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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.




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

Eclipse

Hey!!
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.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Southern Fishin'

Hey hey! Oh yeah that was pretty scary ha! Yeah we need to check up on her and see if she's still good.   Sorry this email is shorter again we had another district activity and went to the Catawba river to go fishing it was pretty fun! I still do very much so love fishing ha.
We did get transfer news and we are both staying together!! We were excited about that!
This will be Elder Hursts last transfer, so I will probably be staying here as well until I go home, fingers crossed.   I'm not a fan of moving much. Anyways though it's been a great week! We have had some success finding, and hope to keep seeing that! There has been a lot of great things happening here and I pray that keeps going strong!
Ramon should be having his daughter move over soon, and we will hopefully start teaching her! That whole family has been a miracle. They are amazing! They just glow with the spirit of God, and I feel so much for each of them. It's hard to describe it.
Nothing too crazy this week happened though. We also had a Pioneer Day celebration party with the branch and that was really fun! Sorry for how short this was, hopefully next week will be better!
I'm doing great though! I am happy to be here serving the Lord! There's not much a better feeling, and I feel so much but it's hard to explain! I just love these people, and God.
Have a wonderful week!
Elder Cannon




Sunday, July 30, 2017

911 Call

Sorry I got this letter out so late.  We had an activity today.
Well it's been a crazy week!
To start off the week we had to call 911. We were going to a former Investigators house, and as we drove by the house looking for the address Elder hurst said he saw someone laying on the porch looking like they were praying/sleeping. So we turned around and drove past and looked and she was just laying on her porch kind of in the fetal position not moving. So we drove past and parked and started walking up to her house. When we got up to her we tried to talk with her and she barely could move. She put her head up a tiny bit and put it back down, and didn't respond to anything we would say. She was in rough rough shape! So we called the ambulance and they came over, a police officer went up the porch and tried to get her to move or talk and she wouldn't. He finally had to kind of put his hand on her and move her and she slowly got up. When we got a clear angle of her she looked like a literal zombie! Her face was completely flushed and gray, and pink swelling around her eyes and mouth. It was the roughest person I've ever seen in my life. And I felt horrible. She couldn't stand up and had to be sitting on a chair. She started to talk a little bit though and slowly got out of it. But it was pretty weird scary moment.  Drugs really will mess you up! We are glad we noticed her though, and got her some help. She had been laying there a long time I'm sure without anyone noticing or care to do anything.
Also this week was Edwin's baptism it was amazing! He was so happy and excited for this new change. He was much more happy than when we first met him. He has changed a lot! Christ and his gospel will do some amazing things if you let it. He shared his testimony to everyone and it was touching, he has felt the love of God and is experiencing what it feels like. I'm excited to hear how he does in the future!
We have had some good success this week with finding some new people to teach. It's always exciting to see some new people to work with. I'll let you know if anything progresses.
It's been a pretty good week, and I'm glad to be here! We find out transfer news this Saturday. I swear it comes up faster and faster each transfer! We are both hoping to stay but you never know. I will have some news Monday.
Anyways I hope this week goes a little bit better, those weeks of humbling are never fun. Thanks for all you do!
Elder Cannon




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Baptism scheduled for Saturday

Hey! Things are going pretty well. We have been having a good week here in Lancaster.  Edwin is getting baptized on Saturday and we get to go down to it. It'll be in charlotte. He has came a long ways, and I can tell that he is happier. He has been applying the gospel, and it's making a difference in his life. I'm way happy for him! I've noticed on Facebook he mostly posts church stuff, he has changed a lot since the first time we met him. He's a lot more mature, and genuine.

We had a powerful lesson this week with an investigator who is an older lady named Josephine. We taught the restoration, and the member we were with said it was the most powerful experience being with missionaries he's been apart of. He said watching from the outside he didn't want to speak or interrupt , that everything we said from the very beginning had power, and he could feel the spirit. It was very reassuring to hear that, ITs an amazing feeling to know God can use us for teaching his restored gospel. It is not me. She was pretty receptive though, she did not fully accept the baptismal invite, but is praying and reading about the Book of Mormon. I have high hopes for her!

We also had a zone conference this week which was good as usual! Things are still going really good, and we are working hard. We have been surviving the heat and having a good time! It's going faster and faster. When the members out here keep saying hay I'm getting closer it's hard to comprehend it will actually end. I know it's getting close, but it'll be a weird day for sure! I'm happy though and love
serving the lord! Thanks for all you do!
Elder Cannon

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

4th of July Fun

Hey!
Oh yeah there are some rough hot days but I'm hanging there! That is pretty hot! It hasn't been that hot temperature wise, but it has felt pretty rough with the humidity.
This week has been a pretty average week as well. It is still great though! We were invited to a members house for a shrimp boil and fireworks on the 4th. It was really fun and good! We played around in the yard with the kids for a good while, and by the end we were dripping wet. It was a great day though! The people here in the branch spoil us like crazy!
All the pestanas have been having some craziness lately! Emely, who is Ramon's daughter that was baptized in January, just had her baby recently. She is a really cute little girl, but she got a bad fever so they took her to the hospital. They have to keep her for like a week to run different tests, and since she is just 2 weeks old. Anyways we went down with the branch president yesterday to the children's hospital in Charlotte and gave the little baby a blessing. I was able to give part of it, and it was a very interesting feeling. There is something about new born babies, I don't know how to describe it, but it was amazing! They are doing better though and should come back tomorrow. Then miryan who is Ramon's daughter as well is having her baby very soon! She has been having a lot of pain and they think she will be having her baby early--she was due in mid-August. We gave her a blessing as well since she's been in a lot of pain. That is such a great family though! They have strong faiths in God and Jesus Christ. When we go over the girls get so excited and grab the books and pass them out. We usually read a chapter with them. They just soak it up, and feel a lot. Edwin is also still planning on being baptized the 22nd in Charlotte.
Anyways things are going great! Im happy as ever and loving the work! It's hard to think of how much I have felt through this all. I know with all my heart that God is no respecter of persons, but loves all of his children so very much. I'm glad to hear things are going good at home! I hope you have a great week! Take care!
Elder Cannon

 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Pretty average week

Hey yeah the baptism was a great experience! Not a whole of change has happened this week. It was pretty average, but it was still a great week! We did a lot of good grunt work, and hopefully we start to see some more good things happening here. We don't have a ton of people to teach after the recent baptisms, and Edwin moving but we are working on that. It's been great here so far!
The wedding looked awesome! They look very happy and excited to be together. I can't wait to go to Cannon Beach again someday.  I always love the weather there! I got their wedding announcement as a little surprise and forgot that that was coming up. I Feel like a lot has happened since I've been gone, and I am sure there will still be more to come in the next couple months.
Nothing too crazy has happened I'm just hanging in here, and working hard. I can feel God working through me, and it is one of the best feelings there are. I really want to develop that more and more. I
love feeling his influence in my life! I love seeing other people as well noticing it more!
Thanks for all you do, take care!
Elder Cannon

Monday, June 26, 2017

Jason's Baptism

Hey! it's been a pretty good busy week!
Jason had his baptism on Saturday and that went really well. He was pretty nervous, but the spirit was strong and he looked happy. He shared his testimony about his relationship with God. He said at the beginning he didn't believe in God because of all he went through as a youth, but when he moved from his family and went into the marines that's where he started to feel Him in his life. He just shared a powerful testimony and story of how he came to feel Him and know that he's loved. Then he talked about having his eyes opened and learning more as he has been taking lessons. He has came a long ways and is a great man. I was really happy for him! He then got married the next day, and they are planning to be sealed all together in a year! I hope to be able to go to that.
So my new companion Elder Hurst is great! He has 3 months left on his mission so we are both old dogs ha. We get along really good though and are working hard. I feel like a lot happened, but I can't think of it all. We are having another activity today, so I don't have time to type it out longer but I'm still doing great and am a happy camper! I love these people here. There is a special feeling at church each week, and being around them! I am happy and love serving them and God.
Have a great week, take care!
Elder Cannon




This was on our way home from picking up Elder Hurst.  It was nice of a member to drive us and feed us lunch.



Here is a park near our house that was flooded-it rains a ton here!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Getting a new companion

Hey I'm doing pretty good! Oh yeah that was a fun adventure ha. They just cleaned the carpet, and it doesn't smell anymore so I think we are good.
We found out some transfer news. Elder Buffaloe is getting transferred and my new companion will be elder hurst. I don't know a ton about him, but I know he's from Preston Idaho so he is close. I've heard from other missionaries that he is really good guy and missionary, so I'm excited for this upcoming transfer! Other than that not a whole ton has happened this week. Jason is still good for the 24th of June which is this Saturday! He seems to be learning and accepting it well.
We are excited for him. His attitude and countenance has definitely changed from the first time I met him. He's excited about the gospel and loves it. It'll be a good day for him and his family. We have been working hard, and keep trying to find that next person or family who is ready. Things are going good here.
I would type out more but we have a district activity today at a park so I got to go. But I'm doing well and love this service. This gospel is pure and true. We make mistakes and have from the beginning. We needed someone perfect so we could repent and be forgiven. Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father love us they do everything for our behalf. I love sharing my feelings and testimony with others. Hope your week is great take care!
Elder Cannon

Friday, June 16, 2017

Award for Cleanest apartment?

Well a lot has happened this week it has been pretty good ha! This will be a longer one.
We had a zone conference this week with the Alexanders and it was really good. He did a training on being personable missionaries and went through a list of 10 different traits or habits personable people have. Anyways the 3rd one was a personable person remembers things about you. Elder Richins was sitting next to me and kept saying I need to say something and that it'll make me famous. Eventually I did say something and I made a comment on that about listening to others. And then Elder Buffaloe made a comment a little after that about me, saying how I'm a good listener and all these things. I wasn't expecting that kind of attention, and I thought it was over. Then he got to the next point and it was on listening. He then said, "Elder Cannon come up here."  I was like oh shoot, and he put his arm around me and looked out at everyone and said Elder Cannon is one of the greatest listeners that I have met. He said a few other things but I just didn't like the attention ha. He then said, give us some advice on listening to people.  What do you do? And I didn't know what to say.   I said something to the effect of, I just don't talk as much, and I ask them questions about them. Or something like that. He said some other nice things but I for sure wasn't expecting that. I was just trying to be ambitious and say a comment, and it turned into all of that ha. President Alexander always has a way though of making me feel good about myself in every interview or time we see him. He is a really good man.

We had some more sad news with Edwin.  He kind of went off the deep end with progressing towards baptism. He got a girlfriend that has 3 kids, and just started to get really mean towards us swearing and what not. There are a lot of other things that have happened too. He just is a little confused.  I hope his eyes will be opened up soon.

Oh and then the other thing we had happen was Friday night our apartment flooded. We were cooking dinner and noticed our toilet downstairs started to bubble up, and I didn't think anything of if and kept cooking, but about 10 minutes later elder buffaloe came running out of the bathroom saying "oh crap!"( literally) gushing out of the toilet came musty poopy filled water, and it was chucking out. We got it turned off, but it flooded our whole kitchen, and into the carpet a little bit. As soon as I saw the toilet overflowing with nasty water I just started to laugh, because I knew our whole night was gone, and it would be spent cleaning now ha. We talked to the guys outside and they said there was a main sewer clog and that's why it flooded, but they didn't inform anyone not to flush. They then said that we are on our own, because they were already on overtime. ( that's what made it gross too was that it was everyone's waste that came shooting through our toilet), So they gave us a shop vac and headed out. We made a run to Walmart and got a ton of cleaning supplies, and cleaned it out for a few hours. We had to move all the appliances and clean  behind them too. The worst part is the carpet, we had fans running on it, but the sewage water soaked through and it wreaks now. They will probably have to change the carpet. It was quite the adventure. What made it funnier was that we won an award at zone conference for having the cleanest house in the mission. It was 2 days later that this happened.  It was a  curse. We are getting some good experience.

It has been a good week though.  We have been working hard to get a deeper teaching pool. We don't have many people after Jason. We have met some good people, and we hope to meet more. Jason is doing good and working towards the 24th still for his baptism. He is a great man and I'm excited for him!

Well a lot happened but it's been great, and I still feel really happy. I'm glad to be here. I feel a lot for these people, and a lot towards God. Oh also thank you for the package I really do appreciate it! It is awesome! Have a great week take care!
Elder Cannon
Being awarded the cleanest apartment awards


Monday, June 5, 2017

Mission President Fireside


Hey it's been a pretty good week! It has been pretty interesting ha.  Edwin who was on date for the 24th recently had some opposition, and as we taught him one of the commandments he didn't want to live it. He kind of shut down and lost his desire to be baptized. He didn't come to church, and has been kind of ignoring us. It made us pretty sad. But the good news is he texted us this morning and said he wants to start meeting again! So we will see how it goes but we hope that he can just be happy! Then Jason is still doing really good and excited for the 24th of June for his baptism! He came with us to a mission president fireside in Charlotte and heard testimonies from recent converts and the Alexanders. It was really neat and he enjoyed it. Ramon and his wife also came down, and he is still doing great!
I am still doing well and feel great. I love being here and feeling the spirit, and feeling love for these people. I feel like I am learning a lot each time I study too. One of the greatest feelings is feeling that God can do his work through me. I have felt that and know that I'm so blessed to be here and be a part of His work.  I do love it. I truly will miss it when the time comes to leave. There will be great things ahead though!
That sounds like a good week to me! That is crazy that the Beus'ss are moving I remember when they moved in to the ward. That is also exciting to hear that Wyatt is close to turning his papers in. HE will be a great missionary.  Hopefully we get to cross paths.
Thanks for all that you do! I hope you have a great week!
Elder Cannon

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Fireflies are out!


Hey! ! It's good to hear how things are going. I can't believe it's getting to be summer already. The fireflies are out and I love it! It feels a lot more tropical and humid down here then my other areas. I'm glad we have a car but it still gets cookin.
Well it has been quite the week! I think mentioned last week that Edwin and Jason are both on date, and that still stands. They are both progressing really really fast! They have actually been reading ahead in the pamphlets and studying the Sunday school lesson before church and everything ha! I've never seen anything like it. They may be getting baptized sooner than we think. They are both great though, and I can already tell a difference in them. We have taught them both about 3 times this week.
We have some more potential too with Ramon's family. He has 2 kids in the Dominican Republic and he wants to have them move over here. He said if they do he wants them to investigate the church. That family has been big to the branch. Here is some genealogy for them. Ramon and his wife are both members. Then they have 2 girls emeley, and miryan. Emely was baptized in January and has 2 girls, and 1 on the way. Miryan was baptized a few years ago and has 5 kids with 1 on the way. Jason is her boyfriend/fiancé. And Edwin is emely and miryans cousin, so Ramon's nephew. It is pretty complex but there has been a lot of work out of this family. They are all amazing too and great people!
Anyways things are going really good, and I'm loving it! Thanks for all you do! I hope y'all have a great week!
P.s do you think you could send my running shoes? We have a track near our apartment we could go run at. Maybe it'll give me more motivation to work out harder too ha.

A few more pictures:  Fixing a floor after a toilet leak

Paintball Pioneer Football

Some of the wildlife here