Family reunion!

Dear Family, 

Oh what a fun family we have!! It was so much fun to read about and get to see all the fun pictures off the reunion!! and can I just say that all the little kids are HUGE!!!!!! Oh and Garrett too! 😉 But it is seriously crazy to me to see how much everyone has changed, but makes me soo incredibly happy to see how happy you all are!! I am so grateful for each and everyone of you and pray for your happiness and well being each and everyday!!! Please keep updating me on everything!!! 

Well, it was a great week here in Ecuador!! We have had some awesome experiences!! First, as a mission, we are really focusing on the Book of Mormon! It is such an incredible tool and honestly the keystone to our religion! We have been doing something really fun and that is that we go contacting with ´questions of the soul´ on these little cards and we ask the people if they have ever had one of the questions and then we go help them see the answer in the Book of Mormon! It has kept me on my toes with knowing where scriptures are, something that I am really working on improving, but it is awesome to see that the Book of MOrmon can answer any question that we have!! We have also been challenging the members to start giving away a Book of Mormon to someone they know that needs the gospel, and there is ALWAYS someone that needs the book of MOrmon!! My challenge for you all this week is to remember your testimony of the Book of Mormon, pray to know who needs it, and then actually go and give it to the person and bare your testimony of it! I know that EACH one of you will have such an incredible experience and that it will increase your own love for the Book of Mormon and the gospel!! 

Also something fun this week was that for nursing, I got to help give a training to new misisonaries that came to the mission about earthquake awarness, being ready, and all the health rules and regulations! It was a little bit scary at first, but I loved doing it and presenting what we had been working hard to put together!! 

We have also been working with some great members!! Our Investigators from last week, Maria and Suley weren´t able to come to church this week and it was soo sad!! It is honestly just sad to see when people can´t see the blessings that the gospel brings to their lives, and especially how extremely important it is to keep the sabbath day holy!! But I know that they need some more help and that we can help them overcome the challenges they are having through the love of Jesus Christ! I know that this gospel is true and truly does bless families. It is the only way to find true happiness in our lives!! We can have every worldy thing, but still not be happy. I have seen so many people here that live in very humble conditions, but have the gospel, and they are truly happy! I know that Heavenly Father´s plan is perfect and that his love for each of us is infinite! If any of you are ever down or having a hard week just think, ´Heavenly Father loves me and I can do anything with His help!´ I love you all and hope you have a great and safe week!! 

All my love, Hermana Hawkes 

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