Baigorria x 2

Transfers are tomorrow (that´s why I´m writing today and not yesterday) and I´m staying in the grand Baigorria with the grand Elder Poulton as my companion!

 
We had a good week with a fair amount of great lessons.  
José Luis and family are slowly going.  
Fernanda is doing awesome.  We had an excellent “Gospel of Jesus Christ” lesson and she said that once she is “segura” (sure of everything), she will be baptized “pronto” (right away) after her wedding in October. Whooo!
Like I said we had some fabulous lessons this week with new investigators and less-actives but not any really showed up to church.  Oh the agency!
 
Story!: We met some Paraguayans 2 weeks ago and finally had a lesson with them on Sunday.  This would be our 2nd visit with them.  A man and woman of perhaps 30 years old.  We passed by unnannounced, entered, and asked what they were doing today.  They said “we´re packing.”  “For what?” we say.  “We´re going on a trip to Paraguay.”  “oh cool!” we say. “For how long?” we ask.  “Until February of next year” they say!!!!! “or maybe forever!”  What noooooooo! Not just a mini 3 day trip or something???? i was thinking.  They would have been BOMB investigators. But anyway we shared the first lesson of Joseph Smith and the Restoration with them and it was great because they began to have confidence in us and warm up to us when before they were a tad more timid.  
 
The wife (yes they are married!) began to ask questions. “What happens after we die?  Because I battle with my brothers about this…believing that there is more after this life.” GREAT QUESTION! We answered her question simply and expressed that there is so much more also, and all of this knowledge are the fruits of the Restoration.  She was super excited and filled with the Spirit!  We were too!  The husband was a little timid but was smiling.  “Don´t gooooooooo!” I was thinking.  The wife said she would memorize the Plan of Salvation booklet.  And I gave her a Book of Mormon that she can read after she has the booklet memorized ;) We invited them anyway we could to keep learning more and to find the church in Paraguay.  We got their home info to pass on to those missionaries in Paraguay.  Whoo!  We planted a great seed for them!
 
Other than this there is nothing much else to explain for this week!
 
Love you all!
Elder Orme IV

Tendedor

“Tendedor” means rack…why is this the word of the week?  Because we got robbed and he stole our clothes drying rack!

My first experience being robbed before.  Elder Poulton and I were just settled in for bed once we started hearing noises at 11.  I heard a wierd noise.  And the funny thing is that the first image that popped in my head was…”it´s probably someone, and if it´s a robber…oh what the heck, we´re safe.”  But then there were noises at the front door.  I thought..”oh dang…we´re probably finally getting robbed.” (I said “finally” becuase Cami Bingham from back home warned me that there was no doubt I would! As an elder but as an North American elder at that! Thanks for the warning Cami, darn it! haha!)  At this point, Elder Poulton finally said, “is someone robbing us at the door?”  I said, “It´s a high probability that yes.”  I turn off my headlamp which I was using to read, and see a hooded-man looking into our room from the window. He moved away quickly.  We got out of our beds and before we could do anything (if we had done something it probably would have been getting to know him so we could introduce our glorious message) he zipped to the front, grabbed our drying rack, zipped back, and hopped our big gate thing that´s basically a ladder into our patio.  We have a big front gate with a door to the side that we go through to get to our patio, then there´s another door to actually get into our house. We weren´t sure if he had really tried to get in but we are good at keeping our doors locked!  The only thing we had outside was the drying rack.  People might just try to rob us again (his friends), so I felt inclined last night to make it a missionary opportunity instead by plainly leaving a Book of Mormon with a nice note on top of a bucket out in the front patio for whoever decides to surprise us with another visit!  Below is the photo of it.  The note says to read 2 Nephi 9:50-51.  We´ll see what happens!
 
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Besides that excitment, Elder Poulton was sick this week and didn´t have any strength to do anything.  So while he caught up on sleep, I got some REALLY good studying in.  I exhort you all to study the Book of Mormon again and again and again!  Start with the scripture above!  Yes, you too, my nonmember friends.  I can only begin to describe the marvels of this book with a simple…it is one of the best gifts of God to us, His children, if only we study it daily with prayer and application.
 
Elder Poulton looks like a James Bond boss with his duffle bag full of money (or rather just clothes for soccer.)
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José Luis:  They fell through on us with our appointment and didn´t come to church.  They are having trouble doing things like keeping the commitments on their own without us constantly reminding them.  Next lesson we are going to have a frank talk about what they must do for themselves, Doctrine and Covenants 58:26-29.
 
Fernanda:  They have a wedding date!!  It´s in October. Hopefully I have the opportunity to teach her all the way up until then!  We talked about how we need to meet more often and she is putting in the effort so that we can.
 
Ariza Family (Matias and Marina and their 6 kids):  All went to church again!!  We can see a change in them!  They are more content and there´s a lot of love in the family! We had a pizza dinner with them Friday and we brought them brownies (made from a box…sorry mom).  Next is to help them do the daily things and family home evenings.
 
I´m happy and content as a bean!  Things are definitely hard at times but as we yearn and learn by the Spirit, everything is AMAZING.
 
Love you!
 
Thanks Cami! :D

Tazas

Tazas = cups. Why? Because for our talent as a companionship at the ward talent show we did a routine to the “cups” song. It´s a well known song by the youth. It´s a song you can sing while you do a fun little drum/tap/move routine with a cup. Mom and Dad, if I can´t get the video a member took of us to you, look up “cup song” on youtube and you´ll know what I´m talking about! We weren´t perfect, but who expects that!? I taught Elder Poulton the routine that morning (of course the morning of we think of something to do…) so I could do the singing. It was ridiculous but brought some smiles!

Just one photo. An early morning on divisions with a Bolivian!!!
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We saw good success in church yesterday! 59 attended. Who went?

-José Luis and family. They also brought his brother and his family. The brother has time off from jail apparently! He seemed chill! We had a good gospel principles class which we taught with all of them, our other investigator, and recent converts. After church we gave the brother and his family Books of Mormon. They seemed slightly disinterested with the Books…how can you be!? Hopefully they will take a dive in those amazing words. José and his family are looking for work and lack some goods to get by, but other than that they are doing pretty well. They are both in agreement to get married! They just need to “take out a turn” from the government in order to be married.

-Fernanda Formaggio and her family went to. We couldn´t meet with the fam this past week. They are very busy unfortunately and so it´s difficult to help her move faster but they are doing well with the church part!

-Family Ariza (Matias and Marina), the less-active family, went again! And the whole family!! All 8 of them. Matias´second time in 12 years. They also went to the activity.

Sunday was also “Día Del Niño” (Day of the Child or Children´s Day). One hermana (sister) gave a talk in sacrament meeting about children. And it was perfect because there they all were! As in the children! Making noises, running to and fro, almost attacking the piano during the meeting, and being rambunctious. Hard to stay attentive, but her talk brought the spirit to the meeting even though the children were in all places.

Fun fact: We live right next to a sweet cracker factory! And so Baigorria is just enveloped in this sweet cracker aroma many days out of the week! Really fun. Called “9 de Oro”. Look them up to see them and then picture the smell…..yup that´s it! They are pretty popular around here.

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Love ya´ll!

-Elder Orme IV