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Elder Micah Wilcock

Oregon, Portland Mission

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October 2015

October 26, 2015

Nephi

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Hey everyone!

I hope things are going well!  This week has been awesome!
Most of our investigators are doing well
but none have set a solid baptismal date yet. One really does want to
get baptized but he has a lot of problems to work through. It has been
a great lesson to me on patience and letting the atonement of Christ
work through people. I’m so grateful for a Father in Heaven who is
willing to stick by our side even when we don’t listen to him.
There have been a lot of meetings this week but they have been really
great! The one that I liked the most was Zone Conference. President
Ballard talked to us about 1 Nephi and related it to a mission. I
don’t know about you but I have read 1 Nephi about a gotrillion times
and I’ve never thought of it as a mission but it makes sense. Nephi
was born of goodly parents (like me) and he had to leave all the
things of the world behind so that he could do what God asked of him.
It’s totally a mission! Then I was thinking about how we can either be
Laman and Lemuel missionaries or Nephi missionaries. Laman and Lemuel
still went into the wilderness but they just complained the whole
time. They didn’t find out for themselves if it was true. Nephi on the
other hand went through the same hard times but he tried his hardest
and he knew that he was doing the right thing.
Earlier this week I was on exchanges with one of the zone leaders and
we tracted in to a guy who kept trying to pick our testimonies apart.
He kept telling us that we need to think for ourselves and find out
what we “really” believe. We knew that he wasn’t going to change his
views so we bore our testimonies and wished him a good day.
I know that the church is true. I know with all of my heart and soul
that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it was translated
by Joseph Smith who was a prophet of God. I know that Thomas S. Monson
is the living prophet and that if we listen to him we will be blessed
in every aspect of our lives. If you have a question in your life and
you turn to your Father in Heaven in sincere prayer and study of his
word then you can find the answer.
I love you all and can’t wait to hear from you!
Love ya!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

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October 19, 2015

Never Give Up, Never Surrender

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Hi everyone! I hope that you have seen all of the blessings that the
Lord has given you this past week!
Last week had some ups and downs for Elder Smith and myself. Almost
all of our appointments fell through and we had an investigator drop
us, however, we still saw many miracles. There is an investigator whose
door we have knocked on everyday since we got here and he finally
answered the door!! And he wants to keep talking with us! It was a
miracle!
We did a ton of service over the week and it was a huge blessing! A
family in our ward had a small fire in their house and it did a lot of
smoke damage. A small group of ward members and us went over and
painted their living room and hallway. It actually looked pretty good,
mostly because Brother Doty, a general contractor and one of the
coolest guys I’ve met on my mission, came and told us how to do
everything properly. Everyone was telling stories and laughing and we
had a great time while we painted.
Right after that we helped at the 12th Annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin
Regatta. So the main event is people from all over the country who grow
pumpkins that are anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 pounds and then turn
them into boats and have a big race on this man made pond. It was way
fun! They had a ton of activities for everyone to do. I got to help
with pumpkin bowling which is just what it sounds like. It was really
funny to watch the kids try to bowl with pumpkins that weighed more
then them.
Near the end of the week we had a lesson with an investigator named
Manuel. He is trying really hard to do better with his problems but he
has had some shortcomings. When we were teaching him he kept telling
us how sorry he was and he asked us a few times to never give up on
him.
Just like how we won’t give up on Manuel, Jesus Christ will never give
up on us. In Joshua 1:5 the Lord says: “I will be with thee: I will
not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” As we strive to follow Heavenly
Father’s commandments He has promised us that He will never forget us.
It is never too late to sincerely repent.
I love you all and pray for you!
So say we all,
Elder Wilcock

October 12, 2015

Man of Science / Man of Faith

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Hi everybody! I hope that things are going well!
This week has been amazing! We met all of our goals this week and
almost all of our investigators are progressing! Elder Smith and I
have had to work like crazy but we can see the blessings that the Lord
has given us for our hard work!
So this week our Zone Leaders have really been trying to get everyone
to tract more. At first it was really nerve racking but it’s starting
to become easier. I have seen many miracles from tracting. I have also
had my testimony challenged more times then ever before. Some people
try to make me doubt what I know to be true by twisting my words
around and telling me things I know aren’t true. It reminds me of Alma
11 when Zeezrom and Amulek go head to head. Zeezrom keeps trying to
get Amulek to slip up but Amulek follows the spirit and says what he
knows.
Their are also a lot of people who want proof about everything. They
refuse to act on faith and they they get lost in looking for things
things that will “prove” that the Book of Mormon is true. When I talk
to these people it reminds me of an episode of Lost call Man of
Science and Man of Faith. In the episode you see the difference
between John Locke and Jack Shepherd. One is a man of science and one
is a man of faith.
As I have worked in the mission field I have found that I am a man of
faith. When I act with faith I can see the Lord blessing me and
providing for me. I’m not trying to say that science is bad, I’m just
saying that it should never overpower your testimony of the Saviors
gospel.
If you are ever doubting what you believe the best advise I can give
is to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. Ask Heavenly Father
if it is His word and I promise you that He will answer you.
I love you all so much and I’m so great full for your prayers and support!
Love ya!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

The Testimony of Elder Micah James Wilcock

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Hello Battle Creek 2nd ward! I hope you are doing well!
I’ve been asked to bare my testimony to you and after much thought and prayer I have decided to talk to you about a simple truth: that God is our loving Heavenly Father.
My first day in the mission field, President Ballard told all of the new elders and sister that Portland Oregon was voted the most godless city in America. I wondered how this could be? How could people turn away from someone who is always trying to help and reach out to them? After being out for only a month I understand that people feel that way because they don’t know who God really is.
I promise you brothers and sisters that Heavenly Father loves us more then we can imagine. Sometimes it may not seem like that; we may be going through terrible trials and wonder if God cares about us at all. The Lord does not give us these hard things because he hates us, he is trying to help us grow. He is with us every step of the way if we choose to let him help us.
I know that Heavenly Father lives. I know that he loves each one of us and has given us this life so that we can become like him someday. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that we can draw closer to Christ by reading it and living its teachings. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that Thomas S. Monson is the living prophet today. I know that Jesus Christ suffered and died so that each of us can become clean and live with our Father in Heaven again.
I love you all so much!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

October 5, 2015

Keep It Simple

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Hi everybody! Thank you so much for your prayers and letters! You have
blessed me in more ways then you can imagine.
First of all I hope that each of you where able to see at least some
of General Conference this weekend. If not then you really need to
look it up. The talks where full of spiritual and eternal truths. I
know that my questions where answered and I hope that you have found
the answers to your questions.
The main question I asked was how can I be a better teacher. Many
times when Elder Smith and I are talking to people they want to dive
right into speculative topics. I often struggle to answer these
questions and I don’t feel like I am getting my massage across. The
answer I got to my question is to keep things simple. I just need to
stick to teaching what I know and follow the spirit. I had a chance to
try this out on Sunday afternoon.
It was between the morning and afternoon sessions and we where
checking up on some investigators. It was me, my companion, and a
member named Ryan Robley. (Apparently he and his brother went to PG
High for a while!) We had been to several people’s houses and no one
was answering. We felt a prompting to try to see Manuel.
Elder Smith and I have knocked on his door a ton of times and he has
never answered but because of the prompting we went. A few seconds
after knocking the door swung open and we met Manuel. We were a little
shocked and we were even more so when he started crying and invited us
in.
Manuel told us about a lot of things that he was going through at the
moment. These were things that I have never gone through and I had no
idea how to help. I don’t think any of us did. So we just said a quick
prayer and went with the spirit. We gave him a blessing and taught a
simple lesson on prophets and the atonement. He told us that he could
feel the love of Christ and that we have something that no one else
has. Manuel invited us back in a few days so that we could talk to him
again. I went into that lesson with no idea what to teach, but I
followed the spirit and taught some simple things that I knew and it
blessed this mans life.
Daniel has been reading the Book of Mormon and progressing but we are
letting the YSA elders take over now. That has been hard but I know
that God has a plan for each of us and this is part of the plan for
Daniel.
I went on an exchange with Elder Stovall earlier this week and it was
awesome! We did a lot of tracting and found 3 new investigators! It
was such a blessing!
We had zone conference this weekend and talked a lot about the
atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and loves each of us.
I know that He suffered and died for us so that we can have the
opportunity to live with our Heavenly Father and families forever. I
know that He knows each of us by name and is helping us everyday. He
is helping the families of those who where killed in the shooting this
week. Keep them in your prayers. I wish that I could help these
families know that they will see their loved ones again. If you get
the chance to bare testimony of that don’t be afraid to do so. People
need to know the message of this gospel.
I love all of you so much and hope you find success in what you are
currently doing.
Love ya!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

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