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Elder Micah Wilcock

Oregon, Portland Mission

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August 2016

August 29, 2016

Be Like Nephi

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Hi everybody! I hope you had an awesome week! Last week was great! Elder Brown and I were able to find a new investigator! We went on another tracting blitz with the Spanish elders when we found her. She’s very Christian and loves to pray.  We’re excited to teach her this week! She seemed open to the Book of Mormon and a modern day prophet! I’ll let you know how the lesson goes.

Other than that I don’t have a ton to report on for last week. We had a lesson with an investigator that our High Priest Group Leader gave to us that went well! He’s struggling to remember to read the Book of Mormon so we are texting him once a day to remind him. I’m so grateful for the gift of technology! We have so many amazing tools from the Lord! I love being able to use them!

So I’ve been pondering something lately that I wanted to talk about in my email. Over the last year I’ve seen so many people who are complacent in their lives. They strive to do the bare minimum and try to find a way to get out of everything. I don’t have much room to talk because in high school I was pretty content to just do the minimum amount of work in order for me to graduate but I now see that that’s the wrong way to look at life. This isn’t just a problem in the work place and in school but also in our faith. I’ve met many people who are content to attend church when it suits them and only think about God when they need something. It’s also a problem for Latter Day Saints. I’ve seen many members and missionaries unfortunately who strive to do only that which is absolutely necessary for them. Joseph Smith once taught, “A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race.” (Joseph Smith Jr.) So if we feel content in just blessing ourselves and our families then are we really changing? Are we really
trying to become like the Savior? Some people, when asked to bless others, look for anyway to get out of it. They find an excuse not to do what they’ve been asked and when a solution is presented they quickly find another reason why they can’t do the task. This doesn’t show any faith at all. It’s easy to find excuses. It’s hard to find a way to make it happen. Look at the story
from the Book of Mormon when Lehi asks his sons to return to Jerusalem to get the plates. Laman and Lemuel complain the whole time and try to find any way out of it. Nephi chooses to find a way to accomplish the task, even when it didn’t work the first few times. I want to challenge each of you to be like Nephi. When you are asked to fulfill a church responsibility instead of looking for a way out look to the Lord for a way to accomplish his purpose. I can promise you that as you do this you will feel the love of our Heavenly Father more in your life and you and your families will be blessed.

I love each of you and I hope you have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

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August 22, 2016

The Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Hi everybody! I hope you had an awesome week!  Last week was great for me! I got to go to the wedding and baptism of an investigator in Oregon City! It was awesome! I’m so grateful for the blessing of being able to attend both events. The Spirit was very strong and all of us could feel that they were making the choice that the Lord wanted them to make.
While I was there I got to see a lot of people that I have missed including my former companion, Elder Hewitt! I found out that he is in the same district as Elder Hall! I asked how he’s doing and Elder Hewitt said that he’s doing great! I kept wanting to call Elder Hall Bridger and Elder Hewitt said that every time Elder Hall talks about me he calls me Micah. It was kind of funny. I’m glad to hear that he’s doing well.
So we found a new family to teach last week! We tracted an apartment complex with the Spanish elders and the YSA elders. The YSA elders found this family. One of the daughters had a dream the night before we came where God told her that He was going to send something good to their home! Isn’t that cool?! We are really excited to teach them!
I had to give a talk on Sunday. The bishop texted me and asked if I would give a talk on the Ensign article, “Rooted in Christ”. It made me think of the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that’s what I spoke on. I felt like I did an okay job. I hope that someone was able to get something out of what I said.
I want to bare my testimony by saying that I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the way to return to out Father in Heaven. I know that Jesus is the Christ and that He suffered for our sins so that immortality and eternal life can be possible for each of us. I love you all and I hope you have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

August 15, 2016

Come So Far But Got So Far To Go…

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Hi everybody! I hope that you had an awesome week!  My week was good! We found a new investigator! The High Priest Group Leader is friends with him and invited him to take the missionary lessons. The investigator had a really cool experience a few weeks ago where his daughter was in a bad accident and in the hospital. (That’s not the cool part.) Our High Priest Group Leader offered to give the girl a blessing. A few weeks after the blessing she is out of the
hospital and is making a full recovery! (That’s the cool part!)  Because of that the father is willing to take the missionary lessons and read the Book of Mormon! I love the priesthood!
So Friday was my one year mark. It’s crazy to think that I’ve already been preaching the gospel for a year! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to burn a shirt but I’m still gonna try to in the next few days! Elder Brown and I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary on Friday. However, thanks to my family, I now have about 400 lbs of M&M’s and Jelly Beans. I’m hoping that I can burn off all the fat I’m about to gain before I come home next August!  It’s sad to think that I only have a year now to be a full time missionary. My first year has been amazing and I have learned so much so I hope that my second year can be even better! I never could have guessed where I would be, where my life would be, and where my faith would be in just a year of missionary work. I have seen my faith grow as I have helped others increase their own faith. I’ve seen my testimony grow as I have gone through good and bad times. I wish that I could say that I have grown physically but I think the only part of
my body that has grown has been my double chin. I’m grateful for all of the good food that I’ve had and that’s pretty evident. The members that I have served around have been very loving and have impacted me for the better. I’m so grateful for all of the support that I get from all of you at home. You have helped me more than you know. I hope that all of us can continue to grow spiritually in the next year.
I love you all and I hope that you have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

August 8, 2016

A Week of Miracles in Milwaukie

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Hi everybody! I hope that your week was great!  My week was sweet! My new companion is Elder Brown. He’s from South Carolina and he’s really funny!  He is also really musical so I think we will get along great!
So our ward had a baptism last week! His name is Ali. I got to teach him a little and he is awesome! His wife is a member but hasn’t been coming for a while. About a month ago Ali and his wife saw the elders biking around and said hi to them. Ali agreed to take the lessons and his wife agreed to come back to church! Isn’t that awesome? His baptismal service was really great and the spirit was so strong. Unfortunately, he was our only investigator so now we have to do a
bunch of finding. Yay!
I’m really excited because one of the people that I taught in Oregon City is getting baptized in a couple of weeks and I get to go back and see him be baptized! I’ll be sure to send pictures when it happens!
Another cool thing that happened was President Newsom, a member of the mission presidency, came to the Milwaukie ward and talked about member missionary work. He started off by asking how many people were excited that he was there. Elder Brown, the senior couple we share the ward with, and I raised our hands. Then he asked how many people were annoyed because it was gonna be another missionary lesson. Most of the people in the congregation raised their hands. President Newsom decided to show them what a good missionary dinner lesson should look like. He asked if he could get a volunteer from the congregation. A sister volunteered and went up. He then asked Elder Brown and I to go up. He asked us to teach a lesson and get some referrals from the sister. It was pretty nerve racking for all three of us. I was
thinking about what to teach when Helaman 5:12 came to my mind so I went with it. It ended up being a really spiritual experience where everyone was crying by the end. We even got a few referrals out of it! I think that everyone there was hit with the spirit of missionary work.
The last experience happened on Monday. Last transfer I lost my journal. I had been looking for it for a while when I decided to pray about it. After my prayer a thought came to my mind. I thought about how during the transfer before that I hadn’t done a good job of writing in my journal. It made sense to me after that why I wasn’t getting any promptings on where it was. I said another prayer where I apologized for not writing in my journal and I said that if Heavenly
Father would help me find my journal I would write in it every night. The day of transfers I found my journal and have been writing in it every night.
I know that God loves us. I know that He hears and answers our prayers. I have seen that time and time again on my mission. I love you all and I hope your week is awesome!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

August 1, 2016

Milwaukie!!

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Hi everybody! I hope that you have a great week!  I hope that you had the chance to go to the temple last week! My week was good!  We found 4 new investigators! It was great! Three of them are brothers that we talked to while they were playing Pokemon Go. The fourth one is the girlfriend of a member in the ward who wants to take the lessons! She seems really solid! Elder Palmer and I are very grateful for all of these people that we have been finding!  We are especially grateful for these new people because we had to drop a lot of people last week. We haven’t been able to contact these people for a while so we had to drop them. We also had to get rid of the baptismal date we had. The investigator is out of town and won’t be back until September. It is a little frustrating but she will be taught more in the future.
I found out that I am getting transferred today! I am going to Milwaukie and my new companion will be Elder Brown! I am going to miss Elder Palmer. I have learned so much from him but I have heard a lot of good things about Elder Brown!
That’s all about all that happened this last week. I want to end with my testimony that I know that this is the Lord’s work. I know that Heavenly Father loves each of his children and wants what’s best for them.
I love you all and I hope you have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock
P.S. I saw Elder Hall today!!!

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