Elder McGhie's experiences as a missionary in Peru.

June 25, 2012


So here we go I have about 10 minutes to crank out 7 days worth of information in an email... SO here goes nothing! 
Well we had a baptism and it was a CRAZY Miracle.  We have had 8 disconfirmations (those are people who have committed to baptism, then backed out) this month in our area, and we were about to have 9...  Her name is Sara and well it was Thursday we went to see how she was doing and to get her ready for her baptismal interview on Friday and she came out of her house and said, well sorry but I don’t want to get baptized and if it’s the last time you guys come by that’s ok... WHAT!  We tried to talk to her and she wasn’t even budging!!!  I was SO DEPRESSED!  We left and my comp and I just walked to Plan B in Silence!  Then Friday we had our Weekly Planning Meeting and we were talking about Sara and we said what the heck we are going to FIND HER AND BAPTIZE HERE!!! But Friday we had a bunch of interviews to do and a teenager from England got baptized named BOB JENKINS!  I will explain next week but yeah so the interviews were in English so I had to do it. My comp went and worked miracles and BOOM we baptized her! VIVA!  We have 3 more for this week! PLEASE PRAY FOR US! LOVE YA! BYE!
Elder McGhie

So here are some pictures that he sent of his train trip and I dont know why but he looks like a terrorist in some of the pictures cause he has a black hat on and a black scarf around his neck and his white shirt and tie on................so weird!!  But he is so cute and he has less than 4 months left!!! =) 

I think he spent a lot of time trying to
get a picture of the train from his window....he is
such a funny guy!! =)


See what I mean.............he looks sort of scary???? 

 And this one looks like he is going to throw a bomb
or something on the city.........good thing he is
only holding the Book of Mormon!! =)

June 18, 2012

The Hogwarts Express in Peru!!!

So, this is Elder McGhie, writing you from HUNCAVELICA, Peru!  It is town about 4 hours away from Huancayo.  I traveled there today on a TRAIN!!!  Oh YEAH!  Haha it was so awesome!  It took about 6 hours by train, we left Hunacayo at 6:30 am and I got here around 12:30pm, but I totally felt like I was on the Hogwarts Express!  haha  It was a  legit chuga chuga cho-choo train!  And so, here I am in Hunacavelica on splits with one of our District Leaders, Elder Reyes from Chiclayo Peru.  I think I explained almost all of it on the voice recording! (Spencer sent 4 voice recordings, made while he was on the train!!  They are pretty funny and so very “Spencerish”!! =)They made me laugh and roll my eyes and basically they made me happy cause he is such a goofball!!! =) I will try to upload a link to his recordings but I am not sure how to do that so we will see what happens!! =)

So last week was kinda sad, all of our 3 investigators that were SO excited to get baptized all had some troubles this week and we couldn’t baptize anyone!  Oh man...  I won’t lie, I was pretty bummed since I got here to Hunacayo we have had 7 people super excited to get baptized and they really were doing great and all 7 have been disconfirmed... (not sure what that means except that they maybe cant be baptized ?) So Friday night we heard from Francisco (50 years old).  He moved back to Lima Wednesday at 4 in the morning! Then Jose Luis (23) well, he has a dad who is a drunk and a mom who is hooked on drugs so he fought with them and sort of moved out, well he left and his cell phone broke and we cant find him anywhere, and then Friday we were finishing the Pre-Interview with Sara and she told us she drank wine... WOOF!!!  SO Friday night I was a little bummed out, but we had killer multi zone conference with President Ardila on Saturday in the morning and it was AWESOME!  President Ardila is a CHAMP!  I was reading in my scriptures today and I found a verse that President Ardila had taught me about and I really love it!  Its in 1 Nephi 21:16, where the Lord promises that he will never forget about us, because he has us recorded in the palms of his hand!  I really liked that!! 

It’s crazy to think I only have 4 and a half months left to serve as a missionary,  it’s pretty sad!  I can’t believe how fast time has gone by and how fast it keeps on going!  I love Peru, my mission, and this CHURCH!  So it’s time to work harder than ever and learn all I can in these 4 and a half months that I have left, there is a lot of work to do!  And Mom, I have no clue what I want for my birthday! (Okay, here is a question for all of you………what do you send a missionary for his birthday on August 19th, when he will be coming home  2 months  and a few weeks later???  I know we can send him American candy but Hello?  What else ………..any ideas???)  Haha this week I will think about it and I will write you this coming Monday. 

Elder McGhie!

June 11, 2012

My New Companion!!


How are you doing!?  I hope you guys are very happy and all is well in good old SANDY, UTAH on DIANA HILLS!  Haha that made me remember when Ainsley and I went to drop Brandon off at his house after church and it snowed a bunch and we were turning to go down Diana Hills and Ainsley spun out of control and completely TRUCKED the Street Sign of Diana Hills!  It was just lying there flat in the snow!! We were in her old, but cool  Lexus and it only has rear wheel drive!!…. HAHAHA!!! CLASSIC AINSLEY!  But anyway enough of making fun of the Professional Accountant and Pastry Chef, this week was crazy!!!

So I wanted to thank you guys for the package, it got here last week, so my comp and I have SO Much chocolate to eat haah!  But we are happy with it and yes, Mom, I love the picture of the missionaries and the Armor of God, and the little picture frame of Christ and the sheep is my favorite painting! SO COOL And don’t worry mom I am brown on the inside like the stripling warrior picture you sent!!! Oh and thanks for the invitation to the wedding… 1 month late, DONDE ESTA EL AMOR! HAHA!  No don’t worry all is well.  

So I am really sorry for my last few emails, that I haven’t written much, I will do better now!  SO my new comp is Elder Hernandez, It was so crazy we went to consejo(Zone Leader Conference that they have once a month) and President Ardila stood up and just started making transfers and he sent Elder Mitchell to the other zone in Huancayo, called Mantaro and Elder Hernandez is my new comp, he is from Guatemala, and a Champ!  SO happy and ready to work!  We get along great, of course I miss Elder Mitchell, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles eh?  So our investigators had to change their baptismal date to this week so we have Jose Luis, Sarah, and Francisco with a baptismal date this week…  Jose is 23 Sarah is 21 and Francisco is about 55 from Lima, he is here working for Claro (it’s like Verizon wireless of Peru)  and we found him and he wants to get baptized!!! There are also 2 teenagers, Junior and Christian they are 17 and 12, their Grandpa is member, and their mom is RE-CONTRA Inactiva (your guess is as good as mine about what their mom is???)!  So she doesn’t want to give them permission to get baptized, so please pray for them and their mom, so she can soften her heart and give them permission, so we have high hopes for 5 baptisms this week and about 15 to 20 as a zone. 
I am really happy here in Huancayo, I will be even happier on Friday because we are going to change rooms!!! YAY! We have a brand new room they have been building for the missionaries and it will be ready Friday!  SO I hope all is well I love you very much, the Peru Trip, plan seems perfect to me, we go and visit my area’s and Pensionistas and converts for a couple days then mom can return the others come, (just to add a little note of Reality to this Peru trip plan, (which Spencer wants to take after he has been home a few weeks) Spencer’s has been in three main cities; Lima, Huanuco and Huancayo….. well Huancayo is a 6 or so hour drive from Lima and Huanuco is a 10 hour drive from Lima and in the opposite direction from Huancayo, so I don’t know how we are going to do that in a 3 day period but we will see?? Oh and by the way, We ONLY HAVE 4 and a half months left!! =)  Okay, I am going now!! So, bye)  and we can go MAD SIGHT SEEING! YEAH!   SO, Dad, the converse are black high tops, size 10 and a half… and the elder is going to pay me!
P.S. …..Just in case you don’t read my lovely comments, I didn’t want you to miss this wonderful information:  
We ONLY HAVE 4 and a half months left!! =)

Spencers new companion, Elder Hernandez!!

Elder Hernandez is from Guatemala!!

Spencer and Elder Mitchell, who was his companion for
2 whole weeks and then they moved him to the other Zone
in Huancayo!! Also, this is what Spencer wrote about this
picture: Elder MItchell and I with our hair parted!!!

This is Elder Montgomery and he is from Sandy, Utah..... just like
Spencer is but they went to different High Schools!!  He is
in Spencer's Zone right now in Huancayo and he also was Chandler Mortons
companion in the CCM just recently!! Chandler is in Ecuador on
his mission but they were together in the Peru MTC.  Chandler
Morton is one of Spencers best friends, Keaton Mortons, little brother
and also Chandler is Spencers friend too!! =)  I dont know if I explained
all that very well, so if you dont understand it, post me a question!! =)
This is what Spencer wrote about this picture:
Elder Montgomery, chandlers ex comp, he is from sandy and he is getting
 trianed by the missionary that Elder Contreras trained, and I trained Elder Contreras, WHAT A CONECTION! HAHA! 


Below are pictures of Spencer with
other missionaries, who will be going
home on July 4th, so at the Zone Leaders 
Conference, they got to all say goodbye!! Here
is what Spencer wrote about these pictures:

              SAYING BYE TO SOME OF MY FRIENDS! Some of my best buddies in the mish that are ending this transfer!!!

Elder Stephenson and Spencer

Elder Taylor, I think he was an assistant
right before Spencer!!

Elder Avalos was Spencers companion in the
Mission Office  for 4 months and his good friend!!

Elder Brown, one of Spencer's Companions
and one of his best buddies in the mission!

Elder Merrill and Spencer

June 4, 2012

Wow, What a Week!!!

Dear Family and Friends,
What a marvelous time I am having here in Huancayo!!! It has really been a time of many miracles and many blessings!!!  So after I wrote you guys we got the results from last month and what we need to do this month to keep on track with the stake goals.  And well, remember what I told you about needing to baptize 50 people- wrongo!!! Try 73!!! But we said, well why not 80!!!  Yeah!  haha  So, our goal in the Huancayo Zone is 80 baptisms with 82 confirmations!   And you know the best part... it’s so crazy it just might WORK!!!  I couldn’t sleep that night thinking about how we were going to meet a goal so high, so I got out of bed knelt down and asked the Lord if it was possible or if we could baptize 80 people in this zone in this month!  And ya know what, IT IS!!!  I know it’s possible, because I felt it in my heart!!!  SO, with all that energy the next morning we had a meeting with our District Leaders and we told them about the goal, and they believe as well!!!  So we had to help the zone to believe and we had one of if not the most powerful zone meeting in my life and we all have testimonies that yes, we can baptize 80 people here in the zone.  When I told Elder Avalos (his old companion in the office) he about fell of his chair the other zone leaders that heard, just laughed... But to tell you the truth I am absolutely sure we can do it!!!  Like it says in 1st Nephi 3: 5, Its what the lord wants!!!  And we will do it because there are 80 people that need to hear this gospel and find this great happiness and peace in their lives!!! I KNOW ITS TRUE AND ITS TIME TO GO TO WORK! BYE!!
Elder McGhie

Info about pictures ABOVE:  My last day in the office with Elder Udall and the passing of the Cell Phone to Elder Sheridan, my last day with Elder Avalos, we really grew to love each other, definitely one of my best comps I have had!!! 

Info about the pictures below .....well, 
the info is really below all the pictures??? 

These are pictures of Spencer saying goodbye to his Pentionista in La Molina (the office)!  The missionaries are Elder McGhie, Elder Taylor, Elder Pritchett and Elder Contreras!! =)