New Companion, Baptism of Bianca

Hello all!
We had a baptism in the ward.  Bianca Rios is her name. 9 year old.  Because she is 9 years old and not 8, she goes under “convert” and the missionaries responsibility in order to help baptize.  So we had a good chat with her and the rest of the fam a week before her baptism to make sure she understood what she was doing.  We made the lesson fun, we asked for a barbie doll of hers, which had a big dress on, and plastered some paper on the barbie to signify sins, then dunked her in a big bowl of water, as her sins (the papers) clung off her through the act of baptism.  Of course the act of baptism and remision of sins isn’t complete without the administration of the gift of the Holy Ghost, so we explained that too.  She had a great experience!  The father of Bianca is overjoyed that he was able to get his act together in order to be worthy to baptize his daughter.  The family is wonderful!
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You will also see pictures below of our beautiful “beam of light” church here.  It is on a big road here and just BEAMS and stands out like a beam of light during the day and night. I love walking by it all the time, knowing that I’m a representative of “that church over there”, that no one can miss.
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Another picture of a cool shot of typical Argentine apartment buildings.
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We went to a park for p-day, the monument below is of Blegrano.  An argentine elder told me that here, a statue of a soldier on a horse has different significances according to how the horse is standing.  If the horse is on both of it’s hind legs (two legs in the air), the soldier died in battle.  One leg up, the soldier died by an injury in battle.  And if no legs are in the air (all on the ground) the soldier died due to old age nothing more.  Cool fact! I don’t know if it’s the same in our country and others or no.
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A lake in the park.
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The people let us into the stadium of the famous soccer team here “Newell’s Old Boys”, nickname “Los Leprosos” (the Lepers (people with Leprosy)).  Colors Red and Black.  But I really shouldn’t have stepped foot in the stadium because my team is “Rosario Central”, nickname “Los Canallas” (“rotten/trickster people”). Colors Blue and Yellow.  Who are rivals to team “Newell’s”.  Next time we are going to stadium Rosario Central! My people!
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We had transfers and Elder Frandsen was sent to a different part of the vineyard and Elder Black was sent here to Francia with me.  Elder Black is the big elder in the last picture.  I won’t be robbed no more WOOHOOOOOOO!  Great elder. His mother is Mexican and father North American.  The youngest of 6.  They are all BYU Cougars like our family!  His great great great grandfather was George Black, a bodyguard of the prophet Joseph Smith!! WHAAAAAAT! (Now he’s my bodyguard :D) It’s fun talking and sharing with him about our strong lineages.
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That’s all for this week.  Love you all!
Elder Orme

Fight and Live for Gospel Truths and Standards

This past week there was a Quinciñiera in the church building.  We were invited by the young lady to attend.  Mine and Elder Frandsen’s first yet.  I remember the Quinciñieras of the spanish branch back when Dad was the Branch President.  The Quinciñieras are a huge tradition.  Quince, meaning 15, is a big birthday party (close to the grandeur of a wedding reception) for young women. We entered, planning to only attend a portion while meeting some non-members.  The traditional thing is that all the guests arrive first, and wait until the young lady enters. The young lady enters to music while all are watching.  She walks around, showing off her dress and all, then greets all the guests briefly one by one, and takes pictures with them all.  Then she dances the waltz with a father or father figure, then with all other guests.  Other stuff happens too now, but we weren’t there to see it.
This is the “hot” place where we do cyber.
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Can you find Elder Frandsen??? :D
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In a many “normal” Quincinieras around these parts, things begin calmley, but as the night goes on things turn to disaster as everyone, even the once nice, little ladies begin to drink, and party as if nothing matters.  Usually ending in fights, drama, and wasted hearts.  But this Quinciniera wasn’t part of “the norm”.  This young lady entered with a perfectly beautiful and at the same time completely modest dress.  There wasn’t any alcohol.  Only, happy, cheerful young people and children dancing and having a good time.
The next day, we visit for the second time with the family Moreyra, who surprisingly enough had been to the Quinciñiera.  They live in front of this young lady’s home.  They began to unroll to us their awe-inspired and sincere thoughts on how perfect the Quinciñiera was.  They asked questions of “how did the youth behave so well?” “How was it such a splendid time?  Nothing like the profane other parties we try to stay away from.”  They expressed to us how this young lady has experienced many familial problems, lives with her grandma, yet is so cheery, serviceful, and clean.  The young lady often springs to action to take care of the little Moreyra kids so that the mom can go run errands.  We related to them that these are blessings of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. They want to come to church to really see what is taught and what goes on.  They told us they couldn’t attend yesterday, but that this coming Sunday they would.
Here we experienced the powerful consequences of righteousness put into action.  Seeing the truth that others had put into practice has given them real hope that their family can be that cheerful, God-loving family that they want.
On the other hand, we also see as missionaries, the devastating effects of letting standards down.  Because it affects everyone. In an ever-growing world of vanity, fornication, and pride, we as people who understand Gospel truths and standards must fight for them, we understand the consequences of righteous truths put into action and how it affects society for the better.
The restored Gospel is true, Joseph Smith was a prophet, Thomas S. Monson and the Quorom of the Twleve are prophets today.  God does send forth commandments to His children, and we will have peace if we live and fight for them.  Our families will be safe, our homes protected, our societies enriched as we choose, individually, to learn of what is truth and to practice it.  Truth is found in the Book of Mormon and in living-day prophets chosen by God, not by themselves, as one lives the principles forged by God and delivered through The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Be ever faithful and true!
Elder Orme

Chau Feliciano, Hola Francia

After 3 transfers (4 1/2 months) in Feliciano…I´m being transferred to Francia in “Rosario Oeste” stake.  I’m going to Rosario whooooo!!!!!

I’ve heard it will be much more dangerous than here because it’s inner city… whoo adventure!!  And that I have a great ward and church building…. yes yes and yes!  I have been called as District Leader in the area, with another “shahnkee” (yankee as they call us) companion Elder Frandsen.
We escaped without a scrape from the Carnaval!  It was easy.
We got some good new investigators on our last full working day yesterday.
I’ll let ya´ll know what the new place is like!
Member family.
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Last pic with comp Elder Lopez, great elder!

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The Gonzalez family.  We´ve been working for a time with the man, Carlos who isn’t a member yet, and the rest of the family to get them active. They are having trouble getting married.  They live out in the boonies and are one of the most interesting families I have ever met.  Gotta love ’em.
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Love you!
Elder Orme