Service, Otter

Thank you family, mom, dad, siblings, and friends for the love and support you have shown towards me.  I’m still doing my best, all I can, to follow the Spirit and serve the Lord.  Every moment I try to do what He would have me do, especially when it comes face to face with another son or daughter of His.

The work is a little tough for starters here in Galvez  I arrived with a very small teaching pool.  It would naturally be bigger with a large amount of “steadfast and immovable” members.  But we simply don’t have that so we have been trying to find new people to teach through our own efforts.  A lot of which is tracting.  We are trying our best to think and act on new methods of finding that apply specifically to the people in Galvez.
The view from our second story apartment.  The clock building is the Catholic Church and center of Galvez.
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Elder Berg made tortas fritas! (it’s flour mixed with salt and water, then fried in sunflower oil.  Not healthy, but the Argentine classic!)
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14 people arrived to church yesterday.  It was pleasing to see that some came through our efforts to help them there.  We had branch council afterwards, and like I’ve said before, that’s one of my most favorite parts of missionary work because with the members we can really get down to the nitty gritty and makes plans to move things forward.  It was an interesting discussion, but the point is that we must get the attendance up quickly or else we won’t be able, as a church, continue renting the garage/house church building we have.  There is only 1 faithful tithe payer, so that was a discussion.  Tithing is a quick and key indicator to understanding the faith and worthiness of the members of the church.  The members committed to specific plans and errands to accomplish during the week.  We will also begin having Family Home Evenings as a branch starting Wednesday. So we hope that things will be moving forward.  A lot depends on the faith, humbleness, and diligence of the little group of members.  Elder Berg and I are working to teach the members the doctrine and commandments.
Saturday was a great day of physical service!  Serving physically getting into working clothes, getting dirty, getting sore from the physical stress is one of our favorite things!  It gets old being clean so much.  We moved piles of rock and sand from the front of the Acevedo family’s yard to the back.  During which, we ate barbecued OTTER!!! and fish.  But can you believe it…otter!  I’d never thought I’d eat the creature.  But I really liked it, as well as the fish.  Only afterwards did my companion tell me that he wasn’t a big fan of either, but that he only ate the stuff when Hermano Acevedo served it to him! (sorry, no pictures of the otter ;)
Later that night, we answered the call and plead of an elderly member lady that was feeling very lonely.  We helped calm her distressed feelings, helped her feel happy and forget her problems.  A young boy, recent convert arrived and we had a great talk, and re-taught the plan of salvation to them.  We sang a hymn and gave the elderly sister a blessing.  I’m very grateful for the opportunity God grants me opportunities to serve my fellow man. I’m very grateful to answer His call to serve because it makes me feel a satisfaction that I can’t get anywhere else.
Hasta Luego!
Elder Orme

Rubèn 2

Rubèn an investigator of 44 years old is still going well towards his
baptism.  His brother passed away last weekend but he has taken it
well, understanding the purpose of life.  He came to church for the
second time yesterday.  The members received him well again.  We
enjoyed the fast and testimony meeting.  I bore my testimony on how
faith in Jesus Christ has made all the difference in my life.  I come
to understand more and more about what power it is and what it really
means to have faith in Jesus Christ.  The baptismal date for Rubèn is
June 20th. Let’s gooo!

One of my favorite parts as a missionary is being able to be in on
Ward Council meetings.  Meetings where we can get down to the nitty
gritty, communicate, improve things, put service and Christ-like
principles into action.  I’ve seen a lot of different meetings, some
good, some not so good.  Here in Francia, I’ve seen the best.
Efficient, effective, get down to the problem, create plans quick.
Something important that the bishop said (This bishop is the best), he
said that if there is someone that we don’t recognize that’s at
church, at an activity, we get to know them quick.  Introduce
ourselves, “I’m so and so, I live here, this is my family, my calling
is” then get to know the person.  This is a skill everyone needs to
put into practice, if there is someone you don’t know at church or at
an activity, GET to know them!  Another thing he explained is service.
“If we don’t put into practice service, real service, visiting a sick
person for example, all this doesn’t matter, all of this is blah.” And
that ‘s completely true.  These meetings are to communicate, put plans
into action, get out and serve, find, fellowship, lift-up.

I GOT PACKAGES!!!!! I got them all yesterday. [Linda note: these were sent in November]

I got a package from CarsAnne with an awesome watch that he used for
his 2 years in the mission in Romania.  A very sentimental gift, I
feel empowered just wearing it, knowing that it has been in the
presence of many spiritual, happy and growing experiences.  It already
has been through the whole life of a missionary, and now it will have
6 more months, going from house to house, knocking on doors, or
clapping at doors, shaking hands with innumerable amounts of friends
and strangers alike.  Thank you Cars for this awesome gift, and the
others that you and Anne sent!

I got a package from DereKat.  Superb pink tie, and perfect sized
shirt.  Thank you.

I got a package from GRhandi with much-needed, perfect and many socks.
I took a picture of my other socks with gaping holes and all. A studly
grey tie.  Complete with pictures of the fam that are stupendous.
You’re all looking super handsome.  And to top it off, a toffee bar
that I had to throw out because it had gone bad already!  It
looked/tasted nasty.  Blame it on all the time it took to reach me. I
checked and luckily it was only 5 bucks. Thank you for sending this
stuff.

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Needless to say, I have the best family in the world. I feel very
blessed.  While I was putting on the comfy new socks I was saying to
myself, “I’m so blessed, these socks are “so comfy” I’m so blessed.” To give back, I’ll keep working hard and
harder to find the Lord’s elect!

Con mucho amor,
Elder Orme

Big Skies

Hola a todos!

This week we gave service to one of our new investigators by cutting her lawn, Argentine style of course!  Which is with that one tool we normally use to just edge the lawns.
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Carnival is coming up this week.  It’s the crazy and even awful you could say “Mardi Gras” type parties.  FINALLY something cultural I could see but we’ve been told they are way to inappropriate to watch.  The dancing, they say.  I keep asking people, “Is there a group or time when they all dance with clothes on???”  I haven’t gotten an answer really yet.  But I passed the catholic church one day and in a side room there were pairs dancing some SWEET folk dancing WITH  clothes on.  That’s what I want to see!
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I want to bare my testimony that God really does open our minds to His mysteries when we continue studying with faith and obedience. I have learned so much!  I get mind blown every personal study.  When I study the Book of Mormon and the Bible.  I have grown to love even more my Savior Jesus Christ.  I love Him!  And I feel Him!  Study the scriptures as well as materials from the Prophets, pray, obey, have faith, learn line by line and precept by precept.
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It’s a beautiful life!  The skies in Feliciano here are huge!
Love Elder Orme