Monday, December 10, 2012

Noche Blanca

Hello my wonderful family and friends! I hope you are all enjoing this holiday season! One of the best times of the year right! Well Christmas time is a little bit different in the misison but it is still a happy time. So a big week! A lot of things to share and so little time! But i was able to give another talk in the Sinai ward which went well. 

Well probably the best part of the week by far was going to the Ecuador Guayaquil Temple! I cant even express how amazing it was just to be there! Everthing about it was just great! I already miss it to death and cant wait till next year! Haha, that sounds so wierd having to wait to go to the temple! That will be one of the first things i do when i get back! Temple Temple Temple! I love it! All of you at home that have the oppertunity to go to the temple i encourage you to all go as often as you can! It doesnt get much better! And those that are preparing for a mission and have taken out or are going to get there endowments! Go as MUCH as you can before the mission! You learn so much everytime and just honestly feel closer to your father in heaven. Well after the temple we had a xmas conference with a couple other zones and president Amaya. It was a good time! We had a somewhat thanksgiving lunch which was way nice and then had a little conference and each zone did a performance at the end. It was fun! I really enjoyed it! Doesnt matter where you are you can always feel the Christmas spirit. 

Well thats not all! I had my first Noche blanca! Which is right up there with the temple because it doesnt happen much in the misison! Noche blanca is when usually a few districts come togeather with there investigadors that are going to get baptized and do one big service and its really neat because everyone is in white. Thats why its called noche blanca. But it was awesome because we had a noche blanca just with our sector me and elder Barragan. It was way neat being part of seeing two families and a jovencita enter into the gospel of Christ togeather all at the same time. An experience i will never forget! I think that was my Christmas present from God. haaha.  I am so thankful and hope its not the only noche blanca I am a part of in the misison. Through God, anything is possible. I want to bring as many people as I can to Christ! Theres nothing better! The whole imagine everyone in white mindset is starting to be more serious to me. Everyone I teach and get to know, no matter how awkward or hard or inpossible it seems, imagining them in white makes it a lot easier to teach. 

Well why not finish up with a little cow. I dont know whats up with the people and cows here during navidad but i had the opertunity to try cow stomach and other stuff i dont even understand what they explained it was. I wont say i liked it at all but i was able to eat it. Last week with the trompa de baca is still holds first place so far. Well, i love and miss you all! Les testifico con todo mi corazon que esta iglesia es verdadera y es de nuestro salvador Jesucristo! Les quiero mucho! Cuidense!
Elder Jacobsen 

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays! I hope everyone is doing great! Weve entered a great month of the Christmas season. A time to really think about Christ and the joy and blessing we recieve because of him. I am so thankful for the love of our Savior and the opertunity we have through his atonment to return to our father in heaven. 

Well the work is going great! Im way excited because the majority of our investigadors are attending church and really progressing. The missionaries during Navidad always try to have investagords with baptismal dates to do what they call a noche blanca. Each companionship tries to have at least one person that is going to get baptized or more is even better and the whole zone or a couple districts get togeater and have a noche blanca (white night because everyone are dressed up in White). Im excited because I think were going to have one but me and Elder Barragan in our sector one because we live far from the others and we have a good amount of friends preparing to be baptized. So ya, the work is really good. It all pays off when you work hard. Hopefully it all Works out. Well, we got great great news this week! Were going to the TEMPLE! I cant even express how happy i am. Becuase they told me when i arrived that we dont get to go to the temple for Christmas but now we do. Im so excited! Well, This week i had another eating experience. All I can say that for the first time being here somthing has made me gagg. Ive eaten many interesting things but nothing like the trompa de baca or in english it would be the face of a cow. I honestly wanted to throw up because he was pure gushy rubbery.  I dont even know what to call it. It just looked nasty and the wost part of everything is when you eat it you feel all the barb hairs brushing against your mouth. That was probably the worst! Anyway we were given a bunch of it and i new i would not be able to eat it all without throwing up but gracia a dios the hermana had to go to the restroom and when she left we imediatly found a bag laying around and put a good amount of the stuff in the bag and then hid it in our backpacks becuase we didnt want to offend her. So ya, that was fun. Well no time, but i know this g√≥spel is true and i know that President Thomas s Monson is called of god. Just watching them last night in the xmas devocional the spirit was strong with just feelings of peace and confort. I love you all so much!
Elder Jacobsen