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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Parade

This week has been real good! We got spoiled this week from thanksgiving!

(Here is the message and picture we got from the Davis Family in North Carolina::

Happy Thanksgiving! It was such a blessing having your Elder over for our feast. We enjoyed his sweet spirit and his service. He did the dishes and was a huge help! I'm not use to having that much help. I wasn't sure how to act. :)
You have done a fabulous job and raised a fine young man!

He looks healthy and seems to be doing very well.

Oh, & I told him I was going to email you and he said to tell you " Happy Thanksgiving".

Ha yeah most of the time I don't enjoy doing dishes, but I've noticed I love doing it for others now! I don't like doing it for myself at the apartment, but at members homes or really anywhere else If it's for someone else I really enjoy it. I'm sure you wished I was like that at home for our dishes ha.

That sounds like you had a great time together I'm sure it was really good! I miss things like that, but it is all worth it. Family really is where happiness is.

We weren't able to meet with Judy this week she was out of town for something, so hopefully we will get to meet with her this week. It's been a little slow, but we are still working hard!

I'm sure you've seen the Christmas initiative this year, light the world. I'm way excited about it!
It should be really good! I hope y'all get involved with it!

Well I'm not sure what to write about this week ha. I feel and learn so much on a daily basis that I don't know what to share. Nothing too new or crazy happened this week and I say the same thing every week it feels like ha! It is true though! love this gospel with all my heart! The more I study, and share it the happier it makes me. I get excited about things that would bore me to death back at home ha! Like this Christmas initiative, there's a Christmas cantata this year on Christmas for sacrament meeting, and even going out and caroling with the missionaries! I get excited about this stuff! Even though I still won't sing on the skype call ha! It's just crazy how much I feel that I've grown. Elder Marsh was saying the other day of how amazing it is how much I've changed. He said that I have no hints of being someone who had social anxiety, and am more confident than a lot of missionaries who don't have any problems. It's amazing to reflect and ponder on how much he has blessed me, and changed me. I'm not the same in a good way! But yeah I'm doing good and really enjoying sharing and learning the gospel. It's been such a blessing! And I'm happy! I hope you have a great week take care!!
Elder Cannon

P.S.  We were in the Mount Airy Annual Christmas parade on Saturday.  It was chilly but fun.  I think that is the first parade I've ever been in.  Also we ran into Andy and Opie.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

There is Always Something to Be Thankful for...

Hey hey!
It has been pretty great! Thanks for the package! I loved those pictures with the camel hump day thing ha! I'll also give those things to Judy next week. Thanks so much for sending all of that! It made me pretty happy!
Well it's been a good week overall. It's been real good! There was some more progress with Judy. She again asked a lot of questions, and tried to figure out what is going on. Anyways at the end of the lesson she gave a prayer. The first time we met with her she didn't feel comfortable praying, and hadn't for awhile. She is now comfortable with prayer! It was a huge step for her, and we hope to see continual improvement. It's hard for her to wrap her mind around things, because that's what she is doing. She is trying to have it all make sense, but faith and prayer are a key for that. That's when the knowledge will make sense. We are still trying to help her with that. We know that if she turns to the Lord, and starts seriously studying the Book of Mormon she will start to feel it. Even if you have all the knowledge in the world it won't mean anything compared to the spirit, and spiritual knowledge. It needs to be backed up or it will fail. I still have high hopes for her!

This week I've thought about a lot of different things. With thanksgiving and the whole attitude of gratitude, It's made me reflect and look on all the good around. There is so much that it's not even funny. The big focus in sacrament meeting yesterday wasn't to just count your blessings and just look for those good things. But to have a constant attitude of thanksgiving in all circumstances. It's easy to focus on the bad and the negative. If you really look up and see what's around you it's amazing to see all of the blessings He's given! There is always something to be thankful for In every situation, and I know that I have been blessed more than I deserve! I really do love being here.

Well thanks for all you do I hope you have a great thanksgiving!
Take care!
Elder Cannon

Here are some photos from our mini-golfing.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Staying in Mount Airy

It has been a pretty good week so Far!
Well we got the transfer news! We are both staying in Mount Airy!! I was very happy to hear that! I will be here for when elder marsh goes home.  This is his last transfer. We hope to get a lot done, and see some more success. Things are going a little better than when I was first here, but there's a ton to improve. It'll be good!
Well Judy is doing a little better. She did say that she prayed. It was a prayer of just giving thanks which was really great! , but she said she didn't feel a connection when she did, but she will over time. It was great progress though to hear she did pray! She also started to read a little bit from the Book of Mormon. It has still been slow, but I for sure think she is moving a little bit forward. She still has tons of questions, and really analyzes things. Here are an example of a question she has asked throughout meeting with us... Why did Jesus Christ have to die in such an inhumane way? I understand he needed to die and suffer for us so we could return, but why did it have to be in that way?... I know meeting with her has been strengthening my testimony though. I've had to really think of things and bear my testimony of what I feel Gods Plan is. I've had to dive into scriptures, and pray earnestly for her. It's been such a process I feel so much for her.
Oh yeah I was going to say those Book of mormons from grandpa have been placed out here in the south. Judy has one of them,(she really appreciated it, and has started to read), and the other was given to a man named riccardo.
Well things are still going well! I'm really loving it! It's weird to think it's about halfway through it's been way fast, and it's been slow too ha! But I'm loving it, and am grateful for all the experiences I've had so far. This is where I need to be. Hope you have a great week! Take care!
Elder Cannon

Here is a picture of a recent zone conference with President and Sister Alexander.  The pictures below that are some zone activities including our hike.

Monday, November 7, 2016

First hike on the mission!

I am doing pretty good still!! The colors did start to change a little bit, but they fell off before they got too vibrant. The people here said it wasn't a normal fall. It has been pretty though.
It sounds like it had been a pretty eventful week! I was able to hear back from Daniel that was good! He sounds like he is doing pretty well!
Nothing a whole lot new has happened this week it is about the same. We were able to meet with Judy again which was good. She is still struggling pretty bad. We taught her the plan of salvation to help her understand gods purpose a little more. A lot of it was new to her, and she had never heard about it before. We encouraged her to pray again. She hasn't prayed in a long time. It's been hard and sad to watch her. We really feel that she will start to gain that peace back, and be happier. We will be teaching her again this week. The work is slowly getting a little faster. With the Christmas season people should be getting more excited and want to listen. We are still working hard!
Sorry this was short I didn't have a lot of time to email we went on a hike today, and still have to shop and stuff. But I'm doing really good still and loving it! I can't believe it's been almost a year now it is going by quick! Yeah we find out transfer news this Saturday, we think we are both staying but you never know? That's crazy I've been here for a month now. Well I hope things keep going good! Take care!
Elder Cannon

These are some of the pictures from our hike to pilot mountain. It wasn't much of a hike, but it was fun, pretty, and the weather was amazing! There will be more next week when elder marsh gets them off his camera.

This was sent by a member of the ward!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Things have been going really well! It sounds like you have had a pretty good busy week so far!
There was one thing I wanted to share I was given the oppurtunity to share my testimony in sacrament meeting yesterday. I am still not a very good speaker, and was pretty nervous to get up there. I bore my testimony of Jesus Christ. It was very short, but it was from the heart. After the meeting during the 5th Sunday lesson, the Ward mission leader made a comment during the 5th Sunday lesson when we were talking about missionary work. It was on trusting the missionaries. He said he has felt the spirit the strongest in 2 sacrament meetings, when someone named James gave a talk, and when Elder Cannon spoke in sacrament meeting today. I also heard someone else say that if an investigator had listened to Elder Cannon speak today they would have felt the spirit. Ha I'm not used to that kind of attention. It wasn't anything that I said though, it was just the spirit working through. It's been amazing to really see what God can do through us. It was a pretty amazing experience. It is still so hard to speak in sacrament meeting and I'm horrible at it, but I can do it so I won't complain ha.

Well this week we were able to teach Judy. She is a sad soul to see. She questions the love of God. She believes in a god that he created everything, but questions If he really knows her, and cares about what's going on in the world. She said she just wants things to make sense, and to feel peace. She's desperately seeking for peace. It will take time, but I feel like if she really tries and seeks the truth she can recieve that peace. It would be amazing to watch her change. She is a very sweet lady.
Well I'll add the testimony to this here and just count that for my email pretty much ha. I kind of went all over the place, but oh well.

(Note from Denise:  I asked Elder Cannon to share his testimony for a project someone in our stake is doing and collecting all of the missionaries' testimonies)

Well serving a mission has been a real blessing for me. I have overcome fears, and have had my testimony of the Savior and His Gospel grow so much. I love to share, and bear my testimony. The more I speak of Jesus Christ the better I feel, and the deeper it sinks into my soul. It is an amazing feeling to feel the spirit, and I crave to have it. I've really developed in love I feel like. To look at others before yourself brings happiness. The lowest points that I've been at have been when I'm completely focused on me, and my most joyous moments have been when I'm focused on others. Love brings joy. I have felt so much peace and joy from caring and loving for others. It makes it a whole lot easier to teach as well when you are teaching them with genuine love. The spirit is stronger, and you will speak from the heart.
I still just remember vividly going into the first home of someone's house in Salt Lake. It was this couple who were feeding us dinner. I remember just talking to them, asking about themselves, and just feeling pure love and joy. We weren't even talking about the gospel, just what was going on in their life. It made me so happy to talk with people, and get to know them. The moment I looked at others first is when it made me happy.
The gospel does bless families. Coming on a mission made me realize how blessed I was to be in the family that I am. We were taught, nurtured, and brought up in the gospel. That did make a difference for me, and I saw that in a lot of families. Both good examples, and bad examples. It has made me more aware of what I want to raise my kids In, and how to prepare to be a father. It has made me excited to be a father and husband, not in a weird way, but to just watch families grow together. From an outside view, watching how they talk to each other, and treat one another. To see how much happiness and love that they have in their families. That is where the most love and happiness cultivates, is in the family. I'm excited for that. Those that are living the Gospel, and those that aren't, have a night and day difference of how they act. It has made me much more aware of the blessings of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Being on a mission has made me more aware of a lot of things.Seeing this has increased my desire to share it with others. People need this.  It would save a lot of sorrow and contention in the family.
I could ramble on about how great this is, but I am happy to be serving a mission. It's hard and rough, but it's doable and so stinkin worth it! There isn't much of a better feeling that I have felt then watching a family or individual start a change within themselves. To realize what is in store for living the fullness of his gospel, and to watch them begin their journey towards the temple. It's worth it.
It also just amazes me of how much Heavenly Father is aware of everyone. It can be hard to see with all the negativity going throughout the world, but I am sure and know that He is still working miracles for us. He is so aware of everyone individually. He loves all of us.
It's hard to share everything that I feel and know from serving so far. I have learned so much, and have felt so much. I do know In my heart that living by Gods way is worth the struggle. The world makes it look so easy to have a good time and enjoy yourself, but that is not happiness. Happiness is found in God, because He loves us and wants us to be happy and successful. I know that he has blessed me, and changed my life.

Well I hope you continue to have a great week! And that you have a Happy Halloween!
Elder Cannon