Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Day One MTC

Hola mi familia querida: 

They gave us a little bit of random time today to write tonight before bed, so here we go. 

Holy wow. Fire hose? Yep. I've gotten quite a bit of that today. From the moment out of the van it was "come here! Come here! Welcome! Welcome! Spanish spanish spanish!" Quite the adventure. It was nice though, because I was given no time to think about myself. And that's what I've been reminded all day. From the first moment from when I was set apart and now that I have my nametag, I've been reminded that this time I have been given to serve, these 18 months are not for me. It's for Christ.

I don't have a lot of time, I think my companion is done so I have to go. Just had a minute to tell you I'm alive and safe. And I love it here. The spirit is so strong, I have felt it every minute I've been here. This work is real guys. I'll write a letter tonight and send that along with more information. But I love you all and miss you all already! 

Oh, Pday is Tuesday for me so you'll hear from me again then. 

Love you all!

Hermana Cannon

Monday, July 28, 2014

Just Before I Go

This is kind of a test. If you receive this, CONGRATULATIONS! You're on my email list.

While I'm here, I thought I'd share a few thoughts. And since most of the thoughts I have concern the questions I've been getting from basically everyone I come in contact with, here we go! 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where are you going? 

Mendoza Argentina! It's sort of in the middle of the country, next door to Santiago Chile. The seasons are backward down there so I'll be jumping onto the tail end of winter. Right now the temperatures are hoovering between ten and twenty Celsius, (about fifty to sixty Fahrenheit), but the winter months can get down quite a bit lower. I've heard Mendoza weather is basically like Utah's but without snow.

Let's see, what else?  My area doesn't have a temple, so I won't be visiting one, which is a shame. But missionaries are working for the living, not the dead, so that's okay with me. 

When are you leaving?
July 30th. Two days! 

MTC and stuff...wha? 
I'll be attending the Provo MTC West Campus. I'll be there for two weeks on the advanced spanish track which means if my visa comes (say ALL the prayers!) I'll fly out to Buenos Aires on August 13th or thereabouts. Exciting! 

Are you packed? 
Not quite. ...I'm working on it. 

Are you ready? 
I hope so. 

Do you speak Spanish?  
Puedo decir algunas cosas inteligentes. Tambien, tienes la cara como un burro. 

Are you excited? 

Are you nervous? 

Can I send you mail and packages? 
Okay, so not as frequent a question, but I'll answer it if you please. 

Yep! Well, that is, mail most likely, however packages I hear less likely. My Mendoza confidant--shout out to my eighth grade friend, Hermana Bently!--says she hasn't been able to get packages and sending is discouraged. More news on that when there's more news to give I guess. 

But email, what an invention, eh? 

Here are the addresses I have been given so far: 

MTC mailing address (till August 13th or so)

Sister Emilyn Cannon
2023 N 900 E Unit 800
Provo UT 84602

I've been told to "tell family and friends to send letters to the mission office until you can notify them of the address of your first assignment in the mission field". So, consider yourselves told. 

Sister Emilyn Cannon
Argentina Mendoza Mission
Casilla de Correo 631
5500 Mendoza

What made you decide to go? 
Actually, it was never in my plans. I was quite comfortable and confident with the fact that a mission wasn't for me. Even with the age change I still knew that I was going to be doing different things in my life. Then one Sunday God sent his warmth and whisperings to let me know what He had in mind. And that was that, really. Thanks to my mom and dad, my siblings and siblings in law, and all my extended family and friends for their support, off I go where He wants me to go! 

And last but not least, should we cry? 
No. Don't cry for me, Argentina, here I come! 

Hermana Cannon

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Picture Perfect Memories

Scattered all around the floor. 

...Too soon? 

Test number two. Pictures for you! 

This is a Test

Well I mean, life is a test, so there's that. But I'm just testing this nifty "email the blog to make it post for you" that I can use while on my 18 month Argentine fishing trip. 

So hey! Hope this works. Guess I'll put some contact information up here while I'm at it. 

MTC mailing address:

Sister Emilyn Cannon
2023 N 900 E Unit 800
Provo UT 84602

More info to come when there's more info to give. Or just whenever I feel like.