Saturday, March 28, 2015

March 23, 2015- A Healing

March 23, 2015- A Healing

Hey Family and Friends!

This week my companion and I witnessed a healing. After Martin cut his finger off, we went over to his home the next night and gave him a Priesthood blessing. He was scheduled to go to the hospital on Tuesday to get his finger surgically repaired. The doctor was going to take some flesh from another part of his body and put it on top of his finger since he had cut off part of his bone. Martin arrived to have the surgery when the doctor looked at his finger and was shocked to find his finger was healing more completely and quickly than expected. Martin's finger had healed so that new flesh was already covering the bone. The doctor told him that he didn't need surgery and so he went home. I saw the pictures of his finger right after the injury happened.  When he showed us his finger Tuesday night, I was amazed to see the improvement. This experience strengthened my testimony that the priesthood has been restored and is on the earth today.

On Thursday, we went over to a sister investigator's house to dedicate her home because she has been seeing and hearing things in her house. I was asked to dedicate it, so I dedicated the house in Spanish.
On Saturday, we walked around the campus of Old Dominion University to try to meet people. While we were walking on Campus we ran into a woman who is a Jehovah’s Witness. It was my first time talking to a Jehovah Witness in English. All the ones I've come across have been Hispanic. She was really nice when we talked to her but then she quoted some scriptures from the Bible.  One thing that Elder Bradshaw and I noticed was that she completely lacked the spirit backing up what she was saying. We asked her if she would read the Book of Mormon and she said no. When she finished quoting scriptures she said, "I really hope something I've said today will ring something in you young men's minds. What are you going to remember from what I said?" And Elder Bradshaw answered, "The only thing I'm going to remember is that you hurt my feelings when you said you wouldn't read the Book of Mormon." We were able to answer a question that she had about our beliefs concerning marriage, which was good.
On Sunday, we taught Alexander, whom we found a trailer park while knocking on doors. We talked to him about the Book of Mormon and the restoration. He had a really good understanding of what we taught him. I asked him what it would mean to him if the Book of Mormon is true, and he said that would mean that this is Christ's church. He committed to read the Book of Mormon.
Martin and Lani weren't able to come to church but we had a really good lesson with them Sunday night. Martin told us to be patient with him because he doesn't have anything against the Book of Mormon or the church but just against himself, his natural man I guess you could call it. It was good that he brought out his concern so that we can help him with that.

I hope that everyone has a great week.

Love, Elder Cannon

Me in front of Navy ship in Portsmouth, Virginia

Saturday, March 21, 2015

March 16, 2015- Temple Trip

March 16, 2015- Temple Trip

Hey Family and Friends!

The highlight of this week definitely was going to the temple on Wednesday! We woke up around 5 a.m. and drove down to Virginia Beach.  From there, we caravanned to Raleigh, North Carolina, which is about a three and a half hour drive. I was glad that I wasn't assigned to drive. We ended up driving through the Richmond, North Carolina mission to get to the Raleigh Temple. The Raleigh temple is in the Raleigh, North Carolina mission so I ended up being in three different missions all in one day.

I had the most amazing feeling seeing the temple again. Even though it's only been 8 months since I've been to the temple, it has felt like forever since I've been there. The experience in the temple was amazing! Afterwards, we went into the stake center that was next to the temple to eat lunch and then have a zone conference. Two zones went to the temple the day I went. The temple president talked to us and then we heard from President and Sister Baker. President Baker called a set of sisters to role-play teaching a lesson about the temple, eternal marriage and ordinances for the dead. Unfortunately, they didn't do that great of a job. President Baker called up another companionship to role-play, my companion and I. Our role-play went well, and even President and Sister Baker said that they were impressed. 

On Thursday, we taught the Sabillon family. We talked to them the purpose of the commitments. The spirit was really strong when Satan just wrecked our lesson. A neighbor knocked on their door and then came in and talked to them for a couple of minutes.  Right after she left, some more people showed up to talk.  After those people left, a woman started screaming outside.  It was the first lady who had interrupted the lesson. Apparently, she had been robbed and her face was all cut up. Hermana Sabillon called the police and so we left. 

We also taught Martin and Lani Thursday night.  We decided to teach them the same lesson that we had role played at the zone conference. Before the lesson we went to the dollar store and bought a picture frame and put in a picture of the Salt Lake temple that we found in an Ensign. We also showed Martin and Lani a picture of the temple in San Salvador, El Salvador, which is where they are from. The spirit was so strong that Lani started crying. During the lesson we asked them if they would be baptized and Lani said she'd say yes except that, “There was someone in that room (Martin) that still didn't know if the Book of Mormon is true.” Lani has been doing her part by reading and praying about the Book of Mormon whereas Martin hasn't. So, in the future my companion and I will start reading the Book of Mormon with him.                     

On Friday, we visited Osman and Carmina.  They haven't read the Book of Mormon yet so we read the first chapter with them and they both committed to starting to read it on their own. 

Saturday night, we asked Martin and Lani over the phone if they planned to come to church on Sunday.  They said that they weren't sure because one of Martin's friends from work had invited them to come to his church. Even though they didn't really want to go, they wanted to be courteous to Martin's friends. Satan was at work again. However, they did end up coming to church yesterday for Sunday school and Relief Society/Priesthood. We ended up having a really good lesson about Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon during priesthood and someone brought up the scripture in Ezekiel 37, where it talks about how the stick of Judah (the Bible) and the stick of Joseph (the Book of Mormon) will become one in the Lord’s hand, so that should hopefully help Martin develop a  testimony of the Book of Mormon. 
I hope everyone has a great week!   

Love, Elder Cannon

Raleigh, North Carolina temple

My District and the Virginia Beach district at the temple

Me and Elder Bradshaw in front of the temple

Me in front of the temple

Saturday, March 14, 2015

March 9, 2015- A Short Letter

March 9, 2015- A Short Letter
Hey family and friends,
I don't have too much time this week to write.  We went to the court earlier today so that Elder Bradshaw could meet with a judge because of the auto accident that he was involved. He ended up only needing to pay a 100-dollar fine, which was a good settlement for him.

Martin and Lani are our fastest progressing investigators right now. We have seen miracle after miracle happen for them. Last week it snowed so Martin was able to come to church since he couldn't play soccer.  This week, while he was at work, he cut off his thumb from halfway down his nail and up. He also cut off part of his bone and so he needs surgery to fix it. That means he can't play soccer for a while. We are teaching them about twice a week. We had a really good lesson with them on Saturday night about keeping the Sabbath day holy. We also talked about ordinances and the Holy Ghost. Lani asked some good questions about recognizing the influence of the Holy Ghost. Both Martin and Lani came to church again 

I'm pretty excited because 
this Wednesday we get to travel to the Raleigh, North Carolina temple for an endowment session. We plan to wake up early and drive about 4 hours down there, do the endowment session at 11, have a zone meeting and then drive 4 hours back to Norfolk.
Have a good week everyone.
Love, Elder Cannon

Saturday, March 7, 2015

March 2, 2015- Lots of Lessons and Miracles

March 2, 2015- Lots of Lessons to Teach

Hey Family and Friends!!!

Things are pretty cold here in Virginia! It snowed twice this week and we got shut down again for two days but that didn't stop us at all, we walked all over the place.

We've been trying really hard to reach the goal of 100 invitations extended outside of lessons and that means just talking to everyone we see.  We have had a lot of really cool experiences and a lot of rejections as well. Some of the people have been pretty funny, like the time we knocked on a door and guy came to the door just wearing boxers. We ended up talking to 93 people, which was pretty close to our goal of 100.

On Tuesday, as we left our apartment it was snowing.  By the end of the day we got a call to let us know that on Wednesday the mission would be shut down again and no one would be allowed to use cars or bikes. On Tuesday, we had a lesson with this less active named Jose.  We shared the scripture in Matthew 6:33 about how you just need to put God first and then everything else will fall in place.  Jose said, "This is exactly what I needed to hear." 

We taught Martin and Lani and afterwards ate dinner with them. We talked to them about the Book of Mormon and the importance of it in helping us gain a testimony that this is Christ's church. Martin mentioned that he had searched the Internet to learn more about the Book of Mormon.  He said that he was confused because he had found both good and bad information.  He started to talk about some of the bad information, but instead of listening I asked him how he knew that Jesus Christ existed.  I asked how he knew that He's real because you can read good things about Jesus on the Internet and you can also read bad things that say he doesn't exist. He thought about that for a moment and then he said, “Yes, that's true. I guess I know he exists because of the Bible.” I told him that just like he has a testimony of Jesus because he has read the Bible, that he needs to read the Book of Mormon to develop a testimony of it.  I challenged him to read it and find out for himself because he would never find the answers on the Internet but he would gain a testimony of it if he read it.

We are given a hour of lunch every day and so on Wednesday, Elder Bradshaw and I decided to spend our hour in the snow. We built a huge snowman in front of our apartment complex that was 7 feet tall and a couple feet long and a couple wide. We rolled 20 big snowballs in order to make it.

Later in the day, we then headed down to Chesapeake where we taught Chaledonie. He had a change of heart. He said he had been reading in the Bible and had found a scripture that caught his attention.  The scripture was about denying the Holy Ghost. He said that he thinks he might have been denying the Holy Ghost by not really listening to us or doing what we have been asking him to do.  We retaught him the Restoration lesson and invited him to read the Book of Mormon again.

On Thursday, we woke up and there was snow everywhere, so the entire mission got shut down again. We walked over to Martin and Lani's house again in the snow and we read the first chapter of the Book of Mormon with them.

On Friday, we had district meeting where we gave a member a blessing of health.

On Saturday, while we were knocking on Christopher's apartment door, we saw his neighbor outside smoking.  We have seen her before and we've always said hi to her when we've gone by and talked to her a little. But this time she stopped us and asked us if we knew of a book that explained a bunch of different religions.  She said that she's an atheist, but she wants her 2 kids to be able to pick a church that they would want to go to when they grow up. When she first said book, I thought, “Yeah, we’ve got a book that'll help you out.” We talked to her for a bit and we ended up giving her a Book of Mormon. I told that the Book of Mormon talks about God and Jesus Christ and has information that can help you know how to raise your children.  That perked her interest and she said she'd read it. She told us that she was going to move to Chesapeake in a month and that she'd like us to visit her.

We taught three sweet lessons. We taught Santos, who we've taught before.  He hasn't really been progressing, however one of his concerns came out, so now we know what to focus on to help him. We taught a couple named Osman and Carmina about the Restoration.  They both committed to reading the Book of Mormon. We were able to teach Martin and Lani again, it was sweet to be able to teach them three times in one week! We kind of jumped around in what we taught them but Lani totally received revelation during the lesson. As we were talking about the priesthood, she came to the realization that not all pastors have authority, which is something she said that she never had thought of before.  She had just assumed that if someone was a pastor they had authority from God.

On Sunday we experienced a miracle. Martin and Lani and their three kids came to church for the first time!!! Normally Martin plays soccer on Sundays and Lani goes to support him. Since it had snowed, they wouldn’t be busy with soccer.  We were hoping that this would be the opportunity that would motivate them to come to church.   Saturday night Lani told us she was going to come but Martin couldn't because he had been called in to work on Sunday. Elder Bradshaw and I prayed that
Martin would be able to come to church with his family. Sunday came around and we went to the parking lot to meet Lani and her three kids to show them where to go.  We were shocked to see Martin wearing a white shirt and tie climbing out of the car with his family. Apparently, he went to work but got off work early at 10 a.m. and since church started at noon, he was able to come with his family!!

After church we visited a less active family from Puerto Rico. We discovered that the husband had never gotten baptized even though he had been going to church with his wife and family. And he knows the Book of Mormon is true, he just never got baptized because he and his wife aren't married.  We are going to help them get married and then baptize him!

Everyone have a great week!!!

Love Elder Cannon

Elder Bradshaw and I built a snowman