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February 2017

Mardi Gras, Cali Style

Updates!
The Creason’s came to church! I was so excited to see them there! Β My wonderful Mother sent us some King Cakes and We brought them a piece of King Cake earlier in the week and at church he said “Sister Hawkins I have something for you!” He dropped
the baby from the king cake in my hand haha! It was the best!
My favorite Brother D came to church yesterday as well! We got him a
journal and wrote different scriptures & quotes he might like at the
bottom of the pages and gave it to him. I think he really liked it!
Now he can write all his thoughts and notes from church and stuff. It
makes a huge difference when I take notes vs. not taking notes in
meetings and such. Did you know taking notes is a a form of pondering?
I think that is just the coolest thing I’ve heard. Makes sense I just
never thought of it that way.
We brought King Cake around to some people in the ward and some people
we are teaching. One family I was super excited to surprise is the
Thompsons! They just moved here from Louisiana not too long ago. We go
over and they were so excited. She actually had been feeling homesick
and ordered all this Mardi Gras stuff and they were going to celebrate
that Sunday, so we took some fun pics😍 seriously the best thing ever!
We went over for beignets today for breakfast!!!!😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊 best
pday ever!
So Sister Webb and Sister Moon did this thing where the gave their
departure day a name, like “Potato Day.” So anytime I refer to “April
Fools” I am referring to the day I leave the mission. So we had our
“April Fools Meeting” where president Taggart gave us all this
wonderful advice! There are about 8 or so other missionary going home
too. I feel more at peace about life in general so that’s always good
😊
We taught this lady who isn’t sure if she believes in God how to pray.
It was a really cool experience. Address Heavenly Father, express the
feelings of your heart, and end in the name of Jesus Christ! Just that
easy! And it is completely life changing! Could you imagine your life
without it? Truly, that would be so difficult. I would be no where
near where I am today without it. So challenge this week teach/inspire
someone pray. You can teach a child how to pray, reach out to friend
in person or on social media, pray for the opportunity help in
inspiring someone to look to God rather than man for their answers, or
you could share something about how prayer has blessed your life and
you never know it may inspire someone else to do the same! Tell me how
it goes 😊 #LightTheWorld
It was a wonderful week. God is so good. Sending all my love!!❀❀

πŸ’ͺ🏼Stay Strong
❀ Sister Hawkins

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Happy President’s Day

Happy Presidents’ Day y’all! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Awesome things that happened:
-Bro D. Came to church! And is still coming along. Comfort is holding
him back. I understand it is a big life change.
-We lost our phone. Now you thinking why would this be an awesome
thing. Well we where at a dinner thing for the older folks at the
church. It was poring. We left and realized we didn’t have our phone.
We get back to the church and start looking. Those still around
cleaning up are helping. Sister Lamborne, as awesome as she is, says
let’s pray. We get in a little circle (note an investigator it there,
Martha, she is probs thinking this is the strangest thing) we pray,
one of the sisters says to go look in the car again. Sister Kieffer
runs ahead of me in the rain and I’m waddling behind her think through
where I left it and I see something shinny. Our phone is on the ground
the back was off and the battery on the ground. Just siting in the
rain in the middle of the parking spot. So the Lord led us to the
phone in less than 2 minutes. The craziest thing is the phone still
works!!!, the screen wasn’t working at first and rice healed it!
Martha thought it was just the coolest thing, and it was. The Lord is
so aware of our prayers!!!
-We met this awesome family a friend from the MTC told me about.❀ they
were so sweet and have invited us back.
-We were looking for a member of our church and found out he had moved
like 3 years ago, but we met John. And y’all John needs the gospel.
His life is a wreck. We kept testifying of Christ and all the
wonderful things in the gospel that will help him. He softened up a
lot towards the end. Hoping great things are in store for him.
-Met Summer. She just had a baby and didn’t know she was pregnant!
Crazy right?! But she is just so happy to have her first little one❀
summer is literally the nicest human ever and we get to go read the
scriptures with her every week! She wants to come closer to God!
I know the Lord’s hand is in everything we do. As we just do what we
are supposed to great blessings will come! Look at how the Lord has
blessed your life today! I promise He is somewhere! Even on the worst
of days.
I love y’all so much! Xoxo

πŸ’ͺ🏼Stay Strong
❀ Sister Hawkins

Hola! (The Spanish is for Dad)

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Just for everyone’s information THE BEST DAD IN THE WORLD has a
birthday this week on the 9th so shout out to him! πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽ€πŸŽˆπŸŽŠ
We had a really good week. It zoomed by so quickly!
We had MLC and Zone Training this week with is always super
awesome!!!! It just gets you so pumped to get out there and share the
Gospel!Β  We had Zone Conference this week so all good things! We
talked a lot about the World Wide Missionary Broadcast which was
amazing!!! Our zone is soooooo AWESOME and has the coolest insights!
One night after dinner we asked a family to pick the streets/ houses
to tract for the next thirty minutes! Success! They were super
inspired and we found a family that said we could come back and share
moreπŸ™ŒπŸ½
So one night it was 8:45 and we go in at 9:00 I’ve really been trying
to make the most of my time thanks to the loving advice of my mother
haha so we were driving and thinking about where we could go. I saw a
woman at the bus stop we pulled over and went to talk to her! It was
so AWESOME! She accepted a Book of Mormon and we have a return
appointment at the same bus stop 😹 you never know where you will find
people to teach! Nor how strange you may look in the process, but it
is always so worth it! Just talking to everyone!
We got to help with a move which was super tiring and fun! I am so out
of shape Mrs. Kaye be ready to help me!
We met up Saturday to finish the exchanges we ended early last week
when I got sick and it was AMAZING!!! We saw so many tender mercies
and I didn’t throw up πŸ˜‚. They’ve been trying to see a man named
“Angel,” but he keeps cancelling appointments. We go by he lets us in
we teach the Plan of Salvation and he is so on board, really ready to
change his life. He truly wants him and his family to come closer to
God. And he accepted baptism! He is on date for March! Yay! It is so
cool to watch the Lord work might miracles in the lives of others. He
sometimes gives us those difficult trials to help us more fully rely
on Him and see that He has a much better and wonderful plan for all of
us! Our Savior lives! Much love to all of you!!

πŸ’ͺ🏼Stay Strong
❀ Sister Hawkins

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