The happenings in Empalme

Hey fam!

We had my second baptism this past weekend! it went without a hitch! The young man is Franco Raphaeli and he is a stud!! Somehow a cousin of Ismael Pay and family. He and some of his siblings are always hanging with the Pays. He is 13 years old, super intelligent, and knows and follows the doctrine spot on. I pray that he will continue to be a rock solid example for his family and friends. He has a large family just like the Pays and the parents aren´t really the best. They make a lot of poor decisions. The eldest sister of this family aparrently likes me for my eyes! Whoaw!!! Gotta watch out! She´s always like, “Whooooooaw his eyes.” Which is a super cool compliment but I just blush and say “Gracias.” Nada mas.

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Maria Garcia tells us she wants to be baptized so we have a date set for her! She and her son Maximo came to the bapstism and we could tell she continues to become more comfortable with the people and the culture as well.

Had my first Asado today! Finally ha! It´s an Argentine barbeque. And boy it was juicy!

Castellano is coming to meeeeee!!!!! I´m suuuuper stoked about it! I can understand people somewhat now and reply. Elder Holloway and I are getting very good at teaching lessons together cohesively. My favorite part of the mission is teaching the lessons and teaching truth to people. I LOVE and thirst after that spirit I feel when we teach by the Spirit. And part of that is knowing that the people feel that too! And simply pray that they will be receptive to it. I still want the work to move faster! Elder Holloway is a great trainer! He works, talks well with the people and is smart.

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For those in my fam who served missions…What were your first month´s experiences? How was your companion…what successes did you have…what fears or weaknesses did you have and were you able to overcome them…if there was something in your companionship or in the work in your area that needed changing to make it better were you able to and how did you do it? It would be fantastic to read these experiences from you! Try to think back to your first 2 months in the country!

Christ leads the same gospel that he taught when he was on the earth today! I testify that he lives!

Love,
Captain EO

A place called Empalme in Argentina

Hola y Hola!!!

Wow it´s very different to be emailing you in an interent cafe here in a little place called Argentina!!! Wow! I will relate what´s happened so far through my journal entries.  Today is my 7th day in this blessed place!:

Last day with Reagybaby.
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Departure to Argentina!
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Arrival to Argentina!
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I said my first castellano word to a full-blown Argentinan on the 10-hour plane flight over.  It was ¨aqui!¨ (¨here¨).  I said it to many Argentinans, in fact, who were looking for the bathroom in the back of the plane.  It was fantastic!  Sometimes they said some other things and I just smiled and said ¨Yo soy un misionero¨ (I am a missionary).

I had the opportunity to talk to some people about the gospel during travels.  I found them at the airports and was able to bear my testimony and give them pass-along cards and one family a pamphlet of ¨the Restoration¨.

When I stepped off the plane the humid smells of Argentina swept over me and it was perfect ha.  It´s much greener here than I had thought!  I thought it was more dirt.  We passed the Buenos Aires Temple!  After 4 hours we made it to the Mission Home.  It´s funny, just like we thought, a lot of Argentinans have the same look of North Americans. President and Sister Giuliani are great of course.  He and I had a good interview.  It was a fun, new day.  The beginning to an adventure.  The beginning of a mission!

With the President and his wife
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Mission home
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View from the mission home.
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My first companion and trainer is Elder Holloway from Boise, Idaho.  He likes baseball.  He and I get along well.  Something I’ve learned is to be a good trainee.  There are some things I wanted to get right into…like converting the whole country.  At first I didn’t really want to be led.  But I’ve humbled myself and adhere to his teachings and counsel and his decisions.  First of all, I don’t know the exact whereabouts of this whole place yet and he’s helping me get a grasp.  Second, something I’ve learned is that people need to learn from themselves if decisions are correct or not…and not just be told.  Just telling someone to do something doesn’t change things and can hurt someone.  But being an example and showing the way with patience without saying too much helps others to learn better.  Elder Holloway makes great decisions and he is good with his Spanish so I´m very blessed to have a companion that works and can talk for me!  I can’t really talk yet.  But when I feel an impulse by the Spirit to say something in my broken Spanish I do.  That’s all God asks of me right now is to go by the Holy Ghost and the language will come.  I study the language a lot and I´m slooowly beginning to understand the people.

When I first met elder Hollaway and we pointed to Empalme!
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A close up of my mission boundaries.
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My first area is called Empalme!  An area under the San Nicolas area/stake.  The ward is called Villa Constitucion, which is another slightly bigger area next door (this place has 2 Elders too).  So 4 elders in the ward.  Church yesterday went well.  Harder to stay awake when you can´t understand too much! But my focus was on the ward members because I want them to know that I love them and that they can trust me and my companion with their friends or even with themselves.  It was testimony meeting of course so we all bore ours.  I was able to say what was on my heart.  About 35 people probably were there yesterday.  It was storming and that kept a portion away.  It´s been storming these past 4 days and will probs continue for another 2.

Inside our apartment
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Empalme! Wow.  It is a humble district with its more kempt and less kempt sides.  You´ll find a lot of trash hanging around.  Perros, perros, perros (Dogs, dogs, dogs).   Some horrid looking some nice.  They make things fun.  Some dirt roads that get us all muddy because of the rain and some actual roads around the store area.  It a small area.  We walk everywhere and it´s not much walking.  I didn’t think it would happen so fast but I already love this place and more especially the people.

Empalme, the dirt road area
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We are working with a small group of people right now.  Some less-active members and some part-member families.  We´ve recently received a new investigator.  Something I want for us to do is show the people that we are here to serve them and actually do service for them and not simply preach.  Most people need to feel love before they will take in anything else.  I´m working on that with my companion about how to serve and show forth more love like Jesus Christ would do!

Some moments during my first few days were a little frightening just because everything was way over my head.  Mostly just because of the language.  I can´t wait to speak anything I want to these people!

Being here also makes me love my family and friends that much more!  I love you all!  Read the scriptures…a lot!  Especially the Book of Mormon. And pray everyday alone, with your spouse, and with your family.

Love,
Elder Orme