Friday, October 31, 2014

and it was exactly what I needed to hear. She is so awesome and she talked about how we need to slow down and go back to the basics of our testimonies. She said that it is not important that we count or stones, rather we should fortify them. I couldn't agree more! I forgot why I was where in the first place, for the love I have for my Savior and my testimony of Him is that He truly is my best friend. After the temple today I picked up the scriptures and turned to Enos, I love this story because Enos had so many worries and burdens and He gave them all up to the Lord and because of his faith, The Lord made him whole. I have found from this whole week of teaching that you do NEED to put your whole trust and faith in Him and He will lift you up and carry your burdens and worries for you. Just taking that first step into trusting him is the hard part.
I can testify that after this week that the gift of tongues is so real!! ok story time...
So we have this thing called TRC where there is a 60/40 percent chance that we could be teaching a REAL investigator from off the streets or a member pretending to be an investigator. Scary right?! Anyway so our first lesson with our TRC was on Monday, and just keep in mind that at that point I'd only been speaking Spanish for 4 DAYS!! And we're like 90 percent sure our guy is a real investigator! He is from Peru so he had a different accent, talked fast, used huge words, and mumbled, sooo yeah I came out of that lesson feeling so discouraged! But we taught him again yesterday and it was going so much better and it's crazy how after just a few days I was able to understand soo much more. So things were going good until he asked why we would ever want to come to this earth where it is so hard, why didn't we just stay in heaven. My companion and I were stuck. We knew how to explain it to him in English but he wasn't understanding us as we tried to tell him in Spanish! So I said a really quick prayer and I opened to Mosiah 4:9-10 where it says that we should believe in God, believe that he created all things, and believe that we cannot comprehend all things. That was such a small miracle. After reading that scripture, he then said that things were getting very interesting and he wanted us to come back because he had to go. I seriously hadn't been this happy all week. After teaching him, it confirmed to me that this is why I want to be a missionary, because sharing the gospel makes me SO happy! This really is the gospel of happiness!!
I can't believe that it's already Halloween! It obviously doesn't feel like Halloween because everyday is the same in the MTC but I didn't even remember that it was Halloween. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
I'll try to get pictures uploaded but all the computers are being dumb! sorry I don't have much time but thank you to everyone who sent me emails, letters, and deareldres! they made my week. If you can please write me a dearelder or a letter because I have more time to respond and I can actually write you a good letter back! and a dearelder is like email except I can get it the same day!

My mailing address is:
Sister Carly Cannon
2007 N 900 E. UNIT 66
Provo UT 84602

I love you all! and hasta la semana!
Hermana Cannon

On Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 1:19 PM, Carly Cannon <> wrote:
Hi Everyone!
       So this week has been filled with so many ups and downs but it just keeps getting better everyday. My brain now only works in Spanglish so I'm going to have to make sure I don't slip any Spanish words on accident. lol. The MTC isv so great. I've been here for only a week and two days but it already feels like a lifetime. I don't know how I'm going to make it to 6 weeks! But I leave for Argentina on December 1st! So pray that I don't have any problems with my visa!
I was struggling a little at the beginning of the week just because I felt so down and frustrated about not picking up Spanish like I wanted and because everything was just so stressful and chaotic and I needed a spiritual boost. On Tuesday night for Devotional we had the general primary president come and talk to us

Friday, October 24, 2014

So I never want to come home. These past couple of days have been the hardest but best days of my life. The MTC is such a great place and it is definitely putting my faith to the test. But my faith has also never has strengthened so greatly in this short of a time. I was blessed before I even got on a plane to be surrounded with sisters and elders who were also flying out to the MTC. I even knew one of the sisters, such a small ward. That is one thing I have noticed since I have been here is that I have been surrounded by friends and familiar faces. And even if I do meet someone for the first time, they never feel like strangers. The Lord has truly blessed me to feel at home. We are always kept so so so busy. When they said full-time they weren't kidding lol. We are always doing something and every second of our day is planned. There is never anytime to even think about yourself. Which is a good thing because the days are long but they are going by quick. I was so excited to find out that my branch president, President Wing is the father of Dr. (brother) Wing in Stratland ward and he is my orthodontist! Such a crazy world. And him and his wife are absolutely the sweestest. I am even more blessed because I love mi companera and The Lord knew I needed someone like her because she wants to run all the time and avoid all the sweets with me. Yay! I will say this, the food in the MTC is not my favorite part and definitely not why I am here! I have felt sick after every meal but I think I am getting more used to it because it is getting better. With my district, they keep telling us that it is a super rare situation because there are 9 hermanas and only 2 ELDERS. Crazy right?! But I am so blessed because all the sisters I am with are so strong and uplift and strengthen me. Well I don't have much time but I just wanted to share a few quotes and thoughts from these past two days:
The first day here we had a new missionary devotional type thing and in one of the talks this was said, "Don't worry about your family. Because you are here they will be kept safe and protected." that brought me much peace and I wanted my family to know that. 

"The teachers are no better than the learners." That humbled me because even though I am serving a full time mission the souls that I come in contact with have just as great of worth as I do. In God's eyes we are loved just as equally and as deeply and as members of the church we are no better than ANYONE else. We are not our sins. And they do not define or catergorize us. That is why we NEED Christ and his Atonement. 

"A testimony is necessary but that alone is not sufficient enough. We need to live it!" -David A. Bednar    I love that quote and it reminded me of the scripture that faith without works is dead. 

Well I am almost out of time but I wanted everyone to know how much I love care for you! The spanish is hard for me. I can understand 99 percent of what is being said (teachers don't say anything in english in class, only spanish) but the actual speaking is very difficult. I was asking mi maestro so many questions and he could tell that I was having major doubts and he said, "hermana, fe! Which means I need to have faith. My faith will be tested very soon because we teach our first lesson to a real person in a few hours IN ALL SPANISH. Pray for me! lol. But I know that I am not the teacher, the Spirit is. I am only the mouthpiece. Wish me suerte! (luck) 

To anyone who wants to write me emails my Pday is every Friday! Sorry I don't have time to upload pictures this week but I took a ton of cute ones. To those of you who I didn't email. Lo siento (i'm sorry- I have def used that phrase a ton here lol) I ran out of time! 

 till next week, 
Hermana Cannon