Week 80- Closing Chapter.

Sister Hawkins E-mail ~ Week 80

Well y’all, this is it. The last email I will write as a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am in tears right now, just reflecting on the wonderful memories and experiences I have had throughout these past 18 months. I am forever grateful to my Heavenly Father for giving me these opportunities and for the privilege it has been to serve in place of the Savior.

 I want to share with you my witness of the Doctrine of Christ. I know that having faith in Jesus Christ is what gives us power to do His work. Believing in Christ has given me the strength to do things that I would not be able to do otherwise. But another part of faith, aside from believing in Christ, is believing Christ. Trusting that He really can lift our burdens, that He knows our hearts and He can make us clean as we rely on His Atonement. I know that through repentance, I can be cleansed from sin. Because of this gift, I can try again and again and again. As I strive to become more like the Savior, I know that He will help me to make changes in my life that will transform me, change me from my fallen state and help me become one of His disciples. I have a testimony of the power of covenants. It is through the promises we make that allow us to access Heavenly help. I am thankful for the gift of the Holy Ghost and the witness that it has born to me again and again that Jesus is the Christ and that His gospel is the only way back to our Heavenly Father. This witness of the Doctrine of Christ is what drives me every single day. It is the Doctrine of Christ that has motivated me for the last 18 months to talk to everyone, to knock just one more door, to push myself a little further each day, so that others may enjoy the blessings of the gospel. I know all of this to be true because I have personally experienced it in my own life. In August 2016, I was hit by a car and dragged underneath it for about 30 feet. During the time that I was being dragged, I did not know if I would live or if I would die. Thankfully, the car finally did stop and I was taken to the hospital, where I was treated for just a few small abrasions and some road rash. I knew in that moment that I had a loving Heavenly Father who knows me and who has given me a Savior who helps me through my trials. Jesus Christ knows us perfectly. He loves us. This experience, although very challenging, helped me to personalize the Doctrine of Christ in a way I never had before. During the recovery process, the Doctrine of Christ became my foundation. It was my faith in Jesus Christ, my desire to become better, the power of my covenants, the healing power of the sacrament, and the comfort that came through the Holy Ghost that sustained me through this time in my life. Despite the pain that I sometimes still feel and the frightening memories of the accident, I would go through that experience a million times over just to gain the relationship that I now have with my Savior and my unshaken testimony of His gospel. Although I now carry some pretty big scars, they’re nothing when compared to the scars the Savior carries because of me. They serve as a constant reminder of His love and Atoning sacrifice for me. I know and I testify in the name of Jesus Christ that it is through faith in Him and living his gospel, repenting, being baptized and making further covenants, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end that we can return to our Heavenly Father. It is the only way for us to become clean and changed and perfected, so we may live in His presence with our families forever. Of these things I testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

 See y’all real soon!!!


 Sister Hawkins

Relief Society District
Relief Society District!! Elders McKel and Jeppsen, Sisters Palmer, Jepsen, Dolbin, Darrington, Hawkins, Lucas, and Leavitt
Service and Exchanges
Service and Exchanges with Hermana Garner! Sisters Liufau, Shumway, and Hall in the back
Saying goodbye to some of Tena's grandkids
Saying goodbye to some of Tena’s grandkids who are moving.
Sienna Plantation. Eat, drink, and be merry
Sienna Plantation. Eat, drink, and be merry. Haha!
Mission Leadership Council
Mission Leadership Council Friday March 3rd, 2017.

Week 79- What’s the best way to distract two sister missionaries? PUPPIES.


Letter from Sister Hawkins- Blog update week 79 sisters-and-puppiespuppies-2

These are one week old baby German shepherds.<3 Don’t be too jealous Parker!


 Such a crazy week! We taught early morning seminary for 2 days (I thought I was going to die, it’s so early!) Helped a lady named Jackie in our neighborhood with her cooking business. I am getting to be quite the expert baker. 🙂 We had been planning a fireside and Sunday was the big day. It didn’t really turn out how we thought it would, but it was a really great learning experience! 


 “When the Spirit touches the heart, hearts are changed.  When individuals….feel the Spirit working with them, or when they see the evidence of the Lord’s love and mercy in their lives, they are edified and strengthened spiritually and their faith in Jesus Christ increases.” 


 18 months have come and gone and I am SO grateful for the spirit that I have felt being a servant of the Lord. I am a witness of changing hearts, including my own. My faith in Christ is what drives me everyday and I am so thankful to have 2 whole extra weeks to be an ambassador of the Lord to invite all to come unto Christ!!


 See y’all soon!! 🙂


 Sister Hawkins

Sister Boyer (from Rosenberg) texted me this picture last weekend.
Then on Sunday evening, I got this one as well, from a sweet lady named Diane Moline.       She said: Look at your beautiful daughters serving at a local food bank. Every 4th Thursday our missionaries help fill orders for those in need. Thank you for sharing your missionaries with us.






Week 78- GOLDEN

(Week 78 Blog Post – Sister Hawkins)

Hey y’all!

What a crazy week for us!! It started off with a real surprise…a GOLD sky! Literally gold. We woke up and panicked for a second, thinking that we had slept in since it was so bright outside, but nope. 5:45am and the sky was just completely yellow. We then heard later on that there were a few tornadoes and some pretty crazy storms in Houston, so that was pretty fun! But we only got a rainstorm. It must be spring time in Texas!

 Speaking of golden…we found an awesome new investigator this week!! His name is Nathan. He is dating a less active girl in our ward. She is my age and is expecting. They are super happy together and plan on getting married. The craziest part is that they both had been talking about going back to church and then the next day, we show up at their doorstep! They both said that Sister Darrington and I have super familiar faces, like they have seen us before or something. They’re really awesome people who are about to get so many blessings they don’t even know what’s coming for them!!:)

 We had a really great devotional this week with the youth in our ward about faith in Jesus Christ. It starts out with a math equation:


 Jesus Christ is perfect, the only perfect person to walk the face of the earth. Sometimes, we try to compare ourselves and measure up to Him perfectly, but the reality is, we will never even come close. Yet we still try to become like Him by doing things that will make us more perfect, trying new ways to become better and more like Him. 

 But then, if we change the equation:


 The result becomes so much more, and so much better if we put Christ first. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13

As we have faith in Him, and repent every single day, we still won’t measure up to Him. But with His strength, He will pick us up and make more of us than we could ever make of ourselves. I am so grateful for the faith in Christ I have been able to develop and continue to develop each day as I strive to improve through repentance. I know that this is His work and as I continue to put my trust in Him, He will do wonders in us and through us. 

 Hope y’all have a great week!!



Sister Hawkins

(Edit from Mom: So, she’s hardly sent any pictures since Christmas, unless I’ve asked/begged. So today I asked if her Camera was broken, or if she needed a new storage card for it, & if so to please take care of it ASAP! I told her that no pictures for weeks in a row was NOT ok with me;)! She said that she was just so focused on being a good missionary that she doesn’t really think about it & drops into bed exhausted… Then I got these with “There. I sent pictures.” HAHA!:) I needed these! Only 3 WEEKS!!!


We look like Hobos! We always make bread but we never eat it, so the elders do us a favor and always eat it right as soon as they get it. One day, they gave us some sweet bread to make up for all the bread we had been giving them.


Week 77- Heavenly Father Smells Like Roses

(Week 77 email & blog post from Sister Hawkins)

This has by far been the busiest, most stressful, crazy weeks of my mission so far!


 We were so blessed to be able to have Elder Zwick with us this week and to learn how we can all be more effective missionaries. That man is a missionary machine! He is so awesome! He and his wife shared so many amazing stories with us and really helped us to know how we can be better missionaries and work better with our members. Sister Zwick shared a story about a necklace she was wearing that was a gift from her father. Because it was so precious to her, she hid it. But she went on to say that she could not enjoy the the gift from her father by hiding it and keeping it for herself. The same goes with sharing the gospel! Keeping it for ourselves does not bring joy. The happiness is found when we put our fear to the side and help others receive this precious gift that has changed all of our lives!


 Some things that he encouraged us and our members to do:


 1. Strengthen understanding of Doctrine of Christ + Restoration


 2. Replace fear with faith


– Members are full time finders and missionaries are full time teachers! We are all on the same team and want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to hear this great message! We succeed when we invite! We know that the Lord is preparing friends and neighbors to accept the gospel and receive a remission of their sins! We are always looking for more people to teach! The principles for finding people to teach and baptizing converts is universal. 


 3. Trust the Lord + listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit


– “Missionary work is not passive- it is action oriented!” The Lord will give you the very things to say to be able to help others come closer to Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. He has prepared everything for us. 


 This week, we had an awesome lesson with our investigator Wendy!! She can only meet at 7am, so this whole last week we have been changing our schedule so we can teach her that early in the morning. And get this: SHE COMMITTED TO BE BAPTIZED ON MARCH 11. We are so excited and she is even more excited! We invited her to read 3 Nephi 27 and she only read the first few verses and then wrote 4 pages of notes on her thoughts and feeling about it all. She is unreal! And after we invited her to be baptized, we asked her why she would want to, and she bore her testimony to us about how not only will she be clean, but she will also be able to be an instrument in God’s hands. Wendy’s father passed away after a battle with cancer on Saturday night and she called us crying, but she knew that God has placed us in her life for a reason and she took comfort in that. 


 Sister Gibbs was in the hospital this week and she was having the hardest time with it all. We visited her and she started talking to God and said that “He smelled like roses.” She is such a strong lady and is doing much better now, but keep her in your prayers!


 Well love y’all and have a great week!!!!




 Sister Hawkins

Zone Conference with Elder W. Craig Zwick of the Seventy
Sorry it’s so grainy. We had to zoom in to find her!


Week 76- Keep on keepin on!

A crazy busy week for us!!

 Sorry, I am going to be short this week.

 We met a lady named Wendy. She is a media referral and ordered a Bible. Basically, she lives in a shack on stilts. It’s the saddest thing ever, but she is AWESOME! She is wanting to change her life around for the better and loved the idea of the Book of Mormon. She has 4 little kids that live in this one bedroom house with her and one of them is 8 as well! She also just told us this morning (we’ve had 3 appointments with her already and they’ve all been at 7:30am because that’s the only time she can since she works a ton) anyways she told us this morning that she and her boyfriend will be getting married next week! Talk about great timing:)

 We are also working with a man named Asden. He is super cool. He is from Jamaica and grew up with Bob Marley. WHAT? Right?? He’s super awesome and happy-go-lucky. He went through a really terrible car accident a few years ago and has some back injuries still from it. He wants to know life’s purpose and why bad things happen to good people. We taught him about the Book of Mormon and how through it we can know God’s plan and purpose for us. He is PUMPED to read and pray about it! He even said that if he got the answer from God that it is all true that he will be baptized without hesitation!:)

 Superbowl was in Houston!! The city was CRAZY!!! So many drunk people on the roads, but we are safe.:) But basically like everything shut down for the day so that was hard! Luckily our awesome mission prep class was still held that evening. Brother Morton said, “If missionaries don’t watch the Superbowl, then neither do missionaries in training!” The other day our zone leaders were like, “Hey Sister Hawkins, we were driving down the road and all of a sudden, this airplane flew right in front of us, it was like 5 weeks away!”…….yeah…not cool…haha!

 Sorry this was so random! But hope y’all stay safe and have a good week!



 Sister Hawkins

No new pictures this week… again. LOL! This girl! Haha! So, I thought I’d throw a couple of my personal recent favorites in here! She is SO happy & just full of Joy in these pics! ❤

It’s our Christmas today!!!
We love y’all!



Sorry, I don’t have a lot of time for a good weekly email this week but just a few quick things:

  • So we have a new schedule!! Planning is in the mornings which means that we get to go to bed right when we get home. It’s been something that we have actually been doing in our mission secretly now since January 1st and it’s the BEST.:)
  • We cleaned up a highway
  • Sienna Plantation Ward turned 6. 🙂
  • The Menezes family is our favorite!<3 They had a late birthday party for Sister Darrington!!
  • We made some strawberry jam with a part-member family
  • We are out of miles so we have literally been walking 10-12 miles a day each day for the last week
  • Final transfer!! I will finish up my mission as a Sister Training Leader and stay in Sienna Plantation with Sister Darrington!!!

Enjoy some pictures!:)


Sister Hawkins



Trunky, Much? Don’t worry. I am a consecrated, focused missionary. I am just beginning with the end in mind. 😉
We were waiting for some pictures to print out and then saw these. We aren’t allowed to read them, but we opened it up and posed. 😉


Homemade jam and bread!


Week 74- 7 Week Transfer, longest shortest week of my life!

Holy smokes it’s week 7 already?!? I feel like I was just talking with y’all and now here we are again!

 We had a huge miracle this week! The Spanish Elders were out knocking doors and met this woman named Tanya and her family. The elders passed her off to us and we went to teach their family on Tuesday evening. As we were driving to her house we realized that she’s not in our ward boundaries. We called President Hall and explained the situation to him and he is having us just teach her family because its so confusing being passed from missionary to missionary, and they just need to be taught. We had an AMAZING lesson with them and they each wanted their own copy of the Book of Mormon. Super prepared family!!

 We re-taught Fred the Restoration. He opened up to us and unfortunately he won’t be able to get baptized for a while, being that he is on parole until he’s 93…only 9 more years! We talked to our mission president and are continuing to teach him and work with him. He is truly repentant and wants this gospel. As he continues to show repentance by coming to church and meeting with us, the first presidency is more likely to grant permission for his baptism. We are just praying praying praying. 

 We had some great lessons with the part member families in the ward! We are currently working with 4 of these families. They are all so loving and unique in their own circumstances. 

 One of them has a son who is 9 and has committed to be baptized!!! WOOHOO! He will be getting baptized the end of May. A close family friend will be in town then and its really important to them that she’s there. The mom said she wants us to start teaching them because the more they hear and can participate, the more comfortable they will feel at church. We have another appointment this Thursday and will be teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and extending a solid baptismal date.:) Even though it’s sad that I won’t be there, it doesn’t matter who baptizes him – as long as he gets baptized!

 Kind of a call to repentance story – so at the beginning of my mission, President Hall invited us to read the Book of Mormon every day for the rest of our lives and never miss a day, and I promised to do it. Well, the other day I spent all my studies in PMG and reading a talk instead, missing out on reading in the Book of Mormon for that day. Well later on that day, we were asked to teach mission prep by Brother Morton, and it was all on how to teach the Fall. He wasn’t sure why, and we weren’t sure why either, but we did. It went ok. Well the next day, I went to read in the Book of Mormon, and guess what it was all about?? THE FALL!!! I was like, holy cow, that’s why we were supposed to teach yesterday! It was Heavenly Father’s subtle but powerful way of reminding me that I need to be in that book every single day. 

 Richard G. Scott said, “Don’t yield to Satan’s lie that you don’t have time to study the scriptures. Choose to take time to study them. Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media. You may need to reorganize your priorities to provide time for the study of the word of God. If so, do it!”  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/10/make-the-exercise-of-faith-your-first-priority?lang=eng

 I have such a strong testimony of the power that comes daily as we read the Book of Mormon. READ THIS BOOK EVERY SINGLE DAY, IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO!!

 Love y’all!!


 Sister Hawkins

A not-so-cute temple picture…haha be careful whenever you hand your camera to random elders…:P





Hello wonderful friends and family!

 We have seen SO many miracles this week!!!!!! It’s crazy to see how when you work your hardest, the blessings will come. They might not come all at once, but they do come. That’s an eternal principle.:)

 First of all, Fred:

We met a new investigator named Fred, and get this – HE COMMITTED TO BE BAPTIZED!! He is 84 years old and is the sweetest thing ever! He was actually a former investigator from 2011, but then the elders at the time never really continued to teach him. He expressed to us how he has never been baptized, but has always wanted to be. We set him with a date for February 18, 2017 and he is committed and excited! And get this, when he came to church on Sunday, he had a “designated driver” because he is so old and can’t drive anymore. But his driver friend, John, who is a Baptist (John the Baptist haha), came and stayed for Gospel Principles with Fred and LOVED it!!! He asked for “that Mormon book” and also took home a Gospel Principles book too. He will also be getting baptized soon…:)  

 We also made great progress with the Hernandez family. We taught them why we need to read the Book of Mormon and how it can bless their family. The dad has tried to read it before, but had a hard time understanding what he was reading. We helped them to make some connections to their own lives between Lehi and his family and their own family. We love their family so so much!!

 Brother Gibbs:

He also committed to read the Book of Mormon together with his family! We taught him how reading the Book of Mormon will help him gain a testimony of Joseph Smith, and we committed him to read the first chapter and pray to know that it is true. He completely opened up to us this last visit and it was such a great experience to see how his heart is opening up more and more to the gospel. 

 Kamprath Family:

We brought over 5,000+ bottle caps to the Kamprath family on Monday evening. They were collecting them for a family whose son is going through chemo treatments for cancer. Their hearts were softened so much! We were able to have dinner with them and talk about her conversion and how knowing Joseph Smith is a prophet has blessed her life. They are trying to come back, just a lot of other things in their life have become more of a priority, but they realize that if they put God first, they will be blessed. What a miracle!!

 ALSO. We met Jesus. Well, not really, but there’s this guy who wanders around Sienna Plantation and he literally looks like Jesus! He has long brown curly hair, blue eyes, it’s insane! Anyways, we met him finally and talked with him. It was quite the experience…he wanted to “fellowship with us” and “feel our good vibes” but then wouldn’t set an appointment…haha I sure am going to miss the random encounters with people like this everyday!

 Also another funny story. So we were trying another former investigator. We knocked on the door and a 14 year old girl answered and told us a good day to come back. We left her with a Restoration pamphlet and shared the First Vision account with her. The spirit was SUPER strong and she was so excited for us to come back, but then all of a sudden a voice came from the sky (aka – those dang smart doorbells) the girl’s grandpa started yelling at us and saying they don’t want anything to do with the Latter-day Saints Church. Someday his heart will soften..:)

 Have a fantastic week y’all! After all this time, I am still constantly amazed at the faith of these wonderful members. The fire of retelling the first vision still brings me to tears every time. A door slammed in my face doesn’t get tiring. It just pushes me to keep pressing forward. This gospel has been everything for me these past 17 months and I hope to continue to give it my all as I continue to serve the Lord!


 Sister Hawkins

Zone Conference Picture (& Going on Week 3 of NO pictures from this Busy gal! So, I was happy to see this one! It was on her Mission Presidents FB page. 🙂


Week 72- SNOW DAYS


 Well not really, it was more of a flurry, for like a few seconds. Then it was gone. But still, the first snow I’ve seen in 2 years!! So that was exciting…:)

 When we first got to the area, we began visiting families in the ward, and we met this one less active family who really wasn’t interested in coming back to church at all. But we asked if there was anything we could do for them and they said they were in need of some bottle caps. One of their friends’ sons is going through cancer right now and for ever 100 bottle caps, he got 10 minutes of free chemo therapy. So since November, we’ve been collecting bottle caps like nobody’s business. Well we now have like 5,000 caps we are giving to this family tonight! We delivered some earlier on Saturday and when she saw them, she was so happy. But the real miracle happened yesterday. We were in church and all of a sudden, we saw their family walk in the door! The mom, dad and all the kids!! This was a huge miracle. They’ve gone from completely closed off to slowly coming back. I can’t say it’s anything we are doing, but those little acts of kindness and service go a long way!! We are excited to give them the other bottle caps tonight!:)

 We have hardly any miles anymore, so we have been walking everywhere. It’s been the greatest blessing in disguise. Not only are we getting a darn good work out everyday, we are also able to talk with SO many people! We found 8 new investigators this week – Heavenly Father is definitely blessing us for our efforts!:)

 We were also blessed to have President Owen, the Young Men General President, come to our sacrament meeting yesterday. We got to talk with him and his wife for a few minutes afterwards. Such amazing people with such strong testimonies! The spirit of the meeting was so powerful!

 Yesterday we also got to teach Young Women’s. We introduced the new youth theme for the year – James 1:5-6.

  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

 I am so grateful for this scripture. It has helped me to gain a better relationship with my Heavenly Father. I think it’s so amazing that He wants us to know spiritual truths for ourselves. He has given us the way to know and we can know for ourselves. I think that gaining spiritual knowledge from our Heavenly Father is one of the greatest gifts he could give us. I am so thankful for the prophet Joseph Smith, for being willing to exercise his faith and experiment upon the word. I know that as we take our questions to the scriptures and pray to know, we will be answered. ❤

 Hope y’all have a great time freezing in Utah! I will be nice and toasty down here in the best state in the U.S.! 🙂


Sister Hawkins

(From Mom: I asked if she was going to rip me off in the picture department with no pic again this week & she quickly sent this one & apologized! LOL! The closer it gets to her coming home date, the busier she seems to be! That’s a really good thing, I suppose! She’s very focused!<3)from cold Texas.png


Week 71- Don’t Look Back!


 We had a crazy busy week! We found 6 new investigators, which is HUGE for us and we continue to work hard each day and talk with everyone! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY. 

 We had a really cool experience just this morning. We went and taught a media referral – a lady named Aurieka. She and her son are looking for a change in their life and they heard about the Book of Mormon and wanted to know more. Yes, we sacrificed a part of our P-day, but it was totally worth it! The spirit was so strong and she and her son are planning on coming to church this next week. 

 I hope y’all make the most of this new year! Set some goals, make some plans, and when you fall short, keep trying! Perfect people don’t need a Savior. 

 I love this time of the year – to be able to start completely over and make necessary changes in our lives to bring us closer to the Savior. We had an amazing sacrament meeting yesterday that was focused on this very topic. A lot of people during the year use FitBits to track how many steps you take throughout your day/week/month, etc. A member in our ward tracked his steps for the whole year and took over 6 million steps! But how many of those steps were moving you closer to the Savior? As my Grampy always says, “Wherever you are, that’s where you’ll be.” Are we facing the path that will lead us toward the Savior? One of my personal goals this year is to every day take steps that will bring me closer to the Savior and will strengthen my faith in Him. Being a missionary, this comes really easy – that’s my whole day every day! But I know that it won’t always be this way and soon I will have to make the decision every day to follow my Savior. But we might find ourselves in places in our lives that we don’t want to be. Fortunately, because of what Jesus Christ has done for us, we don’t have to stay put. Because of Him we can move forward. “The past is to be learned from, but not lived in….Faith is for the future!” – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. I hope and pray that as each of you set goals and plan for the new year, you see these goals to the very end, and that these goals ultimately help you come closer to our Savior and become all that He intends for you to become.


 I love this video so much! It is about the story of Lot’s Wife. Lot and his family were commanded by God to leave the city of Sodom and Gomorrah and not look behind them. But Lot’s wife did. This video says it all, but keep moving forward into this new year and don’t look back!!

 Love y’all so much!!


 Sister Hawkins

(No new pictures this week, so I’ll include a couple of older ones!!! She was only on for a VERY short time due to her media referral appointment Monday morning, but we did get a video last week from Sister Gibbs. It was sent to my FB Messenger of them all singing Happy Birthday to Sister Darrington! I wish I could share it here, but I’m not nearly Tech Savvy enough for such things! Have a blessed week! ~Melanie)

THIS Cute girl on the left with the curls (Hermana Herrera) just left on her mission to El Salvador, Santa Ana Mission (With a few week stay in the Guatemala MTC). We adore these three girls & they all became close friends in Sister Hawkins very first area! ❤  & a shout out & big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to sweet Sister Darrington!!!

Last P-day, got to say goodbye to my FAVORITES
Last P-day, got to say goodbye to my FAVORITES<3
Me and my CUTE Sister Darrington!