Tuesday, July 22, 2014

San Francisquito

This week was one of the best weeks of my life, it was insane and I still can`t believe all that happened. One Family(familia Aragon) had a lot of references for us in a little town that had never heard the gospel. I went with Elder Tassainer to meet and teach these references. We taught three lessons, there were quite a few people that heard us teach! We started the first lesson, in the distance we saw a man watching us, we went over invited him in the lesson. He loved it and told me afterwards that we should gather about 50-60 people and then teach them. I will never forget that day, the Spirit was so strong in all of the lessons (the testimonies of the members were very strong). In church we had 10 investigadors, and 8 less active members! In total there were 53 people in church, that is a record! The Branch President had a meeting on Sunday Morning so I was the Branch President for the first half hour. I felt kind of weird conducting the church meeting, but it went well. We are so pumped to preach the gospel, all of our success is coming from this one family. They are really working with us, when we put appointments with them they invite friends and have great lessons with them. My companion and I got a little sick this week, but God blessed us and is helping a ton. There is no way we could be doing this without him. Elder Farias returned to Jabalies to train a missionary from Argentina! Now it is just Elder Rock and I.  I haven`t gotten the package yet, but I am sure that it is on its way. I am a believer of Miracles, I love the Gospel and I love Preaching the Gospel. I am starting to get old, but I am taking advantage of every day that I have got left.Thanks for the letter, have a splendid week!

Love Elder Cannon   
P.S. The little town that we went to and had a ton of success is called San Francisquito!

The person sitting next to me while we are eating is Luis, he is getting baptized this Saturday. We intervewed him last night and he is so ready! His wife is a member and Luis has been hearing the missionaries for a while, he just received his answer from God and he is getting baptized.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Three Amigos

(Forgive me once again for doubling up--We were gone to a family reunion and then girls camp, so here are Elder Cannon's last two posts)

July 7, 2014

The new house is awesome.  I love the air conditioning. On Friday I received a phone call from the Assistant's of the President while we were eating. He told me, hey Elder Cannon how you are doing? I said I am doing really good. He asked me how our week went? I told him that it went really well, we are finding new investigators, the members are helping us a lot. He said good, we are going to close your area for one transfer. Noooooooo. What happened is that I was going to train a new missionary from another country(U.S., Peru, they didn`t tell me from where), but his Visa didn`t arrive in time and he couldn`t come. I am going with my companion Elder Farias to Villa Union, it is a branch in Mazatlan. I am still going to be in the same zone, but it was really hard saying good bye to the members.  They couldn`t believe that I only was there for one transfer.  It is hard leaving areas, but it is necessary and God needs me in Villa Union. I am going to be in a trio, it is Elder Farias, Elder Rock, and I! I have never had a companionship of three, it is going to be interesting. Elder Rock is from Ogden Utah.  He has nine months on his mission, is really nice and focused on the work and I am excited to work with him. I am going to miss my District so much.  It was such a great District, one of my favorites.  I am really excited to work in this new branch, because I know that there is a lot to do and we are going to help this Branch to grow! That was my week. Have a great week, and remember that I love you!
Love Elder Cannon  
July 14, 2014
My week was good.  It is a little different having two companions.  We get along well.  It is just that we feel it is kind of  a waste of a missionary, because there is one extra, but we are working hard. Elder Farias and I gave really awesome talks on Sunday. A funny story, one of the contacts we made in the street thought that I was from Mexico because of my accent, that made me feel really good about my Spanish. I want to keep learning languages when I get back from my Mission. We are in a new house, it is a fairly nice house. The Family Reunion sounded way awesome and I wish that I could have been there. I loved the pictures they are so funny. This Branch reminds me a lot of Rosario, and there is a lot to do. The Branch President doesn`t have any counselors and we need to activate and really help this Branch grow. Some of the members are really nice and want to help, but a lot of them seem a little more laid back and need to get fired up and get to work. This week we have had some really awesome spiritual experiences and some great lessons. A lot more people came to church than the last week, that is good. I have absolutely loved my study from Jesus the Christ, I have learned a ton and it is really interesting.   I am on page 430 and it is hard to stop reading. I love the Gospel, I love this Branch and the members in it. I am ready to go to work and truly help the branch grow. Thanks for the letter and the pictures, it made me happy to see that everyone is all happy.
Love Elder Cannon    

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Robbed....but moving onward

How in the world did you know that we got robbed? That is so crazy.  I didn´t want you to know about it, but now you know. We got robbed last Saturday night.  The miracle is that we didn`t wake up while they were robbing us, and they didn`t do anything to us. The night that they robbed us, I did a ton of exercise and was so tired and went into a very deep sleep and slept like a baby. It was a miracle.  Don`t worry about me, everything is fine.  I am safe and God will protect me.  We believe the robbers came in through a small window that is high and kind of small because we had everything shut and locked.   They took our speakers, hair trimmers and shavers, all cash, my camera with all my pictures, watches, cameras, ipod, memory cards, wallets, the mission cell phone and dvd player and even took my name tags.  They pretty much left us with very little.   To tell you the truth this is the second time we have had a robbery in this house.   The first time they broke in when we were having our District Meeting.  We returned home to find some things missing and they broke the door handle.  I had to climb on the roof and open the back door with the key.   We have been kind of homeless for the past two weeks.  We have slept in the house of the Zone Leaders and they have helped us out.  It was a little hard that they took all of our stuff, but in the end none of this stuff matters and are worldly things.  Today we moved into our new house.  It looks really nice and it has running water!  The best thing about it is that it has an air conditioner!  Elder Farias and I are really excited to try it out. 

We had a really good week.  We were invited to a funeral and went to the burial of a Sister Beltran in the church. A lot of people went to the funeral.  It touched my heart very deeply.  At the burial we(the six missionaries) sang a few songs for Sister Beltran and it was really special. All of the sons of Sister Beltran are returned missionaries.  They are helping us out and are really special.

The missionary work is going well.   Two of the sister missionaries Sister Ramirez and Sister Wallace had two baptisms this week.   I was really happy and proud of them. The other sister missionaries also will have baptisms coming up this week! We are all really excited to work and to get her done.

 Thanks for all of the love and support that you have given me, I´ll keep working dang hard!
Love Elder Cannon