New Companion, Baptism of Bianca

Hello all!
We had a baptism in the ward.  Bianca Rios is her name. 9 year old.  Because she is 9 years old and not 8, she goes under “convert” and the missionaries responsibility in order to help baptize.  So we had a good chat with her and the rest of the fam a week before her baptism to make sure she understood what she was doing.  We made the lesson fun, we asked for a barbie doll of hers, which had a big dress on, and plastered some paper on the barbie to signify sins, then dunked her in a big bowl of water, as her sins (the papers) clung off her through the act of baptism.  Of course the act of baptism and remision of sins isn’t complete without the administration of the gift of the Holy Ghost, so we explained that too.  She had a great experience!  The father of Bianca is overjoyed that he was able to get his act together in order to be worthy to baptize his daughter.  The family is wonderful!
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You will also see pictures below of our beautiful “beam of light” church here.  It is on a big road here and just BEAMS and stands out like a beam of light during the day and night. I love walking by it all the time, knowing that I’m a representative of “that church over there”, that no one can miss.
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Another picture of a cool shot of typical Argentine apartment buildings.
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We went to a park for p-day, the monument below is of Blegrano.  An argentine elder told me that here, a statue of a soldier on a horse has different significances according to how the horse is standing.  If the horse is on both of it’s hind legs (two legs in the air), the soldier died in battle.  One leg up, the soldier died by an injury in battle.  And if no legs are in the air (all on the ground) the soldier died due to old age nothing more.  Cool fact! I don’t know if it’s the same in our country and others or no.
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A lake in the park.
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The people let us into the stadium of the famous soccer team here “Newell’s Old Boys”, nickname “Los Leprosos” (the Lepers (people with Leprosy)).  Colors Red and Black.  But I really shouldn’t have stepped foot in the stadium because my team is “Rosario Central”, nickname “Los Canallas” (“rotten/trickster people”). Colors Blue and Yellow.  Who are rivals to team “Newell’s”.  Next time we are going to stadium Rosario Central! My people!
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We had transfers and Elder Frandsen was sent to a different part of the vineyard and Elder Black was sent here to Francia with me.  Elder Black is the big elder in the last picture.  I won’t be robbed no more WOOHOOOOOOO!  Great elder. His mother is Mexican and father North American.  The youngest of 6.  They are all BYU Cougars like our family!  His great great great grandfather was George Black, a bodyguard of the prophet Joseph Smith!! WHAAAAAAT! (Now he’s my bodyguard :D) It’s fun talking and sharing with him about our strong lineages.
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That’s all for this week.  Love you all!
Elder Orme
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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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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