Mission Brain

Dearest family and friends, 

Honestly? I’m just trying to come up with something to write this week. This week was so good, i just can’t even remember what happened! I guess my “mission brain” is kicking in this week. 
Janet and Norm were confirmed–it was absolutely beautiful! They really have just grasped everything about the gospel.Norm has read the whole Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants and most of the Teaching of the Prophets manuals ( this is a man that wouldn’t even talk with us 3 months ago). He smoked for 50+ years…and he just gave it all up because he knew that it was true. Absolutely incredible! Janet is Aboriginal and is so sensitive to the Spirit and loves everything about the gospel. Their number one goal is to get to the temple. Seriously…how much cooler does it get than this? Answer: It doesn’t. 
Ethan is still strong for baptism this Saturday–and we are so excited! He really does know more than most adults about the gospel, and he is so ready to be baptized! 🙂 
We had a neat experience last night. Some members in the ward invited their friends over to have dinner and to have a gospel discussion. Their friends are FIRM Mennonites and told us straight up that they wouldn’t change. Intimidating, eh? The member told them at the beginning that he did not want the spirit of contention in his house, and that we would not bible bash. Period. These people were pretty good, but there were some points where they were quoting the bible…and we couldn’t really respond with anything else but our testimonies. We were there…for a while…and it made me realize a couple of things. 1. This church is so true. It makes perfect logical sense. 2.I really have grown so much in the past year. If you had told me a year ago that I would be teaching the Restoration to 3 people who were devout in their faith and knew more than their preachers…I would have said “HECKA NO”. But, now look? The Lord really has blessed Sister Prescott and me to be able to testify and teach about the gospel. Serious blessings, people. 
I’m really looking forward to this next week! We will be having Zone Conference and Zone Training! I’m sure that I will learn some stuff! 🙂 
I’m so grateful for you all! I hope that you have a wonderful day. 🙂 
Sister Colvin 

Eleven Monday holidays…

Dearest family and friends,
Let me begin with saying that there are ELEVEN Monday Holidays in this land they call Canada.  I mean…that’s all fine and dandy you know, until we realize that we must still proselyte on holidays…and our Pdays are pushed back until the next day. Really…long weekends are totally nice when you have a job…but NOT for when you’re a missionary. The holiday yesterday was called “Family Day” and it happens  once a year…people are supposed to spend time with their families and not work. How interesting….it’s called FAMILY HOME EVENING PEOPLE. By all means, please spend time with your family for more than once a year. But hey, as Sister Prescott says…”Not my pig. Not my farm.” Pdays will always eventually come around. 🙂
We were so blessed this week to be able to see Janet and Norm be baptized! I honestly did not think that I would be here to see it happen. It was a beautiful service! It started with a prayer and then Sister Prescott, the Primary President and I with a bunch of Primary kids got up and sang “I am a Child of God”. It was a total surprise to Janet and Norm, and they love the little kids  in the church! They were crying all the way through, and I must admit that I got a little teary myself. It was a special moment and the Spirit was so strong! We had a talk on baptism, and then they were baptized! Janet described it as being so full of light and happiness after she was baptized! Norm said that he felt an internal calm and how he just wants more and more information. They are absolutely incredible! I told another Sister that if I didn’t see any more baptisms while I am on my mission, it would be okay, because I got to see Janet and Norm’s. They really have been so special to me and they have changed my life. They will be my friends for eternity!
Max (who was just baptized a few weeks ago) will be receiving the Aaronic Priesthood and will be ordained to the office of Priest next week! This is such an exciting time to be a missionary! This work is definitely hastening and moving forward. And Max…he’s just super cool! 🙂 I’ve also been infinitely blessed to have been able to know him. Man, sometimes it’s just so hard to think about how much that we’ve been given. I really owe SO much to God.
Our year mark was super exciting. We had cupcakes and burnt this nasty old hockey jersey at a member’s home. It was SO fun. It’s still so hard to believe that it’s been so long since I’ve been in ‘Merica. Oh well. I better enjoy my time in Canada now. 🙂
We had another exchange this past week. I went to Brantford with Sister Stats (who was also trained by Sister Wester). It was an interesting day! Sister Stats hasn’t been in Brantford that long, and at times, she looked at me and said “You know more about this place than I do.” Okay. Yea. Maybe. I’ve been on quite a few exchanges there! 🙂 We got to have dinner at the Stake President’s house and we taught quite a few lessons. It’s neat to be able to share your testimony with people who you probably won’t ever see again…just because you want to share it ALL with them and help them feel how important it is to you. I also had a few fun moments, there have been some members from Simcoe that have moved to Brantford for various reasons, and I got to see them! When we were planning, I was looking at the ward list, and I recognized names on there! So that’s where we went! It was almost like being back in Simcoe again! 🙂
All in all, it’s been a pretty astounding week. We hit the Standards of Excellence again, we witnessed 2 baptisms, and we were fed every single night this week. HAHA. Let me tell you, Sister Prescott and I are getting pretty good at being fed. 🙂 Sister Prescott has taught me well.
Anyways, I hope that y’alls weeks were grand and that you didn’t miss me too much on Valentine’s Day! 😀
I love you! Stay warm!
Sister Colvin

One-year Anniversary

Dearest family, friends, and lovely people, 

Cute story of the Week: Our Ward Mission Leader’s granddaughter has given us a name…we are now the “Misha-fairies”. Mostly it’s just because she can’t pronounce “Missionaries” but I think that it’s so stinkin’ cute.I think that should be the official name right now. It’s much more fitting. 
So, here’s something that will blow your mind. One year ago, today, I was set-apart as a missionary by President Erickson. I gave my farewell talk one year ago yesterday, and I will have gone into the MTC exactly one year ago on Wednesday. WHAT THE HECK?! So much has happened over the past year, and at times, it’s been slower than molasses, but it’s been SO speedy at the same time. I’ve definitely learned a lot, and grown so much as a person. I still have so much more to learn, but now I realize that I don’t have to learn *everything* I need to know for the rest of my life on my mission! This whole mortal experience is a growing experience, and I will continue to learn at home and throughout my life! 
Janet and Norm are doing so miraculously well! They both passed their baptism interviews last night, and are fully prepared to be baptized next week. Their conversion story has really changed the way that I do missionary work. Their examples of faith and courage I will always remember. I fully intend on coming back to Canada when they go through the temple for the first time. They are planning a trip as well to go and see Utah and Idaho in a couple of years. THAT will be cool. I’m just so blessed to have seen them change and work towards baptism! They will see so many blessings in their lives when they are baptized! Excited to see them continue to grow and share the gospel with their friends and family! 
Do you want to know my least favorite thing about missionary work? Seeing people get into Anti-mormon Material. I HATE ANTI. It is legitimately of Satan. okay. Rant over. Just stay out of it. 
There is this 12 year old boy, Ethan that lives with his Grandma(she has full custody of him) and he has refused to be baptized for a while now.  He goes to church every single week, he just hasn’t been baptized. He is a very sweet kid, but with some social anxiety and some learning disabilities. BUT, because Sister Prescott and I have been here for so long, he is finally opening up to us and acknowledging our existence (which is a big deal, let me tell ya). We sat down and talked with him seriously last week and he committed to be baptized on March 1st! That was seriously one of the biggest miracles that I have seen on my mission. I realize how much my former job helped me teach him as well (I worked with kids and adults with disabilities). The Lord definitely prepares us for other times in our lives! I thank Heavenly Father that I am having these experiences! 
Anyways, I better go, but I love you all! 
Go Team U.S.A.! Win those golds! I mean, I guess Canada is pretty cool too… 😉 
Happy Valentine’s Day! 
Sister Colvin 

New roomies

Dearest family and friends, 

This has been possibly one of the most stressful weeks on my mission. Not because we weren’t successful and didn’t find people to teach, I just feel like there were just so many little things that just decided to pop up! Random things that we really had no control over. I think the the Lord definitely was trying to teach me a lesson on patience and humility. For example, we received a call during a lesson from the Zone Leaders, Elder Parker and Prochnow. They informed us that we were having another set of Sisters moving in to our apartment. We rushed back from our lesson and tried to make our apartment be able to fit another dresser, 2 beds, 2 desks and 2 more bodies. 🙂 It was massively successful, but it was a little bit crazy. They then moved in…with all of their stuff! SO much stuff! But, it it actually quite a bit of fun to be around more sisters! We talk about some pretty wild things. It’s like being in college! But…more fun! 
We have definitely seen some awesome things happen this week! I’m grateful to be out on a mission! I’m just glad that today is our “day of rest” as missionaries. It’s time to refocus my brain! 😉 
I love you all! Feel free to write me letters! 😉 
Sister Colvin