Elder McGhie's experiences as a missionary in Peru.

December 26, 2011

Christmas In Peru and Spencer got very FRUSTRATED!!!???


Here is a 2 word summary of Christmas in Peru...  Beer and Fireworks!  Haha oh how I love PERU!  So Christmas was great I really enjoyed it.  I just cant believe that I have already had my 2 Christmases on my Mission!!!  And the next one I will be home!!  That is just SO WEIRD!  It was AWESOME to skype with you guys.  Thanks SO much, it was great to see your faces and talk to yall!!!  I hope you enjoyed it as much as me!

Thanks SO much for the gifts, I took pictures of them all and my new suit, the Christmas Tree that Ainsley made all decorated with the little cards and all that stuff...


BUT I cant seem to get a FREAKING computer that can read a USB or camera card.  Its SO ANNOYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Sorry to say the least I'm a little frustrated cause I had a ton of pics from Christmas and a voice recording for Liney for her Birthday but of all the flippin computers I get stuck with.... 2 computers that don't work!!!  I mean honestly.... Sorry that is me venting.  Sorry this email is nothing, probably would be better if you dont put it on the blog this week cause this email is lame!! And my time is running out cause I had to let my zone go first on all the computers and then had to change my computer and well pretty much I got ripped off! YAY! Alright I hope your doing well and I'll try to find a computer that works next week see ya later!

And that was the whole email.............????  However he did write Caroline a very nice and funny email for her birthday but she doesnt want to share it on this blog........so I am going to put some pictures on of a p-day at the zoo and some others that I dont know where they go but they all happened in December 2011!!  Sorry, it was great to see him and talk to him on the 24th and he was happy then, so I think he just was frustrated and he totally ran out of time!!  He is still a cute and wonderful missionary....just goes to show you that...even though Caroline says that, I think Spencer is PERFECT, my Cute Spencer isnt quite perfect yet!! =) Anyway, I hope you all had a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS =)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Carrie =)

Oops, I just saw this???? ....Spencer left this email for his Dad sometime before he left the internet cafe ......?????????????????? I guess he momentarily forgot that he has a mom too???? =) =) =) But I still love him!! =) Carrie (again)! =)
Hey Dad, I forgot to tell you that the shoes you sent me are AWESOME!!! They are beasts and I love them SO MUCH!  I wore them to church yesterday, but I am going to save them till 2012 so for 1 more week I'm going to destroy my already destroyed shoes and send you pics.. .hopefully!!! Sorry I was a little frustrated in my email to you guys cause I let everyone go first and then I got ripped off using terrible computers, but hey thats how the cookie crumbles... love yall! BYE!

A Baptism that looks like it was on Christmas
Eve but I am not sure who the cute young girl is???

Spencer and his companion Elder Vilca
at the Zoo!!!!!! =)

The Whole Zone at the Zoo!! 

Spencer and a pretend LLAMA!!!=)

I am not sure what this is...... but I think the whole Zone is
eating dinner together or lunch?????

December 24, 2011

Pictures from Skyping with Spencer, he is sort of a nerd but we love him anyway :)

We got to skype with Spencer in the morning of December 24th!! It was so fun to see him.  We had problems with him hearing us and sometimes we couldnt hear him??  It was very noisey in the Internet Cafe and that was part of the problem of hearing but I didnt care, I was happy just to look at him and watch him talk!!  I forgot how funny he is when he talks, he makes goofy faces and he just is a funny guy!! =)

He made us all laugh and we took the computer around so he could see the dogs and most of our cats........he loved that!!  His cute companion that doesnt speak English kept saying, "I like tie", because we sent ties for Spencer to give to everyone in his zone.........oh and the sisters got scarfs......fashion type not cold weather ones since it is really hot in Lima now!!=)

Here are a few pictures of him skyping with us, his hair is like buzzed off  (not my favorite hair style??)but he is still my cute and funny Spencer!!!  It was the best Christmas present ever!!=)

Yes, he is weird !! :)

We couldnt hear him cause it was so noisy, the cute litte
guy with him is his companion!! :)

He is Waving BYE !!

December 19, 2011


Can you believe it….. one year ago I was in the MTC celebrating my first Christmas away from home and in a blink of an eye, Here I am with almost 14 months
(Oh happy day!! Here is a fact that I have learned this past year, missions do get easier and better after the first 6 months and even better when you are at 14 months (cause then he only has 10 months left, which is long enough for him, cause he isn’t ready to come home yet and it is short enough for me cause now I can actually comprehend that he will come home!!=) that is why I said, Oh Happy Day!! Aren’t you so happy I explained that to everyone!!)
in my mission just Preachin the Gospel!  I cant believe it is already Christmas and that the year 2011 past by SO fast!  It scares me to think that in less than 1 year I will be home... flip!  I’m having a mini panic attack!  SO to recap the week that past I will just tell you my comp was TRANSFERRED!  I was in splits with one of the District Leaders and my comp called me Friday night and told me he was being transferred, I didnt believe him, but it was true!  So now I am with Elder Vilca, from Tacna Peru!  He is pretty cool, he´s got about 19 months in the mission, and I was in the same district with him in Huanuco.  It’s his first time being a Zone Leader; he is kinda nervous but excited!  SO 1 of the Christmas packages got here!  I’m stoked!  Are you sure you sent 2?  (Oh yes, we did send 2 smaller packages cause I figured that they would get through customs easier than a large package……….I was WRONG!!  The stupid customs people too everything out of my very CARFULLY PACKED boxes and went through everything, I am sure and dumped it all in one box………I AM NOT HAPPY ABOUT THAT TO SAY THE LEAST!!  BIG JERKWADS) (I guess that is what I get for actually thinking =)?)  Cause this package was HUGE with a buttload (sorry if that word is offensive to anyone, it is my fault cause I always called my kids: butt faces and I know that isn’t a very nice word but I used it only in the kindest way possible…….not sure there really is a kind way to use that word…..oops…. I just realized that I am not a perfect mother =O????  Now that is a real bummer cause I really thought I was a perfect mom……….just kidding but I did think I was pretty close!!=) of stuff inside!  Just let me know and I can call the office and let em know! 

So I have only worked about 4 days here in my new area, cause the other days i was in divisions or in conferences, so I AM TOTALLY LOST! Haha we are pretty lost in our area to say the least! But hey, we will just keep on going!  We took a bus from one part of our area to one of the other sectors and well we missed the stop by about 10 stops! Haha we ended up backtracking for about 40 minutes, then we finally got to the house we were searching and NO ONE was there... woof  So I was feeling kinda like a complete loser for wasting almost a whole hour searching and backtracking and it was a tuff day, no one was home nor wanted to talk or accept lessons.  The only person that wanted to talk was a flippin Jehovah Witness, and he just wanted to tell me I was going to go to Hell for Celebrating Christmas and My Birthday... LAME SAUCE!!! (I like this expression, LAME SAUCE, I am sooo going to use it!! ) 
…..But we just held our tongues and invited him to our Christmas Activity this Friday...  WOOF!!!   So after such a spiritual experience, we found out one of our investigators that has her baptismal date for the 24th lied to her family and us about attending church and activities so that was a bummer.  So in the street I was just felling down and I saw a teenage walking our way he is like 19 and I felt I should contact him, I just shrugged my shoulder and said, well what have I got to lose... And FINALLY someone was interested and accepted an appointment!  His name is Axel, his grandma is a member and has always been interested!  It’s amazing how just one contact can change everything!  We were so happy afterwards; we were high fiving and everything, haha it’s like we won the super bowl... to say the least things are a little different here in La Molina and a lot richer and tuffer!  So pray from me and I love yall sosososososo much!  I’m so excited to Skype you all this 24th at 9 o’clock in the morning Peruvian time!
I WILL BE MAKING MY PRE PHONE CALL TO TALK TO YOU AROUND 11:30!!!  I WILL ONLY HAVE 3 MINUTES!!  (I think we really got like 50 seconds, The only thing I got to say was, “Are you happy?” and “I love you, BYE, this was all at the same time as the rest of my family since Marty put us all on speaker phone…..I wanted to be the only one to talk to him for once!! Just sort of kidding???) SO I WILL TELL YOU NOW WHAT IS UP SO IT WONT BE SO CRAZY!  I will be skyping you the 24th at about 9:15 in the morning Peruvian time!!  I guess HE doesn’t he realize… that is 7:15 AM, Utahvian TIME??  Wow, maybe he really doesn’t really want to talk to me??.... since EVERYONE  KNOWS that I am soooooo not a morning person!!  AND we are skyping so he will be able to see us with our hair all sticking out everywhere and not an ounce of makeup either cause there is no way that I can get up and make myself look less like a scary pale witch at 6:30 am, NOT EVEN FOR MY CUTE SPENCER!!!!  Well, hopefully the picture showing on his computer will be a little blurry, but our picture of him should be crystal clear!!  (it will probably end up being the opposite, we won’t be able to see him clearly and he will see us VERY CLEARLY!!) =)… Oh well, it doesn’t matter because it is the BEST Christmas present EVER!!! =)


 Elder Spencer Marty McGhie

December 13, 2011

Some pictures of Spencer at Christmas

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December 12, 2011

I’ll Go Where You Want Me To Go

Okay, here is Spencer’s Email from December 12th…. but he was so sad and he also sent us a little voice recording and you could just tell he was trying to be happy but he wasn’t at all successful!! (at least not to my very keen “MOM” radar……….he cant fool me!!=) So, I being HIS MOM, had wanted him to stay in Santa Anita with Wonderful Elder Brown for Christmas and then when he was so sad and it was so obvious in his voice and in his email………….well, I cried pretty much on and off all day cause I just wanted him to have the most amazing Christmas this year and it felt to me like it wasn’t going to happen, so I cried!!!  But of course in his next email he was HAPPY SPENCER again, so I just sort of didn’t send this email out and then when I got his happy email, I decided to attach last weeks to this weeks and I am very sure that this hasn’t made a bit of sense to anyone but me…………..sorry!!  Basically I was trying to tell you why it is a week late being sent to you...Lame Sauce!!  I just had one more realization that I am not the perfect MOM that I was so clinging to…………….bummer again!! =O!!!!  Anyway, here is last weeks email!!  Carrie =)!!!
So, how’s life in the fast lane?   I sure hope you’re doing great!  So I guess I should start off with the news… Transfers came and took me with them, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!   It’s true, I was SUPER Bummed out, I wanted to stay in Santa Anita with Elder Brown for Christmas SO BAD, but I guess that’s just the way the cookie crumples… ¡PUCHA! (it’s like flip or freak in English)  So I traveled super far to my next area… almost a whole HALF HOUR! YAY!!! Haha   I got transferred to La Molina.  It’s like the richest part of Lima, and my area is about 20 minutes from the MTC here in Bus.  Haha so I will be in practically the same place as I was last year… Go figure eh?  My area is called MUSA and it’s the area where elder Brown started his mission!  QUE LOCO!  So my area is really interesting, I thought it was all going to be super rich but I was a little bit off… Don’t get me wrong there are parts of my area that are ridiculously rich! Like its all intercoms and not doors, then there is a part that is above average, but not crazy rich, that’s where we live and there is a pretty poor part.  So, it’s pretty interesting, but it is REALLY, REALLY, REALLY Safe.  So you can be happy about that MOM (that’s me!), La Molina is like the nicest and safest district in Lima! 
 And I’m now with Elder Huanca (wanka, like willy wonka)  And well he was my zone leader for 3 changes when I started his mission, and now we are Zone Leaders together!  But there is one problem… He is in his last transfer and did not want to finish his mission as a zone leader… woof! HAHA so this should be an interesting transfer to say the least.  He is pretty trunky, but he wants to finish his mission working, that us really all I can ask for!  So please pray for us…  I’m going to need some serious prayers this transfer!!! 
So Saturday one of my investigators with Elder Brown had his baptism.  And well we are neighboring districts, I called President Ardila to see if I could see the baptism, and President Ardila being the Champ that he is let me go see the baptism!  YES!!!  It was pretty awesome to be able to see his baptism and Elder Brown again!  And well a family that Elder Brown and I were teaching together attended the baptism and they all have baptismal dates for Christmas!  How great is that! For the family and Elder Brown!  If someone deserves to baptize like crazy it’s Elder Brown!  So after the baptism when we got back here in Musa, won’t lie I was having a pity party.  In 3 months in Santa Anita we fought and fought and there weren’t many results, and now I got sent to another area where we don’t have anyone, and I have a companion finishing his mission and all our investigators that Elder Brown and I taught are getting baptized!  That was my pity party and I was just sitting there thinking, feeling sorry for myself, and I just took a deep breath and said, well for some reason the Lord wants me to be here in Musa right now.  Got down on my knees and really just thanked Heavenly Father for the time I had in Santa Anita, my time with Elder Brown and the chance I have to serve here in Musa.  Its times like these when you just got to remember this isn´t our time and like the Hymn says, “I’ll go where you want  me to go Dear Lord”… 
I am SO grateful for the Family I have, your example all that you have taught me and still teaching me even if I’m on another continent.  I love ya so much,  I hope you all have the Very Best Christmas you have ever had, because YOU DESERVED IT!   Love you all SO much, I’m trying to send packages home with my pics and letters for friends and fam at home and in the mission field, I can´t promise anything, but I’m going to try!
I love yall!   Until next week!

Elder Spencer Marty McGhie.

Ps… My pics wouldn’t load, sorry and please pray for Elder Biliter, he is with Elder Arnao, my second companion, the really, really hard one... And you already have pics of Elder Huanca, when we took a bunch of pics at the temple with Elder Porter, Rojo, Corbridge, and all them he is in those pics! CHAU!

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Some Old pics from a while ago with his new comp in them!!

Okay here are these missionaries names from our left to right:
Elder Porter, Elder Huanca, Elder Zarate, Elder Corbridge,
Elder Rojo (Spencers trainer), and Spencer or Elder McGhie =)
The same people as above only being "Spencerish" or in
other words, weird like Spencer (but only in a good way) =)

December 5, 2011

La Mano del Señor! Google Translator said it means........The Hand of The Lord

What’s up FAMILY  Y AMIGOS!!!!!!

I hope all is well, I am very anxious to see how you are all doing and what is going on… I know you feel the same so lets get started!!! First off I gotta tell you about Ricardo.  He is THE MAN! I think I told you a little about him last week,but really he is amazing!  He has 3 tumors in his body and the doctor said he has some where from 3 months to a year to live and he is just unphased!!!  He just says he knows he is going to beat it because he is changing his life!!! The first time we met him we were on splits, I was with elder Udall and we entered his apartment and it was just one little room with a giant poster of a half naked lady… woof.   So I decided to tell him how it is without fear and just trust in the Lord…  So we got to talking and he said he really wanted to change and become a man of God again.  We read Mosiah 3: 19 that talks about the natural man, pornography.  We told him if he really wanted to change his life he would start now and take down the poster… what did he do….. he immediately ripped it off the wall!!!  O YEAH!  10 POINTS FOR GRIFINDOR!!!  It was awesome, and he is a true champion and going to get baptized this week!  Please pray for him, there is a lot of opposition, but I know he can get through it!
Next story, yesterday we had a stake activity, a Door Knocking activity, Elder Brown and I with 2 other companionships headed out with a bunch of youth and young single adults to knock doors… It’s a good way to help missionaries get new investigators and excite the members, but the results are usually rather small.   I went with 2 teenagers, one is 13 the other 17, it was their first time going with missionaries to preach or knock doors, so they were rather nervous and I was too because the first time preaching is like a first impression, they are going to start forming their opinions and expectations for their missions and missionary work…  Well, we had about nothing for an hour.  I started to get a little panicked and saw they were a little disanimado ( I don’t know what that is in English).  So we knock on a door and I see some guys shadow, I wave and then he just bails… I was like umm ok, so we knocked again and he didn’t come to the door, so we knocked a little bit louder and he answered the door… I knew he was gold when he opened the door and had a hat on that said ¨Say Yes to JESUS!¨  haha!!  I gotta get me a hat like that, but anyways, he let us right in…  Turns out he is from HUANUCO! And he lived by my first area! He had moved to Lima about 2 years ago but all his family is in Huanuco…  we started talking, turns out his parents and sister were members in Huanuco… SCORE!  So we went to Helaman 5: 12 and we talked about the verse, I asked him how can we build ourselves on the rock of Christ?  He said, well we could be born again, like through a baptism… I just about fell off my chair flat on my face!!! The 2 youth looked up like WHAT THE HECK! I then invited him to be baptized on Christmas…HE ACCEPTED!  Flip it was AMAZING!  We left his house in awe, I looked at the 2 youth and we just started high fiving like crazy!!! 
I just keep learning again and again that this is the LORD´s work and He knows all!!!  I’m so grateful to be here working in Peru, what a blessing it is!!! We took some investigators to the Christmas devotional yesterday and it was awesome.  I had a weird and rather scary thought , that at the next Christmas devotional, I won’t be a missionary in Peru, I will be at my house or maybe in the conference center! AHHH!!!   This time is flying by!  I gotta give it all while I can!!!
Elder Spencer Marty McGhie!!!!!!!!! 

So, I should tell ya why my thumb is purple in this
pic... I smashed it in a door like 2months ago...
Were definetly the words that came out
of my mouth... haha but its growing back...

 this is the first mcdonalds i had eaten since
i got here in Peru...brought back
serious memories with my bro COLLIN! 
I want a letter from that kid!
Love ya,enjoy!

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November 28, 2011

Fasting on Thanksgiving, What were we thinking???

This email was edited by Marty, Spencers Dad so if it doesnt make sense or is a mess, then it is HIS fault =)!!  I just wanted everyone to know that because I spend a lot of time on Spencer's emails but at least he did it and saved me from doing it so I am grateful =)!!! 


How’s it going in dear old Sandy Utah!?  I hope all is well and it’s really cold!!! I’m sittin here in Lima Peru, it’s a solid 75 degrees, with the sun shining!  And about to enter into Summer Time!  Haha how bout that for the polar opposite of Utah in December!  Well almost December... Can you believe we are entering December!  So how was Thanksgiving?   I’m guessing it was pretty fun!  So I’ll tell you about what went down this week in PERU!

Starting off, we have been working like mad here in Santa Anita.  It’s the end of the month and we have some goals we gotta meet!!!  And Edwin and Janiz couldn´t get married this week, cause in Santa Anita, you have to put your name in the newspaper announcing your wedding for 8 days!!!  WOOF, apparently a lot of people have gotten married more than once, and 2 weeks later their wife comes and flips out saying that he is still her husband... CHISPAS!  SO we have to wait for them to finish their papers and announce it and all that jazz...  So to say the least Elder Brown and I have been searching like mad to find people to baptize and also the zone, we have been searching like CRAZY!  
So Tuesday in the zone meeting Elder Brown and I announced that we were going to have a zone fast Thursday, and break it together Friday, with a sister in our ward that knows how to cook tacos!  Because they don’t eat tacos here in Peru - that was a shocker when I got here expecting to eat like cafe rio everyday... NOPE, haha turns out all Latinos don’t eat tacos and they aren’t all from Mexico... MY BAD!!!  Haha I’m a little slow the thinking department, I know...  Haha but anyways, after the zone meeting Elder Brown and I were cleaning up, and I stopped dead in my tracks and said, NO! Elder Brown do you know what Thursday is?  He thought for a sec and we looked at each other... THANKSGIVING! NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!   Hahh so if you are all wondering when I ate for THANKSGIVING... A whole lot of NOTHING! Haha, yes I fasted on Thanksgiving... I know that would be a sin in the states, but I guess that’s what happens in the mission... haha.
So in our giant quest to baptize this week, we ended up with... 0 baptisms, Elder Brown and I, but we ended up with lots of stories and a whole bunch of investigators for December.  I would like to share a little story of Hermana Aida and her family.  She is like 85 and loves to attend church, and wants to get baptized but she can´t go alone, so there are some members that take her.  But to be able to baptize her we had to get verbal permission from her son, who takes care of her...  We had already tried 2 times to get his permission, but all we got were a lot a excuses.  But this time Elder Brown and I were determined!!!  What we ended up with is me telling her son that well I sure as heck wouldn´t want to be him in front of Dios when he asks him why he didn’t let his mother get baptized... and not gain eternal life, but hey maybe I’ll get to baptize her in the Spirit World....  So with that we just keep and chuggin here in Lima Peru! I hope you all have a great week, sorry my pics didn’t work, cause my computer wouldn’t read my card reader!  So keep it real, I love yall a whole bunch!!!
Elder McGhie

I am behind 2 weeks at posting cute Spencers emails on here!! :O!!! And we finally got some pictures too!!!

I am so sorry that I haven't posted Spencer's last weeks email (we got like 12 pictures!!  Finally!!) and then this weeks email needs to be put on here too!!  I promise that I will have them both on here by Wednesday............we are trying to get Spencer's Christmas package ready to be mailed and we are a bit behind because our very large Golden Retriever Dog, Walter got some weird sickness and he was paralyzed and couldn't move because it made his muscles really weak, it took forever for the vet to figure out what was wrong with him!!  I thought he was going to die!!  But we actually saw a Heart Specialist, an Orthopedic Surgeon and a Neurologist, all for dogs and we saw them all in 2 days...........But all is well and Walter is getting stronger and stronger everyday, he still cant sit up but he can go from a lying down position on his side with his head down to a lying down position with his body sitting upward and with his head up...........anyway he is doing so much better.................WE ARE SO VERY THANKFUL!!  I thought he was going to die just a few days ago and I am so thankful he is getting better and better!!!  Yeah for Walter...........what a sweetie =)!!  And what a blessing for us all!!

But I will get this blog caught up............sorry to be so spazzy!!???  =)
I will be posting on here soon!!
Bye for now

Walter is on the right if you are facing the
 picture and Gabby is on the left. This is an old
 picture from like way last year!!

November 21, 2011

Elder Waddell Is My Hero!!

Oh and Marty edited this email so if it doesnt make sense or has a lot of errors..........it is his fault =)!!!
Spencer’s email from Nov. 21st
So my letter is going to be rather short today cause I am sending like 12 pics home and that always takes a while, so i sent a voice recording that was pretty long so you won’t feel robbed!  So where to begin is always the toughest part of my letters!!!
                But I should start with the biggest event of last week… ELDER WADDELL!  He’s in the area presidency here and he gave a talk in conference in October, in the Priesthood session.  He talked about the mission and that The Lord already has all our investigators, companions, and areas planned out, it was an awesome talk, but do you know what was even more awesome!?  His conference with us! Haha, he pretty much threw the HAMMER DOWN! And it was the greatest thing ever!!!  He got up and told us the biggest problem that missionaries have is that we don’t invite people to baptism or to church with power and authority.  He then told us that we don’t do it cause we are scared to get rejected or we are scared that the investigators will get scared and bail out.  He then told us that feeling comes from our PRIDE!  He said that we are not here to feel good, to be all buddy buddy with investigators - we are here to represent Jesus Christ and testify with POWER AND AUTHORITY, and if not we are too Prideful and we put ourselves, and our own desire before the LORD!  It was EXCELLENT!  He also said we have to promise the blessings that are to come when we obey the Lord or they have no reason to accept and seguir (this means follow) our invitations!  He said if we don’t promise blessings people won’t want to progress and if we don’t do our part we will be accountable for our actions.
                He asked us to think of our last interview with Heavenly Father and think of what he will say.  Elder McGhie, why didn’t you promise your investigator, umm let’s say Suzy, the blessings she would receive by attending church, because you didn’t complete with your duty, she didn’t get baptized nor her husband or kids and we lost GENERATIONS because YOU didn’t invite with power and authority and YOU didn’t promise her the blessings so she had no reason to attend church…. FLIP!!!  So to say the least we have been promising a lot more blessings and inviting with POWER AND AUTHORITY!  Cause I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t want an interview with the Lord like that!  It was absolutely Fantastic the Conference! 
                Elder Waddell is also GIANT, he is even taller than Bishop Peterson!  And there were random seating assignments, so we got there and guess where are seats were… front row right in front of him!!!  HOLY SMOKES IT WAS AWESOME!  So I can safely say the conference was a life changer and Elder Waddell is a straight up champion!   So Edwin and Janiz don’t know if they want to get married and baptized this week, we need a miracle, we have a lesson tonight so please pray for us!!!  Also for Vayron - he has his date for Saturday and we can’t find him!!! WE NEED LOTS OF PRAYERS!!! So I love yall.   I hope you have a WONDERFUL week!
Elder McGhie
Ps - Shout out to Down Town Elder Brown, he´s going for the year mark!!! I mean he only got his call 5 months after me but left 3 weeks after… not that I’m bitter or anything!  HAHA LOVE YA JORD!  CHAU!  VIVA PERU!  NO PASA NADA CON CHILE! JAJA!
Pictures are coming soon!!

November 14, 2011

Living the Good Life!

Hey, Hey, Hey!  How are yall doing today!  Hope all is well, life is just great here in PERU!!!  I flippin love Peru!  So life is pretty great right now and I’ll tell ya why!!!  This past week has been pretty crazy!  Yesterday, Elder Brown and I were just POOPED!  There are some weeks when I feel super energized and I’m like oh sweet tomorrow is P day, but there are other weeks when it’s like… holy crap I need a P day haha!!  This week was one of those weeks!!!  We had splits, conferences, baptisms, crazy contacts, crazy lessons and it was nuts!!!  But that’s the way it should be!  So yesterday, its Sunday night and its 8 o clock, we hadn’t eaten dinner yet and we went to our appointment at 8, and they weren’t there, so the only thing I wanted to do was go to the Pension, eat dinner from 8 to 9 and head back to the apartment to take INformes (I think those are what they call and get from the missionaries in their zone but I have no idea what they are??)   and maybe, just maybe get to sleep before 11:30PM!!! Haha!!  But the Lord, as usual had different plans for us!  We felt like we should go and see how Edwin and Janiz were doing, cause they only attended Sacrament meeting and then they escaped!Haha!!  As usual, the Bishop asked Elder Brown and I to give talks, 5 minutes into the meeting… haha   So we were pretty occupied writing and giving our talks and they escaped from us! haha!  Oh, side note on my talk… I got up there on the stand and I was listening to Elder Brown´s talk (which was awesome, he was destroying with stories and scriptures, and it was sweet!) and the Bishop pulled me over and said, Elder McGhie your comp has now shown the ward what they need to do and why, with Doctrine and everything,  now you need to get up there and tell them why… They are GOING TO DO IT, haha!!!  He told me he wanted them ¨Trembling¨ haha!!   I chuckled and said, yeah sounds good, cause as ya know I don’t really give the deepest talks in the world, I  pretty much get up there, tell some stories, talk really loud and more or  less wing it…  But, I got up there and pretty much just told them how it is, that they can’t be going to the flippin market every Sunday after church, to go grocery shopping because they just partook of the SACRAMENT and made SACRED  COVENANTS with the LORD  to ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM and to KEEP ALL OF HIS COMMANDMENTS!  It was great!!!

NOW, back to my story about Sunday night, we were on our way to Edwin and Janiz´s house and this guy passed us in the street and said, HEY MORMONES!!!  I just thought, oh boy, here we go again…  He was slightly drunk, but still able to walk and process his thoughts, so we started talking to him and he starts off by telling us how we are wasting our time and why are we throwing our lives away!  I won’t lie, it really does bother me when people say things like that, Elder Brown also wasn’t too happy with this guy!  We were just about to tell him off, when he said that he wasn’t  worth our time to talk to him cause he was worthless!  It dawned on me that this was just a cry for attention, that he really was unhappy and had no idea that he has a Father in Heaven who loves him!   I immediately just testified to him that he was worth it, that he has a Father in Heaven who loves and knows him!  He just kinda looked at me like… What is going on?  I’m yelling at 2 Gringos and they are treating me well?  From that point on the whole feeling of the conversation changed, instead of just yelling at us, he started to actually talk and ask us questions, it was actually pretty cool!  He totally changed his attitude, well ever other word still was a swear word… I don’t know many cuss words in Spanish, but I picked up a few in that conversation to say the least, haha!!  So he said he was a member of our Church and his brother was a member too, but he is long since inactive!  He said that he has an 11 year old daughter and he is worried about her, so we invited him to come to Church on Sunday!!  It will be interesting to see if he actually comes to church Sunday, who knows??  It was such an interesting experience to see how his attitude changed and well, the entire conversation too,  with just one sentence, telling him that he isn’t worthless and that God knows and loves him!!!
Then we went to Edwin and Janiz´s house and THEY ARE GETTING MARRIED AND BAPTIZED ON THE 26th,  YEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!  Please pray for them and also for Bayron and Geraldin who have baptismal dates for the 26th too!

Love ya all and keep it real!!!
Ps... mom, we are 14 in the zone with 2 sister missionaries, 5 gringos and the rest are Latinos!!!  Sorry my flippin pictures DIDN’T WORK AGAIN!!!!!!  AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!  I’M soooo ticked!!  We have the best pics from my 1 year party with my shirt burning and teddy gram smores and blowing out my candles!!!  AHHHH!  LOVE YA!!  I’ll figure out how to send pics next week, I hope!!!!!!  CHAU!

Since I can’t get Spencer voice recording to load…………I was reading Spencer’s Companion, Elder Browns Blog and he tells some of what Spencer talks about in his voice recording and also he just talks about things that Spencer didn’t talk about, so I am going to copy and paste part of Elder Browns email on here so you can read more about their week as companions and missionaries!!  I probably should have asked his mom if it was okay to copy and paste part of Elder Browns email on Spencer’s blog……………….I hope she isn’t upset that I did this……….I will write her as soon as I get this posted and if she doesn’t like it I will remove it, okay, I feel better about this now =)!!!
Here is an excerpt From Elder Keaton Browns (he is Spencer companion and he is an Amazing Missionary!!  We are so thankful that Spencer gets to have such a great companion!!!!)   Blog and a link to his blog too!!! 

“So last Thursday after the temple we went to downtown Lima with the whole zone, it was pretty fun.  We went to the Plaza de Armas and a museum with artifacts from Peru and paintings and a whole bunch of other cool stuff.  It was a good time and it was good to get to know everyone in the zone.  Then Friday we went on divisions with Elder Giocochea and Elder Udall. I went with Elder Giocochea from Chiclayo Peru and we had a good time.  Then Saturday we had a baptism, it was really good and everyone had an amazing time.  Then Sunday was a normal Sunday.  It’s awesome cause right now we’re teaching a family.  The parents, Edwin and Janice aren’t married, so for the past couple of weeks we’ve been teaching them about the church and about everything.  A couple of weeks ago we taught them about the law of chastity.  So when we went on Sunday to visit them, they informed us that they are going to get married and now they have a baptism date for 26 of Nov.  I’m so excited for them.  They are so awesome and need the gospel in their life.  They have learned so much and just want to keep learning, they are the best.  We’ve been praying so hard for them and yesterday we saw the blessings.  The Lord is so powerful and we are nothing.  That’s something that I’ve learned here in the mission is that after all we do we are still so weak, but the Lord is merciful and blesses us so much more than we probably deserve.  We definitely saw the hand of the Lord working with Edwin and Janice.  It was funny because when they told us that they wanted to get married, Elder McGhie got super excited and gave me the biggest hug right there in the middle of the lesson.  Edwin and Janice thought it was hilarious.  Then all the way home we were so pumped.  The night finished in the room with a 10 minute celebration dance party.  We were so pumped.  We are also teaching this one guy named Bayron, he is 22 and really awesome.  He went to the church after an invitation from Elder McGhie.  We’ve been teaching him and he is super excited for his baptism the end of this month..”
I love that Elder Brown talks about things that Spencer never remembers to mention, like what they did on their P day and about going on splits with other missionaries!!  I had to laugh right out loud when I read that Spencer was so excited about Edwin and Janiz wanting to get baptized that he jumped up and gave Elder Brown a big hug right in the middle of the lesson!!!  I can totally see Spencer doing that and it is so great to know that Spencer is still……………well, Spencer =)!!!
I hope you all are doing great!!!  Thanks for all your love and support!!
Carrie =)!!!