Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hey everyone!
This week has been a bruiser. I am exhausted. I don´t understand how people can live life and not just be tired all the time because for sure I can´t do it. I have a miracle to share.
This past Sunday we found another investigator, Joan. We were teaching a lesson in the office and he walked right in and asked to know more about our church. We changed the lesson to focus on him and his needs. He is very timid and doesn´t talk too much. Towards the end of the lesson he explained how he came to enter the chapel. He had a job interview at a burger joint and passed by the chapel. He saw it was closed, but it drew his attention, and he wanted to come back. A day later he had a dream where he saw the chapel, and he knew he wanted to come back. He got lost looking for it, but when he found it he noticed the door was open. Immediately he felt immense fear to enter. He imagine seeing dogs coming out to bite him or a guard with a gun telling him to move along. However, he decided that the worse that would happen is that he would get bit or that he would get told to move along, both of which he was okay with. It was very interesting to see the ends Satan will go to to keep people from obtaining the truth. We gave him a Book of Mormon and committed him to read Alma 34. When he came back on Thursday he said that when he was reading he felt the desire to keep reading. That was when he told us that he had read something that had changed his life forever. He wasn´t willing to tell us, as it was very personal, but I have seen firsthand the power of the Book of Mormon. 

The power of the Book of Mormon is real. I have seen it first hand.
I have been working on making commitments to investigators as a missionary. I actually have been practicing as a health secretary.
¨okay Elder -------- I would recommend you take ibuprofen and water.
¨Elder -------, will you take ibuprofen and water for the next hour?¨
¨yes, I will¨
¨I promise you will feel a lot better, and that the pain in your legs will go away as you do these things¨
¨Thanks Elder MacGregor¨

It may not translate 100% but I always try to be a missionary in whatever way I can.

I hope everyone is excited for the eclipse this week. While you are watching it, I invite you to imagine this scripture ¨all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.¨- Alma 30:44

I know God created the Earth for us to bless us. And what a blessing it is.

Misión Perú Lima Sur
Secretario Personal del Presidente

Secretario de Salud

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hello everyone!

On Wednesday we went to the Area Offices for training and it is always fun to see missionaries from other missions (Also Elder Godoy from the Seventy works there, we didn´t get to see him but I bet he was upstairs somewhere¨). Afterwords we got to each lunch at the Perú MTC were I was almost a year ago. We also met a surprise friend at lunch, Ex Elder Sosa! I was grabbing some salad and then I turned around and there he was! He was my first zone leader and it was incredible to see him again. I actually had been praying to get the chance to see an old friend, knowing we would get the chance to pass the by the MTC. I had been thinking of my old MTC teacher Hermano Palacios, but God did me one better and there was Hermano Sosa. He is a teacher at the MTC and we talked all during lunch it was great. It was so funny to think that just 6 months ago he had been in the exact same place were I was. 

The following day was a lot less than exciting. One Elder from Ica came up to go to the clinic. The appointment was at 5pm, but they told us the doctor was operating, and wouldn´t attend until 6:30pm. So we waited and waited and waited. At 9:30pm he was still operating and then the secretary came out and said he wouldn´t be attending anymore. We did some contacting while waiting, but us and 7 other patients waiting had lost their entire day waiting. He decided he would like to go back to Ica and just cancel the appointment. It was 4 hours of my mission and my life I may never get back. But not all of life is perfect that´s just how it is.

This week we went to ancient ruins for pday. It was by Pachacamac, where I started my mission. It was a school where people studied about God and worshiped. Turns out, they weren´t allowed to start studying until they were 8 years old (wink wink), there was also a font that had been most likely used for ceremonies (baptismal font). I took a few pictures that are attached, and one obvious Book of Mormon clue. Here is were the descendants of Lehi and Nephi live, so it only makes perfect sense. 

Finally, after almost a year in Perú I finally got a picture with a llama. As you can see we got along quite well. I have seen enough youtube videos to know he was about to spit, so I jumped when he got close hahaha. However he was just playing. He got me good.

I know God lives. Jesus Christ is His Son, and our brother. Prayer and faith pay off, it just takes patience. Sometimes a LOT. but if you are praying to have patience wouldn´t it make sense you have to wait for it?

Elder MacGregor

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hey Everyone!
I hope you all had a good week! Mine has been an adventure to say the least. There has been an all time high on sick missionaries which means my schedule has become more busy than ever. On top of that I have become district leader to the Assistants, so that means I need know the missionary handbook like the back of my hand. I am so under-qualified. 
I normally don´t share health stories because they are either way too gross or just too dumb. However, this week on missionary got chicken pot. He is isolated in his room currently and is unable to leave. We have already sacrificed his companion to be stuck with his so if he gets it too it will be quite a shame. So far he has enduring. However, that isn´t the worst part. As most doctors know (but I didn´t because I repeat I AM NOT A DOCTOR) chicken pox is more contagious before there are a ton of pimples. This missionary attended district meetings before he had a lot of pimples. So he was around members of the district when he was most contagious. We will know in about a week if the chicken pox has spread to other missionaries or to the entire zone. It has been quite a week.

Despite all of this, I have found a new favorite scripture in the Book of Mormon. It is found in Alma 26: 35 ¨Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all power, all wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name.¨

I belong to a wonderful mission, with a wonderful Mission President, with wonderful companions and a wonderful gospel. I have a loving family with some of the best brothers anyone could ask for. They aren´t perfect but hey you can´t ask for too much. I have a loving father and mother, who have supported me in everything I have done except for whenever I pushed off cleaning the bathroom. Fun fact I actually enjoy doing the dishes now. Because of the Holy Temple, I will live with them forever.

I have wonderful friends who have also supported me in ways they cannot imagine. They have been examples to me, and an uncountable blessing.

I have a Savior, who has never given up on me, and never stopped believing in me. He has showed His love in uncountable and incalculable ways. I know that He lives.

¨´Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began´ -Ammon ¨ -Elder MacGregor

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hey Everyone! This week has been a week of miracles! I will copy what I wrote to the Mission President because it is written so perfectly it could be scripture. Not really but if someone could edit it and make it Book of Mormon language it could be.

This past Saturday there was a ward activity. It was a potluck and members played football, pretty simple. Towards the end of the activity three Venezuelans came in with duffel bags. Their names are Angel Sr, Angel Jr and their friend Leóndo. We found out they had just gotten to Perú that very day. They had been robbed in Ecuador on the way here and had absolutely nothing. Now they only had the clothes on their backs and a duffel bag each. They went to stay with a friend, but when they went to his house they found 12 other refugees and there was no space. They then just left and started to walk, and just by chance came across the chapel and walked in. They got food, and the members quickly organized for them to stay in a hotel room that night. The next day they came to church, and in the same way the Elder´s Quorum President organized to find them a room to stay as well as food. It was an awesome way to see the ward act and help these refugees.

Another miracle was Hermana Mercedes or ´´Meche.´´ We contacted her about a week ago and she began to cry, telling us about her trials and her son, who has some bad habits. When we went to teach, Elder Morales stayed behind to train Elder Cornejo and I visited with our mission leader. We talked about trials and we felt impressed to watch the mormon message ¨Mountains to Climb¨with Elder Eyring. As it showed the different type of trials, Meche began to cry. We talked more about finding hope through the Atonement of Christ (Moroni 7:41) and told her the way to participate is the Sacrament. She committed to coming tomorrow. 

There were a lot more miracles but the last one I want to touch on is Israel. During the 6/12 week training while we were downstairs preparing final elements for our taller, one man hit the doorbell, and said he wanted to know more about the church. He came in and we gave him folleto 1 and 2, as well as a Book of Mormon and a Liahona. We watched 2 mormon messages. When we wrote down his address, we found out he lives in the East mission, in the Salamanca ward. We gave him the address and hour of the meeting, and even the number of the Bishop there. I passed the referral directly to the Surco zone leaders and asked for a followup. The next day they called and said that the Hermanas in Salamanca visited him. He said he had been reading the Book of Mormon and had already read the folletos. The Hermanas had a baptism planned that day so they asked if he would like to come. He waited for a minute and said, ¨Yea lemme get my coat¨

Truly this week has been incredible. I love each of you so much and hope that you too have a wonderful week.

Misión Perú Lima Sur
Secretario Personal del Presidente

Secretario de Salud

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

HEY Everyone!!

This past week the assistants went to ayacucho without us........ fortunately they took lots of beautiful pictures. As you can see we traveled with them in their hearts.

The area presidency has currently challenged everyone to read the Book of Mormon between now and the end of the year. I have been taking that challenge and have learned VERY quickly the importance of Apostles. In the very first chapter of the Book of Mormon it mentions that Christ´s church was built with apostles. Speaking of Apostles, Elder Oaks is coming to visit in a month!! I am super excited, but at the same time it means that we have to coordinate all the travel plans for the entire mission........ but that´s a month away so I will stress about it later.

We are planning transfers this week. Here is a picture of the Chorrillos zone. 

This week I have really felt the importance of the Book of Mormon. It really is the word of God and it is so powerful, you just have to read it. When the spirit guides the lessons, it becomes easy to invite people to be baptized and preach repentance. In the words of Elder Bednar, living the gospel is easy, not living the gospel is hard.

Hope you all have a great week.

Misión Perú Lima Sur
Secretario Personal del Presidente
Secretario de Salud

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