Salt Lake City Temple

Salt Lake City Temple

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ramon's Baptism

Well it's been a pretty eventful week this week!
To start off we had the baptism for Ramon Pestana on Saturday, and that was such a spiritual  experience. Just getting to know him for the last 2 weeks he is an amazing man who has a true desire to change his life. After he was baptized and came out of the water he was just crying and emotional. He shared his testimony at the end of the service and it was one of the most sincere heartfelt testimonies I've heard. He was in tears as he was talking about being able to return to his dad again. It was just amazing for everyone!
His nephew Edwin was at the baptism as well and he got to talk to President Alexander.  All he could say was that he wants to be baptized and be in Ramon's shoes. We were able to set a date for June 24th and he was way happy! We also set another date yesterday with Ramon's daughters boyfriend who just started investigating. His date is July 8th. They are both pretty excited about it, and are committed to do all they can to receive this covenant, so it's been a very exciting week! Things are looking well here and I'm excited for it!
It is heating up even more too I can't believe it's not even June yet it feels like the middle of summer!
Things are good though and I'm happy in this service! I love it! Have a great week! Take care!
Elder Cannon

Monday, May 15, 2017

Life in South Carolina

Well it was great to skype y'all! That's crazy it's the last one and I'll be back in October. It is creeping up fast.
This week has been pretty crazy! There were a lot of great things that happened. I mentioned that a man Ramon is being baptized this Saturday. He is such a great humble man who has a desire to be with his dad again and get his life straight. His family is amazing too! They feed us every  ednesday! We are also starting to teach his nephew too Edwin and he wants to be baptized ha! We had The first lesson with him on Wednesday and after it he said so when do I have the interview to be baptized?  I've never had that happen before! but we are excited for him! He also has wanted to repent and change after the death of his grandpa. There's great things happening here!
It has been very different than Mount Airy.  The first few days I felt lost and kinda home sick for Mount Airy. I feel better now though! It is completely different though.   I like it! It has its own beauty and I'm happy to be here serving! I already have felt a lot for these people! I walked into the chapel here on like Thursday or something when my companion was in the bathroom, and I just had the spirit come over me and I felt good. There are great things that will happen here.
I'll be sure to send more next week! It was great to see everyone and remember I still have a family and people who love me ha! Thanks for all you do! Take care  Elder Cannon

Here is my new address:
439 Colonial Avenue Apartment D Lancaster, South Carolina 29720
Saying Goodbye to  Bishop's Bradley's family.

Saying goodbye to Jeff and his mom.  He is always pulling something.
First day in South Carolina.  Its pretty here.  Its just a few hours from the coast.

My new companion, Elder Buffaloe

Monday, May 8, 2017

Farewell Mount Airy

Oh yeah I'm getting transferred tomorrow morning! All the way down south ha! It is the lowest part of the mission.
Well a lot has happened this week I'm not really sure where to start. On Friday we had a great  surprise! The Earls were in Mount  Airy for some sight seeing and called us to take us to lunch. So we got to eat with them and catch up on everything. They seem to be happy and are still on fire! They are taking temple prep classes and plan to go this summer to receive their endowments and be sealed.  That made me beyond happy!! They also talked about how their family was doing and their callings in the church. It was amazing to see their fire and spirit in them. They have came a long ways and are doing great! He also said the Evans are doing great and Rusty just received the Melchizedek  Priesthood. It was happy for me to hear they are doing good and staying close to god.

Then Saturday was a big day. That night we had dinner with Mack and his daughter. I've talked about Mack before, but he comes just about every week believes in the gospel, but just hasn't been baptized. Anyways we had our message with them, and during the video my heart started to burn and beat like crazy. It was one of the strongest most urgent feelings I have felt. I knew I needed to ask him about baptism. I wasn't sure how to say it so I just said after the video, "Mack, during that video my heart was pounding and I feel that I need to ask you about something. I know you have been asked a lot and we have talked about it before, but how do you feel about being baptized by someone who holds  the priesthood authority of god?" It was quiet for a second and he said "well I've been thinking about it a lot lately. A lot more than I ever have in the past." We talked a lot more about it and then invited him to pray and ask if it is what he needs to do and when. The elders are going to follow up with him this week. I feel strongly that Mack is going to be ready to set a date and follow through. It was a neat experience, and he seemed to be more open and friendly after that. I remember leaving their house just feeling the spirit so strong those feeling I felt during that video was intense.

Then that night we received transfer calls and I am going to be getting transferred to Lancaster, South Carolina. It is a little Branch down there, and my companion will be Elder Buffaloe. So it should be a little warmer, but it's a full car area so it'll work out good! It hurt to hear that news even though I knew it would be coming. On Sunday I shared my testimony and I had it planned out in my head what I was going to say, and to make it just kind of easy going and not sad or anything. I got up there and looked at the people that I've served with for 7 months and it hurt. I said well the news I'm going to share will surprise y'all. Then just couldn't speak. It took me a good while before I could say anything after that. I don't really remember everything I said but I remember saying thanks for all they did, and that God is so aware of them and their families, and that I have felt the love of God for them. I shared my brief testimony of God and what I feel. Then sat back down. I'm not sure why I get choked up and do that when I get up there. I do know the spirit was there. The testimonies after that really touched me too. A few members talked about that a little. There was one quote that hit me. His name is Charlie Brown an older man ha. He said something to the effect of, "If the Savior stood up here I don't think there would be any difference in what we felt during Elder Cannons testimony." It was so humbling to hear things like that. I know how weak at speaking I am but people still feel something powerful. There is nothing other than God working through me with the spirit. It's such an amazing grateful feeling to know that he can use me. There's nothing He can't do. After the meeting a lot of them came up and gave hugs and talked about the memories and what not. These are great people. You really feel a lot of love for people when you serve them and with them, hear all of their family experiences, get to really know them personally, teach with them, teach them, and just labor with them. I feel so much.
Well I know that was a novel ha. It all built up to now. There was even more that has happened but I can't explain it all. I am nervous about the transfer, but I know that's normal. I can endure anything for the amount of time I have left ha. It'll work out. It'll be neat to see what God has in store for me in Lancaster South Carolina.
I also gave a letter and Book of Mormon to Tim from the Jones Center this morning. I have become very close with him. We really have such a strong friendship and bond. I poured my heart into that letter and said that this is what will give him that last little bit of peace in his life that he's looking for and to really listen to the missionaries. I put a lot more into it, but I hope and pray he will read and pray and meet with the missionaries. If not soon it'll happen some day. I'll also be delivering a wood Cannon to the Bradley boys tonight ha. They should like it! Today will be the last goodbyes and then back to work.
Jeff drew out the Cannon and I was going to have it for myself, but when I started wood burning it I thought the Bishop's son Drew who calls me Elder Cannonball would like it the most.   So I'm giving it to him tonight.

This was a pie that Sister Vindich made she also left a nice note. She is great!

It sounds like it has been a great week in Utah! I hope things keep going well for y'all! Thanks for all your support and prayers it Is felt.
I am still doing good and am happy! It's been a great time here in Mount Airy and I will miss them a lot.
Take care!
Elder Cannon

Here are some more random pictures:

Looks like the Sacred Grove

District Meeting

                                                      More of the beautiful countryside

It's a blurry picture but this is Tim we worked out with him this morning. He was a professional wrestler and one of the nicest guys I know. (He thought it would be funny if he had the little weights and we had the big ones, he can lift way way more than we can!)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Probably last week in Mount Airy

Yeah it's been either raining or way hot. Its raining way hard right now! But It's also getting up into the 80s and is way humid. I don't think I'm ready for another summer here.  It gets bad. It's already getting to the point where you have to shower mid day as well. But I just have to endure one more summer ha.
I'm doing pretty good! We had a good week on the bikes! We were able to talk to some people, and found a new guy named drew who was interested in learning more. There are a lot of people out there everywhere who want it, and don't even know it. If they took the time to really listen to what is being said most people would like it out here. The hard part is the listening. The work here over the last 7 months has been kinda slow overall, but it's been great! And I have seen many miracles with many people. I would not trade this for anything else. There have been a lot of things I have felt that will stick with me. With some of the blessings we've given people, to comments in a lesson, to teaching a lesson, and being with certain companions. I have felt the spirit in a lot more abundance because I'm recognizing it more, and feeling how it works with me. I love to feel it.

Well this may very well be my last week in Mount Airy. I have made a lot of great friendships out here. They are people I'll never forget  and will try to stay in contact with them for awhile.  I am hoping for the best, but I think I'll probably get transferred on this one. It will be a tough adjustment,  but it'll work out fine! This should be my last time getting transferred I hope!

Also that is really exciting to hear about the Rodriguez family! There isn't much of a Better feeling I have felt than seeing a family baptized.  It'll be great when they get to go to the temple! Well I hope you have a great week! I'm doing great and am happy being here serving God. I love to share my personal testimony and to feel I'm helping God in any way. That is an amazing feeling! Take care! Elder Cannon

P.S.  So we went with Jeff to the country club golf course next to his house.  He said there were a ton of fish and he said no one will care.  We ran into some of the workers and Jeff asked if it would be ok if his Utah Missionaries fished in their pond, and they actually said yes.  It surprised me, ha.  So we went fishing down there but didn't land any.  I had a fish on for a few seconds.  It was pretty fun though!  The last picture is from a local pond and we talked with some of the fishers there.  It was really pretty!!