Friday, March 30, 2012

March 29th

This is all the email I got from Jill yesterday! ...

We are now taking on a new ward and it's a Spanish ward. That means I'm speaking Spanish! Yah! There is so much to do and I don't know how we are going to do it but the Lord will provid a way!
 Love you all, Sister Cannaday
Ps Sorry this is so short this is all I had time for 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March 20th

March 20th 2012
         This week has been crazy and fun. We got to go up to the temple again this time with an investigator named Nina. Who, this week, told us that she wants to be married in the temple and set a baptism date. Yah!!!! It's so cool! 
         Our stake was having a Stake Relief Society conference at the temple when we went and the temple president talked to us. He told us of a story of a 93 yeas old man that went to the temple every week from the time he got married. The temple president over heard some one ask him why he still comes after going so much he told them "Three reasons: 1. I was asked to but a prophet and to me that makes it a commandment. 2. I enjoy it; it gives me strength and peace in my crazy life and 3. I learn something every time I go.” The temple president went on to tell us that if all of us follow this mans example that every single one of us would make it back to our father in heaven.  There was another story that was shared that I really liked from general conference 2005 here is the story:

         There was one group of people who, although their village was destroyed, did not suffer a single casualty.
         The reason?
         They knew a tsunami was coming.
         The Moken people live in villages on islands off the coast of Thailand and Burma (Myanmar). A society of fishermen, their lives depend on the sea. For hundreds and perhaps thousands of years, their ancestors have studied the ocean, and they have passed their knowledge down from father to son.
         One thing in particular they were careful to teach was what to do when the ocean receded. According to their traditions, when that happened, the “Laboon”—a wave that eats people—would arrive soon after.
         When the elders of the village saw the dreaded signs, they shouted to everyone to run to high ground.
         Not everyone listened.
         One elderly fisherman said, “None of the kids believed me.” In fact, his own daughter called him a liar. But the old fisherman would not relent until all had left the village and climbed to higher ground. 1
         The Moken people were fortunate in that they had someone with conviction who warned them of what would follow. The villagers were fortunate because they listened. Had they not, they may have perished.
         The prophet Nephi wrote about the great disaster of his day, the destruction of Jerusalem. “As one generation hath been destroyed among the Jews because of iniquity,” he said, “even so have they been destroyed from generation to generation according to their iniquities; and never hath any of them been destroyed save it were foretold them by the prophets of the Lord.” 2
         Since the days of Adam, the Lord has spoken to His prophets, and while His message differs according to the specific needs of the time, there is one consistent, never-changing theme: Depart from iniquity and journey to higher ground.
         As people heed the words of the prophets, the Lord blesses them. When they disregard His word, however, distress and suffering often follow. Over and over, the Book of Mormon teaches this great lesson. In its pages we read of the ancient inhabitants of the American continent who, because of their righteousness, were blessed of the Lord and became prosperous. Yet often this prosperity turned into a curse in that it caused them to “harden their hearts, and … forget the Lord their God.” 3

         It was so refreshing for us to get to be on the temple grounds. We found out that we get to go to the temple on the 3rd of April ever general conference we will get to go though the temple which will be so nice I miss the temple so every every much!
         We have found three new investigators this week and did 13hours of service. I was a great busy week and every night we slept every every well.
         Thank you for all the prayers and your love! I know I couldn’t do all that we do without it. I hope you have a great week.
 -Love sister Cannaday

Monday, March 19, 2012

March 7th and 13th : )

March 7th 2012
Family and Friends,
         Wow! Can you believe it’s March? Time is going so fast! This time is really a gift give to us from God. Just like any gift that we are given it all depends on how we spend it. We could spend this gift invested in our families and fulfilling our divine purpose God has for has or let it dwindle away being filled with "I'm to busys" and "I’ll do it tomorrows” we really will reap what we sew. Yesterday Elder L .Tom Perry of the 12 came and talked to us. I GOT TO SHAKE HIS HAND!!!!  It is such a gift to be able to be taught by a prophet of the Lord. He said something that made me think "everyone of you be the missionary that God knows you can be, be obedient, sprit driven, celestial missionaries. Be the missionary your mother believes you are."  I know that, Mom, you think I’m the best missionary out, but I know that my brothers and sisters have even higher expectation for me. Thank you! I have been trying my best these last couple months to live up to those and mostly to the expectations of the Lord. Nephi told his bother that he would not return home with out fulfilling his mission of getting the plates and I'm telling you that I will not return until I have filled my mission. Kreguer my swim coach use to tell us leave everything you got in the pool give it your all. I'm leaving everything I got everyday I'm here and I will return will honor to Utah and to my Heavenly Father because I know this work is true! That the true church was restored by a humble boy and that President Monson is the living prophet today.
         This week has been full of up and downs! We have started to teach two new families and the spirit truly has brought us to them. The spirit has been so strong as we teach. On Sunday one of our investigators came to church sat down next to me and said, " I want you to know that the Book of Mormon is true! I just know the book is true!" It was fast Sunday so every time any one said anything about the Book of Mormon she would lean over and remind me that the Book of Mormon was true, and that she wasn’t going up there and telling everyone but she knows that it is true. After sacrament meeting she told us that she wasn't planning on coming, but something told her at she needed to go, so she did. Than as she walked into the meeting something told her the Book of Mormon was true and she know it in her heart then something told her that she needs to go to the temple so before she left we set a time to go to the visitors center. She is acting on the promptings the Lord gave her in faith and she was truly led. It is so exciting to see the change in the people we teach!
          Thank you everyone for everything that you do so I can be out here! Never forget God doesn’t give us commandments so he can tell us what to do he ask us the follow him so he can bless our lives I hope everyone has a great week
- Sister Cannaday

March 13th 2012
Hi everyone,
          I think this might be the first time you might have better weather then me. It’s raining and will be raining for most of the week. This week has been really short because I got really sick this week. I got some kind of a cold flu that lay me up. Most of the time we still get out and teach when we are sick, but there was no way I could do that this time. On Thursday I got home from district meeting at 12 and just slept the rest of the day. I wake up at 6pm and then went back to sleep at 8pm. I was not feeling well at all!
         We had 3 investigators at church this week which was way fun, but hard to answer all of the questions. For one of them it was her 4th time at church and she already talks as if she is a member of the ward! How exciting! But she wont set a date to be baptized just yet.
         On Friday we were super excited to have interviews with the mission president, but he canceled and invited us to his house for Sunday dinner to have them then. But when we got there he wasn't home so we helped his wife make dinner and when he got home from a long day of meetings he was just too tried to have interviews. He told us just to chill and hangout with his family which is really hard when you are on your mission. It was a lot of fun though just to spend time with him and his family. 
          I'm feeling great now and every thing is still moving being a missionary is really fun. : )
 Alex and Alan thank you for the e-mails it is really nice to hear from you and yes you can email me I will just print then off and no it I still can’t see the picture Sorry. I love you all and be good!
love Sister Cannaday.

(Just for you Charla : )