Date

July 25, 2016

Area

Raleigh North Carolina

Companion

Sister Dye

Angels

Hi family!!!

So much good news coming in through my inbox today, can't get over it!!

Love y'all!!!!

Transfers were hard this week! Sad to see Higgins go. She will do great training a cute new missionary.

Sister Dye and I are officially companions!

She is great. She's from Corvallis, Oregon (Go Beavers), just turned 20, 4th of 8 kids, been a missionary for almost 15 months (just 1 transfer behind me!) and headed down to Cary from South Boston, Virginia where she served for 7 1/2 months. YSA life is way hilarious to watch her adjust to. I've been in a YSA for like 1/2 my mission, so it's normal for me, but it's a whole new world for Sister Dye. She'll get used to the awesomeness! ;) Just gotta repel the creepers and we're good. So glad we get to hide behind these black tags.

The YSA never ceases to amaze me with what powerful missionaries they are! There are always new faces at church!! We have trouble introducing ourselves to everyone new because there's so many! This week however we found a new investigator named Cody through a returned missionary who brought his friend a week or two ago. This friend (previously Atheist) since has begun to read the Book of Mormon and told us he will finish by Saturday, has read the New Testament intensively, and studied the church doctrine. He is a GOLDEN investigator.

The cool part of this story is the way Cody found the church. This story was told to be briefly yesterday, but it left a big impression on me!

Josh (the member in the YSA) went to high school with Cody "back in the day". Josh told us Cody would always make fun of him for being Mormon, but they still got along. Cody was not religious at all and made sure others knew. ( Josh told us out of all his friends in high school, he would have NEVER guessed Cody would come to church with him.) Well, after high school Josh left for his mission, and Cody went to college. They reconnected over 2 years later, Cody reached out to Josh. He told Josh that while in college he had some spiritual experience that made him begin to re-think his current beliefs. The reason he reached out to Josh was because he remembered his example in high school, and told Josh if he was going to study a religion he wanted to study Josh's. Wow right? What a powerful example this kid had. Out of all the many other religions and beliefs Cody could have asked his friends about, he remembered Josh Knudsen, the Mormon boy. There are many, many people who live their faith here in NC, and so many options to choose from. Why did Cody remember Josh so profoundly?

Well I don't really know, but let me tell you about what I have noticed about Josh. He is so in tune with the Spirit. He is thoughtful when he speaks, and seems like a great friend to have. You KNOW he studies his scriptures and prays to his Heavenly Father. He is just a good kid. I am really proud of his high school self being a good example. You never know who is watching and what kind of impact it is having on others. It may not be immediate, but people remember.

The best missionaries are the best examples!!

So our investigator Miranda is on track for her baptism on August 13th! We are very excited for her. She is even inviting her friends to church now. Too good not to share!

We had a lesson with President Bodhaine and the Kininga family last week. It was fabulous. I would not be surprised if President Bodhaine was called to be an Apostle one day. Just saying. He is a powerful teacher. The Kiningas LOVE him. Especially because he speaks French! Jean Chris and Melissa are continuing to study the gospel! They are wonderful.

Best thing I learned about this week:

I used this in a talk on Sunday about the Atonement and Missionary Work.

(Regarding missionaries)

Doctrine and Covenants 84:88 And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.

Alma 13:24 For behold, angels are declaring it unto many at this time in our land; and this is for the purpose of preparing the hearts of the children of men to receive his word at the time of his coming in his glory.

The thought came to me that the angels mentioned are the members of the church. They bear us up, support us in our area, and prepare people to hear the message of the gospel. I will always be grateful for the angels on my mission who have helped me through, on this side and the other. :)

I love you all! 11 weeks left, going to make them the BEST!

<3 Sister Wilcock




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