Che

Hola queridos!

I’ll start off with some fun news.

 
Everybody says “che” as a nickname for everybody. As in “dude”.  From the dogs, chickens, to elderly people, people call other people “Che”.  It´s awesome.  Many times people will yell at there dogs, “CHE! Get down!” or say to a colleague, “Che, I know what you mean.”
 
Elder Summers and I. We had a conference where half of the mission showed up.  Elder Summers was my replacement for Empalme, my hometown! (My first area!)  I heard some VERY special news from him…Maria Garcia, my convert, is still active and doing well!!!!  ANNNNND, he baptized a young woman of 17 called Nadia that I met and taught at the very end of my time in Emplame!!!  I KNEW she was a stud! and she´s a strong, new convert stud now!  That news just filled me with so much joy.  I´m so lucky to have been a part of her finding.
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We´ve found a woman and taught her the Plan of Salvation who looks very similar to Katy Perry.  We forgot her name for a couple days so we´d say, “Let´s go back to Katy Perry!”
 
I’ve gotten a little bellyyyyy, noooooo!!!!  Whatever abdominals might have been there are now GONE.  I blame it on all the bread and starch here and specifically the donuts (“bolitas de fry”) that people have been feeding us lately!  Luckily Ï’m not supposed to impress anyway right now anyway but I promise this thing is being shedded when I get back…only salads and oranges!
 
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At church this last Sunday we had 4 of our investigators come!  The most I´ve had on the mission attend in the same day! Success!!
 
José Luis and fam are going strong…he´s been going to self-sufficiency classes provided by the church!  Showing true dedication and working hard to find work! Still just need paperwork to arrive to get a move on the marriage.  They went to church.
 
We live close to this super german/swiss pub called “Werlina” that never seems to be open, but we have fun passing by it everyday.
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We found a new man this week!  Daniel!  He´s super humble.  About 40 years old.  Lives alone in a house owned by his employer.  Scraggly hair (picture Snape).  And a GREAT and SINCERE spirit.  With one little lesson, he accepted to come to church and he really came!  He liked it and said he felt comfortable!  He said, “Until next week!” Sounds like he will easily be coming again.  We passed by later Sunday and he commented, “I felt really good.  But I´ll liven up the people a little bit because they need to liven up!”  We laughed together at that!  He´s used to the big ‘ole band church and everything.
 
We had a ñioqui lunch with the Cuiñas family.
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Antonella is a rock star.  She´s being held back by her member boyfriend though, Cristian.  He´s just got some hard feelings against his grandparents, who he lives with, who are really big in the church, and who have always dropped cane on him for being so “flojo”, lazy, with the gospel.
 
Cristina Martinez and Ramón came also!  Whoo!  This was crucial because if they hadn´t come, we might´ve dropped them.  But they are putting forth great effort!
 
So we had a good week.  Keep it up people!!!!
 
Fernanda Cheese Formaggio was simply out of town, but still doing well.
 
I KNOW that God knows and loves us!  All we got to do is let him “take the wheel” in our lives and especially during trials.  (Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus take the wheel”, look it up Mom I think you’ll like it!)  We can have the sure confidence, stand back and “watch the salvation of God”, as long as we´ve done our part which is to repent and always keep our focus on him!  I know that the greatest joy is found in living the gospel of Jesus Christ and feasting upon his words in the scriptures.  He is all loving and all knowing. We just need to follow.
 
Love you all!!  Strengthen your study of the gospel and your ability to share it easily with others will strengthen too!
 
-Elder Orme IV

Puente

Puente = Bridge

Hola queridos!  This week went well!  
 
José Luis:  We had a good lesson about keeping all the commandments because we love Jesus Christ.  That´s where everything should build off of.  Not to follow commandments just to fix problems, because those will always come, and we won´t grow from that, but out of a love to follow Christ.  They made it to church in time for sacrament meeting.
 
Cristian and Antonella:  Antonella is a new investigator!! Cristian is basically inactive (or was) who lives with very-active and firm-in-the-church grandparents. He has 23 years.  (In spanish we say “he has such n such years” when saying “he´s such n such years old”–hard habit to break!)  He has desires to return but still is hesitant about it.  His girlfriend is Antonella of 21 years.  They both have plans to get married and have a happy life!  Who doesn’t want a happy life!?  They both are really close with Cristian’s uncle, Lucas Larrosa, and his family (the Larrosa family is a perfect representation of a happy, loving, can-get-through-any-trial, spiritual family like any firm-gospel living family).  Cristian and Antonella see what wonderful lives they are leading and want that.  So we hav      e had 2 great lessons with them inside the home of the Larrosa family.  They came to sacrament meeting as well.  Antonella is SUPER SHARP and the Spirit was SUPER strong in both the last lessons…it feels so good!
 
As you can see from pictures below, we had an activity with the teens!  We cleaned out a back patio to the church, knocked down a tree, played some soccer, ate DELICIOUS “choripan” (a barbecued sausage in a sandwhich), and Elder Poulton and I shared with them Alma 37:35 which is to learn wisdom in your youth which is to keep the commandments.  If there´s anything you do, keep the commandments!  Becuase wisdom is keeping the commandments!  Learn to love Christ.  Come to church always and be a strong disciple.
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We also painted the roof of a member´s house.
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Fernanda Cheese (Formaggio):  Still going strong…was at a brother´s house sunday so they weren´t at church.  We are teaching her all the commandments and helping her really come to an answer and conclusion on getting baptized.  We still have their marriage beforehand in October to look forward to.
 
We went to the Rosario-Victoria bridge!  It´s huge and great! This picture is with the Cuiñas family.  Awesome, strong members.  Totally going to bring my family there someday!
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Story of the day: Today a member was putting up a wire so we could dry clothes on the outside of the pension.  He was drilling a hole into the brick wall when a woman pops up from the other side of the wall and starts jabbering away saying “That´s my wall!!! Don´t touch my wall!  If you put anything in it I´ll take it out!”  Really emotional about her wall.  She had reason…it was her wall!  We were in the wrong so we began to drill into the wall of our pension and the sound reverberated onto her wall, so she pops up again…”What did I tell you that´s my wall!”  “We´re drilling into our own house!”  So much misunderstanding.  She was hysterical and looked like she was about to cry as she dropped down out of sight. We tried to explain that we were now drilling into our own wall but not sure if it really settled.  Our poor, newly acquainted, neighbor lady!  We will have to go over with brownies and try to settle anything with her pronto.     …..”cool story Hansel.” 
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A picture of our living quarters if you wanted to know!
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Love you all!  BE strong.  HOLD on.  LEARN more.  LOVE CHRIST!
 
Elder Orme IV

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