Baigorria

I am in Baigorria. It is the North Rosario Zone. Just like the zone suggests, Baigorria, is a city north of the big city of Rosario. It´s a WAY different area then chicito little Empalme. It´s a whole lot bigger. A lot more people…whoo!!!! So many people to be able to teach. The buildings are bigger. There´s a lot of big trees. It´s nice looking. People are AWAKE during the siesta (sleeping hours of the afternoon), such a big plus. It´s a tad drier.

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Moreno 353, Baigorria is the address of our old pension if you want to look it up. We have a new pension, but the bummer is that nothing is inside yet. So we are gathering all the materials to live there. Which is going slow because we don´t want to use the whole day gathering things. Right now we are living with 2 others elders in the area next to ours. Arroyito it´s called. We roll out mattresses for the night and we are really good at sharing everything. It’s been fun really! Hopefully not for much longer because we are losing time traveling back and forth to our area. But the other elders are awesome and so is my companion!

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My companion is Elder Poulton. He is 20 years old, is from Bountiful Utah, and went to Utah State University for a year. Oh, how we battle it out. He´s got 1 year and a half on the mission and is the district leader as well. He´s funny, good at spanish, a great teacher, and buys me a ton of food!

The ward is small. We had an asistance count for church yesterday of 35. The church building is a rented out house. So a small building but great! I felt the Spirit as I was looking around. A small little place that teaches the most profound and important principles on earth. The strong members that come every Sunday are very strong and are working in the work of the Lord. Visiting people and what-not. We have a handful of investigators and soon will add on to that.

I´m doing well! My testimony is ever-so deep and strong. If there´s anything you do everyday, please read the scriptures! Everything will build of that. “The Power of the Word” -Ezra Taft Benson.

Love you!

-Elder Orme IV

Pics:

Pic explanations! Here´s a lot of families that I said goodbye to in empalme.

-Elder Poulton
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-Family Mamaní.  We´ve tried very hard to reactivate her. The mom is the pink sitting down.
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-Bishop and fam.
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-Luis and fam.  He´s blind but manages to get around his little shop (kiosko they call it).  He always asks, “Where´s my green money!?” in english.
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-Maria García and máximo. My convert! She´s still strong! The father still won´t allow Máximo to be baptized but Maria wants it for him badly. Tender good-bye.
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-Some of the family Pay.  Juani, my convert, smashed in the middle.  His parents don´t give him money to go to church and he has a hard time having the motivation to wake himself up.  Franco in the green sweatshirt, my convert, is still incredibly strong and manages to find money from his parents to go to church every week.
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-Farewell to awesome Ismael!
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-Us 4 missionaries eating lunch.  Elder Poulton knows how to cook SO WEEEEEELL. I´m a lucky dog.
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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!

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Hola Hola,

We found a great little family! We´ve only had one lesson with them so far but they seem promising. The parents are married! Yes! It´s rare to find a married couple. Claudio and Lydiana Rodriguez with young girl Milagro.

We were contacting near our home. We walked up to a pleasant, blue home with 2 dogs in the dog-walk and a parrot yelping and climbing up the dog-walk gate. We clapped and a little, petit woman came out, Lydiana. We introduced ourselves and she was nice. A man walks up from behind who turns out and it´s her husband, Claudio. He greets us and we present ourselves. He turns a little cold as he explains how he has lost hope in religion because every church he´s tried has had people praising and showing off their false “righteousness” in church, but then being a completely different person outside. Therefore, he tries to walk in the light of Christ he has on his own. I didn´t think he was going to let us in but we asked him if we could enter his home and talk with them for a tad and he said yes! I was surprised! Cool! Let´s go for it! It was a great lesson. Claudio said on his own that he felt a good compelling feeling inside of him that brought contentment and peace to his heart. We told him…”that´s the Spirit!” They want to pray, ask the Lord, and study the Book of Mormon to find out more truthfulness. Claudio was apparently baptized in the LDS church when he was going to church with his friends as a kid…but completely forgot about all that. But he was really excited that he re-found this church and the promises it has. To be continued!…

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Culture: People drive however they want. I´m very surpised I haven´t seen a crash yet. I´ve seen dogs get hit by cars yes! but not car vs. car.
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We´ve found a lot of people who used to live in the States…usually Florida, but returned to Argentina when it was hard for them to find work there. All of them have said, “I lived in the States, life is better there, here…it is not the same.” But they have work here. Much is governed by the way a country founds its principles and people! Every person´s home can be their own little stick of promised land as they found their home on gospel principles and strive to live them!

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Sergio said he would come to church this past Sunday, but didn´t. He’ll get there.

We wake up to ice on the ground now! Luckily we are warm enough!

If Argentina and USA win their individual Eighth Finals for the World cup…they will face off!! Both games happen the 7th of July.

Ah! Have a happy July 4th! What a fantastic holiday! Go throw a frisbee, eat a hamburger, and watch the fireworks for me!

Love you!

Elder Orme