Elder McGhie's experiences as a missionary in Peru.

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!

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