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Elder Micah Wilcock

Oregon, Portland Mission

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March 2016

March 28, 2016

Happy Easter!

Easter 2016

Hi everybody! Happy Easter!
My Easter was pretty interesting! Elder Hewitt and I got a call from the missionaries in another ward early Sunday morning and they said that one of them was sick and they needed one of us to stay with him.  I ended up sitting with another missionary for five hours listening to him throw up every half hour. Happy Easter! I spent most of my time watching church videos and coloring in my miracles of the bible coloring book. Happy Easter!
We found three new investigators this week! It’s been an amazing blessing! One of them we found tracting on Sunday. He’s a big Samoan guy and he seems really open to reading the Book of Mormon. The second one was a referral from other missionaries. We should be meeting with him this week. The last guy we found has a pretty cool story behind it. This man’s son is serving a mission in New York right now. This elder sent us a copy of the Book of Mormon with his testimony written in the front. Elder Hewitt and I had the chance to give him this Book of Mormon and tell him what it is and what his son is doing. He seems open and ready to hear about the gospel. I can’t wait to start teaching these people.
So all in all it was a pretty good week. In honor of Easter I’ll leave you with my testimony of the Savior. I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know that He performed the Atonement for each of us and that He loves us more than we know. I know that He is the light and the life of the world and he will never give up on us. I know that on the third day He truly did rise and that He lives today. If we turn to Him He will help us do things that we could never do on our own.
I love you all and I hope that you can remember the Savior in all that you do!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

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March 21, 2016

Bike Problems

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Hi everyone! Hope your week was good!
Not a lot happened last week. Elder Hewitt and I have been working on finding new people right now so we’ve been out knocking doors! Part of the reason we weren’t able to do a lot was because our car was in the shop till Friday! It was time to pull out the bikes again! Lucky it didn’t rain that much last week so we’re were biking in nice weather. Elder Hewitt has had a car for his mission so far so he didn’t have a bike. The missionaries from the ward next to us said that they had a spare bike in their apartment that he could us. Monday night he gets the bike and we start biking to an appointment. First of all the kickstand falls off after about a quarter mile. Next his derailleur breaks and goes into his spokes. We still had about two miles to go to get to the appointment and it was already almost 9:00 so we had to cancel. As we walked the bikes back his front tire just fell off.  Right after that a van pulled over and this nice couple was willing to give us and the bikes a ride back to our apartment. It was a great act of Christlike love and we were very appreciative.
A few days later we had to bike out to the middle of nowhere to do a lesson with a recent convert. The lesson went well and on the way back the bolt that held my seat on snapped in half. I guess I’ve gained a little weight over the last three months… I ended up having to sit on my fender for the ride to the church where our next appointment was. It was funny  afterwords but in the moment it sucked! Fortunately another missionary let me borrow his seat for the rest of the time we were on bike.

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All of our work paid off though because we found a new investigator who seems really awesome! His son sent our mission president a copy of the Book of Mormon with his testimony in it and we were told by our zone leaders that he can meet with us! I’m praying that he is open to the message we share!
Last week may have been a little long and a little tough at times but I am still so glad that I made the choice to serve a mission! I have learned so much in the last 7 months! Everyone has trials and tribulations but if we are able to see past the bad and look to what the Lord is trying to teach us we can grow in our firmness of the knowledge of the gospel. I only had bike problems last week! So many people out their have trials that I can’t even imagine. I testify that
the Savior is always looking out for us. He will never leave us. We should always have hope because his Atonement is ever reaching.
I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

March 14, 2016

The Holy Ghost

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Hi everybody! Hope your week was swell!
Last week wasn’t extremely eventful for Elder Hewitt and myself but we still saw some great miracles!  Tuesday night Elder Hewitt threw up before we went to bed and on Wednesday he still wasn’t feeling well so we weren’t able to do much.  I tried to make phone calls and study but I must admit that made for a really long day. That night we were able to have a lesson with an investigator over Skype! It was a really great lesson on feeling the Holy Ghost. It was awesome to be able to feel the Spirit as we talked even though we weren’t in the same room.
Sunday was awesome! Elder Hewitt and I were asked to sing in a stake choir that was doing a musical program called “Our Savior’s Love”. Elder Hewitt and I had both done choir in high school and we agreed that it was nice to sing something other than hymns in sacrament
meeting. I was REALLY out of practice but I think I did alright. The music was good and we had a pretty good turnout.
On Sunday we also got to teach an amazing lesson to an investigator named Chris W. He had a baptismal date for a while but because of some concerns that he had it came and went a while ago. We weren’t really sure if he still wanted to be baptized because he wasn’t really participating in lessons as much as he used to. For the lesson on Sunday our ward mission leader, Brother Briggs, and ourselves thought it would be a good idea to have Brother Briggs come with us to the lesson because he was in a similar situation to the one that Chris is
in. It was the perfect thing! Because of the inspired questions that Brother Briggs asked we found out that he does still want to get baptized and he knows what he needs to do to get there! Chris told us that he feels something special about this church and he still wants
to be a part of it!
I know Heavenly Father uses the Holy Ghost to speak to His children and that if we listen to it we can see amazing miracles! The Spirit can touch anyone’s heart and will always inspire us to do good.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23
I love all of you and I hope you can follow the promptings of the spirit this week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

March 7, 2016

Temple Trip

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Hey everyone! Hope your week was good!  Mine was great! Elder Hewitt and I got to teach a lesson with President Ballard on Tuesday! It was a little nerve racking at first but he was perfect for the lesson. We have an investigator named Milt and he’s struggling to commit to a firm date. I had and interview with President Ballard two weeks ago and he said that he would come with us to our next lesson with Milt. The lesson went really well. The spirit was very strong and we could tell that Milt was feeling the spirit. He still doesn’t have a date unfortunately because of a knee surgery next week but he does want to get baptized!
We were also able to find a new investigator last week! His name is Armando. He was a potential sent over by one of my former companions, Elder Maloney. We got in contact with Armando this week and he sounds like a really solid investigator. We will be teaching him later this week. I think that he will be receptive to the message.
Last Thursday I had the chance to go through the Portland Temple. It was beautiful as always and I was able to receive answers to some questions that I’ve had. To be on the earth in a time when temple ordinances are available is a huge blessing that I have taken for granted. We have a chance to draw as close to our Heavenly Father as we can on this earth if we choose to live by the sacred covenants that we make in the House of the Lord. What an amazing blessing!
In my personal studies I have been reading the words of Abinadi and Alma; two Book of Mormon prophets who come one right after the other. I have realized just how important prophets are. We need to them to keep us on the straight and narrow path that leads back to God.  A really great talk that Elder Hewitt showed me recently is called, “The Voice of the Lord is unto all People” by W. Grant Bangerter. It was given in 1979, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and it gives many reasons for why we need a prophet today. I would invite anyone who reads this to read that talk.
I have had many people try to use Matthew 7:15 against me when it comes to prophets. They say that Joseph Smith was one of the false prophets that Christ talks about in that verse but they never seem to bring up what the Redeemer says in verses 16-20. The Savior tells us that we shall know these prophets by their fruits. Look at the fruits of Joseph Smith and those who came after him. They have all served their fellow man and they bring so much light and truth into the world. That is their fruit.
I know that God calls prophets today just like in times of old. I know that Joseph Smith was the prophet of the Restoration and that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet on the earth today. If we listen to what they say we will find more joy then the things of this world could ever hope to give us.
I love you all and I hope that you can all find ways to serve the Lord.
Love,
Elder Wilcock

February 29, 2016

The Plan of Salvation

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Hi everybody! I hope your week was swell!
I had a stressful but good week! Last P-day Elder Hewitt and I got to go with some other missionaries and make a knife with a guy who does black-smithing as a hobby. It was so cool! It was the best P-day ever!
The stressful part of the week happened on Saturday. The sisters in the ward next to us called us and asked if we could help them with a move that afternoon. We didn’t have much to do so we said we could.  They said that they wouldn’t be able to come though so they gave us the address. When we got there the couple that we were helping came up to us and asked when the truck would get there. We didn’t hear anything about a truck! We ended up calling a bunch of people in our ward until someone said yes. It took forever because they had a lot of stuff and only one truck. It sucked but it turned out good.
Other than that the week wasn’t very exciting. We taught a couple of lessons that went well and we are hoping to set at least one baptismal date this week! We have several great investigators! It’s such a blessing to have a strong teaching pool.
I have been studying the plan of salvation in my studies and I want to testify that Heavenly Father has a perfect plan for each of us. Because of the atonement of Jesus Christ we have a way to get back to our Heavenly Father. We can also be with our families forever if we choose to follow the Savior. I know that God loves each of us and he wants us to come back to him. Each of us can find every lasting peace and joy if we hold to the iron rod.
I love you and miss you all so much!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

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