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.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

E-mail - September 26, 2007

"Happy 14 months!

I can't believe it but it's true. Crazy. Yes. Moves is one week from today and I am feeling very mixed up about it. I'm not sure what will happen, but I know it will be the right thing. A lot of good things have happened since last Wednesday. We are working hard. Really hard. And as we all know that is the best way to be. A working missionary is a happy missionary. It is strange how the year has passed. It's Fall here too. We've been caught in the rain a whole bunch and waited for a lot of buses but we have also been blessed with many rides from the members. We have been really taken care of, especially the Gassons and the Alexanders.

I love the Lowestoft ward so much. Sister Miller and I have been talking about how much it is like little Utah. We get honked at and waved to all the time. After all, the Church has been here for 165 years. It's been a great week. Sorry I haven't got much time to write. There are some rambunctious teens next to me and I'm having a hard time concentrating. I love you all very much. Write to you soon. Have a good week. Love, Sister Cannon"

Thursday, September 20, 2007

E-mail - Sept., 19, 2007

"Yesterday we took the bus home, not a usual thing because the busses are usually unreliable but we thought we'd risk it to avoid the burst of cold sea breeze and questionable neighborhoods. (Don't worry -- nothing too horrible). We were the only ones on the bus until we stopped in town centre and a teenage girl and a mid-20's man got on. We smiled at both and both sat separately near the back. They both looked so familiar to me. Especially the man, but I couldn't place it. I see so many faces. When we got off a few minutes later he waved to us and smiled. Frustrated at my lack of memory, we retired home. The next day we got on a series of wrong buses meeting a series of right people - not uncommon in this mad mission lifestyle. We did end up back at the bus station when we walked right off the bus and into familiar bus man. Another smile and wave from him and us "excuse me, do I know you from somewhere?" He just started a college course and is meeting loads of new people, and just turned out to be a very friendly 28-year-old Suffolk boy that believes in God. If I could tell you how rare that is I would have time to tell you that he is interest in the Church and going to come to the YSA activity. It was amazing. We have been taking the miraculously o-time bus home ever since and good things are happening. Life is good.

There is a load to Elders going home in a few weeks and the mission is changing a bunch. I try my best to remove myself from the culture of the mission, it's a byproduct of the system, but it must be dealt with. Today, for instance, we are going up to Norwich for interviews where no doubt the Elders will want to play football and act their age. Oh well, life is good. I love the Lord and I love all of you. Love, Sister Cannon"

E-mail - Sept. 12, 2007

"Not too much to report. Zone Conference was yesterday in Colchester and we had a bit of a miracle on our way home. Sister Mortensen (and her two companions, there is a trio in Bury now) gave us a ride to the train station and we arrived just in time to catch the late arriving train to Norwich. Having a bit of time, we got some dinner and got on the train to Lowestoft. We, we got on a train but it was not going to Lowestoft , in fact, it was not going anywhere. When the train next to us pulled away, we were faced with an extra hour in Norwich. Aside from a little teasing from the Elders, we managed and got to teach a young man named Danny. We talked all the way to Lowestoft and answered all sorts of his questions from the Book of Mormon. It was so cool! We are seeing him again on Saturday. It's amazing how the Lord uses timing. Ant it's made even more miraculous by the fact that Danny never takes the train home. This is the first time his friend was unable to give him a ride. I love being a missionary.

We should be getting bikes soon. We have two blokes bikes that are a little bit inappropriate with a skirt so the Elders Quorum President is looking around. Everybody keeps talking about our "Indian Summer" . Every other day is really warm or blustery and autumny. Love, Sister Cannon"

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

E-mail - September 5, 2007

" I have been feeling a bit off lately. I'm not sure what it is. I think walking so much after being in a car is a bit of a shock to the system. It's been a busy week so far, busy is good. I don't know if I wrote about it before but I keep thinking about one of my last weeks in Bury and Sister Mortensen as we were going off to sleep said, "Sister Cannon, you have this sense of urgency and it sounds like you have had it your whole mission. It doesn't seem that you have had any real hard adjustment. What do you think your real struggle has been on your mission?" I have pondered on it and, yes, it is difficult when people don't accept the message. Of course it's painful when people make wrong choices, but I think my big trial is that when people have the truth and don't live it out of laziness. People who have made and willingly broken covenants with God. It's heart-wrenching. It gets me down way way lower than hours of tracting in the rain. However much I pray for the Spirit to touch their hearts and with all the energy of my heart for charity, I'm finding that my heart is simply continuing to be broken. I know the Lord is teaching me patience, love, or maybe He wants me to know how He feels when I sin against the light I have. It's an amazing and glorious responsibility to be born in the Church. It gets me every morning. "Today I represent Jesus Christ."

Good things did happen this week. We had an amazing FHE with the Colborn family. They are RM from Ireland and they have 4 grandchildren that are not members. It's so amazing to be part of completing an eternal family. I love preparing lessons for them. Sister Colborn reminds me of Aunt Bea. They are a funny couple and their kids and grandkids are great.

I would also like to give a big thanks, I was overwhelmed with post on Monday. Elder Isaksen went to London for a meeting and brought me a stack. I got 8 letters including ones from people like Bishop Hoskisson, Brother Sutherland, the CTR 5 class of Meadow wood, Zach Bateman (from USU) and Paul and Sarah. Anne also wrote me recently. It's crazy that people from all parts of my life were remembering me. It was a really weird feeling to think that I still existed to people when all I have is my reality. My England, My Lowestoft, My Sister Miller. I love my reality so much. I don't want it to change. Thank you for the updates and prayers and fasting. I really do feel it. Love, Sister Cannon"

Saturday, September 01, 2007

E-mail - Aug 29, 2007

"We taught a sister yesterday at a bus stop. She feels a guilt about her relationship with her mother who had passed on. She is "trapped" and can't move forward, behind a locked door. I love being able to give her the keys, Repentance, Forgiveness. I love being able to testify so often. I love it so much. Sister Miller and I were talking about how much we love it the other day. It's better than anything that you can have or buy. People spend forever and ever trying to find this kind of security and (we noted) that it is even better than your favourite dessert because you never ever get sick of it. It's impossible to be "tired of it" because it never gets old. It never changes. YEAH for the Gospel.

I think I also forgot to mention last week that we lost our car. The mission has changed over the last year and if you can remember way back when I was in Milton Keynes and Bletchley? Well, they have opened Bletchley to Elders and they "need" a car more than we do in Lowestoft. And they got it on Monday. It's actually been really great and I am back to feeling like a missionary. Public transport is my favorite kind of teaching and the bikes will "Keep us fit." It's a transition that I am enjoying (apparently not a trial).

I love you over and over and am glad to hear (via Mum) that all are well. Sister Cannon"