Elder Hardy has been called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for a period of two years. He will serve in the Spain Barcelona Mission May 2013 - May 2015
Sunday, 9 June 2013
Big Man at the MTC
Thursday June 6th, 2013
How are you all doing?! From these cute pictures, it seems
like you are all doing awesome! Still beautiful and handsome as ever.
I seriously look at the photo album every single day, and I
share it with everyone to look at. You are all so good looking.
Hey Grandma and Grandpa Baril, you guys are so great! I've
shared those 19 boxes of Smarties with so many people. I went out of my way to
give them to people who looked like they needed it. They were all soooo grateful
and surprised, it was hilarious. Just know that those Canadian candies are a
hit! ;) And I think I already wrote Grandma Joyce a card before I left, but make
sure she knows how grateful I am for her and her support. I love you Grandma
Thank you all for the dear elders, they are a highlight of
every day for me. It's so nice of you guys to take time to write me and keep me
updated! Dad, I seriously CHERISH that story you told me about the temple and
Grandma. That's such a powerful story to hear! I love stories like that, it's
really a powerful testimony builder. I hope you will always keep it dear to
your heart, because I know that I will.
Chad, thanks for your letter too! I
loved your words of support, they really lifted me up! And its cool to hear you
say you actually love and care about me, deep down I already knew it, I was
just waiting for you to say it. I care about you, and love you so much. I pray
for you daily Chad. I
love you so much my brotha, I miss our wings nights. When I get back, we better
do that stuff again!
Alright, let's talk about some stuff that happened this week.
An elder left today. Elder -, he came in just last week and I became pretty
good friends with him He's a really nice guy. Anyways, yesterday he just broke
down and said he would have to go home. Turns out that he's an atheist, and
couldn't continue teaching. Really a sad story, I feel really distraught over
it. But I talked with him for a bit, and tried to give him some courage and
support. I hope things work out for him.
We can't do things on our own. There is a purpose for us in this life. We gotta get through it, and endure. We're supposed to have joy, and I know that the only true way I could find that was by leaning on Heavenly Father and the atonement. The only way I was able to feel happy was through my Savior. I know, without a doubt, that we are here to find joy. Wickedness never was happiness, I've found that out.
I also am continuing with the "singing in the shower
tradition" here. All the new guys who have come in like it too, so I'm
basically just Michael Buble in the shower. If only I sounded that good
all the time. ;) But I love it. I really miss music, I barely ever get to hear
it here! I really want some way to listen to it, so I've gotta figure that out!
Yesterday, I was the big man at the MTC. I was in charge of
directing all of the traffic for the new missionaries getting dropped off. And
it was a record, most cars in history at the MTC. Over 900! Anyways, I ended up
getting burnt, bad. I'll send a picture.
Hey I've got a testimony building scripture for you all! Just
a cool relation between the New Testament and Book of Mormon. So in Matthew
17:11, Jesus is talking to Peter, James, and John! And it actually says that
Elias (John the Baptist) will come to "restore" all things! THAT IS
THE PRIESTHOOD! How cool is that you guys? The restoration of the gospel was
foretold. If that isn't sweet, I don't know what is.
Okay so guys, I'm getting my travel plans today! Ill be
calling sometime after 12 I think, for five minutes. Not sure exactly when.
Will anyone be home?
I love you guys so much. Stay strong, you're all great.
Love, Elder Hardy
I asked Elder Hardy the name of the other missionary besides Elder Stolk.
His name is Elder Miller, from
North Ogden Utah. He is going to Malaga Spain!
They both got their visas.
Elder Hardy is 19. Time to take him seriously!
We had happy birthday donuts sent to Elder Hardy for his birthday.
From Wednesday, June 5th when Elder Hardy got to be the "big man"
at the MTC directing traffic as all the new missionaries of the week were being dropped off.
The other pictures had little too much white skin to post them here!
On Thursday June 6th, we got a phone call from Elder Hardy saying that on Monday morning he will be flying out to Toronto where he will begin his mission and say until his Visa arrives.
We also got a call from Renee Boehmer from the Diamond Valley Branch who had just returned from dropping off their daughter at the MTC for her mission to New Zealand. She said that they saw Elder Hardy there directing traffic and looking so great and happy. They knew Elder Hardy from working together on the Youth Celebration for the Calgary Alberta Temple.