Monday, September 22, 2014

Letters This Week

For My Birthday, I took My District to Lunch on our P-Day

On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 8:49 AM, Tim wrote:

Dear Elder J. Hackleman,

How was your week?? Did you have your baptism? How's your companion doing? Did you know that you never told us what you bought yourself for your birthday?? ! So let me tell you about the awesome week I had! I have been walking two miles every morning while Nathan is in Seminary. That's when I do my prayers. I usually pray for about 3/4 of a mile. Thanks to Elder Bednar, last week I tried something new. I prayed only to thank Heavenly Father for my blessings. Not asking for anything. Holy cow!!! It gave me such guidance, inspiration and strength all week! I'm going to keep doing that for a while. I have a lot to be thankful for!! We are really looking forward to Conference. I bet you are too! That should give you a chance to get with the other missionaries that you don't get to spend a lot of time with!

Seth flies out on the 29th. One week from today! I'm not sure if he told you. He flies out of Salt Lake City around 7:00 am to Los Angeles. Los Angeles to Mexico City and Mexico City to Veracruz. He'll be flying for almost as long as you did, but he gets to stop :)

The Utes went to Michigan and played in the Big House. It was a great game we ended up winning 26-14. But now we start conference play, and it's about to get tough!! PAC 12 has 5 teams in the Top 15. USC, Arizona State, UCLA, Stanford and Oregon. I think we play all of them but Stanford. Yikes!!

I hope you are healthy and safe. Your dad is making a prediction... The next place you transfer to will be your last!!! It's crazy to think that your time is getting so short. Step on the accelerator and keep working hard!! I am so proud of you!!!!

¡Ámele hijo!


Hey dad! Well, It seems a little unorthodox-ed but I used my money to take my district out to eat one p-day.´s the picture of that. Haha That is awesome that you are walking! and following Elder Bednar's council. President Uchtdorf has talked about that before as well. Sounds like its a common theme coming from the Elder Brethren for a reason. =) Seth didn´t tell me when he´d be flying out. That is so awesome! GO UTES!!! I was a little nervous about that Michigan game. That is awesome. I know I can´t believe how much time is flying. I think my next area will be my last as well. YIKES!!!!!! We did have our baptism. It was awesome. His name is xxxxxxx. He is the husband of the couple we married a few weeks ago. Woo! Love you dad!

Elder J Hackleman

Baptism This Week

Monday, September 15, 2014

Missionary Life In Peru

My companion and I helped a lady in our branch milk her cow. 

Yes, I can milk a cow =)

This is my new companion. He is from Chili. He is the only member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in his family. One of the sister missionaries who taught him the lessons married someone from Omaha and now lives in Nebraska. Pretty Cool.

Peruvians tie the legs and the tail so they can milk on both sides without getting kicked or swatted by the tail. Not the way Granpa Howard milked a cow, but it seems to be effective.

Dear Elder J Hackleman,

How has your week been? Things have been good around here. Thursday Nathan tried out for the swing choir and he made it, so that will be a new adventure for him. Grant had a football game against a Bellevue School and they won by a long shot. I can't remember the score, but it was a lot to not a lot, ha ha. Grant played center and was in on every single snap and never had a bad snap so life is good. They practiced shotgun the night before the game and he wasn't getting the snap to the right place, so he needs more practice on that. Luckily the coach was smart enough to recognize he wasn't ready for that yet so they played under center except for when they needed him to long snap for punt returns.

So I officially start my online classes today. As soon as I get done emailing, I am going to get to work studying. Should be fun:)

We had a great Sunday. The meetings were so spiritually uplifting. I always feel replenished after a great Sunday. Now I just need to carry that spirit into the rest of the week.

What's going on in your neck of the woods?

I sure love you!

Love Mom

Hey momma!!! Good for Nathan! I hope he likes it. He better be the next hot thing after ¨one direction¨ if he is gonna give up football for it. haha No that is awesome though. You know that I always wanted to do swing choir. It looked fun and Mr. Mead wanted me in it really bad but it was during seminary and my teacher was kind of a nazi about those types of things.......=) (side note, Elder Hackleman's seminary teacher was his mother). Speaking of seminary, did seth tell you he saw Lance in the Provo Temple the other day? How cool is that? He says he is a twig now. Haha.

I hope you are icing your toe and putting on all of your witchcraft oils so that it heals quick. =) What are your classes like? You can tell me next week if you are studying right now. I know how school can be stressful =) Everything is going great around here! We have a baptism this week!

Elder J. Hackleman

I taught my branch presidency how to make pizza!
My ward mission leader had never eaten pizza in his life.......what!!!!!!!

Gringo teaching Peruvian's how to make American Pizza

City Street in Pueblo Supe, Peru

3 Wheel Vehicles

Houses on the Hill

Elder Hackleman Heading to a Teaching Appointment

Dear Elder,

How was your week? How did your teachings go? I think you getting someone ready for baptism, but I can't remember. How is your greenie companion doing? Things up here at home are great. Everyone is healthy and doing well. It's starting to cool off. I'm ready for that! But that means it's going to start heating up in Peru! You know, our lives are kinda boring when half our children are out serving the Lord! Your old man wouldn't have it any other way :)

Papio South won their game Friday night. They are 2-1. Sidney won theirs too. I think they are 2-0 so far. Utah had a bye week this week. They Michigan at the Big House on Saturday! Grant won his game. They are 2-0 so far too. Mom's toe is finally starting to heal. That's been a struggle for her to not move as quickly as she wants! So what cool spiritual things did you learn last week? I'm reading about the Savior's visit to the America's in my scripture study. I love those few chapters of 3 Nephi.

Seth is doing great. It sounds like he won't have any problems with his Visa. I think he flies out on September 29! I hope he's able to call from the airport like you did. That would be nice!!

Anyway, take care of yourself and your comp!!

¡Ámele hijo!


Hey dad! Teachings are going good! We do have a baptism coming up this saturday. My companion and I are doing good. My companion and I were studying a lot this week. Why it makes so much sense that God only has one true church and its the one we represent. I feel so strengthened by my scripture studies that I feel like I could take on the Pope himself on which church is true. I made sure to study a lot about humility afterwords to make sure I know where I stand and don´t cross any boundaries and that its not my place to prove people wrong, just to show them what is right. That is kinda what I have been focusing on this week.

So far it looks like all is well in the football relm!!! Who has sidney played so far? I am so stoked for seth. Thanks too for the money dad! Love you!

Elder J Hackleman

Monday, September 8, 2014

Ancient Incan Pottery - Huacos

These things are ancient pottery you can buy here in Peru called Huacos. The people here swear that it comes from the Incans. There was a time where the government just started selling them off to people for a 100 soles a piece or more. I am not convinced that they are really that old.....but they are cool!

On Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 8:32 AM, Amy wrote:

Elder Hackleman,

Grant had his first football game on Thursday. He did great. He is playing center. He takes after his older brothers. We beat a team who killed us last year so that was fun.

So what is new in Peru? What is the weather like now? Is it hot or cold? What is your ward like?

Did you know that Elder Anderson, from the quorum of the 12 apostles came to Peru recently? That is pretty neat.

Love you tons!


Hey mom! I did know Elder Anderson came, but I didn´t get the chance to go see him. I think it was a meeting just for bishops and branch presidents. The weather is nice right now. Every once in awhile we will have a day that is a little hot for my taste, but other than that, it stays pretty cool for right now. I am in a branch and it is pretty little so we are trying to grow it up some.

Elder J Hackleman

Letters this week 8/9/2014

On Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM, Tim wrote:

Good morning Elder!

First, yesterday was Grandpa Rog's birthday. Say Happy Birthday to him. :)

How was your week?? I heard Peru had a visit from an Apostle! I think it was Neil L. Anderson. Did he come visit your area? That would have been cool. How is Elder Cisternas adjusting to mission life? Gotta send a picture of him! We had a missionary return from her mission a couple weeks ago. It was a Sister in our ward who went to Toronto, Canada. Your mom and I started thinking, "Holy Cow!!!! Punkin's next!!!" It seems like the time is speeding up! That means that you are working hard and theres a lot to do! So Barranca is now officially the 2nd longest area that you've been in on your mission. Doesn't that seem crazy??

So everyone is doing great at home. Except for your mom. She broke her toe on the water slide when we went with Laws last weekend. It's in a weird spot so she's been using crutches. She talked to Kelsey Hadley about it and she said that they can't really do anything but tape it and stay off of it for as long as you can.

Have you heard from Seth? As you know first hand, he's loving it at the MTC. I think his departure date is set for September 29th, unless there's Visa problems. We haven't heard that there are so we're going on that. Well, tell us how the teaching is going! We love hearing about your week!!!

¡Ámele hijo!


Hey dad! Yeah Elder Anderson came but I didn´t get to hear him speak. President is going to come again and give us a training and I am sure he will talk about it then. Elder Cisternas is doing good. He is such a greenie.....=p I love him though. Crazy story, He is the only member in his family. One of the sister missionaries that taught him when he got baptized married a guy from Omaha and she lives there now!!!!!! How crazy is that. I looked at her adress because he sent her a letter. I didn't recognize the street but it was addressed to Omaha itself as opposed to Bellevue or Papillion or something.

It's crazy how fast my time has gone by in Barranca. Well, my whole mission really, it seems like weeks are flying by faster and faster. We have some baptismal dates set so I am excited for those. Other than that, just normal mission live! Lovin every minute of it!

Seth is so funny, I really have missed him. He didn´t write me much until now so its kinda like we´re finally back in touch. It sounds like he is loving the MTC though so that is great!

Elder Hackleman

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Neil L Andersen Visits Peru

In Peru, about 70 percent of the missionaries are from Latin America, with 30 percent being from North America. These Latin American missionaries come from nearly every country in Latin America—from Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, the countries of Central America, and of course from Peru. It is a beautiful thing to see the national cultures mixed together but all yielding to the culture of the kingdom of God. We were very impressed with the missionaries and the mission presidents. This information was written in Neil L Andersen's Facebook post, September 4, 2014.

Letters This Week

On Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 9:10 AM, Amy wrote:  

(side note: I added the photos after the fact)

Dear Elder J Hackleman,

How are you doing? We are sure having fun with Nathan, Grant and the Laws. We are looking forward to going to a pro baseball game today:)

Yesterday we went to church as usual.  Then we went to Seth's friend, "Dustin's" mission farewell.  After the farewell, we drove to Kansas City.  It took about 2 1/2 hours to get there.  We arrived around 7:00 p.m.  Our hotel is right next to the stadium.

I took this picture looking out our hotel window.  

This is the game on Sunday.  

We did not go to this game, but we could see it happening.  

It was crazy watching it on tv and seeing outside the window at the same time.

We had an adjoining room with the Laws.  They put their kids to bed and then Tim and Becky came into our room and we stayed up talking until midnight.

Here are some pictures of our fun Labor Day.

I was helping Reagan play a few arcade games.  We were basically the only families in the arcade on a Monday morning.  The guy running the arcade hit a button on one of the games and it started spitting out tickets.  Nathan collected them for us.  It was a jackpot!

We had enough tickets to get an entire princess package, complete with butterfly wings, tiaras and wands.  Now that is what I am talking about!

Then it was off to the water park!  All of this was in the hotel:)

There were tube slides and all kinds of fun things.  We loved the lazy river!

We spent hours riding along in the river.  Nathan played hide and seek.  He was the fastest swimmer so he would get way ahead and we would try to find him.  It was hilarious because other kids that we didn't even know started looking for him too.

Becky took the picture.

Then it was off to the ball game!

This was next to the ball park.

Nathan and Grant's 1st Professional Baseball Game

It was so fun watching Adam play!

The Texas Rangers ended up losing, but Adam had a great game!  

He played 1st base.

Adam hooked us up with tickets in the family section.

Just so you know, the hat Tim Law is wearing is all the rage right now!

After the game, we got special permission to go down to the area just outside the locker room so we could talk to Adam.  It's kind of cool, since Tim Law's brother's name is also Adam and he plays baseball too.  He is working his way up to the big leagues.  Not to mention, Tim Law's dad coaches for the White Socks.

Adam was so nice to us.  He asked all about Seth, since he and 

Seth really hit it off when he was here in Omaha.

Seth and Tim, as well as Tim Law met Adam at church.  At the time he was playing for the Ranger's farm team.  They were in town playing the Storm Chaser's and he came to our ward while he was here for the week.  They have kept in contact with him ever since.  Not long after he was here, he got called up to the big leagues.

The craziest part of the entire trip, is it was a school night, so we drove home after the game.  We got home around 2:00 a.m.  Luckily the boys slept on the drive home.

I ended up either spraining, or breaking my toe at the water park.  Believe me, that wasn't going to keep me from going to the game though.  I limped along:)

Now I am getting ready for my next adventure which is online schooling.

I have my first appointment this Thursday to talk with the couple in charge of the BYUI Pathway program.   I am getting excited about finding out more information.

We got to see Abbie Porter play volleyball this weekend. She had a tournament Friday and Saturday playing 2 games each day. It was at the Lied Event center located just down the street from the Bellevue ward building. It was so fun talking with Dave and Carol. They sure miss you. Carol got tears in her eyes a couple of times while talking about you. She told me the best compliment she has ever received was when people would think you were their son when you worked at Radio Shack.

Abbi Porter plays Volleyball for Bellevue University

Nathan is considering trying out for the show choir. I hope he does, but he is so funny and might change his mind before the tryouts start next week, silly kid.

Well, I sure love you! How are you doing? What's happening with the good people of Peru?

Love always,


Hey mom! That is so funny because the other day, out of nowhere I started thinking about Dave and Carol. Just what they are up to and how the stores are going and their kids and everything. Abbi is playing in college or something or what? What are you guys going to do in KC all day until the game? Is it like a phone interview thing for BYUI or what? I still feel really stressed out for Nathan not playing football. I don`t know what to do with that kid! He might have fun in show choir though. Haha The mission is going great! I have a new companion. He`s name is Elder Cisternas from Chile. He has about 5 months in the mission. It makes me feel sooooo old haha Say hello to all the laws for me!!

Elder J Hackleman