Monday, March 31, 2014

One year

am so excited for General Conference.  I cannot believe that it has already been six months and I am really excited to see what God tells us in the conference. That is a great idea to help people study their scriptures, I am going to have to do it when I get home from my mission. This week I am going to fulfill one year on my mission.  I feel happy and different.  I am half way done! I know that once time starts dwindling down there is no way that I am going to want to go home. But I am going to have to do it. It is going to be so weird to see how much that everyone has changed and to be in a different country. Mexico is so much different from the United States.  Everything is a lot easier in the United States. Is is true that a lot of the missionaries in the United States have iPads to Preach the Gospel? I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church and that it can change our lives, only if we want and allow it to. I have truly changed, and I will keep changing. I can not express all of the blessings that I have received on my mission and all of the help that God has given me, and how much he is willing to help us if we allow him to.  I still remember when I was really new when I first entered the field, I had no idea what I was doing. I have come a really long way since then.Wow, it seems just like yesterday. 

Jacob is going to turn 17 years old!  holy mackerel I flat out cannot believe it. That is so crazy, I remember when he had just turned 16 and now he is already 17 years old.  Jacob will do great working at JC´s. That is really awesome that Joey and Haley are sealed in the temple. 

This week the new family that we found went to church and I am really happy for them. They are progresing a lot and even though I won´t be around when they get baptized I was really happy to be able to teach them. They are so special and so ready to accept the gospel. We have had Family Home Evening´s, they have invited us to eat dinner with them, we have a great bond with them. The work has gotten a lot better and my district is starting to get a good amount of success. I am really excited to be here and I can´t believe that in two weeks we are going to have transfers. I am going to have six months in Nueva Galicia, I am going to have one year of my mission in only two areas, that is pretty insane. Thanks for your letter and for all of the support that you have given me while I have been on my mission. Talk to you next week.
Love Elder Cannon

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Work Hard

This week my companion Elder Porter went to the hospital to get a cat scan of his nose. Sometime in the future he is going to have a surgery. He is fine, just that sometimes he is in a little bit of pain. Elder Porter has been a really awesome companion and has taught me a lot.  We get a long really well and are great friends.

We worked but this week we didn´t have quite as much time to work, but this week we are going to work very hard. I cannot believe that on April 3, I am going to have one year on my mission and I am going to turn 20 years old. It is so crazy, and I cannot believe that it is going to happen. This transfer has gone by so fast, this transfer is already half way done.

 I have learned a lot on my mission, before my mission I was so lazy, I felt like I didn´t do hardly anything. I feel like I am starting to become a Doer, and to get things done. When I get home the last thing I want to do is sit on the couch, watch a lot of movies, and be really lazy. I need to kick myself in to gear and work !When I get back from my mission, I want to help the missionaries a lot, and reactive every less active member in the ward. Thanks for everything that you have taught me and for the example that you set for me.   I love you, and hope that all is well back home!
Love Elder Cannon

Monday, March 17, 2014


This week we truly saw a miracle. On Tuesday Elder Fonseca (was my zone leader, but now is an Assistant to the president) invited me to a baptism and told me to bring an investigador. I couldn`t think of anyone, but I was dedicated to find someone to invite. We have been working very hard with the members to receive references because we need more people to teach. One kid that is 11 years old gave us a reference to contact. We contacted the family and they we taught them a small lesson about the family.  They liked it a lot and they felt the Spirit. We invited them to the baptism and they accepted. It was very spiritual and it excited them to be baptized. They asked what time church started at and we said that we would pass by their house to bring them to church, and they were excited to go. On Sunday morning they weren`t at their house. I`m not sure why they couldn`t come to church, but this experience strengthened my testimony that when we are diligent even though it looks there is no one progressing, God will lead us to His children who are prepared to be baptized. I was thinking of who I was before my mission and realized all that I have changed. I am way different than when I started my mission.  Holy cow, I have changed a lot and I know that I will continue to change. Have a great week!
Love Elder Cannon

P.s. An answer to his dads email question about what kind of food he cooks on his mission:

I haven`t cooked a whole lot, but I have helped people cook. There really isn`t very much for us to cook. We eat at the houses of members every day for lunch.  Sometimes they also invite us for dinner. I am starting to slim down quite a bit, I am a lot thinner than I was before my mission, and didn`t realize that I had that much weight to lose. 


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sister missionaries in our area

I am doing really good.  My District is having and will have a lot of success in this transfer. Having Sister Missionaries has been a lot of fun.  We have been teaching them the area. This past District Meeting was one of the best meetings I have conducted.  I think that it is because the Hermanas participate a little bit more than the Elders. They are fantastic missionaries.  One of them is from Uruguay and is almost my height, and the other is from Mexico City. After this transfer I am going to have 6 months as a District Leader.  I have learned so much and have enjoyed it a lot. Quite a few people told me that they were really glad that I would stay in the ward a little bit longer. Right now we are struggling a little bit in our area.  We are on the hunt for the chosen people that God has been preparing for us. I love my mission. God has taught me a lot. I have started to understand the attributes of Faith and Humility. I feel like I have changed a lot, and I am going to keep changing. I have started to lose a decent amount of weight.  I look quite a bit thinner than when I started my mission. All is well here in Mexico, take care, and tell Daniel Happy Birthday! You are always in my prayers.
Love Elder Cannon 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Transfers--staying here

The transfers came in.  Everyone stayed the same except the Zone Leaders are going to leave. They are going to split our area again, 2 sister missionaries are going to come to this ward. 6 missionaries for one ward, it is very rare to have that happen. Our area got shrunk quite a bit and the baptisms that we were going to have are going to go to the Sister Missionaries.  I learned that it is not all about the numbers, what is important is that they get baptized. The truth is that our area is going to be pretty hard, we are going to work very very hard and we are going to have success.  Right now we don´t have too many people in our area, but we are going to find them. After this transfer I am going to have 6 months in Nueva Galicia and in April I am going to complete one year of my mission. I have learned so much on my mission. I will press forward with Faith and find these people in our area that are ready for us. I might only have four areas in my mission, but that is okay. I enjoy this area a lot. I hope Daniel has a great birthday and that all is well. Is there something more that I should write about, or any questions that you have for me?  Take Care
Love Elder Cannon