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December 2016

It’s Beginning to Feel A lot Like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! There is this amazing
neighborhood where all the people decorate with Christmas lights, the
first night we saw it we were just in awe! People go crazy! But I love
it bc it is fun and it brings lots of people and we loooove talking to
people! We went one night and handed out LightTheWorld cards, I also
lost my name tag along the way so I have a temporary name tag while
Elder Jameson orders me a new one😂 I feel like I’m in high school
again with a temporary badge! Anyways we saw many many many tender
mercies this week. We were on exchanges and Sister Harrison a new
sister was with Sister Moon and I. We finally got into this complex
that has been super confusing. We knocked into a less active member.
He told us his conversion and just broke down crying as he did so. The
spirit was so there. His mom passed away and he did her work in the
temple and really wants that for his dad too so they can be sealed but
he needs to come back to church. For some reason he just kind of got
lost and hasn’t been contacted in a while. We have an appointment next
week and are so excited to see where this goes. His wife is not a
member, but we are hoping she will be prepared. We also knocked on the
wrong door by accident and met the coolest guy, Mike. We were able to
show him the Christmas video and teach the restored gospel. Nothing is
an accident in the Lord’s hands. Oh also we had an awesome church tour
with an investigator the missionaries have been working with for a
long while, Carol!!! And she is on date for baptism now for December
31st! It is going to be really hard but I know she can do it! What an
amazing way to start the new year, and to be born again. Keep her in
your prayers. She came to church for the first time this Sunday. She
is just the best. A young man, Jacob, just was baptized in our ward
not to long ago. He is just 19 and was called to teach our gospel
principles class today! We are so excited for him and we got to do
some family history today with him too! He is just so solid! It is
just so inspiring to see people really grasp onto the gospel.
Our stake does this huge live Nativity every year. It is a community
event! They have pastors from other churches in the production, even
the mayor! It is outside and then cookies and hot chocolate and
creshes galore in the gym. We met so many awesome people willing to
have us come over and teach more! Members would bring there friends to
our little table we would share the Christmas video, talk about the
gospel and it was just the most awesome thing. I feel like a lot of
relationships were built. It was seriously any missionaries dream. We
are so so blessed to be in this ward. This was the same Nativity I was
at last year with the camel!
SorryI haven’t been writing much and I’m trying to write more for you mom 😊
But at the moment I can’t think of much. We’ve just met some really
amazing people I really wish I could do this full time for the rest of
my life yes it is hard but you meet just so many amazing people. I
just love the people I’ve met on my mission. All of them, just
amazing!!!! Oh I know a cool tender mercy. We called sister from our
church and her husband and they answered and told us they had lost
something really important and asked us to pray they would find it. I
said a little prayer in my head and not even 10 minutes later they
called and said they found it! I love answered prayers like that! We
are still in the process of finding new investigators. Sister Webb
doesn’t believe in tracting so we’ve really just been cleaning out the
area Book which I like, because all these people have been somewhat
interested at some point.
We went to visit the Jones and they couldn’t meet, but Brother Jones
told us people just down the street have the same last name as me! We
went by and I’m not sure if we are related. The young man we talked to
said his grandpas name is Ed. Do we have any Ed Hawkins? But it was
really cool we got to talk about family history and such! On the same
street we met Jessica, we were showing the Christmas video and I just
said a little prayer that she would have questions about our faith so
we could continue our conversation and she started asking questions during
the video and didn’t even watch it she just had a million questions.
It was the coolest thing and she accepted a Book of Mormon and we have
a return appointment! Yay! She has a super strong faith in Christ!!
She wants to go to the place Jesus walked! I do too!
My companions and I are still having so much fun! I really just feel
so blessed to be here and hope I can accomplish all I need to. Love you
much! Light the World y’all!
😘😘😘😘

💪🏼Stay Strong
❤ Sister Hawkins

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Just casually #LIGHTINtheWORLD

We have been so excited to share the Light The World Christmas Video

with everyone we see! I hear it is all over social media which just

brings the biggest smile to my face. We really are lighting the world!

We did lots of service this week!

We tried one last person right before we were to go in for the night, they weren’t

interested, but Sister Webb said let’s try one more across the street.

A woman came up the the screen window and I just said we are showing a

Christmas video and hit play. She watched and I think really felt the

Spirit. She asked what is this all about. She didn’t speak much

English but we were able to testify simply of Christ. “There was a man

names Jesus Christ who loved everyone. He had a very hard life. He

sacrificed himself for you and me. We can come to have complete joy as

we look to him in our lives. “That’s not what I said exactly, but I

mean how beautiful is that simple truth? It is just wonderful! Anyways

so we got to pass her to missionaries that speak Korean and I was just

so excited to meet someone receptive to the spirit. There are many

kind people. I have never felt so welcomed to a ward. Everyone just

seems to want to lift one another. It is also another reorganized

stake and the ward has come together so well! My companions are so

much fun! We laugh all the time! ALL THE TIME! I should probably laugh

less, but we are having lots of fun. Our beds are all right next to each other and it’s nice and cozy!

We met a man who said we could

come back Sunday, we did, and he was having some sort of Peruvian

party! They have like an association of local Peruvians that get

together and make bags full of goodies for the homeless here and in

Peru. It was so neat and they were just so excited we were there, they

even wanted to take a picture with us haha😊

We are teaching this father and son right now. We had no idea what to

teach this week. It was at a Members home. He had a question which led

into the perfect lesson. I was so grateful, bc our plan wasn’t really

a plan. Try your best and follow the spirit it will all work out! It

was a really awesome lesson and I made a note in my iPad a long time

ago that totally needed to be said it was just the coolest thing how

everything came together. The members were so great in answering

questions! I feel so blessed and just so excited to work hard! I’m

going to miss this more than anything so I’ll just try to make the

most it while I can! I wish I could tell y’all all about the amazing

people we meet each day but there isn’t enough time in the day! This

is the Lords work. He can and is a light to us all. The question is

will we hide from that light or embrace it? And if we embrace will it

become part of us? Will we radiate the light He had given us? We can

always do better until that perfect day.

Love you all!

Mathew 5:14-16  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on

an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under

a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are

in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see

your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Doctrine & Covenants 50:24 That which is of God is light; and he that

receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that

light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.

💪🏼Stay Strong

        ❤ Sister Hawkins

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