Propios Agentes

Hola Familia y Amigos!

We have a new president here in the mission! His name is President Zanni. I hope you can see his pic somewhere. I´m VERY excited for the work. One thing we have learned so far from him is that we are our “propios agentes”, our own agents, and as we are obedient and faithful the Holy Spirit will guide us perfectly! And oh do I really feel like the Spirit is guiding our work more now. Why? we are VERY obedient. We do everything in our power to do so. My teaching skills are improving. My language skills are improving. My focus on the Lord and leaving myself behind is improving.

Working with members! This awesome, returned-missionary, young single adult member helps us a lot to visit people. Rock star! Fun to talk to!……..
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Ice Cream! It´s not hardely as rich as Coldstone or Trader Joes ice cream but “Grido” is the famous brand here and their was a great offer for a kilo and a half. We ate it over the course of a week!
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We haven´t met the President yet, we will this coming week! He´s 40 years old and has 7 kids! 5 of which will live in the mission home. The Zone Leaders have said that he has brought a lot of young fire, energy, and Spirit to the work. Exciting times!

Plus, he has cut out the project of always getting 140 contacts every week. We also had a specified hour during the day to contact. That´s cut out. We are our own agaents! This is great, because now it alleviates the pressure off my companion. With the 140 contacts, we were failing in other areas. Elder Fish has related to me how he felt like he was really going for the number instead of focusing on the people. He has repented :) and now we have a goal to fill all areas equally well, according to the Spirit that is given us.

On the bus with Ismael again!
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Since getting all this news, I have felt the Spirit guiding our work MUCH more. And it feels so good to guide it because there is also success. We had a bottom-load of lessons towards the end of this week, and they all went well becuase we let the Holy Spirit guide. We will continue to do so!

For Reagan and others: The Spirit will sometimes direct you to do things out of the ordinary…follow it! For example, we went to some less-actives. The Perlo Family! Such an awesome family. They speak english because they used to live in the US. Mainly it´s just the Dad works on Sundays and they lack some daily gospel living. The Elders have been working with him for a while. We were chatting, and I was about to follow-up on whether he´s been reading his scriptures like we committed, but it felt WRONG. I was steered by soft yearnings of the Spirit to just continue chatting. So we did, and we found out some VITAL information that they expressed to us as we chatted. It was a fun and great time, not to mention Sister Perlo had just made tons of home-made donuts which I scarffed!!! The vital information is too long of a story to explain but it’s GREAT NEWS for them! The news is a secret from everyone, even their kids! But they have confidence in us. And it´s because we followed the Spirit!

The Family Perlo
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With the two Perlo cuties! They just have 2 reaaaaallly cute girls, They draw us pictures all the time.
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Just an example of the Spirit guiding us. There´s lots of others but impossible to relate it all! So great things!

One thing: If the Spirit tells you to do something or say something to someone, DO it. EXPRESS it. If you don´t feel like the Spirit is saying anything specific…GO for whatever you feel is your best judgment. These trials will come when we are like, “I don´t feel anything” (in a whiny and complainy voice) like I have done in the past. It´s a TRIAL. God says to GO for your best judgment then! Don´t just sit! As long as we GO, listening for the yearnings of the Spirit (which may come from other people!), God will guide in HIS way. And in the end, after our trial, the greater light, the greater perspective, and the greater knowledge WILL come! It´s happened so much to me in the course of my little life. So when those trails of testimony or Spirit come…what will you do??? “Press on enduring! With steadfast faith in Christ!”

Argentine field.
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Argentine bridge.
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Family and Friends, believe and follow the teachings of the Prophets.

Now for funny things:
-I bought a 2 peso flag and taped it outside our front door to show our Argentine patriotism for the World Cup. It lasted for 2 weeks!….now it´s stolen. :)

-“Mayonaise, mayonaise, we all scream for mayonaise!” They use it with EVERYTHING. I don´t mind.

Love,

Elder Orme, the IV

Cuchara

Hello Fam and Friends!

This week we were walking through a grand field on our way back from a lesson. We saw a small fire in the field with the span of about 30 feet or so. And there were 3 six-year olds wacking large sticks to stop the fire and using their jackets as well. Just having fun, batting away at fire! They are the ones that started it. Their mom yelled at them to come in for lunch and they left, starting little fires on the way on some bundles of dry grass. Fires don´t matter to people here! Usually there is just a small fire in the street to burn away things whatever it may be…plants, diapers. A little culture for ya! :)

The 20th of June was “Dia de la Bandera”. Flag Day. This is a community gathering that morning. We also had a ward activity where we ate Locro…a festive soup of corn, beans, pig skin, and meat. YEAHHHHH PIG SKIIIIIIIN!!!!!! It doesn´t have a taste…just blubber.
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Me and Hermano Cabanilla stirring the huge pot of Locro! It was huge!
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During contacting this week, and lessons in the first visit (meaning: we successfully enter a house and teach them the first time we meet them) many people were explaining to us how they “aren´t religious, but just believe in God and Jesus Christ.” We are trying to explain to people that if you believe in God and Jesus Christ…wouldn´t you follow them? Many people, like much in the world, THINK they believe but don´t truly. Unfortunately, Satan is a powerful being and has much hold on the hearts and minds of people.

But no matter, we are here to teach the ready at heart, and God has promised that there are some, whether it be one or one-hundred.

A soon to be baptized couple in a different area of our district. Way to go Sistas!
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We were able to meet with Sergio once in the beginning of this week. He´s someone I really feel is ready and prepared, he just needs to make sure the powers of the world don’t get in the way. We believe he´s afraid to take these actions for himself for fear of what his wife or others may think and say. We expressed to him how we are providing the Best opportunity in the world to him and he needs to show more faith. A couple days after, Elder Fish and I have felt that we need to really find out if he´s prayed to find out the truth of these things…and then build off that. And also today, I felt the Spirit saying that we should express our feelings and bear our testimonies specifically on repentance. I had a moving morning pondering about how repentance has been such a beautiful blessing for me.

Gordon B. Hinckley said, “Have much fun and laughter. Life is meant to be enjoyed!”

Love ya´ll!

Elder Orme

I’m Staying

Walking the streets!  “Soldiers in the Army, Happy are We!”  This shows more of our soldier side but we are a happy little bunch.
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“Parque Sur”….South Park!  Like the TV show.
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Asado!
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Elders of Empalme, Villa Constitución, and San Nicolás.
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With Hermana Giuliani
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Presidente Giuliani- We had interviews with the President. It went well! Very short. He will be leaving this month and we will be getting a new President! Turning of tides.
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The famous facturas!
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For exercise yesterday morning, Elder Fish and I went and kicked a soccer ball around.
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