Hola Mi Querida Familia

Wow I am so grateful once again for the awesome family that I have!! Thank you all for the emails and pictures! It is so fun to hear and see what`s going on with everyone! Josh and Jared, camping looks like it was a ton of fun and your kids all look so grown up already!! And josh, good luck with your class! Accounting sounds hard… Whit, London is so darling and I can`t believe she`s walking!! Wow!! Kristie yay you beat clark!! I`m so happy for your team! you`ve got this! it`s just like my junior year in basketball… it started out rough but ended great and that`s what you guys are going to do! And that was a sweet picture in the newspaper! Good luck in dig pink! Great Job! Garr, the spud worker! how`s it going? do you dream of potatoes passing by you at night times? šŸ™‚ Dad and Jared good luck with fall work! Fall time is my favorite time at home and it`s so fun to hear everything that`s going on! I loved all the pictures thank you!!!

Thing here are going great! I am so excited for conference this week and can`t wait to hear from the prophet and apostles! We are so blessed to have a living prophet to guide us! Oh and to answer dad`s question, yes I am a monster here! When i walk down the street I am literally the tallest person and it doesn`t help that I`m blonde and have white skin… I stick out a little bit! šŸ™‚
This was such a great week! After I wrote last week, we taught a lesson to one of our new investigators Glenda and her son Oliver. She is seriously an answer to our prayers! When we got to her house she said -I`ve been looking for my glasses so that I could read the words when you came!! what a blessing! We taught her about the Book of Mormon and invited her to kneel and pray to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet at the end of the lesson and she started to cry in the prayer! The spirit was so strong!! Everytime we go she always tells us that she wants to keep learning more and wants to keep praying! She has been reading all the things we ask her in the book of mormon and even reads pages past where she`s supposed to so that is seriously awesome!!! We invited her to be baptized this week and she accepted!!!! Ah it was so great so we are helping her and her son prepare to be baptized on the 17th of October! How exciting!!
We also got to go to Guayaquil for a conference and to go to the temple this week! It was such a great confernce and we learned about temple work and family history! I am so grateful that we have the opportunity to be forever families and live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again! What a blessing this knowledge is in our lives if we will just follow the plan that they have set for us! It was also so awesome to get to go to the temple! The session was in Spanish and I understood way more of the words than I did the last time I went so I know I at least understand more spanish!!
We also have these two ladies in the branch here that are seriously like our moms! Everytime we walk by they always invite us in for some kind of food so we get to talk with their families and share a spiritual thought with them! I am really coming to love the people here! The members are so awesome as well because we can walk by their houses and if they are home they invite us in or will come with us to our next lesson! Everyone here is so welcoming and so kind! I love the people here in Ecuador!
We also got to go to the Women`s conference and that was so neat! To be honest I had a hard time understanding it in spanish, but I realized how grateful I am for the power of music in my life! I had to hold back tears when we would sing or when the choir was singing because I felt the spirit so strong, and maybe a little bit because it was in English! šŸ™‚
I`m so grateful for this opportunity that I have to be a missionary at this time adn try to help people in their lives. I truly feel love for the people we teach and want them to accept our message so badly because I know that it will help them so much in their lives! I know that Jesus Christ lives and that he is our Savior! I know that he has felt every pain and every happiness we have and that he wants to hear from us daily! I am so grateful for the gospel in my life and know that I have been so blessed to have grown up in the church and for the awesome family that I have! I love you all so much and pray for you multiple times everyday!!! I love you! Love, Hermana Hawkes
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  1. I loooooove Sister Hawkes! She is glowing with the gospel light! How blessed we are to have the gospel in our lives and amazing missionaries that remind us how important it is to keep our testimonies strong. I love her outlook and strength and happiness! Go Alyssa!!!!

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