Wednesday, November 15, 2017

This week I have been reading Ether. One of the passages that stood out to my attention was Ether 6:3 ¨And thus the Lord caused stones to shine in darkness, to give light unto men, women, and children, that they might not cross the great waters in darkness.¨
I have changed a few words that stood out to me....

¨And thus the Lord caused [his disciples, misisonaries, young men, etc]  to shine in darkness, to give light unto men, women, and children, that they might not cross the great waters in darkness.¨

We are here to give light to our fellow travelers. God has us here in order help our siblings.

This week our investigator got to church before every single member. He asked us if church is so impórtant why everyone would show up late. 
I pose the same question, if the Savior is so important, why would we show up to His ordinances late? It is the most holy moment of the week, and it is something that we should all strive to be on time for.

That is all I have for this week. We did a lot of walking. WOOHOO

Elder MacGregor

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hey everyone!

That´s right, I got bit by another dog. In our area there is a small community of house without and address and we pass by a lot becuase everyone is humble enough to listen. I got bit by a dog and the owner came out and got scared I would curse her house or something. I said not to worry and wondered when we could come by to visit. We are going to bring her the restoreed gospel thiss Thursday.

In other news, my companion´s brothers got baptized! He is (or was) an only member, and already the gospel is working magic in the life of his family. I know it can do the same in yours too. 
We also went to another Christ statue. This isn´t the same one as last time, it is different. But remember, there may be more than one statue of Christ, but there is only one Christ.

One thing I try to remember to keep my hopes up is that missionaries are AUTHORIZED  servants of God. I like to think of seeing things from a birds eye view, and me and my companion walking in the street, being the only ones authorized by God in the area to do what we are doing. It is an interesting thought, and a great blessing.

Sorry for the short email, but there are a lot of pictures so I hope that makes up for it.

Have a great week!

Elder MacGregor

Monday, October 30, 2017

Here in Lima they do Halloween! also this time of year is a catholic holliday i think so everyone carries a statue in the street and praise the ``Lord of miracles.`` It happened last year this time of year as well. lots of catholics here, and lots of Apostsasy.
This morning we went for a hike. We went to the biggest hill in all of Lima. Mom we were literally above the clouds. It was insane. 
This week my companion and I were fasting to find new investigators and put new batismal dates. Instead, our phone stopped receiving signal. Our appointments fell through, and the bishop was unable to meet with us as we had planned. I was really upset that day. 
However, what was interesting was the next day. Literally nothing had changed. We were dealing with the same circumstances,but my attitude changed. I suddenly felt a lot happier, and I was a lot more excited to talk ot people in the street. 

The fast did not change my circumstances, it changed me. 
God did not solve all my problems, but he gave me energy to work and prepared the way so that we could solve them. We were able to find investigators and invite several to be baptized. I know it was because my attitude changed. Because of that change, the circumstances changed. 

That has been another powerful lesson I have learned here on the mission. God does not change the circumstances, he changes the people and they change their own circumstances, using the way he prepared.

I think an Apostle said somethign simliar to that once, I like it and it wasa good lesson for me.

You can just copy and paste the email for the group, I would like them all to learn that lesson.

There is a real power in fasting.

Elder MacGregor

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Good week everyone!
This week Elder Chacon and I moved into our new room. The first night we slept on air mattresses. Mine had a hole so I woke up on the floor. The next day all our mattresses and bed came in so we are okay now don´t worry. However they forgot to bring a table so when we plan we move our refrigerator to plan to meet investigators.

I have run out of time so i will just share a quick thought. There are two ways to react to a call to repentacne. Read Helaman 15 and let me know what they are.Then act in the way correctly.

SHe is without a doubt the greatest blessing in my life, one of the most tender mercies God could have sent.

Elder MacGregor

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hey Everyone!
This week I wrote on Wednesday because I am training a new missionary! His name is Elder Chacon and he is a awesome. He worked in the port of Guayquil Ecuador, and is a convert of 2 years. He has a testimony for the world to hear and I know he is going to change my life and the lives of many.
This past week there was a big game of Peru vs colombia in soccer. When Peru scored a goal everything went NUTS. Fireworks! Crazy screaming people! Honestly if people coulnd`t react more like that when the missionaries walk in the room that would be awesome!

I testify God lives. I know He leads this work, and He works with us more constantly than we realize. The mission is funny in that you think you will feel the Holy Ghost 24/7. You don`t. But at the same time, you come to the realization that the Holy Ghost is with you a lot more than just in lessons or study, and then you realize that you have had these feelings your entire life, and that now you are learning to recognize them, and then you realize God lives and He loves you and He always has. This is my testimony.

Also, this next Sunday is Perù census day so we are going to be stuck in our house all day. lame I know but we obey, honor, and sustain the law.

Elder MacGregor

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hey Everyone, I am using an english keyboard with spanish typing so there is no question mark and I am frankly too lazy to spend the 45 minutes requireed to find it so if this letter is without correct punctuaion forgive me please.

This week we have seen the power of referrals. We are currently supposed to receive 2 referrals daily, which means we have to ask literally everyone who they know that would be interesting in hearing the message of the restored gospel. Ons street contact presented us to his grandpa. One investigator introduced us to her entire family (they also served us coffee which was quite and interesting whay to start the missionary discussions). With just small faith and small actions, the Lord blesses abundantly so everyone can here the message of the Restored church.

Also I am sorry I dont have any pictures this week............. next week I will have more I promise.

Here is the greatest story from this week before we went to get breakfast.
This week we accidentaly left our house without the keys. We live on the second floor. We were able to get into the gate that goes up the stairs but into our room it was impossible. We went up to the roof to get a ladder to go through the window but the ladder was too big to bring down from the top of the house. It was a ladder from a cartoon. It was 8 feet tall and pure wood. Instead we had to get a step ladder. It was took short. So we got a table and a step ladder. and then I got up through the window. They chose me because I was the skinniest. Grabbing the keys from the table I let my companions in and in complete victory we at bread and butter with ham. The breakfast of champions

The Lord loves you. I love you. I know that this is His work, and that the spirit is the real teacher.

Elder MacGregor

Monday, October 2, 2017

Hey everyone!

So it turns out there are a TON of hills in my new area. Seriously I am waking up with a cramp every morning it`s the worst! Guess it shows how out of shape I am. Never skip leg day.

Also this is the most dangerous zone in the mission suposedly. Everytime we tell memebrs that we wre in the Pamplona ward they freak out and say that we are the tough ones. I only have seen one freaky thing so far. Last week we were walking at night up the street. Some man walked by us and he had a screwdriver up his sleeve like an assassin knife. I said buenas noches and he didn`t respond, just keeo trucking. A few steps later I looked back and he was starting at me DEAD IN THE EYE. Probably the first time I have been scared on my mision. Those screwdriver assassins are scary.

I want to just share my favorite thoughts from this last general conference. First of all, I will never forget the reverence that feel over the room when they announced Elder Hales`passing. I know he was a true Apostle of the Lord. The excerpt from his talk which Elder Anderson read really touched my heart. Only those who never faultered in their testimony of the Savior saw Him after He was resurected. 

Let that try to be us so we can see Him when he comes again.

Elder MacGregor