Sister Abigail Cannon

Sister Abigail Cannon is serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the England London Mission. She began her service on July 26, 2006, leaving from her home of Provo, Utah. This Blog is a record of her missionary service.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

E-mail - Jan. 31, 2007

"I just finished my first full week as a trainer and I will be honest, it was really crazy. One giant tender mercy was that Sister Anyanwu was on her way home and got to be my transfer companion until the newbie arrived. She gave me a pep talk and it helped. I can't believe she's back in Sweden. It's so crazy. I am never going home. Sister Christina Petrisor is from Romania. Her English is really good except for a few words and then she will say, "how do you call it?" She loves hiking, climbing and black people. She doesn't like healthy food, walking or gypsies. We are getting along pretty well. I sometimes forget that she is new. Because she really isn't; she served 2 mini-missions in Bucharest so she knows how to be a missionary. Heavenly Father must love her very much too because almost everyone we have been teaching is all of a sudden keeping commitments. We had 6 people at church on Sunday. It was one of the happiest moments of my life. Sister Petrisor has an amazing testimony and she is loving the mission life despite the excessive walking that is required. To be fair, her ankle is held together by a series of large pins from a surgery she had after a bad break right before her mission call. She doesn't complain much for how much it must hurt, but we have already seen miracles because of our new pace. She's lovely. I love her a whole bunch. I have been kind of tired lately but other than that, I am happy and healthy and loving the gospel. The church is still true and everyone still needs to hear it. I love you all. Thanks for your prayers."

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Thanks for Christmas!

Abby wanted to thank all who remembered her at Christmas time! Especially Melissa Falleroni who sent her an incredible package that meant a lot! A letter from the Stake Presidency and letters from Sister McNamara and Sister Woffinden also came at appreciated times! Thank you all for your thoughtfulness.

E-mail - Jan 24, 2007

"Chinedu Egbunike is the newest member of the Ilford Ward. We had such a miracle at his baptism on Saturday. He invited his family and his brother. His brother brought his family (wife and 2 children) and they had so many questions and wanted to meet with us. It was a really good experience. It was a wonderful turnout and the ward was so supportive. Sunday was another amazing experience. Chinedu was confirmed and sustained as a member of the church by the ward and he kept thanking everybody. I've never seen anyone so happy. Not everyone we planned on came to church which is probably the hardest thing about being a missionary, but the spirit was so strong. I was fed tremendously and filled with the joy of the Gospel.

John Fowles, his wife and 3 children moved into our ward. He graduated from law school with Alexandra and knows Brigham. His wife is Madam Welsh's daughter and went to France with Paul and Josh. He is working for an international law firm in London.

I can't believe my next bit of news. On Monday night late we got a call from my former Zone Leader from Northampton who is the new Assistant(I called it, he's amazing!). He extended a call to me to be a Trainer. Yes, I'm training a new missionary. The reality of it comes and goes in rushes of "Oh my, Oh dear, Oh my!". I'm so new. I feel VERY inadequate. I do know that there are only 2 new sisters coming. One from the States and one from Romania. I'm excited for the learning and growing opportunity, just scared to of the eternal consequences. I'm crossing my fingers that she is coming on her 3rd mission and she can train me. Hopefully she won't depend on me as much as I depended on Sister Anyanwu. Thank you for your prayers. I will need a few extra the next 6 weeks. love, Sister Cannon"

E-mail - Jan 17, 2007

"There is so much to be grateful in life, so many tender mercies. I told you about the Cobbinah's. They are the family we found after being led to a street that wasn't receptive at all. Anyway, Sister Cobbinah has such a bright testimony it is almost unbelieveable that she has been out of the church fo 10 years. She has no desire to do evil. Her love and desire for her children to be active in the gospel is so moving and I just can't believe that we have been a part of her "re-introduction" to the fullness of the gospel. She has come teaching with us and can't wait to serve a mission of her own. I'm overwhelmed with the power of the Atonement. I want to shout it from the roof tops. I just can't believe they let me do this all day."

E-mail - Jan. 10, 2007

"Yesterday we went to Colchester for Zone Conference and received training about Chapter 13 of Preach My Gospel. It made me realize how important member missionary work is. Elder Ballard is right on when he said that missionary service would fail without harnessing the power of the members of the Church. I have thought a lot lately about how this experience is going to change the member I am for the rest of my life. "

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

E-mail - Jan. 3, 2006

"This week was really good. We started the New Year off right and went to the chapel to watch the "Ten Commandments.." It was awesome. I love that movie. I want to make it a tradition to watch the 3 hour and 40 minute epic on New Years. I'ts funny that you mentioned not jogging because I've convinced Sister Christensen that she will have a happier marriage if we jog everyday. We both have been battling colds so we just started today, but don't worry, we mix up our route and always stick to main roads. Seven Kings isn't so posh, but it's not dangerous. We are right across the street from Kingdom Hall so the neighborhood can't be that bad.

Last Sunday was a huge success. We had Brother Egbunike, who is getting baptized on Jan. 20 and Brother Nutsuga, who should set his date tonight (say a prayer for him) and Sister Cobbinah who was the miracle woman I told you about meeting "randomly." She is so on fire. She told her church last week that she was going to go back to the LDS church and she told us how they weren't too happy telling her all sorts of bad things, but she told us "I told them that I knew it was true and if they would even give you (the missionaries) the chance to teach them then they would know too. And then they told me they thought I was starting to look like a Mormon. I thanked them. I think it was because I took the sacrament for the first time in 10 years." She is so wonderful and she's coming to teach with us today. I love these people so much. Thank you for everything. I love you all very much. The Church is true."