Monday, December 11, 2017

Feliz Navidad! Meli Kelikimaka (that is hawaiian, shout out to Tutu and Grandpa)

This week has been a good, solid, missionary week. Yesterday to #lighttheworld we are supposed to share our favorite scripture in social media. What did you share? I would like to share one in Mosiah. Imagine te power of a prophet of God as he testified of the Savior. Mosiah 16:9 ``He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light thatis endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a lifewhich is endless, that there can be no more death. ``

I testify with Abinadi that Jesus is the light of the world. Because of Him we can be forgiven and find a fulness of joy.

Here is a quote I have from a conversation this week. One Elder asked a member of the ward if dinosaurs existed,

``Brother **** did the dinosaurs exsist?``
``Look Elder, are you going to talk to people about dinosuars or Jesus Christ?``

Despite what I know all of you are thinking, I was not the one who asked this. 

I hope you are all lighting the world and having a wonderful Christmas season.

Elder MacGregor

Monday, December 4, 2017

Hey everyone!

This week has been a week for the Pioneers! That is to say we walked and walked and walked and walked. But I still stand by my statement that a mission is way easier than tubing upstream on a river. I hope the young men still aren`t doing activities like that. Maybe a 50 mile hike uphill both ways should be the next activity.

I had a eye opening experience this past week. During a large part of my mission, I have always thought ``burning`` people with the scriptures was a lot of fun. Someone would say somehting or a misionary would do something, I open my scriptures and BAM wickedness destroyed! I always loved the sound of my triple opening up because I would always know someone was about to get it.

That changed this past week.

We met a young girl, 22 years old with a son of 2 years. Her partner had left her, her mother had left her, and she was about to get kicked out of her apartment. No job, no income to care for her son, and she has been sick this past week so she had not even food to eat that night. The only thing she knew is that she believed in God. I remember opening my scriptures, it was the same sound of the pages, normally signalling that someone was about to get burned, but this time the objective was 100% different. 

I was searching for a scripture to give this girl hope.  

Ether 12:4 ``Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might withsurety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the righthand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh ananchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.``

``whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world``

If you belive in God, you have the surety. The 100% chance surety, that things will be better. In spanish it comes across as you have the right to hope for a better world.
Part of believing in God includes believing that the situation will improve, no matter what the situation is. By believing in God you can be without a doubt that things will be better and it will all work out.

There is an indescribable joy that comes from giving hope. I testify that it is much more rewarding to give hope rather than burn. Much more rewarding. I invite you all to search fro a scripture that could give hope into someone else`s life.

Elder MacGregor
PS I hope everyone is #lighttheworld everything


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

This week has been pretty calm, we have seen a lot of miracles and lots of people have accepted baptizmal dates. We are very excited.

I want to just share a single story. The husband of a recent convert has been very, very closed to the gospel. He allowed his wife to be baptized, but from there he did not want to know anything. zero zip nada.
Yesterday we expressed a need for service, that we are looking for ways to serve and how to help. The convert told us that she needed help painting a room, and that only her husband would be home at the hour we needed to paint it. We knew this had been an answer to our prayers and we prayed that the Lord would open his heart to trust in us.

I don`t paint like Leonardo Davicci but it is prety close.
We laughed with him the entire time, and at the end of the project he invited us to have a family home evening one day. (we explained what it was and he got very excited)

The Lord answers prayers and it is the best.

As we are entering December, I invite each and every one of you to p├árticipate in light theworld, the church iniciative for Christmas.

I know it will draw you and your lives closer to the Savior, who is the light of the world.

Elder MacGregor

Monday, November 20, 2017

Hello everyone!

This week has been a week.
To start, we have been asking members the same question Elder Nelson askeed us in general conference. What would your life be without the Book of Mormon? What would you not know?

My favorite answer so far has been from our pensionista: ``If my life was without the Book of Mormon, I would try to find the Book of Mormon¨

One of my favorite scriptures thsis week is found in the Book of Omni. Omni 1:9 ¨Now I, Chemish, write what few things I write, in the same book with my brother; for behold, I saw the last which he wrote, that he wrote it with his own hand; and he wrote it in the day that he delivered them unto me. And after this manner we keep the records, for it is according to the commandments of our fathers. And I make an end.¨

I find it funny how Chemish`s brother wrote in the Book the same day he gave it to his brother.

What would your life be without the Book of Mormon?
I kow that without the Book of Mormon, I would not have the assurance that Jesus is my Savior, and that He paid literally everything for me. Thanks to the Book of Mormon I have that knowledge.

I hope you all have a wnoderful week! I know this gospel is true and that it blesses lives and families. 

Elder MacGregor

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 imp├│rtant 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