It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! :)

Dearest Family, 

Hello hello from the Equator!! Even though the weather doesn´t quite feel like Christmas here, we are in the full swing of Christmas cheer!! I hope you are all as well and loving this special time of year that we have to share with all those around us of the love of the Savior and remember Him and all that He does for us. I know that this time of year everyone has softened hearts and more open minds and it is the best time to serve and share the glad tidings of the gospel truths that we have with everyone we possibly can!! I am so happy to hear how you are all doing and hope and pray everyday that you are all being blessed and feel happy!! 

This week went by sooo fast! I feel like I blink and the week is already gone! This week was so busy with activities and meetings and visiting all the people we possibly could in our spare time!! Something so cool is that there is going to be a big Christmas activity here in Guayaquil the 17 of December in one of the biggest parks in South America (I hope that isnt a false statistic) 🙂 but it is a huge event and they asked all of the missions here in Guayaquil to participate! We are going to have live nativity scenes, 7 choirs, and a show that they are hoping will allow us to get about 1,000 references! 🙂 We are all so excited and have been so busy with the preparations, rehersals, and coordinating everything! Another Hermana and I were asked to help be in charge along with 3 elders from our mission in getting everything in our misison ready, so it has been a whirlwind of calling, coordinating, and lots more! It has been so fun and I am so grateful for the great ideas that the church has in finding new people! It is all based around the initiative for the year called ´Ilumina el Mundo´ (in spanish…. I´m not sure what it would be in english, but Kelsey sent me a link and that is the same thing we´re using)!! 

Also this week we had such an awesome experience! We have been working with an Hermana named Flor. The other hermanas were working with her for so long but she never wanted to accept a baptism date because she just didnt feel like she was ready. When we started working in this area, we were visiting her a lot and tried to keep inviting her to be baptized or at least pray about the date that she should be baptized, but she didnt want to. This past week we didnt have very much time to visit her until the end of the week, but eventually went to her house on Friday. When we got there, there was just a different spirit, a different feeling. She told us that she knew we hadn´t abandonded her in that week, but without us there, she couldn’t feel the spirit as strongly and that was something she wanted. She said something like that she knew Heavenly Father was trying to send her a message and that she wants to be able to have the spirit with her at all times and feels like her baptism is closer!!! She was so humble and willing and I know that in this week she will be ready to accept a baptism date because she is feeling the true desires! The Lord truly does show us miracles in our lives everyday! They might seem small, but I know that they are miracles! I am so grateful to be here witnessing these miracles that are not only changing the lives of these wonderful Ecuadorian people, but also my life! 

I love you all so much and hope you have a happy week!! I look forward to hearing form you all and pray for you all daily!!!! I love you!! 

Love, Hermana Hawkes 

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