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, October 24, 2007

E-mail - October 24, 2007

"Baptisms to double! Things are going very well here on the blustery coast. Mark Lambert got baptized on Saturday and we're planning 2 more before the end of the moves. Yesterday was Zone Conference and President Wright of the Norwich Stake spoke. It was extremely powerful. I love the Norwich Stake. The Gospel is alive and well despite the wickedness of the world.

In Lowestoft Ward there were 3 baptisms last year. 1 is not active and the other two were baptized on December 31st.

I am the oldest sister in the mission. The next one to go home is me. It's a little bit freaky. Sister Christensen and Sister Anyanwu are getting married on the same day, January 4, 2008 and I only have 2 zone conferences left. I have decided to put all this aside and continue to focus on finding the pure in heart that will be baptized before 1 January. I love you loads. Thanks for the package. Love, Sister Cannon"

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

E-mail - October 17, 2007

"It was an incredible week! Some highlights have been sitting on the dry portion of the floor of a bus shelter in a village called Kessingland eating lunch, 4 investigators at Church! (Mark, Gemma, Nick and someone we met the day before named Brother Bately), and a sweet first lesson with a Sister named Hayley. I loved every minute of it.

Anyway the week has been good and I'm sorry that I don't have any amazing insights but I do have a plea to pray for the vision, we still need to find and baptize 3 people in the next 2 months to double. The Lord said so, so that's what we are going to do. Please send my love to all my grown- up siblings and a Happy Birthday to my little man. Love, Sister Cannon"

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

E-mail - October 10, 2007

"Conference!! It was an incredible and definitely had the desired effect on the Less Actives and Investigators that we are teaching. We had a pretty good turn-out. Unfortunately (not really because we were being obedient), we weren't allowed to stay to the 9-11 pm broadcast of the Sunday afternoon session. But I loved every minute of the other sessions. Especially Elder Holland's almost rebuke about the important doctrine of the Godhead. And the focus on the Book of Mormon! I love it.

My new companion, Sister Kiersten Halladay of Tooele knows the Griffiths (Jennifer) and is happy to be here. She just came from spending six months in beloved Milton Keynes so we have loads to talk about. We have been getting to know each other the best we can being on bikes all day, but it hasn't been too bad. Her enthusiasm and fresh eyes are exactly what Lowestoft needs to get those 6 baptisms before the end of the year. I feel good about it and I know if we do it in the Lord's way it will be done.

Speaking of bikes, I had my first minor accident. You would all laugh at the sight of me trying to bike home carrying a broom in one hand and my scriptures in the other trying to fit through the bike gates and misjudging the length of the broom. We had a good laugh and it seemed to break the ice a bit. I escaped with a raspberry on my leg and a few bruises. I know. I know. I know. I'll be more careful next time. We are having a blast on the bikes. It has made finding really different. But my body is happier than ever."

(About her release date - I asked Sister Cannon if she knew it yet and that if she would tell us, I would not mention it again) ..."I think it will be about the 4th of February give or take. I think that is all that needs to be said. It will be great to be in England another Christmas. Love, Sister Cannon"

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

E-mail - October 3, 2007

"What a week it has been. Today was a really great time. We got to go to Framlingham. It's on the list of villages where my ancestors are from in Suffolk, the Dunforths. You had put it on the list as Framlington, but there is no such place in Suffolk. We stopped into the Family History center on our way out of ward council last night to pick up some Family History Pass Along cards (those old age pensioners love their genealogy) and Sister Bell (has a son that just left to Leeds mission) was impressed with mom's collection of names. She quickly pulled out the FramlinHAM Registrar from the era and looked up any other children that Thomas and Mary had. There were some but she insisted that I come later and look for any death dates. She was also appalled at the fact that you put Norfolkshire. "It's not a shire at all. You Americans are always putting 'shire' on the end of everything'. Oh, Sister Bell, bless her! She then explained for about 10 minutes why Norfolk (North folk) and Suffolk (South Folk) are called what they are. It was an interesting discovery.

That information made our day trip down the coast even more meaningful. We got to go through the castle (1000 years old) and the old parish church. The same one that the youngest Danforth was christened in. The oldest recorded gravestones were from 1600 and I didn't see any similar names, but it was cool to be there. They were practicing the organ as well, so it added to the experience. It was wonderful. It gave me a whole new perspective on being in East Anglia. It was the kind of experience that I know you wanted me to have. We were going to go there anyway because the Colborns (great family) had mentioned a castle they had visited years ago and the swallowed city of Dunwich (done-itch). Anyway, it was great and I hope someday we could go there together.

Back to the real world, with all due respect to my ancestry, I am here after all to serve the living. It was a great week for missionary work. The members have really come alive and we are about to begin teaching 3 new member referrals. Very exciting. My "We" is changing, however. Sister Miller is going to Bury St. Edmunds and Sister Halladay (trained by Sister Christensen) will be coming here. It will be a change but I know it is the right thing. I have had a wonderful 3 months with Sister Miller and she is exactly what Bury needs right now. Changes mean adjustments, but Lowestoft is just picking up again and we need someone like Sister Halladay to fan the fires. I think her Dad is a Stake President in Tooele. Not sure, but I guess we will see. This does mean going into London tomorrow. Something I dread but it will be good. It is good. I love being a missionary. Love to you all, Sister Cannon"