“Follow the Prophet”

Hey Hey Hey!
Easter was a big hit huh, especially with the conference and all.  Lo siento, I don’t have much time, but some of my thoughts:
When somebody really reads the Book of Mormon without judgment, they will simply know that it’s a miracle, that it’s true, that Joseph Smith and all the prophets leading up to Thomas S. Monson are true, that God lives, that God speaks, that God works, and is ever mindful and merciful to His children.
Like Bishop Martin, who I was told spoke on how it is a miracle in our day, I testify that that’s an unequivocal yes. Bishop Martin is absolutely right. The Book of Mormon is a complete miracle.  What more of a miracle could you want??? It is an absolute sign that God is mindful of His children, lives, and speaks, and that we had better listen.  I always pray that people will open their hearts simply to understand what this Book is, where it comes from, and what it says.  Because if they do, they will without any doubt, simply come closer to that God that gave them life.  It’s not solely a catchy primary song “follow the Prophet” but a life-course to live by. We all know from scriptural evidence what happens to those who choose not to heed the prophet.  And oh is it sweet and fulfilling to have this knowledge and choose to live by it!
One of my favorite lines from the conference was a quote from Nelson Mandela, “I’m no saint, unless a saint is a sinner that keeps trying.”  Then later from the Dale G. Renlund “If you are a sinner that keeps trying, you are a Latter-Day Saint.  If you are a sinner that’s stopped trying, you’re a Latter-Day Quitter.   If you don’t recognize that others are trying, you are a Latter-Day Hypocrite.”
May we all read the Book of Mormon daily, follow the Prophet, be filled with love and follow the Spirit.  This life is beautiful and amazing!  Thanks to all the trials, we can recognize that!  In trials, just continue making the best decisions you can and it will turn out right.  Give and receive.  Love you all.
Capitán EO
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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

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