Elder George I. Cannon, who was released as a member of the Seventy at October general conference, has made a name for himself – "the gentle one."
The Navajo name expressing his gentle nature is "Ayo'o' Joba' I'gi'i," and this was inscribed on a rug, handmade by a member of the Church living on the Navajo Indian reservation near Page, Ariz.Elder Harvey L. Gardner, a regional representative in the North America Southwest Area, said the rug and other gifts given to Elder Cannon express appreciation by stake presidents in three regions and by members of the Church on the Navajo and Hopi reservations in the area.
Elder Cannon served as area president until his release from the Second Quorum of the Seventy.
The gifts were presented to Elder Cannon Oct. 4 in Salt Lake City by the rug's maker, Shirley Lane; her husband, John; and another LDS American Indian, Ilene Begay.
Elder Cannon's name also appears on the rug, along with symbols of the family and eternal marriage. Other gifts presented to him were a sand painting and a handmade clay pot.
"They [LDS American IndiansT really love Elder Cannon's gentle ways," said Elder Gardner, who serves the Farmington New Mexico, Blanding Utah and Gallup New Mexico regions. "He's just the ideal temperament to work with the Indian people."
Elder Gardner related that following a recent stake conference at which Elder Cannon presided, Sister Lane of the Page (Ariz.) 4th Ward told him she wanted to make Elder Cannon a rug. "She was just so impressed with his kindness," he said.