Sunday, December 29, 2013

Dear friends and family,

 Feliz Navidad!!! I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!! This has been a very fun and different week. This Tuesday we had a Christmas party with the mission that was a lot of fun!! We did a really fun skit and had some good Christmas thoughts as well as great food!!! Not going to lie it was nice to eat some good (normal) Christmas food! It was a fun little party!

  We have been working a lot with three really good investigators. Hermana Marylyn, she is the Mom of Laskmy (our last baptism.) Hermano Jaime, he is a reference and a son of the Relief Society President in our ward. And Hermana Aissa, she is 12 years old, super receptive, and her Mom is Member but is inactive so we are going to work with her too. We have been working really hard with these three. We have seen a lot of miracles come our way. It is so cool to see the immense blessings that come when you work hard and truly strive for the spirit. So many people in our ward have been working with us and really helping us out. We are really excited and hoping I will stay here for another that we can see all of the results in January!! We have a good feeling and are really working hard and praying to have a good start to the New Year next month!! 

 It is always hard to have the first Christmas without the fam..and being away from home, but I know that this is where I am supposed to be. I feel super blessed to get to be in the Area I am in, and with my wonderful companion who is truly one of my best friends! We have had a lot of adventures here and I am so happy and blessed to get to live in this wonderful place of Arequipa Peru while serving the Lord. 

  In this Christmas season I just hope that everyone remembers the true meaning of it! Ha-ha I know that is the missionary answer, but being here away from home and everything I have come to truly learn the amazing blessings of the gospel. Not only are we so blessed to get to learn and grow, and know the fullness of truth. But, we are also blessed with the opportunity to know and feel the spirit. I hope that by the end on my mission I will know and understand a lot of things! But one thing I do know is that I have really come to know and recognize the spirit and the peace that it brings. There is a true beauty in contentness. We should always be trying to better ourselves, so that we one day can be worthy to join the Lord. But my simple thought this letter   is to express my knowledge and testimony on the many blessings the gospel can bring us. One of them is the blessing of contentness , and being happy and well, where ever we may be, and in whatever circumstance. Remember that through the gospel, obedience, and faith we can always have a feeling of peace and contentness in us. 

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! I love you and miss you all, but I am truly blessed to be here serving the Lord in the wonderful place at this great time. I am very grateful for the wonderful friends and family I having supporting me at home. Thank you so much for all of your love, prayers and support. Remember God lives and loves and guides. We are never alone, and we never have to be. I love you all!! With all of my love, Hermana Jacobson



Sunday, December 8, 2013

I am still in Graficos which I am super happy about, because my Spanish is picking up and I am actually starting to get to know people here. I know the area, I like where we live. We live with our pensiontista so that makes life a lot easier too! Plus Christmas is this transfer and the rain is going to start woohooo I am super excited!! But my companion did get transferred. We had a good time and she is a super super good friend of mine, there were some tears, but at the same time we both felt like it was just time. We had three transfers together...but my new companion is Hermana Weller....yup that is right another North American!! Ha-ha honestly I have a good feeling about it and I am excited, especially for Christmas...I have not met her yet as she is coming from another area so I won’t see her till the afternoon, but I am excited to get to know her and I think it will be good. I also feel better about my Spanish!! Most people don’t get to be with other North Americans so I feel that that means my Spanish is doing pretty well so wohhhoo! There is a photo of the Hermana’s that were in my zone, one is going home this transfer, my companion, and Hermana Romney. They closed one of the areas so we are going to be the only Hermana’s in our zone. Hey! Check out our shirts!!