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Elder Micah Wilcock

Oregon, Portland Mission

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December 2016

December 19, 2016

Six Days Until CHRISTMAS!!

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Hi everybody! I hope your week was exceptional!  Last week was kind of slow but wasn’t terrible. It snowed a ton last week! Well, a ton for Portland. It was pretty funny to watch everyone attempt to drive in the snow! They all just gun it and then when they try to slow down they lock the breaks. Amateurs. We saw several crashes but we have the Lord’s protection so we never had anything happen to us! Yay!
Partially because of the crazy weather and partially because of the holidays all of our appointments cancelled. Thus our week was slow. We were able to reschedule most of them for sometime in the next couple of weeks so it worked out. Most of the week was spent calling
people or walking around trying to talk to people.
We had the mission Christmas party on Friday and it was so much fun! I liked this years party more then last years because I knew way more people and got to see all of my friends. I ended up spending most of my time with Elder Hewitt, a former companion and Elder Hall, who is
now companions with Elder Hewitt! I love seeing Elder Hall at the mission get togethers! After we ate lunch and did some activities the whole mission got to hear the testimonies of the Ballard family. I loved what President Ballard spoke about. He committed each of us to do something that scared us or that is difficult to us as a gift to the Savior this Christmas. Jesus Christ did so much for us, this is the least we can do for Him. So for my gift, I’m going to talk to everyone I can about Jesus Christ. It’s really easy too find reasons not to talk to people but I’m going to put those aside and try to give out as many copies of the Book of Mormon as I can this week. I think giving away the Book of Mormon is a great Christmas gift because it’s all about Christ. I’ll let you know how I do next week.
I love you all! Have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

December 12, 2016

The Crèche and Carol

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Hi everybody! I hope you had a wonderful week!  Last week was one of the best weeks I’ve had in this area! We found four new investigators! That was huge because during the couple weeks
before we didn’t find anyone.  Hopefully, Elder Rockwood and I can keep this up!

Speaking of Elder Rockwood, he is great! I’m really glad that he is my new companion. He’s from Thousand Oaks California and has been on his mission for about nine months. It’s kind of fun to be his companion now because I remember serving around him when he was a greeny in
Oregon City. He seems like he’s grown a lot over the last nine months.

Something crazy happened last week. It snowed! It wasn’t much compared to Utah but it was pretty cool to see snow up here! When it snows in Oregon the entire state shuts down so when Elder Rockwood and I went tracting in the snow we found everyone home! Yay for bad weather! It’s supposed to snow again this weekend so we’ll see if we can find more people that day.

On Sunday our stake put on something called a Crèche and Carol. It’s where people bring a bunch of different nativity scenes and you walk around and look at them while a choir is singing. I’m not gonna lie, I was afraid that it would be really lame and take forever but it ended
up being really spiritual. The members of the Stake were encouraged to bring their friends and family so we got to see a lot of nonmembers there. My bishop invited his friend from work and she loved it! While she was looking at some of the pictures of Jesus Christ that people had brought I could tell that she was feeling the spirit testify to her of the Savior.

I know that Jesus Christ lives. He loves us. He was willing to die for us. His sacrifice makes it possible for us to be forgiven of our sinsso we can live with Heavenly Father again. Another thing I know is that each of us have a duty as Christians, as Elder Oaks said in General Conference, to share the gospel with those around us. Bishop’s friend never would have come if her didn’t invite her. We should always be inviting people to come closer to Christ. You never know whose life you can change for the better.

I love you all! Have a marvelous week!

Love,
Elder Wilcock

December 5, 2016

Seeking Correction

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Hi Everybody! I hope you had a great week!  My week was kind of sad but good. We found out that Elder Casey is leaving and I’ll be staying. It’s gonna be so weird without him! There is some cool news though! Elder Casey is going to the Oregon City 2nd ward! That’s cool because that was the second ward that I served in! He’s really excited because first of all it’s a great ward and second he gets a car for the winter. I’m so jealous! #Bikingintherain 🚴🏿🌧💧😢
My new companion will be Elder Rockwood. He’s been out for about nine months and that’s all I know of him. I’m really gonna miss Elder Casey but it will be good to get to know another companion.
We found out that Lolana wants to be baptized!!! It’s so exciting! I’m so happy for her! The only issue is that her mom wants her to wait four or five years… in our next lesson we are going to try to talk to her mom and work something out where she can be baptized sooner. It’s still really exciting to know that Lolana has a testimony!

The Beaverton West Stake had Stake Conference on Sunday and I really loved a lot of the talks that were given. My favorite one was probably from Elder Call of the Seventy. He was a really great speaker. He talked about always trying to improve. He told a story about another member of the Seventy meeting with one of the 12 Apostles. I won’t tell the whole story but in the end they had both made mistakes and they corrected each other because they loved each other enough to. Each of us need to make sure that we can loving give correction when needed and that we can take correction when it is given to us. We also need to be seeking correction from others so that we can improve. All of us are trying to be better. Seeking correction from others and the Lord is the way to do that.

I love you all! Have a great week!

Love,
Elder Wilcock

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