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 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"

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