Tuesday, September 18, 2012

September 10th and 17th 2012

September 10, 2012

Hello everyone,
I hope every thing is going well in Utah, or where ever you are reading this from. I cannot tell you how much the Lord blesses you when you are having a hared time, if you only ask.  I know that is what has happened to me. This last transfer hasn't been the easiest on my mission so far, or the one that I have felt like I have been helping people much. What this transfer has been is the greatest chance I have ever been given to lean about love, hope, and relying on my Savior. It hasn't been the easiest but I have grown the most, so that makes it the best.
       The biggest lesson I have learned that I want to share with you this week is that the Lord is waiting and willing to help if only we ask!  There are so many good examples of this in 1 Nephi. Here is one of them: After Lehi has the dream about the tree of life he tells his sons. Nephi wanting to know more about what this meant went to the Lord and ask and he was shown. Not only that but he was told what it meant, because he asked he was showed so much more. After Nephi was shown the vision he found his brothers thinking about what their fathers dream might have meant. Nephi ask them if they had asked the Lord? Their response showed their faith. They told him No, for the Lord dose not show such things unto us. Now Nephi knew better then his brothers, Heavenly Father loves them all the same. The only reason why they were not shown the vision was because they did not ask!
    How many times in our lives do we miss out on blessings or our load being lightened because we want ask? "Did you think to pray?" We need to ask in faith knowing that the Lord will answer our prayers. I know that with every bit of my testimony that the Lord hears and answers your prayers. The Lord will not remove our trials from us but strengthen us to bare them.
        I'm losing my companion this week. I have grown to love her so very much. Se is so full of spunk and energy. I know the Lord put us together for a reason and I'm very sad to see her leave.
         I want you to know that we are getting a lot of work done here in Livermore and that we are working our tails off and I will keep working this hard until the very end. There is so much joy in this work. Look around for an opportunity where you to be a missionary I promise they are there. I love you all stay strong or I will kick you booties when I get home.

 Love Sister Cannaday

September 17, 2012

Hello everyone! This has been one of the best weeks ever! I got a new companion that is from Orem Utah; she is super nice, kind, and talkative. It’s been a nice change up and we are getting a lot of work done. The Lord is also putting so many people in our path that are ready, it’s crazy. I have found more people that want to learn in this last week then in my whole time here in Livermore.  It has been great! If you can't tell I’m a little happy right now! : )  If I was there telling you this in person I would be jumping up and down. I know that there is so much to be done here I really hope that I will have the time now to do it.
    We started teaching a family this week with a great 12-year-old boy that wants to serve a mission more than anything and get baptized as soon as possible. He has been watching all the missionary movies that he can get his hands on and just can't wait to be an Elder. He is helping his whole family understand how great this gospel is. 
     One other miracle that has happened recently is with a man that we met last night wile talking with people on the street. He was walking by while I was talking to someone else and I just felt like I needed to talk him. At first he told me that he goes to another church. I kept talking to him and after a little while he told us that his dad was a member and that he would like to learn more! We set up an appointment to teach him and then kept talking to people. Not to far down the street he walked up to us again and without saying anything just handed me a cell phone. I didn't know what to do so a just said  " Hello this is Sister Cannaday" It was his dad I was so excited that we met him that he called his dad to tell him. His dad didn't believe him so he found us to talk to him. His dad was so excited that he was in tears when we said goodbye.  Not too long after we had left we got a phone call from him asking if we could move our time to meet to the next day he just couldn't wait. 
     I so happy to do the Lords work and find the people that are ready! I love being a missionary! : )
         I love you all, be good, and keep looking for the missionary opportunities where you are they are there don't be scared the Lord is on your side.
-Sister Cannaday 

Monday, September 10, 2012

September 4th 2012

September 4th 2012
Hi everyone, sorry that I didn't email last week. Our mission president took my zone and the zone next to ours to the beach to play all day and there was no computer there so that means no e-mail. I would have warned you, but we didn't know until that Saturday night. It was a lot of fun we drove an hour south and spent the night in the mission home and then all drove to the beach in the morning. It was a lot of fun to see our mission president in his PJs eating ice cream right before he went to bed. There are only six sisters in the two zones so we all got to drive down with Sister Watkins and send a lot of time talking it was really fun. Last Monday was awesome mostly because we just laid around and did nothing. It was really nice not to have a thousand things to be doing or running around crunched for time. It was really just a good day.
      This week has been a long hard one full of ups and some really low down. One thing I have come to learn is that this is the hardest thing I have ever done and that I’m still really full of the love of God. When things get hard that doesn’t mean that that joy is gone but that it is when you need it the most!
 "The feeling of love from our Heavenly Father is like a gravitational pull from heaven. As we remove the distractions that pull us toward the world and exercise our agency to seek Him, we open our hearts to a celestial force which draws us toward Him. Nephi described its impact as “even unto the consuming of [his] flesh” (2 Nephi 4:21). This same power of love caused Alma to sing a “song of redeeming love” (Alma 5:26; see also verse 9). It touched Mormon in such a way that he counseled us to “pray … with all the energy of [our] heart” that we might be filled with His love (Moroni 7:48)" 
There have been so many moments here on my mission where I feel like my heart is so big that it is just going to leap out of my chest! I know that for the first time in my life my focus is helping others and my self come closer to God.
I want you all to know that I love you and miss you. Sorry I cant write you back right away but your letters do mean the world to me thank you for your support and your and prayers.
Sister Cannaday
Al and Brooke- I lost your address will you give it to me I want to tell you thank you for the photos.
Love you Jenni!