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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Elwood Connection & Saying Goodbye to Elder Hurst

Hey!! It has been a week ha! My new companions name is Elder Samuelson and he is from Farmington, Utah. He is great! He really prepared before coming out, and I can tell that he does want to help the people here. We have already seen some neat miracles, and I know there will be some more to come. It'll be a great transfer! Elder Hurst made it home to Idaho Wednesday. I think he gave his homecoming talk yesterday. Also when we dropped him off I got to see elder Jackson, and Elder Stephens previous companions. That was great to see them, and hear how they are doing. They all went home in the same group. Also while I was there Tina and Rusty Evans walked up! I hadn't seen
them in about a year. It was amazing to be with them again, and I felt so much joy and love talking with them again! They are amazing! She was so in awe about how much I was talking ha! I don't know if you remember how we made a deal when they were getting baptized she said by the time we get to our baptism we want you to be a chatterbox! Ha she said I had changed a lot, that was great to hear. I also heard they may be planning to go to the temple to be sealed in November!!

I also met someone pretty interesting at church yesterday. We had a high counselor from the stake come down for branch council and to speak in church. While he was on the stand announcing changes in the stake I knew I had seen him before and he looked extremely familiar!  He had the same face as Darwin Nielsen. It just clicked in my head and I knew that had to have been one of their kids. Then when he gave his talk he said his name was Ryan Nielsen. I remember hearing that was one of their sons names. It was pretty crazy to think there was an Elwood person clear down visiting the Lancaster branch. I went up to him after sacrament meeting and said I think I know you, and I asked if that was his parents. He said it was, and that he knew you guys. He said dad was his young men's leader I think? Anyways It was pretty crazy! He got our number and said that they will have to have us over for dinner sometime before I go home ha. It's a small world in the church. It made me happy to meet a hometowner from Elwood, even though I don't think I ever met him.
Wow that's sweet there is another Elwood ward? It must be growing, that is a good sign! I'm glad to hear we didn't get shook up too bad. Hopefully the next change will be an Elwood stake ha.

Well things are going well. It is a bit crazy, but it is good. I feel blessed to be here serving in the South. The people are wonderful, and they have a special place in my heart. There are good things happening here! I feel like God has been so merciful to me throughout my life.  I've reflected a lot on the people, and experiences I've had. It has been the greatest blessing in my life to be serving God, and teaching and testifying of His Son. The gospel is simple, but perfect. I'm glad we got it! Anyways I hope your week is great! Take care!
Elder Cannon

P.S.  We got a text from Nielsens that they did connect with Elder Cannon and his companion this week and took them to dinner.  That was so nice.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Surviving the Storms

Hey it has been quite the week ha! Oh yeah there was a lot of talk and precaution about Irma. Right now it's pretty cool, and gusty, with little torrents of rain, but I'm sure it will pick up some more. We got water, and food, and have plenty of members who are willing to have us in or help out, so we are well taken care of! Hopefully the power doesn't go out.
Also I do have some transfer news.  I'm going to be training a new missionary again for this last transfer. Ha so that should be interesting! It takes a lot out of you, at least this last time did. It should be good though and I'm really excited for it! I've learned and felt the most in those transfers of training it'll be a good experience. With that also I realized I didn't mention I'm the district leader as well, I was this last transfer. I really enjoy it, and getting to know the missionaries here. We have pretty new missionaries in every area as well so it's been fun helping and getting to know them. They have fire!
Wow! This sounds like a lot of change is happening! So is dad going to be getting released then you think? That should be fun! Yeah that was a hard change to move, but now looking back I'm way glad it happened. That made a huge difference meeting Mikayla at that point in my life. Yeah it is hard to change though, it is a great reminder of the true purpose of it. Let me know what happens!
Anyways so there's a lot of change here too. They have changed the way we plan each day, and also we are going to be piloting a new way of finding and teaching in missionary work. So the next few months we will be receiving new training and conferences to learn it and apply it. I'll be here for just the first part of it. It should be fun! Elder Hurst is also going home.  It feels pretty weird! It's nice he lives close though! I'll see him soon.
Anyways I'll have more to talk about this next week I'm sure. I'm happy to be here though! And excited for this new transfer it'll be a good one. I love being here serving these amazing people. I'm glad to be here. I feel so blessed that God has been this merciful to me. I have a lot that I don't deserve.
Also these next 6 weeks I start this program called my plan where I kind of prepare and have a plan for when I get home. Spiritually and temporally. So these next few weeks I'll probably be asking you about that a little and kind of getting stuff figured out. It's crazy! Anyways have a great week! Take care!
Elder Cannon

These are pictures from dinner last night. This is at the Tracy's. He is the branch president, and his wife is like our mom down here. She spoils us a ton, and is always taking pictures ha. She is such a sweet lady!         

 Drinking shots of ginger ale. Also this man just moved into the ward and he was living in Hanksville Utah, but is from New Zealand. He has a thick accent, and he is way funny. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

I do not doubt anything He can do.

Hey it's going well! I'm feeling better I still have a lingering cough, but I feel fine.
Wow it sounds like it was a crazy week! I can't believe Ryan and Katie  have been married for a year already ha?
It is going pretty good over here! The weather has been in the 80s the last little bit, so that's been way nice! Oh yeah we have heard about that hurricane in Texas it sounds horrible. We also heard there's
another one starting to brew in the ocean. Hopefully it isn't as bad. We got a good amount of rain from it a couple days ago, but it wasn't too bad.
There is a little university in Lancaster a branch from USC. We have been trying to work on teaching a couple people from there. There have been a few college students who are interested in the gospel hopefully that will turn out! Our finding has been pretty consistent the last month or so, so hopefully soon someone will be ready to fully accept it. I know there's someone God has been preparing that is right around the corner. Also this week there has been some pretty neat experiences in being able to speak with the spirit to touch people's hearts and ease their concerns and worries. It still just awes me in the power that God has, and what he can do. I do not doubt anything that He can do. I know he knows and loves everybody. We were talking about how to share the gospel or have friendships with people of different faiths, and what is important to remember. I think the biggest one is just
knowing God loves them the same amount he loves us. We are not better than them or more loved, but God loves them just as much, and we want them to have all that he can give us so that's why we share. Anyways things are good and I am happy as ever! The people are great here, and I love the south. They really do love Jesus Christ, and are some of the friendliest people out there. They are very social and enjoy talking a lot! I enjoy talking with them, and serving any way I
can. It'll be tough to leave. Anyways have a great week!
Elder Cannon

Monday, August 28, 2017

Only One Way to Heaven

Hey!! This week has been pretty good! I did get sick this week, but I'm starting to feel better now!
I have been pretty healthy most of the time so it threw me off a little ha.
That sounds like it was amazing! I wish we could've went to where it was on the line of totality.

This week we had zone conference which is always really good. The missionaries who are going home that transfer give a departing testimony, so elder Hurst did that on Thursday. It was so strange to think that the next zone conference will be my last one, and that I'll be sharing my testimony up there soon. It was focused on the Book of Mormon and the power it brings. We are really focusing on using it in our finding and teaching more. It was really good. This week we were able to give some blessings which is always amazing, and teach some new people. We are still looking and praying for the next person to come along. Dustin said he has been enjoying it at College, he has already gone to a few activities, institute, and church for the first time yesterday. He loves it! We are happy for him! Also an update on Jason he is going to be receiving the priesthood soon, and is on fire
and excited about that! Ramon also has a calling now as a ward missionary, and he was happy about that. He has had a lot of stress lately with his trucking job and crazy hours, hopefully he finds a new
job soon. Also this week we had stake conference it was really good. It was all focused on charity, and how to obtain it. It was a good reminder going back to the basics. It'll solve a lot of issues in the
world if we just loved eachother more. We then had a good talk with our branch president for an hour or 2 on the branch. A lot of the people here are kind of complacent and I didn't ever mention anything
about it, but when he mentioned it it made me feel a little better because I've thought about it. We need to be doing a lot more prayer and fasting on how we can help them. Not much hometeaching gets done, or visits, member missionary work, ect. They are still great wonderful people just don't have a lot of fire and faith. They are ok with staying a branch, but God has big things planned here. They are great people and I know it'll come around soon! We have been doing a lot of service for them and we are really going to focus on teaching all of them in their homes. Hopefully it'll help! Other than that everything is going really well! I love it here! I hope all is well at home!
Elder Cannon

P.S.  There are lots of signs like these in people's yards and at churches. We had to get a picture with a couple of them.

                                 We went for a litle hike today to a place called 40 acre rock.

Sunday, August 27, 2017


It's been a pretty good week! Yeah we are fairly close to the eclipse! I think we are like an hour from where it's in the direct path. We don't have any of the glasses though. It sure seems like a pretty big deal! They actually started school last week, and today everyone gets out early.
Your temple walk activity sounded like an amazing activity filled with the spirit. I'm sure those girls won't forget that, and the feelings that they had there. I can't wait to be able to get back into the temple!
This week was really good! I was able to do a baptismal interview for an older lady named Kate. She had such a strong feeling, and was gun-ho for the gospel! She had read the Book of Mormon 10 times
already, and has grown up with a lot of mormons all her life. It was just amazing to feel her desire and love for God and his son. Most interviews are about 15-30 minutes, and this was for an hour and a half ha! She loved to talk and had so much within her! We were able to see her baptism as well on Saturday she is a sweet lady.
Dustin also just moved and is still planning to be baptized on the 16th of September still! He was pretty nervous to move off, but is really excited to start coming to church and start his life. We are
trying to find more people to teach as usual.
I'm still feeling happy and chugging along! It seems to move faster and faster each day! I hope all is well at home! And that you drive home safe!
Elder Cannon

This is Dustin.  He is heading out to college.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Interview with President Alexander

Well this week was really good!! We were able to set a baptismal date for Dustin. He is planning on the 16th of September for when he heads off to college. It was hard to set a date for him, but he seems more committed now! He is doing good, and he's excited to start progressing in the gospel. So there is a little branch of USC here in Lancaster the other day we decided to knock this little apartment complex next to the campus. The 3 doors we knocked on were all nice to us, and accepted return appointments. So hopefully we found some new good potential people! All the efforts in finding is worth it for 1 person to be teaching.
Also this week we had interviews with president and sister Alexander. I always love going to those. They uplift and inspire you to be better, but also feel really good about yourself. I had probably the longest interview I've ever had with President Alexander this week. We talked a lot about going home and talking. He had a lot of good advice and strong faith that I'll be able to. He said not to worry or stress about it much, to not overthink it. Then when I do get back to try not to be too overzealous or take too much on me. But to go home give your talk and take it one day at a time. We talked about a lot of other things too, and he said we will talk in more detail when it gets closer. He is great though! And has full faith I'll be able to go home and speak. I agree.
Well I hope all is well and that you have a wonderful week! I still feel great and am excited to keep working hard!
Elder Cannon

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

It's great being in a branch

Hey!! This week has been pretty good! Oh yeah we were both really glad to stay for one more. It'll be Elder Hursts last transfer so I will probably stay here until I go home as well. This should be a great
transfer! Ha yeah I wish I could take the credit for the one who actually reeled them in, but no one has to know;)
Well this week went by way fast it was kind of a blur in my head! We worked hard and saw a lot of great things happen! We are still working with the pestanas and they are planning a temple trip. It would be so great for them to all go down together and do baptisms for the dead! They are an amazing family!
We have been working with a kid Dustin who wants to be baptized but can't because of his family situation. His mom won't let him, but he keeps meeting with us secretly. He will be moving to college in a couple weeks, and plans to be baptized there. He is great!! Other than that we just have been working and finding some people. I will update you if someone starts progressing. It is going really well though and I love being here, being a missionary!
 It is great being in a branch we usually have to bless the sacrament or teach a class. It's great experience! I love these sweet people here. On Sunday someone's water line broke so we got to dress down and dig a hole so they could fix it. There's a lot of older people here so it's hard for them to do stuff like that, but it was fun and all around you feel good afterwards! I'm doing great though and am loving serving these people!
I hope you have another great week! That is true about how important the family is. That's one of the greatest lessons I'm learning out here. Is that family is the most important, and it is being attacked.
It's sad to watch, but I'm grateful for y'all and the opportunity we have to have the gospel apart of it. It's the only way we can be eternally happy. Anyways I hope all is well! Take Care!
Elder Cannon

P.S.  We just got a letter from Jacob's Mission President--he was called to be District Leader this transfer.