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Elder Micah Wilcock

Oregon, Portland Mission

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February 2017

February 20, 2017

Faith Brings Miracles!

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Hi everybody! I hope you had an awesome week!  Last week was slow when it came to finding but we had some awesome miracles happen! We had an awesome lesson with an investigator named Peggy. She has a lot of really sincere questions about the gospel and we were able to help her find answers for all of them. The Plan of Salvations seemed to connect with her because she has been having a lot of questions about what happens when we die. It was awesome to help her get answers to the questions that she had!
Alright, now time for the huge miracle! We’ve been teaching a girl named Lolana since I got to this area 6 months ago. She’s ten. Her grandpa is an active member of our church but Lolana was attending a different church with her mom. She wasn’t very interested at first but her testimony grew over time and she eventually gained the desire to be baptized. We were so excited when we heard that! However, the next time we went over her mom said that she had to wait 4 or 5 years to get baptized. All of us were heartbroken. Elder Rockwood and I were trying to think of anything we could do and we decided to fast for her mom’s heart to be softened along with praying for her every day. We got the ward council, ward missionaries and her primary class to join us. That was a couple of weeks ago and we just set an appointment to meet with her mom last week. It was the most nervous I’ve ever been in a lesson. After only a few minutes of talking her mom gave her permission to be baptized on March 11!!!!!!!!!!! It didn’t seem real but that night it set in. When I got down to say my prayers that night I couldn’t help but cry as I thanked Heavenly Father for this incredible miracle.
I know that faith proceeds miracles. All of us had to show our faith by praying and fasting. We then had to act on the prompting to meet with her mom and follow all promptings that come to us in the lesson.  I know that it wasn’t us who converted her and it wasn’t us who got her mom to say yes. It was the Spirit who did that.
I love you all!! Have an amazing week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

PS – This comes from an email he sent to us separately:

“Transfers are next week and President told me I’ll be leaving which is bitter sweet. We finally have things going! At least I can come back for the baptisms!”

That kind of stinks for him but he’s been in that area for six months.  I guess we will see what his last six months have in store.  Love this kid!

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February 13, 2017

The Plan of Happiness is Real!

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Hi everybody! I hope your week was awesome!  Last week was great! We found a couple of new people to teach, which is always exciting! One of them was a referral from the missionaries in the YSA ward. They had met her walking around one day and she said they could send us over to talk with her. Her name is Peggy. She’s always been Christian and is really excited to read from the Book of Mormon to learn more about Christ! We are excited to go back on Friday and talk to her about what she read.
The other person is someone Elder Rockwood met while we were on a tracting blitz with the spanish elders. While Elder Rockwood and Elder Miller were finding several new investigators, Elder White and I tried knocking two different apartment complexes. We got kicked out of the
first one after four doors and we got kicked out of the second one after only two doors. It sucked for us but I’m glad something came from it!
Taylin, our investigator with a baptismal date is struggling. He had finals last week and we weren’t able to get a hold of him. We’re gonna try to stop by him again this week. Hopefully now that finals are over he’ll be more available.
So something sad but good happened last week. A member of our ward passed away. I say that it’s a good thing because he had a stroke about ten years ago and hasn’t been the same since. He couldn’t really leave the house and he couldn’t speak in complete sentences. Only minutes after his passing his wife smiled as she said, “He can finally be himself again! I’m so happy for him!”
I’m so glad that Heavenly Father has given us the great Plan of Happiness. I know that death is part of the plan and will eventually be overcome because Jesus Christ overcame it with His resurrection. I know that each of us can be with our loved ones forever because of God’s plan.
I love you all and I hope you have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

P.S.  We went to the Nike world head quarters today! I got to take a picture with the parking spot sign for Lebron James! There were so many cool things! We even got to see a famous soccer player named Ronaldo!

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February 6, 2017

How Much of a Storm Will it Take to Keep you In?

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Hi everybody! I hope you had an awesome week!  Last week was really slow. Elder Rockwood and I got sick on Thursday.  It sucked! I was throwing up all morning. When it first hit me I was
really confused because I remember in the blessing I was given when I was set apart I was told that I wouldn’t get sick on my mission. I started praying about it and as I was praying the spirit told me how many times I would throw up and promised me that I would be completely healed on Friday. Both promises came to pass. I was only sick Thursday morning and when I woke up on Friday I felt totally fine. It was so cool! My poor companion was sick Thursday, Friday, and part of Saturday though. I felt so bad for him! We are both perfectly fine now! The members of the Aloha 1st ward were so nice and came to help us with whatever we needed! A huge thank you to all of them!
The day before we got sick we had Zone Conference and it was really good! I learned more in this zone conference then I have in others in the past. President Newsom in our mission presidency told a story that I loved and would like to share. There were two missionaries teaching an older couple. The wife was interested but the husband wasn’t. He liked the elders though and told them that if they ever needed a place to go they could come and teach him one of their lessons. One day a nasty storm hit so the elders decided to go to the mans’ home and teach him. They taught him the restoration and at the conclusion of the lesson the man asked if they actually understood and believed what they had just told him. Both elders were a little confused and said yes. The mans’ response was, “I don’t think you do understand. If you actually believed that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and told him that this was the true church you would be out telling people about it right now. This storm wouldn’t be keeping you in.” Then President Newsom asked us, “How much of a storm will it take to keep you in?”
I don’t want to let any storm keep me from fulfilling my calling to teach repentance and baptize converts. It’s so easy to find an excuse when even the smallest of life’s storms hit. When the storms do come, and they will, I know that if we remember the eternal impact of this gospel we won’t let any storm keep us from doing the will of our Father in Heaven.
I love you all! Have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

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