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Monday, August 11, 2014

Au Revoir!!!

Hey fam fam! Sorry it's so late..... We just had an awesome last lesson for me at the church. E wasn't baptized. He needed a stronger testimony so he will be baptized the 23rd!!! It's okay,  I am really happy that he is doing his best. We took a ferry all together to Les Saints again for my last p day. It was like a dream!

I miss you all and can't believe that I am going to see you all so soon. SUREAL!

Requests: Could some one give me a back rub?? My back hurts real bad. HAHA

C'est tout. Merci.
A bientot!!!!
Seour Hawkes

Monday, August 4, 2014

One Last Baptism!!!

Ma chère famille,
Bonjour, je suis trop contente que je serai avec vous bientôt! je ne sais pas si je dois pleurer ou rigoler. mais je vous aime!!!
A little french for your day today!!! I love you all so much and I am soo excited to be seeing you soon! 

This week has been great. I really felt the spirit at church and I bore my testimony to say goodbye for Fast Sunday since all of the members where there. We have a branch and also a group (which is smaller than a branch) that comes over Fast Sunday. It was really great. 

I'm not going to lie, I am very tired from all of the biking! but i can do it!!! We just shrank our area and are out of the big city and into a smaller area called Abymes. It's great there and we have been seeing lots of miracles. We have been praying and fasting to have a baptism before we leave and.... we are!!! The elders have been teaching the man named "E" for about 10 months. He has been taught everything twice and had been coming to church for quite some time. He was progressing towards baptism so the elders tried to see if we could help him. We committed him to be baptized this week and he was praying about it all of Fast Sunday. AH! The spirit was so strong. Probably one of the best and most heartfelt fasts that we have had on the mission. We had a little lesson with him after sacrament meeting and he said that he felt that the spirit was telling him that it was the right choice!!! Wow!!! We have been working so hard and praying so much for this goal and even though it was in a way that we didn't expect. What an amazing testimony that the Lord has a plan of his children and all that He wants of us do do  is to do our best and He will guide to what He wants.
I love you all so much and I can't believe that I will be home in about a week. So crazy. Tell Rachel congrats and that I am thinking of her. I love you all so much again. I know that this church is true and that this is the Lord's work!!!! 

Sœur Hawkes

Monday, July 28, 2014

Just writing from inside the Mac store

Hey family!!! I sure love you all!!! I don't have tons of time… I am currently writing in a Mac store at the mall here. Haha, I might get kicked off soon. We met here because Sister Tenny is leaving to Martinique for the transfer and I wanted to see her before she left!!!! Sister day!!! Haha, well, actually the elders are here too.

This week was great. I am just dying to be so positive and love every second. I went to Martinique and St. Marten to train the sisters there. It was a really great experience. I hate flying though and was pretty sick. Sister Stable had a baptism this last Saturday in Martinique!!! It was her first one there after about…. a long time. She had been teaching the lady who knew it was true. We went there to teach her and decided before to give her the date of this last Saturday as her baptismal date. She was really scared but we sang I am a Child of God, she prayed silently, then looked up and said, "Yes". I had tears running down my cheeks because the spirit was so strong!!!! I am so happy for Sister Stable. She has worked so hard and it was wonderful for her to see the fruits of her labors.

 I love you all so much. We are working on building up our pool of investigators. We are teaching this cool guy Named G. He is a member referral and came to church yesterday. He is working on praying to get his answer!!!!!

I know this church is true!!! i love you all so much!

Love, Trina!!!!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Our investigator "M" and her family!

Hello Everyone! My new companion is Sister Gill, in the white shirt and brown skirt. She speaks great French, which is very helpful when teaching. She is like an angel sent to me for the end of my mission. We are very similar and get along great. 

Things are going well here for me. I really want to baptize again before I leave but I don't know if that will happen. I need to just pray really hard for a miracle!!! I will be going to St. Maarten and Martinique again this week Wednesday to Friday so that should be fun! I'm am having a leadership council tomorrow and we are going to be discussing about whether we should put all of the sisters in cars. I think that would be a lot safer. So hopefully that happens. We have zone conference this week. It was really great and I learned TONS!!! Really focused on cultivating our spiritual gifts and getting more so that we can help other people and be cleansed of our sins. I need to pray more to have some specific spiritual gifts. Especially charity. I think that I always need to do a better job at that. 

We have an investigator named M (and her children) that we are teaching. Her companion is a less active and we have a really spiritual experience the other week. We knelt down and she prayed and felt after wards that she knew the church was true and that she need to get baptized. I bore my testimony and the spirit was really strong. I cried. We also committed them to prepare to get married. But unfortunately I don't think that will be possible because of her companion. So we are praying that they will have the courage to split off. I love her so much and I hope she gets baptized before I leave.

I'm really excited to come home but also really sad. I love this work so much. I love Guadeloupe and I don't know whether to cry or smile all of the time. Cry because I don't want to leave and laugh because I'm so excited to see all of you. I love you so much and I hope that you have an amazing week!! See you in.... 3 1/2 weeks???

I love you!!
Sœur Hawkes

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sister Gill!

Je vous aime aussi!!!!

I looked on my BYU page again and I saw that I got into that French class. YAY!!! I'm super stoked.

Don't worry, no Chikungunya for me. Lots of bug spray. :) And no one else has gotten it either.

I am living in the same place, I'm with Sister Gill now. She came up from French Guyana and has been out for about 9 months. Her French is great and she’s really funny and from Hawaii. She's a super good missionary and hard worker.

It's zone conference tomorrow and I am really excited. O’s mom has given up smoking after we taught her about the Word Of Wisdom. Well actually, its really hard for her but she is holding out strong and I think that she will be able to get baptized before I leave. I pray a lot for that. I love you so much and I am so thankful for your support. What a blessing that is.

What a blessing you are to me.

I love you!

Sista Hawkezzzz

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sister Riley is being Transferred :(

Hey, sorry no time to write today because I have a huge letter to write to the president about my "sister Issues" regarding my calling. I need lots of prayers to make a good decision. 

We had a mission wide fast and we have already seen miracles. 

Sister Riley is leaving tomorrow for French Guyana and Sister Gill will be my new companion, probably until I go home. 

I love you all so much and I love and appreciate your letters!!!! i love you!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The boy who didn't want to come to church

Hello My sweet family. I hope that you are all doing well. Sounds like most everyone is great!!!

This week was really great. We got the news that sister Riley will have to be moved to an area with a car. Not sure when or where yet. We will see. As for now we just keep on foot and talk a lot of buses. 

We had a lesson with the less active boy that we found. He is into a lot of bad things now but we had a good lesson with him and invited him to church. He just laughed and said no. But there was going to be a baptismal service an hour later and he said he would come to that. So we walked with him there and the spirit was really strong. We invited him to church the next day and he said that he wouldn't come. but, He did! Well for the last hour. It was quite the surprise though and after we had a little lesson in the chapel with him and two members. They were perfect for him and such good examples of what he could be. We gave him a new Book Of Mormon and he said he would read but he is still closed to the whole "church" idea. But I know that deep down he feels that this is best. Otherwise why would he have come? 

Sister Eyre and Sister Vance both had the chickugunya virus. Its an epidemic virus that is floating around the West Indies that you get from mosquitoes. So, Friday we went and took care of them since in knocks you out really good. Sister Vance slept for  30 hours straight. Apparently you just have severe pain EVERYWHERE! It hurts even to get up and walk 5 feet. POOR GIRLS!  Half of our investigators have it. I hope that I don't get it. Yikes!

I have been thinking a lot lately about charity and how I can truly incorporate that.  I love how it says in the bible dictionary that repentance gives you a fresh view of the world and of god. It's true. We see Him differently after because we understand Him better and what he wants for us. I have been trying to really flush out all of the selfishness and negativity from myself. It coming.... slowly. This will definitely help me be a better missionary so that I only think of the happiness of others. Funny how thinking of others make us happier. Christ was the perfect example of this. Only thought of others. Everything He did was for someone else. NOTHING for Himself. There really isn't excuses for us to be selfish even tough we make lots. It's simply do better, Be more like Christ and He will be there to help every step of the way and because of Him and the sacrament that we take each week He will cleanse us as we stumble and fall and try again, and again and again. He really is there. He really does care. God lives!!! All we need is faith in Him. If we really believed with a perfect undoubting faith and were obedient to what He asked our lives would be filled with indescribable joy and love. That's what I will work on. To have real faith in Christ. I love him!

I love you all so much and you are in my prayers may you all have a wonderful week.

Soeur Hawkes