It’s COLD

Boy is it getting cold around here. During studies in the morning we are prone to use the oven as a way to heat our limbs and the place up! We are soon getting a heater to help us out with that. I use sweaters, plural!, everyday now. I usually need to put on two. Who knew Argentina would get so cold! It´s not winter yet but for me it´s cold enough. Nature down here needs to turn the sun up a notch. One day there was hail the size of olives!!! That was exciting.

Blood sausage sandwich!
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Dinner with the Bishop
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Churro with Bishop!
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Dinner with the Villa Elders. “Beef Strogies” with Milanesas!
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This week we achieved our goal of 140 contacts again for the second time. Still, it´s difficult to achieve this and then find the time to focus on just teaching…the most important part! But the promise of the mission is that if we get 140 for four weeks, we will see many baptisms. Another hard thing is that Empalme is so small!!! We are extreeeemly sucking it dry. Every door we pass we say, “Did they answer last time?? Let´s do it anyway to find out!” At times we contact the same people within 3 days! Funny story!…We were on exchanges and I was leading again; we contacted a lot that day…then it became night time and we went contacting again. I said “Let´s try this house.” So we knocked, then right as the man was opening the door my companion blurted in surprise, “We’ve already contacted this place today!” And the man is standing there…and we say “holaaaaa como está?!” When we contacted before we mostly spoke with the daughter and so he said we should come back when his daughter is around. “Okay, we’ll do that!” we said. Good stuff!

Making gnocchi!
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And this is chicken….good, good chicken. (Bishop’s)
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Elder Bennett and I on the roofs of Argentina! We can go on top of the roof of their place in Villa.
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A Panaderia! Where they sell delicious facturas and other bread based products.
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I studied on the roof this morning! I tell ya, it´s very nice to study gospel topics in a tranquil spot outside…helps to feel the Spirit! I did!
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Sergio: We’ve had one more lesson with him so far. It was okay. We didn´t set up the atmosphere very well. It was the morning, his mother was there to visit, and his wife had cleaning to do. We met his wife and she´s nice! We met his two little kids and they are beautiful. This family is so perfect for the gospel! We taught Sergio the beginning principles of “The Plan of Salvation”, lesson 2. It was okay. I learned that we have to set up the lesson better, tell them both to make time to solely listen to us for the time we are there. Because we really want the wife to be in on this! Not just him. And we could tell that he was a uncomfortable listening to us while his wife was around, not in on the discussion. So in order for him to feel the Spirit if his wife is there, they need to listen together!

Bueno, love you!!

Elder Orme, Captain EO

Sha ka la ka

Don´t let the subject titles distract you!

We had a great week! We were able to achieve our goal of 140 contacts…and we got 141!! Whoo hooo! Go-getters ra here!

I´ve had one of those faith-building, spiritual-moving moments this week! While my companion and I were contacting people in the street, we began walking along side a man with his 3 yr old daughter. His name is Sergio and I´d say he´s 27. He was happy to hear us present who we were and what we share. He said he´s been lacking faith and hope in his life, and feels like he needs to regain it through Jesus Christ! Talk about PREPARED. And he SO is!

Elder Fish goin campin!
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Sometimes we go look at ties and dream of buying them…every week.
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We were able to meet with him this week and the lesson was awesome. He has a young wife whom he says has different, “young”, ideas compared to him. She wasn´t there and neither were his 2 children, a 3 yr old girl and a 3 month-old boy whom he loves immensely. He´s a fine normal man, with a young family, has a job and clean, humble home. He´s SOLID. He´s very kind, humble, smiles, and his family is of the utmost importance to him. He expressed how he´s discouraged by some controversy between his wife and himself. He doesn´t want this to hurt the family.

Asado meat!
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Rarely…weekly…we make this, what we call “Beef Strogies!”. Creamy pasta, with meat flavoring, grounded beef and it´s….oh so good.
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So we explained to him exactly how the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in its plenitude will directly bless and help him guide his family with success during this life and forever!! It was spiritual and he was very open! We taught him well, according to his needs. We could tell he felt the spirit as well.

I tried to make a pizza with eggs on top because that´s what they do here but the eggs didn´t cook so I flipped it over and cooked it that way…wasn´t the best!
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Elder Bennett and I! He´s a stud.
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I had the opportunity to invite him to baptism!!!! And he humbly, and with full of the Spirit said yes!!!! It was perfect for him. Then my companion was able to set a date. Then he said the closing prayer!!!! And it was amazing and beautiful to hear this man, with all the experiences and righteous desires in his life, speaking to his Father in Heaven! I was very touched, And he had watery eyes, and said he felt GREAT.

Some fun pics of us, stud Elders.
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I am so excited for this man! I felt the impression to warn him that just as Jesus Christ is very real, so is Satan, and doesn´t want him to continue on this path and will try to stop him. I told him to be strong and that we are here to help him every step of the way. We pray that the wife will be receptive to our message as well!

We also have some other pretty good new investigators and less-actives, and they are men too! Most with families. It is such a pleasure to be working more with men because in the past it´s mostly been women. (and it´s hard to teach women because we always need another man with us in order to teach in the home.) And these men are humble, receptive, and studs! Exactly what God needs in His kingdom here in Empalme!

I´m looking forward to more miracles!! I´m better at letting the Holy Spirit be my guide. I know God is blessing us due to our work and obedience. SO blessed to have a hard-working/obedient companion.

Onward and upward for more success coming up! Love you all! Once again, such a pleasure to see all your faces/voices last week. Hermana Roccolano whom you met last week says hola! Good luck with everything! You´ll receive that “good luck” by looking to God and sharing him and your blessings of the Gospel with others!

Love,
Elder Orme (Captain EO)

PS Did i mention before!, especially to mom that I´ve been flossing every week since the MTC! Whoo!
PSS I bought healthy veggies and fruits this week to eat and will continue to do so! Feeling good.

BAM

Well it was absolutely amazing to talk to you all yesterday. What a blessing!!!! So wonderful to see all your smiling faces and to hear your perfect voices! I’m excited to see CarsAnne next time. Hey…you family are EVERYTHING TO ME. Because God is the head of our family, we can experience this joy one with another, together, through anything in this life. All we do is keep looking UP! Just keep looking!! :D

I told you most everything that’s been going on. This week we have big plans to carry out. And they will carry out for the better so long as we let the Spirit be our guide and simply…work with humility! I’m far from perfect, and I’m working on that by letting the Holy Spirit be my guide!

Love you!

-Captain EO

pics:
1 The Elders
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2 On the Collectivo again. I’m talking with Elder Bennett, a great Elder from Villa.
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3 Sorry if you didn’t want to see this but, a dead cat!!!!!!!! I saw two the same day…you just see more of this type of thing here.
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