Hello again La Paz!

Last Friday night, while Elder Berg and I were doing our planning for the next day, we received a call from the assistants, and I’ve been called to serve as Zone Leader in La Paz!  The same zone as when I was in Feliciano (the other small branch).  I was surprised because I was only in Galvez one transfer.  I would suppose that here in La Paz will be my last area for the next 3 transfers (4 1/2 months).

When leaving, I was a little worried for Elder Berg just because Galvez is his first area, and will be there for a total of 6 months.  It was tough because we didn’t find too much progression and had problems with a member family due to PRIDE.  There still really is only 1 and maybe 2 faithful members in he branch. I tried to strengthen Elder Berg and give him faith.  I know he’ll be okay and his next companion and him will work great things as they keep putting their shoulder to the wheel.
My companion here is Elder Arnold, 22 years old from Reno, Nevada.  He’s awesome! We’ll have a great time here.  I’m really excited to do divisions in Feliciano, visit my old place and strengthen the people there!
This is my little update, love you all, you’re the best!
Elder Orme

Sacerdocio y La Llorona

Hola Papá y mamá,

I hope your week was splendid and you’re happy.

This week I don’t have too much to share.
But this week we found some new investigators, something we always need!  We have been praying for men that can bear the Priesthood worthily, and what do you know, at the end of church while we are talking outside the door with the President of the Branch and his counselor, a man drives by in his truck and then stops.  Comes out and introduces himself.  He is a member from Santa Fe, that is working now in Galvez for a while.  We don’t know much more than that but we got his information and we are going to visit him pronto!  He seems sweet so we have the hope that he can make a great part of the branch here.

A funny cultural thing: in Galvez there is “La Llorona”.  A person that walks around in the dark early mornings (3,  4 o’clock and such) dressed in black or white carrying chains and maybe other weapons and CRIES.  Just makes this super loud crying, whimpering noise around the more exclusive parts of the town.  At Mariel’s house (a faithful member) her daughter let us hear a recording of the cry that someone had made when she heard it in the dead of night. WHOOOOOOOO freaky.  It’s the BIG talk in town.

Anyway, love you all, you look great in the family reunion pics!

Elder Orme

Hole digging and met the President

Below you see us walking in the morning to go meet the President.  It was great meeting them!  We had a very formal meeting.  We all individually presented ourselves, then the President and his wife spoke.  President Perez seems to be a simple and great man. He is a convert at the age of 20.  He had hair down to his waist (I want to see a picture of that).  He met his wife in institute, who is also a convert, at the age of 15.  They have 3 kids in total, all married and faithful in the church. The President’s job has been social work.  I didn’t take a picture with them yet!  But I did take a picture of the new mission offices set up in the Santa Fe stake center.

The night before we went to meet the President and Sister Perez we performed service by digging a huge hole!  Probably the best service I’ve ever done.  It reminded me of my big brothers when they were kids and dug a huge hole for the fun of it.  After the service we were treated to some hot chocolate and the daughter of the family played and sang North American music.  We took a picture with the family  It’s a pity we don’t have them in our branch here in Galvez!

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We also had another Family Home Evening as a branch this week.  It went well because an investigator with her family showed up.  The old lady in front that you see is Electra.  She is a member, a very sweet woman.  She loves to learn english, loves visits, and used to be a professor, loves to learn from the Book of Mormon.  When we visit her it’s always a joy.  The lady behind Electra is Sister Mariel, she is the most faithful member of the branch.  A part from us missionaries, the branch president, his wife, and the counselor, Mariel is what keeps Galvez going.  She serves us lunch every week, the only member of her family, has a deep testimony and is amazing.  Blessings for Mariel!  We love her.  And behind is the investigator (at the back left in purple and glasses eating) and her family.  She reads the Book of Mormon and has come to church a couple of times, but she’s holding off baptism for now.
And the other pic is of us cooking lunch.  In this lunch we have milanesas (meat covered in flour, oregano, and grained bread…fried), and papas fritas (french fries).  “A nutritious choice for your every day meal.”
Today, a couple sent us a text message deciding not to receive us anymore.  We are trying hard to find new and more investigators!  “Aaaaall part of the shoooooow!” :D
Love you all! Have a great week!
Elder Orme