We were very excited to welcome home Elder Cannon. We were in the wrong terminal at first so we were glad we saw him get off the plane. There were several missionaries coming home with him, but the person who Ryan sat next to on the plane blocked everyone and said, "He needs to go--he hasn't seen his family in two years." I guess she didn't realize the others were in the same boat. Here are some pictures of his homecoming.
1-Saying farewell to his mission president and wife.
2-Here we are at the airport.
3-We made some food stops on the way home. Ryan wanted to eat at Olive Garden. We also stopped at Krispy Kreme for a fresh, hot doughnut, since that was our last stop with him before dropping him off at the MTC.
4-Here are the welcome home signs we had in the yard. (Those are smiley-face balloons we had staked all over the yard).
5-He is home! His homecoming talk was on Mother's Day. What a great gift having all four of my boys with me that day. In the evening Ryan sang Michael Buble's "Home" song for me and said, "I'm home." It was awesome.
This week went very well for us! I am really enjoying my Mission. The results are still coming. This Friday we had a baptism of the cutest kid. His name is Marco, it was a special baptism. Before I actually baptized him I was almost crying. This is my last baptism as a full time missionary. I am going to miss the Mission so much. I am excited to go home to see my family, but I feel like I am leaving a lot of families here in Mexico. I did not think that I could love these people so much. We had a really awesome family attend church on Sunday. I am really excited for them. Wow, one week, I can´t express how I feel. I am feeling a little bit of everything, but I know that God has a plan for me. He knows everything and if I follow his plan everything will be alright. I am excited for my life. I am excited to see you guys and be with you guys and to continue to serve the Lord. Just because I served a Mission, does not mean that I am saved. There is a lot of work to do when I get back. I love you. In case I don´t get to write you next week I will see you at the airport. Don´t forget that I am coming home on Wednesday night, I´ll see you soon!
Our Easter was really special, except my companion got pretty sick and we were in the hospital from Sunday morning until Monday night. It felt so good to finally leave the hospital. Time goes by so slow when one is in the hospital. I have learned that when someone is busy and is working a lot, Time Flies! I felt a little sick as well, I think that it was something that we ate. General Conference was really special, pure power, I received a lot of revelation and I am excited to apply all that I learned. My Testimony and Faith strengthens a lot after listening to General Conference. I remember when I was younger, I would always look at the clock and say how long until this is over. Now I can't believe how quickly that they end. Each session goes by really fast. This was funny, when we were watching the Saturday morning session, almost all of the talks were about eternal marriage, my companion and the other missionaries, were like this talk is for you, listen up! They kept telling me that I need to get married as soon as possible after the mission. Dinner at the Newmans house was amazing. The food was great. They live in a beautiful house, and it was a really spiritual experience! They are intelligent and I learned a lot talking to them. It sounds like you guys had a really fun week in Las Vegas! I am happy for you guys. I got the package that you sent me for Easter! I loved it, thanks so much for sending it, I shared most of it with the zone, I was so surprised to see cake battered flavored chap stick, it smells good. Thanks again for the package, you are the best Mother in the whole world! I love you! Tell Loren and George hello, and that I will see them soon. Have a Great Week, I love you!
This is Elder Marshall and I with the Mission President Velez. It was our 24 month anniversary in the mission. In this Multi Zone Conference they had all of the missionaries that were going home share their testimonies, I was crying a little in my testimonio it was hard, but powerful. I am so grateful to have served a full time Mission!
March 30, 2015
I am really excited for General Conference this weekend, I can feel that it is going to be really powerful and I am excited to learn and apply. This Friday we are going to the Paz to have a Multi Zone Conference. That will be really awesome. This week will be a week of learning and listening. That is cool that you are going to Las Vegas. All of the members are asking me what I am going to do when I get home, and they say how my family must be so excited to see me. I need to stay focused and endure to the end. We are working hard and should have a baptism the week after General Conference. Something hard happened this week a member in our Ward. Our recent convert Susana, just heard that her mother´s lungs are failing and might die. She is going to Oaxaca, Mexico for a while. I felt really bad for her. Her mother in law who was getting prepared to get baptized might not be here. We are going to help her find the church and continue to attend while she is gone. An American Family(The Newmans) invited 6 missionaries to eat Dinner with them for Easter. They are smart, fun, and fairly wealthy. Sister Marsha Newman writes novels, she wrote "Joseph and Emma, A Love Story." She knows and has studied a lot. Thanks for everything. This week is going to be awesome, and we will get her done. Thanks for all of your love and support, I love you and Don´t Forget to tell JACOB HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is getting old. I am happy for him and hope that he has a great birthday!!! Have a great Week! And Don´t forget to listen to General Conference!
March 23, 2015
The temperature isn´t too bad, but it is starting to heat up a little bit. This week went very good for us, we had some Ex Missionaries come to our area and work with us. We also had an 18 year old who just left to the MTC today, he went with us all day long. He was kind of nervous for the first few lessons and then kind of got a hang of it and it was really special for him. We taught a lot of lessons this week and had a lot of investigadors go to church, that was really good. We had a really good week, I am really grateful and happy to still be on the Mission, I am learning a lot and I know that God still needs me here. I am sure that Jacob had a really good time, that is good for him, he looks happy in the pictures that you sent me. It sounds like Isaac is pretty good at Tennis. I have some news, I just received my flight plans for my return to Utah, I´ll send them to you guys. I still can´t believe that my Mission is coming to an end. It is funny how when I started my Mission everyone wrote me, and now that I am finishing it everyone is writing me again. Have a great week, and remember how much that I love you so much, I love you guys so much, I hope that you are proud of me, I love the Gospel, I love being a missionary and the experience and knowledge that I have gained on a Mission, it is priceless! I have learned and progressed like none other and I am ready to continue forward with Faith and help others at all time! My testimony grows stronger every day, the more we share it, the stronger and more earnest they become! Have a great week, and tell everyone hello!
March 16, 2015 The Whole zone pretty much stayed the same in this transfer,only two missionaries are leaving our Zone. I am going to finish my Mission in Los Cabos! I cannot believe it, my last transfer in the MIssion, I just get emotional thinking about it. President Velez just wrote me a letter saying that he was very grateful for my service and for all that I had done to help the Mission, and that it was going to be the last letter to me. That hit me so hard, my last letter to President, I am going to miss writing him. Six more weeks! I am going to take advantage of the very little time that I have left. Everyone is trying to kill me by saying that I am going home. I know that I stayed in this area to try my Faith, because I know everybody and everybody knows me and I know what I need to do. I just need to focus and work as hard as I can. Elder Marshall is in my Zone! Elder Hymas goes home one transfer after I do. Jacob is going to prom? Wow he is a lot more manly than I was. I remembered I wimped out and gave a lot of excuses(money..etc) That is awesome that Isaac is discovering his talents, he has a really bright future ahead of him. I love you guys so much, and I am so grateful for all that you have done for me. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I love being a missionary, I love teaching and sharing what I know is true to other people. I love sharing my testimony to everyone and serving and helping other people. I have also learned that when someone is about to finish their mission, everyone wants to talk to me and write me. I am sorry that I don´t have more time to write, I love you so much! Have a great week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This week went very well, we walked a ton and worked really hard. The worst thing ever...I received a phone call from the Secretaries of the Mission, "Hey Elder Cannon, we have a question for you...Sure, tell how can I help...Elder which airport is the closest to your house? We need to buy the plane tickets in advance." I couldn`t believe it, it really surprised me. Then 2 days later they asked the same thing to my companion Elder Hymas. Why do Mission`s have to come to an end?
We have started going to a Gym, at 6 am! It feels really good to work out with weights and the trainer, Eric is really cool. We are really good friends. That is awesome that Jay Wilson saw Tiffany. When does she go home? Eliza and Logan seemed really happy. Tell them congratulations for their wedding and that I am really happy for them and their future is very bright! I am sure that Dan Harris gave an amazing talk and that he did an excellent job. Everything is going very well here. We are excited and this next week we will have transfers, I would like to end my Mission here, even though I know that some of the members would try to distract by telling me that I am going home and what I am going to do. I will tell you all about the transfers, my last transfer, noooooooooo, why? I am going to see if I can extend one more transfer, just kidding. Ex Elder Cano said that he will be coming back to Los Cabos to visit, we are excited to see him! I love being a missionary, I have learned and grown so much, my testimony has strengthened and I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ! There is no work more important than preaching the Gospel and doing the Lord`s work! Thanks for all of your love and support and for all that you have done for me! I love you guys so much, I have the best family in the world! Love, Elder Cannon