Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas day - 2015
Elder McMillan singing "Abide with Me" in Spanish

Trujillo Temple
Elder Volquez, Elder McMillan, Elder Anderson
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 Elder McMillan singing "Abide with Me" in Spanish
December 28, 2015

So this week was absolutely amazing! I am learning to grow and improve and my training is now finished which means changes!

I am so happy that I get to stay in Chao for at least one more change. Elder Volquez and I are together and Elder Anderson is getting a new companion but were all still in Chao!

Christmas in the mission is absolutely amazing! We get to talk to everyone we know about our savior Jesus Christ. We get to talk and focus and only think about him which is just so amazing! The main point of Christmas is to remember our Savior Jesus Christ and his suffering atonement. I encourage you all to watch the new Mormon messages about our Savior. They're so good!

We sang a lot this week. We sang twice in a place called Viru, then we went to Trujillo for a Devotional with our mission. We got to go to a yummy restaurant and eat pollo a la brazo which is barbecue chicken. It is so good!

We didn't have a baptism this week but that's OK, we're planning it for this week! Sebastion is awesome and I love him so much.

I hope you all had an amazing awesome Christmas!!!!!

Love from Peru,

Elder McMillan
December 21, 2015

Ok so basically before I start to day is my brothers birthday so everyone write him and tell him Happy  Birthday for me hahhaa!!!!! OK so now I can start !

So this week was basically crazy. People down here celebrate Christmas very strangely. 

First and for most I am now in a trio with Elder Volquez and Elder Anderson my District Leader. His companion got called to be an office Elder so now I am in a trio for like one week until changes. I love them both so much. I am going to miss them!

W didn't have much proselyting this week because we have been preparing for our Christmas concert in Viru. We still got to work but we definitely had a lot of singing practice hahaha!!!!!

There were other performances during the concert as well. Weird performances. Like a clown with Santa clause and these woman in 3 year old elf costumes dancing together. That  was crazy. I sang in a quartet with my companions and one other elder. We sang the little drummer boy in Spanish. There was a guy watching us the whole time yelling praise the lord. We were a little scared hahha!!!!

We have our baptism planned this week of Sebastion! He is amazing and has such a strong and powerful testimony about the Book of Mormon. He wants to serve a mission!!!!

I love you all and wish you a Merry Christmas!!!!

Love from Peru,

Elder McMillan
December 14, 2015

Well hello there all of you in Utah! I hope all is well and you are all happy and healthy. This week I have felt so healthy and so good! It is great!

So I am in my 11th week of training. This week i have to take control of all the lesssons and discussions we have with people wish me luck hahaha!

We have an official date set for baptism! His name is Sebastion. He is so good. He is reading the Book of Mormon everyday and has a strong testimony about the book, about Joseph Smith and about everything. His baptism is set for The 26th of December. We as his missionaries need to help him be as prepared as he can be for this amazing oppurtunity. I am so happy and so excited for him. When I asked him to be baptized, I felt the spirit so strongly, I felt so much love for him and I almost started crying and losing it hahaha! I am so happy and proud and excited for him!

This week we have been practicing a lot because this weekend the 19th my district leader and I have the opportunity to sing in Trujillo and we have the opportunity to sing in a quaurtet for our Zone concert in Viru.  We also have a talent show for missionary night with our branch. So this week is full of all sorts of music which I LOVE HAHAHA!!!!

I love you all. Remember to read the Book of Mormon everyday. We have such a gift to read every day and ponder and pray about what we read. I love you all and I hope all is well!
Love from Peru,

Elder McMillan

Monday, December 7, 2015

December 7, 2015

Well hello there people that I love and care for so much! This week has been absolutely amazing and so fun. 

First, I got to be interviewed by President Rios. I gave him 2 hugs! hahah! I love hugs. He is so amazing and I know he is called of God to be the Mission President of The Peru Trujillo South mission. I love him. I was also interviewed by his wife and she had me sing for her, and now me and my district leader are singing a duet for the Christmas Festival in Trujillo. I am really excited but we don't really know what to sing. hahahha!

Also along with 3 other missionaries we have the opportunity to sing a quartet in the Christmas concert here in Viru!!!! I love singing. I love singing Christmas music as well!

Everyone here says  I am getting skinnier! hahaha! Which I don't mind at all! My suit pants pretty much fall of me now. I have to tighten my belt a lot hahha! I still love soda though.  Theres is now diet coke here so when I drink soda, sprite or coke haha!

We are so close with Sebastion. We had fast and testimony meeting and he told us he wanted to bare his testimony. We will surely have a date set for him this week. I love you all so so so much. Remember that with our Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ, all is possible. I want you all to look and read Psalms 37, It is all about waiting for the lord and having faith in him. I love you all so so much !

Love from Peru,
Elder McMillan

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

November 30, 2015

So this week was absolutely amazing! I had the oppurtunity to travel to Trujillo and listen to Elder Useda. He is a member of the 70 and is president of South America Northwest. It was so awesome! I learned so much. I also had the oppurtunity to Proselyte in Trujillo for the day which was nice. We didnt get back from Trujillo to Chao until 11 at night. I slept a little on the bus hahahaa!!!!

Elder Useda also traveled to our zone and spoke to all the members of the district and our zone. Lilia went and so did our other progressing investigator Sebastioan. They both said they liked his talk. President Rios and Hermana Rios also came. I love them so much. It makes me so happy to see president.

The focus of these meetings was that President Useda made all the leaders of the branches to pick up our investigators every sunday. So now we dont pick investigators up for church, members do that now. President Useda and President Rios want the members to be involved in  la obra de misional. Without them, this work is so much harder. The members bring such a light to the meetings. Also, our leaders want us to only find new investigators through the members. We don't do much contacting on the street! They really want these memebers to work and help investigators progress.

We have another saved soul.  Her name is Kiara. She is awesome. Her whole family is less active so we're working with them a lot. Her mom is almost rescued as well! Kiara is so awesome and has such a strong testimony. I was so proud of her because she had an interview with the brach president even though she didnt want to. She is awesome and is going to grow so much in the gospel. 

I love you all so much! I hope you all help with the work of salvation as well. We're all missionaries and need to help our brothers and sisters come unto Christ. I love you all so so so much!

Love from Peru,

Elder McMillan
 November 23, 2015
Well here I am in Peru!!!! I love you all so much and hope all is well. This week has been great for me. I am learning so much everyday and growing everyday. This week we got a new elder with the 4 including me and Elder Volquez. His name is Elder Littlefield and he is awesome!!!!! We're all getting along great and loving every minute of our missions.

Elder Volquez and I now have an assignment for our Zone. Every reference received, has to be told to us. We have to know about every reference received for the missionaries in our zone. We haven't started yet but it should be interesting and fun.

The president of the area is speaking to us this week. His name is President Useda. He spoke to me in the MTC. We're all so excited to here him speak. We get to travel to Trujillo Wednesday where almost every missionary in the mission will be there. He will speak to us and also Thursday he is coming to our zone to speak to leaders and members. We think he wants our area to become a stake. This is hard but doable with faith in our savior Jesus Christ.

This week we invited Hermano Sebastion to be baptized and he said yes!!!! We planned for December 12 but have to push it back a week because he didn't attend church. Were still going to work and help him prepare for this amazing experience. The most awesome thing happened to me this week. We were teaching Lilia and i just almost started crying because I know she wants to be baptized more than anything. This feeling of peace came over me letting me know she will be baptized. I don't know when, but I know she will be. I was so thankful  for that experience. Every one please remember that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true church. I know this to be true. Remember that The Savior Jesus Christ is at the head of this great and marvelous work!!! I love you !!!!

Love from Peru,

Elder McMillan
November 16, 2015

Well my first exchange in the field is officially over! That is crazy might I just say. This change has been so amazing and I have learned so much in these first 6 weeks as a missionary. So I love you all and I hope all is well.

So this week I had a goal to only speak in Spanish the whole time as much as I could. I did it. It was hard, but this goal made me realize that I speak way more than I used to. I still spoke in English at times, but when I remembered, I really tried to speak in Spanish. I speak a lot, but now need to learn how to understand everything hahaha!!!!!

We had a bad week with investigators and less actives at church. NO one showed up. I was pretty bummed but got over it. hah! I just know this church is true and I want them all to be a part of it.We will definitely work harder to get them to church this week.

So I found out yesterday that just me and not my companion, only me, I get to teach principles of the gospel class next Sunday. I am nervous! I know it will be good though haha! I decided I will talk about the atonement because that is what I know best.

So every one says I am getting skinnier. Elder Volquez turned to me today and said you look skinnier. I definitely feel skinnier haha! I still drink coca cola a lot but not Diet coke Jessica so it doesn't count haha!

We had an activity on Friday called noche de juegos, game night. Only about 15 members showed up like an hour late! we played musical chairs and it was so funny haha! I love the members so so so much. They are all so sweet and kind. I love them. Most of them are willing to teach with us when we need as well which is great.

I love you all so so so much. This work is so beautful and powerful. It is amazing to realize this is exactly where I NEED TO BE. I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve. I love you all!!!! Remember with The Lord, and faith in the Lord, all is possible!!!!

Love from Peru,

Elder McMillan