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Class Information

Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.

“Why Weepest Thou?”

Taught by Michael Cannon


Day Time Location
Friday, August 2 9 a.m. Austin 105
Mike Cannon

Michael Cannon


Michael C. Cannon graduated from Southern Utah University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Business. He then attended the University of Oregon, where he received a master’s degree in Advertising/Public Relations. His previous employment includes working for the Deseret News as an editorial writer and columnist; LDS Church as a writer, editor, photographer, and production supervisor; McGraw-Hill Intermountain Contractor, the Seattle Times, and KSUB-Radio.

Cannon is married to Shauna Kaye Leek. They have four children and seven granddaughters. He is currently serving as his ward’s Young Men president, with his wife Shauna as ward Young Women president. He has also served as a stake president and counselor, mission president in the Kentucky Louisville Mission, elders quorum president and counselor, bishop’s counselor, class/quorum instructor, home teacher, and on the Young Men general board.

His hobbies include being with family, spoiling his granddaughters, and running. Cannon also enjoys reading, especially the scriptures.

Class Outline

One of the most tender exchanges in scripture occurs when Jesus Christ asks a grieving Mary, "Why weepest thou?" and then identifies himself as the risen Lord. Others include the Savior's emotional response while blessing little children as recorded in 3 Nephi 17, and the God of heaven weeping over His children in Moses 7. We are reminded elsewhere the likelihood that even "solid rocks weep for joy" (D&C 128:23) in glorious moments. Incidents of weeping-among men, women and Deity-occur throughout the scriptures in myriad settings and for a multitude of reasons. It is instructive to consider the powerful purposes and impact of tears-ours and others-on our spiritual, emotional and physical selves.

Learning Objectives:

1. There are times of joy and heartache that permeate our mortal experience, along with many more mundane moments. It is in emotional, spiritual and physical extremes-positive and negative-where tears are most apt to leave their telltale trails. Moments of grief, anguish of spirit, loss, sin, regret and remorse tend to be punctuated by tears. The same is true of spiritual highs and tender times of deep and joyful/joyous feelings, including moments of sweet forgiveness.

2. Weeping is an attribute of Deity. When The Lord beckons us to follow Him and to become even as He is, we can draw solace and even a measure of spiritual closeness in following His pattern of sorrowful and joyful tears. We don't need to cry for crying sake or feel compelled to shed tears with every shared testimony, but too often people apologize or manifest shame for moist eyes as some sort of weakness. Not true, as evidenced by God Himself.

3. Weeping fosters close proximity with heaven and others. There is a measure of intimacy in sharing tears during heartfelt prayer, with a wounded child or while embracing a grieving friend. Likewise, tears can flow freely for great accomplishment or in a moment of triumphal overcoming-ours or someone else's.

4. Tears are temporary and yet provide healthy spiritual, emotional and physical cleansing. Weeping may last for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. While the Savior will ultimately dry all tears from our eyes, our crying can be cathartic and contribute to feelings of peace and relief.