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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hey I hope everyone had a good week!

This coming week we have a baptism! Her name is Daniela and she is truly amazing. She has had a lot of trials, but has understood and felt the peace that the Savior offers her, even if it is only internal.

We also found a lot of investigators through member referrals. David has a cousin who is a very active member of the church. We began teaching him and he seemed interested in the idea of living apostles and prophets. I sat next to him in sacrament meeting, and am about to do the same tomorrow.

I haven´t gotten the chance to comment on how much Barranco (the part of Lima where I am) is a lot like Portland. There are a ton of paintings and white people. Lot´s of people from Europe. It´s always a surprise when you go to contact in english and you get a response in German or Russian.

Also I was reminded this week how important it is to listen to the spirit, even in nonspiritual topics such as health. I can definitely say it has guided me for the most part, but I will share a time when I definitely didn´t listen.

We went to contact a nice couple with a child in their stroller, they were leaving Makro (big super market, basically Costco)
I go to contact, ´´Hi we are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we share a message about families, how long have you two been together?´´
She responds, ´´oh, he isn´t my husband, he is my son.´´
                     ´´Oh, sorry, but how long have you been together with your husband?´´
                     ´´ We are divorced.´´
                     ´´Oh, I´m sorry, but at least you have two wonderful children.´´
                     ´´No only one, he is my only son.´´
I look at the stroller and found that it does not contain a second child, but groceries they bought from the super market.
I continue,      ´´oh, I´m sorry, what is your name?´´
I signal to my companion that I have lost all hope in this street contact and that he needs to take over ASAP.

So........ listen to the spirit everyone.

Anyway a major crisis this week is that the financial secretary forgot to pay our water bill, so even though we live in one of the nicest houses in the mission we don´t have any water for a week. How ironic and humbling.

I want to share a thought I read on LDS.org during personal study. Alma 14:13. Here Alma and Amulek were forced to watched the burning of innocent believers of Christ and His Gospel. Amulek then asked if they would be burned as well, ´´And Alma said: Be it according to the will of the Lord. But, behold, our work is not finished; therefore they burn us not.´´

I love the phrase, our work is not finished. No matter your ups or your downs, or whatever situation you are in right now. You are still here. Like Alma and Amulek, your work is not finished.

Misión Perú Lima Sur
Secretario Personal del Presidente
Secretario de Salud

Sunday, May 21, 2017

What I have learned as a missionary so far:
  1. I have learned how serious of a deal the temple is. In the US we often take the temple for granted because there are so many of them. It truly is a sacred place that we need to always treasure. Here when someone is endowed it is a SERIOUS deal, because not every member gets endowed. Here it is a day trip to the temple, and you can physically feel the difference between seeing the Lima temple in pictures and just being on the grounds.
  2. I have learned the power of the Book of Mormon. I read it in the morning in English and at night in Spanish every day. I am in two different parts. No matter in what language or where I am reading what I read is exactly what I need to hear in the moment.
  3. The biggest revelation I received in my first area was that we are all members of the family of God. Being with these people here makes me want to keep the commandments because I want to live with them again, and I realize that I want to live with my own family, now and forever. 4 months later Elder Eyring would talk about this in general conference.
  4. I have learned that when you open your mission call and it says Perú Lima Sur you should have prepared to help sick missionaries go to the hospital. You should also prepare to receive calls from missionaries who are not really even sick.
  5. It is hard to be the ´´mission mom,¨ and care for missionaries who can be whiney. But I am not complaining because I am 100% sure it is worse to be a MacGregor mom and deal with future missionaries who are always whiney.
  6. Despite how many times you tell them, Peruvian still think that if you have blond hair you paint it.
  7. When your last name is MacGregor, every asks if you know about pants that have the same name.
  8. It is always a treat to accidentally skype your brother during Priests quorum.
I will end this week with an amazing quote I found this week. I don´t have it exactly, but here is the idea.

The idea of mercy is that it is the by definition, unfair. Those who receive mercy receive it unfairly, and those who give it give it unfairly. What a blessing it is that the Savior loves us unfairly.

Elder MacGregor 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hey everyone!

rough office week this week. I got a nasty fever on Tuesday and I had nobody to call. Took a fat nap on the couch with the bishop and my companion caught me on camera. So the bishop and I just be chilling and bonding.

I hope you all are good to your moms this week. Elder Holland has a great talk titled ´´Behold, thy Mother.´´ I invite all of you to read and ponder it this special time of year.

I took a missionary into the hospital this week because they were showing signs of an appendicitis. Turns out they just had bad gas.

Lots of counsels and training this week. Not too exciting for you guys (and to some extent not us either) but it is how the Lord prepares us for his work.

with much love,

Misión Perú Lima Sur
Secretario Personal del Presidente

Secretario de Salud

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Good week everyone!

This week was transfer week, so it was an insane amount of work in the office. we had to coordinate all the trips and how people travel and buy bus tickets going to ayacucho. (basically the farthest out in our mission)

I got to train brand new missionaries about what to do when they get sick. Showed them what to do when they get bit buy a dog and everything. Then I got to tell them I have bitten 3 times.

Also here is quote of a call i received this week: ´´Elder MacGregor, we have an investigator who has cancer, can we still visit her without getting sick?´´   ´´Cancer isn´t contagious´´

I have said it so many times, but I love the people here, and I love teaching where the Book of Mormon took place. It is interesting for me that Christ walked this continent such a long time ago, and taught these people´s ancestors.

I have felt my faith and my testimony grow incredibly in these past 8 months. The Book of Mormon really is a powerful keystone that we so often take for granted.

I want to tell everyone that I am not the same person who left Oregon 8 months ago. Now I use hair gel

Misión Perú Lima Sur
Secretario Personal del Presidente

Secretario de Salud

Monday, May 1, 2017

This week there are transfers in the mission so we are working like crazy in the office. I only have one food for thought this week. Sorry it is short but know that I love you all and wish you the very best as we celebrate 5 de Mayo this week. (Not a holiday in Perú but it is in Mexico)

Preaching the Gospel is easy.
Administration is hard. - Unknown
Elder MacGregor

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hey everyone!

This week was an awesome week! We found 5 new investigators! The offices missionaries almost never find that many people in one week! Elder Morales is really good about getting us out of the office to proselyte and it has been helping a lot. The office is basically a full time job, Mon-Fri 8-5, with exceptions of emergencies.

We were following up on a street contact and we found him at home. He agreed to let us in and meet with his kids, wife, and brother-in-law. We immediately felt prompted to talk about the Book of Mormon and we gave them two copies to share. It was an awesome lesson, and the spirit was so strong in that home. This family also lives in the nicer part of Lima, where it is harder to find people to teach, but I have learned the Lord prepares who He will prepare and it is our job to find them.

The most inspiration I took from this past general conference was from Elder Rasband. He talked about being a spiritual first responder. I can´t forget what he said, ¨If we let the Lord know in our morning prayers that we are ready, He will call on us to respond. If we respond, He will call on us time and time again.¨ I know this is a true statement. I have seen it in the mission, and I never even realized it until 2 days later. When we love and serve God, all things work together for our good.

Misión Perú Lima Sur
Secretario Personal del Presidente

Secretario de Salud

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Holy Week!

This week I would like to start with how crazy good friday is here. everything was closed, even the hospital, so when i had to send a missionary there it was not a good thing. As health secretary i have begun to learn how to control my stress and alos how to appear more formal and polite. it is actually really hard, but i have noticed a real difference in myself and i know it is because of the Savior wanted to build me up.

I would like to share I call I got on the phone this week from a sick missionary. I think it was quite humorus.

¨Hey Elder MacGregor, it´s Elder ----------. So today we were doing service, and I put my hands inside a bag to pull out some tools. It turns out it was the wrong bag and instead there was a dead dog inside of it, and it´s stomach was open. So basically I put my hands inside a dog stomach, and now my hands are covered in blood. What do I do?¨

Just some of the normal health problems here in Perú. 

Fun fact, the mission office is actually outside the mission boundaries, and so is my room, so right now i spend more time in the Lima east mission that my own mission. Secretaries always serve for 6 months, so the next 6 months I will be in the Lima east mission most of the time. I have one additional month in the MTC which is in the Lima central mission, outside of my mission boundaries.

When I complete 1 year in the mission this August, I will have 7 months outside my own mission and only 5 inside of it. I will have more time outside the mission than inside of it. Many Book of Mormon heroes traveled to foreign lands, and I guess in a way that is what I am doing.

I hope you are all taking advantage of this wonderful easter, and building your faith in the Savior. I have come to appreciate the scripture in 3 Nephi 11:
 Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.
This was the moment when the Son completed His Atonement, and how the Father introduced Him to the Nephites. Imagine the joy of both the Father and the Son, to know that all mankind could now be saved and live with them again, if they were willing to repent.

I love my Savior, and I know that He loves me.

Misión Perú Lima Sur
Secretario Personal del Presidente
Secretario de Saludu

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Hey everyone,

this week has been pretty exciting. Had to help and Elder in the hospital at 2 am. I guess that is what I signed up for when i said i wanted to be the health secretary.

Also I got another health call from an Elder who told me he had a parasite because he is grinding his teeth............ after realizing that makes no sense he was relieved to discover he did not have a parasite.

This week we as did room inspections for a zone in the mission. it was interesting to discover that the missionaries who had been out for a long time had the dirtiest rooms, while all the newbies had really clean rooms. you could also feel a change in the spirit when entering a room that had been cared for and loved. The same promise is extended to you. clean your room (a message to Grant).

This week I found an unusual spiritual lesson while at the office. sometimes we need to do what is unpopular to receive blessings. We made get made fun of by friends and even family, but we will still believe those blessings, because God always follows through. I experienced this first hand. The old health secretary left some pink crocs behind, and this week i wore them. Even though it was unpopular and my companion made fun of me, i received the blessings of extra comfort while working.

(note i only wear them when there is nobody in the office and it is a slow work day i dont wear them every single day i am careful with my blessings. i have only worn them once so far.)

Also i am in charge of the air conditioning and everyone always yelling at me. even as i write this sentence i am being yelled at to turn up the AC.

I love this wonderful work and my wonderful mission. I am called of God to be here in this place at this time.

Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. He has calmed my troubled soul, born my afflictions, and paid for my poor decisions and sins. I invite you all to read the document we were invited to read this past general conference, The Living Christ. This week begins the celebration of the event that is the key to the plan of Salvation, but without Christ, it truly is meaningless. I hope we will all try to more fully use Him and His teachings in our lives, especially this Easter.

Have a wonderful week.


Misión Perú Lima Sur
Secretario Personal del Presidente

Secretario de Salud

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Hey everyone!

Get conference session am I right? The best thing about working in the office is that Pday is Saturday and I can give an almost live review of general conference. 10/10.
Want to hear a cool mission story?
This week I was filling out a huge spreadsheet on excel..... and the power went out. I was less than happy. Anyway so we went through the health closet and found Christmas presents! We found a two year old expired chocolate bar. It didn´t taste expired. However there were some lifesavers that were reeeeeaaaaaaaaallllllyyyy old. they were 100% soft.

this week in scripture reading I read Mosiah 2:24. It says that when we keep God´s commandments he blesses us, and we are indebted to him. King Benjamin also explains that God gives us life and everything, so we are indebted to Him. Basically the message is, we are always indebted to God. 

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Elder MacGregor

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hey Everyone!
I am sure you were all waiting for a lovely email on Monday and are surprised to receive it on Saturday but that is because I got transfered............ to the office. I am currently the main secretary of the Perú Lima South Mission, which means whenever any missionary has a compliant they call me. Also I proselyte less. I have found that I get a lot of time to look up conference talks and such which is pretty awesome. 
This week I just want to say that I have noticed how much the Lord really cares about your personal life. I have found that fellting thoughts, things that I do not pray for, are still answered as if they are a prayer to the heavens. One example is that we stopped by the temple earlier today. I starting to think about how cool it would be to see people from my older areas stop by, but it was just a fun thought. 5 minutes later the entire YSA from my first area came into the temple grounds and went crazy ´´ELDER MACGREGOR!!!´´ Even though I didn´t pray for this and it was just a thought the Lord answered it even stronger than I could have imagined. Also I found my camera charger so now you guys will want to read my email again because there are pictures. (but now the pictures are just of me sitting at a desk).
I love you all so much and I am thankful for the plentitud of blessings the Lord has put into my life.
(as health secretary I get to sign all my emails like this now)

Misión Perú Lima Sur
Secretario Personal del Presidente

Secretario de Salud

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hey everyone! This week is pretty short because we did a lot of walking also I lost my camera charger so I probably wont send fotos for a really long time which is sad because I know it is the only thing you guys look at. Anyway this week the best part was a family history lesson with a recent convert. We let the sister missionaries teach and then we bore our testimonies about family history. It was really interesting for me becasue it made me realize that even though I have never met my great great grandma, I will be able to meet her in the heavens. Sometimes we are given plain and precious truths but dont really understand what it means in our lives. I know that there is so much I really dont know and I am excited to learn. Love you all have a wonderful St. Patrick´s day

Elder MacGregor

Monday, March 6, 2017

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK........... sitting in a bus for 16 hours.
This week we got trained by Elder Falabella of the Seventy. I got to shake his habd and everything. Which means I only have 68 left to go....... We got trained in Lima so we had an 8 hour bus ride form Ica one day and an 8 hour bus ride back the next. On the bright side I got to read a lot of Jesus the Christ and get enlightned. Perhaps the most profound thing I read was the difference between happiness and pleasure. Happiness is looked backed on, and the same feelings emerge as they did in the moment of happiness. Pleasure is often looked backed on with some regret or discomfort. Happiness does not require repentance.
With that I would like to share a happy experience. We round two new investigators this week and they seemed really receptive. One of them was interested in spiritual gifts, particularly the gift of tongues. The other was WAY interested in eternal families, we gave him a book of mormon and he started to read it immediately. Needless to say we have a new hope for missionary work here in Perú.

Love, Elder MacGregor

Monday, February 27, 2017

Elder Miranda and I are opening and area in Ica! there are not a ton of investigators so far. we got one day to go out in street clothes and look to see how it was. It is a lot of desert. We are the first missionaries in the history of the church to proselyte there it is pretty awesome.
just kidding. this is the huacachina the biggest tourist trap in all of Perú. Lots of Germans.
This week I would like to testify of the benefits of working. 1 Nephi 16:29 says that when we are diligent and with faith the Lord will bring great things to happen. This week we were challenged to put two more baptismal dates even though we were going to lose a day of prodeylting because of training. I will admit I did have my doubts. However, by the end of Sunday we realized that we had not only put two more dates but had found 4 new investigators and had a baptism! Honestly I was blown away by what was accomplish and truly know that by small steps great things come to pass.
Also I got sunburned and it is february.
Elder MacGregor

Monday, February 20, 2017

and I can testify of that. It is so hot that when I open my sunscreen it all slides right out of the tube immediately so I have had to stick to keeping it in the fridge to cool it down so I can use it without making a giant mess. No major stories to share this week except for here they don´t have church basketball. They have church soccer and it is probably the most violent thing you have ever seen. 

I have began to write down a scripture every day in my daily agenda to ponder that I read during scripture study. My favorite this week has been 2 Nefi 4:28 Here Nephi puts his confidence in the Lord forever, admits that he is not perfect. I love this verse because it tells him to wake up, and to not worry about being trapped in sin, because there is a Savior, who suffered for even him. I know that He suffered for me, and for you too. Despite our imperfections, flaws and sins, we need not be discouraged because there is one who has it already taken care of if we turn to Him.

Elder MacGregor

Monday, February 13, 2017

Wow Ica is very hot, yet farther away from the equator than my last area? someone explain that to me. This week the bishop asked me to share my testimony in front of the ward so I shared my favorite missionary scripture from DC. DC 15:6 says that if we are faithful in bringing people unto Christ we will rest WITH them in the kingdom of the father. I love this because it means that I will see the people I teach in the celestial kingdom, assuming I endure to the end (which is a pretty safe assumption). ANd because of the Atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, salvation is possible for all of us. This week we did a lot of service cleaing up damages from flash floods and I saw a pack of goats! The first seen wildlife besides dogs.

I would also love to testify of eternal families. Valentines day is the anniversary of my loving parents, who I am forever greatful for their testimony of the Savior and HIs church. I could never repay them for the love they have shown me, especially when I didn´t want to pay attention. Truly I can say that I have been born as Nefi, with parents who truly love the Lord.

(Also tomorrow is valentines day so if anybody has any love notes to send me now is the time)

Elder MacGregor

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

This week I got transfered to the south in ICA, official tourist attraction of Perú. My new companion is Elder Miranda and I can already tell based on these last 24 hours it is going to be a fun transfer.
Many have heard about the new missionary schedule, here that means WE GET TO WAKE UP AT 7!!...... if we are serving in Lima. This means that this past week I did get to wake up at 7 every day but now that I am in the south it is 6:30 again everyday, I think the Lord is trying to tell me something.
This week I really understood what it means.. I´ll go where you want me to go dear Lord, over crazy sand dunes or surprise flash floods.
At least that is the Ica version of the song.
Love you all have a wonderful week.

Elder MacGregor

This is from mom's personal email, but I thought I should share: The ward missionary and his wife and so so so so so happy and their house is literally nothing. The gospel has physically enlightened

their faces and everything and here I am having everything I have ever wanted and I still complain.

Monday, January 30, 2017

This week is perhaps the greatest week of my entire life. Yes, we lost all our investigators. Yes, one ward member shouted at us because we eat with a certain sister and she doesn´t like taht, and Yes, I did step in dog leftovers (leftovers like a dog skeleton and fur, not the traditional leftovers you would be thinking) Doesn´t sound very exciting does it? Well this past Thursday I got the marvelous opportunity to shake the hand of ELder Cook, Aposlte of the Lord Jesus Christ. I knew he was coming for a while but I decided to wait to tell you all until after it happened. I will not share too much of what he said because it is very personal. But when he bore his testimony, I could physically feel the grace of the Savior in the room. It will be an experience I never forget. Prophets and Apostles minister today as they did in bibliac times. This is the church of Jesus Christ. 
I encourage all of you to read Alma 5, but read it as a general conference talk, and it is incredible hpw much more value you will get out of it.

Elder MacGregor

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A wise friend shared with me a certain scripture before I came to Perú. Isaiah 52:7 ´´how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who publisheth good tidings´´
I can testify to you that my feet are definiety not pretty, and for the sack of your health I will not send a picture. I would change the scripture to : ´´how beautiful are the people who are receiving the good tidings´´
The people here are truly incredible. Hilarious and loving. I have been sent to labor in perhaps the funniest mission in the world.
I do not have any major stories this week, except for that I saw a few live snakes for sail in the market. Oh I did get bit by another dog so that makes 3 bites in total now.
I love studying the Book of Mormon. It truly does contain the fulness of the gospel and solidifies Christ as the Savior and divinity of His mission.

With Love, Elder MacGregor

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

´´Everything that the light touches is our area´´ Yup it is preety big and pretty dusty. This week Elder Navia and I got the opportunity to prosolyte in another area for one day. We went to an adjacent area with our district leader and learned some things from him. We also all ate dinner together and he took the photo at the table. My companion forgot to bring Pjs, I swear I didn´t proselyte in an Oregon T shirt. OH it finally rained here, for the first time in 4 months and I was in nothing but a short sleeve button up shirt. It was perhaps the most amazing thing in the world. Also one thing that has been happening to me is that I have been getting really bad acne. It has gotten to a point where members have offered to buy me special soap to take care of my face. It is good to know how much they love me.

This week I took to heart Alma 10: 6, which is Amulek explaining that he was called many times by God but he would not hear. Sin embargo, Dios dio muchas opportunidades a Amulek y cuando él oyó, era un instrumento poderoso. Les pregunto, has God called you many times? He will give you infinite chances, and like Amulek, you cane be a wonderful tool in His hands.
Elder MacGregor (google translate could help you with that opne part)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Another crazy week down here in Perú. This past Thursday we litteraly raised the roof of the home of an elderly woman. Also it is full summer here and literally every member of the ward has told me to put on sunscreen. I guess it is obvious I have been forgetting but this ward is so loving and wants be to not be destroyed by the sun. One night a bus crashed into a power poll at about 6 and all the lights went out. Because our area is more or less pretty dangerous, we had to go home early. Pictured is the fear we were experiencing while planning for the next day in total darkness. Also pictured is the outside view of our room when it was pitch black. As ou can see, one man kindly chose to light his bed oin fire in the middle of the street. I am starting to understand more spanish but I don´t understand that. This year our meetings start at 10:30, which normally I would be happy because I can sleep in more, but then I remember I am a  missionary and we aren´t allowed to sleep hahaha. Hope you guys are enjoying the cold, it is the exact opposite here 

Elder MacGregor

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hey guys I haven´t written to you for a whole year! Probably have heard that one a million times but it kills here so I am going to use it. I have got gripe, which roughly translates to the common cold. A well known fact here in Perú is that all sicknesses come from drinking or eating cold items. So for instance whenever I talk and people can hear my voz is off they immediately tell me to drink hot water and even over me some. It is also summer here. SO people offer me hot water in the middle of summer because I have a cold. I don´t think you get a cold from drinking cold water but hey at this point anything is probably possible. 
For New years we were allowed to go bed at 10 like normal. So here is what we did at 10. Happy New years from Villa Salvador, Lima Perú. Here midnight happens at 10:30. I also timed my camera to show you all what we actually did at midnight. Pretty exciting stuff.
This week I finally realized the power of faith in goal setting. WE had a goal to find some more new investigators so we planned to find one every day, and we did just that. Good stuff faith. 
Love you all and I thank you for your support.
Elder MacGregor