Hasta Luego Baigorria

Tomorrow is transfers and we got word today that I am GONE BABY!  I’m headed tomorrow morning to another pueblito, small little village, called Feliciano!  It’s in the zone La Paz, in the province of Entre Rios!  I’m going to Entre Rios!  Which means I’ll be crossing over the big Rosario-Victoria bridge over the Rio Paraná. I’ve heard it’s more naturey and scenic in Entre Rios.

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My new companion is Elder Lopez. North American but some Latino descent.  He used to be the Finance Clerk for the offices.  From the times I’ve met him, he’s a great elder!  He will actually be the Branch President for our little Branch in Feliciano!  I’m really excited to be his right-hand man!  I imagine it’s going to be an adventure!  Being two elders, leading a branch.  What things I’ll learn!  I´m stoked to let you know what it`s like next week!
The bishop and family.  Great man!  They have a sheep as their pet instead of a dog!  Named “Amiga”.  What a laugh.  They like her because she cuts the grass and only leaves little droppings for her doo-droppings!
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Rock star members that fed us every Tuesday night.
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So goodbye Granadero Baigorria!!  I will miss it a lot!  I love this area, the ward, the people, our investigators.  I will unfortunately miss watching Sister Cristina Martinez being baptized this coming Sunday! Dang!  We told her this morning at her door that I was leaving and she began to cry…which made me cry, dang it!  But we will have one last lesson tonight with her and Ramón.  We are going to run over the baptismal interview questions.  Don`t worry I’ll take a picture with them!
This is Emanuel!  We re-activated him and his brother.
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We went to the birthday party of a member for a tad of time.  I got to talk to a non-member woman who said she already has a Book of Mormon and has read a little bit.  Yup…we got to B-day parties to seek potential investigators…
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I’ve been in Baigorria here for 2 transfers (3 months).  I didn’t get to “officially” be here to baptize, but it has been such a pleasure to preach and teach the good word of God to our good friends who were touched by the message.  Antonella investigator is for sure being baptized in November. They are almost done with their mini house (for her and Cristian) and will be married in November also.  She’s a sweet angel!  I will miss teaching her becuase every time the Spirit was very strong!  Fernanda “Cheese” Formagio will be baptized in November also.  We’ve reactivated some in-actives.  I learned a lot from Elder Poulton my companion and will miss the big guy! (elder!).  He’s a very intelligent person, fantastic teacher, and always makes clever jokes.
The awesome member family with whom we always taught Antonella.
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Fun members that always fed us every Wednesday night.
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Hasta Luego Baigorria!
Love you fam and friends…you’re the best!
Elder Orme IV

Monumento

Hola wonderful family and friends!

Today for P-Day we received permission to go to the Rosario Monument!  An adventure! I felt like I was in Washington, DC again!

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We had a cool experience with our investigator Cristina Martinez and her husband Ramón this week.  Remember how I said that they made the goal to be sealed in the temple?  Well this week, of course she is completely willing to be baptized. In our lesson, we asked her how she thinks about all this.  She related to us this short story: The night before she took a shower…while bathing she was pondering about everything, and because she had a solitary, quiet moment, she felt a strong need to pray.  She did so.  In her prayer, she asked forgiveness of her sins.  One in particular which was her thinking she didn’t need the gospel, and only her less-active (now re-activated) husband needed it.  She asked forgiveness for being, “egotistical” in her words, for this type of thinking.  After she expressed these things to God, she felt a rush of relief come over her and a strong and very warm feeling enter her chest and fill her whole being.  She knew that it was her Heavenly Father answering her prayer and accepting her humble plea for forgiveness.  What an experience huh!?  We spoke with her how even Jesus Christ, he being perfect, was baptized by immersion; which is a sign to us, being sinners, of how much WE need baptism (2 Nephi 31-Book of Mormon). She totally understood this truth, and easily accepted the baptismal commitment and a date for October 11th.  Ramón finally came home from work right after we set the committment.  He was a little frazzled from the long day of work and spilled out some stories of the day.  Once he was calm, we expressed to him that we had a great talk with his wife, and that she has accepted baptism for October 11th. At this moment he was silent, removed his glasses, and began to cry.  He expressed how it’s been a long journey for him.  Going years alone in the church, then falling away because of lack of support and strength, falling into drinking and smoking, and now his wife, after years of missionaries and members, has finally chosen to accept the Gospel for herself as well.  All he could say really was, “Gracias Mamá”, looking into his wife’s eyes across the table.  He said something about his patriarchal blessing being fulfilled too.  Each of them both have expressed that their relationship has been incredibly better!  They both look so much more bright and happy and peaceful!  When we ask “How are you Cristina?” “De diez!” (of 10!…meaning, really really good! haha)  Whereas before it was “acá andamos” (meaning: “here we are going.”)
Wonderful progression for the Martinez family!  Let’s make it to baptism, the temple, and forever onward!
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Antonella is doing well.  She told us how she wants to be baptized but is thinking of doing it after she gets married to Cristian.  Her parents are of other religions and wants to be “independent” or “out of the house” rather when she is baptized.  She’s 21, but resides in her parents home for now.  That would take a lot of time!  We want her to enjoy the blessings of living the Gospel now, but we’ll see.
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Fernanda and husband put off the wedding for November!  They’ve procrastinated their plans.  But they are still, going.
José has been doing little jobs but still needs a real job.
So some good news, some not so good news.  We need to find new people to keep things going strong.
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I know the Gospel is what saves our lives today and what will save the world in the end, and the true church of Jesus Christ is found within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And that Baptism within the true church of God is necessary for salvation.
Love you all!!!! It’s springtime here now!  Awesome weather! Enjoy every moment, show love, visit people!
Elder Orme, El Capitán EO.

Dragonball-Z?

Time and time again, I come to a realization that Dragonball-Z is not as extinct as I thought it was in the states.  It seems like the fad is just getting started here in Argentina!!!  So many youth and young adults are in love with the show.  We taught some less-actives that have been coming to church now this week, 2 young adult men…and their room is decked with Dragonball posters, the shows on DVD, and video-games.  Funny stuff!

A photo with the cute Ariza kids and their new pups!

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This week went well!  Some things were a bummer but there were miracles as well.
Antonella is progressing slower than she could due to the insecurities of her boyfriend Cristian.  He’s causing some problems but we are working through them!  He’s got “controlling” issues.  He doesn’t want Antonella being a power-house member without him basically.
Miracle!!!….Cristina Martinez who would always say she was doing the “gospel things” in order to help her husband Ramón get better, but has now realized that she can’t live without the gospel!! She knows she needs to work out her own salvation too!!!  She said it frankly during gospel principles class.  EXACTLY what Elder Poulton and I wanted her to come to learn.  She and Ramón have been coming to church for 3 consecutive Sundays now.  They invited us over for lunch and told us during it that they as a couple have made the goal to be SEALED IN THE TEMPLE!  Is that a good goal??? one might ask. Uh…the BEST!!!!  We will help them to fulfill that goal!!!  Next lesson we plan to set a baptismal date!
A view of the Rosario-Victoria bridge again. Beautiful.
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The other investigators are doing well, just trying to work out relational/marriage deals in order to get baptized.  There’s still more we can do as missionaries to help the people and things we can get better at!
Why not some fun stories eh?:  We had lunch with a very sweet and old member lady.  She’s almost deaf and close to the end, getting loopy.  One that speaks super loud during church because she can’t hear herself talk. :D  She answers a call of a friend during lunch and says to her “I’m eating lunch with two nice-looking boys.  One more nice then the other!  You should invite them over to lunch so you could eat with nice-looking boys too!”  Then she simply bursts out laughing! Elder Poulton and I joked for the rest of the day, giving the other the benefit of the doubt that HE was the “nicer-looking” one that granny referred too.  We washed her dishes and heard her tell stories…a fun visit.
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Remember the woman I told about who popped over the wall and said, “That’s my wall don’t touch it!” Our lady neighbor. And we decided to help resolve any unresolved feelings about the situation with brownies and a visit. Yes, that woman!  We made brownies and while doing so, I joked that perhaps she might be diabetic and not be able to accept the brownies anyway and it would all just go wrong.  We spoke with her, and handed her the brownies.  She runs in the house with the brownies, runs back and hands the rest to us saying…”I’m diabetic but I took out four for my two sons.  Here have the rest.”  What!? We were BLOWN away!  But the visit was nice and the neighbor is content.
One cool thing is that Elder Poulton and I have great unity in our teaching.  I think of something that I feel should be said or asked and then he does exactly what I was going to express.  Perfect!  Of course we have moments when we disagree, but we come to a good conclusion because we both have the same goal in mind, and that’s to serve God and the people.
I love you all!  Hope all is well!
Elder Orme