Salt Lake City Temple

Salt Lake City Temple

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