July 6, 2015




Sister Gropp

God Shed His Grace on Thee

Hey family!
So great to hear from y'all. I am glad you had a great time this past week! Sounds like your 4th of July celebrations were fun and meaningful! I am so glad. :) We couldn't do any fireworks (or see any either because of the ginormous trees) but we still had a great day! It was so neat to be in one of the 13 original colonies for this holiday! I felt pretty honored to be amongst some of the descendants of the people who made it all possible. There is some great history out here. I was emotional all day because of all of the patriotism I saw! hahaha I just love America! I cried when we stood and sang the National Anthem in Sacrament meeting. What a powerful song.

I kept thinking of the quote by John Adams that says something like "This government was intended for a moral and religious people, it is inadequate for the purpose of any other" (sorry I totally mis-quoted that). But you get the point! I sometimes feel a little suppressed because missionaries can't talk about politics at all, (and people in the South LOVE talking about America) but I decided that I really am serving my country as a patriot by strengthening the morality and religious beliefs of others! Boom! That's what I'm talking about! I hope that each of us can remember that as well! We all have a duty to be active citizens, but we first and foremost have a duty to be good individuals, good parents, good children, good neighbors, and so on. I am grateful for your efforts in preserving us, a great nation. :)

This week we were able to meet President and Sister James at MLC (Missionary Leadership Committee). They are the greatest. We are so excited they are here! President James was pretty emotional as he spoke to us. He kept saying that he is actually a mean person and we should be scared of him, which was hard to believe because he was crying but I'm not gonna risk it ;) He said that President Bernhisel is a doctor and he is trained to believe everything you tell him, but he (President James) is an attorney, and that's not how he was trained. I thought it was a valid point! haha We are excited for his excitement to serve!

This week Sister Gropp and I will be training at the next Zone Conference (tomorrow). We will be using Alma chapter 12 (particularly verses 1 and 7-8) as our resource in talking about using the Spirit and asking inspired questions to teach to the needs of investigators and help them make and keep commitments. I don't know why I am sharing this with you, but I would invite you to read that chapter and tell me what you think about Zeezrom's experience! I also read an amazing talk by Elder Christofferson entitled: The Power of Covenants. It is also worth reading.

Lastly, we heard about the passing of Elder Packer this week. What an amazing man he was. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones. He was an inspiration! If you have time this week, take a moment and read some of his general conference talks, or even admire some of his artwork. He shared his testimony in many different ways. What a great example he was.

I am grateful for Prophets and Apostles who lead and guide our church! I know that they are called of God. There is no doubt in my mind. I am so grateful for the scriptures, the church, my family, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the members here in North Carolina!

All my love!

-Sister Sicily Wilcock


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