Thursday, May 24, 2012

May 14, 2012

Hello Everyone!
I just had a smile on my face all day after SKYPING with Andrew yesterday.  Technology is amazing as we had Andrew in Panama, Jennifer in California, Julianne in Idaho and the rest of the family in Utah all talking to one another at the same time!!
Andrew looked fantastic and seemed really happy.  He and his companion were at the Iglasias Family's home to make their Mother's Day calls.  It was so fun to see his companion and this cute family who are so good to the missionaries in their area.  Andrew eats at their home several times a week!  He told us lots of fun stories and he bore his testimony to us in Spanish.  It was very long and it sounded great!  He is happy, healthy and very grateful for the love and support of all of you!
His advice to those who are thinking about serving a mission or preparing to leave:  Read the Book of Mormon, fulfill your Priesthood callings and choose your friends wisely!  
Thanks for your positive impact in his life.

Well let me tell you how wonderful it was to have the chance to SKPE with all of you!  It was so much fun to see all of you and hear your voices after 6 months.  Thank you so much for all of your support and love it means so much to me.  Well now that you all know everything about Panama it´s hard to think of what to tell you. 
The answer is that yes the rain let up and so we were able to leave and get back to our house safely.  I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to talk to you all and it was perfect I didn´t get truncky, or homesick one bit which is also a blessing.  A fun story that happened last night is that when we were leaving the house the grandma who lives with the family iglesias is like 99 years old, no joke, and a lot of times the things that she says don't make a ton of sense.  When we were telling her goodbye last night she told us that there were the two of us and that also there was an angel that was guarding us.  It was interesting because she said it and just had the biggest smile on her face.  I loved it and it made me feel so good to know that I´m being watched out for.
I know that you are all being blessed and the sacrifices that all of you make to pay for me to be here and be away from you is worth it.   I know that the mission is such a wonderful way that we can serve the Lord.  People say two years at the age of 19 is a "tithing to the lord" when we can pay him back for all of the blessings he gives us.  That´s not true because in the two years that are dedicated in his service, the blessings that we personally receive are endless.  I love to be out here and even when it´s hot, i´m sweaty and tired I still find myself smiling and thankful to be able to work for the Lord.  The best boss in the whole world!  Thank you everyone for all you do for me.  I´m so blessed by all of you at home and love you all so much!
Elder Hawks


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