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Monday, December 28, 2015

The beach one day and a foot of snow two days later....



Oh what a fantastic week! The best part was talking the the Fam! I can't believe how big my little girls are getting! Christmas Eve we had a fantastic Christmas Eve dinner with the Mackinnon family from the branch. We opened our Christmas Evepresents that Sister Dearden and I got for everyone and they were superhero shirts! Christmas morning we got up and come over to the Domans (senior couple) and opened presents! We had brunch with the Woods family! Then spent the day at the beach finding sea shells, playing playing games and chillin like a villain. Oh and it was like 50 degrees and warm... Worst Christmas weather ever!! 
 Saturday was Boxing Day..... We had a pretty lax day, we weren't aloud to go out and do missionary work, so we played hockey with the branch. Don't worry I didn't kill myself. I walked away from the games with one injury.... And it was only a bruise on my thumb. Gotta say I'm pretty proud I didn't break anything 🙈
Sunday was transfer letters.... We all know I will be leaving, but I will be going to Moncton New Brunswick with Sister Dearden and we will be training a new Sister together! It should be a lot of fun! When we woke up Sunday morning it was snowing and still snowing when we got to church, it was really icy and crappy weather so they decided to only have sacrament meeting. Sunday night after supper and correlation it was still snowing. It stopped for a little bit but was snowing again this morning when we woke up. We have a good amount of snow. It comes to my mid calf. I think winter has finally shown up!!! ❄❄❄️ 
I have a million and one pictures to send so I will send a few with my email and the rest will be put on my blog! 
My new address is 
Sister McKenzie Hardy 
1309 Mountain Road Unit 408
Moncton, New Brunswick 
E1C 2T9
Canada 



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!

OH MY GOODNESS!!! 4 DAYS!!!!!!

Can you tell I am excited? Well you will be after this email! Some exciting things happened this past week! Wednesday we had our Christmas Zone Conference, it was a blast! Well all except the White Elephant gift i received... I got a...... Santa Claus Melon.... who knew that existed? i didnt... plus i dont even like melon!!! WHAT THE EVEN!!!! but other than that it was a great conference!! except…. President pulled Sister Dearden and I aside and said that he is closing New Glasgow sisters. We are not sure where we are going yet, but we do know that we will be staying together opening a new area! So PLEASE do NOT send anything! There will be no one in our apartment after we leave! I will know next Monday where I will be going!

During my studies this week I have been studying Christmas! I was reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elder Holland refers to it as "Dr. Suess’s holiday “horror” story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, that the devilish Grinch determined to rob Who-ville of every holiday treat. In a nefarious scheme in which the Grinch dressed as Santa him self, he moved through Who-ville taking every package tree, ornament, and stocking.
We now come upon him as he leaves the city, chuckling to himself in delight over the pain he will have caused children like little Cindy-Lou Who.

Three thousand feet up! Up the side of Mt. Crumpit,
He rode with his load to the tiptop to dump it!
Pooh-Pooh to the Whos!” he was grinch-ish-ly humming.
They’re finding out now that no Christmas is coming!
They’re just waking up! I know just what they’ll do!
Their mouths will hang open a minute or two
Then the Whos down in Who-ville will all cry Boo-Hoo!
That’s a noise, “grinned the Grinch,
That I simply MUST hear!”So he paused. And the Grinch put his hand to his ear.
And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low. Then it started to grow …
But the sound wasn’t sad!
Why, this sound sounded merry!
It couldn’t be so!
But it WAS merry! VERY!
He stared down at Who-ville!
The Grinch popped his eyes!
Then he shook!
What he saw was a shocking surprise!
Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all!
He HADN‘T stopped Christmas from coming!
IT CAME!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?”
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more!”

​The Purpose of telling the story of Christmas is to remind us that Christmas doesn't come from a store. Indeed, however delightful we feel about it, even as children, each year it “means a little bit more.”
 
There are so many lessons to be learned from the sacred account of Christ's birth tjat we always hesitate to emphasize one at the expense of all the others.
We recall Joseph and Mary having very little. But the Wise men did come bearing gifts, adding some splendor and wealth to the occasion of the Birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is important to realize they traveled a long distance probably from Persia, or somewhere nearby. A trip of several hundred miles at the very least. Unless of course they started long before the start appeared, it is highly unlikely that they arrived on the night of the Babe's birth. Since in Mathew 2:11 it says “And when they (The Wise Men) came into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
We need to be careful to remember the true meanings of the Christmas season. So what are the true meanings of the things we use to celebrate Christmas?
The Christmas Tree: Green is the second color of Christmas. The evergreen with its unchanging with its unchanging color represents the hope of eternal life in Jesus. Its needles point heavenqward as well.
A Star: The star was the heavenly sign of promise. God promised a Savior for the world and the star was the sign of the fulfillment of that promise of the night that Jesus Christ was born. God always fulfills His promises and that the wise still seek Him.
Red: The first color of Christmas. It is the color of the life giving blood that flows through our veins. It is the symbol of God's greatest gift. Christ gave His life and hsed his blood for them that they might have eternal life.
Bells: Just as lost sheep are guided to safety by the sound of the bell, it continues to ring today for all to be guided to the fold. Follow the true Shepherd who gave His life for the Sheep.
A Candle: The glow of the candle represents how man can show his thanks for the gift of God's Son that Christmas Eve long ago. Follow in Christ's footsteps… to go about doing good. Let your light shne before men that ll may see it and glorify God. This is what the symbolized when the twinkling lights shine on the tree like hundreds of bright, shining candles, each of them representing one of God's precious children, their light shining for all to see.
A Candy Cane: White to symbolize the virgin birth and sinless nature of Jesus. The shape 'J' to represent the precious name of Jesus who came to earth as our Savior. It also represents the crook of the Good Shepherd which he uses to reach down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like sheep, have gone astray. The original Candy Cane had three small red stripes which are the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed, and a large red stripe that represents the shed blood of Christ so that we can have eternal life.
A Wreath: Tied with a bright red bow- The bow reminds us of the bond of perfection which is love. The wreath embodies all the good things about Christmas for those with eyes to see and hearts to understand. It contains the colors of red and green and the heaven turned needles of the evergreen. The Bow tells the story of good will towards all and its color reminds us of Christ's sacrifice. Even the wreath's very shape is symbolic, representing eternity and the eternal nature of Christ's love. It is a circle without beginning and without end.
Santa Claus: Represents the spirit of family fun and the joy of giving and receiving.
This Christmas week, I want you all to remember the true meaning of Christmas. As we give and receive gifts and goodies! 
This past Saturday one of our investigators Jasmine was baptized, Jasmine is 12 years old and know in her heart that this is the only true gospel on the earth today. She could not stop smiling before and after her baptism. It was an amazing experience to see how much joy this Gospel brings to those that let it effect their lives. 
I know without a doubt that Christ's true church is once again on the Earth today. I wouldn’t be here in Canada away from my family if I had even a small doubt that this isn’t Christ's church. I Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!! 

LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!





Monday, December 14, 2015

December 14th 2015

Alright!!!! I have a ton of pictures this week!! It's been a good week, full of fun!! This Christmas season will be one I never forget. One of my favorite Christmas hymns is joy to the world. It says;  


  1. Joy to the world, the lord is come;
    Let earth receive her King!
    Let ev'ry heart prepare him room,
    And Saints and angels sing,
    And Saints and angels sing,
    And Saints, and Saints and angels sing.
  2. 2. Rejoice! Rejoice when Jesus reigns,
    And Saints their songs employ,
    While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
    Repeat the sounding joy,
    Repeat the sounding joy,
    Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
  3. 3. No more will sin and sorrow grow,
    Nor thorns infest the ground;
    He'll come and make the blessings flow
    Far as the curse was found,
    Far as the curse was found,
    Far as, far as the curse was found.
  4. 4. Rejoice! Rejoice in the Most High,
    While Israel spreads abroad
    Like stars that glitter in the sky,
    And ever worship God,
    And ever worship God,
    And ever,

    Words can not describe how grateful I am for my Savior Jesus Christ. This Christmas season, is one that we need to remember Christ in ALL that we do, say, and think! Without Christ in our lives, we would be nothing, we would have nothing. Let's remember those around the world that don't get to spend Christmas with their family and friends, or dont have the funds to give a good Christmas to their children. 


    I Love and Miss you ALL!!!! 
    I hope you have a great week! 
    Don't forget you can write me ☺😊

    Sister McKenzie Hardy
    159 Abercrombie RD #4 
    New Glasow, Nova Scotia 
    B2H 1K5

    Lovssss!!!! 😘☺😜🤗🐵❄🎄





Monday, December 7, 2015

WAZZZZUPPPP

YoYoYo! 

What a crazy week! It was a long and crazy week! We were able to get 400 contacts this week and 35 finding hours! It sounds like the sickness is everywhere right now! I have been sick the past three days, and today i have no voice.. but oh well! 

At the beginning of the week we had someone ask us a few questions about the second coming and the millennium. So i took the opportunity to study those topics this past week and want to share some cool stuff i came across. The questions we were asked were 1st how can we be ready for when the Savior comes? 2nd Who will live during the millennium and 3rd what will we be doing during the millennium? 
 
The  best way to answer the first question is that we need to prepare ourselves for the Saviors coming by accepting the teaching of the gospel and making them part of our lives. 

During the millennium only righteous people will live on the Earth at the beginning of the millennium. They will be those who have lived virtuous and honest lives. During the millennium mortals will still live on the earth, and will continue to have children. 

Something interesting that i read that i had never thought about before, was that during the millennium people will still have their agency and for a time many people will be free to continue with their religions and ideas. eventually though everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is the Savior.

Another cool thing i read was that during the millennium, there will be no death as we know it. When people have lived to an old age, they will not die and be buried. Instead they will be changed from their mortal condition to an immortal condition in "the twinkling of an eye." 

If you didnt have the chance last night to watch the Christmas Devotional, i would encourage you all to go and watch it! It helps get us all in the Christmas Spirit! 


18 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS!!!!!! 
and a little under 365 day till i come home.... crazy right?! 😵🙈😨🙊✌

I LOVE AND MISS YOU ALL!!!!!!

                                                             MA this one is for you


                                                             Who says we cant color?!


Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas is the Spirit of GIVING without a thought of getting

TS CHRISTMAS TIME!!!!!!!!!!
Oh now that it is past American thanksgiving it is all on CHRISTmas! This time of the year is sooo great! not sure if you can tell or not but i am so excited for this month! This Christmas season let Christ be your light! Last Christmas during the Christmas Devotional President Henry B. Eyring spoke the name of his talk is The Light and the Life of the World. It says….
Tonight our hearts have been drawn to the Savior, and our commitment to follow Him has been strengthened. The beautiful lights placed in this Conference Center are a symbol of the joy we have felt.
The Savior came into the world with light designed to confirm and celebrate His arrival. You remember the account:
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.…
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”
They were drawn, on that sacred night, to go to the Savior. What they saw with their physical eyes, in the stable, was a tiny baby. What they went to verify was visible only through spiritual feelings. We know that the Light of Christ is an influence that we can recognize by its effects.
The Savior said:
For, behold, it is I that speak; behold, I am the light which shineth in darkness, and by my power I give these words unto thee.
And now, verily, verily, I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good—yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy.”2
I felt that light, joy, and desire to do good when our first great-grandchild was born. I looked down on her and thought, “She seems to glow with a beauty I didn’t think was possible.” In an instant I realized that the beauty I saw and the glow I felt when I looked at her face came from her purity and, to me, by the Light of Christ.
It is important for you to trust that precious capacity to see more than what physical eyes see. It does not require having received the gift of the Holy Ghost. For instance, we had a neighbor in Utah. She was a widow, an elderly widow. For years the members of our ward included her in quilt-making and other activities. She enjoyed their friendship but showed no interest in the restored gospel.
She told me that on one Sunday, after she moved to Nevada, she came back to her apartment feeling dark, discouraged, and alone. Her doorbell rang.
She described what happened this way. She said, “I opened the door, wondering who it could be. And there on the doorstep, I saw two beautiful women standing side by side. And I felt that I saw halos around their heads.”
They were the missionaries who came because my wife loved that widow enough to ask a mission president to offer the gift of the gospel of Jesus Christ to her friend.
I went to Las Vegas to baptize and confirm that widow. And my wife and I were her companions when she first went to the temple. In all those sacred moments of covenants, there seemed to me to be a brightness about her, just as I felt when I looked down with love on my first great-grandchild.
You have had such moments when you felt the Spirit of Christ, as you may at this moment. That is because these words are true: “Every soul who walks the earth, wherever he lives, in whatever nation he may have been born, no matter whether he be in riches or in poverty, had at birth an endowment of that first light which is called the Light of Christ, the Spirit of Truth, or the Spirit of God—that universal light of intelligence with which every soul is blessed.”3
You might have felt the Light of Christ tonight in this devotional, the purpose of which is to remember and to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. All of us here have experienced an influence to want to be kind or to help someone in need. All of us have felt an increased desire to stay away from evil. And we each have felt a desire to be less prideful, boastful, or critical—to be more like the Savior.
As we have felt the pure love of Christ, we have felt more His love for others. Charity is the pure love of Christ. Whatever we feel now is only a beginning. The Lord promised each of us a glorious future this way: “That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.”4
Some watching and listening tonight were drawn to be with us in the hope that they could find peace as they face the sorrows of sickness and death that come with mortality to us and to those we love. I testify that Jesus Christ “is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.”5
President Thomas S. Monson, the Lord’s living prophet, has assured us: “With all the strength of my soul, I testify that God lives, that his Beloved Son is the firstfruits of the resurrection, that the gospel of Jesus Christ is that penetrating light that makes of every hopeless dawn a joyful morning.”I add my humble testimony to his.
I bear my witness that God the Father lives and that He gave us the gift of His Beloved Son out of love for us. I know as surely as I live that the resurrected Savior lives. He atoned for our sins. And I testify that He is the Light of the World and the sure source of comfort, hope, peace, and joy. I pray with all my heart that we all will draw closer to Him, to feel the warmth of His light and love. In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, whom we worship and serve, amen.
I can't say it any better than President Eyring did.
Some exciting new here in New Glasgow, we have a new investigator! She is fantastic! Yesterday at Church we had 11 Less active members that we have been working with come to church and we were able to set up a few lessons for this week with some potential investigators! Other exciting new in the mission is today we officially started a Le Tour De Faith, This is a competition between the elders… and THE SISTERS!!!! this week we have to get 300 contacts and have to have 30 finding hours… all while it is in the negatives this week! Oh and it is officially winter! We have snow and its colder than crap….!
ONLY 25 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS!!!!! Well I LOVE and MISS you all! And hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving supper and of course ate an extra piece of everything for me!
Remember I love letters!
My address is
159 Abercrombie #4 New Glagow, NS B2H 1K5
LOVE, Everyone’s Favorite Sister Hardy :)





The sock gang has officially began with Sister Dearden and Elder Nelson!








Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy Turkey Week!!

Good Morning! 

Yesterday we had the opportunity to attend a broadcast of the Montreal Quebec Temple               re-dedication the cool thing was that it was in french! it was wicked awesome!! Transfers happened, it was a sad day to leave sackville but new glasgow is great! I have the wonderful opportunity to work with a senior couple that are fantastic! 
Not alot has happened this week, its been a crazy week with transfers happening! 

Update on the ankle..... It is doing good, I HATE crutches... but the work must go on. The mission nurse is going to look at it on Wednesday to make sure its not fractured. Which she believes it is right now... so we will see :) 

I should have a lot to talk about next Monday, as we have Zone Conference this week! 

I Want to wish this girl a Happy Late Birthday!! MYMY is the sweetest little girl you will ever meet! I Love and Miss you so much MYMY!!!

This is my new companion Sister Dearden from Filmore Utah, she is great! 

I Hope you all have a great week and THANKSGIVING!!!!

~Love Sister Hardy <3 :) 
oh p.s only 32 more days till CHRISTMAS!!!!!! 



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

What a week....



This week has been so crazy as many of you have heard or seen!! Monday for P-Day we played volleyball with the Elders, and i ended up falling and spraining my ankle very bad. After a few hours of just sitting around i finally decided to call the mission nurse to see what she wanted me to do and she said that i need to go the hospital to make sure it wasn't broken. So i called President Pratt and told him what was going on and to get permission to be out past curfew. He told me to call the elders serving near us and have them take me to the hospital so that my companions could go home and get some sleep. So needless to say i spent the from 8pm till almost midnight. It was a crazy/weird night. I wasn't able to see a doctor that night so we decided that we would just go back in the morning. so i finally got home around 12:30am Tuesday morning. My companions were asleep so i jumped into bed. When the alarm went off at 6:20 i was so dead since i hardly slept that night. My comps were like what happened? so i told them and then we were back off to the hospital at 8am. We got there and it was already crazy busy, i got checked in and took back to a room. i sat there for a good two and a half hours waiting for someone to come and get me for an x-ray. After the x-ray was done and the doctor looked at it he said that there was no apparent fracture but it doesnt mean that there isn't one. Since fractures dont always show up right off the bat. The doctor was like i want you on crutches for 3-4 weeks... KILL ME NOW!!!!! being a missionary and having stupid crutches are the worse thing in the world!!!!! We finally got out of the hospital around 12:30 grabbed a quick bite for lunch and were off to a nursing home, we are trying to volunteer at. After that we went to Bridgewater for a visit..... not a smart idea for someone that has been up all night and that is in pain. Wednesday we tried to take it easy, well as easy as you can as a missionary. Thursday we had a service projected lined up with the elders to help a former investigator rake leafs. I was designated to be the supervisor...  Friday we had the dreadful weekly planning.... it is when we plan every hour for the upcoming week. Saturday morning I was bound and determined to go and contact at the waterfront... i was so dead after that hour was up... Yesterday we got the horrible dreadful transfer letters. On Thursday i will be heading to New Glasgow Nova Scotia. I ABSOLUTELY HATE PACKING. Sackville has been an awesome experience these past three weeks. I have had to opportunity to meet some amazing members and people. I am sad to leave but know that i am needed in New Glasgow right now. The triple threat it being split for good. :( We have had some amazing times together! Sister Yadernuk and Sister Law will always be close friends. #SACKVEGAS #STRAIGHTOUTASACKVILLE 

My New Address is 159 Abercrombie Rd Apt #4 New Glasgow, NS B2H 1KS

I LOVE YOU ALL AND HOPE YOU HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK!!!!!
~SISTER HARDY :)     <3






Monday, November 9, 2015

I know we will wash them tonight and put them in the oven to dry them. -Sister Yaddy



Good Morning!!!!!

It has been a crazy week! The weather has been crazy warm! It feels like it should be spring not NOVEMBER!!!! The past few days i have been able to walk around outside with a short sleeve shirt on and everything! Thursday afternoon i was asked to prepare a training on Accountability, I totally forgot my notes. though so.... i will try and go by memory what i said. I broke the word Accountable up and made an anagram. 
. A ­ ​accept full responsibility.
 C ­​choose to be productive. 
C­ ​commit to feel personal responsibility towards the Lord.
 O ­​open­minded toward everyone and everything. 
U ­ ​understand your call. 
N ­​notice your successes and your failures. 
T ­ ​take actions. 
A ­​a desire to account your day to the Lord. 
B ­ ​be motivated. 
L ­​learn from leaders and others around you. 
E ­​engage yourself in the missionary efforts of others (Members missionaries and so forth)

It was an awesome experience, to be able to look at how accountable i am to not only the lord, but my companions, leaders, family and friends. I have committed myself to be more accountable to everyone. I would invite you to think of a way you can be more accountable to those around you!

Saturday night was probably the highlight of my week! We were able to meet the Wade family from Greenwood for supper! It was a blast and so nice to see them!!! 

The joy of having elders in your area..... they text us and told us that they had a bag of food from a member for us....  it was full of nasty potato chips..... 

Oh i guess i should explain the title of the email. last night we were figuring out how we wanted to do wash, cause we dont have one in our apartment anymore... sister yadernuk looks at us and says, lets just wash them and dry them in the oven.... needless to say it didnt happen :)

I hope you all have a great week!! I cant wait to hear from everyone next week!! 

P.S I have almost been out 6 months..... CRAZY RIGHT?!?! 

~ Sister Hardy :) <3