Knowing the Language is Cool

As the title indicates, now I can officially say that I am familiar with the language of Spanish! I know 2 languages!! Wooh Whoo! I have been able to understand and speak with confidence this past week and it has been such a pleasure. I can get my point across without much difficulty and understand without too much either. Thank you for the prayers because they work!

 

The is a road we travel on everyday.
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The ward during a break of general conference.
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This week also has been a great practice of faith. I was able to plan/lead mostly everything, as my companion put in his spiritual and personal inputs. The hardest thing is that with all the contacts we make…after we bear our testimonies and speak of the restoration with people, many times they say they are busy at the moment and can´t chat about, ¨but come back another time whenever you want!”….great….. The hard part is here because we go back to many people´s houses when we said we would and they aren´t home. We realize “come back later” is just a way to get us to leave, but some people might actually be sincere so we need to try them again….but it stinks wasting time. So that´s the pickle!! It was my first week leading so the skills will definitely come with practice.

The baptism of Maria Garcia is this Saturday! We don´t have any progressing investigators besides her. But we have some great callbacks and commitments to follow up on with investigators that we taught this past week. Like tonight, there´s a young man with a great family that we plan to teach. Faboricio (17) is his name and we gave him a Book of Mormon and he committed to reading the beginning. Tonight we follow up on that. I feel SUPER good about him and his family. We will see what happens!

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Thanks for all the prayers for they are answered! Prophets are the best and the restoration of the gospel is such a blessing.

Love Elder Orme

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Entender (to understand)

Hola mi familia gloriosa!!

I love you all!

This week was fine. The work isn´t moving as fast as I´d like! I´m doing my best where I am! Serving the Lord to the best of my abilities. I continue to practice methods with the people, increase my spanish, obedient, and being bold with the Spirit of the Lord.

A pic of a fantastic sister, Antonella! Fantastic! ;D she´s going on a mission to Brazil in 15 days.
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The hardest part is not to understand the people still. I´m speaking and reading pretty well. It´s solo the understanding part! From there I´m at the will of Elder Holloway who I´m very grateful who understands most everything. I know God will help me as I continue to put forth the work and do my best with the wisdom I have at this moment and I as continue to increase it!

I just got online and will be looking at all your emails now…thank you so much! Love you all with all my heart! Love God!

-Your brother, son, friend Elder Orme!
Sorry…the computers i´ve been using recently have had trouble uploading photos…so stay tuned for more in the future!

 

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