Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hey Everyone!

THIS WEEK WAS 100% NUTS. The hospital we use for emergencies is in Lima, and we had to bring a missionary up from Chincha on emergency. This happened while we were outside of the office. We were in migrations extending carnéts de extranjeria and we were going to be there for another hour. When we do the legal stuff we always use cartas poderes, or the missionary signs their right so we can extend it for them.  Then we get them legalized and we go. This time we forgot to legalize one, so we had to call the missionary from his area to come to migrations ASAP. Turns out he was in the temple, and he had just got out. It was a tender miracle because the temple is way closer to his area so he was able to get to us way faster. At the same time I was calling the mission insurance to coordinate paying for the medical emergency (venomous spider bite). Basically I was calling the United States from my cell phone. Every missionary has a unique medical insurance number, and since I was outside of the office I didn´t have it, and they always ask for it. However, this time they didn´t! That was an amazing tender miracle! Everything was able to work out. Later the same day, I had to go to a medical appointment with a different Elder. While we were in the waiting room, the hospital held a fire drill hahaha. At first I was a little annoyed and then I realized this would be an awesome experience to write in my weekly letter. So we made the most of it and contacted a nice man while we were waiting outside. By the way, the Mission President and his wife were in Ayacucho.  Completely on the other side of the mission with very little phone signal, but somehow, everything got communicated exactly the way it needed to be. What a tender mercy. In the taxi back to the office, the driver turned out to be a less active man for 30+ years. The spirit was SO powerful as we told him the Lord still has plans for him and his family. It was one of the moments where I have been most direct in my mission, and I could feel that the spirit was touching his heart. 

I probably should mention that the assistants were also with President on the other side of the mission, and the other secretaries were down way south inspecting houses, so just me and my companion had to coordinate everything.

That´s just your average day in the mission :D

What a miracle it is on how clearly the Savior guides the boat. My testimony honestly grew so much, and I was so grateful and humbled by divine help.

Also here is the picture of us eating 10 pizzas from last week. Somehow didn´t gain any weight from it.

Have a wonderful week.
Misión Perú Lima Sur
Secretario Personal del Presidente

Secretario de Salud

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hey Everyone!

This week was the most tranquilo week my entire time in the office! It was awesome! We planned a ward activity that we did today. Families played football and volleyball. We ran some tables and talked about the church harvesting that field that is oh so ready to harvest. Also this past week we had a meeting with every zone and district leader in the entire mission. There were 10 missionaries sleeping in our room. My good friend Elder Stevenson organized everyone and ordered pizza. It was 2 for 1 Tuesday so we got 10 pizzas. One pizza for every Elder! Definitely didn´t think I would be doing that when I opened my call but the mission takes you places. I don´t remember if I said so last week but it was my companions birthday and his mom sent him a cake in the mail! It was a Book of Mormon themed cake, I attached the photos. 

2 Nephi 32:3 Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.

They told me I needed to work out.

I love you all so much and hope you have a wonderful week. I know this is a divine work and that Christ Himself is the head.

I also finally finished the Book of Mormon in Spanish. I know it is a true and sacred scripture.

Misión Perú Lima Sur
Secretario Personal del Presidente

Secretario de Salud

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Hey Everyone
I don´t have a lot of time this week, but I have seen miracles. We found a wonderful family and they came to church this past week. the young man is going to the temple, which is a huge milestone here in Lima. We had to go the temple to pick up some supplies and there I met a family from the jungle. They had been baptized a year ago, and had made the day long journey in a bus with their two little children to be sealed for time and all eternity. The thought of these modern day pioneers strengthened my testimony in the power of the temple and what it can do for each of us. I know that the power of the temple is real and that the ordinances bind us for eternity.

I invite you all to read a talk by Elder Uchtdorf called ´´On being Genuine´´ October 2015 i believe. Do things for the right reasons. Do not do them because you want to be seen of men or because you feel obligated, but do it because you care and you love your fellow brothers and sisters.

Also, drink a glass of milk. It´s healthy. 

Elder MacGregor

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hey everyone!

Here in the mission we are really focusing on referrals. We have an internet system that keeps track of all of them. However, we can´t use tablets so we are trying to think of a way that missionaries can receive the referrals and then update the system on a daily basis. During a multi zone activity I was in charge of at least showing the missionaries the system so they would know to look at it every Monday when they write to their families. There I was, in front of a third of the mission, I pulled up the labtop and the projector projected. There shined the glories words : The website is down for maintenance, please try again later.

I tried to react as calmly as possible but I think the mission saw me sweat and snap a little. About halfway through the system came up again and we were able to finish the taller. God puts us through trials, the most important is how we react to them. 

This week we also found a new investigator Alexis. The first thing he asked is were we go after we die. He said he had been studying lots of religions and wanted to know what we believed. He is also studying English. Yesterday he came to the office and I helped him study as he prepares for his final exam on Monday. He was using a lot of words I had no idea how to use. So ya fue to my english.

We also did a big service project in cleaning up a local neighborhood. It was a lot of fun. We prepared food, carried some bricks upstairs to help build a house and even lifted a water tank to a 5th story. Sounds lame but trust me this was a huge water tank.

Fun fact, in the scriptures it never says that Abinadi was old. Maybe I already wrote about this I can´t remember. The the book of Mosiah we read about Abinadi and it mentions several times that he is a prophet. However, it never says he had a beard or that he was old. We just imagine that because of the awesome painting. It´s a fun detail someone pointed out to me and know I feel it is my duty to share it with all of you.

I love you all so much and I hope you´re all doing great things. As you do I know that God will magnify your calling and your ability.

btw someone got bit by a drunk guy this past week. That´s about the craziest the health has gotten so far......

Misión Perú Lima Sur
Secretario Personal del Presidente

Secretario de Salud

Friday, June 23, 2017

Hey everyone!

I heard school is about to get out which means everyone must be making summer plans. In the mission the equivalent of going on vacation is going to the temple. You get to take a break from all the stress of life and missionary work and just relax for a few short moments. 

Also I got caught falling asleep in the office one day. I´m sure you will enjoy these pictures just as much as the other office missionaries did.

I realized how much God really does love us. He not only created the Earth for us, which is so beautiful and lovely, but He also provided a Savior, temples, Priesthood power and ordinances so that we can live with Him again. I find it insane how much He loves us!

Speaking of love, I hope all of you are preparing something for Father´s Day. I don´t know why the church doesn´t let us skype with our parents on Father´s Day, but for some reason it isn´t approved....sorry dad :(
I am truly grateful for my dad. Never have I known a man who is more loving, patient and funny while also good at teaching life lessons and insisting that we spend all our Saturdays doing yard work. FYI the mission is way easier than working in the yard for Sean MacGregor.

I am grateful for his time on scouting adventures, even if it is his van that breaks down during the snow campout.  I am grateful for his jokes and his endless desire to do good among everyone. 
He knows what to say and how to say it in every moment. Whether it be funny, serious, important or spiritual whatever he says is something worth listening to. (unless he tells you to clean your room then it is okay to ignore him).

I have been truly blessed to have him as a father, and I am even more blessed to have a loving Heavenly Father.

Do something nice for your dad. Send him a message, give him a hug, make him breakfast. If your name is Grant or Aiden or Keegan then go outside and do more yardwork.

Elder MacGregor

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hey Everyone!

This week we have transfers, and we are opening 6 areas. the office is crazy town. We have so much stuff. We have to find 6 apartments, 6 stuffs to put in the rooms and 6 pensionistas. On top of that we have some sick missionaries travel plans for the transfers. Last night we were working until midnight.

There is a super awesome Hamburger place down the street from where we live. It is called Vick´s Burger. It is brand new, they just opened. We go often enough that when we walk in the door one of the workers goes ´´Elder, 1 royal hamburger and 1 hot dog with all the sauces except mustard´´ 

So no I haven´t quite learned how to cook yet...............................................................................................sorry mom.

However, I have learned a lot about patience and love, especially when I receive calls such as this:

´´so my companion sets up an extra mattress against the wall and punches it to get rid of stress. He went to knee it and he missed the mattress. He busted his knee against the wall. What do we do?´´

Then I remember I am thankful for the Savior´s patience with me.
With the office being very crazy, I am reminded of when the Savior calmed the sea. It is such a great story, with a powerful lesson, and I have seen it apply to the storms of life. What is interesting is that the apostles couldn´t paddle hard enough to make it through the storm on their own. They too needed help.

I love you all, I hope that everybody graduated well and happy and that Jarrett didn´t get held back.

Elder MacGregor

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Good morning everyone!

As the health secretary we get to do room inspections and see if the missionaries are living healthily and if they are missing any supplies and stuff. This week we went back to my first area!!!! Pachacamac Stake, Las Lomas Ward. It was super dizzy being in the same green room again, but now other Elders were living in it. We also got to inspect the old health secretaries room. Glad too say he passed. 

I don´t know if I ever wrote about the bakery in my first area, but for 4 months every day we bought 30 cents of french bread at 7/7:30ish. (excpet for sunday haha) The sister who worked at the bakery never had time to receive the lessons, but because missionaries always passed by to buy bread she knew who we were and was always very happy whenever we stopped by. I even taught her a little english. When I had to leave the area we almost cried. She had made my first 4 months infinitely better.

Yesterday I got to stop by. You know that moment at the very end of Monsters Inc. when Sully opens the door and sees Boo after they rebuild the door? It was a lot like that but instead of saying ´´kitty...´´ there was ´´HERMANO MACGREGOR!!!!´´ We were unable to stay for very long, but it was without a doubt the best moment for the past 3 months.

I have learned a to about humility while working as the health secretary. I have learned that I need to be loving to everyone, no matter how stressed I am. This is actually very hard to do, especially when you have 4 different people yelling about a ton of different things. I have no idea how God can deal with each of our individual problems with such patience and love, but I sure am grateful for it.

God has really been playing on my weaknesses here as well. I have always been a pretty good procrastinator, one of my many talents. One that I am absolutely not allowed to use while I work in the office. I have learned the hard way. How grateful I am for repentance and that we are all able to change.

I have been trying to think for a while how to describe the mission. It is a very personal experience that is hard to communicate through weekly emails with a lot of typos that are filtered by a very patient mother. I have lot loved every moment of my service, but I know they are the experiences I need to have. It is something I would never trade for anything in the world. I have been blessed beyond measure by meeting incredibly wonderful people. I have had some very spiritual experiences that I don´t realize were spiritual until after we left the house.

Also I have had wonderful office experiences. Just yesterday we were at a designer for a map of the mission for 4 hours. didn´t think I´d be doing that in Perú. Also didn´t think I would wearing pink crocs while setting doctors appointments. I never imagined that I would ordering chest x-rays either. God´s plan is full of surprises. And I have no idea what I am doing hahahahahahaha.

Misión Perú Lima Sur
Secretario Personal del Presidente

Secretario de Salud