Griselda and Yamila

Hey there fam and friends!  Here’s my weekly update.

Yesterday in church investigators Griselda and Yamila attended.  Griselda is the mother-in-law of the Branch President.  Griselda is around 60 years old.  She was raised Catholic and loved Catholicism growing up.  Recently, for years she has been caring for her home-bound mother, so for years, she hasn’t been out much. She was happy to receive the missionaries but her mom wouldn’t allow the visits.  Griselda’s mother died about a month ago.  Now Griselda is living with her daughter’s active mormon family.  We have had 3 lessons with Griselda, she accepted the baptismal date on the conditions that she receives an answer that it’s the right thing to do.  She likes her catholic traditions.  She’s come out 2 times to the Family Home Evening activities in the branch (which is a get together Sunday nights for the family, with “rosquitos” (fried batter dipped in sugar, yum!), the famous mate drink to pass around while people converse, and church or christian movies and videos playing).  Yesterday Griselda came for the first time to church…whoo!  She’s progressing.  She’s a sweet, sweet lady.  I love her flustery personality.
Alexis and Yamila.  A young married couple.  Hallelujah!  We found Alexis when we began talking to him in the street after contacting a reference.  Super nice and happy to talk with us.  Since then we’ve gotten to know his family, his wife Yamila and their two kids Esmeralda (9) and Benjamin (7).  They are a beautiful family. From the moment we met them we’d been saying, “They’ve got to be chosen ones, they’ve got to be chosen ones!”   Alexis is very service-oriented, has a little smoking problem, talks a lot, hard worker, and loves his family.  Yamila is sweet, gentle, humble, a mother who loves her children, a believer and searcher for Christ.  They are involved actively in a different christian church.  The pastor had helped build their roof!   But they have shown interest in learning more.  We invited Yamila to church on Friday, she accepted the invitation but it wasn’t a firm yes.  Fast and testimony meeting had started and in comes Yamila!!!  The brave humble mother!  Coming in on her own, intrigued and curious as to what these boys (us missionaries) keep on insisting about a “true and restored church of Jesus Christ.”  It was a great meeting, a great class of Gospel Principles (the topic was Tithing and Offerings), and we heard after church from a member that Yamila had said in the Relief Society class, “I feel like all this is truth.”  A wonderful member friendshipped her the whole time, taking her to classes, sitting with her.  Yes!  As she was leaving afterwards she said thank you and wants to come back next week with the rest of her family.   Whoo!  A beautiful happening.  We are excited for them.
These were the cool happenings of the week!  Today my Argentine companion made pizza, homemade dough and everything, a prodigy.  Attached is a pic!
I love you all. I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is real and true, I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His kingdom re-established on the earth by Him and He leads it, and invites all the earth to come to Him to partake of salvation and fulness of joy.
Elder Orme

Mission Update

Hello Fam and Friends!  Here’s my weekly update:
Elder Arnold was a good companion.  He had a sincere desire to help people.  My companion now is Elder Ortiz, from San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina.  San Rafael is famous for it’s wine. ;)  My companion is super talkative and I like it!  It makes for easy comunication in everything.  That’s what I love best about a companionship is when we communicate easily in everything.  i’m learning a ton from him!   He works so smoothly with the people, beacause he grew up among them and he knows their ways!  Very intelligent, a really good chef.  He has been making awesome smoothies since day 1.  We have found good investigators.  It has been and will continue to be an adventure this transfer!
Today for P-Day we played soccer and ping pong with the youth.  we ate tacos for lunch, my second time eating tacos in the mission!  A yankee Elder had some taco seasoning from the states so we whipped tacos up.  You can’t find tortillas here so we use the empanada wrappings.
It’s fun being a zone leader. I still love going to the “leader councils” to learn what we need to express to our zones.  I love our mission president, Presidente Perez.  He is simple, but true, concise, and clear.  In this last council, all of the leaders going home next transfer bore their testimonies.  I bore mine!  And it was great.  I expressed things that I will express in my homecoming talk and for the rest of my life!
Love you all!  The work is right and true!
Elder Orme

Molitas (Armadillos)

Here we are with some awesome sister missionaries that served alongside us in the same branch.  But they are heading off to a different place and 2 elders will take their place.  We will miss them!

Here’s a pic of us with Tamara an investigator and her son Gerónimo.  We are still praying hard that her boyfriend will have a change of heart and marry her so that they both, with their son can grow in the gospel.
Here’s the best family in the branch!  The Lopez family.  Brother Lopez is  a counselor to the President of the Mission, President Perez.  We are very lucky to serve with them.  Their lunches for us are stupendous!

Here are some pics of me and Elder Arnold with Armadillos!  “Molitas” they call them here.  A member family bought them to raise and once they are fat and juicy to be eaten!

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Here I am with some young men of the branch.


Here I am with my new companion!  MY FIRST LATINO!!!!!! My last companion :(     He’s Argentine!!!!!  From San Rafael, Mendoza.  26 years old.  I’m SUPER excited to have him.  I finally can really refine the language and tune my ears. He talks FAST.  All the better.  We work great together.  It will be a superb transfer!  (I can’t believe it’s the last.)