Monday, March 12, 2018

So the big news. One of the converts I baptized last year got sealed last Friday! President gave me and my past companion Elder Miranda permission to go! We got to see our converts get sealed! They came up from Ica which is a 5 hour drive. They brought in the kids and sealed them to their parents for time and all eternity. After that he had the family look in the mirror and said, ¨Today an eternal family is born.¨ That moment will be locked in my mind forever. Without a doubt greater than any baptism so far. Tough to beat though, because a baptism is really awesome. I am so glad that we are sealed together as a family.

I am currently studying the Book of Mormon with 2 topics in mind. Every time I read WHO the Savior is, and every time it eplains something he DOES, I inderline it. I am currently in 2 Nephi 11.

I am coming to know who the Savior was. I am beginning to know what He did.

I hope you all have a great week!

Here are the pictures from and intercambio we had with some other Elders.

Here is a picture of the baptism from a year ago. and the Sealing in the PerĂº Lima temple this past Saturday. Do I look any different?

Elder MacGregor 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

This week we baptized two sisters. Mom teaching them has been SO much fun. Here lots of people don´t understand the concept of the Restoration or the Priesthood, but these girls are SO smart. They understood it right away. In one of the interviews before the baptism they asked one fo the sisters if they had prayed to know if the church was true. She said she did. The interviewer than replied how she felt, or how they experience was. She responed that she hadn´t felt anything! She said (this is a quote from the Elder who interviewed her, or how he related the story to me) ¨They asked me to pray and I did. I didn´t feel anything, but the thought came that I already know it´s true. I mean, it just makes sense what theya re telling me.¨

The restoration does make sense. I too testify of that truth.

But it actually got me thinking, I personally myself don´t  recall a defining spiritual moment liek WOW THIS IS TRUE. But I just know that it is. 

I feel like we receive an answer to our prayers and questions when we can say in front of others, ´´I know that Joseph Smith is and was a prophet of God.¨

And I know he was.

Elder MacGregor

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Hey everyone!

This week I got painted by kids!  Here every Sunday in Febuary the neighborhood does something called, Carnavales. Basically it is a neighborhood free for all water fight. They also mix the water with paint. We were walking by a group of kids and one of them got me on the back. I had to walk around all day with my shirt painted hahhaha. When he got me the entire neighborhood started to shout and beat up the kid so I had to tell them not to worry and it was okay. Poor guy.

I want to testify of teaching by the spirit. We had an incredible lesson last night. We were teaching the plan os Salvation. We started talking about the Atonement and the role of Jesus Christ in the plan. We pulled out a small white board. I explained, ¨this is our soul. As you can see, we are clean and pure. We are not marked in any way. As you and I grow older, we make poor desicions here and there. You and I become marked and unclean. The scriptures teach us that no unclean thing can dwell in the Kingdom of Heaven.¨ As we talked we began to mark the board, so it was no longer clean. After this explaination we read from Alma 7 11-13
And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictionsand temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.
In spanish, the scripture reads that He ¨erases¨our sins. When we read that I began to erase the board. The investigator asked, ¨how can we become clean?¨ There was a moment of silence, and we replied, ¨through baptism¨
I know this is a divine work, and with the Savior with us, we are bound to succeed.

Elder MacGregor

Friday, February 23, 2018

Hey everyone!

It has been a great week, because every week is a great week. Except for the weeks that aren´t so great.

Anyway these past few days have been a mix of companions. We got transfers and my new companion is Elder Lagos from Honduras! He´s really really great. He is with me in the picture where I have my bag and the Book of Mormon. There is a picture of Elder Chacon at church. He said goodbye to the ward so everyone wanted to take pictures with him. I have a picture with Elder Vergara. He is going home. He is a great role model. 

Also there is a picture of the Rock with my missionary plaque because I am just like the rock. I have a rock of faith. nailed it.

God loves His missionaries. I know He does. I have seen it. I have felt it.

Elder MacGregor

Monday, February 5, 2018

Hey Everyone!

This past week we had the most spiitual baptism of all time! Honestly it was the best! Lots of people cried!

I know these sacred ordinances are real, and that they are only real because of the Priesthood. Without that important part, none of these ordinances would have any value.

For some reason my camera can´t send fotos but here is a picture from the mission President´s wife. Guess which one me. Hint I´m not in the middle.

Elder MacGregor

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hey everyone!

This week we had stake conference. We went with an investigator to the stake center, and just before the meeting, she met our mission president! President McGinn asked her when she was going to get baptized and who her friends were in the ward. She replied, ´´I am getting baptized this week and my friends in the ward is everyone!´´ She actually sat by her friends during the conference while my companion and I sat towards the back, keeping an eye on other investigators. As it turns out, our mission president gave a talk. He mentioned, ´´before I came in to the conference, I saw Elder Chacon and Elder MacGregor with an investigator. She mentioned that her friends in the chapel were everyone! Good job Pamplona ward! Elder MacGregor, could you stand up please?´´ I stood up in the back and the entire stake looked at me. ´´what is the name of your investigator?´´ I had to shout ´´CECILIA´´ President made her stand up as well and the entire stake looked at her. hahahah it was one of the greatest moments I had been on in my mission.

I want to share my testimony.

I know this is a divine work.
I know God lives, He is our loving Heavenly Father and He wants us to become like Him, just as any other loving father would. 
He wants to succeed, that is why He sent His Son. He didn´t send just any Son, He sent His best. He would not do that if He wanted us to fail.
I know these things are true.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Hello everyone!
It has been great here in PerĂº! and very hot! 
This week I want to share a scripture lesson I learned in my study of the Book of Mormon. For me, it answers the question how we can have more faith.
1 Nephi 7:12 "Yea, and how is it that ye have forgotten that the Lord is able to do all things according to his will, for the children of men, if it so be that they exercise faith in him? Wherefore, let us be faithful to him."

If you want to have more faith, be faithful. Be faithful to what you know, and what you are learning. As you strive to be faithful, you will become full of faith.

This week we are going to have stake conference and a visit from a seventy. It´s gonna be great I will tell you all about it next week! 
Here are zone pictures from Christmas!

Elder MacGregor