This is where we go to church
The 3 giant white marshmallow things have gyms in them. They are basketball courts, volleyball courts, four square, and free weights.
The metal building is the cafeteria.
It is beautiful here.
We have not heard a word from Elder Hackleman yet, but we are not worried. We know that if anything went wrong along the way we would have heard from the Mission President. If we don't hear anything, we know he made it safe and sound.
Elder Hackleman was telling me on the phone that most of the missionaries he was flying with had never been on a plane before and they were pretty nervous. His own missionary companion was especially nervous, so Elder Hackleman tried to sooth his fears. He told him, "You know, we have about a 50/50 chance we will make out alive today." I'm not sure if he understood the joke or if it made him more nervous. He also told him, "the worst part about flying is all the carbon monoxide you breath in the whole way. It causes brain damage." Apparently it was a cold morning so right before they flew to LA from Salt Lake, there was a crew spraying the wings to d-ice the plane. Elder Hackleman told his companion they were trying to speed the carbon monoxide process along so they were spraying carbon monoxide directly into the engine block. Oh, I don't know what to think about his humor.
After our short conversation on the phone, I have to say I am so excited for Elder Hackleman. He had a wonderful time at the MTC making lots of friends and learning so much, between learning the Mexican language, learning teaching skills, and the lessons he would be teaching on his mission. I certainly see the benefit of early morning seminary for the past four years of his life to help prepare this 18 year old boy to be ready to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has a wealthy of knowledge stored in his brain, now he is excited to share it with the world.