Monday, January 18, 2010


I have officially reentered the world of blogging. Please visit and enjoy!

Friday, March 6, 2009


I am home. Weird.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Someone's Coming Home!

Hi all,

This is Stephanie's Dad with the best news you've heard all week. Sister Stephanie Cannariato will be returning to Boise on Thursday, March 5, just after noon.

She will report her mission in the Hickories Ward on Sunday, March 8 at 11:00 am. We invite you all to come and enjoy this day. We will have an open house later that day from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at our home, 5400 N. Hickory Tree Way, Boise, ID 83713. We'd love to see you.

Hurray for returned missionaries!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Wadsworth here I come...almost

(Posted by Steph's Dad on 1/5/09)

Hi family!

I got an email update with Dad’s blog post on how I was recovering. I’m glad to hear that I was loopy (I know, I really was) and I’m even more glad that now I’m not so loopy! I took my last pain pill on Thursday—they were starting to make me tingly and woozy so I decided the slight pain (it wasn’t bad) was better to deal with than being sick. Anyone need some Percocet? I’m kidding, I’m kidding…

The surgery went really well. I had my follow-up appointment to get my stitches out and talked with Dr. Musgrave. He said that there was a lot of damaged cartilage behind my knee cap and on the inside of my knee so they cleaned it all up and stuff. I don’t think that my meniscus was torn at all which is good. I am still a bit swollen but not bad, and Dr. Musgrave said that it’d still swell up for the next couple weeks but that I just need to ice it and it’ll be okay.

My time in Kirtland has been good. I laid on a couch at the Visitors’ Center for the first two days and was in and out of sleep for most of it. Sister Butterfield, the site director’s wife, made sure that I had soup and crackers and things—she’s so nice. All of the sisters that were in Kirtland were so good to check up on me and things. They all had to be there for a training meeting on Tuesday morning so I got to see a lot of sisters. Wednesday was a little slower (which was probably a good thing because I was a little more out of it than the first day so I got to sleep more) and then they had a New Year’s Eve celebration at the sites that evening that I was able to attend. It was a fun time—I even was able to tie for second place in the Phase 10 tournament they had. We did a countdown at about 10pm and then headed home to go to bed.

The next morning when I woke up I found out that one of the other sisters in the home where I’m staying had the flu, so I ended up staying with her companion to keep her company since she was going to be in for much of the day. The three of us (Sister Munford from Kannaraville, UT and Sister Fortie from Smithfield, UT) have pretty much spent the last four days together and at home (Sister Munford’s been sleeping off the flu though). I wish she wasn’t sick but I’ve been glad to have the company.

This past week we were able to start the Book of Mormon challenge that President Peterson issued at our Mission Conference a few weeks ago. I’ve gotten a little bit ahead (since I have the time and all) and it’s been really neat to mark three things: how many times the names of the Savior are mentioned, how many references there are to His life and ministry, and how many times the Savior speaks or is directly quoted in the scriptures. I love learning of His life and ministry—it is a profound experience to read again from the Book of Mormon and to focus on the life of the Savior while I read it. I know that it’s the word of God and was written for our day. What a blessing it is to have it!

Yesterday after church I had Sister Frederickson (from TX) and Sister Ayala (from Guatemala) take me on mini-tour of the Newell K. Whitney store. We went there in a spirit of prayer and fasting, just like the brethren who attended the School of the Prophets would do back in the day. We were able to bask in the spirit while we were there and it was fantastic. The sisters even let me be there alone for a couple minutes and it was a sacred opportunity to pray and speak with the Lord while I was there. I love Ohio and I love Kirtland. It truly is a special and holy place. Sister Fredrickson was talking about how much she misses the temple and that she realized a few days ago that the School of the Prophets room was just as holy because of the appearances of God the Father and Jesus Christ in that very place. We read from D&C 88 about creating a house of God and I knew that we were in such a place and I loved being able to have a temple-like experience! Can we go as soon as I get off the plane?

I am so incredibly grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and the knowledge that was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I love being able to testify to people everyday about it! And I can’t wait to get back to Wadsworth and the people I love there. It’s going to be a great week and I’m excited to be a real missionary again :)

I hope that you all have a great week with school starting up again and life getting back to normal hectic rather than holiday hectic. I sure love you and have felt your thoughts and prayers. Know that you’re in mine. You’re so great!

Love love love,
Sister Cannariato

Monday, December 29, 2008

Kirtland Here I Come!

(Posted by Stephs's Dad 12-29-08)

Hi everyone!

I hope this fine morning finds you happy and healthy. I’m just getting ready to head over to the Crystal Clinic but they bumped back the surgery to 2:30 so I had some time this morning to actually write.

I did find out from one of our investigators that Crystal Clinic is one of the top surgical centers in Ohio—so I guess I’ll be well taken care of.

This past week was really great—we experienced a lot of opposition but the blessings just kept flowing. I know that the adversary works really hard to frustrate the work in order to debilitate and distract us as missionaries. Well, he didn’t succeed! We had a really great week and were able to see a lot of miracles.

We finished up delivering our Joy to the World referrals and I loved being able to go into homes of members’ friends and help them to feel of the spirit. We’re going to try to stop by a few of them again and I’m excited for it.

We were able to teach Emily again this week and she talked about how she’s finally beginning to be comfortable with prayer. We asked her if she’d prayed about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, to which she replied yes and that she knows that it’s true. I wanted to commit her right then and there! But we’ve been getting a vibe from her mom that we need to take things slow and give her opportunity to make the decision in her own time and way. I love seeing her progress though and I’m sad that I’ll miss out on her appointment this week!

We were able to teach a husband and wife named Dave and Sue. They are FANTASTIC and are planning on coming to church this next Sunday. They had great, probing questions and the spirit was really strong as we watched the Restoration DVD with them. Sister Van Meter said that she could picture the two of them as senior missionaries! Love it. We also have an appointment with them this week and I look forward to hearing how that goes as well.

So it’s true—I’m heading in for my surgery today. Sister Zirker, from Idaho Falls, Idaho, will be coming down with President and Sister Peterson today and will be with Sister Van Meter for the week. I’m way excited for them because Heavenly Father totally packed our week full of appointments and assignments from the PEC. I am really excited for Sister Van Meter and Sister Zirker to tear it up while I’m gone!

Not much else to report or say…I hope that you have a wonderful new year and that it’s everything you could ask for and more. I hope that the winding down of the holidays go well too.
I know that our Heavenly Father lives, He loves us and wants us to return to Him. I know that He provided a means for that return through the Atonement of His Only Begotten Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. The Atonement is truly the great equalizer in this life and enables us to overcome sin, death, and affliction. What grace! I am so incredibly grateful for His life and His sacrifice. We truly are blessed to have the restored gospel of Jesus Christ again available to us in beautiful simplicity; it's a privilege to represent the Savior and invite God's children to come to Him.

Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as I spend some quality time in beautiful Kirtland. You’ll be hearing from me again soon!

I love love love you.
Sister Cannariato

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

(posted by Steph's Dad 12-24-08)

Happy Christmas!

I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Things here in Wadsworth are going well and I’m trying to make the most of my time before I have to go up to Kirtland in a week.

This past week we were able to teach a really great part member family. The husband has just started coming back to church and is super excited about the gospel and preparing to receive the Melchizedek priesthood. We were able to teach him and his wife with their home teachers (one of whom is the ward mission leader) about the plan of salvation. The spirit was really strong as we taught them and Erin even cried. They are expecting their first child and I think it really hit home with them. Sister Van Meter and the sister from Kirtland will go see them next Monday and I can’t wait to hear about it!

Emily (the 16 year old) came out to church again this past week and it was so great to have her there. She just is eating it up and I am so grateful to be a part of seeing her come to an understanding of who she is and how much God loves her.

Lex asked me about the Joy to the World referral thing, and yes, we’re doing it again this year. We’ve had about 10 people/families given to us and we’ve been able to stop by and deliver 3 of them so far (I know, we’ve got to get on the ball if we’re going to get them done before Christmas!). As we were driving home last to write our weekly letters to President, I felt like we needed to stop by one of the referrals. At that point it was four degrees and there were 35mph winds and it was not going out weather, but I still felt like we needed to stop by. So we did. The family had just recently lost their father/husband and they were in need of a message of hope about the Savior. I felt really strongly like we needed to offer a Book of Mormon to her in addition to the DVD that the boy from our ward had given them. She was really excited to have it and committed herself to read from it that night. It’s amazing to see what peace and hope the gospel brings!

We had mission conference up in Kirtland this past week…it was FANTASTICO! I loved every minute of it. They had it at the stake center instead of the temple this year (which was fine—it was still a very powerful and spiritual experience) and I was able to play the piano again. We sang songs and had some great workshops about the Book of Mormon and the Atonement. Our mission has been given a challenge to read the Book of Mormon in two months starting January 1st. I am SO excited to do it because it means I’ll get to read the whole Book of Mormon another time on my mission. I can’t think of a better thing to do. :0)

I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it will bring us closer to God. By reading it, pondering the message it contains, and sincerely asking God if it is true will bring a greater understanding of Jesus Christ to our lives and prepare us to return home to our Father in Heaven. What a blessing to know of the restored gospel and to have tangible evidence of the prophetic call of Joseph Smith. It’s been amazing as a missionary to seek that confirmation and to deepen my testimony of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon and the Restoration of the gospel through Joseph Smith. The spirit will always testify of truth and I know that as we ask with real intent our prayers are answered.

One last thing. While driving in a more remote part of our area, we definitely were held up for a moment or two by a HORSE and BUGGY. Yes, that’s right: a horse and buggy. We cover a small portion of Amish country in our area and it was fun to see. I love Ohio!Thanks for all you do and I hope your Christmas days are merry and bright and that all your Christmases are white this year! TALK TO YOU THURSDAY!

Love love love,Sister Cannariato

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Meniscus Malfunction, Soon to be Fixed

(posted by Steph's Dad 12-17-08)

Hi family,

I know I’m emailing a little later in the day than usual but I just wanted to send you my first official email from Wadsworth!
I really like it here and the area is doing well. The elders that were here before were so good and they had really built up the area. We actually went to the ward Christmas party on Saturday evening and one of the sisters in the ward (she’s actually the mayor of Wadsworth) paid them the best compliment I’ve ever heard. She said that they reminded her of Ammon—they were diligent in serving and then went about doing their missionary labors with quiet dignity. I thought it was such a nice thing to say and I hope that we can live up to the high standard that Elder Hicks and Elder Paulson set.
This past week we spent most of our time trying to contact investigators, less actives, and familiarize ourselves with the ward. There are some really good things happening. Wednesday evening we went to teach a young woman named Emily. She had ordered a Book of Mormon because she’d heard about it from a friend (someone who’s also not a member). The elders had taught her a couple times but I think sisters will be good for her because she’s only 16. She’s been reading from the Book of Mormon and any time we talk about it her face just lights up. She really wants to be involved and she came to church this past Sunday. The young women of the Wadsworth ward were so great and just welcomed her right in. The best fellowshipper was actually a foreign exchange student from Germany who’s not a member either...I love it!
This week we’ve got some great appointments lined up and I’m excited for it. We’re also going to have mission conference on Thursday up in Kirtland and I’m looking forward to having another great experience like last year. I’ll let you know how it goes.
So I got the blog post via email about my knee. Dad pretty much summed it up but I have a few more details for you. I’ll be having the outpatient arthroscopy (sp?) in Medina on December 29 at 1:30. President and Sister Peterson will come down and pick me up after the surgery and take me to Kirtland where I’ll spend about a week to recover. A sister from Kirtland who is in a triple-up will come down to be with Sister Van Meter. Then we’ll switch back after I’m back to at least driving capacity.
It’s kind of crazy just thinking about spending time in Kirtland. Weird, but cool at the same time. Most likely I’ll spend time at the sites with the senior couples but I still don’t know all the details as of yet. I’ll keep you updated.
This has been a really interesting experience because it’s helped me to have another experience with personal revelation. Initially I was completely against getting it taken care of because I don’t feel it’s that bad and I figured I only had three months left so I wouldn’t worry about it. Even when I was talking to the doctor about it I told him I’d probably just wait. Then I talked with Sister Peterson who asked me what I wanted to do. I tried to have the ready answer of "just wait" but she asked just the right questions to get me to be open to the Sprit. The next morning was transfers and I was trying to get all my things packed and organized when I just got the urge to go into our study room and pray for a bit. I poured out my heart to Heavenly Father asking Him what I should do (since before I’d prayed but was looking for my answer instead of the Lord’s answer). As I prayed, I counseled with Him about my options and went from praying a prayer of "this is what I want—tell me it’s okay" to "help me to align my will with Thine." It became clear as I prayed that God wanted me to get this taken care of now. After I made the decision, I was filled with peace and knew everything would be okay. Truly, sweet is the peace the gospel brings!
Now that this is kind of figured out (well, as much as it can be at this point) I love being able to focus on Wadsworth, the people here, and making the most of my two weeks before surgery. I hope that all of your Christmas preparations are going well and that you’re finding time to remember the Savior during the holidays. Thanks for all you do and know I’m thinking about each of you!
Love love love
Sister Cannariato
Since some of you have been asking for my address, I’ll include it here:
Sister Stephanie Cannariato
295 Third St.
Wadsworth, OH 44281