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Elder Micah Wilcock

Oregon, Portland Mission

March 13, 2017

Fourth Floor, Last Door

Hi everybody! I hope you had an awesome week!  Things are going well in Beaverton! It’s been raining a ton but we had a couple of nice days last week! It was awesome to be able to bike
around without all of the rain gear! It looks like this week is rain everyday though… Yaaaaay…
We had some sweet miracles happen last week! After 13 weeks this ward had an investigator at church! Yay! She is really smart! She already has three masters degrees and is going to BYU this fall to get another one! She seems excited to learn about the gospel though and is very
respective to what we teach!
Another cool thing that happened happened when we went to see a less active member. They weren’t home so we decided to knock some doors in the apartment complex we were in. We found an investigator at the second apartment! His family has been taught by Spanish missionaries before but he said he would like to be taught in English. He seems like a nice guy and it will be awesome to teach him!
This one was my favorite! We were tracting in a different complex. It was pouring rain and no one was even opening their doors. We couldn’t decide if we should leave and try somewhere else or stay. As we were talking President Uchtdorf’s talk, “Fourth Flour, Last Door” came to
our minds. We decided to stay. The next door we knocked on was the first time anyone opened the door! We started talking to the guy and he said that it was crazy that we came by that day. We asked why and he said that he had been raised Christian but had been an atheist for the last few years. Two days before we came he decided that he still did believe in God! How cool is that?! He told us he had been reading the book of Luke for three hours before we came! We invited him to read 3 Nephi 11 and see if the doctrine matched what the Bible said. He was willing and seems excited to learn about the Book of Mormon! It’s crazy to think that if we had gotten discouraged and left early we never would have found that man. We would have felt like the whole thing was a waste of time. I’m glad that the Holy Ghost inspired us to stay and that we both listened.

Let’s each try to listen to the still small voice when it speaks to us. I know that if we do we will always stay on the path that leads back to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
I love you all! Have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

March 6, 2017

Answer to Prayer!

Hi everybody! I hope you had an awesome week!  Things are going good in the Beaverton Ward! Last week was a little slow with finding but the first week usually is.  Elder Fisher is great! He’s from Chandler, Arizona, and has been out for three months.  It’s nice because he really wants to work which is the best thing to have in a companion! This should be a good transfer!
We found an awesome new investigator at the beginning of the week! The wife is a less active member and the husband isn’t a member but is willing to learn more! They have a little girl so I’m really excited to talk about eternal families!
Something crazy happened this morning. It snowed!! It was nuts! I’m so ready for springtime! We need to stop with all this crazy weather!!
Last night we went to visit a potential investigator. It turns out that her brother passed away recently and she was really depressed. We told her that we had been praying about where to go that night and we felt inspired to visit her. She got so happy to hear that we were inspired to visit her! We then sang some songs with her to lift her spirits. She found out that I play guitar and insisted on giving me hers so I could learn hymns and come sing them with her! It was
awesome but I feel kind of bad about it so I’m gonna offer it back when we go sing hymns with her. Still cool though to be an answer to her prayers!
I know that God hears our prayers and always answers them. It may not be the way we expect or want but He will always respond.
I love you guys! Have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

February 27, 2017

Beaverton Ward, Beaverton Stake, Beaverton Oregon

Hi everybody! I hope you had an awesome week!  My week was exciting and sad all at the same time. I’m getting transferred to the Beaverton ward! I’m only going a few blocks up the road but I’ll be in a new stake now. It’s always exciting to go to a new area but I’m gonna miss a lot of the people in the Aloha 1st ward! At least I’ll get to come back in a couple weeks for Lolanas’ baptism!

Speaking of baptism we set another date! We started teaching a guy named Kenny and he wants to be baptized on March 18th!! I’m bummed that I’m leaving right as it happened but it gives me another reason to come back!
So something crazy happened today! We got passes from a member to go to the Nike employee store today. While we were there we got to meet the actor Corbin Allred! For those who don’t know who that is he was in the movies Saints and Soldiers, The Saratov Approach, and he even plays Satan in a certain film 😉 I can now say that I’ve met Satan! Lol! He was really nice and it was cool to see him with his family!
On Saturday Elder Rockwood and I got to go to the baptism of a woman we taught! She started attending our ward with her husband but we found out they lived in a different ward so we had to refer her to those missionaries. It was awesome to see her get baptized though! The spirit was so strong and you could feel the love that Heavenly Father has for her!
So my new companion is Elder Fisher. I’ve never met him but he sounds like a nice guy. He’s from Arizona and has only been out for three months so I’ll be is second companion. I’ll be sure to let you know how things are with him!
Well I love you all and I hope you can all have a great week!
Love,
Elder Wilcock

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!

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

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

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