New Companion, Baptism of Bianca

Hello all!
We had a baptism in the ward.  Bianca Rios is her name. 9 year old.  Because she is 9 years old and not 8, she goes under “convert” and the missionaries responsibility in order to help baptize.  So we had a good chat with her and the rest of the fam a week before her baptism to make sure she understood what she was doing.  We made the lesson fun, we asked for a barbie doll of hers, which had a big dress on, and plastered some paper on the barbie to signify sins, then dunked her in a big bowl of water, as her sins (the papers) clung off her through the act of baptism.  Of course the act of baptism and remision of sins isn’t complete without the administration of the gift of the Holy Ghost, so we explained that too.  She had a great experience!  The father of Bianca is overjoyed that he was able to get his act together in order to be worthy to baptize his daughter.  The family is wonderful!
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You will also see pictures below of our beautiful “beam of light” church here.  It is on a big road here and just BEAMS and stands out like a beam of light during the day and night. I love walking by it all the time, knowing that I’m a representative of “that church over there”, that no one can miss.
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Another picture of a cool shot of typical Argentine apartment buildings.
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We went to a park for p-day, the monument below is of Blegrano.  An argentine elder told me that here, a statue of a soldier on a horse has different significances according to how the horse is standing.  If the horse is on both of it’s hind legs (two legs in the air), the soldier died in battle.  One leg up, the soldier died by an injury in battle.  And if no legs are in the air (all on the ground) the soldier died due to old age nothing more.  Cool fact! I don’t know if it’s the same in our country and others or no.
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A lake in the park.
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The people let us into the stadium of the famous soccer team here “Newell’s Old Boys”, nickname “Los Leprosos” (the Lepers (people with Leprosy)).  Colors Red and Black.  But I really shouldn’t have stepped foot in the stadium because my team is “Rosario Central”, nickname “Los Canallas” (“rotten/trickster people”). Colors Blue and Yellow.  Who are rivals to team “Newell’s”.  Next time we are going to stadium Rosario Central! My people!
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We had transfers and Elder Frandsen was sent to a different part of the vineyard and Elder Black was sent here to Francia with me.  Elder Black is the big elder in the last picture.  I won’t be robbed no more WOOHOOOOOOO!  Great elder. His mother is Mexican and father North American.  The youngest of 6.  They are all BYU Cougars like our family!  His great great great grandfather was George Black, a bodyguard of the prophet Joseph Smith!! WHAAAAAAT! (Now he’s my bodyguard :D) It’s fun talking and sharing with him about our strong lineages.
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That’s all for this week.  Love you all!
Elder Orme
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Doin Good

We are doing good here in Francia!

We had two baptisms and confirmations this past Saturday, whoo!  The picture below will show,  Rosa Fernandez, a 17 year old girl who has been a friend for some time with a member family.  She still wasn’t set on being baptized until she went to “Especially For Youth” camp and came back totally determined to be baptized.  She came back from EFY right when I came here.

The girl on the right is Delfina Fernandez (same last name, different family), a 9 year old.
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We had a great service!  Even though it was hectic before and during.  The ward is fantastic like I’ve said, so without help of organizing, they put on some choirs and lots of food for after.  After the service we met all the non-members.  Thank heavens for my parents who taught me how to be a friendly, people person!  We were able to recieve some references and set appointments with non-members.  There was one woman that was, “Oh, Elders, let me introduce you to my friend here…….(to the friend): Would you like them to stop by your home and teach you a message about the Restored Gospel?”  One said “I’m not ready”, most said yes! If they say “no” that’s okay!  Our only job is to invite, and to provide them the opportunity to taste the joy of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ if they want it. That’s the key!  Us members MUST introduce our friends to the missionaries.   And so, your job is to INVITE INVITE INVITE.

“I like life, life likes me, life and I fairly fully agree”. (name that quote) And that’s how I feel!  And that’s how we all feel when we are doing what we know is true and good.  And when we hear the message of the restored gospel. I have seen it on the faces of the people we teack.

TO ALL MY FRIENDS:  If you haven’t heard our message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ from the missionaries in your area, I exhort and invite you to talk to my family to get in contact with the missionaries.  See what this is all about!  Because it is true and it is of God.  And he wants your family to hear it, and take part of it.  Take a look inside “The Book of Mormon.”  To learn more, go to http://www.mormon.org/beliefs/book-of-mormon

Onward and Upward,
Elder Orme IV

It’s the Shire, Baggins!

We literally live in the Shire!  My comp and I are always making Hobbit quotes because it just FITS here!

By the way, Cristina Martinez from my last area, Baigorria, got baptized!  I’m overjoyed for her and her family!

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Hola familia y amigos! Que tal?!
This week was tough with the Branch becuase we’ve fully realized how there’s an unlimited amount of things we could do to improve the church here.  It is indeed the notorious “white wash” adventure we are having! Luckily we have been wise and have been focusing on the most important things, one step at a time.  Trying to make good decisions that are full of love and the best for the people and members of Feliciano.
We made empanadas again!  My technique has been refined. haha
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This is a view from our pension.
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And THIS, this is LAMB in the fridge.  Fresh.
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My Zone
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It was mother´s day here this past sunday. Happy Mother´s Day MOM, I LOVE YOU!!!! I gave a talk in church about mothers. 13 people came this time. And 8 left after sacrament meeting (missing the 2 hours after) to do who know’s what with their families I guess for Mother’s Day. That wasn’t really cool. But we had a great next 2 hours with the 5 that stayed! Like I said……a lot of work.  But we are happy and of good cheer Elder Lopez and I!
We went to and touched the Paraná River!
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My Zone
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Río Paraná
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Ever since we have arrived, we noticed a truly weird noise coming from the tall grass as we are walking to people´s houses.  The Feliciano Water Nymph we called it! What a joke!  If you have seen Pokemon, it sounds like a Jigglypuff.  Some members finally told us that it’s a type of small, poisonous frog of some sort, so don’t pick them up they told us!
Love you all!!  Wish you the best!
Elder Orme