Happy 4th of July!

​Drear Family, 

Wow, what a fun day and fun time of the year! it is truly amazing how much I love our country and how blessed we are to live where we do!! I love Ecuador, but I honestly am so grateful for the beautiful country that we live in and the freedoms that we enjoy!! I hope that you have all had a fun week and are especially all enjoying being together!!!

This has been a really great week!! Starting on Tuesday- all of us in our house (4 nurses) went to the office to welcome President and Sister Santos. They came pretty late and we were all waiting, but their plane got in at 1 in the moring and so they came late, but they are so awesome!! They are so nice and bore their testimonies to us that day about how grateful they are for President and Sister Dennis and all that they have done for our mission and how excited they are to continue the work here! 

Then on Wedneday, President Santos invited us back to the office for an orientation of everyone in the office and what we do. We were able to explain that as nurses we make informes (I forgot that word in english) and  that we get to call the missionaries that are sick at nights and check up on them and tell them what more they should do. I was teasing my companion because it can be kind of funny at times- for example when the assistants used to call us to tell us what to do, and then when they get sick an we call them and tell them what to do! 🙂 but I really do enjoy it and love getting to help them! Then President Santos talked to us about his concern and love for each missionary on the mission and really wants to focus on each one feeling great about their missions and like they have had success! I really like it because he isn`t changing a lot that we were doing before, but just building off of it and it has really brought a special spirit! This week we have a mission conference with them, so we will get to know them a little bit more! 

On thursday I was on exchanges all day with Hna Roylance from Utah and that was so fun! We got to go to their investigaror`s wedding that has been waiting years to get married, and then the next day they got baptized!! The husband was so happy he was literally smiling ear to ear!! The gospel truly brings so much happiness!!! 

We were also able to find and teach a family of 4 this week and wow… I will keep you updated on them because they truly feel the spirit and are going to be able to see great results in their lives for living the gospel!

I love this gospel and love being here serving! I am so grateful for all of you and hope ad pray that you are all doing great!! I love you all so much!!! 

Love, Hermana Hawkes 

P.S We all ate huge hamburgers to be super american!!! 


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