Short and Sweet

Hey everyone! 

This week has been a week full of surprises, random stories, and miracles! We had three investigators come to church yesterday! It was awesome. Shekeya (9 year-old recent convert) brought her friends to church yesterday. I love those recent converts…their love for the gospel is really so inspiring! I want to be able to share the gospel with everyone when I get home! I know that I’ve been put in this area at this time to learn specific lessons. God knows me and what I need to learn at specific times. Transfers are next week…and I am super nervous! Hopefully I get to stay, but if not I know it’s where the Lord needs me to be!
Love you all!
Sister Colvin

Cars, Sketchy Chinese Food, Primary Music and an Investigator at church= Good Week!

Hey everyone! 

So…my keyboard on my computer isn`t working so well. Some tabs are missing…and I can`t use the question mark symbol…it looks like this when I do it…éééÉÉÉéééÉÉÉ. So. Ignore the bad grammar and pronunciation. I blame the computer. 🙂 
Hm. Where to begin this week…
Our car was recalled! Apparently, all of the models of the 2013 Chevy Cruze had something majorly wrong with the front axles. So, knowing that is us, we take it in right before District Meeting because they said it would take about 10 minutes. And…it just happened to be the day that we had the car (2 days out of 7 last week…not bitter though…not bitter). Well…SURPRISE! Our car was the first out of 2 cars in this entire mission (over 100 cars) to get a recall. Apparently…it could have blown up and we could have died! Jokes Jokes. But, really. We then had to go through this crazy process of getting a rental car. Which was an issue. Why…BECAUSE I AM NOT OVER 21 AND THEY ONLY RENT TO PEOPLE OVER 21 BECAUSE APPARENTLY PEOPLE UNDER 21 ARE RECKLESS. Okay. Yea. That ensued the Rental Car Company (Enterprise) calling Elder Green (Car Coordinator for the mission), Church Insurance, Church Headquarters, and many many many more people. After 2.5 hours…they finally rented me a car. Hallelujah. And like…here is the kicker…I was like…I will get to drive a BMW or a Chrysler or something a little bit more fancy, eh…nope. They rented to us a 2014 Chevy Cruze that makes even worse sounds than our 2013. Frustrating to say the least. And we missed District Meeting…and received glares from other missionaries because they thought we skipped out on purpose. Uh. No. I could have much preferred to have read the scriptures in a spiritually uplifting environment…thank you! 😉 
On another positive note…heeheehee. There was a little four-year-old girl at church yesterday that was asking all of the little kids if she could give them a hug! All of the little kids said no. And she was about to cry…it was so sad. But then I went up to her and said..“Can I get a hug…“ and she just lit up like a Christmas tree! Threw her little arms around me and told me that she loved me and gave me a kiss on the cheek. She is so freakin`cute. It was heart melting. 
We had an investigator come to church. And guess where he is from….wait for it…BRASIL! 😉 He is super awesome and willing to do things to find out if it is true at all. Seriously. He`s super cool. He loved church and he felt the Spirit! We didn`t get to talk to him after church though, because we were busy teaching…PRIMARY MUSIC! 🙂 We had the Primary President come up to Sister Ormond and me directly after Sacrament Meeting and ask us if we can do the Primary Music. uh….sure…she asked me to play the piano…okay! Here we go! And guess what….EVERYTHING worked out! Sister Ormond used to teach Musical Theater to little kids and so she got up there and did her thing, and I got to play the piano. It was awesome! I even sight-read some super hard songs…at least for me…and you could still tell that it was the song that I was playing. God provides. 🙂 
So yesterday, we wake up, and give our car to the Chinese Elders. So we were on buses all day. And it was on the Holiday Bus Schedule..which means the buses only come every once in a while. And it was pouring rain.  Sister Ormond got what had to have been food poisoning once again from sketchy chinese Kimchi that we got because it was the only thing we recognized at the ethnic chinese grocery store that the Elders made us shop at last week! And all we wanted was a rotisserie chicken. And everywhere…even Wal-Mart was closed because it was Victoria Day!   Then a crazy chinese woman scratched me with her sharp chinese crazy nails on the bus ride home…what else could I have asked for…É 🙂 
Missions define who you are as a person and who you are going to become throughout the rest of your life. You learn to rely on God and his son, Jesus Christ. Even on those hard days, you know your purpose. You are here to find God`s children who are ready to accept the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Crazy things happen every day, but it is how we react that will shape us into the people that we are supposed to be. 
Anyways…I better get going. Thanks for listening to my ramblings and craziness. I really do love you all so much! 
Sister Colvin 

Missionary work while emailing…

So. Guess what. I got to talk to my family yesterday! It was super bittersweet because I won’t see my brother (Adam) for like…ever. But, it was still super awesome to be able to see people’s expressions and see their cute faces! It is so crazy, because I will be home in no time and be able to see them 24/7. Gah. Time is just moving way too fast for me! But, I have come to realize that it is all in God’s timing! Not ours! 🙂 

We were blessed this week to find 2 new investigators! Our area has been struggling recently with finding some more people to teach, and these 2 were literally just put into our lap. I was super grateful that we were able to find them. They are really prepared! 
Cool story just now! This lady just gestured me over at the library and told me that she  believes in Christ as well! She said she saw my name tag and wanted to ask me more about “my church”. So….what do I do? Just share the whole restoration with her. She told me that she is a staunch catholic and that she will never change, but she loves reading and studying more of the word of God. Book of Mormon anyone? Anyways, it was just really neat to be able to share my testimony with her. Man. Missions are really just so cool. 
Anyways, I better run. Just know that I love you all so much! Keep strong, happy, and smiling! Love you! 
Sister Colvin 

Mission Brain

Okay. Sorry for the lack of blog post last week. It was actually a pretty funny moment. We were driving on our way to Toronto to go and play sports with our zone….when all of a sudden…I said “ACK! I didn’t write a post. My parents are going to kill me!” YIKES! My apologies. There is something that is a legitimate thing called “a mission brain” where you seem to forget what you need to do and how to do it. Sorry! 
Let me tell you about my companion! Her name is Sister Ormond. She is from Salem, Utah! And she is so much fun! We get along really well, and totally have a lot of things in common. She used to do musical theater, and so we seem to always be breaking out into random harmony. It’s quite fun. I love her a lot!
Also, I found out this week that I will be released from being a missionary on July 16, 2014! How crazy is that!? Time just seems to fly by. Honestly? I just feel like I was set apart like…yesterday? It is so weird. I’m just going to work hard and continue to do what the Lord wants me to do! 🙂
I am so sorry for the short blog post…but I have WAY too much on my mind today to form some complete sentences. 🙂
I love you all!
Sister Colvin