Melchizedek Priesthood-Back to Feliciano

We went back to Feliciano for a day!!!!
As you can see in photos below, we went to Feliciano, one of my old areas, for a day to do divisions.  An assistant, who had also previously served in Feliciano, and I traveled there together.  We had a wonderful day.  After an infamous asado with Edgardo and Eva, the mission president came over, and we 4 missionaries that were there, participated in Edgardo’s ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood.  Ed and Eva were baptized 1 year and half ago.  Now in September they will be SEALED in the temple!  The assistant who came with us, Elder Cushman, taught and was there for the baptism of Ed and Eva 1 year and a half ago.  Elder Cushman ends the mission the same time as me.  Edgardo is the dark complexion man in the photos.
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Awesome future missionary who leaves to do visits with us.
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Mario and Tamara, investigators, have now come 3 times to church.  It’s slightly complicated with them, Mario has problems leaving the world behind and marrying Tamara. So we are working on him.  Tamara is doing very well spiritual wise.

Love you all!

Elder Orme IV

Balde

This week I helped make ñioquis for a lunch.  Always reminds me of you mom!

This week was fantastic!  We definitely saw the fruits of our labors.  This weeks assistance in the ward was 54.  There was a bucket-load of less-actives that showed including one of our investigators. Almost all less-actives were people we had visited during the week.
One of these less-actives:  Matias and Marina Ariza. About 40s. European descent. We finally found him in the home with all his family Saturday night.  They have six great kids!  Ages 14 down to 2. They have a lot of responsibilities.  Of course as working parents of 6, they are looking for a new home, always thinking about what the kids will eat for the day, a ton on their minds.  They told us something key which is they never feel they have the time to actually enjoy life with their family.  Matias hasn´t been to one church meeting in 12 years. 12 years.  The wife Marina, in 1 year. We felt the Spirit say…”Consider the lilies” talk!!!!  So we shared those scriptures.  “Isn´t life more than the food, and the body more than the clothes.”  Isn´t life more than just searching or worrying about the things of living all the time!? Yes it is.  “First search the kingdom of God and these things will be added unto you.”  A great lesson, we and they felt the fire!  Will you come to church tomorrow.  “We will see.”  After probing that´s still what we ended up with.  We said, “We will pass by in the morning anyway to walk to church with anyone who would.” “Okay but if no one answers…we are non-existent.”  So we  came by Sunday morning, with not too much hope.  After a moment of “dang…” the 14-year old daughter with glasses just walks out all in perfect sunday dress and scriptures in hand.  “Hola!!!! Anyone else coming?” “No.”
All these pics were of one morning when we helped a member build his house.  It´s in the poorer area.  Feels so good to give service!  Funny dogs.  Kids playing games.  Then after they just happened to have a fish asado so we hopped on in!  They just slapped the toasted fish on the table and everybody just dug in.  We shared 3 drinking cups between the whole of us.  Super hard core Argentine i would say! It was tasty too!  A very worthy experience.
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What a stud of a girl!!!! All alone, totally ready.  She´s intelligent. We walked with her to church.  Not too many people were there at the beginning. More people for 2nd hour. and boom! more for 3rd our fast and testimony meeting.  I was up in the front ready to pass the sacrament.  I reach the back and hand the tray to a man and am blown AWAY that it is Matias with 3 of his other kids!  As I continue to pass, investigator José Luis with his wife, child, and nephew walk in!  Big smiles everywhere.
Matias goes up to share something for the meeting!!  And explains basically what I´ve told and how he was thinking about it last night, and now wishes to start living the Gospel again.  After the testimonies, a baby blessing is given to the baby of José Luis.
I hope with all the inerds of my body and spirit that these people continue to progress spiritually.  This week even before church, I´ve been an even happier and content missionary.  I feel the promptings of the Spirit much clearer.  I´m learning a lot from Elder Poulton and from the Spirit of God.
After church, one faithful member said to us, and she´s intelligent so she´s got credit, “Elders.  Once in a while a ward is revolutionized by the missionaries it has.  You two are those revolutionizing elders.”   WOOOOOOW BEST COMPLIMENT IN THE WORLD.  I was completely flattered. I hope we really can keep the Spirit to abide with us and continue to bless the ward.
Richer side of the area which is closest to the river Paraná.
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Entrance to the training campus of the soccer team Rosario Central, Ive got a matching tie
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This sign says that all other clothing from a different team is prohibited! You´d probably get shot if you break it.
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Word of the day is Balde. It means bucket. Why? Because we used buckets of warm water to shower ourselves for 2 days! I’m totally willing to have the experience!

We have moved from the pension (apartment) of 2 other elders now to our actual area of Baigorria! We now won’t lose time with the trek from area to area. But a lot of time this week was used with fixing all the problems our new pension has had. It´s pretty small but new, and does the job. A missionary doesn´t need a mansion! But the toilet was always filling with hot water and the shower only had cold water. So we bathed 2 days with buckets until the handymen came to fix things. Just some of the many problems with the pension but I won´t bore you with the rest. The good thing is now we are basically settled in and have a great shower! Not a hanging, heating bucket of water like my last area but a shower…a little gift from the Lord. That´s all we need! So now we can focus more on the work!

Elder Poulton and the food he makes me. Delicious! He´s a fantastic teacher by the way. Always seems to ask the right questions. I´m blessed to learn from him.
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Fernanda: We have a very good investigator named Fernanda Formaggio. Fernanda lives with a member who has recently shown great focus on returning back to the church. Her “mate” and member, Ariel, used to be a bishop but then fell away. Very sad to hear things like that. But he´s a boss and REALLY is showing a genuine heart of repentance help Fernanda and their 2 little girls enjoy the blessings of the gospel. We had a great lesson with her this week on praying to receive a personal witness of the prophet Joseph Smith. They´ve come all together as a family to church recentely 3 times. They warned us ahead of time that they couldn’t come to church this week. So they are off the hook but just this once! :)

And some hombres working on our pension.
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José Luis: We had 2 lessons with our investigator José Luis. Great lessons about the gospel in general and receiving a personal witness as well. He’s together with a less-active woman and they have one small daughter. During the last lesson the toddler stuck a piece of wrapper in her mouth and choked on it for a while until she finally puked it up! A little entertainment break…she’s fine! But they said they would come to church the night before but then didn´t show. We called them but didn´t answer. They sent us a text later telling us that some things happened. Some things will ALWAYS happen! Just come to church! This is the dilemma, right RMs!

I love you all! Read the scriptures everyday! Invite others to do the same! I love you!

-Elder Orme

3rd Transfer and New Companion!

Hello hello hello,

Before I forget….no, packages cannot be sent to us. No packages will make it! Argentina changed some policies and we missionaries have been told that we cannot recieve any packages. Letters yes. I hope there isn´t one being shipped right now :0

Today is transfer day! We find out who our new companions are. The email hasn´t been sent yet but probably while I´m emailing we will find out! I´m sitting here in a cyber with 7 other elders and sisters we are all anxiously awaiting the news. We already know that my companion, Elder Holloway, has been called to be a zone leader elsewhere. I´m very proud of him! I´m most likely staying in Empalme!

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This past week we had a baptism of Maria Garcia. She´s a sweet woman with the one child of Maximo. She has been a very smooth investigator. She had no problems from the start, totally smooth with everything. She doesn´t have a gift of smarts because of lack of schooling, and therefore, hard for her to grasp the basic concepts of the Gospel; but she has a testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ and of the Book of Mormon and that this is His established church. Very happy we are for her! We will continue to teach her a lot.

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Just found out who my new companion is!!! Elder Fish! Elder Holloway just told me that Elder Fish was his companion in the MTC. Another yankee! (they call all the Americans here “yankees” but prounounced “shaunkees”) It´s what the Lord wants. I did hope for a Latino for the language but this is best! We will make miracles happen! I will still be in Empalme, he will be the senor comp and also the district leader. SO pumped to work with another district leader, whoo!

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I´ve been learning to love people more for WHO they are…”warts and all.” Faults and all. In the past I´ve let faults get in the way of my loving a person. I for sure know that I´m not a tad close to perfection, I just strive for it because that´s what the Lord asks. I think in the past I´ve held people at high expectations, which isn´t a bad thing, but not to let it get in the way of your loving them. If I´m making sense…good. This is a characteristic I plan to improve now!

We had another asado last night with the other elders…whoo!

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This week starting was a little difficult. It´s difficult to turn contacts/callbacks into investigators, because there is no relationship between us, and very hard to show them how the restored gospel will bless their lives without knowing their needs/worries/questions. And normally you can´t get all that deep stuff out without a relationship that they know you love them. But I hope that as we continue to work…and now with the abilities my new companion will bring to the plate, we will find people that who will allow the gospel to change their lives.

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I´m very proud of the work my companion, Elder Holloway, and I have done together and for his patience with me as a new elder. I hope I learned from him what I should have learned and that he learned from me. We are missionaries together. I love him and am grateful and proud of him!

Happy Easter! I love the Lord and He lives! We had some “huevos de pascua” Sunday with the some members.

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Onward and Upward!

Love,
Elder Orme