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, May 30, 2007

E-mail - May 30, 2007

"I'm 22 and Brother David Godfrey Sleight is the newest member of the Church! It's been a crazy week and it seems like forever since I wrote last but I don't really have a lot to add. Oh yes, I'm staying in Bury for another six weeks and Sister Mortensen will be my companion! I am excited to have a fresh start. We stayed up after the call discussing how we would improve the next moves and set goals about how we were going to improve, getting the ward excited, Planning, Finding, Progressing. It was an awesome feeling. Although I will admit that waiting for the call I was a bit apprehensive about staying. I am excited to work with the people we have and to find the people we are looking for. Shelly and Tina are my favorite investigators ever and I promise to send pictures next time. Last night we had a very long discussion about the temple, eternal marriage and the whole lot. It was wonderful and I felt the Spirit. We also got a less-active sister to come with us and she is excited to get a recommend. I love being a missionary and I love all of you. Thank you for your words of encouragement and Birthday greetings. I'll talk to you soon. Sister Cannon."

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

E-mail - May 23, 2007

"Moves are one week from today. I think that I am going, but that's because of my pattern in Ilford: 6 weeks, train, move, 6 weeks, train and...we'll see but I think I'm out of here. Because I am not sure I am struggling to decide if I will schedule my theory test ($40) here or wait til we know for sure but I had my first "prepare you for the test" driving lesson yesterday and our instructor - a very James Burke-esque British gentleman gave me a very encouraging "5" which I think is pretty good especially since parallel parking was on the route. It was good but I still may not get a bid for the practical test ($160) until I know for sure if I'm staying or going.

Thank you for the package...I devoured the Meadow Wood Word. I love reading the other Missionarie's experiences. It is interesting that no matter where you serve we are all learning the same things. I almost had a heart attack when I saw that Blake Sutherland got called to California. Since when do they let 14 year olds serve missions!

I'm pretty sure you couldn't give me a better Birthday gift than I will be getting at 7:00 on Friday when Brother Sleight will be baptized! We are in a mad rush to arrange things, but it is all working out and there should be a good turn out. It will be the Birthday (and re-birthday) I will never forget.

Zone Conference was amazing. Elder Vinas of the First Q. of the Seventy was there with his wife and we learned so much. We have re-commited ourselves to "finding them that will receive us". The field IS white. Thank you for your prayers, I love you all and I just dare you to ask me how old I am."

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

E-mail - May 15, 2007

"We had a bit of a mix up and it became necessary to e-mail today, Tuesday. Tomorrow is Zone Conference and Thursday is a no driving day, so here I am. I figure it's all right not to receive any e-mail because I just talked to you and I actually have time to write about a really cool experience we had today. We had taken the train to Stowmarket and were planning on walking to the Nursing home and teaching everybody we saw. There is a large park on the way where we had planned to meet the solid new investigator that Heavenly Father was going to put there. Upon arrival, it was "chucking down" rain as they say and with street contacting being our only back-up plan, and not a soul on the streets, we had to think fast. I remembered a few former investigators that Sister Anderson knew in some parts of Stowmarket and we were blessed to have the tracting records to do some call backs. After no luck with the formers, we continued on our way to the Chilton Meadows Nursing home. On the way we stopped at a street I had glanced at weeks ago, seeing that we had a record. We did a call back on number 126. All the record said was "Pauline, shift worker c/b" I never know how to react on call- backs so, we knocked. A woman answered the door and we taught. She was moved to tears at the first vision. Her name was Dawn. The only door we knocked on and got an appointment. Pauline had moved. God is good.

It was so nice to talk to you on Mother's Day. It really boosted my spirit. I love my family so much. Next week we will be back to the Wednesday e-mailing. Sorry about this bad scheduling. Love, Sister Cannon"

Friday, May 11, 2007

E-mail - May 9, 2007

"It's too bad the weather didn't last through this week. It has been cold and rainy but beautiful, none the less. Thank you for the pictures. They came at just the right moment as they always do. I can't believe how big my Ben is! Andrew too! I love my nephews and can't wait to spoil them. I can't believe it has already been a week since the last e-mail but there are so many minutes since last week that it seemed to last an eternity. Minutes mostly spend waiting for doors to be opened, then shut. But we have also had success. Shel, has gone from drinkiing 30 cups of coffee a day to 3 in the last 2 days. It's a miracle. The power of replacement. Lemon and water pumped in bulk into an old addicts body. There is nothing better and she is so much happier.

Sister Grimwood is slowly but surely working on her husband. She doesn't want to force anything on him but I think he's softening. Last night we did a youth activity that was a mini-MTC and had the 'Elders' and 'Sisters' learned about the power of personal testimony. In Preaching my Gospel it says, "People may sometimes intellectually question what you teach, but it is difficult to question a sincere, heartfelt testimony." The key is to have one in the first place. When we feel the Spirit we cannot deny it, even if we later choose to reject what it tells us to do, when we feel it, we feel it. God is so good to us. I know how real He is. I love it. Life is wonderful. Talk to you soon. Sister Cannon"

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

E-mail - May 2, 2007

"So ask me how old I am? 21. And it hasn't changed for almost a year! I can't believe how time has totally screamed by. Please no more references to how long I've been out. I plan to be on a mission for the rest of my life. The pace of the work seems to have no effect on the little villages and thorpes all around Suffolk. I am beginning to appreciate the bliss of country life in a new way as the work is roaring on. Last night we had an appointment with Shelly (who, by the way, CAME TO CHURCH! One of the happiest moments of my life). I think I told you about her. It was amazing. She feels the Spirit so readily and she said as we were leaving, "I know there are these rules and stuff, but I feel what you are saying is right."

I am starting to love Bury. As my third area, it took a bit longer just because I started becoming hardened and developing the dreaded "no point in connecting, I'll just be leaving in 6 weeks" attitude, but there is absolutely no room for apathy in this work."

I just love you all so much. It feels good to be here doing what I know I should be. What a privilege! Love, Sister Cannon"