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Elder Micah Wilcock

Oregon, Portland Mission

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January 2017

January 30, 2017

Be Still, and Know that I am God

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Hi everybody! I hope your week was fabulous!  Last week was great! Elder Rockwood and I were able to set a baptismal date! It was awesome! The Spanish elders sent us a referral so we stopped by. Taylin was raised agnostic but he really wants to know if there is a god. We  promised him that if he read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it was true, Heavenly Father would answer his prayer. We asked if he would be willing to act on whatever the answer
was. When he said of course we committed him to be baptized in March. He is really excited and so are we!!
On Wednesday our whole mission got to see the missionary worldwide broadcast! It was awesome! I learned so much about how I can be a better teacher of the gospel! Also, our schedule was changed! I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I haven’t known what to do in the
evenings because we plan in the mornings now. It’s also been difficult to find a good time for companionship study. I do like that things are more flexible now! I’m sure I’ll get used to it in the next few weeks.
So I don’t know all the details but from what I’ve heard things are pretty crazy right now. People are rioting, protesting, and wearing unspeakable things on their heads. When we see all of this going on it can be easy to forget the Lord. It can be easy for us to become fearful and doubt what God has in store for us. When I have had times of doubt on my mission the third verse of How Firm a Foundation always comes to my mind:

Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, upheld by my righteous,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

I promise that Heavenly Father has a plan. He knows and loves each of us personally and is looking to help the righteous through these last days. That doesn’t mean we won’t have trials, but it does mean that God will assist us with our trials. If we fill our souls with hope, faith, and charity, we will have no room for things like doubt and fear.
I love you all so much! Have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

January 23, 2017 Part 2

Nike Trip!
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So a member took us to the Nike employee store today. Believe it or
not I’ve actually started liking basketball on my mission. Weird
right?! Well the member who took us found out and bought me these
basketball shoes! Best member ever!! I bought the other stuff and I
can’t wait to use it all!

January 23, 2017

Gettin’ Dirty 🐷

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Hi everybody! I hope you had a great week!  Last week was great! Most of our appointments canceled which sucked but we were able to reschedule all of them for this week! Yay! It’s nice to know that they are actually interested and willing to reschedule.
A big event that happened was on Wednesday, the Peden’s, a family in the ward, had their basement flood because of all the rain and melting snow. It was great to see the ward rush to their aid. Even one of her nonmember neighbors came to help!  A few members of the ward decided that the best thing to do to prevent this happening again (because it happened last year as well) was to build a foundation drain. So we dug about four feet down on one side of the house and led the drain to a sump pump. It was rainy and windy the whole time but we all had a blast! Everyone was joking and laughing which made things go much faster! Because of my size or lack of size I was down in the ditch digging for most of the night. It was awesome!! I think that by the end of the night I had about three inches of mud stuck to the bottom of my boots plus all of the mud covering the rest of me. It was nice to get out of church clothes and get dirty of once! I’ll be sure to send some pictures! I was a mess!

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On Sunday Sister Peden asked if she could speak for a few minutes to say thank you. It was a great talk. Her and her family have been going through some really intense trials right now and I think that the basement flooding was about to push her over the edge. She spoke about how grateful she was for everyone who has been helping her over the last few weeks. At the end of her talk she asked if we thought these trials had affected her faith. I figured that she would then talk about how her faith had wavered but in the end she was strengthened but her answer surprised me. She said, “Of course not! I still know that Jesus is the Christ. I still know that the church is true.” I hope that I can develop that unshakable faith throughout my life.  I also know that Jesus is the Christ. I know that this is the true church. I know that we can overcome anything if we turn to the Savior for help.
I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

January 16, 2017

Snow in Portland!

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Hi everybody! I hope yo had an awesome week!  It snowed last week! It was crazy! It was actually snow too! Not the little dustings we get most of the time. It was exciting to see real
snow for the first time in two years!  The first day it snowed we went around shoveling people’s driveways and we actually found a couple of people from it! It was awesome to see the blessings of service. It totally softened the hearts of these people.  Other than helping us find the snow didn’t do anything for us. All of our lessons canceled because no one wanted to drive in it. I don’t blame them for not driving with the freezing rain but this is just snow.  This week we will be back to the regular Oregon winter weather which means rain, rain and rain. Yay! At least we will have more lessons this week!
Something crazy happened last week. We saw some people trying to break into a house! There were two guys standing outside the door of a home that was for sale. When we got closer we saw them both pulling as hard as they could on the door. We thought they were just trying to work on the house at first but then one pulled out a crowbar and started going crazy on the door! They looked like they may have been homeless  so we called the cops just to be safe. I never thought I would see that on my mission!
Finding has been the big thing for us. We’ve been dropping people left and right because they stop responding to us. It’s frustrating for me but I can’t even imagine how Heavenly Father feels. It must be hard for Him to see His children come so close to hearing about the gospel and then reject it. Luckily there will be more opportunities for all of God’s children to hear the gospel. He gives us every chance to choose the right! I love that!!
I know that God loves us and wants us to have true happiness but He will never force us. I think if He did it would first of all negate the purpose of us coming here and I don’t think it would mean as much to us. I’m so glad that I have come to know that they gospel is true.
I love you all! Have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

January 9, 2017

Freezing Rain!!

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Hi everybody! I hope you all had an amazing week!  Last week was really slow so sorry for the short email.  Elder Rockwood and I were able to find a few new investigators though!  We have been doing a lot and finding! We keep getting investigators who are interested in learning but don’t want to commit to do anything like come to church or read the Book of Mormon. Hopefully the people that we found last week will be interested in really learning by reading and coming to church.
The weather last weekend was crazy! On Saturday it snowed, which wasn’t bad but on Sunday we had freezing rain. When we woke up that morning everything was covered in ice! The cars, the roads, and the sidewalks all had about a half inch of ice. It made walking to a members house really sketchy! Luckily neither of us slipped. I’m sure the Lord was looking out for us there!
My studies last week were mainly focused on Jacob 5. It made me think about how this is the time when the Lord is gathering His people.  Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have restored the gospel to the earth for the last time. It’s now our time to labor in His vineyard. I’m so glad that I made the choice to come on a mission. It amazes me that the Savior chooses simple and imperfect people like me to serve Him and all of Heavenly Fathers children. I know that I receive divine help everyday. I can feel and see the Lord helping me with all that I do. I know that He will help each of us if we reach out and ask for it.
I love you all and I hope you have the best week ever!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

January 2, 2017

Talk about Baptism!

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Hi everybody! I hope you had a great week!  Our week went very well! We found three new investigators last week!  It was awesome! We found all of them through tracting but a couple of
them seem pretty solid!
On Wednesday our whole zone got the chance to hear from a Master Chief in the Navy! It was so cool! He’s a member and gave us some great advice to use for the rest of our missions. He talked about talking to everyone about baptism when we first talk to them, which is something
I have been trying to do. At first it was kind of awkward at first but I am getting used to it and it helps me get right to the point.
After the meeting we had the guy took us to lunch and told us a bunch of his war stories. It was so cool! He has worked with SEAL teams so he had a lot of awesome stories that all of us elders loved!
Sunday was a good day as well. We had an investigator come to church that I talked to about two months ago at a bus stop. I hadn’t heard from him since we talked to him and I got the prompting to call him. He has now come to church twice and wants to take the lessons!!
I’m so glad that I followed that spiritual prompting! If I hadn’t he probably wouldn’t have come to church! It was a miracle and a testimony builder for me. I know that if we follow promptings we can see miracles happen. I love you all! Have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

December 26, 2016

Last Christmas in the Mission Field

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Hi everybody! Merry Christmas!!! Sorry it’s a day late… oh well!  Last week was really great! Elder Rockwood and I found seven new investigators! That’s the most I’ve ever found in one week! Some are definitely more solid then others but we are really excited to start working with all of them!
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were awesome! On Christmas Eve Elder Rockwood and I got to spend the evening with the Hess family. I love them so much! It was really fun because we got to play games like Pie Face, read Christmas stories, and read stories about the Saviors birth
from the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. We also had an amazing dinner! On Christmas day we were able to sing in the ward choir. It was as good as you would expect a ward choir to be but it was still fun to be able to sing, which is something I don’t get to do very often. My presents were great! I owe a huge thank you to my family for the awesome stuff I got! Thank you Mom, Dad, McKenna, and Noah! I love each of you!
After church I was able to Skype my family from the Hess’ house. We had some technical difficulties at the start but it worked out. It was the best part of the day! I love my family so much and am so blessed to be able to see them over Skype.
After that Elder Rockwood and I went to the Temperini’s house and spent the evening with them. I love them as well! We had an awesome meal and were able to play some great games while getting to know their family better. We also got some cool new ties form Dee Temperini! It was so much fun!
I’m so grateful for the chance that I have to be a missionary in the Oregon Portland Mission. It’s never fun to be away from home on Christmas but I’m grateful for the two amazing families that let us come over and spend the special time of year with them. The person I am most grateful for though is the Savior, Jesus Christ. I’m so grateful for His birth, live, ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection from me. It’s great to be out here serving Him and trying to show my gratitude for what He has done for me. I love you all and I hope you have an amazing week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

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