Service, Otter

Thank you family, mom, dad, siblings, and friends for the love and support you have shown towards me.  I’m still doing my best, all I can, to follow the Spirit and serve the Lord.  Every moment I try to do what He would have me do, especially when it comes face to face with another son or daughter of His.

The work is a little tough for starters here in Galvez  I arrived with a very small teaching pool.  It would naturally be bigger with a large amount of “steadfast and immovable” members.  But we simply don’t have that so we have been trying to find new people to teach through our own efforts.  A lot of which is tracting.  We are trying our best to think and act on new methods of finding that apply specifically to the people in Galvez.
The view from our second story apartment.  The clock building is the Catholic Church and center of Galvez.
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Elder Berg made tortas fritas! (it’s flour mixed with salt and water, then fried in sunflower oil.  Not healthy, but the Argentine classic!)
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14 people arrived to church yesterday.  It was pleasing to see that some came through our efforts to help them there.  We had branch council afterwards, and like I’ve said before, that’s one of my most favorite parts of missionary work because with the members we can really get down to the nitty gritty and makes plans to move things forward.  It was an interesting discussion, but the point is that we must get the attendance up quickly or else we won’t be able, as a church, continue renting the garage/house church building we have.  There is only 1 faithful tithe payer, so that was a discussion.  Tithing is a quick and key indicator to understanding the faith and worthiness of the members of the church.  The members committed to specific plans and errands to accomplish during the week.  We will also begin having Family Home Evenings as a branch starting Wednesday. So we hope that things will be moving forward.  A lot depends on the faith, humbleness, and diligence of the little group of members.  Elder Berg and I are working to teach the members the doctrine and commandments.
Saturday was a great day of physical service!  Serving physically getting into working clothes, getting dirty, getting sore from the physical stress is one of our favorite things!  It gets old being clean so much.  We moved piles of rock and sand from the front of the Acevedo family’s yard to the back.  During which, we ate barbecued OTTER!!! and fish.  But can you believe it…otter!  I’d never thought I’d eat the creature.  But I really liked it, as well as the fish.  Only afterwards did my companion tell me that he wasn’t a big fan of either, but that he only ate the stuff when Hermano Acevedo served it to him! (sorry, no pictures of the otter ;)
Later that night, we answered the call and plead of an elderly member lady that was feeling very lonely.  We helped calm her distressed feelings, helped her feel happy and forget her problems.  A young boy, recent convert arrived and we had a great talk, and re-taught the plan of salvation to them.  We sang a hymn and gave the elderly sister a blessing.  I’m very grateful for the opportunity God grants me opportunities to serve my fellow man. I’m very grateful to answer His call to serve because it makes me feel a satisfaction that I can’t get anywhere else.
Hasta Luego!
Elder Orme
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Farewell to the Zanni Family

Hello Fam and Friends,
This week we had a farewell get together with the Zanni Family.  Seeing as President Zanni and his family will not preside over our mission anymore.  It was a big day.  Farewell testimonies, talks, pizza lunch, “Meet the Mormons” movie watching, pictures, game playing, and final farewells with the President and his family.  I will definitely miss seeing and interacting with the young Zanni kids.  They are so fun to watch and are a big part of the mission.  I’m impressed that President and Sister Zanni make their kids a part of everything in the mission.  From giving talks, playing games with us missionaries, and performing service to us.  President Zanni has been a good president.  Very frank, no sugar-coating.  He’s been a good source of energy and faith for me.  It has been a pleasure serving under his leadership.  I will miss him and the rest of the family especially!
Our farewell picture.  Half of the Santa Fe Mission.
The mission continues to surprise me and help me learn.  For church yesterday, the attendance was me and my companion, a counselor to the branch president, and a counselor to the stake president and one member.  5… :D   After having a priesthood discussion, the counselor to the stake president that was visiting lead us to visit, find and invite people to come to sacrament meeting.  So we left church in his car and planned on visiting 10 people, but we ended up visiting 1 family before arriving for sacrament meeting again, in the which, the most faithful member of the ward had showed up.  So at the end we had 6 people in church.
A radiator springs stoplight. (Like the one in the “Cars” movie.)  Nobody around, dirt roads, just a stoplight alone and blinking, yellow…yellow…yellow.
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Yesterday, we met an inactive.  He’s allowed work to be more important than completing his baptismal covenants.  While he’s a funny man, it’s hard for me to laugh at his jokes, most of which were about the word of wisdom type stuff.  We tried to help him see that we need him, God needs him to come to church and help others do the same. But for now he isn’t willing to change his work circumstances.  This made me ponder, yet once again…”Is there more that we could have done? More to help him see that the only important things in life is doing God’s will?”  And after some prayers, the Spirit whispered to me once again…”As long as you did all you could, you’ve done your part, and it’s in his hands to do the rest. Entonces, quedàte tranquilo. (therefore, be calm.)”
Passing over a river.
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While I have a lot of time in the mission, missionary work is still tough. Especially with those that once had light, lived by it, then fell away.  People who have an understanding but choose not to live by it anymore.  But we go ONWARD and UPWARD.  Showing forth more love, patience, and charity!
My last photo with President and Sister Zanni.
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While playing a game all together, it’s always fun watching President and Sister Zanni interacting with one another, so I snapped a shot!
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One thing I’ve learned on the mission is happy perseverance.  When one thing hits me, I’ve learned to quickly let it go, leave it in the past and keep going with faith, quicker and quicker I’ve learned to overcome obstacles.  Forgetting myself and “rights” I deserve, and focusing on my responsibilities.
Love you all!
Elder Orme

Hola Galvez

I’ve been transfered!

I left the wonderful Francia, Rosario area.  I loved all the people we worked with.  It’s a bummer that I won’t be around for the baptism of Rubèn this Saturday!  He came to the Stake Conference this past Sunday and is still progressing well to his baptism.
My last trip to the Monument in Rosario.  It won’t be a part of the Santa Fe mission.
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Investigator Ruben!

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Sister Zanni (President’s wife)
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Now I’m here in Galvez. It’s a little city in the Santa Fe (stake).  My first time in the Santa Fe area.
Galvez is much like my area in Feliciano.  It’s a branch with 13-17 people who attend church!  The branch president travels from a different town 45 minutes away with his family to come.  So!  It’s a different shift from a ward of 90-100 people attending.
My companion is Elder Berg from Meridian, Idaho.  He has just finished his training and therefore, has 3 months in the field.  And guess who trained him…Elder Holloway who trained me!  Elder Holloway is also from Meridian, Idaho, Elder Berg and him lived 5 minutes from each other, but didn’t know each other before.  Elder Berg is a great missionary, humble, has love for the people, and I’m impressed by his spanish, although he admits it’s “feo” (ugly). Both of us are without a leadership calling this transfer, a little more time to focus on the people.
Elder  Berg
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A beautiful cockroach came to take a bite out of a cookie.
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On July 1st, the mission will be split into 2 separate missions, the Rosario Mission (which includes the Rosario city and surrounding areas, including the top part of the Buenos Aires province), and the Santa Fe Mission (which includes the top half of the Santa Fe province and the Entre Rios province).   That means for me “Goodbye Rosario, Hello Santa Fe!”  My mission will officially be “Mision Santa Fe, Argentina”  President Perez and his wife of the Santa Fe mission will arrive July 1st.  I will have had 3 presidents in my mission.
I’m doing well!  Of course it’s a different change from Rosario to here in Galvez, new people, new place, different circumstances.  But I have a great companion and the faith in the Lord so that’s all I need!
Some goodbye pics with some member families

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Love you all.
Elder Orme