Friday, October 23, 2015

MTC pics

They are uping their game!!!!

MTC pics

FLIGHT PLANS!!!!!!!!!!

MTC pics

The district!!

Final pics in MTC

Careful how you behave in seminary.....your teacher may follow you to the MTC!!

Last email from the MTC!!!!!

This is it! Last Pday in the MTC! It's honestly so crazy. This week really flew, which I'm happy about, but it's also kinda sad. It feels a little bit like graduation or saying goodbye again. This time we don't have to go to the MTC though, Europe's a lot better of a destination to head to. We're honestly so psyched. 
I'm glad Caleb's Bday went well. It's so cool he's getting baptized. I know for sure that I had no clue how important it was when I was his age, but now that I've been teaching about it for months I'm really excited for him. I was talking to our choir director the other day because he's a really cool guy and I just wanted to introduce myself and he had brought his daughter who's getting baptized this week. She reminded me a lot of Caleb, it was funny.
Tell Noah and Luke not to worry about volleyball tournaments, they're so much more relaxed and laid back than basketball or soccer games. Hopefully some of that volleyball spirit rubs off on Noah and he doesn't stress for games too much anymore.
We got our flight plans last Friday! We celebrated by buying all the chips and dip in the MTC store and having a fiesta. We fly out on Monday. I think the first flight takes off at 12:30. We go through Chicago, then a 14 hour flight to Munich! From there it's pretty short to Warsaw, but with layovers and everything we have almost exactly 24 hours of travel time. I'm not sure whether or not we'll be able to email right before we go, but we do get to call! 
Anyways, this week has been pretty cool. First of all, I forgot to tell you last week that I got called to be District Leader. Whoops. It's been pretty fun though, I just have to go to a lot more meetings. Also we had our Departure Interviews the other day. During the interview, Brother Redding asked whether or not my Patriarchal Blessing said anything about me serving as a leader in the Church. I said yeah, and he said he got a strong feeling that it was going to happen. He said I have to just keep doing what I'm doing and serve my mission with honor and that when the call came I wouldn't be too overwhelmed. It was pretty cool, but at the same time, I was kinda like, Yikes. Oh well, Brother Redding promised me I'd figure it out, and I trust him. He's a good guy.
Also we discovered that Poland doesn't have a Halloween. Needless to say, I was pretty bummed.
Anyways, love you guys tons, and I'm looking forward to the phone call on Monday! 
Na rasze,
Elder Haskett

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Sweater Saturday part II

Week 7!!! MTC almost complete!

Hey Mom!

I can definitely relate to falling into routine. I pretty much never know what day it is until we get to PDay Eve. I'm glad the games this weekend went well. I told Caleb to score 2 goals in the last letter, so he held up well. Maybe I should tell him to score 3 and be nice to his brothers!
It's so insane that Kai is going so soon. Our group of friends is going global. We're everywhere. I'm not sure if you heard but Val is going to Costa Rica next summer for a service trip! We're gonna be so multicultural in a couple years.
I'm glad to hear about the Polish baptism! We've been Skyping Polish people here (which is the coolest thing ever) and they are so crazy awesome. We've been talking to a lady named Ewa (like Ava). She's honestly so awesome. In our first lesson she pretty much taught our entire Joseph Smith lesson for us, so we had to transition to prayer. I've heard that the members there are super special. I honestly can't wait to go.
Our other lessons are going pretty well too. We've gotten really far with some of our "investigators" so we're getting into teaching like Word of Wisdom, Law of Chastity, Tithing. You know, the fun stuff.
So I got my first mission chop job. The famous butchers of the MTC got to me. My hair is so short now it's crazy. I should have just waited to get a Euro haircut.
The music you sent was really good. I feel like such a geek but some arrangements of hymns just sound so good to me now. I guess if I can't listen to other stuff I gotta take the best I can get. BTW, found a really good song by MoTab. It's called The Prayer. You should look it up.
Anyways, in language news, we've found basically the best thing in Polish. "Groovy" and "Holy" are practically the same word. One of our teachers has been saying "The Groovy Ghost" for 3 years now. Also, apparently the polish word for "member" is slang for something really bad. One of the other companionships asked their Skype buddy how long they'd been a member of the church. Oops.
I love you guys tons! It's so fun writing every week! Talk to you later!

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Your Elders are so happy.  I am a senior missionary going to France Lyon mission


We were surprised by a Monday email from a sweet Senior missionary!!! I guess this is what he means by walking around and "meeting new people"!! I wonder if he invited her to play volleyball with them???

It's just so good to hear from him........

Hey Mom!

6 weeks down, that means we're 2 thirds of the way there! So freakin close it's crazy. We get our flight plans next week.

We're getting pretty bored as a district so we started talking to a bunch of new people to kind of spice things up. We found some elders on our floor that are going to Iceland! They're the only 2, and their language sounds crazy. They say sentences like we say questions, so the end of the sentence kind of lilts up a bit. Their questions are the opposite; completely flat.  We play volleyball with all the people we've met, and our group just keeps getting bigger.

A lot of guys in our zone left this week. It was pretty sad, I had gotten close with a few. But we did get newbies this week! We're finally not the babies in our zone. 

Conference was awesome! That was my first time watching all of it, and may have even been my first 2 Saturday sessions. There are Utah kids here that wouldn't play sports on Conference Saturdays, so they were pretty surprised to hear I'd never even seen one. It was so good though. I don't know if you heard Holland's talk, but it kinda made me feel like an inadequate son. Love you Mom. Also Nelson's talk had my favorite quote. "Are you done crying? Then get up and get back to work." You know me, I'm not emotional or anything, so if I'm ever complaining about the mission, I wanna hear that. Don't forget that. There was also a talk that was perfect for one of my investigators. He's been struggling with getting an answer of whether or not he should be baptized, so we shared Brother Bennet's talk from Priesthood Session. During our lesson with him I felt prompted to promise him he would receive an answer this time he asked. Ask soon as I said it, I was like, "What the heck are you saying?" but it was too late. So if he didn't get an answer before our next lesson we were pretty much toast. We put it in the Lord's hands, and when we asked him to be baptized again yesterday, he said yes. He felt the answer to his prayer, which was awesome. I know it's all role play stuff, but the Spirit was so strong. It was probably my worst lesson as far as fluency went, which was weird because it's been really good for the last few days, but the Spirit was the most obvious it's ever been. After the lesson, our teacher came in and told us we rocked the lesson.

The night after Conference, we had Vocal Point come to our devotional. They sang a bunch of stuff, but the coolest was an arrangement of Nearer My God to Thee, and had one guy singing in English and the rest sang Latin in the background. It was awesome.

Love you all a million, I'm so grateful for all of your prayers.

Do cwartku,


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Week 5 at MTC down!!!

Czesc Mama!

Thanks so much for updating the iPod! 12 hours should be just enough to get me through the flight! I think we should actually be getting our flight plans soon! We took our LSAs (Language Study Assessments) and I did pretty well! They go on a scale from 1 to 7, 7 being native, and I got all 5s. I'm pretty sure Brat Jensen was being nice but he said my grammar and pronunciation is really good. He's having me do extra exercises now to get a little head start. Fun stuff.

It's cool that the family is visiting this week. It's always fun to have visitors. Every once in a while I look at our family pictures, and we really are blessed to have such a tight family.

Everybody here is so excited for Conference! It's like it's the Super Bowl or something. With all the testifying we do in lessons about the prophets it's a really blessing to get to hear from them and of their testimonies. The new apostles should be really cool to. I don't have any guesses, but we heard from Brother Costa from Brazil on Tuesday and he's the oldest member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. His English isn't great, but he was one of the best speakers I've ever heard. His testimony was so powerful. He told us that as missionaries, we had to be worthy to be superheroes. He also had a great mission quote. He said that you can't count the seeds in an apple until you cut it open. And even then, you will never know how many apples can come from each seed. Going on your mission is cutting open the apple. And the seeds are our investigators, but we don't know what could possible come from each investigators for 2 or 3 generations. So if Brother Costa got called, that would be super awesome, because he is a superhero.

I love you guys so much, and your letters mean a lot! Talk to you next week!

Na rasze,