Rubén

Hola!

We found Rubén in the former investigadores section of the area book.  We’ve had two great lessons, and he came to church yesterday and had a stupendous time.  We look forward to continue working with him.

More news to come with Mario and María Rosa.

I’ve learned a lot this week on the importance of simply inviting.  Keep your baptismal covenants by being a witness of God and Christ in all things, all time, and all places by simply inviting people to learn more about the restored Gospel in some way.  Create conversations of the Gospel by using Mormon words in every day conversations, normally and in a matter-of-fact way.  If someone seems to be interested, find out their interests and tell them how they can learn more through the missionaries. Family, I invite you to offer up your homes as places where the missionaries can teach people.  The next time the missionaries come over, explain that you are willing to hold discussions in the home.

My sister Reagan goes home from her mission in Korea in one week.  I will miss having my missionary buddy.  She’s the best sister I could have.

Adelante y Arriba!

Elder Orme

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Cordoba Temple Dedication

The Cordoba Argentina Temple was dedicated yesterday!
It was a special experience.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to see apostles in different settings than just General Conference.  Dieter F. Uchtdorf and D. Todd Christofferson were there.  It was great to do the “Hosanna Exclamation”; it reminded me of the Nauvoo re-dedication, when Reagan and I did the Hosanna Exclamation for the first time.  Right at the beginning of the shout when we started waving the handkerchief Reagan’s handkerchief caught mine and it flew through the air and landed in the bench across the way.  Reagan and I couldn`t stop laughing! Mom snapped at us for being irreverent, but it was difficult for Reagan and I not to throw glances at one another and start laughing again.  Yesterday, nothing like that happened so I was able to keep my cool!   The Hosanna Exclamation was begun at the Kirtland Temple dedication.  In similitude of when all people shouted in one “Hosanna!” when Jesus triumphantly entered into Jerusalem, and when the Nephites shouted “Hosanna!” when the resurrected Jesus visited the land Bountiful.
It was also a powerful moment when singing the hymn “the Spirit of God”.  Yesterday we had 3 dedication sessions, Elder Christofferson stated that Prophet Wilford Woodruff held 32 dedication sessions for the Salt Lake Temple. 32! He wanted as much people as possible to participate.  All in all a great experience yesterday, and a fantastic demonstration of the progression of God’s work in these days.
We had some great lessons this past week.  Mario (21 years old), is progressing FAST.  I feel the Spirit strongly when we are with him.  Speak of the devil!  He just walked in!  Here in the internet ciber place!  He is awesome!  We have another appointment tomorrow with him! Sweet.
Thanks to all for your prayers!  Invite anyone and everyone to learn more about the restored gospel. Even if they say no, you did your part.
-Elder Orme
We went to the Rosario Monument again :) [No pictures attached]

Fruits of the Gospel

Hola!
Allow me to relate a good experience this week:
We were looking for a “callback” (someone who we talked with and set up an appointment to meet again), but we couldn’t find this callback.  We believe it was a bad address he might have given us.  So we began to contact houses nearby, and a nice young lady came out of the house, and easily allowed us in to teach her.  We were sitting in her open air front patio, and a friend of her’s, Mario, comes by. He saw us talking to her and felt the need to come and listen as well. We teach the about the restoration of the gospel, the lesson goes well.  At first he didn’t want to commit to baptism but he accepted with the faith that he would receive an answer from God that all was true.  He also hesitated to say the closing prayer, but also prayed with us in the end.  And gave us his address to meet with him again. Elder Black and I felt like he was golden. We went to meet with him Saturday night, but the street was filled with Paraguayans, loud music, volleyball (they play using all body parts except hands, fun to watch), and asados (barbecues); needless to say, we couldn’t find Mario in all the busyness.  We decided to go back the woman’s house where we found him in the first visit, right as we get there, Mario pulls in with a friend on a motorcycle.  He is happy to see us, leaves his friend and all the parties around and walks us to his humble abode.
Screenshot from my call home to the family on Mother’s Day:
Creeds Mission Call
We have a good second lesson.  He expressed afflictions he’s had in his life.  He’s 21 years old. Abandoned by parents but loved and cared for by an adoptive mother of six girls.  We teach about the Atonement of Christ and the purpose of this life.  We invite him to come to church the next morning, he hesitates, but on his own commits to coming.
Mario came to church and on time!  He saw an old friend there as well, and they had a good time catching up!  He enjoyed the classes. I will keep you updated on Mario!
The gospel is real, and in its fulness, which has been restored in these days, is the only way to live. Because it’s for this purpose that we came to earth to learn to live by the gospel, ALL of God’s teachings. There is only one gospel, and the only interpretation is God’s interpretation because he is the gospel-maker, creator, and law-giver. Due to the faith of man, God has extended his arm of love to us in these last days by restoring all his teachings in the gospel.  All of them are found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  And as an individual, a pair, a group, a society lives the gospel, we are made perfect and made free.  I see the blessed fruits of the gospel in the lives of my family members and the lives of other families as they each strive to live all the Gospel teachings.  One must not lose hope if a loved one chooses not to live gospel principles.  Be sure that you are first doing all you can to live them all, be an example, then be patient with the loved one, and love them much.
Love you all!  Onward and Upward!
Elder Orme IV