Thursday, February 28, 2013

Send Letters please.

Thanks for sending those shirts. I check the mail every day for the whole District. Everyone is always reminding me to check the mail after every meal. Oh the pains of responsibility  It sounds like the kitchen is coming along great. I cant wait to see pictures of it when its done. I'm glad that Willis and Lucy are doing well 
together. I WANT PUPPIES!

I'm so sorry that Kim is struggling. :( That is some sad news... We'll pray for her and her family.

Boyd must be stoked to come home. Tell that punk to write me a letter or something. Same with Ina. And Everyone you know. Checking the mail is only fun if there is something in there for you.
We did an Endowment session this morning and I ran into Dustan Kraus!! It was super cool to see him.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to give a blessing to two of our sister missionaries in our zone who were struggling with the language and other things. It was such a great experience to help out those sisters. I am so grateful that I was worthy at the time when someone needed it. The spirit is so strong when you are helping the people you love.

On Tuesday M. Russell Ballard spoke at our Devotional and he said that we have not chosen to go on missions, The Lord has Called us to go on missions. And only has he called us because He trusts us with His name on our chest. Taking upon the name of Christ has never been so important to me. I love my investigators and I love this Gospel.
On Wednesday we invited one of our investigators to commit to be bautizado and it was one of the most joyful moments in my life, being able to speak, teach, listen all in Spanish and knowing that I really do have the ability to bring souls unto Christ.
We lost a member of our district this week, Elder Weekes got his travel information and took off to Bolivia on Tuesday. We loved that guys and will miss him.

Thank you for your prayers and letter I have received  If you could get me Andy's and PJ's emails that would be awesome.

PS. the mail has never been more important. Send me anything. Drawings, limericks  letters, candy, cinnamon rolls. ANYTHING. Gracias.

Elder Haskell.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Provo Missionary Training Center, Week 1

The first week was a little difficult just because mi companero is a study freak who is learning spanish and only slightly awkward. but we have overcome our differences and are doing much better in our companior estudiar. I have been called as the district leader and am so greatful for the oppotunidad i have a servir the lord and my fellow missioneros. I've been getting your dearleder letters! I love them! I sent two letters last thursday the 14th and today is my first P-day. The kitchen looks great and so does Willis. My vote is for willis. That way you can say, WHATCH YOU TALKIN' BOUT WILLIS?! Spanish is coming along really well. I have been taking some one on one time wiht my maestros to better improve my future and imperfect tenses along with teaching methods. It has helped so much. I really started coming back to me after two or three days. I'm the best in the class which makesit hard for me to remember to be humble but im working on it. All of the missioneros en mi districto are eighteen years old, Its werid though, I dont see them as younger than me i just see them as fellow servants of the lord. I will send some pictures of my district and I later today! I am doing well. Thank you for your prayers and make sure ina and boyd and everyone writes/emails me. I only get 30 mins once a week for e-mails. :/ I dont miss the technology but i do miss doctor pepper. OH. you guys should send me my big nerf guns. :) every one on our floor has them. :) thanks zach and ben should be able to help you out with that. I love letters and packages! thanks for all your prayers and support. One more thing. I need at least 2 more long sleeve shirts. Slimfit vanhuesen would be awesome. 16.5 neck and 34/35 arms. SLIM FIT PLEASE. Um, I cant think of anything else except to tell the young men and dan to go on a mision. the MTC sucks but I just want to leave to the field and start bringings souls to christ. yo se que Jose smith fue una profeta de dios y por medio de nuestro salvador, jesucristo, podemos regresar a vivir con El. Yo se que este Evangelio is verdadero y la plan de salvacion es verdadero. Estoy agradecido por mi famila y por los oracciones de mi ward. Amo a ustedes y amo a nuestro salvador. Hasta Luego. Elder Thales D Haskell
this is my companero Elder Barnett

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2.13.13 Dear Mom, Today was day one in the Provo, MTC. My companion's name is Elder Barnett from Connecticut. He's a solid guy for only just turning eighteen a couple of months ago. I share a room with one other companionship. Their names are Elder England and Elder... I forgot. We did some role playing and my companion and I volunteered to teach this woman in front of 600 other missionaries. I was so nervous because the actress was attacking me a little bit. But my convictions came through and I was able to tell her that we were there as messengers from God to invite her to know true happiness. It was pretty awesome. Only through the pure love of Christ can we, as missionaries, reach the hearts of the people. Anyway, I'm doing pretty good well. Make sure Ina sees that correction. Con Amor, Elder Haskell

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dear Elder Thales D Haskell, Congratulations on your call to serve! We are excited about your arrival at the Provo Missionary Training Center next week and are grateful for your decision to serve the Lord. We would like to share some important information about your stay at the MTC. This will be your MTC mailing address: Elder Thales D Haskell MTC Mailbox # 56 PER-ARE 0328 2005 N 900 E Provo, UT 84604-1793
Thales began his journey today at the Cedar Rapids Airport At 5:30 this morning. (note:  Ben was tired).  He will stop in Minneapolis and then on to Salt Lake City.  There he will catch an Express Shuttle to the Missionary Training Center in Provo.  He will not have access to the internet (except for weekly emails to Mom :)) or a phone so please write.  (Letters are little bits of treasure to missionaries).  I will try to keep his blog up to date.  Thanks to everyone that helped Thales to  go on this mission!