Salt Lake City Temple

Salt Lake City Temple

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Welcome Home, Elder Cannon!

Well, the day we've been waiting for finally came.  After decorating the yard, we went and picked up Elder Cannon from the airport.  He looked so good and seemed so happy.  We went into Salt Lake and  had lunch at the Cheesecake Factory and then walked around Temple Square and saw a movie there.  Steve wanted us to go to the cafeteria in the church office building.  He rushed to get there and just as we descended the stairs we saw Tad Callister!  One of Steve's favorite people!  It just so happened,  as we were walking around temple square Jacob told Steve that he had seen him there once in the cafeteria, so Steve decided to hurry over there.  He said he didn't really expect to see him, but there he was!  After walking around Salt Lake we came home and then took him to see Jim Abel and then went to President Hall's to be released.  Jacob said that he will just wear his badge deeper in his heart now instead of on his jacket.

                                                          W E L C O M E   H O M E !!!!

This is how the brothers reunite!

Just a few days after his arrival home he spoke in Sacrament Meeting.  I felt that if I had been on earth to see the Red Sea part, it was no less a miracle than what I witnessed that day.  The tears for his mother began just by seeing his name on the program.  After all those years of not being able to say a single word in church, let alone speak in Sacrament meeting.  He bore a powerful testimony of the love of God and our Savior.  He shared mission stories, the message of the gospel, and then he ended by sharing his personal struggles and how he decided to go on a mission and how God changed him and helped him do the work.  There weren't many dry eyes in that meeting.  He is a great example to many people about how turning your life over to the Lord can do miraculous things.

We had a lunch afterwards and he spoke to lots of family members that he hadn't been able to before.  He also had visits from former mission companions and friends.  It was such a great day!  Welcome Home, Elder Cannon!

Reuniting with the Cannon Grandparents
Having fun with Cannon cousins

Now he is on to new and exciting things.  His next companion is.......

Monday, October 23, 2017

I love God with all my heart

Hey! Ha yeah I'm not sure how I'm feeling. It hasn't quite settled in yet.  This week has been really good and flew by! We worked hard and saw 6 new Investigators! That was a huge miracle and great to see! Well I had the exit interview and the last zone conference. It was all really good! Me and President Alexander talked for awhile about my experiences, and plans for the future. He said that he is proud of me, and I'm one of his heroes. I sure look up to him a lot. It was a very uplifting experience. The part that hit me the most was when he said "In behalf of the church and the North Carolina Charlotte Mission,  thank you for your service."   Also he said "the Lord has accepted the time and your dedicated service you have given to Him."   It was amazing to hear!!
Then on Sunday we gave talks in sacrament meeting. My talk was responding to objections when religious beliefs are challenged. It was really good thinking about and preparing for that. I shared some experiences I've had, and scriptures on the topic. At the end of it I had some time, so I shared my story with them about not talking before hand. A lot of the members here never knew about it. I just bore my testimony of how I know that Heavenly Father is real and that He loves me. And that the power of Jesus Christ is real, and has changed me. I really put my heart out, and shared my deep feelings. I sat down and President Tracy stood up and said "Elder Cannon come back up here."   He put his arm around me and I don't remember everything he said, but it was powerful. Some things I remember was He said "if anyone has been around Elder Cannon you know the spirit that he brings. I've never felt it so much with any other missionary."  He said  "We thank you for serving in the branch, and are glad we get to retire you. You are a man of God."
It's kind of weird talking about this over email, but it was very nice of him. He is an amazing man, and I will miss him and the branch a lot. It was hard saying bye to a lot of them on Sunday. I don't think it has fully hit yet. Well I guess this is my last email and I'll explain it more in person.  I'll share my feelings and testimony though.
I love God with all my heart. He has been good to me. He has truly been shaping and molding me, and blessing me with so much. If I have one word to describe how I feel I'd say happy. I'm happy I've had this experience.   I'm happy I've met the people out here.  I'm happy with just how much God has helped me, and I'm happy to see y'all again. I know there is no other way to have true happiness other than in the gospel. I love it, and I sure love Him! I will miss these people. I love them so so much. The gospel is for everyone!   I'll see you on Wednesday! Thanks for everything!
Love Elder Cannon

P.S.  We had to go give a little baby a blessing yesterday, and we had to wear masks and everything to go into the room. The baby is doing better. We thought it would be a good picture too.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Finishing Strong

Hey! That's good to hear you had a great birthday, and I'm glad Daniels accident wasn't too bad.  That's scary!  That sounds like a way fun date I'm glad Isaac had a good time! Wow his favorite part was the dance? That's pretty good.
This week has been good! We had a lot of good things happen and this last full week should be a beast of one. Tomorrow is zone conference and I'll be sharing my departing testimony there, and also have my exit interview with President Alexander. Which is just going over all my plans and reviewing my mission and talking.  It's a good hour and a half! Then on Thursday we are part of an activity with the relief society where we will be talking about how we decided to serve a mission, and experiences to share with them things like that. Then on Sunday we will both be speaking in church. So there's a lot of big things happening this week alongside with working hard and finishing strong.
There have been so many things I've learned and felt out here. I wouldn't trade these experiences and
feelings for anything in the world. I sure do love God. Alright well I'm still doing great and feel pretty happy! This will be a good last week. We will be praying for and expecting miracles, I am
going to miss this. I will talk with you next week! Take care! I love you too.
Elder Cannon

Pictures from our District Meeting:

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Book of Mormon will change the direction of your whole life

Hey there! Yeah it has been a little windy and rainy the last little while. It's suppose to rain most of this week! It should be fun. That is exciting to hear Isaac is going on that date! That should be fun
for him! That sounds like a great lesson. I'm sure that it is making a big impact on those girls to have lessons like that. They will always remember those moments.

This week has been good though. We are doing well and working hard. We went to seminary last night because the branch president teaches it and there's just a few kids. I was given an opportunity to share my testimony of the Book of Mormon, and a story of how I felt God speaking to me. It always is uplifting to share my feelings and testimony. I talked about how I know how hard high school can be, and the Book of Mormon will change the direction of your whole life if you start reading it early. It felt good to share my feelings with them I know the spirit was there. It's been a good week though, and we are hoping to see some great stuff happening this next week!

Wow that is big news to hear with Richard! I will for sure be praying for him, that has gotta be tough.
 I will miss being a missionary and being able to serve and help these people and teach of Jesus Christ full time. It's coming up on me fast! It'll be a bitter sweet moment.  I will put my whole heart out here.   All in all for going back my main plan of course is to stay close to God and the Savior. That is the center of my plan is to stay in the gospel, and serve. I'm excited for it! Also nervous too ha. I hope you have a great week! Take care!

Elder Cannon

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Trust in the Lord

Hey! This week went pretty good overall! I did just get a big envelope and it talks about the iPad, bike, and travel tips. It's getting a little more real each day. I also just registered for institute.
Conference was good as usual. I got a lot out of it, and felt the spirit strongly. I started to have a little fear trying to get in me the other day about being able to start talking to everyone. I received a lot of peace and insight during conference to help keep that at bay. I truly know God will be there with me. I do trust him, and have faith that it will all work out. I know that he knows me too.
Anyways there was so much from conference that I felt. I'm going to have to re-listen to them all and go over my notes. I liked the emphasis on the Book of Mormon, and the family proclamation to the
world. They were mentioned and quoted quite a bit. I also liked how they said to put your phone down and focus on others, serve other people. That the people who we need to serve are the ones closest to us. I learned a lot of great things! It's always so simple, but what we need to do!
Sorry I didn't have time to finish this email ITs been a crazy day, but yeah I did get the package thanks so much! I've been eating all the stuff I really appreciate it!  Thanks though for doing this.  I sure do appreciate it!  Well I gotta go but thanks for all you do! I am still doing great and
the work is even better! I really do love it! And I am happy!:) Have a great week!
Elder Cannon

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

White Shirt?

Hey there,
Oh yeah that was a really good visit with the Nielsens! They are such nice people! It was really sweet to talk and be able to know the same people from Elwood and where different places are. It felt like a little taste of home ha! They were great though and so nice for doing that!
Our weather has flip flopped and it's back into the mid 80s down here and feels just about like  summer again. It's throwing me off seeing the Halloween decorations coming out, it doesn't feel like fall yet here.
We have had a pretty good week down here in Lancaster. Nothing too new happened in the work. We are still just out trying to find and help people. Hopefully soon we will find some solid people. I did find out Dustin the one who we were teaching and that moved to college got baptized yesterday! We saw him on Friday and got to talk about temple and the covenants. He did seem more confident and happy! It was great to see him! We are so happy for him!
We also had interviews with the Alexander's again which is always really amazing! I'll just have one last interview with him talking about all my plans. Anyways it was really good. It was actually pretty funny so I haven't mentioned Mikayla to him, it just hasn't ever came up. Well in the interview we were taking and I mentioned something about there was someone who really helped a lot to be out here. And he asked who it was? So I said well I haven't told you this yet but it's a girl... he started to get a big grin on his face and I told him all about her, and he was beaming ha. He was like "Elder you stinker I hadno idea ha"!  And he asked me about her and he was just happy for me, and then asked at the end well do you have any more secrets for me? It was great though and we had just a really good visit. He said we will talk more about that stuff in the exit interview. He has a way to motivate the missionaries, I look up to him a lot!
All in all things are going really well and I'm excited for these next few weeks! I am extra excited for conference! I look forward to that more than just about anything on the mission. It is a big spiritual boost! I hope your week is great!   Elder Cannon

 P.S.  We had low country boil again at the Tracy's.  It's amazing!  Sorry I look so rough.  I wasn't feeling too well yesterday.  Also, everyone thought it was funny in the difference in our shirts since I'm at the end of my mission and Elder Samuelson is at the beginning of his.

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.