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January 2017

This Week…

We have a new missionary schedule! We have extra time to get ready in
the morning and to prepare for bed (more sleep) and we spend less time
studying and plan in the morning instead of at night! We love it
sooooo much! The World wide broadcast was wonderful! Our leaders are
so inspired. The day before we had an exchange, but had to leave that early
bc I started throwing up, gross. Haha but I was feeling better the
next day and managed to eat a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger and hold it down.
Whoo! I love Wendy’s! Oh something else with the change is less
studied in days so we actually have enough time to get everything
done! The new schedule is supposed to give us more agency and
hopefully help us in the transistor from mission to home.
We are still working with the regular people and making baby sets in
progress. This week most of our appointments cancelled so we spent
most of our time finding new investigators. People are just so
interesting aren’t they. If you have never gone door to door to share
something or sell something, I encourage you to do it at least once,
and you will know what I mean that people are just interesting haha. I
don’t have a ton to write about, but I do have a testimony of Jesus
Christ. I know He lives and loves us. He is completely aware of what
we are struggling with. He knows more about us than anyone and He
still loves us! Is that just not amazing. The Atonement of Christ
literally makes lasting joy possible. I’m focusing my studies on the
Atonement of Christ at the moment and He is just so so good. And our
Father in Heaven has a plan for us! We are sooooo blessed to have a
Savior and to get worship a God who is loving. Hope y’all have a great
week! Xoxo

Squirrel Filled Week

 

Happy happy week! We are almost not in a drought anymore! We have had buckets of rain this week. Well buckets for California, imagine like half the intensity of a summer Louisiana storm and you got it!  Wow this week has just been absolutely wonderful. Someone must be praying for us because we don’t deserve all the blessings we’ve been given! One of my favorites being about a man named Israel. Sister Webb and I met him maybe a month back on the street. We had an AMAZING conversation with him. He is truly seeking to know God and His plan for him. He just got a new # and couldn’t remember his, so he gave us an iMessage #. Well it wasn’t working and we haven’t been able to get back in contact. It was really sad. I thought I would never see him again. Well not true bc God is good and full of miracles. We get a call from the Elders across the zone and they asked if we knew an Israel. He had shown up to church with his daughter! And now the Elders are teaching him! #Miracle1

Exchanges with Sister Wynn were so much fun! There were some people outside arguing/crying. I was concerned so I asked if there was anything we could do. The man said “you mean with the funeral?” I was like sure with anything. And he was like “can you please take these flowers” sure we can. He gives us this giant pot of funeral flowers. So we took them. And then walked away. That has never happened to me. It was so random. Haha but hey we helped and now have buku flowers!

Squirrels were so friendly to us this week!!

We walk a bunch this week! We are running out of miles. Only a few more days and we will be freee!!! Be so grateful you normal people don’t have a limit on miles you can drive. Had another fun exchange with Sister Clipp who is as green as can be! Peer thing we had to walk a lot I think I wore her out hAhah but we’ve met a lot of really cool people bc of all our walking. I just love my mission. Anyone even thinking about one, it is the BEST THING EVER!!!!!!!!! I just feel so blessed to watch the Lord work through people’s lives in such a life changing way. The Gospel is true. Doesn’t mean it easy. But Christ never said it was easy. So it’s probably not meant to be. Here is your quote of the week.

“To be an example of faith means that we trust in the Lord and in His word. It means that we possess and that we nourish the beliefs that will guide our thoughts and our actions. Our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in our Heavenly Father will influence all that we do. Amidst the confusion of our age, the conflicts of conscience, and the turmoil of daily living, an abiding faith becomes an anchor to our lives.”

President Thomas S. Monson, “Be an Example and a Light,” Ensign, Nov. 2015, 87.

LOVE YOU ALL SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!

Many Tender Mercies

I have a new companion Sister Kieffer whom is awesome! She is from Springville. Shout out to Whitney. And has been out 11.5 months. Her favorite color is green. Favorite animal is a dog. She was studying civil engineering at BYU. So hopefully after we are companions I will be smarter. But we are both severely directionally challenged so we thank y’all for our GPS everyday!!!! So lots of awesome experiences this week I think I will do tender mercy bullet points.

  • Sad goodbye to Sister Webb, which was super sad, but I didn’t have a mental break down and I didn’t spill anything in her dress. SUCCESS!
  • We looked at were we were going next on our plans and I think spell check did a special number I could not understand what I had planned for so we tried someone else and found the coolest guy names Timothy! We are super excited to see where he goes!
  • So we’ve made a special bond with this lady Martha I met a while back at the Brea Nativity. We just kind of became friends at the event and had us over to her home. We talked about her life and kids and she has ha d a rough few years, but is willing to look more to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are also super excited to see where she goes. She would be an AMAZING RS President!
  • We met this lady who hasn’t been to church in who knows how many years we asked if she read the Book of Mormon and she said she just never had an understanding of anything so she is letting us teach her the lessons and it is also amazing! She made us cookies and showed us her family history books and told us about her family being sealed and how she wants that for family now. Yay! Progress!
  • There is a family in the ward where the wife is struggling with ALS. She hasn’t been to church in a while, but her son just returned from his mission and they found a way for her to attend it was so awesome! Such a happy moment for them!
  • Have I mentioned that I just love the Lamborne family? These people are amazing! #Goals
  • So we are running out of miles sooooo we walked a lot this week and one day we walked a particularly long distance to see someone just as we get there we realize there is no house number to go with the street name…😒 but we look around and found a potiental. And she said we literally came at the most perfect timing. She actually has a friend that went to USU too and is now on a mission. We shared 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 one of my new favs. And the conversation was so natural, led right into our unquie message and she is excited to learn!
  • Okay so super cool opportunity. We got volunteered by some other missionaries 😑 to speak to 125 scouts and their parents about honoring our father and months and not killing people. They did a 10 commandment hike and hiked to different churches and learned about the 10 commandments. We had so much fun doing it. It was last minute and terrifying, but so so happy we were able to do it. We have a bright generation coming up! We even got a baggy for doing it!
  • Bro D came to church and Sunday School even though they said they wouldn’t be able to make it! Made my week!

And lots more things but you don’t have the time to read it and I don’t have the time to write it so know that God loves His children. If you pray for opportunities to be an instrument He will give you those opportunities. We’ve been inviting people to pray daily for opportunities. We had a member tell us I’ll try but I’m not sure of what more I can do. She told us at church today someone at work randomly can’t Up to her and asked if she knew anything about Mormons. How random. But not. Bc the Lord will answer our prayers. I love you all so much! Work hard and pray hard this week! Stay safe! Much ❤

💪🏼Stay Strong

          ❤ Sister Hawkins

It’s the Start of Something New

 

Transfers!!! My new companion will be…drum roll please……Sister
Kieffer! She is flipping awesome and hilarious and just an awesome
missionary so I’m pumped! Sister Webb goes home tomorrow sad day☹️.

But lots of wonderful things happened this week. We were able to go
with recent convert Jacob, and his girlfriend to the temple! It was
wonderful! He was able to do work for his older brother and his
grandfather! It was so special and Sister Taggart let us each take on
of her names. I never though I would get to do baptisms as a
missionary, but things just recently changed so that we could. Feel so
blessed.
Also a man I taught on an exchange, Roderick, was baptized this week.
He has muscular dystrophy so Elder Hansen literally  carried him into the
font. And 2 other Elders helped. As the words ” I baptize you in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. amen” were
stated you could just feel the spirit so strongly.  It was absolutely
beautiful and something I will never forget. It wasn’t easy getting
him there, he has been taught for a long time, but he received a
strong answer to his prayers and was just so ready!
I met Mater!
We put together a puzzle on New Years Eve and finally finished, but
after we finished everytime I closed my eyes I would see puzzle
pieces. It was the weirdest thing ever! It got kind of annoying bc I
could  not focus or sleep we were preparing for zone training that night
(struggling preparing) and knelt down in prayer. I asked that the
puzzle pieces would go away and immediately the thought came to my
mind “is the Lord trying to tell you something?” He was. All the
sudden I was able to make sense of the zone Training by comparing it
to a puzzle. I know it sounds crazy, but the analogy just helped all
my thoughts come together. And the puzzle pieces went away. I’m not
sure if y’all understand what I’m trying to say, but if something
won’t leave your head, ask yourself if the Lord is trying to tell you
something. Ponder on it. Pray and clarity will come. He answers
prayers of faith!!
We had Bro D and Carol come to sacrament meeting which was awesome!!
Happy day y’all!  So we don’t have much time today bc we have to make
up for the 2 hours we spent at the temple proselyting on our pday. We
are sooooo busy! I’ll send you lots of pics and know our Father loves
you.  All my love!

💪🏼Stay Strong
❤ Sister Hawkins

Happy Dayz

 

Hello my family and friends!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Talking with the fam last week was perfect! So much fun! Usually you feel home sick after those calls, but I felt more excited to work hard. For Sister Moon’s last pday activity we filled nylons with flour….and then hit each other with the, and played capture the flag. It was sooo much fun! We had dinner with the Orlando, my new favorite people. Then another lesson with Brother D! It was absolutely wonderful. His in laws were in town and made awesome member presents! He is closer than he has ever been to actually doing this. He still has a hard time completely accepting God and Jesus Christ, but he is keeping commitments and desires to know so his answer will be arriving soon! 😁Then they next day we took sister Moon to the mission office and said our goodbyes. I cried. It is so sad. I felt totally fine then all the sudden I had to say goodbye. But we’ve heard from her and she is doing well😊 Sister Webb’s sister actually got to go to the airport!! The rest of the day was really slow. We exchanges that night with Valley View sisters. I got to be with sister Sainan for the day which was absolutely wonderful😊 she is just the cutest person!

We had district meeting the next day which was just perfect. Last week was really good too. We’ve been talking about Christ like attributes, which is something I used to be obsessed with studying, but fell out of it. I’ve just been reminded of the importance of Christ like attributes in our lives!!!! So interesting to study. I finished the Book of Mormon Christmas night. Y’all it is true. If you doubt it, read it, pray on it, and you will know. I’ve started the book again looking for attributes of Christ and really pondering on how I can bring them into my life. Our district leader brought up something super interesting he said the closer you are to the Savior, the more light you have in your life, which also means more light is shed on your weaknesses. You really just see how wonderful God is and your many weaknesses (humility), but how knowing those weaknesses will help us to become stronger.

We went over and read the scriptures with the Voges. Sister Voge prayed!!!! We about fell out of our seats! Happy day y’all! We were at our ward mission leaders house going over the ward list and their little grandson was there soooo cute😍 I guess after we left he was asking grandma “where are the minaries” and she didn’t understand what he was saying and kept asking him to repeat himself, then he was frustrated and said “where are grandpas friends” 😂 who cute children are funny.

We got to finally see Kyle Berlinger be baptized! He has been waiting 3 years and the 31st was the day. He bore his testimony and this 18 year old kid spoke like an apostle. It was AMAZING. Carol was able to come to and it was just fabulous. Also got to see all my old Anaheim Hills people❤

That same day we went to our ward mission leaders home. Each year they have a Chow Mien open house/ party thing. So we ate there Saturday and Sunday haha. I really like them. Also her house is adorable and covered in red and white polka dots. Mom you would love it.

We met with Jacob a recent convert in our ward and found some family names to take to the temple! We were going to get to go with him to do them, but this week is completely insane and requirements to go do baptisms with converts are difficult to reach.

Sister Webb leaves me next week☹️ I don’t like sending people home it is really stressful  and depressing. But also really happy. But anyways this week was awesome! The gospel is true. Christ loves you. Xoxo
💪🏼Stay Strong

          ❤ Sister Hawkins 

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