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Elder Micah Wilcock

Oregon, Portland Mission

May 15, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hi everybody! I hope you had an awesome week!  Last week was slow but we got three of our investigators to church which was awesome! I think they liked it but one talk was about
Heavenly Mother so I think that was a little interesting to them…hopefully it did freak them out!

We had interviews with President Ballard which went really well!  President gave me some really great compliments but he didn’t hint at what’s going to happen next transfer like he usually does. I feel like I’m going to leave but we won’t know until next week! Transfers keep going by faster and faster!!

On Sunday I got to Skype home and see me family! It was awesome to talk and laugh with them! It’s crazy to think that I’ll be seeing them again in three months! I home that all of you missionaries out there had a great talk with your family as well!  With it being Mother’s Day I’d like to end my email with a shout out to my mom! She’s the best! I think most of the people who read my emails know my mom so they can see some of just how amazing she is! I’m so glad that I get to be her son and spend eternity with her and the rest of my family!!! That’s one of our Heavenly Father’s greatest gifts to us, the chance to be with our families forever!

I love my family and I know that we can be together forever if we live the laws that our Father in Heaven has set before us. Each of you have that same opportunity! Be sure to follow the commandments and prepare to live with God again.

Sorry this is so short but I love you all and pray you have a great week!

Love,
Elder Wilcock

May 8, 2017

DJ Deliverance

Hi everybody! I hope that you all had a wonderful week!  Last week was great! Elder Webster and I found a few new investigators and we had some really good lessons with people we’re teaching right now!  One of the lessons we had that went really well was with a brother and
sister we found a couple of weeks ago. They were both raised catholic but aren’t sure what they believe. They both have a ton of really good questions and they both have the desire to learn more! It’s been awesome to see them grow in their understand of the gospel over the
last couple of lessons. We have a lesson tonight and are going to try to set a baptismal date with them!

Another really great lesson we had was with an investigator named Connie. She has been taught in the past but we felt like we should see her again. We had some of the ward missionaries come with us and they were both awesome! We taught her about the restoration and she seems really excited about the gospel! She feels like this will help her draw closer to God and we prom I see her that it will.

One of my favorite things about being a district leader is being able to conduct baptismal interviews! The sisters in a neighboring ward had a baptism on Saturday and I got to interview the man being baptized on Friday. His name is Chad but he’s a Christian rapper and DJ so he goes by DJ Deliverance. He was really awesome and ready to make this covenant with God! He even went to his boss a few weeks ago and said that he couldn’t work on Sundays anymore because he need to go to church and take the sacrament each week! How cool is that?! I was glad that I was able to meet him, interview him and go to his baptism on Saturday. After his baptism he did a freestyle rap on what it was like to get baptized! It inspired me and a couple of other elders to work on our freestyle rapping skills 😎🎅🏿

On a more serious note I’m so glad that Chad chose to be baptized by someone holding the priesthood of God! The man who baptized him is a bishop in one of the wards Elder Webster served in. He said that he was praying a couple of weeks ago that he would be able to help
someone get baptized. Three days later he got a message from his old high school buddy Chad who said that he would like this bishop to baptize him! What an awesome answer to a humble prayer!  I know that God will answer all of our prayers. It may not be the way that we want but He loves us and listens to us. I also know that baptism is part of God’s plan for us. I’m so glad that I chose to be baptized when I was eight. I’ve seen so many blessings come into my life because of that choice!

I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Love,
Elder Wilcock

May 1, 2017

Lead, Kindly Light

Hi everybody! I hope that y’all had a great week! Last week was a good week! Elder Webster and I got to go on exchanges with the zone leaders! I got to go with Elder Hill who has been my zone leader for almost 7 months now! It was fun to get to know him better and I got to be in a YSA Ward which is always awesome! For part of the day we went to Portland Community College and tried to talk to people. It wasn’t very effective but it was fun! We got to see a guy in a dress!
Sunday we interesting. A couple of weeks ago Elder Webster volunteered us to sing together on fifth Sunday. We decided to sing Lead, Kindly Light. It was ok. We didn’t have a lot of time practice so it wasn’t as good as I wish it had been. All the ward members still said that we
did a good job. Let’s be honest though, when you sing in church, even if it was terrible, the old ladies will still tell you it was the most beautiful thing they’ve ever heard.
One good thing that came out of singing the song was that Sister Perkins played the piano for us. It turns out that she is Auntie Jen’s sister!!! (If you aren’t from PG that won’t make any sense… sorry). It’s such a small world in the church! They are both very musically gifted and she did an awesome job on the piano!
So I forgot to say that last week we had Zone Conference and we got the best commitment ever! We had a training on the Book of Mormon and were committed by President Ballard to read the Book of Mormon every day for an extra half hour a day! It has been such a blessing! We each took a new copy and we have to mark every time Jesus Christ or His doctrine is mentioned. It’s been a huge testimony builder for me! I’ve had a testimony of the Book of Mormon for a long time but this is fortifying that knowledge that I have. It’s amazing how often the Savior is talked about!! The Book of Mormon is all about our Savior! If you aren’t reading the Book of Mormon you should start reading it today! You will see so many blessings come into your life!
I love you all! Have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

April 24, 2017

Last Minute Talk…

Hi everybody! I hope you had a great week!  We Had a great week! We have someone with a baptismal date now! The Spanish elders found a lady who was taught 10 years ago and is now
ready to be baptized! Elder Webster has met her but I haven’t yet. I’m really excited to met her though!
I had a really exciting moment on Sunday morning. I got a text from a member of the bishopric asking if I knew that I was giving a talk in sacrament meeting. I said no and he pretty much said well sorry. Here’s your topic… I was freaking out all day! Luckily my topic was really easy. I just had to talk about my favorite talk from Conference. I guess I did a good job because a lot of people said that they were able to learn from the talk. I chose to speak on the talk, Called to the Work. It was given in the priesthood session so not a lot of the the sisters knew about it. It was given by Elder Bednar and I loved it! He spoke about how their is a difference between being called and being assigned to an area. We are assigned to an area but we are called to the work. It was cool that the spirit inspired to me to speak on that because on Sunday a missionary in our ward came home early for medical reasons. Hopefully that will help him know that he is called to the work, even though his area has changed.
I know that I have been called to the work. I’m so glad that I was assigned to labor in the Oregon Portland Mission. I love this mission and the people in it.
I love you all! Have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

April 17, 2017

Happy Easter!

Hi everybody! I hope you all had an awesome and a great Easter!  My second Easter was way better then my first! My first Easter was spent sitting with an elder in my district while he threw up all day.  I’m happy to report that no one threw up this Easter!  Yay! We had a great day at church and then went to dinner with an awesome family in our ward!
A great thing about church was that we had four people come to church!  It was so exciting! One of the young women in our ward brought two of her friends and they both ended up taking a Book of Mormon! We are hoping to go to the Visitor Center with them this week!  We also had some awesome miracles where we went to see old investigators and their siblings answered and talked to us about the gospel! That was how we found two of our three new investigators! It was really exciting!
I don’t have a lot to say this week but I know that Jesus Christ really does live. I know that He lived, died and came back so that each of us can have the opportunity to be happy for eternity. I’m so glad that I get to serve my Savior everyday in Oregon. It brings me so much joy to see how Jesus Christ can change anyone’s life if they turn to Him.
I love you all! Have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

April 10, 2017

Transfers and a HOUSE!

Hi everybody! I hope your week was chill!  Last week was an awesome week! It was the first time we had investigators at church and we had three! It was a huge miracle for us! All three of the people who came loved it and want to come again!   It was awesome!
The weekend was really long though because Elder Fisher and I moved from our apartment into a house! We don’t even live with members! We have a house all to ourselves! It’s not very big but it has really nice furniture and two bathrooms! It’s beautiful! I’ll be sure to send some pictures soon!
So today is transfers and Elder Fisher is leaving. He’s going of to be a district leader in mount hood! My new companion is Elder Webster.  It’s crazy because we were both trained by the same Elder Smith! So I’m with my younger brother now! I’m going to miss Elder Fisher but it
will be cool to be with Elder Webster!
On Sunday we had a really awesome fireside for the Prince of Peace video. President Newsom, a member of the mission presidency spoke. I’m glad that I’ve gotten used to baring my testimony because before he spoke he got up and invited me to speak out of the blue! It was kind of nerve racking but a lot of people said they liked it so that’s good! President Newsom shared an amazing story of how he was able to find peace through Jesus Christ when he was going though the darkest time of his life. It was really inspiring. I’m glad that I was able to
hear his testimony.
I know that if we turn to the Savior we will find everlasting peace. That doesn’t mean that our lives will be easy, but we will be able to overcome every trial. Even the trials that seem impossible to move past.
I love you all! Have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

April 3, 2017

Elder Fisher’s Amazing Sniffer!

Hi everybody! I hope you had an awesome week!  So Elder Fisher and I had a sweet miracle happen on Sunday! It was Sunday night and we really wanted to find one more new investigator
before the week was over. We went to see someone in an apartment complex and we both didn’t feel like checking the address so Elder Fisher said he was going to sniff out which apartment it was… it was a pretty strange way of finding but it worked! We didn’t go to the
right apartment but we ended up finding someone because we went to the wrong door! All thanks to Elder Fisher’s schnoz! 👃🏿
So if you don’t know the new Easter video is out! It’s call Prince of Peace and it’s my favorite holiday video so far! If you haven’t had the chance to watch it do it today! It’s all about how we can find peace through Jesus Christ which is so important in today’s crazy world! It would also be awesome to pray and see who would be good to share the video with. Everyone needs more peace I their lives!

The highlight of the week was for sure General Conference! I loved it! It was kind of weird though because it was the last Conference I’ll see on my mission. I can’t believe how the time is flying by!  I was praying to know how I can become a better teacher and the message I kept hearing over and over again was love. That wasn’t what I was expecting at all! I felt like every talk had something to do with how much God loves His children or how we need to love each other more. Even President Monson talked about charity in the priesthood session! If the prophet is talking about it then I better listen and make sure that I love all of the people I come in contact with! I think that message is so important in today’s world! Their is so much hate and violence going on and it makes me so sad. If we could all just love each other a little more it would solve so many problems!  Wow, I’m starting to sound like an Oregonian!
Anyway, I know that this gospel is true. The men and women we heard from on Saturday and Sunday are our inspired leaders and if we listen to them we will find peace.
I love you all! Have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

March 27, 2017

Yay for not getting strep throat last week!!

 

Hi everybody! I hope that you all had an awesome week!  Last week was really slow but we had some good stuff happen! We had an awesome miracle with one of our investigators we found a few weeks ago! He was the one we found because we knocked on the last door.  Well, when we went back for our lesson a couple weeks ago he didn’t answer. That, along with the fact that we didn’t have his phone number, because he just asked us for our card when we talked to him,
made us think that we probably wouldn’t be seeing him again. A few days ago we got a text from David out of nowhere where he apologized for missing our lesson and said that he would love to meet with us next week!! It was awesome to know that he is still interested in learning more and is planning on meeting with us again!
Here’s something funny that happened on Sunday. Elder Fisher and I were sitting in third hour and the man behind us fell asleep. We were giggling but it got really bad when someone started saying the prayer! The guy started snoring so loud! I was doing a good job of holding it in until I made the fatal mistake of looking to see if Elder Fisher was laughing. He was literally biting his tongue!! At that point we both started making these weird choking laughing sounds. The best part was at the end of the prayer all of the amens woke the dude up and he said amen really loud and a few seconds after everyone! Elder Fisher and I had to step outside and laugh for about five minutes! Not my finest moment as a missionary…😬
So remember how I said the week was slow? Here’s why. On Tuesday Elder Fisher felt like garbage all day. We ended up going home early and he slept from 4:00 on Tuesday to 8:00 the next morning. We had our zone leaders take us to the doctor and it turns out that he has strep
throat… the poor guy slept all day when we got back from the doctor. I still haven’t gotten sick!! I was trying to figure out what I should do and guess what? I decided to clean the apartment!! Can you believe it mom and dad?! I didn’t have to be told or nothin’! While I was cleaning I started listening to Jesus the Christ on my iPad. I had no idea how good that book is! I don’t understand half of the words James E. Talmage uses but that’s why we have the dictionary app! It was awesome to hear in great detail about the baptism of the Savior. Brothers and sisters this gospel makes sense! The doctrine of the Godhead is shown clearly in the story of Jesus Christ’s baptism! I know that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost all love us
and what what’s best for us. If we listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost we will know Heavenly Father’s will for us. We can then pray for guidance in the name of Jesus Christ because He is our mediator. It’s amazing to me how the three members of the Godhead work
together perfectly to bring us happiness.
I love you all! Have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

Note:  Micah and his district went on an activity to Mirror Lake on Mount Hood.  Here’s the pictures:

March 20, 2017

Elder Ballard and Baptisms!

Hi everybody! I hope that you all had an awesome week!  Elder Fisher and I were able to find three new people to start teaching! It was cool because we found all three of them by staying in
the area of a lesson that canceled. I guess we were supposed to go there to find these people! We are really pumped to teach them this week!
On Saturday I was able to back to my last area and see two of my investigators, Kenny and Lolana, get baptized! It was the highlight of my week! I taught Lolana for 6 months so it was so rewarding to see her make that covenant a couple days ago! Both Kenny and Lolana after the baptism seemed so happy and excited to get the gift of the Holy Ghost! I’m so excited for them and hope that I can stay in touch with them to see how this helps them throughout their lives!
Another awesome thing that happened was Elder Ballard came to the mission! This was my third time meeting him and it was awesome! He talked about being sure that we are working hard and staying positive.  He also talked about how when he doesn’t feel like doing something he pulls a picture out of his pocket of the Savior and remembers Gethsemane. I love that. I can’t wait to use the things he taught us for the rest of my mission!
I know that Elder Ballard is truly and apostle of the Lord. I know that if we listen to the council of the twelve we will be our happiest and find the most joy possible. I know that Jesus is the Christ and that he really did pay for our sins. If we remember that the things we go through won’t seem that hard.
I love you all! Have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

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