Marcone Family

The whole Marcone family came to church yesterday!  Alexis, Yamila and the two kids Esmeralda and Benjamin. Alexis didn’t go fishing like he said he might.  Thank heavens.  They had a good time in church.  After sacrament meeting, we lost Alexis for a moment (it’s a tight building with lots of people).  Where’d you go!!??  We found him outside smoking.  After telling me about some errands he was going to have to do during the week concerning his car, he finished his cigarette and I asked, “Are you ready?  The next meeting is about to start.”  “Yup, let’s go.”  And in the 3rd hour he participated a lot in the Priesthood meeting.  We have taught him that smoking isn’t good (of course he knows that already), next visit with them will be a deep lesson of the Plan of Salvation and the Word of Wisdom (God’s health law).  For sure we hope they will continue progressing!!  And prepare for their baptismal goal for the end of November.

I have learned this week from my studies and life experience how the gift of agency is a grand gift of learning and having faith.  Many times I have waited for some urge, sharp, or clear nudge of the Spirit to tell me what to do.  But God has given us agency, the ability to act and make decisions on our own.  Richard G Scott said something like this, “If we were always told what to do after praying about a decision to make, we would develop into very weak beings.  Strength and learning is found, which is part of God’s gift and plan for us, when we make our own decisions based on knowledge already received.”  If something is wrong when we think it is right, God will let us know before it gets bad.  But it’s up to us to act nothing more, not simply wait.  And while we act, the Spirit will have power to guide us.  I’ve made a personal goal this week to act with the knowledge that I’ve already attained, confident that the Lord has given me what I need to know for now, confident that as I move forward, things will happen.  I will act and not be acted upon.  I invite you all to the same.  Have confidence that God has already given you what you need to know, simply act with whatever you think is best, and the Lord will add upon your knowledge and guide you.  Be sure to pray, read the scriptures, and to keep all the other commandments so you can be worthy of the Spirit. Then your “confidence will wax strong in the presence of God.”
Love you all!
Love,
Elder Orme

Rubèn 2

Rubèn an investigator of 44 years old is still going well towards his
baptism.  His brother passed away last weekend but he has taken it
well, understanding the purpose of life.  He came to church for the
second time yesterday.  The members received him well again.  We
enjoyed the fast and testimony meeting.  I bore my testimony on how
faith in Jesus Christ has made all the difference in my life.  I come
to understand more and more about what power it is and what it really
means to have faith in Jesus Christ.  The baptismal date for Rubèn is
June 20th. Let’s gooo!

One of my favorite parts as a missionary is being able to be in on
Ward Council meetings.  Meetings where we can get down to the nitty
gritty, communicate, improve things, put service and Christ-like
principles into action.  I’ve seen a lot of different meetings, some
good, some not so good.  Here in Francia, I’ve seen the best.
Efficient, effective, get down to the problem, create plans quick.
Something important that the bishop said (This bishop is the best), he
said that if there is someone that we don’t recognize that’s at
church, at an activity, we get to know them quick.  Introduce
ourselves, “I’m so and so, I live here, this is my family, my calling
is” then get to know the person.  This is a skill everyone needs to
put into practice, if there is someone you don’t know at church or at
an activity, GET to know them!  Another thing he explained is service.
“If we don’t put into practice service, real service, visiting a sick
person for example, all this doesn’t matter, all of this is blah.” And
that ‘s completely true.  These meetings are to communicate, put plans
into action, get out and serve, find, fellowship, lift-up.

I GOT PACKAGES!!!!! I got them all yesterday. [Linda note: these were sent in November]

I got a package from CarsAnne with an awesome watch that he used for
his 2 years in the mission in Romania.  A very sentimental gift, I
feel empowered just wearing it, knowing that it has been in the
presence of many spiritual, happy and growing experiences.  It already
has been through the whole life of a missionary, and now it will have
6 more months, going from house to house, knocking on doors, or
clapping at doors, shaking hands with innumerable amounts of friends
and strangers alike.  Thank you Cars for this awesome gift, and the
others that you and Anne sent!

I got a package from DereKat.  Superb pink tie, and perfect sized
shirt.  Thank you.

I got a package from GRhandi with much-needed, perfect and many socks.
I took a picture of my other socks with gaping holes and all. A studly
grey tie.  Complete with pictures of the fam that are stupendous.
You’re all looking super handsome.  And to top it off, a toffee bar
that I had to throw out because it had gone bad already!  It
looked/tasted nasty.  Blame it on all the time it took to reach me. I
checked and luckily it was only 5 bucks. Thank you for sending this
stuff.

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Needless to say, I have the best family in the world. I feel very
blessed.  While I was putting on the comfy new socks I was saying to
myself, “I’m so blessed, these socks are “so comfy” I’m so blessed.” To give back, I’ll keep working hard and
harder to find the Lord’s elect!

Con mucho amor,
Elder Orme

The Lord of Lords

God is a God of miracles.  To get you pumped up for the Easter season, watch “Because of Him” on YouTube or mormonchannel.org and SHARE it.
Marìa Rosa (32 years old) and Ariel (10 year old son) came to church!!!!! HALLELUJAH
She wanted a phone call in the morning at 7:30 to wake her up.  We did so.  We agreed to meet her at an intersection and walk the rest of the way to church.  We go there and wait. At 9:00 when church started, We call, she says they are almost ready and will go directly to the church on their own.  Bueno, we go.  We wait…no show for an hour…Nooooo Marìa Rosa!  The missionary phrase “Just come to church!” from “The District 2” missionary videos is rolling through our heads and is being verbally expressed among my companion and I.  Luckily, sacrament meeting is held at the last hour. (Why don’t we always do it that way? I like it.)  Hopefully she comes during the second hour we pray.  In sacrament meeting the last hour, my companion is passing the sacrament and I’m meditating during the sacrament and praying for all our investigators.  Some discouragement surges, not a new feeling, but it helps when you can say to yourself, “I did all I could, I did all I could.”  The passing of the sacrament ends and my companion sits next to me, nudges me and says, “she came.”  “Who?!”, already having let go of the anticipation for an investigator to come.  I whip around and see Marìa Rosa listening intently ahead, Ariel waving to us with a smile.  Hallelujah!  “Who is she sitting next to?” I think. “Villalba (a great family), okay good.”  At the end of the sacrament meeting, members throng her, begin to introduce themselves to her.  She feels pretty embarrassed but she does well.  María Rosa has a baptismal date for the 11 of April.  She’s progressing pretty well.  She and Ariel are a true find!
In our last visit with María Rosa, we were prepared to teach her more about what commitments we make once we are baptized, because she had this question.  We were going to teach some of the commandments.  We are hanging out with Ariel and in the kitchen María Rosa is fixing up some “rosquitas” (homemade doughnut balls), and Hot Chocolate.  She comes and serves us the rosquitas, Good and tasty. She serves the drinks and goes back to the kitchen.  My companion brings the cup up to his lips and halts and nudges me. “what?” I say. He head motions to the cups. I smell the hot-chocolate-looking drink…COFFEE.  At first my companion and I give wide-eyed looks at each other, Ariel says, “what?”.  But then we naturally agreed that this was the perfect moment to teach the “Word of Wisdom”.  She really liked the lesson!
Vicente and Rosanna are still going.  Vicente has just been having a lot of stress with house debts and getting work (they came from Paraguay and live in a humble but clean abode), so it’s difficult for him to focus on anything else.  In our visit, yesterday, we find him with a weird muscle injury in his shoulder, back and neck, couldn’t sleep last night due to the pain, and sits in a straight, not-moving anything position, and doesn’t stand up either.  They wanted to wait it out for a moment to see if the pain would slip away without the trouble of going to a hospital and them telling him that he needs to wait it out patiently. I tell him that I’ve got some remedies in the pension that we can run and get!  We bring him the Doterra Esencial Oils I have haha!!!  I give him one that’s used specifically for muscle injuries and lavender for stress relief.  We agree to come back in 2 hours to give him a blessing with a stud-member around the corner, not only because he has to get back to work on Wednesday (luckily it was holiday yesterday and today), but so he can have another spiritual experience by being part of a Priesthood blessing.  We go to a members house to have a Family Home Evening, strengthening them. We go back to Vicente after and he is already standing up!  With faith, doterra, and to show respect towards us, he toughed it out to stand up.  Rosanna already rubbed the doterra on him and it really relaxed or numbed the injury area.  The member gives a great blessing of health.  We ended the day with glad hearts.
I’ve almost finished reading Acts from the Bible for the first time.  My testimony has grown through it.  Bonding with the stories of Paul, Peter and others in that we share testimonies of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The one and only true God.  And He promises, His children, if we are faithful to his gospel and commandments, we gain all that he has.  Peace in this life and a fulness of joy in the life to come.  It’s the best promise, and He fulfills!
Love you all.
Elder Orme IV