Pride and the Canadian Bus System

Dearest family and friends, 

 
Here’s a funny story. You ready? Okay! 
 
As you all know, transfer calls were last night. We didn’t get a call. We were SO happy. Everything was going to be awesome, we set some pretty legit transfer goals, and we were PUMPED! We were sitting in companionship study this morning…and we get a text message. It was the Assistants to the President…giving us our travel plans. What?! We weren’t being transferred…right? Turns out that they had forgotten to call us and that we were having some transfer movement. I was so frustrated and upset…but then I got over it really quickly. What else could I do, right? So the news is…Sister Rogers is leaving! She will be going to Hamilton Mountain West and I will be staying in Mississauga South. Sister Ormond will be coming here. It should be a good transfer. It’s just been a super stress-filled morning of uncertainty. Oh well. It will be more calm soon. 
 
Navraj was baptized on Sunday! Her story has truly filled me with hope in God’s plan for each of us. It truly has been a blessing to have labored with her in her journey to be baptized by someone holding the real priesthood on the earth. Whoa. I think I’m starting to sound kinda like an intense missionary. haha. Sorry! 🙂 
 
Let me tell you about the bus system and my pride. Seriously…the Lord is trying to humble me. I wore heels yesterday (for the baptism) and didn’t realize that we wouldn’t be going home until 9PM at night. And the buses were on the holiday/Sunday schedule…which means they do not come as often. My feet were KILLING me and it was really cold (and I didn’t have a coat). And now, (this is where my pride comes in) Sister Rogers wanted to call the Chinese Elders (Elder Mangum and Elder Lee) to come and give us a ride home. I said “No. We are big girls. We can figure this out on our own.” Sister Rogers was like, “Okay…can I call Navraj?” and of course I said yes…but she really called the Elders. And they came and picked us up…and rescued us from the craziness of downtown Mississauga. They are awesome. Seriously. But, I also learned that pride and the bus system…do NOT go together. 
 
We are also teaching a super stubborn old man named Patrick. He has met with missionaries for YEARS and hasn’t really made any progress until…we started to meet with him! He admitted this week that Joseph Smith…*might* have been a Prophet of God. Haha. Miracles happen. 
 
Food of the Week: Indian Samosas…they are DELICIOUS! 
 
Quote of the Week: “The Haka? It’s like the hula…for guys!” -Sister Colvin “Portuguese…is a really different country!” -Sister Rogers 
 
Anyways, I love you all this week and I hope that you enjoy this beautiful weather! Love you! 
 
Sister Colvin 

Navi’s Miracle

HELLO!

 
Are you ready for a story?
 
This weekend has been the most dramatic weekend of my mission.
 
Let me explain. I hope I can explain it smooth enough to follow. 
 
Pre-information: To be divorced in Canada you need to…be separated for an entire  year from your former spouse.THEN you are allowed fill out piles of divorce paperwork as usual..and then both parties sign it and then it goes into the courts and it is a “waiting game” to have it be officially notarized by the government. Process time: about 2 years. 
 
Navi was introduced to the gospel by her boyfriend Jacob (returned missionary). She is also divorced…or at least she has been 1. separated for an entire year 2. filled out ALL the paperwork 3. both parties have signed and she is waiting for the “stamp” to make it completely official. We told this information to the district leader to go to the zone leader to go to the assistants to go to the President (the process) to get approval for her to STILL keep dating her boyfriend because she is legally not married but just has no stamp.
 
Saturday: We were told by the Zone Leaders very blatantly that Navi could not date her boyfriend because her divorce was not “final”… They said her options were to 1. break up with her boyfriend for 6 months until the divorce has the stamp or 2. carry on with the church. Sister Rogers and I thought “Well that’s dumb that she would have to break up with him.” We did not feel right in calling her,had no peace/closure whatsoever, and could not tell her to do something like that when we did not believe it ourselves.
 
So after gathering up as much courage as we could- which included crying from fear on Sister Rogers part- we decided to call the President directly…In the Canada Toronto Mission there are 300 missionaries. Not following the chain of command is NOT a good idea. We ended up talking to him for 30 minutes that night. We felt much better after and we felt at peace for calling her about the situation. 
 
Navi was very understanding. She was disappointed but she said that it meant more to continue with the church. We were shocked. She was already planning to go to the states the next day to see him so she said she would talk to him in person about it. 
 
They are thinking about getting sealed in the temple eventually so we were pretty scared.
 
Sunday: Sister Rogers and I decided to fast for her papers to go through. 
 
So… we called Navi with her boyfriend there- he was peeved. They explained the situation with more detail and on one hand they were kind and understanding. They explained that if it was necessary for them to hold off on their relationship for that long then they would, but they would prefer not to. On the other end, they would not take a simple no which we totally understood how they felt because it was those feelings that made us jump to calling president Scott directly. So we felt that they needed the same closure….
 
……so what did we do? yikes. We gave them the Presidents phone number. Although it went against all protocol- we felt they needed to hear it from him. We were terrified but loved her enough to do so. Navi ended up having 2 conversations with him where he interviewed her a little bit, understood her sincerity and honesty, and heartfelt desire to do the right thing- and realizing then that both parties had signed the papers and it was in the courthouse………. HE SAID SHE WAS OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!And that she could date her boyfriend, still. And he also was not mad at us. Hallelujah. Praise be. 
 
President Scott will make exceptions sometimes for things, but never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever for the Law of Chastity. This was an ultimate exception and I can not write in words my gratitude for the Lord in answering our fast and prayers. BLOWS MY MIND. Navi recognized how much we had to fight and the courage we had to let her talk to the President herself. but it was alllll worth it 🙂 
 
You can see how prepared Navi already was by being separated for that year and the papers in the court house. When Heavenly Father wants someone to get baptized…he totally makes that happen. 
 
Crazy weekend. MIRACLES HAPPEN! Navi will be baptized on Easter, this Sunday! 
 
Nothing much else is happening in Mississauga. We are (enjoying?) the bus systems…and finding our way around. 
 
Transfers are next week! Can you even believe that 6 weeks has already come and gone? Life definitely goes by fast. 
 
I love you all! Happy Easter! 
 
Love, 
Sister Colvin 

A nice, normal missionary week

Dearest family and friends, 

 
This week…nothing *really* eventful happened. Besides…General Conference…but you know…living day Prophets, Seers, and Revelators speaking to the whole world on exactly what God wants us to hear…no big deal, right? 
 
I guess the first item of business is…BUSES! How much fun are they? #sarcasm But anyways, I actually do like them because we get to talk to a lot of people. We just get ourselves into some pretty funny situations. For example, we needed to get off at a certain stop to be home at 9PM. So, I was at the middle of the bus, talking to some punk teenager, and Sister Rogers was more towards the front talking to this very nice Filipino lady. We needed to get off on the Elm Drive Stop….and so…I pulled the lever for the bus to stop. And I start to get off the bus, fully intending on Sister Rogers following me…but she just stayed on the bus and continued  talking to whomever she was talking to. I realized that, and quickly hopped on the bus again. I said her name…”Sister!” “Sister Rogers!” And then feeling super desperate, “Lachelle!”(that is her first name). Her response? She didn’t flinch or even recognize that I was trying to get her attention……..HA! The only way to get her attention was to walk up to her and look her straight in the eyes and say, “Sister. We missed our stop. We need to get off…NOW.” Ha. She felt pretty bad about it, but we got it figured out. We just had to run home…literally. 
 
Navraj continues to make my mouth drop. Literally. We taught her the Word of Wisdom yesterday and she used to have alcohol, coffee, and tea, but due to a surgery she had, the medication she took required her to not touch those things for a year and so she does not have them anymore. You can see how the Lord has been preparing her for this.(paragraph..courtesy of Sister Rogers) I am getting way too lazy with my emails home. I promise to be better! 😉 
 
I loved General Conference! I really learned so much and gained so much inspiration from the messages that were given. Everyone should go and watch it! 
 
Anyways, I love you all! Have a wonderful week! 
 
Love, 
Sister Colvin