Monday, July 28, 2014

More Letters

Younger Brother Seth went through the Omaha Temple on Tuesday

On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 8:30 AM, Tim wrote:

Dear Elder,

Boy oh boy did we have a busy week!!! First, Tuesday was the big day. We went through the Temple with Seth. It was awesome! All I could do was think about how great it was going through with you and then go through everything again with Seth. I loved it!! Then guess what???? Nathan got his Learner's Permit!! He actually got one that allows him to drive to school on his own!! He's not quite ready for that, but he's doing really well. I can tell he gets really nervous driving on the highways, but he'll get used to it.

Seth is going out to Grandma's on Thursday and coming back on Tuesday. His farewell talk is scheduled for August 10th. So everything is going great here. I can't remember if we told you that the Hadley's are moving in October? They think they'll be back in a couple of years, so they're going to keep they're house and just rent it out. School starts in about two weeks! Nathan will be a Sophomore and Grant, an 8th Grader! I wish you guys wouldn't grow up so fast. NFL camps have started!!! YAY!!! Couple more weeks and they'll start pre-season games, then the Utes will start at the end of August! They open against Idaho State!!! bahahahaha.

How was your week? Anything new? How's Elder Sandoval? How long has he been out? Do you get to see Elder Kitchens at all or your MTC companion? I won't be able to get you any money this week. I will next week though!!! Thank you so much for being such a wonderful son and a great example to your younger brothers. Your mom and I love you so much! We can't believe that you have just a few short months left!!!

¡Ámele hijo!


Hey dad! I am so dang proud of seth. I can see a different light in his eyes in those pictures from the temple. I can´t believe nathan has his permit and will be a sophmore. That is not right. He might be playing varsity football when I get home!!!!!!! That kid needs to hit the weight room he is growing like bamboo but he can grow like a california readwood with muscles like a silver back if he hits the weights. Get him going on the bench downstairs so that he has a few week head start. Grant is in his last year of middle school! He will be hitting his growth spurt soon as well. I am afraid to come home to big brothers....

I will be honest, I miss the crap out of football. I am working hard and my head is where it needs to be but I do think about it sometimes. My dream of going somewhere with football seems to be slipping slowly away. I just need to leave it in the Lord´s hands I suppose.

I love Elder Sandoval. We get along GREAT! I haven´t seen elder kitchens very much lately because he finally made the Huaraz roster. He is living it up up north. haha I don´t see elder richards very much either. I can´t believe how fast time is flying by!!!!!! I am going on 16 months! Sure love you dad!

Elder Hackleman

Letters this week

Grant is taking care of Harlee for the week.  They are two peas in a pod.

On Sun, Jul 27, 2014 at 9:36 PM, Amy wrote:

Elder Hackleman,

As bad as last week was, this week has been great! It is true Satan tried to make our lives miserable, but once Seth went to the temple, there was a new spirit in our home. It was a wonderful evening. Seth and I went to the temple Wednesday evening while the rest of the family was at young men's and then Tim, Seth and I went again on Saturday. What a wonderful way to spend the week:)

Seth has his last shots tomorrow and then he will be all ready for his mission. We only have a few more things to buy and they are small things.

He will be giving his farewell talk on August 10th, and he actually teaches Elders quorum that day as well. Then the following week he is talking with a high councilman in another ward. The subjects are different so he is not able to just recycle the same talk. That's ok, it's good for him.

Nathan got his drivers permit this week. As we were standing there in line filling out the paperwork I was looking at how tall he was and decided we had better measure him to make sure we had the height right. He is 6' 1" tall now. He has shot up so much lately.

Grant is taking care of the Law's dog for them. They have been out of town on vacation. I think he is going to go through withdrawals when they get back. He loves that little Harlee so much.

I read in the Deseret News that the church has produced another temple movie and it is showing at some of the temples already. We are supposed to get it in sometime in the next week or so. In the past year they have made 3 different movies. It sure is fun to see the different versions.

Seth and I plan on going to the temple Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday he is flying out to Colorado for a long weekend.

I am starting to get that sick feeling in my stomach with the anticipation of his leaving. I am going to miss him so much.

At least when he leaves, I have the idea in my head to look forward to your coming home six months later. That will help to ease the pain of it.

I am considering going back to school doing the BYUI online program. I have until the 25th of August to make up my mind. I think it's about time I finish my degree after all these years.

What is new in your neck of the woods? Did you ever get your second set of shots? I heard they give you the last shot in the series while you are on your mission.

I sure love you!

Love Mom

Hey mom!!!! I hate to be that guy but.....I told you so! As much as I have learned about Christ on my mission, I have learned a thing or two about Satan as well. I am so proud of Seth. Keep him going to the temple. It is the best thing for him. I saw that the Walkers went for Seth’s endowment as well. They are going to get their fill of the temples just going for all the future missionaries in our house! Haha

What the clank are you feeding Nathan? He is a giant. I went back and looked at some of the pics you put on my blog of you guys at gram´s house and stuff, dad better watch out.

I have not been to the temple since Provo. That is one of the tough things about being a missionary. We work for the living while we´re here, not the dead. The good thing is that I get to go in November or December. Remember the Uruguayan man I baptized in my first area. The really big guy. Him and his wife are going to get sealed as soon as he completes a year as a member of the church so I get to go to the sealing. I am incredibly excited about that. Don´t worry about Seth. He is going to be an awesome missionary. He will pick Spanish up faster than me and his personality has been fine tuned for Latin America. He is going to have amazing success.

I never got the shot. We don´t worry about that stuff once we get on the mission. Really if we follow the rules, we never get sick. He will be fine. I love you mom!!!!!

Elder Hackleman

p.s. will you tell Albandy I still have plans to watch all the planes movies with Jace that I missed!

P.P.S. What are you thinking of studying when you go back to school?

On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM, Amy wrote:

Possibly Psychology. I don't know though. After I wrote my letter to you last night, I stressed about school all night. It is like that reacquiring dream where you are late for school and don't know your locker combination. I am having second thoughts now feeling like it might be more than I can handle. I have a couple of weeks to make the decision.

Oh, and by the way, I saw a post on facebook that Larissa Conger get's home in August. I can't believe she is done already.

Nathan has no intention of playing football anymore and I haven't heard any more about basketball either. He does want to hit the gym. He told me this morning he wants to look like you so he needs to start lifting weights. If only he would go out for football, he could hit the weights there. Darn kid. It breaks my heart to think he doesn't want to play.

haha sorry....that is kinda funny. haha We have dreams about that in the mission too. That we are going home before we are done and we don´t know why, or we are ready to go home but we miss our plane and it happens to be the last plane on earth going that way. Haha

wow. yeah that is nuts about Larissa!

Tell him I don´t give him a choice. He has to play or I will pray that he loses an arm......missionaries prayers are always answered.........

Monday, July 21, 2014

Oldest City In South American- Caral

Mom, this will either make you super happy, or super upset....haha but last monday, I may have lived one of your life long dreams.....wanna know what it is?

This is the oldest city found in south america. Older than machu Picchu, all of the ruins in mexico. All of it. It is supposedly the second oldest city found on earth. it is called Caral. It is about 45 min from my house. Ruins older than the Incans......Who could they be????:) Wink Wink.

Elder Hackleman Visits Ancient Ruins in Caral

Elder Hackleman 

According to Wikipedia, Caral was inhabited between roughly 2600 BCE and 2000 BCE,[1] enclosing an area of more than 60 hectares.[2] Caral was described by its excavators as the oldest urban center in the Americas, a claim that was later challenged as other ancient sites were found nearby. Accommodating more than 3,000 inhabitants, it is the best studied and one of the largest Norte Chico sites known.
Archaeological findings

Main Pyramid

The main pyramid (Spanish: Pirámide Mayor) covers an area nearly the size of four football fields and is 60 feet (18 m) tall. Caral is the largest recorded site in the Andean region with dates older than 2000 BCE and appears to be the model for the urban design adopted by Andean civilizations that rose and fell over the span of four millennia. It is believed that Caral may answer questions about the origins of Andean civilizations and the development of the first cities.

Among the artifacts found at Caral are a knotted textile piece that the excavators have labeled a quipu. They argue that the artifact is evidence that the quipu record keeping system, a method involving knots tied in rope that was brought to perfection by the Inca, was older than any archaeologist had previously guessed. Evidence has emerged that the quipu may also have recorded logographic information in the same way writing does. Gary Urton has suggested that the quipus used a binary system which could record phonological or logographic data.
Lack of Warfare

No trace of warfare has been found at Caral: no battlements, no weapons, no mutilated bodies. Shady's findings suggest it was a gentle society, built on commerce and pleasure. In one of the pyramids, they uncovered 32 flutes made of condor and pelican bones and 37 cornetts of deer and llama bones. One find revealed the remains of a baby, wrapped and buried with a necklace made of stone beads.

Letters July 21, 2014

Newest Arrival
Kristen's Cute Little Guy

On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 8:29 AM, Amy wrote:

Elder Hackleman,

So this week has been very hot. It is supposed to be 99 degrees today, but it's the humidity that kills us. Whew, then to make matters worse, our air-conditioning unit took a turn for the worse. We had it repaired with a hotwire system until we figure out what we are going to do. We are to the point where we can't live without it.

Seth is going through the temple on Tuesday. We found out on Saturday and ever since then, it seems like there has been nothing but contention at our house. Yesterday was a particularly down day. Satan really likes to try to put a wrench in our lives any time there is something good coming around.

I am hopeful that today will be a better day

Seth met with the stake president yesterday and he has a temple recommend in hand.

Nathan is working still at the fields. Starting today he will only be working 3 days a week, but it's still nice to have somewhere for him to go.

How are you doing? What is going on with you? I don't really know much about the area you are in now. I don't know what it looks like, what the ward is like, what the teaching situations are like and so on. I need more details and pictures:)

I sure love you!

Your dad got set apart at the new young mens president yesterday. He will do a great job.

Saturday night Nathan's "friend" Kate, had a surprise birthday party that we helped with. It was pretty fun. She is an only child and her family got baptized about six years ago. They are a real nice family.

Grant has become quite the biker. He rides his bike to Shadow Lake shopping center almost every day to meet a friend of his from the ward. Then they either ride to our house or his and hang out together. It's a great way to stay in shape and out of trouble:)

Saturday we got some free mulch from a family in the ward so we updated out flower beds. They are looking a lot better now. Then we went out to the baseball fields and watched the Blue Angels, then as I said before we went to a birthday party, so it was an eventful day.

Kristen had her baby. They are both doing just fine. It was a boy and they named him Wiley.



Hey mom. I know it’s hard and Satan is working his hardest against you all but sometimes we have to just take the beating and keep moving forward. When the people of ammon (Converted lamanites) made the decision to put down their weapons of war, they decided that there is no way that they would fight again and had faith that if they were firm in being obedient, God would deliver them. They also had faith in something else. If they started to die at the hands of their enemies and realized that God wasn´t going to save them from death, they were STILL determined not to fight back. They knew that sometimes, when you know something is true but you don´t have all the answers and everything just seems pretty grim, we just need to put our head down and push ourselves with the assurity that God is watching us. NOTHING on this earth should have the power or influence in keeping seth from going to the temple tomorrow. It doesn´t matter what happens, tomorrow is his day and when you come out of the temple with him, he will be endowed with power. Satan´s temptations and influences will just roll off your shoulders easier.

In other news, I had a baptism of a family of 3 on saturday!!!

I sure love you mom! I will send you a separate email that has a bunch of pictures that you are rrrreeeaaaaallllllyyy going to like.

Elder Hackleman

It's a Small World

On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 9:45 PM, Amy wrote:

I got this message today from Betsy Durfee. I thought you would get a kick out of it.

Amy, we just met up with one of Jaren's friends from college - Josh Woodbury from Texas. He just got off his mission and is coming to SUU. He said he went to southern virginia before his mission, and we told him we had a good friend who went there too. He almost fell off his stool when we told him it was Jaren. He said Jaren and another of his buddies are companions now - such a small world! We miss you all and hope all is going well!

Betsy Durfee

From Elder Hackleman,

That is crazy!!! Josh is going to SUU? How did he see betsy!! That is so awesome. Haha

Letters Week of July 14, 2014

On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 9:01 AM, Nathan wrote:

HEY BRO YOU WILL NEVER GUESS WHAT JUST HAPPENED? Labron James is going home...back to the Calves. It's up to D Wade and Chris Bosh to take the heat to the finals again which is unlikely to happen now. Just figured you would want to know that. See ya bro.


What the heck is he thinking???? WHY!!!!!

On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 9:23 AM, Amy wrote:

Hey son, how are things? What's new with you?

We made it back from our vacation and it's a little hard to get back in the swing of things.

Nathan is back working for Tim at the fields, Seth and I have been shopping, shopping, shopping, getting all his mission stuff. It is a bit of deja vu. He is getting pretty close. How many pairs of dress shoes did you take? The list said to take two. How often do you use your suit? We have heard that a lot of missionaries don't actually ever wear the jacket. 

Now that the mission rules have changed, missionaries are no longer required to where dark colored suits, since Seth is going to Mexico and it will be very hot, he chose a light grey suit.


Seth taught the lesson in Elders Quorum yesterday. He was called to be an instructor until he leaves for his mission. I guess he did a great job.

Your dad got called yesterday to be the new Young Men's President. We are going to be pretty busy around here, but it's good for us.

I wondered if I would be released and I guess the answer is no for now anyway.

We just had a new family move in down the road who are in the ward. The dad is a pilot in the air force. It turns out the wife was a roommate to Sara in college. Small world.

I love you!


Fun Pictures from This Week

T-Ball Game

Chick Fil A Had a promotion, if you dressed up like a cow, you get a free meal.  

Hey mom! I can’t believe how close seth is getting!!!!!!! He will use both pairs for sure and I am a witness that its true what they say about Rockports, if you find them, buy them. They are still holding strong for me and they have witnessed a royal beating a time or two. Haha He needs his suit but he won´t wear it much. He will wear it to church on Sunday and every time he has a meeting with his mission president. Other than that, he won’t wear it. I can´t think of other shopping tips on what to buy so just ask me first and I will tell you if it is worth it or not. Dad told me he´s young men’s president. That is awesome. He was destined for that calling. Love you mommy! I hit 15 months this week if you didn´t notice! Time´s a flyin!

Elder Hackleman

Bear Lake Reunion-2014

Idaho Reunion 2014

We arrived in Idaho in time for Ella's Softball Game

Uncle Time

Bubble Wrap on the Head - So You Can Be Safe

Can you really have olives without putting them on your fingers?

Low Country Boil

The Girls Painted Seth's Fingernails for the 4th of July

Waiting for the Fireworks to Start

Let's go Swimming!


A little Bling on sunglasses and pins.

Courtney was in a Parade on July 4th

Looks Just Like Daniel

Cousin's Rule

The 3 Amigos

Do You like the shirt on the left? 

The Slide

Photo Bomb

The pool is a cool retreat from the heat.