Love for the Saviour

​Dear family and friends, 

First I wanted to thank you all for the fun emails and for wishing me a Merry Christmas! There is nothing like experience Christmas on a mission and as much as I missed all the fun family traditions and seeing you all, it as a Christmas filled with the spirit of Christ stronger than it has ever been in my life. I know that the Savior lives and am so grateful for the fun Christmas time and the spirit that we can all feel so strongly! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and filled with the same wonderful spirit that I felt and that you were all happy and safe!! 

After I talked to you all on Saturday, the house that we were at- the Chillogallo family fed us a fun Christmas dinner of rice, noodles, and a fun salad that has lots of vegetables! Then we got to go visit an awesome family that we found a few weeks ago. They aren`t married and the son has had problems with drugs but he was able to read the whole pamphlet of the Restoration (and then taught us the whole lesson 🙂 and received a strong answer from the Spirit! It was so awesome as he was trying to explain to us how the spirit felt and he was soooooo excited but could hardly find the words to explain how he felt. It was such a cool experience to see how the spirit had been working with him! He`s been to church the last 2 weeks with his dad and the ward christmas party!! 

On Christmas morning I was so excited I could hardly stand it, so I sneaked out to our living room area and got our fun Christmas ready that mom sent! I set out the little tree with presents around it and trailed the candy from their doors! Then I started blaring the music (David Archuleta was Celine Dion`s replacement for this year) and they all came out half confused but thought it was so fun! We opened the few little presents and then made a french toast and hot chocolate breakfast before going out on visits before church!! It was such a spiritual day and fun to experience another Christmas in the Lord`s service! 

Well, mostly I just want to express my gratitude and love for each of you and your support that you have all given me here in the mission. You have all helped make this an unforgettable experience! I know that the Savior lives. I know He loves each one of us. I know that Heavenly Father has a special plan for each of His children. I am so grateful for the opportunity that He has given me to serve His children here in Ecuador. These sweet people have changed my life forever and made me have a more eternal perspective. I know that if we live the gospel and endure faithfully to the end, we can be with all of those we love after this life. I am so grateful for the gospel, for my mission and for the love of the Savior that I have grown to felt so closely in my life. I am so grateful for the Spirit to be our constant guide and help and teach us everyday! 

Solamente quiero terminar compartiendo mi testimonio. Yo se que Cristo vive y es nuestro Salvador. Se que Su iglesia verdadera esta aquí sobre la tierra. La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días es la única iglesia verdadera con el poder de sacerdocio, un profeta, apóstoles,   y revelación continuo. Se que somos guiados por Jesucristo mismo por medio de lideres tan inspirados! Se que la única manera que podemos volver a vivir con Dios es por medio de nuestro Salvador Jesucristo. Gracias a El podemos arrepentirnos y todos los errores que cometemos pueden ser borrados para que por medio de Cristo podamos llegar a la perfección.  Se que el camino es por medio de la fe, el arrepentimiento, bautismo, el espíritu santo, y perseverar fielmente hasta el fin. Amo el Señor. Amos ser un representante de El. Comparto todo esto en el nombre de Jesucristo, Amen. 

 I love you all so much and am excited to see you all on Friday! 

LDear family and friends, 

First I wanted to thank you all for the fun emails and for wishing me a Merry Christmas! There is nothing like experience Christmas on a mission and as much as I missed all the fun family traditions and seeing you all, it as a Christmas filled with the spirit of Christ stronger than it has ever been in my life. I know that the Savior lives and am so grateful for the fun Christmas time and the spirit that we can all feel so strongly! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and filled with the same wonderful spirit that I felt and taht you were all happy and safe!! 

After I talked to you all on Saturday, the house that we were at- the Chillogallo family fed us a fun Christmas dinner of rice, noodles, and a fun salad that has lots of vegetables! Then we got to go visit an awesome family that we found a few weeks ago. They aren`t married and the son has had problems with drugs but he was able to read the whole pamphlet of the Restoration (and then taught us the whole lesson 🙂 and received a strong answer from the Spirit! It was so awesome as he was trying to explain to us how the spirit felt and he was soooooo excited but couldnt hardly find the words to explain how he felt. It was such a cool experience to see how the spirit had been working with him! He`s been to church the last 2 weeks with his dad and the ward christmas party!! 

On Christmas morning i was so excited I could hardly stand it, so I sneaked out to our living room area and got our fun Christmas ready that mom sent! I set out the little tree with presents around it and trailed the candy from their doors! Then I started blaring the music (David Archuleta was Celine Dion`s replacement for this year) and they all came out half confused but thought it was so fun! We opened the few little presents and then made a french toast and hot chocolate breakfast before going out on visits before church!! It was such a spiritual day and fun to experience another Christmas in the Lord`s service! 

Well, mostly I just want to express my gratitude and love for each of you and your support that you have all given me here in the mission. You have all helped make this an unforgettable experience! I know that Savior lives. I know He loves each one of us. I know that Heavenly FAther has a special plan for each of His children. I am so grateful for the opportunity that He has given me to serve His children here in Ecuador. These sweet people have changed my life forever and made me have a more eternal perspective. I know that if we live the gospel and endure faithfully to the end, we can be with all of those we love after this life. I am so grateful for the gospel, for my mission and for the love of the Savior that I have grown to felt so closely in my life. I am so grateful for the Spirit to be our constant guide and help and teach us everyday! 

Solamente quiero terminar compartiendo mi testimonio. Yo se que Cristo vive y es nuestro Salvador. Se que Su iglesia verdadera esta aquí sobre la tierra. La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días es la única iglesia verdadera con el poder de sacerdocio, un profeta, apóstoles,   y revelación continuo. Se que somos guiados por Jesucristo mismo por medio de lideres tan inspirados! Se que la única manera que podemos volver a vivir con Dios es por medio de nuestro Salvador Jesucristo. Gracias a El podemos arrepentirnos y todos los errores que cometemos pueden ser borrados para que por medio de Cristo podamos llegar a la perfección.  Se que el camino es por medio de la fe, el arrepentimiento, bautismo, el espíritu santo, y perseverar fielmente hasta el fin. Amo el Señor. Amos ser un representante de El. Comparto todo esto en el nombre de Jesucristo, Amen. 

 I love you all so much and am excited to see you all on Friday! 

Love, Hermana Hawkes

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! The true meaning of Christmas! 

​Dearest family and friends, 

Merry Merry Christmas! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!! Thank you all so much for your love and fun letters for Christmas. I can truly feel all your love and hope that you all have a very merry christmas!! I hope you have all been able to feel the true meaning of Christmas and the love of Christ in your lives! 

I`m sorry this will be so short, but it was a wonderful week!! The Christmas activity went sooo well and there were lots of people and the spirit was so strong! I truly hope that all the people there could feel the spirit and will open their hearts to the gospel. 

Flor also got baptized this weekend and confirmed and it was sooo special and she seemed so happy!!! 

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!! 🙂 

I love you all so much, love Hermana Hawkes 

​Dear family and friends, 

Thank you all so much for the awesome emails and words of encouragement!! Thank you for your concern for me and for the love that I can feel through each of your emails and kind thoughts!! It is a wonderful Christmas season and I am so grateful to be a servant of the Lord at this time to help others to feel the love of our Savior and remember his birth! This is the greatest work and I love being part of it here in Ecuador! I hope that each and everyone of you are doing great, that your families are safe and healthy, and that you all know how much I love and appreciate each of you, but most importantly, how much the Savior loves each of you! 

This has been a great week here in Ecuador! We have been able to work with an awesome lady named Flor. She has had a hard life and has battles a divorce, and children that have chosen paths other than the gospel, but she is so firm and ready to be baptized and lead a better life! She loves the missionaries and I think more thank she loves us, she loves the spirit that she can feel as we are in her home teaching because she feels the security and love of the gospel in her life! We had a really cool experience with her this week. She had told us that she wouldn’t be home on Friday night because she was going to visit her mom. On friday we were leaving the office after working there for the day and we called the appointment that we had set up, but they weren`t home. I had the strongest impression that we should go visit Flor. Knowing that she had told us she wouldnt be home, we went to her house anyway. When we got there, she hadn`t left yet and invited us in to share a short message with her! We were able to teach her a lesson focused on the home and family and how important FHE is to strengthen our families. At the end of the lesson we were about to leave and she asked `If i dont have a good feeling about leaving to go visit my mom at this time of night do you think that its the spirit telling me?`  She decided not to go, but it really was a small miracle that we were able to witness and I am so impressed with how well she listens to the spirit! 

I was also studying in 1 Nefi 17 this week and love how faithful and obedient Nephi is! I would encourage you all to read it and have the courage to do all things that the Lord has set before us because with His help we can do all things! I love you all and hope you have an awesome week!!! 

Love, Hermana Hawkes 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

​Hello my awesome family!! 

How are you all doing? 🙂 I hope you are all getting into the fun Christmas spirit like I am! This morning as we were cleaning our house we put on Christmas music and I seriously can`t even believe how close Christmas is! What a fun time of year when everyone is more aware of their friends and families and how open everyone is to hearing about Christ! I am so grateful for this fun time and most of all, the time that we have to remember the Savior and His birth. How loving is our Heavenly Father that he would send His son here to earth so that we can return to live with Him! I know that Heavenly Father loves and takes care of each and every one of us! 

This week was so great! We had more meetings and practices for the big event, and it has been so fun because we have a little `skit` about prophets in the bible, and then another mission is going to finish off the show by tying it into the Book of Mormon when Nephi saw Christ`s birth! I am so excited because there will be a lot of people there that aren`t members and it will be such a great time for them to learn about the Book of Mormon and feel the special spirit with the live nativity scenes and choirs! It is going to be a fun day! 

This week we were also able to witness miracles here in our sector! We have been working with Flor Maza and missionaries have been working with her for about 2 months now and she just kept saying that she didn`t feel ready for baptism. We had been preparing what to teach and share this week and we finally decided that we would read 3 Nephi 11 with her, and as we were reading, we came to the topic of baptism and were able to bear testimony that she is ready and that the Lord will help her. After we bore testimony she looked at us and said, `I was actually going to tell you, but I was thinking about it and I feel ready now. I think that (the 16 of December when we extended the date) is right and that I`m ready to be baptized.` The spirit was so stong and we could tell that it truly is something she wants and has been preparing for! We were able to go visit her again last night and read D&C 20:37 with her and honestly her testimony is incredible! She is always telling us that she isn`t doing it because of anyone but herself and always has such deep thoughts and spiritual impressions! I am so grateful for her and for the oportunity we have had to work with her!

The members have also helped us find some awesome families and yesterday we went to visit one of the contacts from the members and as we were finishing teaching the family, the mom said `I had been waiting for God to send me someone to help me with my family and to help me change my life!` The Gospel is true! It changes lives and blesses so many!!! I am so grateful for the strong and loving family that we have that has always made the gospel a priority! I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week!! 

Love, Hermana Hawkes