No transfer!!!!!!

Dearest family, friends, and wonderful people,  

1) Sister Prescott and I are not being transferred out of Kitchener/Waterloo. Glory be.
2) We had a baptism! Max decided to enter into that covenant with God! He was an absolute miracle The YSA (Young Single Adult) Elders had brought a guy with them to the talent show that they had been teaching for about a week. His name is Max.  His story is that he always drives by the church and he was wondering what it was all about so he looked up the number and called. They asked if he was a “single adult” and he said yes so they told him what time to go to church on Sunday and what building.  He went to church on Sunday, met the Elders and they starting teaching him. Now Max is from Nigeria and looks like he is 24 so… the Elders didn’t even bother asking his age . But when  Sister Prescott was talking to him Saturday  she asked him when he came to Canada, he said 7 years ago.  Then she asked him how old he was when he came to Canada and he said, 30.  Sister Prescott just looked at Elder Lasley (the YSA Elder) and then looked back to Max, and Elder Lasley goes, “wait… how old are you??” So… basically Max can’t go to the YSA ward. We told him he has to go to the family ward and he was totally ok with it.  So that was a serious blessing. And then he was baptized…Miracles are definitely a part of this work! 
3) We reached the Standards of Excellence again! The Lord seriously just keeps blessing us! I am so grateful to be a witness to it!
4)The crazy amount of snow…that is seriously a miracle that the sky could produce that much precipitation. Seriously. It was up to my knees. 

 
 
5)People prounounce “Hurricane, Utah”…”Hurrikin, Utah”. That’s bizarre. 
 
6) The fact that I am feeling so much better! Yea for colds that go away! 
 
7)Being a missionary is really such a joy! I am excited to see what else I need to learn. 🙂 
 
Love always, 
Sister Colvin 
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Lessons learned.

Dearest family, friends, and wonderful people in my life! 
 
To begin this blog post, I’ve been collecting these points on things you learn while you are on a mission: 
  1. Living in an apartment building is actually not nearly as glamorous as it seems on television. In real life: neighbors have loud parties until three in the morning and elevators smell bad and the fire alarms are almost always being tested during study time.
  2. Chair soccer is the worst.
  3. What I thought was cold is actually not cold. On a related note, what I thought was a heavy coat is not, in fact, an actual heavy coat.
  4. You know how those old 1950s movies about the Ten Commandments and stuff make the Bible look interesting? It’s actually way more interesting when you decide to read it. ESPECIALLY the Old Testament.
  5. Planners are not just for old people.
  6. It is actually possible to eat too many cookies in one day.
  7. When you are walking down a street or a hallway and someone is about to pass you and you pull out your phone to make a fake call or send a fake text so as to avoid them, you are really not fooling anyone. It’s pretty obvious.
  8. Sunday is actually the best day of the week.
  9. Google is awesome. Don’t ever take it for granted.
  10. You really don’t need to ever shop anywhere besides the dollar store, Walmart, and a good thrift store.
  11. Pop music is awful. As is Facebook.
  12. Mail is so much better than email. 
  13. Naps are actually precious. 
  14. Rice and Mountain Dew are not a sufficient dinner. Neither is ice cream and corn. Neither is green beans and macaroni and cheese. Just buy fruit. And carrots. 
  15. The gospel actually applies to everyone’s lives. No matter what. 
This week has been so crazy full of miracles! I don’t even have time to write them all down! I think that I’ll number them…sorry for all of the numbering today. 🙂 
 
      1.Janet and Norm are as amazing as ever. They are still on fire. 
      2. Random YSA investigators that actually turn out to be 37 and want to be baptized. and we           get handed an investigator that’s completely progressing and will be baptized SO soon. 
      3. Teaching 10 INVESTIGATOR lessons this past week. 
      4. Reaching the Standards of Excellence for a second week in a row. 
      5. Seeing my testimony grow as I read the scriptures and “Jesus the Christ” (such a good               book!) 
      6. Getting letters from Em and Britt Kashow! MADE MY DAY! 😉 
      7. Watching this video with Janet and Norm : http://www.mormonchannel.org/video/mormon-messages?v=911029448001 
      8. Feeling so much peace when I think about the future. THAT’S a miracle. 
      9. Finding new people to teach…!!! 
     10. Being able to demonstrate Christlike love to some crazy people in Canada. 🙂 
 
So many wonderful things are happening in this area and these people are just on fire for the gospel! I have been so blessed to know all of these people! And to be able to elp them in some way feel the Spirit more in their lives. Transfers are next week…and if everybody prays that I stay…I would appreciate that. 🙂 But if that’s not where the Lord needs me, I will go where he wants me to go…Except for Timmins. I don’t want to be that far north. 🙂 LOL. 
 
Shout out to my friend–Erin! I LOVE YOU! Get feeling better. 🙂 
 
Anyways, I am so happy! I honestly do love being a missionary! It’s by FAR the hardest thing that I’ve ever done in my life, but it has been so worth it. Thank you all for supporting me, and helping me feel that I have people that “got my back”. Grateful for you all! 
 
Love always, 
Sister Me 
 
 

Primary songs come in handy on the mission!

Dearest family, friends, and people that I absolutely love, 

 
What a crazy week! So many things happened, and I don’t even know where to begin! 
 
I’m actually pretty sick (fever,chills,headache, sore throat, plugged-up face, etc) and so I apologize in advance if I don’t make sense or there are many spelling errors. One thing that I have come to appreciate about Canada is the fact that you can go to a normal grocery store and buy NyQuil with codine in it…it really does help you feel not so sick! 🙂 
 
The weather this past week has been unparalleled in my life up to this point. On Tuesday it was -45 degrees Fahrenheit. Yes. It was that cold. If you were outside for more than 5 minutes, your skin started to freeze. And then you got frostbite within 15 minutes. But, don’t worry, I still have all my fingers and toes. But, boy, am I glad that I got warm socks for Christmas. YIKES. And then the next few days happened…and it was just proof that Canadian weather is bipolar. We had thick fog, freezing rain, normal rain, snow, and blue skies all within 3 days of each other. No one can convince me that is normal. 
 
I got to go on exchanges on Wednesday afternoon with Sister Griffin in Brantford! Brantford is about 45 minutes away from KW, and about 30 minutes away from Simcoe. You have no idea how badly I just wanted to be like…”And…we’re going back to my homeland…Simcoe!” But, I would actually never do that…because that would be so bad…but I miss it there so much! I had such a fun day in Brantford! We got to teach quite a few people (which I honestly haven’t been able to do recently…because there aren’t a lot of people to teach…) and it felt so nice to be able to bear my testimony to others! The day was crazy, but there were some hilarious moments! We were talking to this potential investigator, and he was talking to us about a book in the bible, but he couldn’t remember which one it was. He asked us if we knew the books in the bible…I know the songs! So, here I was, in wet rainy weather, talking to a strange middle-aged man, in a different county, singing songs that I learned in Primary. Thank my primary teachers for that one! Life is so weird as a missionary. 😛 
 
We had Zone Training this week as well! It was nice to learn from our Zone Leaders and to learn what we can do differently in our individual areas. They basically told us that we needed to be better. We were in a slump, and the Lord commanded that we get out of it. A little intense…but necessary for all of us to get *excited* about being missionaries. The Zone KILLED it this week. We (as a zone) found 41 new investigators this week! That is absolutely incredible! Sister Prescott and I also achieved the Standards of Excellence for this mission, which we haven’t done since being companions! It is so nice to be able to see the fruits of our efforts finally coming into action. 
 
I just wanted to talk about Janet and Norm for a second. They are the most PREPARED people that I have taught on my ENTIRE MISSION. Norm set a baptism date. April 6, 2014. He will be quitting smoking by mid-February. He has come to church 3 times, worn his suit twice, and absolutely loved it. He pays tithing. And finished Alma yesterday. My favorite quote by him; “The Book of Mormon should be next to everyone’s bibles. Especially the Catholics. Because they could use the extra guidance.” 🙂 He is absolutely incredible, and they are feeding us dinner next week. 🙂 I think the most incredible thing is that he has made a complete 360 degree change since even a month ago. He wouldn’t even listen to us at the beginning, and then he started to read “The Book of Mormon”…and it was over after that. He said that “The Book of Mormon” has completely changed his life and that he has ‘”read more of the word of God in the past 2 weeks, than I have in my entire life”. MIRACULOUS. Janet is still looking for a new job. Her baptism date is February 16, 2014. She is progressing so much. We were talking about wearing white at our baptism to signify purity, and she just starts giggling. She then showed us what she wore to her baptism last summer. Sister Prescott and I looked at it..looked at each other…looked at Norm…and burst into LAUGHTER. It was so funny. She wore a black shirt that said, “Follow Jesus. Love God. Love People”. We were absolutely crying with giddiness. 🙂 SO FUNNY! 
 
We also had 5 less-active members come to church yesterday! That’s a flippin’ miracle in itself! I was so ecstatic to see them come, and they said that they felt so welcomed (which was one of the main reasons why they were not coming). It was awesome! 
 
Well, I gots to go. I need to take a nap and sleep this horrid cold/whatever it is off. 🙂 
 
I love you all and appreciate all that you do for me! 
 
Love always, 
Sister Colvin