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Hi I'm Hayden Ockey

I am serving a mission in Vancouver Canada. I like rock climbing, Dr. Pepper fueled all-nighters, and I live in Calgary Alberta.

About Me

My Mom is American and my Dad is Canadian. I love them both so much, and I am eternally grateful for them. I love my younger Brother and Sister, even if they constantly annoy each other (and the rest of us...) I am going to university for Marketing and Computer Sciences & Arts. I love the things that I learned on my mission and I hope that I can continue to grow my own and others testimonies of the gospel here at home. I find joy in changing myself for the better, learning new things, and helping others. I talk a lot, not because I like to, but because I always have something to say... I love rock climbing, snowboarding, longboarding, wakesurfing, mountain biking, and hope to go skydiving one day. I also thoroughly enjoy a nice cold Dr. Pepper. I have recently returned from serving in the Canada Vancouver Mission with president, President Burt, who has helped me to expand and nurture my testimony. I am so glad to have learned from my companions; Elders Daroy, Summers, Caten, Richie, Henderson, Morris, Lawlor, Sorensen, Petillot, Aguillon, Barker, Nielsen, Jensen, Manley, and Kennedy. I am especially grateful to my good friend Elder Spencer Rolfson who changed my life, and who was followed by another good friend Elder Lincoln Boehmer who changed me for the better as well.! (We are all best friends, you can tell by how much we hug) I served in Kamloops, Abbotsford, Vancouver, Qualicum, New West, Burnaby, Salmon Arm, Kelowna, Haida Gwaii, and Westbank.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young my parents taught me the gospel in our home and helped me to understand the importance of church and the significance of the scriptures and the message they contained. Then when I was older I attended seminary which exponentially increased my knowledge and love for the gospel. There have been many strong influences in my conversion in the Gospel; such as happy and helpful young men's leaders, a supportive and loving home teaching companion, and knowledgeable Sunday school teachers, all of which had the patience to deal with me and my silly drama! I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know and believe it to be the true and restored church of Christ, his exact same church organization founded by him in the times of the Apostles and Prophets of old. I believe that God is out Heavenly father, and that he loves us and want to help us all to become happy as he is. I love and believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ, and in his sacrifice for me. I know that he loves me, and that he cares for and knows me even better than I do or ever will in this life. I am a Mormon because I read the Book of Mormon and I know that it is the word of God. I believe that it is truth spoken and recorded by his prophets for our generations in the last days before his coming. I believe that it is through living in obedience to his commandments that we can find true happiness. I know that through attributes of faith, love, hope, charity, virtue, and diligence in prayer and study that we can come closer to our heavenly father and be made a better person through him. I have a strong testimony of God's Plan of Salvation and Happiness for us his children, and I have hope for the time when I can go to the temple with my best friend and be sealed for eternity as an eternal companionship and family. I know that I will be with my family forever after this life, and that's not a bad thing at all! I love them, and couldn't imagine a heaven without them.

How I live my faith

Right now I am serving in the Canada Vancouver Mission and I am growing my testimony through the scriptures, prayer, missionary service, and especially through the words of the modern day - living Apostles and other special witnesses of Christ every day! I have many good friends who all left on missions a few months before me, and they have all been wonderful examples for me. One of my best childhood friends (He's pretty much my hero) he served his mission in Tokyo, Japan. I strive to be as Christlike as possible (I usually fail, but I have my good days :) I am so happy to have the opportunity and blessing of being raised in the church! I am striving to have the spirit with me always to help guide my companion and I in our missionary labors. I am trying to follow God as completely as I can, and I try to stay attentive to the subtle promptings of the spirit. Here is a modern parable that I heard recently on my mission; There were two ladies who were always competing with each other to have the best stuff. When one lady bought something nice, the other would purchase something better. So, in an effort to win the battle once and for all, one of the ladies came up with a plan. She was going to get a cat, and teach it to talk. She got a cat and taught it over time preparing it to speak. After a few months, it was ready. The lady called over to her home her rival neighbor and also all the media stations she could. Everyone was ready, and the cat spoke. "We should leave." Instantly everyone became so busy and excited about the talking cat that nobody noticed when it jumped off the table and quickly left the house. The talking cat's senses had picked up an incoming earthquake was coming, which came and picked up the house, throwing it off a nearby cliff with all the people inside. The moral of the story is: We should be less focused on how amazing and wonderful it is to have a prophet on the earth, and spend more time listening to what he is saying.