Elder McGhie's experiences as a missionary in Peru.

December 29, 2010

Hey there Fam and Friends!!!!

Hey there Fam and Friends!!! Hows life in the real world? I hear its overated haha! So thanks for the Christmas update and all that and the update on Liney´s big 14th birthday! So yesterday me and my companion sang happy birthday to liney while we were walking to class, and everyone in my district sang Sweet Caroline about 10 times! So dont worry Liney you got a lot of Birthday wishes from the CCM in Peru! I hope your day was wonderful!!! So i guess in this email i got to start back on Christmas Eve. So Christmas Eve well started out alright, i dunno it was hard not to think of home and all that but that was early in the day on Christmas Eve. We had a fireside that night which was pretty good, but the fun all started after that! After the fireside we all participated in a Christmas Tradition, Hot Chocolate and Fruit Cake? Haha well at least in the United States fruit cake is a joke, not in Peru! They love that stuff! And to tell you the truth... its not good haha but yeah, o before i get started you guys need to tell Kyle Spencer that  he Served with both of my teachers in Trujjio Mission! My guy teacher would have been Elder Martinez who worked in the office with him, and my girl teach (who is the best teacher ever) her name is Rosario Caballero, she knew Kyle to, so that was really cool! And then i had to explain to them why my first name is Spencer and not my last haha that was fun... O and dad to answer your question, i thought my Spanish was coming along pretty well... until yesterday we started SUBJUNCTIVE!!! AHHH!!! What the heck that stuff is nuts.  So i guess we will see how that goes.  But anyways sorry mom this is going to freak you out, but i leave the CCM on Tuesday Morning!!! HOORAY!!! So yeah im pretty much stoked out of my mind! But that means you shoulda sent the package to the mission home! O well its all good, hopefully it gets to me haha!  So back to Christmas Eve, so we ate that funky fruit cake and then each district was assignent to pick some Christmas Song and sing it that night, but it didnt have to be a hymn, it could be whatever song we wanted! So i figured a lot of people would do fun songs, i was kinda wrong on that one... haha so we all go out there and everyone starts singing and we are the last disctrict to go, of course cause we are all north americans.  So everyone is singing silent night, and a bunch of hymns, Im like o boy haha because i had proposed the idea and my district all loved it to sing the Grinch Song! Haha i was inspired by Seth Tippets, that is his favorite Chirstmas Song and I just remembered how awsome it was so our teacher printed off the lyrics and it was like 6 verses, we had practiced all these actions and stuff haha so classic! So we get up there and everone sang hymns or serious songs, Elder Mortons district sang Mary did you Know, they did way good but i couldnt help laugh cause that always reminds me of when our cousing Ethan Lamb sang that to his mom haha what a classic moment! So we get up there and start singing the Grinch Song and I wont lie it was pretty funny, and I was getting into it, with sound effects and all that jazz, so tell Seth i did my best to make him proud haha! After that everyone just stayed out there and we sang every Christmas song we could think of! We sang chesnuts roasting on an open fire, jingle bells, 12 days of Christmas, we sang em all! It was pretty fun! We just belted em out, then we went in and this Elder had the same poem mom sent me, a missionary christmas, i hadnt opened my package for Christmas Eve yet, so pretty much he read that and we were all balling because we all missed our Mothers haha, then i went up to my room and opened up my Christmas Eve package and read it again and i cried a little more! Dont worry, it was a good crying session though, and dad your letter was awsome! What you said about how if i was home it wouldnt have been as happy, cause i need to be out here, and that was so true! So thanks for that.  Please thank everyone that sent a christmas note, they were so awsome!!! I loved reading all of them, and the pictures were amazing!!! So great job on that! So i woke up and Christmas and of course opened up my presents!!! I was so pumped when i got the Gryffindor T-Shirt!!! So awsome!! Thanks so much for that!  First off i need mom or dad to email or call the mortons and thank them for raising such an amazing kid!!! And thank the Lord for allowing us to be together on Christmas, it was nice to one of my brothers with me on Christmas! We did a little gift exchange, me and Keat, we signed some ties and gave em to each other with some candy and chips, so pretty much I love Keat! Such a blessing to have him with me! it really did help Christmas to be a whole lot brighter having him here!  SO Christmas was pretty awsome, we had a bunch of pinatas and all that, you will see in my pictures im holding the pieces of the piñata in the air, in my Gryffindor shrit! And then we played some kick ball and Sand volleyball, we had a giant Christmas lunch that was actually way good! I gave my ties out and we took some matching pictures so that was awsome! Then later in the night me and elder morton played some pick up soccer with some latinos before we watched a movie.  They let us watch the Other Side of Heaven! It was so awsome! It was kinda weird cause you know how its like a half love story haha... yeah so me Elder Morton and my comp were laughing about that haha Girls... totally lame and overated... at least till November 2012! Haha good times! So yeah life is great, Christmas was really fun, Ive got a lot of pictures to send you! So remember i get out of here on tuesday!!! Tuesday morning or afternoon we go to the mission home and have our interviews and then we go to our areas!!! HECK YEAH!!!! Here is how i see it, yeah the MTC was fun, but i am so ready to get out of here ahah, the mission i have been dreaming about for my whole life is actually about to start in less than a week! Sure, im nervous my spanish isnt that awsome but i know once i get out there i just want to get lost in the work, get fluent in spanish, and START SAVING SOME SOULS BABY!!! Im so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Dont worry about the package, itll get to me! thanks for sending one so quick! You guys are the best and always in my prayers! And trust me, i say a lot of prayers these days haha!
 Well love ya all!!! Elder Spencer Marty McGhie

December 22, 2010


Hey there family and friends!!! First of all i will just start out by saying it is like the 50th day mark in my mission (someone informed me of that, dont worry im not counting) but is that just nuts or what!? 50 days.... And to say the least i want to go to the FIELD SO BAD! Haha dont get me wrong the CCM is pretty sweet but the Field is going to be the bomb! Under 2 weeks BABY! So life is pretty awesome! My companion is Elder Thompson! We totally graduated together from Alta just this last year, haha what are the chances right!? He is going to the Lima Peru South Mission, he is a giant cougar fan, a giant psych fan, and he loves classic rock! So pretty much we get along together awesome! His First name is Colton if Mom wants to go stalk him in my year book and stuff! Ok so i will answer moms demanding questions haha no, i cant print out emails in the ccm but its all good i read em all! And your question about elder madsen, i really do love him! He’s a champion and a great kid! So this last week has been pretty grand, my spanish has hit a little trouble without my own personal dictionary latino companion! But its all good in less than 2 weeks i will have a trainer showing me all the ropes!  So my district has no latinos! Bummer deal right!? So i am making Elder Morton (keaton) share his haha so my district is pretty tight we have elders from all over the country and 6 north americans in our room so everynight we have story time or we discuss deep doctrine, well i guess there is no ¨deep doctrine¨but its fun to talk about the millennium and Armageddon and stuff haha !!!!Ok im sorry this is the most random email ever!!! anyways so last wednesday they took us on this awesome tour!!!!  We gotta go and look at the ocean haha and then they took us to a downtown square in Lima and we got to go shopping and eat pizza and ice cream! I bought you guys way way cool lama stuff and this awesome peru gear!!! So once i get to the field i will send a package home and you guys will have your own legit peru stuff! So i ve been opening up My Christmas cards and they are so amazing!!! I love them! Its so so so cool to get to hear from all of you and I Love it!!! And all the pictures mom sent me of everyone have really taken me down memory road to such good times we had!!! So the mission is the bomb! And im only in the MTC i cant imagine how tight it will be in the field! Sorry theres not much cool stuff  to write about, i kinda sit in class all day long... So mom get Rosetta Stone if your trying to learn Spanish I hear it is awesome! And last sunday i sent a bunch of letters home and in replying to dear elders from everyone so be on the look out for those haha. Ok so Mom if you wanna send me a package to the mission home I want my line of authority from dad, some stamps, pictures of Christ, some beef jerky, sun flower seed(original, david brand) and some mike n ikes! O and i opended some of my christmas presents... haha i pretty much shouted for joy when i opened my lord of the rings shirt!!! So awesome, i am wearing it right now! Everyone loves it haha! Tell liney to listen on her birthday cause i will be singing her happy birhtday and Sweet Caroline so listen and she should be able to hear it all the way from Peru! So Life is AMAZING! You know me, if your not laughing, smiling, or crying for joy every second of everyday, then something is wrong.  And since I have such awesome family and  friends and i get to serve a mission in Peru, i have no reason in the world to not be Smiling. So Thank you everyone for all you have done for me! I loved all the extra pictures! now i will send you some pics from the tour! Love you all and I hope everyone has the best darn Christmas EVER!!!!(and Lineys Birthday too!!)
(and thanks for the Christmas messages from all of you all).           
Elder Spencer Marty McGhie

December 15, 2010


Hola Familia and Friends!!! How are we doing today! K, ill start off with some bad news email time is getting cracked down on so i dont have as much time as i used to but its all good! So ill just send one big email and family you just edit it please!!! So my companion left... which totally sucked, and there arent enough latinos so i think im getting a North American companion!!! WOOF oh well i will just try my best to speak spanish! But i might get a latino we will see! So i had to go to immigration this morning and i get back from the long van ride and there was a huge bus outside the CCM and i was like NEW ELDERS!!! I ran over to the bus and guess who was there!!! My main man KEEEEAATTTOOON MORTOOON!!! We embraced for like 5min! I just love that kid it was so good to see him again!  I took a picture so ill send that to you! O and we have the tour later today where ill take like a million pictures but ill have to send them next week! O and other great news your package came! THANKS SO MUCH! I set up the trees and opened the chocolate calender, i gave the other one to elder madsen! But i havent dove into the other gifts cause i had to read the instructions on this email to start! I got a bunch of your dear elders to! They made me so happy and laugh! And thank Kirk Green for his dear elder that was great to read and his joseph smith comparison was perfect!!! And tell him to tell tyson i love him and hang in there! I need his email too! So now im going to give you a recap from my epic trackting experience from saturday... So we drive for like an hour and a half, im like where the heck are we going? So we finally get to the chapel and its not to bad, not very ghetto, but we go to get off and they told me and 3 other companionships to stay on the bus. We drove about another 20 minutes to the GHETTO! Wow i was like umm... haha so we get in the chapel and there are other missionaries from the mtc there as well, and they tell us we all have to take out watches off because itll get robbed so we had to put them in our backpack... I wont lie i was trippin out, cause even the natives were a little worried! They put me and my comp with a ward member kid who is prepping for his mission and we walked about 15 min to our little area, our first contact was golden! It was a 17 year old named jimmy, he was really interested and i was actually in the conversations, i shared some scriptures told him about the Holy Ghost, i was killin it in Spanish! Its amazing how much i have improved because of my native.  So we got his information and he is definitely interested for the missionaries to come back later in his area, it kinda stinks cause we go out there and do the contact work but dont get to see the fruits of our labors but 3 more weeks and ill be there!!! So 2nd contact is this sweet little old lady and we were teaching her in her house. It was the first house i had been in like sat down to teach a lesson, so here house was just this smalll square, and it was so humbling to know this is all she had, you could tell how hard she had worked on her little house, it was painted pink and there were little china characters all over the room and a bunch of pictures hanging on the wall, it was so cute. So in the lesson i taught about the restoration of the gospel and the first vision! It was awesome!!! We were doing awesome and she was so interested! I hope it works out. By then it was almost lunch time and my comp didnt really have a desire to talk to people and neither did the native they just wanted to head back, so i just let him take charge in the morning so we went back, i was bugged but it was only 5 min early, the spirit just ate at me and i was like i cant waist 1 minute of the lords time!!! So after lunch i was like no way im not wasting a moment, so we did some contacts and my comp and the native decided it was just time to walk and chit chat, so i was trying to street contact, and we passed 2 people who both seemed interested to talk but my comp just kept walking, and after we passed the 2nd person i just well kinda snapped, you know my temper, it takes a lot for me to get actually mad, but waisting the lords time is 1 of them! In my best spanish i chewed both of them out, and my comp has definitely never seen me mad I pretty much yelled, WHY ARENT WE TALKING TO EVERYONE! And they kinda looked at me and then i said THIS IS THE LORDS TIME WE ARE TALKING TO EVERYONE!!!! and then i ranted for a couple more seconds haha and to say the least it was effective! We started tearing it up!  So we are in the ghetto and we are walking to a members house to get a referral and all these bums were sitting on the curb heckling me haha its was funny i just waved and said hi, and at that moment i have never felt safer, i knew i was in the hands of the lord and he is protecting me.  It was awesome, so mom dont worry im protected! So the day was coming to an end and we were at the members house, she wanted to give us some random juice and i looked at my comp and said nononono! I was like i cant drink i will get sick, cause the cup she gave me was like dirty and she just splashed some tap water in there and filled it up with some juice i was like ah crap, she gave me the glass and i couldnt say no, you could tell they dont have much and to just share a drink with me is a big deal for them, so i just manned up and drank it! Haha it wasnt bad, i figured i would have the runs or throw up all night, but i was just fine! See the lord is lookin out! But dont worry mom i figured out how to say thank you very very much but im not allowed to, in spanish as nice as possible! Haha good times, we taught a few more lessons and it was a great experience! Im lovin my mission and i love all you to pieces!!! ElderMcGhie!  Alright fam this part is just for you guys, so life is great, it really is mom, dont worry you are always with me and its really all good! So i have a little assignment for all you! once christmas break starts, for family night i want all of you, mom, dad, ainsley, and liney to go to Temple square, see the lights and go watch the Joseph Smith movie! I demand it!!! And when i get on my email next week i expect to see pictures!!! Thanks so much for your constant prayers and love, i cant believe im getting out into the real field in under 3 weeks! Im so excited! Cause the CCM is great and all but i didnt go on a mission to sit in class for 5 hours haha, but im still learning patience, i read a talk by President Uctdorf on patience and it was amazing! I would recommend reading it together! Mom dont worry i have my other big pillow so i dont need another pillow haha and we arent going proselyting anymore cause the saturday is on christmas and the next saturday is new years day and its way to dangerous to put us out there!!! Well i love yall so sos sossos much! Ill hook up some pics!  LOVE YOU! from the best son ever Elder Spencer Marty McGhie (yeah im now Spencer Marty McGhie) ps if someone calls or called from the peru ccm lookin for my social security number give it to them, if not dont worry its all good! LOVE YOU and go to temple square! 

December 7, 2010


Well so on Saturday night i found out this week p-day was going to be on tuesday, and i was sorta mad cause i didnt get to tell you guys when it was so you wouldnt be able to email me! But dont feel bad its totally fine! Mom, i got one of your Dear Elders earlier this week but it was put in some other elders mailbox addressed to an Elder Spencer McGhiw hahahahah that made me laugh! But yeah its all good, so i have had an interesting week to say the least, ill start on saturday, o and sorry no pictures today cause we are only allowed to take pictures on p day and our email time rotates, and our email time is at 7 in the flipppin morning! So i havent taken any new photos since my last email cause that lame rule... but anyways so Saturday is what i would call a Baptism by Fire.  Haha they load us all up on buses and off we go! We leave at about 745 in the morning, to get to our area it was about a 40 minute drive and the home base is the chapel in the area.  The area i was in, is in the Lima Central Mission boundaries... needless to say im grateful im going to lima east haha so then everyone gets a different area in the city and divide into about groups of 4 and you get a teacher, then you branch off, in the morning the teacher was with me and my comp and then the afternoon he was with the others, needless to say i enjoyed the afternoon more.  So the first street im walking down just reeks o urine and poop, and there was garbage all along the side of the road, it was very interesting to say the least... haha so me and my comp go to this park and its game time.  There is this lady with her dog and she is sitting there with her her mom, this little old lady and so we go up to contact her, im nervous to say the least! I dont even speak SPANISH!!! So we go up to her and start talking, she was pretty nice but not very interested at the end of our little conversation we invited her to go to church on sunday, haha she said she could come to church on sunday because she had to walk her dog and eat breakfast... Haha nice  So we are walking around the streets of peru and its almost lunch, we decide to contact one more lady, it was this little old lady and like a 35 year old man just sitting on a bench in the park, this time the teacher was with us, so we walk up and start talking to her and it immediately goes south  her first words were, i am catholic, wich i now know when someone says that they arent just filling you in on what they believe it also means GO AWAY! haha but hey we are missionaries we arent going anywhere, so we try to talk politely with her and ask her what her name is of course she wont tell us and just starts yelling MALO MALO witch means bad, haha so im sitting there i dont speak any spanish this old lady is just screaming at us and i was like o my gosh what the heck is going on, cause she is rapidly yelling in spanish and i have no idea what she is saying!  So i just tried to bear my testimony and i would get 3 words in and she would start yelling again, frustrating to say the least. So the teacher with us sorta took over and he was like just give me one minute to share my testimony and then we will leave, so he tried, she started yelling again, tried yet again, she started yelling again, it was nuts! So we then just thanked her for her time and bailed!  Needless to say i needed that lunch break.  so after lunch i decided to be more involved and use every spanish word i possibly could think of just to be in the conversations! So the afternoon was going well, we landed a few Book of Mormons some pamphlets, some passalong cards, so it was going much better.  Then it was drawing near to the end of a long weird confusing day, i was standing in the streets with my companion talking to a man, it wasnt really going anywhere to say the least, I was standing there holding a book of mormon in my hands and this little old lady came running down the street, pointing in my direction and hollering hey! HEY! I was like what the heck, but i figured she was yellin at someone else so i just kinda looked back down and tried to re focus on the conversation at hand, but she she just kept coming down the street yellin at me! So i look up as she was getting closer, i looked behind me and there wasnt anyone behind me, and i kinda mouthed me? She was like si si si! She was just this tiny old lady and remember this is all in spanish... she said hey i want that book of mormon, i was like really? haha but i asked her why and she said she loved reading and was really interested in the church and wanted to read that book, so i got really excited i was tellin her all about it in my best broken spanish, and i started showing her where to read i but a pamphlet in 3 Nephi Chapter 11 and Moroni 10 and asked her to read it! And she said she would! I asked her to attend sacrament meeting tomorrow and she said she would as well! I gave her a passalong card with the church info on it and it was awesome! It was totally crazy, she probably only understood half of what i said, my spanish struggles haha but in the end Saturday was a very exhausting and satisfying day! It was nice to actually be doing some work for once! Love ya!!! Sorry no pics but ill take a bunch and have them to send to you next week on wednesday!!!

December 1, 2010

Hola My Amazing Family and Friends!!

Hola my amazing family!!!!  Wow first i have learned for myself why it is the Best 2 years (so far) first off its the hardest 2 years, but the most rewarding, amazing, experience of my life!  I really have grown up a lot, but im still the spencer all yall know and love! so how do i describe perú? haha lets see well i have soup and rice with a random slab of meat for luncha nd dinner every day haha but hey i love it!  Ill start off with the begining, it was an interesting first days, culture shock, my body trying (still trying) to adjust to the food and juices haha.  So there is a quote on my journal from d and c 122 7 And that all these things will give thee experienc... Ill say experience alright! so my companion speaks zero english so its been a giant game of charades! and he hasnt been throught the temple so coolest experience ever i got to take him through the temple this morning!!! Amazing experience! So waiting to get on the bus to go to the temple we were in the back of the line and 2 buses pulled up, chuck full! And so i thought, no way we are fitting on this thing! haha well in The United States no way, but in Peru everyone fits!!! My head touches the top of the bus so i have to squat down while there are about 25 extra people crammed in there! it was good cause i couldnt see how close the other cars actually were, ( i experienced that on the way back when i could sit down) but anyways so we finally got to leave the mtc and see the real world!!! And after the temple we got to go shopping, we went to the distribution center cause my comp needed some stuff, then we went to a store called tottus, and it was like we stepped into the USA! It was a giant walmart thing!  I was so happy to in the real world and we were having so much fun walkin around with my comp, and it hit me thats what a real mission is like!!! I said hi to every single person i saw and wanted to share the gospel with all of em!  So i need to start from Sunday, we had a testimony meeting, and there were about 25 latinos that got on to share theirs and then only 4 north americans, including me i was intimidated and i prayed with all my heart that i could do it all in epañol and i did it! then after that i go a suprise and had to teach the lesson to my distric in spanish, i prayed with all my heart and i can honestly say i had the gift of tongues!!! I was pullin phrases outa no where! it was just awsome!!! I bore my testimony at the end about an experience i had when i was about 12, i read moronis promise and prayed to know if it was true and the spirit testified to me it was!! it was amazing and when i shared it i sorta choked up and after all the latinos were crying to, it was awsome!!! The spirit speaks no languages to say the least! I had so much to say but i have to give up my computer at the moment, i will email more a little later, i have to give up my computer, now this sucks i have so much to say, ill try and log back on in about 20 min... sorry!!! ill be back, love you with all my heart, thanks for the prayers

Im back baby!!! i fixed another computer! Okay so i gotta start from the beginnig here... The Latinos are the best!!! They are the happiest people i have ever met! The best is on sunday we sang the first hymn and they could care less about how they sound, they just yell that hymn to the world!!! IT was so great!  So on monday they have this trainer come and for our gym time we work out with him, everyone was tellin me how hard it was, i was like yeah ok i doubt its bad at all. Haha lets just say he is the Chuck Norris of Perú, he had cones set up all over the soccer field and we did sprints, pushups with these bands, i am sore to say the least, but i loved it! It was awsome, we had this crazy peruvian screaming and blowing his whistle at us in rapid spanish! i had no clue what he was saying but it was great! the best was seeing the Latinos hahahahahahaha they were so funny, they all just would lay on the ground and they all wanted piggy backs! haha it was great, so gym is the best here we play on a way nice truf field, latinos vs north americans, haha we beat em! They were not very happy to say the least, it was so fun, i put in my fare share of goals haha can anyone say hat trick???  So the latinos all wanted to see my picture book, they all swarmed, so Ainsley there are 20 latinos here that want to marry you, but only 2 of em break 5'3 hahaha, one of them made  me promis after my mission they could come and marry you, i said o FOR SURE! haha so if things dont work out during the next 2 years ive got plenty of elders for ya! haha so my spanish has improved vastly, but we will see how much i actually know on saturday when we go legit trackting!!! I am jsut loving my mission, i cant wait to get out there for real though! The MTC here is pretty chill, but we can only take pictures on p day so thats weird, my companion is really funny, he is elder chaves, i think i told you the wrong name last week ahah but yeah he is from nicaruagua and they dont have a temple so i gotta take him through! An experience ill never forget!  O and dad there is an Agrentine here from Rosario and i was tellin him that my dad served there and you that your mission pres was President Abrea, i told him i knew him and that you were his assistand and he came to my farewell, his eyes lit up and gave me this huge bear hug!!! I was like well alrighty then ahah it was awsome! So the first thing i was going to say was no packages but looks like im too late for that haha o well, I pray about a million times a day and everytime i thank heavenly father for my wonderful family... and to please bless them! I can feel of your prayers thank you so much! Dad, thank you so much for serving your mission, it has been such a strength to me, i think about those journal entries i read of yours every day! I love ya so much pops! I wish i woulda realized you were my best friend before i left! I 2 years we are hanging out all the time!!! That goes for the whole family! Mom, i love you so much, thanks for always praying and hoping for me, your my hero!! Ainsley i love you so much, your an amazing example to me everyday! I used to joke i hoped you got married while i was gone, but it would be really hard to miss your wedding, so if you can hold off for 2 years, cause i want nothing more than to be there when you go through the temple, an eternal family means the world to me!!! And little liney, my other best friend, i love you so much, you are strong my friend! I got to write a letter on sunday and i wrote it to you!!! So be on the lookout, i{m so sad i will still be in the mtc so i cant send you a birthday present but the first thing i do is sending you a present, they have awsome perú things in the city! I love you guys so much, but i know that this time we are apart is neccesarry for me and you guys, i have grown so much, i love you alll to pieces!!! Thank you for the prays and love, the 2 years will fly and we will be in person again!!! now i must hook up some picture, ps its alright byu lost cause i jsut need em to win when i get back! haha!!!

November 25, 2010


Reporting Live from Peru!!!

Holy smokes I'm on a different continent, what the heck! haha When we touched down in Lima we were all so excited!!!  Its so weird to think that it is Thanksgiving in Utah... cause its hot here! after we landed we had a rather adventurous drive to the Peru MTC or CCM, haha we had 2 giant buses loaded with elders and can anyone say CULTURE SHOCK! Wow, crazy stuff, i was relieved to find out that that part of Peru is in the Lima Central Mission and not mine! Its ultra sketchy for sure! Then we took a wrong turn our bus was like stuck down this small dark alley with houses on both sides haha we had to back up all the way through the alley, it was so ghetto and there was like 2 feet of space on each side of the bus as we were backing up! It would have been a priceless photo a bunch of gringos just sittin there jaws dropped thinking what have i gotten myself into! Haha we arrived to the CCM around 2:30am to a bunch of elders in crazy Peru hats and ponchos cheering, haha it was great, they buzzed my head this morning so thats pretty weird.  My companion is Elder Sanchez straight outa Nicaragua! He speaks zero English... haha its pretty rough, but Elder Madsen, moms friends son, is in my room! So thats cool!  But yeah so if any of you could see me trying to communicate with my companion you would probably die of laughter!  He looks like he is 16 haha but he is 24! I was like well alrighty then, he is really nice, and the other native elder is from Guatemala and gratefully he speaks a little English.  So this is a pretty interesting experience.......... The quote from D&C  122:7, and All these things shall give thee experience... haha yeah pretty much a very interesting experience. I had my first lunch, it was alright, some rice, potatoes that were cold some random slab of meet and egg soup haha yeah the egg soup wasnt too good, but we have to eat everything we get so i just guzzeled it down.  I cant believe I'm on a different continent, so weird to think about!  There are about 20 new Americans and a bunch of natives, and they dont speak English!!! My Spanish will be improving very quickly to say the least, because i have no other option of communicating! The Peru CCM is really nice, way more relaxed than Provo MTC.  And next Saturday they put everyone on a bus and you and your companion go out and do legit proselyting!!! We visit investigators and less actives so I hope my companion knows whats going on teaching wise cause all I know how to do is bear testimony! so yes pretty much I'm in Peru, i got all my luggage, we already had an elder hurling his guts out when we got out of the airport, he was just pukin all over the road, but thats ok cause pretty much you can do whatever you want on the street and no one cares...  there are no traffic rules, especially when your in a huge bus, our drive I dont think stopped at one traffic light and everyone just honks.  Well I hope everyone is having a wonderful thanksgiving my p day is next Wednesday I'm going to try and send some pictures home but today is the only day we have a short time for emails so i dont know if i can get em off, if not ill send a buch next week!  Love ya! Its was great to talk to you yesterday!!! I miss ya and dont worry all is well in Peru, even if I cant talk to my companion!
Elder mAAgie... my new name for 2 years haha

Elder Sanchez straight outa Nicaragua

Spencer somewhere in Lima

Spencer and Elder Sanchez at the Peru CCM

Elder Sanchez on a real soccer field in Peru in
his real soccer Jersey, He is loving it!!

Spencer and all of the guys in the
 district that he is in, at the Peru CCM
Spencer and his district.  The non-Latinos
are: Elder Ty Barnett, Elder Jordan Campbell,
 Elder Dane Madsen and Elder Weiss 

Spencer pointing at his favorite
 soccer player who isnt Peruvian but
from Guatumala

November 18, 2010


Hola Familia and Friends!!!
Well here we are again, email number 2!  Hows everything going? Thanks so much to everyone for the dear elders, letters, and packages!!!  Its the best when i get any of the 3 so keep sending em please! I wrote all yall back that sent me dear elders and letters this week so be checkin your mailboxes!  Before i get started i would just like to give myself some credit, i predicted BYU would run teh table the rest of the season and UTah would get whooped by TCU and lose at Notre Dame... so far so good! HAHA iTs probably good ill be on a different continent when the game goes down in 2 weeks or I would probably lose my mind! But i'm not really supposed to be thinkin of that stuff but come on i need at least some sanity! I already saw Elder Tyson Green and his crazy name tag that is in Mandrian! I was like holy crap, good luck! He was way excited and happy so that was awesome! BUt i didn't have my camera to take a picture! But we will get one before i leave! As i was layin in my bed last night it hit me that in under a week i will be in Peru!!! And the best part is it is summer! That is the weirdest thing to think about, than in less than a week i will be sweatin my guts out in Peru, but so exciting! I'm glad to hear they have Dear Elder in the Peru MTC that'll be nice.  Well i walked out of class last night around 9:30 and I could see all this traffic outside, and i thought well thats weird i wonder whats going on? And then it hit me... BYU vs Utah St! I was like well thats a bummer. hahah I gotta get outa PROVO! I love it to much and i forget i'm in Provo and get lost in my studies and then that blasted bell tower goes off every hour and i remember i'm in Provo and That Ainsley is probably hearing that same bell go off and a bunch of my friends, now that is weird to think about! All signs are ago fro me to leave for Peru on Wednesday, but it isn't 100 percent sure till Monday, so pray for my Visa! So this week has been pretty interesting, my companion got sick so we walked down to the Provo health clinic, it was way scary to be in the actual real world! And then I saw some girl running towards us, and she was blonde so i thought it might be Ainsley, turns out it wasn't and then i got way scared because she was a real girl and not a sister missionary, and I was like O CRAP ITS A GIRL!!! And then me and my companion got really scared and started walking very quickly away! So to say the least my fear of girls has increased 10 fold! Haha but I do enjoy reciving letters and dear elders from them... so keep sending them haha.  On Tuesday we had a member of the 1st Quorum of the 70 come and Speak to us, Elder KEvin W. Pearson i didn't think to much because we had Elder Bednar last week. Boy was i wrong!!! It was easily top 3 best talks i have ever hear! He even quoted Yoda haha and said Do or do not, there is no try! But its so true! He discussed how a lot of missionaries are afraid to become clones and don't want to lose our personalities.  Funny story because i just had that talk with my district right before the fireside, how we didn't want to become clones.  So he was saying we don't become clones when we serve missions with all our heart might mind and strength, we actually find out who we really are! And our eternal potential! He talked to us about if we could only know how much of an impact our mission is having on us, our families, and even my own personal family in the future (now thats a scary thought) but it was so true! Pretty much the talk was just awesome!!! Haha i can see i am starting to get lost in the work, because on monday, we had some spare time before dinner so for entertainment we looked at all pictures of the Quorum of the 12 and first presidency and discussed who had the best tie, and who had the best knot for their ties, we discussed the double windsor knot for like 10 minutes haha! To say the least i'm going to be a little weird when i come home in 2 years but i'm  pumped to that weird person!  My goal is when i walk off that plane I see you guys and i can honestly say I did EVERYTHING i could possibly do in my power for the people of Peru.  I realized that 2 years really isn't that long and i have to go all out so I can come home and say there was nothing more I could have done, and I know by doing that I will be greatly blessed as well as you guys back at 925 Diana Hills Way! I know this church is true with every fiber of my being! Thanks so much for the support!

With much Love, Elder McGhie

Elder Spencer McGhie and his companion Elder Ben Smith

Elder McGhie and Elder Smith


Elder McGhie and Elder Smith and their district at the Provo MTC

November 10, 2010


Hola Familia!!!

Can you believe this! I'm actually a missionary haha... crazy stuff! First off all thanks for all the letters from friends and family! They made me feel so loved! The dear elders work out great! i get em that same day so please keep sending them! Everyone in my districts rags on me cause i have been getting so many letters and know a bunch of kids in the MTC here, its pretty funny though! My companion is Elder Smith from Las Vegas, he is 21! He is a great guy! We get along great! He loves the TV show Pshyc and so we talk about it all the time! Haha we were pretending to be investigators with these sister missionaries and they asked us who we were, My companion said He was Shawn Spencer and this is my companion Gee Buttersnaps haha they just looked at us like we were idiots! Well those first few days were pretty rough! Thrusday night it finally hit me how long 2 years was and i wont see any of you till then! I cried like a small child haha, but that seems normal here, I study, laugh, study, laugh, study, laugh, and then i cried hahaha yeah i know i'm a baby but i'm all good Now! Saturday was a pretty rough day because i  could hear the roar of the crowd at the BYU game and it was eating me alive!!! Then we had gym that night and we walked out of gym, it must have just been a reflex from all those basketball practices, because i just assumed i was going to go home! Then i was like o my gosh i'm not going home for 2 years! So that wasn't too much fun, but i talked to Elder Morton and he said the same thing happnens to him every time he goes to gym he walks out depresed! Its all good now though! Ballin it up in Gym is sweet! I part my hair now and look like the biggest nerd ever hahaha so no one expects me to be good at ball cause they judge me by my hair part, then I go out and Ball em up haha its a good time to say the least! So rule number 1, don't judge the nerdy lookin kid with his hair parted on the bball court! O and while im talking about my parted hair, Mom, you have to promise me when i get home from my mission you won't let me part my hair! No matter how much i think i look good haha hopefully i'm not that uptight by the time i get home! Well Sunday was pretty much the best day of my life! It was fast sunday and i felt the spirit so strong! I bore my testimony in sacrament meeting and it was great, then we had a 2 hour conference sorta thing which was great! But the best part was sunday night we got to watch the Joseph Smith movie, i Haven't watched it in like 3 years so i didn't think to much of it, during that movie i don't know if i have ever felt the spirit stronger! It was AMAMZING! Our whole distric just cried the entrie movie! At the end of the movie i was so PUmped up to be a missionary! I leaned to my companion and said Get me the Gift of Tongues so i can speak Spanish and Get me the HECK TO PERU!!! I felt so honored to be a missionary for this Church and so pumped to get out there and preach the gospel for the Lord and for Joseph Smith as well! Then on Tuesday we heard there was someone coming from the quorum of the 12 to speak to us! So we lined up like 45 min early! Who woulda thought i would be lining up 45 minutes early for devotionals! And we walked in and it was Elder Bednar!!! I never felt the spirit stronger when he came in the room! His talk was so intense! He talked to us how the answers are always in the Doctrine.  His whole talk was on Doctrine, then Principles, and Applications.  He said we too often focus fixing the Apllication, but really we just need to truly understand the Doctrine and we will change!!! It was amazing! I have never taken more notes in my life! We sang called to serve and i was so pumped up! Haha every morning i wake up and how i get pumped up is by parting my hair all nice and slicked over, then i tie my tie look myself in the mirrior and say today is going to be a great day, and 100 pecent obedience is the key to that! Mom i need youy to send me my Peru Soccer Jersey, I also need a tie rack, and some dryer sheets! I could also use a bouncy ball for entertainment... Haha seriously though i need one, after sitting in a classroom for about 9 hours a day and studying i'm desperate haha.  We started out with 12 Elders in our district, one movedup cause he is already like fluent in Spanish and another had to take care of some  personal matters.  IT was hard but we all told him we love him and repspect him for his decision!  The MTC is pretty good, its crazy, i get tired and then hyper out of my mind! Pray for my Visa to come through and my companions and Keatons! We need to get outa Provo and to Peru! O and mom i totally wrecked my mickey mouse shirt, we were playing soccer and we were losing 7-0 haha we don't have the most athletic distric ever... but all we wanted was to score 1 goal, and i scored right at the buzzer, we jumped around like we had won the world cup, and i did a belly slide as a celebration and got a huge grass stain down the front... sorry? haha i need to send it home and have you get the stains out. As you can tell i'm still teh same fun kid i've just learned so much about myself! The Gospel is so True and i'm so pumped to get out and serve! And to everyone who wrote me i replied to all of you so look for a letter in the mail! Keep writing me please! It really makes my day! Thanks you so much! I miss all of YOU SO MUCH! i don't have time to send pictures but i printed some out int the book store and will send em home next week! I'll mail my Memory card out today though so you can have some pictures! Love you so much! Thanks you for your prayers! Till next week!
Love Elder McGhie,
ps my companion says hi and thanks for the raisinets!

November 5, 2010


Dear Family!
Thanks so much for the letters! 
I got them my first night and I felt so cool!!!! 
Alex Killpack was my guide!!! 
Ive seen like 7 kids from Alta!!!!  It is awesome!! 
 Thanks so much!

Elder McGhie
p.s. My p-day is Thursday!

November 3, 2010

Taking Spencer to the Provo MTC

Today we took Spencer to the MTC to start his mission.  I have dreaded this day since he was born, I know I shouldnt feel that way but I am just being honest!!  Spencer on the other hand was SO, SO EXCITED, HE COULDNT WAIT TO GET HIS NAME BADGE :)!! 

WOW, I cant write this right now cause I am going to start crying, so I will have to come back and write it at a later time, sorry!!!!!

October 24, 2010


I haven't written about Spencer's farewell yet but I will write about it soon, well at least before he comes home, jk :)!!!!!!!!!Spencer's talk in Sacrament Meeting was really good and I wish that I had taped it but the only recorder I could find that we had was the "Fisher Price" tape recorder that has a red microphone that you can hold out and talk into It.  I am sure that Spencer would have freaked out if he saw me sitting in the audience holding the white, bright blue, bright yellow and bright red tape recorder with the red microphone in my hand recording it.........I should have done it cause  it would be a great memory and then I would have a copy of his talk....cause it was really amazing and I can say that because I am his mom =)!!!

We had a great number of people come to our house afterwards, I think half of the Alta High Schools Senior Class and even more kids that had graduated came to Spencer's farewell.  It didn't help that the week before his farewell he and his friend Keaton were guest speakers for all the  Seminary classes at Alta one day and of course they just happened to mention when their farewells were!!  Oh and it rained like crazy and the wind blew and we were having it in the back yard!!  We had it all decorated cute with the colors of the Peruvian Flag and we had cute red flowers on the tables.........I will have to put some pictures on here of how cute it was before it rained and the wind blew so even though we had canopy's over the tables..........everyone and everything got wet..........of course!!  OH AND IT WAS REALLY QUITE COLD TOO!!! Oh well, it was fun anyway!!

So more info coming later but here are some pictures :)!!!

Cute friends, Spencer has the nicest friends :)!!

Cute guys who are now all on missions!!!

Its a party!!

Lots of Spencers cute friends are in these pictures, you will have to look
closely to see if you are in them or if you know anyone in them :)!!

Eating in the rain and the wind, if the wind had
 gone away it would have been way better!!

and this is how it looked :)!!

Everyone loves to stand around in the rain,
especially in their church clothes :)!!

After everyone left, it did look really cute before the rain,
 we had green and red netting that was going to run down the
 center of the tables but it just blew away :(  !!  Oh and cute jars filled
with candy but we couldnt put them out!!! Oh well :)!!!

The day before, the weather was beautiful :)!!

The Day Before, the pretty flowers that no one noticed in the windy rain :)!!

The day before, the sun was shining and it was really nice :)!!