Planting seeds

Dear Family, friends, and people that read this, 

So, this week the weather did the inevitable…it snowed! Fortunate for us, it didn’t really stick. And it started pouring rain immediately after…thus creating freezing rain! I was actually sort of, kinda, maybe glad we didn’t have the car–so I didn’t have to drive in that nasty weather! Although, my feet were freezing! It’s time to go and get some more thick socks! 
We still do not have anybody that we are teaching right now. We have focused a lot on finding (that is practically all that we do) and we are still not seeing our efforts come to fruition. However, this is what missionaries sign up for. We have been called to specific areas of the world to reap the Lord’s harvest. However, sometimes we are the laborers in the vineyard that plant the seeds. Both are important. And both are important to the Lord. Without those that plant the seeds, there would never be a harvest…and without those that reap the grains…there would not a bounteous harvest. When things seem to be not be going as planned, all that you can do is pray to Heavenly Father and plead for the strength and courage to keep on going. Because there are times when all you want is to quit–but deep down–you know that you never will because you are here for more than just yourself. I like this quote,  I learned that a mission is a joining between a mortal soul who prepares and embraces the things of God, and God’s Spirit. When this happens, every missionary learns he or she is part of something greater and more important than the individual. Missionaries have an important part to play for themselves and for others. It involves being entrusted with the most essential ideas and ordinances of all. As they feel the Spirit and share his work, they come to know and love his Son—and to understand why they serve.’ This describes the feelings that I have had over the past 3 months. There are challenges, but when we are able to feel the Spirit and love God and Jesus Christ with all of our power–we have a greater purpose. And we are more able to find joy in the small details of life. I know that I see those things much more frequently in my life now, because of the things that I have gone through on my mission, and the things that I will go through. There is beauty in EVERYTHING. 
This week we got to do something really fun! Our stake had a mini-mission for the youth that we got to participate in! Sister Prescott and I had two youth, Sister Rowden and Sister Del Mundo come out with us and we showed them the “Missionary Ropes”. It is amazing to me how strong the Youth are now! Granted, I was one…just a little while ago…but these girls were amazing! They put up with so much stuff at school, and their examples really strengthen my testimony of how youth can hold on to the commandments and standards…and still be so fun to be around! 
This week is Halloween! So…HAPPY HALLOWEEN! We have to go in early that night at 6, because they don’t want us proselyting out on the streets that late. We will hold our Weekly Planning Session then, instead of earlier in the day. We are also contemplating carving pumpkins…which would be really fun! Hopefully, you all stay safe and warm! 
I love you all, and I will talk to you next week! 
Love always, 
Sister Colvin 

JOY in rejection

Dearest Family, Friends, and people I’ll meet someday, 

I HATE CANADIAN WEATHER! It’s rainy, freezing, and all we do is walk the streets all day. Ironically enough, I’ve never been happier. There’s something about having people rejecting you, and then jumping in puddles that makes everything so worth it. It’s strange about how I now found joy in the minute details…those are the only ones that matter!
We have no investigators that we are teaching right now. We have been focusing on working with members, contacting, tracting, other finding ideas, more inspired questions, the whole gammit. We WILL find people to teach this week…I can just feel it! 
There is really nothing else to bring up…but…people should write me! If you write in the next week send it to: 
11 Secord Ave #3 
Kitchener, ON 
N2B 2L4 
After the one week: 
197 County Court Blvd. Ste. 203 
Brampton, ON 
L6W 4P6 
I love you all, and I’m sorry that this post is so short! It will be much better next week! LOVE YOUS 
Love Always, 
Sister Colvin 

A Canadian Thanksgiving: Sister Colvin gives thanks…

Dearest Family and Friends, 

Things that Happened This Week: 
1) HECTOR. From Honduras. We were waiting for our bus at the Charles Street Terminal in Downtown Kitchener. We had about 15 minutes, so we decided to go and see Victoria Park (infamous in the city of Kitchener). It was about 1 minute away. We sit on a park bench, and are enjoying the beautiful weather and calling some people that we needed to get a hold of. Then this older man comes up on his bike and starts talking to us. “Hey, you like Jesus?” Well, yes. I quite like Jesus. We answered in the affirmative. He asked us if we were church people. Yes. “We’re from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” He answered “OH. I am a member of that church. But only in Honduras.” I guess scratch that whole “world-wide” thing in this situation. He then started to tell us that we were “So beautiful, and we were just…so beautiful…beautiful…” He then told us that I was more beautiful than Sister Prescott (LIES) but that Sister Prescott shouldn’t be jealous because she was “one hot pepper”. He eventually started to get more verbally aggressive, so we just got up and left. He didn’t follow us…probably because he was so wasted he couldn’t form a complete sentence. AND THAT, my friends, is why Sisters don’t serve in Downtown areas very often. 😉 
2) LANDMARKS! We went to this cool bridge this week (it was really close to a member’s home). It is called “Kissing Bridge”(I really wonder, why…? haha).It is the last covered bridge in Ontario–and it is really cool! 
3) WEATHER.The weather this week has been brutally…bipolar! Mostly it just rains, but it is also really cold. I might go invest in some rainboots today, because my feet just get so wet, and it’s not cold enough to wear my honkin’ snow boots! I really love the rain, though! It makes life so much more exciting…especially as a walking missionary! ( We haven’t had the car at all this week) 😉 But, I’m not complaining. 
4) We did some service this week for a less-active sister in the ward. She was a chain-smoker for 20 years ( 3 packs a day..yikes!) and we were cleaning her walls. The difference was astounding. I also drew a heart with my sponge just to see the difference! We will be going back next week to tackle more of her walls…because we barely made a difference! This is when bleach comes in. 😉 
5) CANADIAN THANKSGIVING! It was such a blast, even though P-Day was pushed back. 🙂 We did service that morning, rode on a bus, ate pie with a recent convert, and then had dinner at the Mitchells (who are from Utah, so it is *almost* like being home!) 🙂 It was such a great day! 
As far as missionary work is going, the work is slow in this area. We don’t have any investigators, HOWEVER, we have met some wonderful people that we are going to talk to this week. I know that there are prepared people that are ready to receive this message and fully find the happiness that comes from relying on Jesus Christ and the Atonement. I know that this has blessed my life so much, and I am ecstatic to be able to share that with everyone that we meet! This week is going to be great, and we are going to find people to teach! After all, “Nothing happens in missionary work until you find people to teach”. 
In honor of Canadian Thanksgiving this week, I have written a list of 20 things that I am grateful for! 
1- Macaroni and Cheese: I live off this stuff. It’s soooo good. 
2- Hot Showers: You never really appreciate these…until you don’t have them. 
3- Glasses/Contacts: So that I can see! 
4- Beautiful Days: The leaves are so beautiful right now! Oranges, Reds, and Yellows! 
5- Life-long Friends: You know who you are. 
6- Ancestors: Because of them…I am here. 
7- Scriptures: They can lead everyone who reads them. Especially me! 
8- Blisters on my feet: It means that I am working hard. 
9- My watch tan-line: I am able to be outside and talk to as many people as I can.  
10- Tylenol: It means that I worked until I was in pain! 🙂 Perseverance! 
11- Uplifting Music: There is sunshine in my soul today! No more Lady Gaga for me! (amen). 
12- Laughter: I believe this one is self-explanatory. Be happy! 
13- PRAYER: This is my life-line. Now, I just wish everyone would realize this. 
14- Standards and Commandments: Without these, I would be a completely different Hannah. 
15- My Past- I wouldn’t change one bit of it. It has made me who I am. 
16- CANADA: I’m turning into a real “Canuck”. 
17- My Name-Tag: How grateful I am to be a missionary and to bear his name! 
18- My Mission Companions: Each one has taught me valuable lessons. 
19- Family: They are a rock in my life. 
20- The Gospel of Jesus Christ: THE GREATEST BLESSING IN MY LIFE. 
Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful day, and I will talk to ya’ll in a few days (Monday)!
Love Always, 
Sister Colvin