Salt Lake City Temple

Salt Lake City Temple

Monday, September 26, 2016

Moved apartments

Yes it was crazy busy! We had to completely clean out and move this week. This was a missionary apartment as well for years, so we had to completely deep clean it, and man it has made me  appreciate just staying clean. It was really horrible. Then we had to move everything up a flight of stairs to our other apartment. We also had a load to take to the dump, because of all the junk that accumulated over the years. It was a lengthy process, and has been draining, but it is nice to be in a cleaner nicer apartment. It feels a lot better already.

Also this week we started teaching Maddie Hall officially. I'm not sure if I have talked about her yet. Anyways she is 13 years old, and her grandparents are active members, and they have custody over her. She has had a hard upbringing. Her father has been in and out of prison, and her mom was  murdered when she was a little younger. She has been in different foster homes, and just has had a rough childhood, but she is amazing!! We taught the restoration last week, and she soaked it in, and understood it well. The spirit in that room as well was powerful. She started to cry, and when we invited her to be baptized she said yes! She is on date for October 8th! After she said yes, she said there was this feeling where she felt like God pumped his fist and said, "yes!" Ha. It was a really neat experience though. We are very happy for her! The gospel will change her life, and it is. Just in the few lessons we have had I have already seen her changing. It's amazing!!

We have been teaching a lot of other people as well, and they are doing great! I will let you know when they start to progress more, but this work is hastening!! It is crazy to think I'm probably about done with my time in Morganton. I don't want to leave here.  These people have been a big part of my life. I didn't know I had so much love in me ha. I'm excited though to meet more people!

 Update on the Evans they are still doing great and are on fire! Tina just got called as the young women's advisor, and is already going on it.  She will be amazing! Rusty also has received the priesthood.   I don't know if I told you that already. The earls--Sister Earl got called to be the meal
coordinator, and is doing great with that! Brother Earl is still up there blessing the sacrament and loves it. He still messes up every once in awhile but it doesn't phase him, and he puts meaning in it. I
also heard back from Steven Mecke a little bit ago. I didn't get a lot of information, but he said that he is doing great, and has started his own insurance company! I hope he is staying in it. I also haven't
been able to hear from Monica.

Well I'm still doing great, and loving this work. It's hard, but worth it. I've grown a lot, and I can't wait to see what more can happen for me, and for others. I love being with these people. I really do, and I love teaching and applying the gospel to myself. It's been a crazy process! I love it though!
I hope things settle down a little at home- ha. It sounds like fun though, lots of great adventures! I hope you have a great week! Take care!
Elder Cannon

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Just love people.

Yeah it has been pretty insane! It was another great week! We have even more people to teach. The work right now is really like a wild fire. It is crazy!! We have 5 new investigators this week. It's been pretty amazing. It is kind of tough to keep track of everything, and give everyone the attention that they need, but thank goodness God has it in control. He won't let anyone slip out if they aren't supposed to. That brings me comfort- ha. It has been well worth it though, and I'm really loving it.
The weather is just now starting to cool off. It has been a very hot summer, but It is in the 80s now. I'm way excited for fall! And to see the colors here, I've heard it's amazing!
It sounds like a fun trip to California! I'm glad y'all got back safely. They look really happy together! That is sad to hear about the Haramotos, I can't even imagine how that would feel. I feel really bad. Well there's so much happening I don't really know what to say.  Something I just really have thought about is how important it is just to love people. To love them for who they are, and what they can become. I think that's a key to being happy is just looking out for others. That's made me the most  happy is just loving others, and being a friend. Everyone needs a boost. I really love these people, and this gospel. It's pretty special. Well I Hope you have a great week and that it stays cool take care!
Elder Cannon
Pretty sunset across Rhodiss Lake

This is on top of dam looking at the Henry River.  Part of the Hunger Games Movie was filmed here.

This is town of District 12 in Hunger games.  It is a ghost town.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

"I've never been so exhausting from teaching. I love it!"

It has been a pretty good week! We have been teaching a ton! Elder Wagstaff said this is the most productive area he has ever been in on his mission. A lot of really great things are happening here!
The ward is on fire! Something new is this less active family that we have been working with for a long long time, and have been inactive for probably 4 or 5 years finally came to church for the first time this Sunday! It was an amazing miracle to see!! We started teaching them the missionary lessons, and they slowly have started changing we hope they keep coming!
Also One of the young women that is not a member we taught her for the first time on Saturday night, and she really wants to pray and know. At first she was saying she will be baptized when she knows more, and then on Sunday she was saying "when I get baptized"... She is starting to change! It is amazing! She should be setting a baptismal date soon. Also another part-member family the Lowerys we were finally able to meet, and teach the family. Me and elder Jackson tried to see them every week, and only met once in the 4 and a half months. We finally met them, and taught them the  restoration. It was a spiritual experience. Austin Lowery, the boy who's 14, accepted a baptismal date
for October 15th!! It was amazing!! A lot more than this is happening too I just can't remember it all ha. A lot has been happening, and it isn't us. God has been preparing these people. It is an exciting time!! I have never been so exhausted from teaching. It is worth everything though! I love it!
That is so crazy that Ryan is now married! I would have liked to be there, but that's fine I am where I need to be. They look very happy that is really good to see! They will do great things together. Well
it has been crazy! I have never taught this consistently. It has been a big testimony builder. I can just feel it sinking deeper and deeper In me. I love it.
Well I hope you have a great week, and things start to taper off a little bit. Take care!
Elder Cannon
This is a big crazy chocolate lab that reminded me of Sunny.