Friday, September 3, 2010


Thu, September 2, 2010 1:03:44

What a rough couple days! I have had enough of doctors, and a crap back that keeps hurting!! Tomorrow is gonna be tough too, because i have go back to the doctors to get the cortisone shot. At least i finally know I'm going to Mexico! And on time! priesthood blessings do work!! everyone is so happy for me too. i just told everyone what happened and they are so glad I'm still here. soo awesome!

Mom, I loved being able to talk to you on the phone, and Lindsey and dad.
I miss you all more than you can imagine. I started getting a bit homesick after a couple of days of talking to you and dad. I was sure I was headed home! But now I'm starting to re-focus again and feeling back to normal.

Are you still sending the package?? Because i really want a pic of the family and Harley! Don't forget a Harley pic haha! thanks for your letters you send me too! i love them alot! They are always so fun to read after a long day!

Please keep me in your prayers. This definitely isn't the easiest thing to be learning or doing but I'm so glad I'm still here. Its great to get so much support. I know its because everyone wants to see me succeed. if they didn't care they would've just sent me home. but they really want to help.

I hope you and the family are doing okay, i feel so lucky I've been able to talk to you and dad so much this week. I'm so grateful for everyone at home.

Love ya mom and dad.

P.S. dad thanks for your phone call the other day! it really helped, i always love your advice and attitude towards things involving faith and diligence. you always have the right things to say.

Love ya

Elder Haskell-hoff

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Heading to MEXICO as planned!

We received a call today from the MTC presidency regarding Joshua and the situation with his back. Although we were told yesterday that he would require surgery and would be coming home, today we were officially informed that Elder Haskell will be heading to Mexico City in 3 weeks with the rest of his district as scheduled.

After blessings, fasting and lots of prayers by family, friends and lots of elders at the MTC, we feel very thankful for what we all feel is an amazing miracle. I wont try and explain what has happen medically because I'm not quite sure myself. All I know is we have had 3 different doctors who don't work at the MTC, call us at home to see how they can help Joshua.

It's so humbling to witness what once was impossible, becoming possible. To see the absolute faith of so many young men who just want to serve the Lord. Joshua sent me an email a few hours ago and said it's been emotionally draining, but an experience they all will remember forever.

Thanks again for all the prayers. We love you all and Elder Haskell sends his love and thanks as well.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Painting lemons Gold

You know the sayings, “when one door shuts, another opens” … “when God closes a door, He opens a window” … “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” … even though I much prefer “when life gives you lemons, paint it gold!”

We've been dealt a hand of sour lemons this week. And, therefore, we are all in need of a gold paint job with immediate effect. I keep reminding myself that God is in control and everything will fall into place as it always does and He has a plan and even though none of this makes sense now, it will in one week, one month, one year, etc… But I’m still restless, sleepless and sad. It's hard to see your son go through something painful and you cant do a thing to change it. I'm just so frustrated and sad. Yes, I admit. I am sad. I feel vulnerable. And so I will pray harder. We all will keep praying and will continue to pray and trust and know that the Lord is in control. His will shall be done, not mine. I'll try to wait patiently and faithfully until that will is revealed. I'm not to good at that even though we've had TONS of practice! In the meantime, I am painting. Painting everything gold and praying like there is no tomorrow.

Jared gets dressed to inspire JOSH


Check out the new slideshow we have added! It's just a few pictures of our favorite Elder over the past few years. It seems not long ago he was just a little kid. Wow, it really does go by so fast! After watching, feel free to hop on to and send him an email! It's fast and easy and FREE!
Once you are on the site, enter your own information as requested

click on Provo MTC (FREE)
Then just enter:
(dont worry about mtc box # or date leaving)
This is the best way to send mail while he is in the MTC. I will put the address for when he leaves for Mexico on tomorrow. He would love a letter either way.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I hope they call me on a mission....

I found an old journal entry that mentioned Joshua talking about missions when he was 8 years old. We had ask him, "If you could pick anywhere to go on a mission, where would you go?"

His answer was "Chuck-a-Rama" which is a buffet style resturaunt. After explaining that he cant go on a mission to a resturaunt we ask him to pick again and he thought for a minute and then just as serious as can be, he smiled and said "TOYS R US". Just thought I'd share that. Toys-R-Us is pretty much the same as Mexico City, right

Phone call............

I got a call yesterday from someone speaking Spanish. Then I realized who it was! Joshua was calling from the doctor's office at the MTC. Apparently, his back was acting up and they were going to take him to the hospital. After a while he called back and said he was going to do physical therapy instead and hope that takes care of things.

He sounded great and very anxious to get better and leave for Mexico as scheduled in three weeks. Meanwhile, he said to tell everyone thanks for the letters and emails. He is so grateful for the love and support and says "keep the letters coming!"