Monday, February 24, 2014

   Ah!!! Things are changing! It's so weird to know I'm going to be with someone else this time tomorrow. So transfer news: I get the awesome blessing of staying here in the Los Robles ward of Newbury Park! I'm very excited to be here. There is so much work going on and there have been so many miracles. I'm so excited to be here to continue to do what I can for these people and to help them progress. Sister Cusick has been called as one of the mission's Sister Training Leaders! They're basically like the traveling sisters. They do exchanges and train at conferences and stuff. She is going to do so well. She is an amazing missionary and such a good trainer. I will miss her so much. We have had such a great time together and we have learned to work so much. My new senior companion is a Sister Dixon whom I shall meet tomorrow morning at transfer meeting. I'm really nervous about having a new companion, so please keep me in your prayers tomorrow. I'm also really excited to get to know someone else and to see how we work together. I'm going to be the one who knows the people here. I will have to take the lead a lot this week. I can do this! :)
   So there is a lot of work that has been going on this week! There are so many miracles that we've seen in this ward and this area lately. We feel so humbled and so blessed. We were pretty much booked all week with scheduled lessons and appointments. It was awesome! President Castro told us that our ward mission leader called him this week to tell him how impressed he was with all the work that we've been doing. That felt good. :) We are really working hard. And I will continue to work as hard as I can to help the work progress here. I am learning to love the people so much. I love the ward members, I love the missionaries, I love the people we teach. And I've learned that when we focus on helping others to feel loved, we feel loved. :)  So M. and G. are doing really well. I love them and their family. They are so sweet. We're excited for them as we continue to work with them towards their baptism coming up on March 8th. We also have been having a wonderful experience with S. He is such a good person and I am so happy that we have been able to meet with him so much. This week in our lesson, I invited him to be baptized. I was SOOOOO terrified before that lesson. I was so nervous to do it, but in the moment, all of my fear disappeared. I was just focused on how much I wanted to help him. When we have Christlike love towards those we serve, all fear vanishes. As I invited him I felt the Spirit so strongly within me. I felt so warm inside. I felt so happy and at peace. I knew that I was being an instrument in the Lord's hands. Sam is going to be baptized on March 15th. :) I am SO excited for him. He is wonderful.
   Guess what, Dad! I dug a hole this week! With a real shovel. ;) We did service for a man who was digging a four foot deep hole in his front yard to get to the pipes. He was very nice. He said he works for Raytheon? I think. He said that you might know what that is if you work for Boeing. After digging a hole for an hour, we went to prune roses and weed for S. Yeah, I was sore for a few days after the digging. It was awesome though.
   This week I have been studying a Christlike Attribute each day from Preach My Gospel. I would strongly suggest this to everyone! It has helped me to be so much happier. I study the section in PMG and then write the attribute at the top of my planner for that day. I then focus on the attribute throughout the day, doing my best to be more Christlike in all I do. The 2 that had the most profound impact on me were the days that I focused on having Christlike Patience, and then the day I focused on Christlike Charity. And today, Christlike Hope. (That one's my favorite.) Every time I have a negative thought or I would start to get down or be sad or hurt by something, I would turn my thoughts to trying to have that attribute in the moment. And it has helped me so much. Any of the Christlike attributes will help with any problem you are faced with. I felt so much better on a daily basis. I'm becoming a lot happier as I focus on others and on being more like the Savior. I am going to continue to focus on His attributes.
   Mom, I loved your email. It made me really happy. I'm glad you like my pictures. And yeah, I really do have a lot of things that you've sent me that make me very happy. It sounds like there's been a lot of fun things going on this week at home. I hope all of you are doing well. I think about you often. Dad, keep working hard. I'm proud of you and the work you do. I love that you are all so close to me when you're in California. Emma, good luck on your try-out! You'll do awesome! I'm proud of you. Tell Mr. Wilcock I say hi and that I miss him and choir and class. I'll be singing that song this week. I'm so excited for the shirts! Keep working on that! Yes! Oh, also, Mom, I'm almost out of my Fruits/Veggie Vitamins. I have 6 left. I have a lot of the other two still though.
   Becca and Sam, thank you so much for your letters this week! I loved them and will write back soon. Thank you all of you that sent me emails and pictures this week. Susan, I love your pictures. Jana, I'm so happy you're doing well. I will keep praying for you and Baby. Does James really remember me and mention me? :) That makes me so happy. They lift me so much. I love you all very, very, very much. Write to me! ;) Have a fantastic week!

(Sister Hardman)

3 Month Mission Birthday! Ah! I'm doing it! (See all of the wonderful pictures of you!)

A sweet woman gave us balloons when we visited her.

This is Sam. He's great!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Ah! Almost out of time today! But I have so much to tell you. I'll summarize.
   I'm doing really well and loving the work. I have learned so much over the past several months. This Thursday is my 3 month mission birthday! Wow! I'm doing it! Also, this is my last week being trained. The 12 week training program is almost done. Sister Cusick and I have set some awesome goals for this week. I'll be working pretty hard and doing a lot of "out of my comfort zone" things. Please keep me in your prayers. Please pray that I won't have so much fear about talking to people. Also, because of transfers, remember that if you're sending anything this week, it should probably go through the mission office address so that I can get it. As far as next transfer goes, I have a feeling that I'm going to be staying here in Newbury Park, but I think that Sister Cusick is going on to other things. There are lots of people that need her training. :) She's an amazing trainer. But hey if I get to go to transfer meeting because of that, I'll finally get to see the ocean over the hill, Mom. :)
   So we went to the Los Angeles Temple this week and it was amazing! It was so weird to leave the mission, and then to be in a place that I remember being in my normal life! When we were leaving the temple, i could see the Hollywood sign in the distance, and I thought, "I know where I am!!!" I no longer feel so lost. I know where I am, and how to get home. ;) Anyway, the temple was wonderful, but i did miss being there with family. i can't wait to go back with family in the future. Sister Hansen in the ward took us. She is so wonderful. I love her. We've been seeing her a lot since Christmas.
   Mom, I LOVE the quilt! It's so wonderful! Thank you so much. i got it on Valentine's Day and I was so happy. It is a hug from you. It's so soft and the weight makes me feel good at night. I love it so much. Way to go. And you're letter was so upbeat and made me smile lots. Beth, thanks so much for the package from you too! I love getting packages so much and you always put the right things in there.
   Concerning the work, it's going really well. M. and G. are so amazing. I love them so much and their doing really well. They have a baptismal date for March 8th now and we are so excited for them. I think they are really excited too. We taught the Word of Wisdom to M. this week and since G. was at work, we taught it to him over the phone that night, haha. That was fun. Anyway, i love their family and am so happy for them.
   Sorry that i didn't have time today to read the email before typing this and sorry that it isn't very long. I'm writing a letter to you Mom and Dad, and one to Emma, and one to Bonnie and Dave today. :) Be excited.
I love you all SOOOOO much! Jana, keep going! You're in my prayers. Have an amazing week everyone! Send me all the letters you'd like. ;)
Love you!


Sister Hardman

 Things that make me smile. :) I love the quilt Mom!

 This reminded me of you, Mom. :) (Near the Temple.)

Loved the Los Angeles Temple. :) Can't wait to go back with family. Love you!