!! It is no easy task.....
We have been teaching many humble people we are teaching in our area this week. I am excited for their progression this next transfer. We did have a success with one of our investigators who is 17 years old. He came to church 2 hours early and traveled far from his house to get here! He loved YM and wants to come back again! His name is Tony. HE plays sports with us on Fridays

I have been celebrating my Birthday today. It has gone very well. we are going to get some sushi and do some bowling latter if we can afford it.
Well, I love and miss you all. Thanks so much for your love and support. Have a great week!


August 30th update


This past week, we did a trade off o\in Grenville. It is on the other side of the island. It is super pretty there. Super cool people.
Also got the car fixed, and I am driving! I feel so weird cause I feel like I am learning how to drive again. It has been almost a year since I have driven! And driving on the left side of the road is not helping me out. The guy that hit us in his car is claiming he didnt, but the police are going to go after him now cause..... I have a picture!!!! Blessings.

We did even more service for Pres. wade this week. Using power tools is the best!

Diava's baptism went soooo well! it was Awesome!!!! Soon her husband will be baptized too. 
It was super rainy that day, but it did not rain during the actual baptism while doing the ordinance. 
Got fed a lot by many memeber here including the Burks who are Med students... they are super chill.

Monday, our entire zone got flown to Barbados! we divides up to serve with missionaries there for the day, and I got to be with Elder McIntyre again! Good times, The next day, we Had zone conference with Elder Alonso & his wife! Zone Conference was great! It brought a good energy to the mission!
I and a few others were fortunate enough to get interviewed by E. Alonso. It was so wonderful to sit down and talk with him. He answered all of my questions about the work and shared his sincere love for me. He is such a great guy. It was a privilege to meet him and his wife. The Herringtons again shared wonderful messages to at zone conference. they work so hard. Bless their hearts. 
We then flew back last night and got back really late. More stamps for the book.
Well, I am really looking forward to apply the skills we learned at Z.C. This mission is awesome.
It is crazy to see 28 missionaries go home next week!!! I will soon be one of the oldest. Soon I will hit my year mark :)
This church is SO true. I pray for you all everyday. be safe, and have a great week!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August 21, 2017


 Hello everyone, I am still here in Grenada and I had a good week.
Though it was stressful to start off with, because we had to do a lot of paper work for the police and insurance in regards to the incident last week. We should have our car tomorrow and I will be driving in here this week. XD

The three of us helped out the branch president more this week. We got to use a hiltte again and and dig out cement in there front living room. It was so much fun. I just miss using power tools. We worked up a good sweat from that.

This week I interviewed my first investigator, from the sisters area, for baptism. I got to meet Diava . She is from Lithuania and her husband is from Grenada. She fed us dinner and after that, we did the interview. I was so privileged to do that. There was an indescribable spirit there during that, and after wards, When I told her she was ready, she insisted on giving me a hug. Everyone there was just so happy! I will never forget that.

When she, and her husband came to church yesterday, Ashton, got up during priesthood and basically bore his testimony about this church being true. He is a very quiet guy, but when he did that, every local, med. student and missionary could feel a  very powerful spirit there.  
That sunday, we borrowed the sister car, and traveled to Gouyave. The mission recently closed This area, and if you look at a map, you will notice it is very far away from everything. We visited with some of the members there as well as a brother in Victoria. We met Br. Dave, He can not leave his bed, and being with him and giving the sacrament, we noticed he was very touched to have us be there. It was a privilege to be there.

It is wonderful to be serving in this part of the Lord's vineyard.
I learn so much everyday even though I have been out for almost a year. 
Also, I will have been to and from Barbados before I email again. We will be meeting Elder Alanzo of the seventy. So wish me a safe travel.
I love and miss you all, Enjoy the solar eclipse :)

Crazy Crazy Carnival Week!

   Well, before the crazy, I have been out for 11 months!
Also, would like to mention some better things too.
We helped a very old lady living in a VERY large home. We helped here as a district, clean part of her house. "Mrs. Merril" Was so thankful, and invited us to stay as a guest for when we come to Grenada for vacation :) She is a nice lady.
   AND, We got word that all the missionaries on the island are flying to Barbados on Aug. 28th!!! We are having Zone conference in Barbados! That will be so Awesome!
We also have been getting to know the branch president alot more this week. We have been removing tile in his new house he is remodeling. It felt good to grab a hammer and a crow bar.
Sadly, non of our investigators came to church due to a member who fell through on us at the last minute for their transportation. It is times like that, that make missionary work stressful.
We had a fun Branch activity this week with locals and the med students. It was so much fun. 

While driving to an appointment, We were being tail gated REALLY hard by a Silver Subaru Forester License Plate number #PU 313. This guy seemed vexed at us for no reason. When traffic became congested, he got out of his car and approached our car. He told us to drive better and we told him to go away. He tried taking a "swing" at E. Monroe, but he missed. We quickly drove away when traffic cleared. he go t back in his car and followed us and over took us. We glady let him pass. But he got out of his car to approach us AGAIN! We rolled up our windows and locked the doors. He Tried opening E. Ashcraft's door! (The driver).
We yelled at him "GO AWAY!" He got back in his car, drove ahead and pulled over.
E. Monroe called the police, and I took a picture of his car with out him noticing. Yes, I got his plate number! We drove past him to get to our appointment.... but he began to follow us. After a long 30 sec. chase we maintained our speed and and stuck behind a parked car on a main road. THIS DRUNK, rammed us from behind going 25 MPH! We hit a Honda CRV infront of us. The drunk pulled away and drove into the hills. Haven't seen him since. Lucky, no one was hurt in there car nor ours. While waiting for the police and a tow truck, We were mocked by many people. The police concluded we were not at fault for anything. I had a major headache right after the wreck, but I am ok now. 
I believe with all my heart that the spirit kept us safe during this wreck. Details I wish not to share yet.
Somehow, we walked back to town and made it home alive. The worst part was, that we never made it to our appointment :P
This all happened during Carnival BTW. There were many immodest things We have seen people do here while proselyting. It is sad to see a holiday like this, turn some people into wild animals.
Do not ever got to a carnival here.
Always remember, we are children of god. Though the world may have a different view, I strongly encourage everyone reading this to remember that we have a purpose in this life. And if you dont know what that purpose is, meet with the missionaries.
Well, this church is TRUE! Sometimes, I walk down a crowded street and look at everyone who is not a member. I feel sad for them. But I believe they will have every chance to accept it. Just wish it were now.
I love and miss you all. take care, and have great week!

-Love-
Elder Jacobson

A Taste of Shark- Aug. 8



 We have been teaching the recent convert Johnny Martin. He is literally one of the most humble guys I have every met. So nice and loving. It is a true blessing to teach him. 
This week for one of our lunches, We made fried Shark! It was so good! We will be having it more. Super  cheap too.
We had a service project as a district helping out at the Maturine's bakery. we scrubbed like a hundred pans for them and wiped down everything. Love the Maturines.
Also, fasting this sunday was super hard. Going with out water was really hard for me this time, but I have found that the greater the sacrifice, the great the blessings.
Church was amazing, not to mention. We had members from all over the island do a combined 
sacrament meeting here in St. George's.
Many powerful testimonies were given. I will remember that day always.

I was able to fill my entire missionary journal and start on a new one. Probably one of my most prized possessions now.
Yesterday for P-day we hiked mt. Qua Qua. The hike was very steep and extremely muddy. That was the muddiest trail I have ever done. I could get any picture of how muddy it was because My arms and hands were to muddy to touch my camera. HA
It was an awesome hike. We could see from Grenville to my area in Belmont.
Well, Another great week. 
I am almost at my year mark.
I love and miss you all have a great week!