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

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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

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