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This week I helped make ñioquis for a lunch.  Always reminds me of you mom!

This week was fantastic!  We definitely saw the fruits of our labors.  This weeks assistance in the ward was 54.  There was a bucket-load of less-actives that showed including one of our investigators. Almost all less-actives were people we had visited during the week.
One of these less-actives:  Matias and Marina Ariza. About 40s. European descent. We finally found him in the home with all his family Saturday night.  They have six great kids!  Ages 14 down to 2. They have a lot of responsibilities.  Of course as working parents of 6, they are looking for a new home, always thinking about what the kids will eat for the day, a ton on their minds.  They told us something key which is they never feel they have the time to actually enjoy life with their family.  Matias hasn´t been to one church meeting in 12 years. 12 years.  The wife Marina, in 1 year. We felt the Spirit say…”Consider the lilies” talk!!!!  So we shared those scriptures.  “Isn´t life more than the food, and the body more than the clothes.”  Isn´t life more than just searching or worrying about the things of living all the time!? Yes it is.  “First search the kingdom of God and these things will be added unto you.”  A great lesson, we and they felt the fire!  Will you come to church tomorrow.  “We will see.”  After probing that´s still what we ended up with.  We said, “We will pass by in the morning anyway to walk to church with anyone who would.” “Okay but if no one answers…we are non-existent.”  So we  came by Sunday morning, with not too much hope.  After a moment of “dang…” the 14-year old daughter with glasses just walks out all in perfect sunday dress and scriptures in hand.  “Hola!!!! Anyone else coming?” “No.”
All these pics were of one morning when we helped a member build his house.  It´s in the poorer area.  Feels so good to give service!  Funny dogs.  Kids playing games.  Then after they just happened to have a fish asado so we hopped on in!  They just slapped the toasted fish on the table and everybody just dug in.  We shared 3 drinking cups between the whole of us.  Super hard core Argentine i would say! It was tasty too!  A very worthy experience.
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What a stud of a girl!!!! All alone, totally ready.  She´s intelligent. We walked with her to church.  Not too many people were there at the beginning. More people for 2nd hour. and boom! more for 3rd our fast and testimony meeting.  I was up in the front ready to pass the sacrament.  I reach the back and hand the tray to a man and am blown AWAY that it is Matias with 3 of his other kids!  As I continue to pass, investigator José Luis with his wife, child, and nephew walk in!  Big smiles everywhere.
Matias goes up to share something for the meeting!!  And explains basically what I´ve told and how he was thinking about it last night, and now wishes to start living the Gospel again.  After the testimonies, a baby blessing is given to the baby of José Luis.
I hope with all the inerds of my body and spirit that these people continue to progress spiritually.  This week even before church, I´ve been an even happier and content missionary.  I feel the promptings of the Spirit much clearer.  I´m learning a lot from Elder Poulton and from the Spirit of God.
After church, one faithful member said to us, and she´s intelligent so she´s got credit, “Elders.  Once in a while a ward is revolutionized by the missionaries it has.  You two are those revolutionizing elders.”   WOOOOOOW BEST COMPLIMENT IN THE WORLD.  I was completely flattered. I hope we really can keep the Spirit to abide with us and continue to bless the ward.
Richer side of the area which is closest to the river Paraná.
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Entrance to the training campus of the soccer team Rosario Central, Ive got a matching tie
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This sign says that all other clothing from a different team is prohibited! You´d probably get shot if you break it.
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Word of the day is Balde. It means bucket. Why? Because we used buckets of warm water to shower ourselves for 2 days! I’m totally willing to have the experience!

We have moved from the pension (apartment) of 2 other elders now to our actual area of Baigorria! We now won’t lose time with the trek from area to area. But a lot of time this week was used with fixing all the problems our new pension has had. It´s pretty small but new, and does the job. A missionary doesn´t need a mansion! But the toilet was always filling with hot water and the shower only had cold water. So we bathed 2 days with buckets until the handymen came to fix things. Just some of the many problems with the pension but I won´t bore you with the rest. The good thing is now we are basically settled in and have a great shower! Not a hanging, heating bucket of water like my last area but a shower…a little gift from the Lord. That´s all we need! So now we can focus more on the work!

Elder Poulton and the food he makes me. Delicious! He´s a fantastic teacher by the way. Always seems to ask the right questions. I´m blessed to learn from him.
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Fernanda: We have a very good investigator named Fernanda Formaggio. Fernanda lives with a member who has recently shown great focus on returning back to the church. Her “mate” and member, Ariel, used to be a bishop but then fell away. Very sad to hear things like that. But he´s a boss and REALLY is showing a genuine heart of repentance help Fernanda and their 2 little girls enjoy the blessings of the gospel. We had a great lesson with her this week on praying to receive a personal witness of the prophet Joseph Smith. They´ve come all together as a family to church recentely 3 times. They warned us ahead of time that they couldn’t come to church this week. So they are off the hook but just this once! :)

And some hombres working on our pension.
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José Luis: We had 2 lessons with our investigator José Luis. Great lessons about the gospel in general and receiving a personal witness as well. He’s together with a less-active woman and they have one small daughter. During the last lesson the toddler stuck a piece of wrapper in her mouth and choked on it for a while until she finally puked it up! A little entertainment break…she’s fine! But they said they would come to church the night before but then didn´t show. We called them but didn´t answer. They sent us a text later telling us that some things happened. Some things will ALWAYS happen! Just come to church! This is the dilemma, right RMs!

I love you all! Read the scriptures everyday! Invite others to do the same! I love you!

-Elder Orme

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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A place called Empalme in Argentina

Hola y Hola!!!

Wow it´s very different to be emailing you in an interent cafe here in a little place called Argentina!!! Wow! I will relate what´s happened so far through my journal entries.  Today is my 7th day in this blessed place!:

Last day with Reagybaby.
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Departure to Argentina!
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Arrival to Argentina!
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I said my first castellano word to a full-blown Argentinan on the 10-hour plane flight over.  It was ¨aqui!¨ (¨here¨).  I said it to many Argentinans, in fact, who were looking for the bathroom in the back of the plane.  It was fantastic!  Sometimes they said some other things and I just smiled and said ¨Yo soy un misionero¨ (I am a missionary).

I had the opportunity to talk to some people about the gospel during travels.  I found them at the airports and was able to bear my testimony and give them pass-along cards and one family a pamphlet of ¨the Restoration¨.

When I stepped off the plane the humid smells of Argentina swept over me and it was perfect ha.  It´s much greener here than I had thought!  I thought it was more dirt.  We passed the Buenos Aires Temple!  After 4 hours we made it to the Mission Home.  It´s funny, just like we thought, a lot of Argentinans have the same look of North Americans. President and Sister Giuliani are great of course.  He and I had a good interview.  It was a fun, new day.  The beginning to an adventure.  The beginning of a mission!

With the President and his wife
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Mission home
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View from the mission home.
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My first companion and trainer is Elder Holloway from Boise, Idaho.  He likes baseball.  He and I get along well.  Something I’ve learned is to be a good trainee.  There are some things I wanted to get right into…like converting the whole country.  At first I didn’t really want to be led.  But I’ve humbled myself and adhere to his teachings and counsel and his decisions.  First of all, I don’t know the exact whereabouts of this whole place yet and he’s helping me get a grasp.  Second, something I’ve learned is that people need to learn from themselves if decisions are correct or not…and not just be told.  Just telling someone to do something doesn’t change things and can hurt someone.  But being an example and showing the way with patience without saying too much helps others to learn better.  Elder Holloway makes great decisions and he is good with his Spanish so I´m very blessed to have a companion that works and can talk for me!  I can’t really talk yet.  But when I feel an impulse by the Spirit to say something in my broken Spanish I do.  That’s all God asks of me right now is to go by the Holy Ghost and the language will come.  I study the language a lot and I´m slooowly beginning to understand the people.

When I first met elder Hollaway and we pointed to Empalme!
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A close up of my mission boundaries.
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My first area is called Empalme!  An area under the San Nicolas area/stake.  The ward is called Villa Constitucion, which is another slightly bigger area next door (this place has 2 Elders too).  So 4 elders in the ward.  Church yesterday went well.  Harder to stay awake when you can´t understand too much! But my focus was on the ward members because I want them to know that I love them and that they can trust me and my companion with their friends or even with themselves.  It was testimony meeting of course so we all bore ours.  I was able to say what was on my heart.  About 35 people probably were there yesterday.  It was storming and that kept a portion away.  It´s been storming these past 4 days and will probs continue for another 2.

Inside our apartment
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Empalme! Wow.  It is a humble district with its more kempt and less kempt sides.  You´ll find a lot of trash hanging around.  Perros, perros, perros (Dogs, dogs, dogs).   Some horrid looking some nice.  They make things fun.  Some dirt roads that get us all muddy because of the rain and some actual roads around the store area.  It a small area.  We walk everywhere and it´s not much walking.  I didn’t think it would happen so fast but I already love this place and more especially the people.

Empalme, the dirt road area
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We are working with a small group of people right now.  Some less-active members and some part-member families.  We´ve recently received a new investigator.  Something I want for us to do is show the people that we are here to serve them and actually do service for them and not simply preach.  Most people need to feel love before they will take in anything else.  I´m working on that with my companion about how to serve and show forth more love like Jesus Christ would do!

Some moments during my first few days were a little frightening just because everything was way over my head.  Mostly just because of the language.  I can´t wait to speak anything I want to these people!

Being here also makes me love my family and friends that much more!  I love you all!  Read the scriptures…a lot!  Especially the Book of Mormon. And pray everyday alone, with your spouse, and with your family.

Love,
Elder Orme