María Rosa and Others

Hola a todos!
Another week of learning, growing, practicing, choosing, living and loving!  Life is just so full and satisfying when you put in practice the Gospel and feel the Spirit at all times!  Thanks to Heavenly Father, He can provide all this to us as we learn with humbleness, and act with faith and courage.  I am grateful for this time I have to focus 100% on my Lord and Savior and others!
Things are just so natural and wonderful when we follow the Spirit in every moment.
We found a wonderful young single lady named Marìa Rosa. We were looking for a former investigador, asked two neighbors if they knew this person, but they didn’t know him.  The 3rd person we asked was Marìa Rosa.  Standing on train tracks, we clapped from the backside of her house, she came out, with a bright wonderful smile.  Very friendly, she didn’t know the person either. (But that doesn’t matter!  Finding oldies is a great way to find newbies at the same time!)  We had a good talk on the Restoration and towards the end began to cry as she shared her testimony of God and His mercy. We came by the next day for another discussion with a member.  A great lesson, good questions, she felt the Spirit. 2 days later we had another discussion and spoke more of the “Plan of Salvation”.  She felt the Spirit again!  She didn’t come to church yesterday, but that’s okay, we will help her get there.
Another time is when we went to visit some less-actives, and on the way, there was a young family outside of their home enjoying the afternoon.  We felt the need to speak with them.  The less-active wasn’t home, so we decided to go and introduce ourselves to this family.  They were indeed kind, and they allowed us in for a first discussion.
Just a few examples of the joy of following the Spirit.  It takes courage and practice and ACTION.  Faith is Action. There is NO faith if there is no action to follow it up.  Of this I have a testimony.  It feels so good when we act on our faith.
Of late, I have really felt the helping hand of God to put the words I must speak into my mouth, and to do what he would have us do.  Like Ammon and other missionaries of old, I feel like I have so much courage and testimony because I have the faith and strength in my God.  And God only helps us with that as we practice with faith.  Not knowing beforehand every little detail of what we must do, but knowing that in the moment when we need Him, he will guide us.  This is faith. And it grows with prayer, study, and practice.
Vicente and Rosanna have had a little obstacle.  Rosanna has a “let’s do all this, it feels all true, good and right!” attitude.  While Vicente is now second-guessing things.  He didn’t come out with what it is that’s holding him back in the last lesson, it was an intense one.  And we tried what we could, but he must pray, have faith, and figure out and make right his own desires before he can progress. We spoke with them about the law of chastity and therefore marriage.  We are giving them a couple days and will go back again to see what progress has been made!
The mission is amazing!  The true and fulness of the Gospel is the only way to live right, so LIVE IT! Love you all!
Elder Orme

Ranas y tartas

Hola y buenas tardes!

This week was great.  We have been teaching people right when we find them.  And it is a fantastic joy to spread and speak the truth!
Cool experience:  Yesterday, we visited one of the less-actives that is on our list to bring back. His name is Làzaro.  He used to be the Branch President before he went in-active.  This is our 3rd visit with him.  In our lesson, we felt the need to speak on sacrifice and also shared experiences of faith that we have had.  It got to the point where the spirit just spoke to Elder Lopez and I to keep quiet.  Don’t speak for a moment.  After about 45 seconds of us stewing in the words of Christ and experience that we had shared, Lázaro said he was remembering all the good memories and good things about being in the church and in the gospel.  The Spirit continued to say, “be still”. and as we did so, Lázaro began to cry.  We continued to let the Spirit work within him. Then he said on his own, “you two are beginning to convince me to come back.  I feel the need to. I feel the Spirit and I can’t deny it. I can’t fight it.”  Yes!  I KNOW that the Holy Ghost lives and is real and is the Spirit of God which testifies of truth and satisfies our soul.  We hope to see Lázaro this coming Sunday in church.  It is satisfying and pleasing to know that you did your duty as a missionary to invite the Spirit and testify of the truth.  If you’ve done all the possible you could do, then its the Spirit’s job to testify and then the person’s job to use their agency for good and act on the promptings.  We’ve done this a lot lately!  Spoken and have felt the truth with people.  More often than we would like they turn away from the promptings and don’t act.  For example this week, we had some great “to-the-point” lessons with some less-actives about coming to church, and we all felt good together at the end, all hopeful, all like, “Yeah let’s go! You’re coming to church this Sunday yeah!”  And we provide rides for them as well.  And then the morning of (yesterday morning in particular) many simply fell apart.  Even with the rides available, even after feeling the Spirit.  Many denied it with the lack of action and faith.  So sitting in church (we had 25 come yesterday, which is still a steady higher rate than before) a lot of people that could have and should have been there and had everything set up from them didn’t come.  But I am satisfied with our work that we did all possible.  As a missionary you learn SO much patience.  Everything is still WONDERFUL.
There are TONS of frogs (ranas) in Argentina….everywhere.  They are dumb and entertaining creatures, and always found plastered to the ground in the road.  Mom, one of my favorite foods that Argentinans prepare are “tartas”.  One-inch width tarts filled with usually spinach or other healthy goods.  Kind of like a kiesh. You know how to make them. That’s ONE thing here that’s healthy and oh so scrumptious!
I invite YOU….ALL my friends and family, member and non-members of the church to watch the videos on “mormonchannel.org”  Every video is AMAZING. Particularly “mormon messages” Watch “the hope of God’s light”  “you never know” and everything else.  This church contains all the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Also, I want to invite everyone, to read this talk by Richard G. Scott (one of my favorites–if it’s okay to have favorites–apostles) which was given at the last conference and to put into practice what it states.  Read it, and if you aren’t already, follow every JOT AND TITTLE of it. I promise it will bless your life immensely. Every tittle (such a good word). https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/10/make-the-exercise-of-faith-your-first-priority?lang=eng
We have a new and exciting tool to use in Missionary Work this month starting tomorrow.  It is the “He is the Gift” project for Christmas. and our mission and I believe all others are going full-throttle with it, it will be spectacular.  The church, for the whole month of December has bought and reserved the fore-front spot on youtube for this project so that the whole world will watch a video on Christ and be led to His truth.
The Gospel is true and its fulness is only found in this church, this cannot be denied.  The Gospel will roll forth until it has spread and touched every corner (jot and tittle) of the earth!  It refines us and purifies us.  It satisfies our soul.  And it makes us understand and become like God.
Onward and Upward!
Elder Orme IV

Baigorria x 2

Transfers are tomorrow (that´s why I´m writing today and not yesterday) and I´m staying in the grand Baigorria with the grand Elder Poulton as my companion!

 
We had a good week with a fair amount of great lessons.  
José Luis and family are slowly going.  
Fernanda is doing awesome.  We had an excellent “Gospel of Jesus Christ” lesson and she said that once she is “segura” (sure of everything), she will be baptized “pronto” (right away) after her wedding in October. Whooo!
Like I said we had some fabulous lessons this week with new investigators and less-actives but not any really showed up to church.  Oh the agency!
 
Story!: We met some Paraguayans 2 weeks ago and finally had a lesson with them on Sunday.  This would be our 2nd visit with them.  A man and woman of perhaps 30 years old.  We passed by unnannounced, entered, and asked what they were doing today.  They said “we´re packing.”  “For what?” we say.  “We´re going on a trip to Paraguay.”  “oh cool!” we say. “For how long?” we ask.  “Until February of next year” they say!!!!! “or maybe forever!”  What noooooooo! Not just a mini 3 day trip or something???? i was thinking.  They would have been BOMB investigators. But anyway we shared the first lesson of Joseph Smith and the Restoration with them and it was great because they began to have confidence in us and warm up to us when before they were a tad more timid.  
 
The wife (yes they are married!) began to ask questions. “What happens after we die?  Because I battle with my brothers about this…believing that there is more after this life.” GREAT QUESTION! We answered her question simply and expressed that there is so much more also, and all of this knowledge are the fruits of the Restoration.  She was super excited and filled with the Spirit!  We were too!  The husband was a little timid but was smiling.  “Don´t gooooooooo!” I was thinking.  The wife said she would memorize the Plan of Salvation booklet.  And I gave her a Book of Mormon that she can read after she has the booklet memorized ;) We invited them anyway we could to keep learning more and to find the church in Paraguay.  We got their home info to pass on to those missionaries in Paraguay.  Whoo!  We planted a great seed for them!
 
Other than this there is nothing much else to explain for this week!
 
Love you all!
Elder Orme IV