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Hi I'm Raffaela Hawkes

I love spending time with my family, hanging out with friends, reading novels and learning new things.

About Me

I was born and raised in a small city in Brazil and I've been living in the U.S. since 2008, when I got married to a wonderful (American) man. I'm currently going to college working towards a degree in Interior Design. I love spending time at home as much as I love outside. I miss my family and friends in Brazil every day and I'm always looking forward to the next time I'll see them. I love going out to eat, watching movies, playing games, dancing and having fun!

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon because I know that God lives and loves me. I’m a Mormon because when I was 19 years old I had a deep desire to know “where I came from, why I’m here and where I’ll go after this life is over.” After searching for answers in many places, the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ was the only answer that made sense to my mind and brought peace to my heart. I’m a Mormon because being able to look at this sometimes tumultuous world with an eternal perspective brings happiness to my life and helps me to live with hope.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to church every Sunday, where I’m able to partake of the sacrament and renew the covenants I made with God on my baptism day. I also live my faith by serving in the church and serving others in my daily life. Right now I have the opportunity to work with the youth in my ward, specifically the girls, where the other leaders and I work together to help them by teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ on Sundays at church, by having weekly, fun and safe activities and by loving them. I also have a chance to visit one lady from my ward once a month to share an enriching message and see how I can help her.