Wednesday, July 10, 2013

My First Missionary Experiences

Dear family and friends,

 Last day before the MTC! I am super excited! we had a great flight down here, and Taylor and I were both able to give away our first Book of Mormon as missionaries! (Link to her story here) I had a great flight to Utah, and, for the most part, I didn't feel any impressions to share the Book of Mormon with either of the two ladies I sat next to. They had both lived in Spokane for a long time, so we were able to talk about a lot of things. Our topics were extremely varied: snow, dogs, horses, roadtrips, family, getting old, etc. Finally, as we were landing in Salt Lake City, I shared the fact that I was actually planning on going to school there when I got home (at the University of Utah) and of course they asked, 'What are you studying?' When I said bioengineering, one of the ladies started asking me what I was going to do with that, and I told her that I don't want to mess too much with what God has given us, I just want to make life easier for people who don't have a limb or a defective organ. One of the things that she told me was 'if only people would be organ donors, we wouldn't have to worry about that.' So I told her, 'that's right, but people are selfish. Most people tend to think of only themselves, and if we would only think of others, it would make life a lot easier. There's a scripture that I love, and I try to live by, Matthew 25:40: And the King answered and saith unto them; verily, verily, I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my bretheren, ye have done it unto me. I believe that if it is within my capability to help someone that I should, and if I don't, I am disrespecting God by not helping someone in need.' I didn't share my testimony of the Book of Mormon, and I didn't give one out, but I was still able to share my testimony about serving others, and if that is all we can do, I think that that is what we should do. Even if we don't get an opportunity of our gospel, at least share your favorite aspect of it.

Now, that's not my Book of Mormon story! Taylor and I are staying at my grandparents house, and so is our cousin, who will be going to the U of U in the fall. Our cousin, DC, has been raised Catholic, so I told him that if he was going to be going to the U of U, he had better have a Book of Mormon! It was very casual, but then I felt impressed to write a note for him before I gave it to him. So I quickly wrote him a note and what I expected to be a short entry ended up filling the whole page. I told him that it's ok if he didn't read it, but that if he had any time to spare, he should try to give it some thought. I really hope that he does, and I am looking forward to where he'll be in 2 years, but I know that he will find a lot of people to help him along the way.

   Elder Colvin and D.C. Blanchard.  D.C. will be a freshman at the U of U this Fall....go UTEs!  Taylor and I hope to join him in two years!
Well, I am about to head off to the MTC!!! I'm going to finally get my nametag and start my training. This is an all-new experience for me and I hope that I am ready for it!

-Elder Colvin
Saying goodbye to our "big" sister, Maddison
Grandma and Grandpa Oldroyd took great care of us the night before reporting to the MTC, and they treated us to our "last lunch" at the Olive Garden.  We are both so excited to get working as missionaries!

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