New Thangs

A lot of stuff has happened this week.

With the President there are some cool changes! Elders can now baptize! We can play futbol and other sports with other people on P-Days (we have a soccer tournament today in fact). We have 1 hour and 30 minutes to email whereas it was 1 hr and 15 before. I was VERY stoked when we first heard these changes last week. We got to meet him last week! He´s awesome. I got to sit by the President´s family and talk to them during lunch. GREAT family.

“The Get to Know the President” meeting. 3 zones. Find me?
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Remember Elder Holloway? My trainer? He´s been made a NEW assistant!!! He´s got just a year under his belt. It goes to show that the Lord qualifies those he chooses! I´m very proud and excited for my pops, Elder Holloway.

3 generations of missionaries. Elder Holloway, my pops, and Elder Ponce, my Mexican grandpa.
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We watched the Finals!! Yes and with permission! The President gave the whole mission permission to watch the final game. Sad although it was. We were at a members house with the other 2 Villa Elders. When one Argentine player made a goal, we screamed, yelped, hugged, ran outside and screamed, we came back inside and it was still 0-0. The player was offsides. And then Germany won. But it was fun nonetheless!

Things get moldy FAST here. We are constantly fighting it in the apartment.

Today is transfer day! I should be going but we will see what the Lord does!

After lunch with a family member.
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The bouncing Eli!! She´s the little gordita!
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We still have our good teaching pool, but still having a hard time to progress people. This last sunday too, 2 less-actives committed to come to church and that we would pass by in the morning to help them get there. Buuuuuut, they both fell through. One didn´t answer the door, another was just…gone. Oh agency you littl´ devil.

Love you all!

Elder Orme

PS: Just found out where I´m going! I´m heading to the Rosario Norte area! WoW! I don´t know anything else yet. Bye Empalme, love ya!

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

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