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, August 22, 2007

E-mail - Aug. 22, 2007

"I wish I could describe the way I feel. I have learned a whole bunch, it's almost like I don't have time to REAL-ize the changes because they come in such high concentration. I'm so pleased to hear that everyone is doing well in their own changes. It's wonderful that no matter what winds blow or moves across the world, our family will always be mine.

I am staying in Lowestoft for another 6 weeks. The work is picking up and Sister Miller and I both feel that we have been called here to activate the actives enough to baptize all the part-member families here. The lost sheep within our homes. It's amazing. Nick Soans is learning that God is as real as the Devil and Mark is experiencing the joy of forgiveness and the hope of change. Love, Sister Cannon"

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

E-mail - August 16, 2007

"I genuinely feel like I just wrote and I'm afraid I can't remember what has happened. We did a lot of finding this week and being honest, it was actually nice to be tracting. We found some really sincere people. I have less and less patience for the philosopher and the small talk. This is real restored doctrine and if someone wants to argue, I don't have time for it. The Church is true.

I did get Paul's letter in (as always) perfect timing and last night I received Sarah's letter and the Meadow Wood Word which I devoured right before bed. It resulted in some crazy dreams about the MW Ward and the Lowestoft Ward battling it out in a ballroom dance competition with an incredibly spiritual testimony meeting following.

Aside from weird dreams, I have been sleeping better. President suggested some sleep aids. I don't think I sleep longer, just deeper and I wake up more rested. Don't worry, I use them responsibly.

On Sunday we did have an incredible experience with Brother Soans (Nick). He's keeping all his commitments, Church, word of wisdom, reading, law of chastity. We have taught him a lot, but on Sunday in our appointment, we were prompted to review a bit. We have found that Brother Soans doesn't believe in God. We were both a little shocked and had a hard time believing it, but he doesn't recognize the Spirit at all. We know he feels it, but it's hard to explain to someone and narrow down what they are really feeling. I testified for an extended period of time, and I don'
t really remember what I said but a few minutes later we were all kneeling and Nick was talking to God. It was amazing. His 15 year old daughter was there too and she totally felt it. I love moments like that. It's what we try to remind ourselves of when the philosopher is preaching or people give us wrong addresses or don't show up to appointments. It's true Spiritual Reality.

I am glad to hear all is well and I can't believe school is starting already. I love my little sister Katie and I think about her when I jog. I think "I want to go running with Katie this morning."

I love my Brothers and Sisters-in-law and I do pray for them and I love my wonderful parents who have made me who I am. Thank you so much for everything. Love, Sister Cannon

Thursday, August 09, 2007

E-mail - Aug. 9, 2007

"Thank you for your e-mails. I don't know what it is but we haven't really had "regular" preparation days since I've been in Lowestoft. There is always something going on and sometimes it's too much of a hassle to get to the library. Yesterday I was particularly disappointed not to read from you but I know now that it was for the best. I really needed your encouragement this morning. More details about the teaching pool, huh? We have three solid investigators right now. I think I told you about Nick. He's praying about baptism and he is now living the law of chastity. The Elders taught him and his girlfriend , Kelly. They are now separated. Dee, is a member referral who is a sweet older lady and loves church. Mark is also a former investigator from about a year ago. He's doing a lot of changing and progressing very well. We are finding a lot of our time out tracting and street contacting. It never hurt anyone's faith, or ability to teach. It's exciting for my words to be at the will of the Spirit. Something I try desperately to keep close to me. Like Phillip, Dad was exactly right sometimes we have no further direction other than to open your mouth. One thing is for sure, God loves ALL his children, even people on the Beach front making bad choices.

Yesterday we went to Norwich for interviews with the President. I love President Foulger. He is so close to the Lord and his words really encouraged me. I have been struggling, not in a serious way, with the "opposition in ALL THINGS". I still have trouble discerning "good gifts that come from God" and "the cunning of the Devil." There is opposition in all things but "all things denote that there is a God".

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

E-mail - Aug. 1, 2007

"First and foremost, Happy Birthday Dad! Sister Michelle Miller of Wales played bass clarinet with Matthew Witham's orchestra, the one that went to New York a bit ago. We found out when she was showing me pictures and I said, "Wow, that looks exactly like my next door neighbor, Matthew Witham." It's a small State. Then Sister Bahme's family moved from California to Provo and her little brother is at Timpview and is Katie's age. Brett Bahme?

We had a great week with an incredible Zone Conference yesterday and it was the perfect jump start to this point of my mission. Mum, I think I explained before but a whitewash is when two new missionaries come into an area. There has not been Sisters in Lowestoft since the late 80's and the last two that served here are now actually married to people from here and live in the ward. Not to worry, definitely not my fate.

Our major progressing investigator, Nick, is praying about baptism on 1 September. I learn so much when we teach him. He's a brick layer and he has such a different way (from me) of understanding the gospel. He was one of our first appointments here. The Elders have been teaching him on and off for several months and when we sat down with him he said, "I don't believe in God." He feels it as he lives the commandments, he keeps commitments and he loves it. He's so happy, it's wonderful. It's a testimony that Faith Works. Sometimes Faith doesn't feel. (I've had a lot actually of the not feeling anything). Faith works, and WORKS HARD. That is when we see the result that is when we grow, by working in our Faith.

I have been learning more about how individual the gospel is. I have found that it is absolutely necessary for everyone to be different. It really strengthens my testimony of the Atonement. How individual and how personal Christ's sacrifice HAD to be. We are so blessed to have this knowledge and be able to apply it to US, to me. He gives us the tools and he expects us to DO. It's true 100%. I love you all and thank you so much for your support and prayers. I really feel them. Love, Sister Cannon"