Salt Lake City Temple

Salt Lake City Temple

Friday, June 24, 2016

Milking a goat

Hey! Things are pretty good. Yeah giving that talk  was pretty crazy. I am glad that I was able to talk about it, even if it just maybe helped one person a little bit it was worth it. This is a really great ward here.  I really love it.
This week has been really good! It has been a little crazy too.  We will be moving apartments this August. The contract is expiring, and there have been some issues with the man next to us, so that should be pretty fun!
We were able to talk to Olm again this week. He told us that he has been reading the Book of Mormon when he's had down time. He works from 5:30-10:30 pretty much every day. He told us too that his family is still in Nepal, so I think that is why he is working so much to help them come over to this country. He is a hard working man.
The Evans are also doing really great. We had 2 lessons with them this week, and you can start to see the change. They are praying over a baptismal date now. They are doing really great, and have came to church for about 2 months in a row now.
The Earls are still doing really great as well. They are already planning their baptismal program, and are ready to go for july 23rd. They are really excited about it! They will be heading to Michigan for
a few weeks, so we will be making sure they can find the church building to go. We are excited for them.
It has been getting really hot out here, and humid. You can't help but sweat ha. One lady said you will be sweating more than you can comprehend, but it's ok because everyone is going through it and
stewing in their juices. It is different than Utah for sure. We also see more and more fire flies each night they are amazing! I am loving it here though, and we are working with some really amazing families. I hope that I will get to be here for awhile! Well I hope all is well and that you have another great week!
Elder cannon
The Earls like to have everyone milk a goat or cow when people come visit their farm.  This is me milking a goat.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sacrament Meeting Talk

Hey! Things are still going pretty great out here! It is really hot, but I love it. Wow that is pretty crazy!! There is never a dull week for you it sounds like ha. That is really exciting about Ryan and Katie!! They are getting married in September then?

I had a pretty crazy experience yesterday. I had to speak in sacrament meeting, and I wasn't too excited about that. The last few weeks I have felt strongly to share my story of how I got out here. I almost got up fast Sunday, but chickened out at the end. Then I got asked that day to speak next week, so I knew that it was the time. I haven't told anyone yet out here.  I got to choose the subject and felt like speaking about humility since I've been studying it for a little while, and it's so important. I shared some scriptures and things from preach my gospel. I also shared the story about coyote gulch when we had to make that last big hard climb. I related it to how all we can do is try and trust His way will work better than our way. We ended up just freezing on the wall, and Blaine was able to take our packs, and use ropes to help us. I just related it to how God helps us through any trials, as long as we are relying on him. Then at the end I said, "I was going to share an experience where trusting in gods way over mine has changed my life."  I struggled to speak through this part. I don't know why it's tough for me, but it is. It was tough to get through it. I told them a small version of where I was, and how I got out here. I remember talking about that first day in Salt Lake where I sang hymns for the first time and said a prayer out loud in front of a group of people for the first time ever, and I said that it wasn't me.

I just said always remember that God prepares a way for you. To trust him in your trials and commandments that he has given you. I wasn't able to go into a lot of detail, but the spirit was there. At the end is when I realized why I shared that. There were a lot of people who came up to me, but there were a few that stuck out. There was a lady who came up to me sobbing saying that the kids in front of her were crying because they have struggled with speaking as well. She said that I bring them hope, and am an influence. Then another lady came up to me barely able to speak saying that she needed that. Her little girl struggles with social anxiety, and it gave her hope that it will work out, and she will be able to serve a mission as well.  It was an amazing experience. I should have acted on those promptings to share my testimony the week before, but I was lucky to get the opportunity the week after, and I would do it over again if it meant just bringing a glimmer of hope to someone. It is amazing how much I am being blessed out here.

We were able to have a lot of investigators at church again. The Evans, Earls, and Watts came. It was quite the turnout. They are all doing really great. Rusty Evans is still struggling to gain a testimony if he knows these things are true. He feels like they could be, but he doesn't know yet he says. He is sincere though. We were also able to stop in on Olm again. We went onto Google and translated a note to him in Nepali. About who we are, and how the gospel can change his life. He was really happy about the effort we put into him. He still has lots of potential. Things are still great, and I know that this is where I need to be. I love everything about this work and the gospel. I keep improving each day. Thanks for all that you do.
Elder Cannon

Here are some pictures from our Zone conference and activity.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Lots of Rain

Hey! This week has been going pretty good!

This week we were able to go and see Olm. He still is very excited to see us each time we go in the gas station. He told us that he is from Nepal, and was a journalist for a tv crew for 15 years. I am not sure how he made it to the sketchiest gas station in Morganton, but we are excited to work with him. He speaks Nepalese so he said that it has been hard for him to understand the Book of Mormon, but he has been trying to read. We looked up if they had the Book of Mormon in that language, and they actually don't have that translation yet. That'll be a little tough for him, but it'll work out. It is pretty exciting! Maybe I'll be like George q. Cannon and help translate the Book of Mormon into a different language ha.
The Earls are still doing good. They moved their date up to the 23rd of July because that is when their daughter is coming. We are excited for them. Then the Evans are still doing good, and have been  really consistent with coming to church, and are making some good friendships in the ward. This ward is really great at helping people feel welcome, and fellowshipping. It is really important.
Oh yeah I found out that I have to speak this week in sacrament meeting. I am not too pumped for that, but it'll be good and will be able to help a lot. It is suppose to be 10 to 15 minutes so that means 10 minutes on the dot ha. Someday hopefully I'll enjoy it.
Well things are still going really great, and I am enjoying it more and more. I really love the people of the south they are good people. I love serving, and teaching. It is also starting to get really warm, and humid, but pretty much every single day it ends up raining. It is some crazy weather! And the fireflies are starting to kick right now.  They are amazing!
It sounds like there is a lot happening at home as usual. The summer always seems to be really crazy! Well I'll talk to you next week see ya--Elder Cannon

This is our district.  It's the biggest one in the mission.  P.S.  My companion cut my hair and that is why its buzzed.