Date

December 28, 2015

Area

Hope Mills

Companion

Sister Weaver

Christmas and New Years!

Hi family!

It was SO good to hear from y'all this week! Man, skype is my new favorite thing. I already miss you! Time just flew by. Seems like Christmas was a good one for everyone this year. :)

Fun fact: I have kept track and so far I have had 54 friends get engaged and/or married since I have been gone. FIFTY FOUR! hahaha I didn't even know I had that many friends! Anyways congrats to all those who got engaged over Christmas break!

Our Christmas out here was great. We were able to serve all day on Christmas Eve. We made cookies for all the widows in our wards, and took a recent convert with us to visit them and spend some time with them. It felt like Christmas Eve with the Wilcock fam, and I realized how special it is that we are able to give service together this time of year. It is just my favorite. Thank you for helping me to have those experiences growing up! I will always remember them. We spent Christmas Day with the Martinez family! It was so great.They have 4 fun kids (Araya, Ammon, Alivia, and Alijah) I call them the A-team.We played games and made music and ate food and built legos and did crafts, etc. They were so excited to have missionaries over for Christmas, it made us feel so good!

The day after Christmas the Zone Leaders (Elders who serve in our ward) had a big announcement to make. They began what is called the "Covenanting Games". (Like the Hunger Games.)

The Covenanting Games are a series of challenges the Elders have put together that reflect progress regarding our missionary key indicators (i.e. number of new investigators, number of member present lessons, etc.)

President James has challenged each of us to covenant (promise) with the Lord that we will accomplish the goals we set each week, and each day, and each transfer. They may be goals that we set regarding the attributes we are striving to develop, or they may be goals regarding the lessons we teach. Whatever the goal is, we are asked to promise with our whole heart to do it. There are incredible promises that come with our diligence and faith as we do what we are asked. In Luke 1:37 it says "For with God, nothing shall be impossible." #PonderizeScripture I know that as we set righteous goals are strive to accomplish them with the Lord, they CAN (and will) be achieved!

Our first challenge was to covenant to make our time on Facebook the most effective! Sister Weaver and I won this challenge by receiving the most likes on our #PublishPeace "campaign". So thanks for the likes on our cheesy video. We won an awesome prize this morning!

That was the easiest challenge, the rest of them will be throughout the transfer and will require a lot more work. We are excited to set goals and promise to achieve them.

It's a perfect way to set a New Years Resolution!

President James sent us some great advice in making New Years resolutions. Maybe they will inspire some of you to make a new resolution! Of course these are applied to the work I am doing now, but I hope you can apply them to your personal lives and your own goals!

General guideline: Prayerfully select a righteous desire (what you would like to personally improve or accomplish in your mission life) and reduce your plan to writing (put in writing the steps you are willing to take to achieve that righteous desire).
1. YOUR DESIRE. State your desire as specifically as possible. It should include the time period in which you intend to achieve your desire
2. YOUR RESOLVES. Everything you will do to accomplish the particular goal. These are the things that are in your power to do in order that your righteous desires will be accomplished (e.g., I will tract at least three hours per day, I will keep all mission rules, I will strictly live the missionary schedule, I will get out of my apartment on time, I will practice door approaches every morning with my companion etc.).
3. THE HELP YOU WILL NEED FROM THE LORD. The specific blessings that you desire to receive which will require your drawing upon the powers of heaven (e.g., touch the hearts of a family and prepare them for the message of the restoration, guide us to the home of the family, etc.).
4. YOUR COMMITMENT. A list of the things you are willing to do in order to qualify for the Lord’s help. Your commitments should be established under inspiration and should be commitments which will demonstrate your worthiness and dedication and the strength of your desire in receiving assistance from the Lord (e.g., I will not harbor any negative feelings toward my companion but will express love for him/her each day; I will read 5 pages from the Book of Mormon each day; I will memorize the key scriptures from the Bible that I need to effectively teach the Restoration, etc.).

My favorite quote regarding goals is found in Preach My Gospel:

“I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life.”

–Elder M. Russell Ballard

appy New Year Y'all! I hope you set goals and make plans to have the BEST YEAR EVER!!! Talk to you next year!

-Sister Sicily Wilcock




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