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
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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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Press on enduring with Joy in the Journey!

Hola!

We have been working a ton. Elder Fish knows how to be efficient. Days go by even faster now because we are doing more…WORK together. :) It´s good stuff! Maria Garcia is still happy from the baptism.

We had the BEST ward activity…a dance with food! We have some new investigators who came to the baptism of the their brother and now they have been attending ward activities. We hope to have Family Home Evening tonight with them. Anyway we had a dance which was a blast! Definitely tempted to kick out the groovy shoes! Wow was it a temptation!!!
There´s a lot of new investigators that we have and the hard thing is to keep up with all of them. Not let much time go by with additional contact. It´s hard not to let people slip through the cracks, especially the golden people! I will talk more in detail about certain people as we see them progressing. Right now we have a lot of “beginners” in the track to heaven so I´ll let you know next week how much they´ve progressed.
There was another beautiful, outrageous storm the other day. I believe lighting struck right next to our apartment. The power was out for most of the morning and so we boiled water on the stove to use for a shower by candlelight.

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Thank for the family pic. People say our family picture looks like from a movie. We are soooooo blessed in the States! Some Elders are asking me about Reagan :D

We are doing well. Working hard. The Mission is difficult, because the agency of others is on the line. There are a lot of little things that fight missionary work. And it´s impossible to have everything perfect…impossible. But things not working out “perfectly” in our way of thinking is not how it will work anyway. We live in an imperfect world, with imperfect people, surroundings, and logistics. All God asks is our Best! Faith! Joy in the Journey of mortality! We are here to learn and learning we will do! But with Gratitude and Joy! Press on enduring with steadfast faith in Christ!

Alleluya!

-Elder Orme, Captain EO