Monumento

Hola wonderful family and friends!

Today for P-Day we received permission to go to the Rosario Monument!  An adventure! I felt like I was in Washington, DC again!

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We had a cool experience with our investigator Cristina Martinez and her husband Ramón this week.  Remember how I said that they made the goal to be sealed in the temple?  Well this week, of course she is completely willing to be baptized. In our lesson, we asked her how she thinks about all this.  She related to us this short story: The night before she took a shower…while bathing she was pondering about everything, and because she had a solitary, quiet moment, she felt a strong need to pray.  She did so.  In her prayer, she asked forgiveness of her sins.  One in particular which was her thinking she didn’t need the gospel, and only her less-active (now re-activated) husband needed it.  She asked forgiveness for being, “egotistical” in her words, for this type of thinking.  After she expressed these things to God, she felt a rush of relief come over her and a strong and very warm feeling enter her chest and fill her whole being.  She knew that it was her Heavenly Father answering her prayer and accepting her humble plea for forgiveness.  What an experience huh!?  We spoke with her how even Jesus Christ, he being perfect, was baptized by immersion; which is a sign to us, being sinners, of how much WE need baptism (2 Nephi 31-Book of Mormon). She totally understood this truth, and easily accepted the baptismal commitment and a date for October 11th.  Ramón finally came home from work right after we set the committment.  He was a little frazzled from the long day of work and spilled out some stories of the day.  Once he was calm, we expressed to him that we had a great talk with his wife, and that she has accepted baptism for October 11th. At this moment he was silent, removed his glasses, and began to cry.  He expressed how it’s been a long journey for him.  Going years alone in the church, then falling away because of lack of support and strength, falling into drinking and smoking, and now his wife, after years of missionaries and members, has finally chosen to accept the Gospel for herself as well.  All he could say really was, “Gracias Mamá”, looking into his wife’s eyes across the table.  He said something about his patriarchal blessing being fulfilled too.  Each of them both have expressed that their relationship has been incredibly better!  They both look so much more bright and happy and peaceful!  When we ask “How are you Cristina?” “De diez!” (of 10!…meaning, really really good! haha)  Whereas before it was “acá andamos” (meaning: “here we are going.”)
Wonderful progression for the Martinez family!  Let’s make it to baptism, the temple, and forever onward!
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Antonella is doing well.  She told us how she wants to be baptized but is thinking of doing it after she gets married to Cristian.  Her parents are of other religions and wants to be “independent” or “out of the house” rather when she is baptized.  She’s 21, but resides in her parents home for now.  That would take a lot of time!  We want her to enjoy the blessings of living the Gospel now, but we’ll see.
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Fernanda and husband put off the wedding for November!  They’ve procrastinated their plans.  But they are still, going.
José has been doing little jobs but still needs a real job.
So some good news, some not so good news.  We need to find new people to keep things going strong.
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I know the Gospel is what saves our lives today and what will save the world in the end, and the true church of Jesus Christ is found within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And that Baptism within the true church of God is necessary for salvation.
Love you all!!!! It’s springtime here now!  Awesome weather! Enjoy every moment, show love, visit people!
Elder Orme, El Capitán EO.
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Baigorria x 2

Transfers are tomorrow (that´s why I´m writing today and not yesterday) and I´m staying in the grand Baigorria with the grand Elder Poulton as my companion!

 
We had a good week with a fair amount of great lessons.  
José Luis and family are slowly going.  
Fernanda is doing awesome.  We had an excellent “Gospel of Jesus Christ” lesson and she said that once she is “segura” (sure of everything), she will be baptized “pronto” (right away) after her wedding in October. Whooo!
Like I said we had some fabulous lessons this week with new investigators and less-actives but not any really showed up to church.  Oh the agency!
 
Story!: We met some Paraguayans 2 weeks ago and finally had a lesson with them on Sunday.  This would be our 2nd visit with them.  A man and woman of perhaps 30 years old.  We passed by unnannounced, entered, and asked what they were doing today.  They said “we´re packing.”  “For what?” we say.  “We´re going on a trip to Paraguay.”  “oh cool!” we say. “For how long?” we ask.  “Until February of next year” they say!!!!! “or maybe forever!”  What noooooooo! Not just a mini 3 day trip or something???? i was thinking.  They would have been BOMB investigators. But anyway we shared the first lesson of Joseph Smith and the Restoration with them and it was great because they began to have confidence in us and warm up to us when before they were a tad more timid.  
 
The wife (yes they are married!) began to ask questions. “What happens after we die?  Because I battle with my brothers about this…believing that there is more after this life.” GREAT QUESTION! We answered her question simply and expressed that there is so much more also, and all of this knowledge are the fruits of the Restoration.  She was super excited and filled with the Spirit!  We were too!  The husband was a little timid but was smiling.  “Don´t gooooooooo!” I was thinking.  The wife said she would memorize the Plan of Salvation booklet.  And I gave her a Book of Mormon that she can read after she has the booklet memorized ;) We invited them anyway we could to keep learning more and to find the church in Paraguay.  We got their home info to pass on to those missionaries in Paraguay.  Whoo!  We planted a great seed for them!
 
Other than this there is nothing much else to explain for this week!
 
Love you all!
Elder Orme IV

Tendedor

“Tendedor” means rack…why is this the word of the week?  Because we got robbed and he stole our clothes drying rack!

My first experience being robbed before.  Elder Poulton and I were just settled in for bed once we started hearing noises at 11.  I heard a wierd noise.  And the funny thing is that the first image that popped in my head was…”it´s probably someone, and if it´s a robber…oh what the heck, we´re safe.”  But then there were noises at the front door.  I thought..”oh dang…we´re probably finally getting robbed.” (I said “finally” becuase Cami Bingham from back home warned me that there was no doubt I would! As an elder but as an North American elder at that! Thanks for the warning Cami, darn it! haha!)  At this point, Elder Poulton finally said, “is someone robbing us at the door?”  I said, “It´s a high probability that yes.”  I turn off my headlamp which I was using to read, and see a hooded-man looking into our room from the window. He moved away quickly.  We got out of our beds and before we could do anything (if we had done something it probably would have been getting to know him so we could introduce our glorious message) he zipped to the front, grabbed our drying rack, zipped back, and hopped our big gate thing that´s basically a ladder into our patio.  We have a big front gate with a door to the side that we go through to get to our patio, then there´s another door to actually get into our house. We weren´t sure if he had really tried to get in but we are good at keeping our doors locked!  The only thing we had outside was the drying rack.  People might just try to rob us again (his friends), so I felt inclined last night to make it a missionary opportunity instead by plainly leaving a Book of Mormon with a nice note on top of a bucket out in the front patio for whoever decides to surprise us with another visit!  Below is the photo of it.  The note says to read 2 Nephi 9:50-51.  We´ll see what happens!
 
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Besides that excitment, Elder Poulton was sick this week and didn´t have any strength to do anything.  So while he caught up on sleep, I got some REALLY good studying in.  I exhort you all to study the Book of Mormon again and again and again!  Start with the scripture above!  Yes, you too, my nonmember friends.  I can only begin to describe the marvels of this book with a simple…it is one of the best gifts of God to us, His children, if only we study it daily with prayer and application.
 
Elder Poulton looks like a James Bond boss with his duffle bag full of money (or rather just clothes for soccer.)
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José Luis:  They fell through on us with our appointment and didn´t come to church.  They are having trouble doing things like keeping the commitments on their own without us constantly reminding them.  Next lesson we are going to have a frank talk about what they must do for themselves, Doctrine and Covenants 58:26-29.
 
Fernanda:  They have a wedding date!!  It´s in October. Hopefully I have the opportunity to teach her all the way up until then!  We talked about how we need to meet more often and she is putting in the effort so that we can.
 
Ariza Family (Matias and Marina and their 6 kids):  All went to church again!!  We can see a change in them!  They are more content and there´s a lot of love in the family! We had a pizza dinner with them Friday and we brought them brownies (made from a box…sorry mom).  Next is to help them do the daily things and family home evenings.
 
I´m happy and content as a bean!  Things are definitely hard at times but as we yearn and learn by the Spirit, everything is AMAZING.
 
Love you!
 
Thanks Cami! :D