Elder McGhie's experiences as a missionary in Peru.

December 19, 2011

FELIZ NAVIDAD!

HOLA FAMILA Y AMIGOS!
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!!! =)

LOVE YOU ALL AND HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

 Elder Spencer Marty McGhie
























3 comments:

Me, myself, and I said...

Hi, I found your blog through another missionaries blog. My daughter is leaving the CCM this next week for her mission to Lima North. I had fun going through your son's mission experiences. He sounds so fun! There is a mom's email group for mother's of Peru missionaries I thought you might like. It is a great support and it's free...be sure to contact me there if you join it: http://ldsmissionarymoms.com/ Warm regards, Linda Boyer

Me, myself, and I said...

Hi, I found your blog through another missionaries blog. My daughter is leaving the CCM this next week for her mission to Lima North. I had fun going through your son's mission experiences. He sounds so fun! There is a mom's email group for mother's of Peru missionaries I thought you might like. It is a great support and it's free...be sure to contact me there if you join it: http://ldsmissionarymoms.com/ Warm regards, Linda Boyer

Carrie, I am Elder McGhies MOM :) said...

Linda,
It is so nice to know that someone reads this blog!! =) No one ever leaves comments so I always wonder if people actually read it!=)

I remember when Spencer (Elder McGhie) left the CCM, he was so excited to get out into the "real mission field" as he called it!! The time has gone by so fast and I cant beleive that he only has 10 months left!! Your daughter will love the Peruvian people!! They are so kind and good!! Spencer is in an area of LIma called,La Molina. He says there are some really wealthy part in La Molina and that the people arent as receptive but he is still working hard!

I dont know much about the Lima North Mission but Spencer was in Huanuco for the first 6 months of his mission and it is about as far north as their mission goes and he loved it there!!

It is funny that you mentioned the missionary moms email group because I am already a member!! Are you in the MMPeru group or the MMBolPeru group? I am still in both but when they divided the grop they put the PLE in with Bolivia Missions and some of the Peru missions but I cant remember which missions are in the different groups!!

You can email me at: csmcghie@signs.com and tell me which group you are in. I know a few missionaries who are in either the North Mission or the West......I need to find out which one they are in. It seems like there were a bunch of missionaries from the same high school my son went to (Alta High in Sandy, Utah) that were all called to Peru but not to Spencers mission!! I will find out because your daughter will most likely meet them at some point in her mission!!

Thanks so much for writing to me!! I am so happy you enjoyed reading Spencers emails!! He is a fun person and I do miss him making me laugh all the time when he was at home but his emails usually make me laugh too!!

Thanks for writing to me and let me know how you daughter is doing!!

Carrie McGhie =)