April 13th and April 20th- Two Letters in One Post
April 13, 2015
Hey Family and Friends!
Everything is going fine here in Norfolk.
On Preparation day last Monday we got a bunch of missionaries together to play some basketball. When we got to the court there was a bunch of African American guys playing there as well so we ended up playing basketball with them and it was a ton of fun.
On Wednesday we had a sweet lesson with a Puerto Rican citizen named Roberto. He told us that he completely changed his life around and put his trust in Christ. After the lesson he told us he wanted to learn some more about Joseph Smith.
Later that day we went to see Jaime. We have been trying to visit him but we never are able to because he is always so busy with work. The last time we saw him, over two months ago, he was just starting to read the book of Jacob in the Book of Mormon. Today we were able to talk with him and found out that he is now reading in the book of Moroni. That was awesome to find out! We just need to find a way to meet up with him more often and get him to church!
The Puerto Rican members in our ward have moved! The Rivera's were so sweet. Hermano Rivera couldn't find a job so they had to move back to Puerto Rico. On Thursday we said goodbye to them, and it was so sad.
We also were able to visit Martin and Lani. We haven't been able to see them for a while. Martin still hasn't read the Book of Mormon and he told us that he doesn't really want to read it. He says he's praying to know if its true but he's never going to get an answer from God if he doesn't put effort into reading the Book of Mormon. He told us we could still come over but he isn't going to read the Book of Mormon until he feels like reading it.
On Friday, we had interviews with President Baker and then we had district meeting right afterwards. It was nice that I didn't have to plan anything for District meeting since we had some senior missionaries do all the trainings.
We were driving from the building back to Norfolk when we got stopped at a red light that was in front of this big park called Mount Trashmore. All of a sudden Elder Bradshaw saw a member in our ward who one day was active and then didn’t come to church anymore. We haven't been able to see or get in contact with him. We quickly parked the car and walked on the opposite side of the park so that we "accidently" bumped into him and his family. We were able to talk with him for a couple minutes. It was just a complete miracle to see him there.
On Saturday, we helped the Sabillon family fix their roof. The roof of their trailer had been caving in so my companion, Cesar and I spent a couple of hours tearing the tar off it. It felt good to do some good hard labor. Afterwards we ate papusas with them. That in itself made it worth it but of course we were willing to help with or without the papusas. Saturday night we planned a missionary activity for the branch. We watched a video about Thomas S. Monson’s life. None of the ward had seen the movie before. The spirit was super strong during the presentation and everyone said that they liked it. We were given a few referrals afterwards.
I hope that everyone has a great week!
Love, Elder Cannon
April 20, 2015
Hey Family and Friends!!
President Baker announced that this coming month is going to be called "Miracle May,” in which every companionship in the mission is going to have a baptism. It's going to be hard and it’s going to take a lot of faith and obedience but I'm excited and I know it’s going to come to pass. Our entire mission is fasting on the first Sunday of May to be able to see this happen.
We had exchanges on Wednesday. I stayed in our area and Elder Bradshaw joined one of the zone leaders in his area. Elder Crump joined me for the day. It was a really sweet day. We talked with a bunch of people and we taught a couple lessons. It was pretty cool because since Elder Crump can't speak Spanish, I was just in there teaching by myself and the lessons went great.
On Friday it was really sad, because we found out that Martin dropped us. He doesn't want to listen to any more lessons from us. Lani still is interested so she said we could come by every so often to teach her. We aren't really sure if we want to teach her and not Martin. So we are going to ask President Baker about that. Elder Bradshaw and I are just hoping and praying that Martin has a change of heart.
On Saturday, we performed lots of service. We went over to the Sabillon's to continue to help them fix their roof. Fausto, a Chilango (that's what they call people from Mexico City), who is a family friend, was there helping too. Elder Bradshaw and I have talked to him before and he's really chill. We are going to try to start teaching him. The Sabillon’s cooked Carne Asada for us afterwards, which was so good. Later, we borrowed a lawnmower from one of the members in our branch and mowed the lawn for one of the Hermana's investigators.
Hope everyone has a great week!
Love, Elder Cannon