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Elder Micah Wilcock

Oregon, Portland Mission

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June 2016

June 27, 2016

Yellow Canaries with Gray on Their Wings

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Hi everyone! I hope you had an awesome week!

Last week was good but we were setting up a lot of stuff for this week so I don’t have a ton to report on.  We have a new family to teach though! There are five kids in the family and one of them is a member that we see sometimes. We went over on Sunday and the mom had a lot of questions about the Plan of Salvation and the Book of Mormon.  She liked a lot of the things we told her and she said that we can keep coming! We’re pretty excited!
So in my studies this last week I was reading Preach My Gospel and I found a quote that I liked. I was trying to find it when I found a talk by President Monson given in 1973 (back in the Stone Age) called Yellow Canaries with Gray on Their Wings.  I thought the title sounded interesting so I read the talk.  President Monson starts by telling a story from when he was a bishop and a widow in his ward passed away and asked him to take care of her things. When he went to her
apartment he found a note telling him what to do with everything. In the note she told him that she had three canaries. Two were yellow and beautiful and she asked that they go to the neighbors. The third was ruff looking with gray on its wings but she said that it was her
favorite because of the beautiful song that it sung. President Monson went on to talk about how their are many yellow canaries with gray on their wings in the world. They may not be the biggest or the strongest or the best looking but they have great hearts and they always try to
do what’s right. It reminded me of how the Lord has always called the weak and the simple to do His work. He calls 18 and 19 year old kids to do the work of salvation. We may not be the best teachers or know everything about the church but we are striving to serve the Lord and teach his gospel.  I love this gospel and I know that it is the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love you all and I hope you have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

June 20, 2016

Alma 43

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Hi everybody! I hope you had a great week!  Elder Palmer and I worked hard last week and we got a lot of good stuff done!  We taught two of the people that we found last week and the lessons went really well! We ended up having the sister missionaries teach one of the people with us and we decided that it would be better for the sisters to teach them.  The other investigator doesn’t seem extremely interested but he committed to read the Book of Mormon and said that we could come back. We will be going back to see him next week.
We found two new people on Sunday! We found them both in the same apartment complex! We were tracting and found one of them through that. He seems nice and at least will to let us come back. The other was sitting outside talking with some of her friends. We started talking to her and found out that she just moved here from Atlanta. We also found out that she was about to start meeting with the missionaries in Atlanta! We are really excited to start teaching her today!
On Friday we had a Mission Tour. Elder Nielsen of the Seventy came and talked to us about missionary work! (Surprise surprise) He talked a lot about the Savior and how we need to always teach of Him. Elder Nielsen also talked about how we don’t have to baptized a ton of
people to serve a successful mission. He told the story of his sons and how one of them baptized more people then he could count, one son baptized one person and one son didn’t baptize anyone but they all served successful missions in the Lord’s eyes. It was really great.
At the mission tour I was also able to see/hug all of my former companions!!! It was so nice to see all of the people that I have served around over the last 10 months and see how they are growing! I loved it!
So lately I have been studying Alma 43 and looking for parallels to our day. I thought that it was cool how one of the first things Moroni did when he found out that the Lamanites were on the move was go to the prophet Alma. If each of us would turn to the teachings on the prophets when we have a trial we could find peace a lot quicker than if we tried on our own. I also remember reading about how the Lamanites part way through the battle started to fight like dragons and beat the Nephites. When the Nephites were about to turn and run, Moroni inspired them by reminding them that they were fighting for their families, their freedom and their God. After that the Nephites come back and win the battle! I want to testify that Satan is a real being who is fighting as hard as he can to destroy us. If we want to stand a chance of winning we need to remember what matters most and fight with all of our strength for it. We should also remember that when we fall at times it is not the end. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is real and the Savior is looking to forgive and help each of us but we must turn to Him if He is to do so.
I love you all and I hope you have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

June 13, 2016

Three New Peeps!

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Hi everybody! I hope you had a great week!
I had an awesome week! We found three new investigators!! It was great! We found our first new investigator through street contacting. Elder Palmer, our Zone Leaders and myself went on a tracting blitz and decided to have a competition to see who could commit the most people to baptism on the first contact. I went with Elder Peterson and Elder Palmer went with Elder Flemming. Elder Peterson and I just started talking to this guy walking down the street. We asked him to be baptized and he said no but he agreed to meet with us again this week.

Our next new investigator was found on the same blitz. We tracted into him and found out that he has met with missionaries in the past. We are gonna meet with him again on Friday and teach him the whole first lesson.

Our third new investigator was found because we got a phone call from our district leader while we were walking around and we stopped to take the call. When we got off the phone we saw a lady out cleaning her yard and we asked if we could help. She said no so we just started talking to her about the gospel. It turns out that she had just moved in and she was looking for a church for her and her son to go to! We are really excited to start teaching her and her son.

So last Monday I said that I was going to start baring my testimony to everyone. I wasn’t perfect at it but I was able to bare my testimony to a lot of people. The spirit is always present when you are baring your testimony to those around you. Sharing my testimony has strengthened me and I hope it has strengthened those around me.

I love you all and I hope you have an awesome week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

June 6, 2016

Testify!

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Hi everybody! I hope you had a great week!
So I don’t have a ton to report on this week but it was still a good week! We found a new investigator named Seymour last week! The sisters that we share a ward with found him and sent him to us. When we went over and taught him about the Book of Mormon he had a lot of great questions. It was cool to feel the Spirit help us answer them. He has a real desire to know more about the Book of Mormon and the church so he is excited to start meeting with us weekly. We will hopefully be able to set a baptismal date with him in the next week or two!
Brian, our investigator with a date, is struggling to meet with us. I guess that two people at his work quit so he has been working way overtime to make up for it. His baptism isn’t for a while so we are praying that things will calm down soon so we can see him again. He is really excited about the gospel, he just doesn’t have any time at the moment.
So we have been getting a lot of rejection lately (shocking, right?) and it’s made me ponder about how people just don’t understand what they’re saying no to. This gospel is the greatest thing in the world! It provides peace for now and eternity by giving us a chance have a remission of our sins, be guided for the rest of our lives if we live righteously, and be with our families for forever! Who doesn’t want that?! As I was pondering this I was prompted to read my patriarchal blessing. In the blessing I’m told to never be afraid to bare my testimony and that I will have to bare testimony throughout my life.  So it’s my goal this week to bare testimony of something to everyone we talk to so that even when people do say no they will know that this gospel is important to me. I want everyone to know that this gospel has and does change my life for the better and it can do the same for them.
I leave you with my testimony that Jesus is the Christ. This is His gospel and anyone who follows Him will have everlasting life.  I love each of you and I hope that you are able to find a time to bare your testimony this week.
Love,
Elder Wilcock

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