Date

December 1, 2015

Area

Hope Mills

Companion

Sister Weaver

Thanksgiving x2

Dear Family-

Looks like y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am so happy to see all of the smiling faces, thank's Dad for sending me those pictures. I sure miss you! I have the most handsome and beautiful and cute and lovely and spunky relatives ever!

Thanksgiving was so great. We were able to eat at the Joyner's house, they are one of my favorite families here! They invited us and the Elders over. It was so fun to laugh and spend time with a family for an evening. We even had FRIED turkey! Felt like home. The holidays as a missionary are a once in a life-time opportunity, spending Thanksgiving with someone other than your family is such a neat thing. It's seems strange to hold it so dear to my heart, but I am so grateful to be able to experience it.

We had a wonderful week here. Not only was our holiday lovely, but some of our most heartfelt and hopeful prayers of the transfer were answered!

We have been praying fervently for better relationships with our members. We struggle with getting members to come out with us. I know it is not because of lack of desire, (they love us and we love them!) but we truly have some busy moms with their husbands gone for months at a time. Sister Weaver and I have been praying and fasting that we can find a way to involve our members without being a burden to them, because without member involvement our work is a waste! Another thing we were praying for was to find new investigators! ....And also to improve our relationship with the Elders in our ward! They are so great, they are the zone leaders and are just so helpful and on top of things, but sometimes things can get competitive, (and awkward, lets be real!) so we have been trying hard to give them people to teach so that we can be more unified. Our prayers were answered this week. (....Okay it's still awkward with the Elders, but we gave them numerous referrals so it's progress! haha)

We were able to have 3 member home lessons this week! We were surprised because it is a holiday week, which sometimes means numbers are a little lower, and also because 3 member home lessons in a week is a pretty high number compared to our average in this mission! The best part was that two of those families we taught in members homes were our members neighbors whom they invited to meet with us. The Elders Quorum President and his wife, the Stake President and his wife, and our Ward Mission Leader and family were key in those lessons! We have improved our relationship with the ward council, little by little. That is the bitter-sweet part of being a missionary, we get to know these amazing people so well, and come to love them so much, but we know our time here is limited. I am so grateful for all of the work that they do, those opportunities to teach are precious to us, and I am grateful especially to have those good moments for Sister Weaver to experience as a new missionary.

Regarding finding new investigators! We found so many potential families to start teaching! We also met a sweet Sister visiting from Jamaica this Sunday who gave us a family to teach. Her name is Sister Allen, she was born and raised in Jamaica and was the first one on her family (of 11) to join the church. She is the youngest of nine siblings, and some of her siblings joined the church after she did. She has an older Sister in Hope Mills that she was visiting, and as we continued to ask about her and her family, I asked Sister Allen if we could go and see her sister (who has not learned about the church.) Sister Allen began to cry and said that she knows her sister needs the gospel in her life, and that she would be so grateful if we went to visit her. There are many things I am grateful for, but two especially are some small miracles. One, that Sister Allen came to our ward and we were able to meet her, but also that I always have a chance to over-come my shyness and get to know people around me. People are amazing! Just by asking questions we can change someones life. It's amazing.

I apologize for my messy grammar, when I'm in a hurry it's like a tornado hit the keyboard sometimes! ( Mom maybe you can fix it before you forward it... haha)

Remember the star that you are!!!! #Superstar

Love,

Sister Wilcock




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