Mission Split

Hey there fam and friends!

This last week on Wednesday, the mission split.  The Great Santa Fe Mission has begun!  President Perez and his wife arrived wednesday.  In a couple days we will have a “get-to-know the President” meeting.  I’m excited to meet the man called of God to start out the new mission.  Their “home ward” is in my district.  We heard a rumor that they were coming to Galvez, our place, but they haven’t stopped by yet!  We made sure to clean the apartment, I need to get a haircut too so that we can be ready for a visit.  They are both from Chile.  Argentina isn’t all too happy with the Chileans right now (or ever!) because Chile just beat them in the American Cup.
Did I show you a view from our apartment yet?  Here’s a cool shot and then the rest of the apartment.
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This last week we started the tradition of a Family Home Evening for every week in our branch.  We think this is a great plan to get the branch (with the tiny amount of members it has) to bond and be strengthened and to have fun!  We had success last week with the first one, one crazy little boy did knock over a bowl full of cereal snacks which was pretty hilarious, the cats were happy to eat them, and a family that hasn’t attended church for a while came as well, so all in all, a good first!
Then there was a gorgeous ball of a baby I needed to take a picture of while we were doing service for a family, helping them set the foundation for a room they are attaching to the house.
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Love,
Elder Orme
there is this awesome set of kids in our branch. They are super fun to teach!  The Acevedo family.  We are specifically working on the young girl for baptism, Milagros, she is 15, and progressing.  2 of the other over 8 years old kids and the father are already baptized.  this is the same family that fed us the otter!  The parrot of course is entertaining.
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Farewell to the Zanni Family

Hello Fam and Friends,
This week we had a farewell get together with the Zanni Family.  Seeing as President Zanni and his family will not preside over our mission anymore.  It was a big day.  Farewell testimonies, talks, pizza lunch, “Meet the Mormons” movie watching, pictures, game playing, and final farewells with the President and his family.  I will definitely miss seeing and interacting with the young Zanni kids.  They are so fun to watch and are a big part of the mission.  I’m impressed that President and Sister Zanni make their kids a part of everything in the mission.  From giving talks, playing games with us missionaries, and performing service to us.  President Zanni has been a good president.  Very frank, no sugar-coating.  He’s been a good source of energy and faith for me.  It has been a pleasure serving under his leadership.  I will miss him and the rest of the family especially!
Our farewell picture.  Half of the Santa Fe Mission.
The mission continues to surprise me and help me learn.  For church yesterday, the attendance was me and my companion, a counselor to the branch president, and a counselor to the stake president and one member.  5… :D   After having a priesthood discussion, the counselor to the stake president that was visiting lead us to visit, find and invite people to come to sacrament meeting.  So we left church in his car and planned on visiting 10 people, but we ended up visiting 1 family before arriving for sacrament meeting again, in the which, the most faithful member of the ward had showed up.  So at the end we had 6 people in church.
A radiator springs stoplight. (Like the one in the “Cars” movie.)  Nobody around, dirt roads, just a stoplight alone and blinking, yellow…yellow…yellow.
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Yesterday, we met an inactive.  He’s allowed work to be more important than completing his baptismal covenants.  While he’s a funny man, it’s hard for me to laugh at his jokes, most of which were about the word of wisdom type stuff.  We tried to help him see that we need him, God needs him to come to church and help others do the same. But for now he isn’t willing to change his work circumstances.  This made me ponder, yet once again…”Is there more that we could have done? More to help him see that the only important things in life is doing God’s will?”  And after some prayers, the Spirit whispered to me once again…”As long as you did all you could, you’ve done your part, and it’s in his hands to do the rest. Entonces, quedàte tranquilo. (therefore, be calm.)”
Passing over a river.
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While I have a lot of time in the mission, missionary work is still tough. Especially with those that once had light, lived by it, then fell away.  People who have an understanding but choose not to live by it anymore.  But we go ONWARD and UPWARD.  Showing forth more love, patience, and charity!
My last photo with President and Sister Zanni.
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While playing a game all together, it’s always fun watching President and Sister Zanni interacting with one another, so I snapped a shot!
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One thing I’ve learned on the mission is happy perseverance.  When one thing hits me, I’ve learned to quickly let it go, leave it in the past and keep going with faith, quicker and quicker I’ve learned to overcome obstacles.  Forgetting myself and “rights” I deserve, and focusing on my responsibilities.
Love you all!
Elder Orme

Hola Galvez

I’ve been transfered!

I left the wonderful Francia, Rosario area.  I loved all the people we worked with.  It’s a bummer that I won’t be around for the baptism of Rubèn this Saturday!  He came to the Stake Conference this past Sunday and is still progressing well to his baptism.
My last trip to the Monument in Rosario.  It won’t be a part of the Santa Fe mission.
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Investigator Ruben!

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Sister Zanni (President’s wife)
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Now I’m here in Galvez. It’s a little city in the Santa Fe (stake).  My first time in the Santa Fe area.
Galvez is much like my area in Feliciano.  It’s a branch with 13-17 people who attend church!  The branch president travels from a different town 45 minutes away with his family to come.  So!  It’s a different shift from a ward of 90-100 people attending.
My companion is Elder Berg from Meridian, Idaho.  He has just finished his training and therefore, has 3 months in the field.  And guess who trained him…Elder Holloway who trained me!  Elder Holloway is also from Meridian, Idaho, Elder Berg and him lived 5 minutes from each other, but didn’t know each other before.  Elder Berg is a great missionary, humble, has love for the people, and I’m impressed by his spanish, although he admits it’s “feo” (ugly). Both of us are without a leadership calling this transfer, a little more time to focus on the people.
Elder  Berg
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A beautiful cockroach came to take a bite out of a cookie.
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On July 1st, the mission will be split into 2 separate missions, the Rosario Mission (which includes the Rosario city and surrounding areas, including the top part of the Buenos Aires province), and the Santa Fe Mission (which includes the top half of the Santa Fe province and the Entre Rios province).   That means for me “Goodbye Rosario, Hello Santa Fe!”  My mission will officially be “Mision Santa Fe, Argentina”  President Perez and his wife of the Santa Fe mission will arrive July 1st.  I will have had 3 presidents in my mission.
I’m doing well!  Of course it’s a different change from Rosario to here in Galvez, new people, new place, different circumstances.  But I have a great companion and the faith in the Lord so that’s all I need!
Some goodbye pics with some member families

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Love you all.
Elder Orme