It appears that Elder Hardy did indeed safely arrive in Toronto Canada sometime today as we received this email from President Scott. As far as we know, Elder Hardy will still plan to go to Spain when his Visa arrives, but in the meantime it seems that he is in a great place. We look forward to hearing from him on his next Preparation Day though we don't know for sure when that will be. We will patiently wait until we hear from him next.
Dear Brother and Sister Hardy,
We are grateful to receive your son, Elder Bryce Hardy as a new missionary in the Canada Toronto Mission. We are including a picture that we took with him at the mission home when he arrived. His testimony and enthusiasm for the work are evident. As his mission president and wife, we thank you for the sacrifice that was made to prepare him to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As parents who have sent children on missions, we recognize the feelings involved in sending a son or daughter on a full-time mission for the Lord.
A dedicated service to the Lord brings many blessings to many people. As a full-time servant of the Lord, Elder Hardy will be blessed with a greater knowledge of the gospel, as well as a stronger testimony. He will touch the hearts of many people, and those whom he will teach will be able to change their lives as they receive the peace and knowledge that comes through the gift and power of the Holy Ghost. King Mosiah related the comforting message from the Lord that he received when he inquired about sending his sons into the service of the Lord: “Let them go up, for many shall believe on their words, and they shall have eternal life.” (Mosiah 28:7). The Lord relates in Doctrine and Covenants 84:80-85 that His Elders and Sisters will be taken care of well. It requires a lot of faith, but we know that the Lord is watching over us all.
After prayerful consideration, Elder Justin Steele and Elder Brian Polite, two of our outstanding missionaries in the mission have been called to be your son’s first companions and trainers.
We are sure that Elder Hardy will love his mission as he stays dedicated and focused on the Lord’s work. We promise to love and care for him. We testify of the truthfulness of this marvellous work of bringing souls to a knowledge of the Savior.
Serving a full time mission can be the most significant and rewarding experience in a young person’s life. It is rigorous and challenging and requires great spiritual focus. Successful and happy missionaries abide by a strict code of conduct and obedience. Thank you for supporting and sustaining your missionary in this great work.
Once again, we thank you for the faith you have shown to the Lord and the sacrifices that you are making. We feel it a great privilege and responsibility to care for your missionary while he serves the Lord and pray daily for his happiness, well being, and success.
With love and gratitude,
Brent L. Scott
Elder Hardy with President and Sister Scott in the Canada Toronto Mission
Our missionary. That we love. Beyond words.