Tuesday, May 22, 2012

May 20, 2012

May 20 2012

Hey everyone things are going great here! We have a baptism with a Sister that has been taking the lessons for years here in Livermore and Nina from Morgan Hill is being baptized as well! It's so cool to be a part of this exciting time in their lives. These are the kind of weeks when it’s great to be a missionary.

I'm learning that every area you work in is so different and that some of the things you did before no longer work in this new area! Being here in Livermore is really helping me grow and develop my teaching skills. It's been a very humbling experience going from knowing the ward, roads, companion, and investigators to not knowing a darn thing! At least what I’m teaching hasn’t changed and it’s still true. I have really had to rely on the Lord this last week in all that I have done. It's been a little hard but, hard things aren't bad hard things are just hard, and I can do hard things. Just so you know prayer works and it's amazing.

On a happier note today I was shopping looking for Cheerios and couldn’t find where they were in the new store and without realizing I had made up a song to the tune of " A Poor War Faring Man of Grief" about trying to fine my “beloved Honey Nut Cheerios”. A worker turned to me and asked, " What are you on and can I have some?" It was the prefect opportunity to tell her about how happy the gospel makes my everyday life.

I hope everyone is having a great week and please please PLEASE keep doing all the little things we are asked to do. Sometimes we see people that have stopped coming to church and just go off the deep end and you think I'm ever going to be like that. Well I can promise you that I all starts with not doing the little things we are asked to do. If you are a parent and you don't want your children to leave the church do the same things with them, That’s really how you build a testimony you can stand on forever. Be good,
 Sister Cannaday.

May 13, 2012

May 13, 2012
Wow it was so good to here from most of you yesterday! It really is hard to be away for the ones that I love but I know that I'm doing the work of the Lord and that truly brings great joy in to my heart. I pray for all of you every night and I hope that everyone’s testimony is going. I know that this is the true church of God and that it is the only way we can find true joy and fell fulfilled. If I had to put in to words the way I feel about missionary work I don't think I really could, but the closest thing to this is the way I felt after a long day of shoveling snow for all those in the neighborhood that couldn’t do it for themselves! It’s like having a very tired body and full sprit, times ten + the best Sunday school lessons that spoke right to you. That is almost like a day as a missionary and I love it!

Right now in my new area I’m still trying to find out where everyone is and where the heck I'm!  I feel like mom trying to find where 10 of my friends lives for the first time! LOST! : )  But that should go a way soon, I hope. My new companion is so much fun! I wish I still had the gift of tongues though because I can't understand most of what she is saying, and she can't understand most of what anyone tells her. This leads to a lot of fun conversation. We are like two old people that need to put in their hearing aids! This was super frustrating this week but really really fun, I'm sure we will both get better at understanding each other. 

I love the people here and getting to know them is so much fun. The wards here are great they are super missionary minded and love missionaries. Livermore feels a lot like being in Utah, it already is starting to feel like home.
 If I could change one thing about my life before I came out I would take some of the distractions out of my life. There are so many things that we feel like we need to do that we really don't. I would put reading my scriptures over catching up on my favorite show, and spending time with family over friends. I would align my life more with my eternal goals than the temporary ones. I hope all of you can take a look into your life and set a goal, as a family or as a person, and make that step closer to God. We are building a foundation that we will have in this life and the one to come. YOU NEED TO BE A LIGHT TO THE WORLD!!!! Even if you are surrounded by LDS people you can still help lifted them.

 I wish there was a funny story to tell you but most of my week I spent getting lost and then getting lost again. Yes I can get lost following a GPS and I know that doesn’t surprise any of you. I drove in more circles and more U turns then ever before in my life this week. But no matter what is going on if you have faith the Lord will lift you up as long as you look for his hand in you life.

I miss you all and I will see you in just a year how crazy is that. Keep read the BOM and your prays will be answered.

Sister Cannaday.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

May 8th 2012

Hi Everyone!  Big news I have been transferred as of today! This is my new address:


1736 Paseo Laguna Seco


Livermore, CA 94551

I'm no longer learning Spanish, even though it was coming great, I'm now teaching English to a Sister form Tonga named Sister Santini. She is a wonderful Sister but she is a little shy. We are still low on missionaries here in my mission and president has moved me to an area to get the work moving. It was so hard to leave my Morgan Hill ward but I'm excited to be here in Livermore. It’s a small town about 50min north east of where I was before and in the northern most part of the mission. I can see utter darkness from my living room window, which is all so our bed room. We share the apartment with a set of Spanish Sisters  (I'm excited about that so I can keep up my Spanish) which makes things  just a little cramped. We have all four of our beds in our front room and we have our desks in the two bedrooms because the bedrooms are too small to fit two beds in them. I'm so excited to be meeting so many new people and becoming a part of a new ward.

This also means that I will be still attending church from 7:30am to 4;00pm so I will be calling Mom on Sunday at 6:00pm and Dad around 6:30pm my time. I'm not sure what time it is in Utah but hopefully everyone can make it. I’m sorry that I didn't tell everyone sooner but I didn't know if I was being moved and so I had no clue when I was going to be able to call.

I had a great last week in Morgan Hill we just killed it! But it also killed us! I'm super tried but I know the Lord is strengthening me to keep going. We found 3 new investigators and had 3 families come back to church just as I was leaving. I know it’s all up to the Lord, but it is really great to see some of the fruits of our labor. I wish I had more to tell you but my brain is so fried from everything that has happened today I just can't think of anything else to tell you.

Every one please keep doing the little things that God has asked us to do those are really the things that will make the biggest differences in ours and your children’s eternal future. I love you all and happy mother’s day

-Sister Cannaday

May 2, 2012

Hello everyone!
Today is my six mouth mark of my mission can you believe how fast this is going? The time is just flying by and the my companion has told me that after this it goes super fast. AAAAAAAAAAaaaa...... it needs to slow down I love doing this way too much for it to be going by so fast. We are teaching so much here that the time is moving even faster every day. This past week has been one big blur. Yesterday we had one of our new investigators call us and ask us to come over and teach him in ten minutes. Well… he live in his home and isn't married so we had to find someone to come with us because we can't be there without another girl there. We made a few phone calls and no one answered so then we got in our car and started to drive to members home to ask them to come with us. Just in time for the lesson we found a sister who had moved in with her family for the summer and hasn’t found a job yet. The only thing is Roger, the man we were teaching, didn't speak English at all and neither did the Sister we brought, so she got to sit there and smile just like me. The lesson was great and I understood all most everything and I was even able to answer some of the questions he had that my companion couldn't and she didn’t' even have to translate. After the lesson we were talking on the way back to the car and my companion Sister Deatherage was telling me how hard it is to understand him because he is from a different accent. I truly know that the Lord is blessing me so that I can help ALL people we are teaching. The funniest part is that I had a harder time understanding my companion. Hahaha!

 Keep up the good work out there and never give up.
Love Sister Cannaday