New Companion, Baptism of Bianca

Hello all!
We had a baptism in the ward.  Bianca Rios is her name. 9 year old.  Because she is 9 years old and not 8, she goes under “convert” and the missionaries responsibility in order to help baptize.  So we had a good chat with her and the rest of the fam a week before her baptism to make sure she understood what she was doing.  We made the lesson fun, we asked for a barbie doll of hers, which had a big dress on, and plastered some paper on the barbie to signify sins, then dunked her in a big bowl of water, as her sins (the papers) clung off her through the act of baptism.  Of course the act of baptism and remision of sins isn’t complete without the administration of the gift of the Holy Ghost, so we explained that too.  She had a great experience!  The father of Bianca is overjoyed that he was able to get his act together in order to be worthy to baptize his daughter.  The family is wonderful!
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You will also see pictures below of our beautiful “beam of light” church here.  It is on a big road here and just BEAMS and stands out like a beam of light during the day and night. I love walking by it all the time, knowing that I’m a representative of “that church over there”, that no one can miss.
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Another picture of a cool shot of typical Argentine apartment buildings.
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We went to a park for p-day, the monument below is of Blegrano.  An argentine elder told me that here, a statue of a soldier on a horse has different significances according to how the horse is standing.  If the horse is on both of it’s hind legs (two legs in the air), the soldier died in battle.  One leg up, the soldier died by an injury in battle.  And if no legs are in the air (all on the ground) the soldier died due to old age nothing more.  Cool fact! I don’t know if it’s the same in our country and others or no.
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A lake in the park.
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The people let us into the stadium of the famous soccer team here “Newell’s Old Boys”, nickname “Los Leprosos” (the Lepers (people with Leprosy)).  Colors Red and Black.  But I really shouldn’t have stepped foot in the stadium because my team is “Rosario Central”, nickname “Los Canallas” (“rotten/trickster people”). Colors Blue and Yellow.  Who are rivals to team “Newell’s”.  Next time we are going to stadium Rosario Central! My people!
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We had transfers and Elder Frandsen was sent to a different part of the vineyard and Elder Black was sent here to Francia with me.  Elder Black is the big elder in the last picture.  I won’t be robbed no more WOOHOOOOOOO!  Great elder. His mother is Mexican and father North American.  The youngest of 6.  They are all BYU Cougars like our family!  His great great great grandfather was George Black, a bodyguard of the prophet Joseph Smith!! WHAAAAAAT! (Now he’s my bodyguard :D) It’s fun talking and sharing with him about our strong lineages.
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That’s all for this week.  Love you all!
Elder Orme

Chau Feliciano, Hola Francia

After 3 transfers (4 1/2 months) in Feliciano…I´m being transferred to Francia in “Rosario Oeste” stake.  I’m going to Rosario whooooo!!!!!

I’ve heard it will be much more dangerous than here because it’s inner city… whoo adventure!!  And that I have a great ward and church building…. yes yes and yes!  I have been called as District Leader in the area, with another “shahnkee” (yankee as they call us) companion Elder Frandsen.
We escaped without a scrape from the Carnaval!  It was easy.
We got some good new investigators on our last full working day yesterday.
I’ll let ya´ll know what the new place is like!
Member family.
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Last pic with comp Elder Lopez, great elder!

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The Gonzalez family.  We´ve been working for a time with the man, Carlos who isn’t a member yet, and the rest of the family to get them active. They are having trouble getting married.  They live out in the boonies and are one of the most interesting families I have ever met.  Gotta love ’em.
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Love you!
Elder Orme

Alpargatas

Hey familia y amigos!

Alpargatas are the traditional Argentine or “Gaucho” (Argentine cowboy) shoe.  It is a firm fabric slipper with a sole made out of rope.  Certain types look exactly like TOM shoes.  I’ll be bringing some back!  They are comfy, flat, slipper shoes that can be used for anything except sports.  All the gauchos–people who work in the field–and most of the people here wear these Alpargatas.
We are doing good here!  Every Sunday we have been here the number of people at church has gone up every Sunday so that’s good!  Yesterday there were 28 in church.  We have found only a few people to teach that aren’t members, and nobody steady yet, but there is one young women that we will be working with more now that her 18th birtday is coming up…her parents gave her permission to be baptized once she reaches 18.
Transfers are today and there are no changes for me and Elder Lopez.
Through Jesus Christ there is hope through anything that we go through!  To take upon us his mercy and strength we must repent and be born again by the Spirit.  Thankfully to Him, He overcame death and sin, that way all the consequences of this fallen world will be all made right again later, as long as we do what He asks of us.
Go, fight, win!!!
Elder Orme IV