Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November 5th

Hello Everyone!  This week has been super fun. On Halloween we had dinner and the family made the food look like kitty liter it was really gross. It didn’t taste bad, but it sure looked bad. After that we stopped by a family’s home that we have been teaching, The Faws, and went trick or treating with them. It was so much fun and Apryl, the mom, introduced us to all of her neighbors. It was great to spend some fun time with them. They really are some of the best people I have ever met. The great news is that they accepted the invitation to be baptized. Well the mom and the one of the son did the dad and the other son will soon. There is just no way that they can’t when they live in a home where the sprit in so strong. It is the biggest treat when we get to go over and teach them. Just a warning to my family, there are some new faces that you are going to have to make room for because you are going to love the Faws.  After that we went to another dinner with a less active family, I ate so much! I don’t this I have been that sick on Halloween since I was really little.
I also have a really cool story to tell you but first, I want you all to know that I have been doing my very best at being exact in my obedience!
On Friday I was just walking and I sprained my ankle really bad. After a little while I couldn’t walk so I iced it and once it felt a bit better I kept on going with our day. The next day it hurt a little to walk on so I raped it up and just went on with my day. We did all kinds of stuff, including helping with a really cool project called Living Bethlehem where they are putting together a live show of the Christmas story. While we were there we met so many great people who could have their hearts open to the gospel soon.  
Well not too long after we were just walking and I DID IT AGAIN! Man I really need to learn how to walk one of these days. This time I did it really well and it really hurt to walk on but of course I didn’t stop doing missionary work I kept going. After we stopped at three more houses and no one was home, Sister Billing and I decided that Heavenly Father was telling us that I need to go home and take care of it.  We went home and I put it up and I still hurt. So Sister billings called the elders and asked if they would come give me a blessing.  
They were there in no time. Now this has been one of the coolest experiences I have ever had with a blessing.  This is the first time that I have literally felt the power of the spirit.  The moment the elder put their hands on my head the spirit just rushed though my body and filled me from head to toe. I knew this could happen with and blessing but I think this was the first time I was in tune with the spirit in a way that I could really feel the power. Wow The priesthood really is a power and a wonderful gift.
The next morning I got out of bed expecting to be hurt and I was fine I could walk on it and bend it. It was so cool to see another miracle happen, as Elder Judd would say “ a tender mercy”.
One other cool thing that happened with my blessing is that the Elder called me Carol when he referred to me in the blessing. I thought it was really cool. When he did I was also filled with love and I know it was another tender mercy.
I love you all and miss you tons, but there is just so much to be done as the Lords servant. Keep working hard wherever you are at. –Sister Cannaday

Halloween Pictures

I got these cute picture in the mail yesterday!
 I just love Jill and miss her tons! : ) 
Look how much fun she is having while she works hard doing the Lord's work! 
Little Red Riding Hood, Grandma, and The Big Bad Wolf

Eating donuts off strings!

Having way too much fun with some of the kiddos!

These girls didn't want the Sisters to leave so they gave them a ride on the chair!

Jill was really cold while they were doing their planning! 

October 28th

      Hello hey every one HAPPY HOLLOWEEN!!!!  Man I wish I could be there to go trick or treating with everyone! Next year for sure I will be home wow... that’s weird to think about! I hope everyone had fun this year. I'm expecting pictures of everyone’s costumes! I will be greatly disappointed if I don't. Just saying. My companion and I dressed up for our ward Halloween party. We did set up a car to do trunk or treat. My companion was little red riding hood our car was a wolf and I was Grandma. It was so much fun and I really love dressing up for Halloween. I'm sending pictures home this week for you all to see.

We are teaching this great family The Faws, they came with us last week to the fireside and this week they came with us to the party. They have a son who really wants to serve a mission. Well he dressed up as a missionary! It was so cool and all the boys in the ward thought it was too. I love this family! I just can't wait for them to partake of all the blessings that the gospel has to offer them. They have so much all really but there is just so much more waiting for there family.

It really has been a great week and every thing has just fallen in the place as we have been working hard and not giving up us time get hard.

Something that hit me and hit me really hard this week is  Alma 26 And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a achange of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the bsong of redeeming love, I would ask, ccan ye feel so now?

There are, I hope, many times like this where we can feel the spirit so strongly that we couldn’t even think of doing something that would displease our Father in Heaven  because we are so close to him. But I think the trick is to always feel that way. To never let ourselves start drifting away from our Father in Heaven and that is when we are going to find the most happiness. So when you are upset or low ask yourself "can ye feel so now?" then change whatever you need to because it really is that easy.

 I love you all and hope that everything is going well please stay strong and never forget there might be a miracle just around the river bend (I sang that in my head)  - Sister Cannaday

October 23rd

Wow what a week! This week has been so much fun and so wonderful. I feel like the joy of Christ is just flowing though my veins. To tell you the truth I might just have a heart attack for how full it feels right now. I had the chance to go do something called an outgoing fireside where all the missionaries that are going home get to bare their testimony about there mission. It was wonderful and Sister Taulogo my first companion was one of the missionaries that was going home and it just filled my heart to hear her bare testimony of the great spirit she has felt.
       We were able to go because we brought a family that we are teaching with us. Well more like they brought us :) but it was so great to watch their faces just light up as they listened to the words of these great missionaries. They were crying the whole time. This family is just great and if I could I would just move in with them and never leave. You know how you meet someone and you just know that you were great friends with them in the life before this well I have felt that way about this family from the first day. It was so great to spend the whole night just talking with them and feeling their love. It's really the neatest that their son who in 12 has decided that he wants to go on a mission and just dose everything he can to prepare himself. But the really cool part is that the parents of the family where asking questions about WHEN they can serve a mission and they aren't even members yet. IT WAS SO COOL.
         Another really cool thing happened that just made me cry. I got to see a family that I got to teach in Morgan Hill. We were helping them get ready to go to the temple. Which is one of the coolest things I have had the chance of doing on my mission. Last night the mom and daughter of the family came up to me and said "We have great news to tell you" at first I said "What?” but as soon as it can out I knew to ask "WHEN?"  This amazing family will be getting sealed on the 11 of November. They will be making to best choice that they could ever make. I'm so happy for them that just thinking of them all dressed in white bring tears to my eyes and I know that this is why we serve missions!
     I also got to see three people that I guess really love Nina Clymer and mam & pap Escobare, and many others. I was so good to see them all there it reminded me of what it has going to be like in heaven seeing all the people that you love and cherish coming up to you one by one give you big hugs and never wanting to let them go. But in heaven there is going to be so may more people that we have grown with in this life. 
     So I will be staying here in Livermore for another six weeks and I'm so glad that I get to stay here with these people that I just love so much! I feel spoiled. I know that this feeling I have in me right now is the spirit and this is truly what the scriptures mean when they say "Men are that they might have joy" This is pure joy and I know that everyone can have it and should and that is why I'm here sharing the gospel with all! This is the greatest gift I have to give. I love you all and I hope that you will always seek after these things. 
- Sister Cannaday