It's not so much "whatever that means." It's whoever...

"Dear Elder Cannon: you are hereby called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Colombia Bogota North Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 24 months...You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish language... "

Monday, August 27, 2012

How's it going?

Hey fam. :) How're y'all doing? I'm doing pretty good. Well, really good actually. I got to see Elder D. Todd Christopherson twice this week. :) He came on Saturday to speak to all the missionaries in the Colombia Bogota North and South missions, as well as all the missionaries in the CCM (MTC) here in Bogota. Everyone from the entire mission came in planes and trains and automobiles...well, mostly just in Coopetran and Transmilenio. Anyway, we had prepared a choir, and I got to play the piano. Well, I actually got to play the piano for the whole conference. PS mom, the list of grateful general authorities is growing. Thanks for "forcing me" to learn to play the piano. Even though you didn't always have to force me, you did give me a love and a knowledge for the piano that I wouldn't have gained otherwise. :) So thanks. :) The Conference was really neat. There were some neat things that he explanied to us about the Atonement and how in D&C 19 it explans how even the Savior was afraid it would be too hard for him to endure, but that "Glory be to the Father" he was able to accomplish everything the Father sent Him here to do. :) After the conference, I took a bunch of pictures with my amazing missionary friends that I hadn't seen in ages. Then we left to conquer the world. ;) 

What's even cooler was that on Sunday, he came again to talk to our stake in a special stake conference. So we got a double dose of amazing insights from Elder Christopherson. We also got to shake his hand, which was also really cool. :) 

Anyway, that was basically the highlight of this week. :) I don't have a ton of time to write, but I just want to let y'all know that I'm doing well. I hope everything is going amazing whith everyone starting school and all. 

I love you all so much! You're amazing.

Elder Cannon

Monday, August 20, 2012

My dear family,

This week was pretty good. Still working hard. Still pluggin along. Still loving life.

Did I tell you about Elder Christopher Waddell of the 70 that came to speak to us? Because he did. There's a picture of all of the Zones here in Bogota with President and Sister Andelin, and Elder Waddell. It was an amazing conference. In the picture, I'm up in the top left side, and my son is right above me. What's even cooler is that this Saturday, Elder D. Todd  Christopherson is coming to speak to the Bogota North and South Missions, and then on Sunday, we get to listen to him again in a special stake conference here in Suba. It's going to be so cool! :D

So, the work is going well. We found a huge neighborhood this week that we didn't know was part of our ward. So we went to work, knocking doors like crazy. We've found some pretty receptive people so far, along with our Elders Quorum President and his family. Hehe. 

Rocio is still progressing. After we finish here, we're going to have a family night with her and another family in the ward. She's been really willing and ready to hear all of the different comandments we've taught her so far. Last week in District meeting, I talked about dividing the sheep from the goats, like it talks about in Matthew 25:30-32. I think. It's around there somewhere. There are people who, when they hear the voice of the Shepherd, they'll come, and follow Him. Those are the sheep. The goats don't really follow any specific master. They just go wherever they want. They maybe tend to be more rebelious, etc. as well. So this week we were looking for sheep. Because when we find them, they'll listen, and come, and become part of the fold of God. But if they're goats, then we'll be spending all our time chasing them around, trying to get them to read or pray or come to church. In D&C 4:4, it says that "the field is white, already to harvest..." Wouldn't it be something foolish to try to plant seeds, when the field is ready to harvest? Preach My Gospel chapter 9 talks a lot about simply having the faith that God is preparing the hearts of the people, and that there are people here who are prepared and ready to listen to our message. 

So that's what I've been working on. Just believing and trusting in God that He will lead me to those people who are prepared to hear this message. And I know that as I work with diligence and obedience, He will. 

Anyway, life's good. I'm just loving the mish. It's tough at times, but "after much tribulation come the blessings." That's from D&C 58. Not sure which verse. 

I love you all. Keep on keepin on, eh?

-Elder Moscas

P.S. Warming up? The sun is WARMING UP??

Monday, August 13, 2012


Hey all. How's life? Mine is pretty beawesome I guess. 

This week we had a lot of investigators in church. It was great. Then afterward, that same day, we had a Ward Family night, where everyone invited their friends and family that aren't members. We watched a piece of 17 miracles, which is AMAZING...I actually haven't ever seen the whole thing. But people always comment on how incredibly amazing it is. I really need to see it one of these days. 

Anyway, today are the cambios. Dun Dun DUN... I'm staying here. With my same companion. Because I'm training, so I have to finish teaching him stuff, and then they'll probably change us. Hehe. They did however, change the Elders in Fontana. The other companionship that lives with us. Elder Jaime is going to Bucaramanga, and Elder Acuña is going to Peru (he finished the mish). mision, la mision...

The other piece of news is that a week from today, we're going to move apartments. That'll be fun. Apparently the new apartment where we're going is much nicer than the one we've got now. It's on the th floor...but it has an elevator. So we won't have to do so much exercise. Haha. Being on the 5th floor is fun sometimes...but it gets a little tiring after a while... Especially when we get home super tired...and then still have 4 flights of stairs to climb. :P Anyway, it'll be nice to move. :)

Our investigators are progressing well. We've been working with the Alvarez family, a family where the mom is inactive, the son comes to church, and the dad isn't a member (and there's the little 2 year old sister. She's a future member of the church too). Yesterday, they all came to church! :D Yay. :) Jorge is the dad't name. He's cool. And he likes to practice his English with me. He just needs a little more testimony, I think. Although, they've been reading and praying as a family, so we're just trying to him to pray on his own. Church attendance was a big step, though. It made me really happy to see them all there. 

Anyway, life's good. I'm hangin in there. :) 

Take luck and care when you have it,

Elder Cannon

"Megamind's head is not that grossly exaggerated..."

Monday, August 6, 2012

You are a skilled metal worker.

I did not know that!

Hey all. How's it going? My life is pretty good. Average at times. Awesome at times. Not so awesome at times. But always I'm learning and growing and trying my best to be like Jesus. 

I'm doing alright. I had a wonderful opportunity this week to baptize an elderly man named José. The reason I've never told you about him is because he's from another ward. But the sisters of that ward...obviously can't baptize him, and when I interviewed him for baptism, he asked me if I would baptize him. I told him I would love to. It's so wonderful to see someone take those amazing decisions and change their lives a little at a time. That's one of the reasons I love the mission so much.

So, we're still working with Johana and Edward and Diana and Jessica and Rocío (and her children, Lina and Nicolas) and a couple others. We've been really blessed to have so many investigators. In my time as a missionary, I think I've spent most of my time trying to find, and not as much time teaching progressing investigators. But this transfer has been different. Now the only difficult thing is trying to balance all of the appointments and not forget about any of them. Also we still have to focus on finding and contacting other people, for when our investigators get baptized, we still have people to teach and aren't left with nothing. 

Anyway, I don't have much else to say. There are some general authorities coming down soon, I think. That'll be awesome. I'll keep y'all posted. They've also made a choir to sing at the conference when the general authorities come, and Sister Andelin, the Mission President's wife wants me to play the piano. Que chévere. 

Well, I think I've talked long enough. Love y'all. Don't do drugs, stay in school, and don't take candy from strangers.

-Elder Cannon

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