Hola San José de Feliciano

So!  Feliciano!

Totally farmland.  Sheep, grass, trees, dirt roads, beautiful rain and thunder storms, and really a beautiful place when it’s overcast….when it’s not….it’s HOT.  Real dressed up Gauchos are very often to meet!   Most of the houses don’t have house numbers.  “Go down that way and once you hit the shoe-shop, take a right and the house is between calle this and calle that in front of the kioskito.  There you’ll find that family.”  It’s an adventure getting around. Well actually an adventure with a lot of things here!
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Our little chapel is a house.  We don’t live there though.  16 people attended church yesterday.  Wohooo, small.  Basically, 2 families showed up.  One family is the “Abuela” (who everybody refers to her by, which means Grandma) and Matías, who has 17 years, they are both pictured below.  They are basically the one very strong family (of 2) that are STRONG in testimony and truth.  Matías and Abuela have been the only ones helping us out with anything.  We weren’t received well, by the other (12) members who attended church.  They were quite cold.  Luckily there is an elderly married missionary that attends our branch but they live out of the mission!  But my companion who is the Branch President and I led a good first sunday church meeting.  My companion has been pretty nervous with all the new responsibility but he is getting by well so far.  My companion is awesome by the way!  We get along SUPER well.  An amazing blessing.  I´m doing all I can to do all I can.  I taught the young men class of 2 and it went well.  I´m basically the “secretary” of the branch…it’s weird handling the tithing and fast offerings (putting records in the computer and what not).  My eyes are REALLY being opened to how a ward or branch runs just like Dad recently said to me that they would.
Only the true church of God can put 2 young men, strangers of the country,  20 years of age, in positions to lead a group of members in worship services without any prior experience or training, and have it run successful anyhow.  No other church can do it!  Because this is God´s church.
My companion, Elder Lopez is from Utah.  His parents were born and raised in Guatemala but moved to the States in their younger years.  Elder Lopez is as yankee (shankee as they call us here) as you can be.  We’re doing it together!
Our goal here is to bring ENERGY to this place because there is a lack of it.  And it is our prayer that we can do so!  (We have to travel 2 hours by bus to make it to the nearest district meeting…wow!)
Many adventures and stories to come.  Onward and upward!  Love you all!
Elder Orme of Gaucholand

I’ll explain the last bits of pics below from my last area Baigorria.

1  Elder Bluth!  A stud of a man and a bud of mine.  He’s new and has spanish just like I had when I started.
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2  Agenor is this real Lamanite descendant’s name.  He’s a returned missionary.
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3  And here we have the Martinez family!! Finally eh?  This is the woman that was set for baptism yesterday (I haven’t heard back from anyone yet on how it went).  Cristina Martinez!  From stone cold heart against the church to lovable, ball-of-joy, spiritual and totally ready to live the commandments.  Ramón Martinez who was a member, went inactive, now is active with his wife, and has stopped drinking and smoking.  (2 of their daughters are in the pic too.)  My last lesson with Cristina was tender.
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4  Here is Cristian and Antonella!
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5 And here are the 2 Peyrano brothers we helped reactivate. They were super bummed to have me go.
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Last Day at MTC

Well, I can say that I have enjoyed my stay here at el CCM (MTC).  Not that it was easy, but through the learning and stretching and the knowledge that comes through the Gospel, I have grown and become a better person and servant of the Lord.

Tomorrow morning I leave for Argentina and will be there for the duration of my mission.  One thing I am determined to teach people about is the Atonement.  I have realized much more of what the Atonement of Jesus Christ is…and it’s incredible.  I want to share with you some of my thoughts about it because it’s so impressive and I invite everyone to further understand their knowledge of it, members of the church and nonmembers.  Through my more understanding of the Atonement, I have gained more faith for everything.

God sent us here to learn and to progress.  It is through the challenges that he allows to beset us that we grow.  But it is only if we overcome the challenges that we learn and become better. The Atonement that Jesus Christ performed while he was on the earth is everlasting, ever redeeming, and ever enthralling.  Christ suffered for every wrongdoing, every sin, every hurt, and every anguish.  Because he has done this, he has answered the demands of justice for the penalty of sin and wrongdoing. Every rough trial we go through in life will be made up for in the life after.  All wrong will be made right.  All unfair will be made just.  And all heartache will be made joy.  Only if we come unto Christ with full purpose of heart, having faith, repenting, being baptized, and enduring to the end can we receive the blessings of this Atonement.

21 And he cometh into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto his voice; for behold, he suffereth the pains of all men, yea, the pains of every living creature, both men, women, and children, who belong to the family of Adam.

22 And he suffereth this that the resurrection might pass upon all men, that all might stand before him at the great and judgment day.

23 And he commandeth all men that they must repent, and be baptized in his name, having perfect faith in the Holy One of Israel, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God.

-2 Nephi 9: 21-23

The Atonement is everything.  There would be no reason for life on Earth without it.  It gives reason to life and it provides redemption to everyone.  This gives me power to go through anything and everything in life with faith that it will all be made right in the end as long as I keep my end of the bargain.  Which is simply…to obey.  Everyone is supposed to receive this gift.  Even my close friends :)  That is why I’m on a mission.  To spread this message to people.  The Atonement covers……everything.  And is the answer and reason to everything.  To my friends who aren’t members of the Church, I promise that this is the true Church of God.  The same Church that Jesus Christ established when he lived.  It was taken away because people distorted it.  But God has restored it on the Earth again because we were finally ready to receive it. It was restored through a humble young man, Joseph Smith, who was a true prophet of God and called by God to be so.  I promise this is true.  I know this is true.

Thank you for letting me share.

To member friends and fam….have you seen the NEW new Temple video yet???!!!!  Not the one that came out 4 or 6 months ago but one that came out in the past couple weeks???!!!  It is incredible and I received personal revelation through it.  Definitely made for our day in age.  I invite you to go see it and go with a question or thought in mind that you want an answer or help with.

Love you all!  Talk to you on the other side!

-EO

Me and hermana Calder
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My branch
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My branch!
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The Brotherhood
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The river i fell in
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The bubbles that have gyms inside like volleyball, weightlifting, and basketball
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Branch singing. We do it together every night.
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At Jamba Juice.  One of the perks of west campus.
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Hermano Dolbin!  He’s an incredible example and has taught me a TON too.  My teachers were the best part of my MTC experience.
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Hermano Dolbin!
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Branch President Stewart.  A stalwart man and a grandpa to me.  A blessing.
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Some of my favorite buds.  Our friendship flourished through volleyball haha
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Volleyball!!!!
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This deer was in front of our dorm…crazy!  It’s left back leg was dangling off…crazy! Poor thing.  I’m not sure what happened to it.
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My maestra!  Hermana Savage.  She’s incredible and taught me A LOT. We are doing a sign that means cool I guess in Uruguay where she served.
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