Tuesday, March 29, 2016

We Finally Got Photos (Lots and Lots) - Uitkijk is beautiful!

NO time for words, only pictures!


Elder Hardy

(In his letter to me, his mother, he is doing Fantastic and LOVES his new area so much! Tons of bike riding, but he is learning that he needs to take care of his body and nutrition is so important with this much exercise. He's learning so much about his body, mind and soul serving a mission. He really likes his new companion, Elder James, he's funny and loves Star War's almost as much as him. Elder James loves how positive Cam is and that makes Cam want to be even more positive to help keep them both lifted in their spirits. He's starting to think about his future and what he'd like to do when he returns home. He has just a little over a year to go. He's focusing on the work now and that is his number one priority, but he knows he must put some thought into his future plans as well. So proud of our boy!)

Sarramacca river by Groningen

No Filter Needed
Elder James & Elder Hardy

Goat keeper

Elder James after killing 5 (later 6) cockroaches

Suriname South District Meeting

Friday, March 25, 2016

Uitkijk times and adventures!

Hey everyone it's time for another weekly edition of Suriname Weekly, missionary edition! This week has been quite interesting. We've been doing a lot of finding but it's slowed down these past few days. Not for lack of effort or biking but we're out of Books of Mormon so it's been harder but we should be getting some tomorrow! Part of me wishes I had an odometer to see how far I've been biking but part of also doesn't want to know! Yesterday alone we rode 20+ miles doing this thing called "the loop" distance wise it's larger than the entire city of Paramaribo (by a very large surface area) so in the words of Elder James, "Yesterday we rode circles around the other missionaries" I had to kick a dog yesterday since he wanted to treat me like a chew toy! The long bike rides certainly give me time to think and contemplate about a lot of things so this week I was pondering a bit over the Book of Mormon. Yesterday at church in the 3rd hour we were having a discussion about the Book of Mormon. It started off well but then some contention started to form which I thought was interesting since that's the exact opposite of what the Book of Mormon is here to do. It's not only another testament of Christ, it sets plain the doctrine of salvation, shows that everyone has the power to receive personal revelation, that God didn't abandon his children which a "fight amongst yourselves!" type attitude! Just some thoughts I've been contemplating. On a better note we had 2 investigators in church! One was a woman named Yolanda who is together with one of the members and the other was a man named Ronald! We randomly found Ronald when we were biking. We were about to call it quits in the area and bike somewhere else when I felt like we needed to try one more house and thus we met Ronald! Apparently Elder James found him a long time ago when he was first in the area. He sat us down, was very excited to see us, grabbed his book and brought us drinks and asked us when church was! Very cool experience.
Well that's all for this week, sorry about no photos still, I'll have to send a bunch one day!


Elder Hardy

Monday, March 14, 2016

Welcome to the Jungle! We've got Elder James!

Hey all! First week in Uitkijk has been pretty sweet and adventurous! We were contacting in these more jungle parts of our area and there was a bull in the way on the path! I almost decided to just go past it and hope for the best but then the owner came out and told us how he wouldn't charge us if we walked our bikes...whew! We've been biking tons this week, about 2x or 3x of what I would normally ride, but it's been fun! I love my new area so much and I've been taking a lot of photos! Unfortunately I forgot my card reader at my old apartment in Munder so I'll have to get that back one of these days (hopefully soon) I can't take too much time today but I wish you all the best and a longer email will be given next week!


Elder Hardy

P.S. If you are going to send a package please use the new address: 
Ferm Cargo, Inc.
9889 SW 214 St
Miami, FL 33189

Attn: for an LDS missionary
Elder Cameron Hardy
PO Box 2932
Paramaribo, Suriname
South America

Found a few photos from Elder Lewis' blog :)
District Photo Before Transfers
Elder's Hardy, Lewis, Hood and Burr Zuster's Jorgensen, Parker, Ashcraft and Walsh
Last photo of Elder Hardy & Elder Lewis