Monday, September 28, 2015

Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 10:51 AM


I want to tell a little story to start this letter off about the importance of not having fear in your heart.  Fear is one the of the devil's most powerful tools he can use against anyone in this world.  On Monday I was feeling good with the language.  I was feeling I could communicate well with my 求道者 investigators) with just about anything gospel related. With the exception that I had to look up a word every now and then.  So I was feeling pretty good about myself.  Then my 先生(teacher) started to speak in straight Japanese about his classes he was taking and he wanted a life again because school had started for him.  He was talking so fast and about something I had completely no idea about.  I was just thinking if this is how NIhonjin (日本人, Japanese People) talk then I'm in for a rough ride.  After that I was feeling like "How in the world am i going to do this"?  I was trying to study Japanese as hard as I could and I felt as if I couldn't learn anything if my life depended on it.  Then a sister in my district said, "Why don't you try to study something you want to that isn't Japanese related for just a short while then continue with Japanese".

I opened up to D&C 67: 1-3  the chapter heading read the Lord hears the prayers of his elders.  I then just started to pray that my fears and inadequacies would be lifted and I could continue to learn the Japanese without these feelings.  I continued to read on and in verses 1-4 it says"

1 Behold and hearken, O ye elders of my church, who have assembled yourselves together, whose prayers I have heard, and whose hearts I know, and whose desires have come up before me.

 2 Behold and lo, mine eyes are upon you, and the heavens and the earth are in mine hands, and the riches of eternity are mine to give.

3 Ye endeavored to believe that ye should receive the blessing which was offered unto you; but behold, verily I say unto you there were fears in your hearts, and verily this is the reason that ye did not receive.

4 And now I, the Lord, give unto you a testimony of the truth of these commandments which are lying before you.

After I read that I felt like I could get up and run around because I was so happy.  But I didn't because of my foot.  The rest of the day was a good one, I no longer had the "dark cloud" over my head.

I just want to tell you that the Lord does hear your prayers and he will answer them after trials of faith.  Also nothing is impossible with God if you have faith!

 Speaking about faith, which is also a key component in learning Japanese, Ether 12 is a great chapter about faith.  All over in the B.o.M. it talks about trails of faith and through the power of the Holy Ghost they could accomplish many and great things.  But in Ether 12, it gives a list of examples of these great things being done after the incredible trail of faith.

12 For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them; wherefore, he showed not himself until after their faith.

Then it goes on latter to say

13 Behold, it was the faith of Alma and Amulek that caused the prison to tumble to the earth.

 14 Behold, it was the faith of Nephi and Lehi that wrought the change upon the Lamanites, that they were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost.

 15 Behold, it was the faith of Ammon and his brethren which wrought so great a miracle among the Lamanites.

16 Yea, and even all they who wrought miracles wrought them by faith, even those who were before Christ and also those who were after.

Really just long story, but continue in faith.  The Lord has a plan for all of us.  When we left His presence in heaven, He showed us the path and said I'll see you at the end of the road but He didn't leave us alone.  He gave us the Holy Ghost to guide us down the path and we need to have faith thru our trials that we will be guided and make it to the end of the path.  CONTINUE IN FAITH, all will be well with the world.  Also, Thank you both, the Dahl's and Halverson's for all the food!

さようなら ハルバソン 長老

Notes from Pam: 
Elder Halverson 

- goes back to the doctor on September 30th and is hoping to be able to put weight on his foot. 
"the foot feels great, I don't feel much pain at all.  I'm so incredibly anxious for the 30th when I can get it off and walk around maybe. The 5th metatarsal at the top is broken."

- sent a list of items he needs taken care of before departing for Sendai.  I take that as a good sign that they are planning on him leaving with his group. 
- can't work out.  At the MTC, the gym is in the basement and they do not have elevators.  

- had been attending choir practice, but stopped because there was no room for his legs, boot and scooter.  "Yea choir is hard to go to because of the foot and also the uncomfortable seats and no leg room.  Every so often I do go choir."

- took the picture at the temple.  "I did take that photo, probably the best photo I've taken in my whole life!" haha

- Syd's hair color.  "What why??????"

- cleaning out his room.  "It depends on what stuff it is haha.  Can't throw it all way until I say so!"

Monday, September 21, 2015

Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 10:51 AM

Birthday Week

It was my birthday this week and it was really fun.  The sisters in my district decided to decorate the room with all sorts of stuff they found around the MTC.  There were tons of candy and all sorts of different decorations and such. It was really fun.  They sang "Happy Birthday" to me as I scooted into the classroom, but sadly they were somehow not allowed to decorate the room so I had about 15 minutes of birthday here.  Oh also, thanks for the cake, Mom!  Even though it said "ELDER HAVLERSON" on it, it was still a really oishii cake.  And that night I had another 15 minute birthday eating cake before we had to go to bed.  #MissionLife

I got transferred to another comp. My 3rd comp in 5 weeks at the MTC.  Nearly everyone at the MTC only has 1 comp the whole time... well I've had three. The new one is named Elder Hogan. He is from Virginia and he is the guy who got the 35 on the ACT. And he loves to sing a lot... and he isn't the best at singing. So right now I want to say I'm sorry for my singing because I now realize that bad singing isn't the best when its nonstop, ha ha. I still love Elder Hogan though. He is a really cool guy and yet again I've got something to learn from this new comp

Now for the Minor news:
On Friday last week, I broke my foot playing basketball.  It is a 5th metatarsal bone that I broke.  I have gym the first thing in the morning so we woke up early to get there and start playing.  So we got there and we said the prayer and I went over to start playing. We were playing elimination and I missed my first shot and ran to go get it. I jumped up for the lay up and came down and landed on my old comps foot.  Rolled my ankle and it continued to roll and I felt a pop in my foot.  ha ha pretty awesome right? Not.  I got to the doctor and they x-rayed my foot and tell me i cracked it at the head of the bone which is really fortunate because its only a 5-6 week recovery.  He also said I might be able to walk around with a brace after a check up on the 30th of September.  So now I have a scooter and I scoot around everywhere at the MTC.  The weird/cool/unfortunate/fortunate thing is that I broke it with 5 weeks left so more than likely I'll be in a boot right up until I leave for Japan on the 12th of October.  
BEN FOWERS, I think I have the same type of injury that you had just before baseball. I look just like you with the scooter and foot in a boot.

I set a goal for myself that I will walk onto the plane on October 12th, so I am doing all that I can.  Including having faith in Heavenly Father that I will be able to fulfill his plan for me, whether it be by working in the vineyard (MTC) a little longer and then receiving my penny for the work and not complaining that I didn't get it sooner, because its all a part of the plan to have me be more prepared to finally go to Japan.  Going to Japan is the penny we all get. It's just the difference of how long I have to work to get the penny.  Just like in Jacob 5, the parable of the vineyard.  We watched a video about the parable of the vineyard and it really showed me that we need to have patience in what we do and have faith in Heavenly Father.

'Til next week. Love you all 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 1:01 PM

This week has been a series of ups and downs. Probably the biggest thing I realized was humility was a huge part of being a missionary. Monday we have a thing called a TRC, which is basically like FHE, and all day I had been feeling pretty good with the language. I went into the first of two TRCs and I couldn't say anything. It felt as if I had my tongue tied and was unable to say anything. It was awful really. Thankfully, the guy we were teaching was a really nice guy and was helping us when we were both obviously struggling. I left that lesson just thinking, "This sucks. I can never learn the language and speak from the heart."  I was really kinda in the dumps. We went into the second one and my teacher told me how he loved this guy and he is one of his favorite people he had ever met. My comp and I went into the lesson and we are still trying to speak to him in Japanese and it was still a struggle. Then he stopped us and started to teach us. Normally, we are supposed to teach the people by the spirit, but this wasn't the case. This guy was teaching us through the spirit. Turns out, this guy is a return missionary that went to Sapporo and now he teaches Japanese at BYU. He started to talk about how we should never really worry too much about the language even though it's going to be hard. He told us about how Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father love us so dearly and to never forget that fact because he will never stop loving us. This whole time he was speaking Japanese and I could understand him. It was definitely an amazing thing to have the spirit teach us and testify to me the importance of God's love and what he does for us on a daily basis.

Sorry for the shortness of this email. I forgot to draft one this week and this story has been the only thing that has stuck out to me all week. Just wanted to let you know that I love you all and remember to read the scriptures and pray always.

ミチャル T ハルバソン Mitchell T Halverson

Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 11:15 AM

THANK YOU MOM FOR THE KEYBOARD!!!! It makes everything easier to do on my iPad - notes, emails, everything. Thank you so much for this. And sorry if there are a lot of spelling errors in this email because I'm writing it with my keyboard and my hands are a little to big for the small keys haha, but its all good. Thanks again!! It really is a blessing.

It has been an average week for me here. I'm getting into the swing of things here at the MTC. I don't know why some people hate the MTC so much. It's really kinda nice here. You don't have to worry about anything really. All the food is free. Although the food is becoming less and less appetizing. You can only have enough mass produced meals everyday. For example, I loved biscuits and gravy at home and now I can not stand it here. Especially cause they serve it every morning and the biscuits are nearly rock hard. I'm pretty sure that they make them and let them sit in the open for hours on end so the biscuits become rocks. But when Sunday rolls around the food here is amazing, only because all of the branch presidency from all the zones here at the MTC. Sundays are still the best because of the good food, the temple walk, relaxed, sacrament, Sunday night Devo, and we get to watch a movie (usually a member of the Quorum of the Twelve gives a talk). Not an actual movie, it would be nice however to watch a disney movie or Star Wars.

BTW, when my district and I have down time we usually talk about Star Wars and how excited we are for Star Wars 7. And we all changed our names on our iPads to Star Wars characters names.

Our Senpai left for Japan early Monday morning which was really sad because I was just starting to get close with all of those amazing elders and sisters. Luckly some are going to Sendai. When we were saying good bye the ones going to Sendai just kept saying see you in 6 weeks. Now it's really quite quiet in the residence halls. But on a brighter note there is no longer a big line for the showers anymore. Which is a blessing and a half, because you get to take longer showers without anyone waiting on you to finish. The other Japanese zone that we share the residence hall (they are going to Nagoya and Kobe) got 40!! 40 Kohai (newbies basically) and they are all going to Nagoya and Kobe. I asked one of my sensai how many people where in his zone when he was a missionary (which was just 3 years ago) and their were 6 maybe 7 total missionaries in his district and maybe 30 missionaries in his zone. To compare, there are 35 of us missionaries when the Senpai left for Japan and before, we had close to 70 missionaries. That is absolutely insane. We were double his mission in total numbers. The lord is really hastening his work on the Asian continent, especially in Japan.

In Jacob 5, my sensei made the allegory to the prophet (servant) continually asking for more time in the Vineyard to see if the crops and branches would grow after being grafted and such. Then the servant finally asks his master (the lord) for more strength or help in his vineyard. The prophet finally asked for help instead of more time here on the earth. The second coming is near and prophets have been asking for more time to do his work on the earth. And about 3 years ago Thomas S. Monson finally asked for more help here on the earth. and that is when the Lord instructed him to make the missionary age change and give every missionary iPads so that the work can be hastened on the earth. Since the age change, missionary numbers have spiked from about 55,000 to nearly 90,000 missionaries out in the field. I was reading in D&C and at the end of every chapter it kept saying that "Behold I come Quickly. Even so. Amen." It is an amazing time to be a missionary and I am more than excited to finally go to Nihon.

The MTC is great because of the experiences you can have here that you can never have really at any other place in the world. On Tuesday, DALLIN H OAKS came to the MTC and spoke to us about the importance of PMG. It was broadcasted to all the other MTCs in the world. I'm going to send you my notes from the Devo. I've never typed so fast in my life, hahaha. I was writing down everything he was saying basically. At the end of the Devo, when he stood up, we all stood up and he waved to the whole crowd, everyone waved back. But it was honestly like he was waving at just me. Probably one of the coolest and most spiritual experiences I have ever been a part of. Well, 'til next week, love you