Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Second Week here at the MTC

My first full week as a missionary has been insane, but great! I have learned so much and I am so afraid that I will forget it all when I leave for the field! I leave for Denver on Monday! Crazy right?
The past few days have been really difficult, but they have been uplifting. I am grateful to know that Heavenly Father has enough trust in me so give me trials. I can do hard things.
Alright. So Tuesday night we walked to the Marriott center for the weekly MTC devotional--Elder Richardson of the General Sunday School presidency spoke to us. IT WAS FANTASTIC! He told about how we must always act our part as missionaries and how we must always remember to ask yourself what a REAL missionary would do. He then applied it to our lives after our missions.  What would a real wife do? What would a real mother do? What would a real disciple of Christ do? We must always act our part.
On Wednesday night, the new missionaries came in! I had the opportunity to be a hostess and that was GREAT. It was crazy to think that only nine days ago I was in the same place they were in on Monday. Totes cray (yes, totes). It is so wonderful to see so many different young men and young women coming from very different backgrounds but they all share one thing in common: their love for Jesus Christ and His gospel. And because I am the Sister Training leader I got to help the new sisters out in my zone. They are all so wonderful! They all radiate the light of Christ! This opportunity for them and for me has been the greatest blessing. President Thomas S. Monson said, "The greatest blessing the Lord has given me is the opportunity to be a blessing in someone else's life." (It was something like that anyway). How true that statement is! The Lord has blessed me so much!
OH! Sister Sheri Dew spoke to us in Relief Society on Sunday! Now that was awesome! (Seriously, read some of her stuff! She is amazing!) She gave us four things she hopes that we learn while we are on our missions that lead us to true conversion. First, know who you are--you are a child of God. Second, really deeply come to know and understand who the Savior is--He has come to heal the brokenhearted. Third, learn how to receive revelation (or answers from God). Finally, learn of God's power--experience firsthand that God wants his children to have access to His power. I am going to do my best to learn these four things while I am on my mission.  Greater joy and happiness are waiting for me in the mission field!
This week we taught a woman names Leah. I admire this young woman so much! Her faith is so incredible! She knows that Jesus Christ is Her Savior. How great is that! Apparently she prayed for the other sisters who taught her and asked them all what they were grateful for and then asked them if they were in need of any blessings--She then proceeded to pray for those sweet sisters! how incredible their experience must have been! I admire the love she has for God.
I love Jesus Christ and I know that through Him we can return to live with our Heavenly Father! I know that God listens to us if we seek Him out because He loves us. And I love you!
Thank you to all who have emailed me and sent me letters and packages! I love you all!
Sister Hardy

p.s. The picture is of me and my companion, Sister Brooks!

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