Welcome to “France”……it’s Paradise

Yes, it’s been paradise so far in Francia!  Which is France in english.  Fun that I can say I have lived in France!

Why has it been so great???  A HUGE reason, is the ward.  It is da BOMB.  We have already gone out on multiple lessons with members, we have family home evenings set up this week with the active members and less-actives/recent converts, 81 people at church yesterday in the CASTLE of a church building for these eyes of mine, since I’ve been so accustomed to the iddy bitty church building (a house) in my last area. The members are super kind, receptive, humble, full of charity; almost Zion!
Elder (Tyler) Frandsen from Queencreek Arizona (which I’m familiar with from my two-week work trip with Joshua`s pest control), and his last companion here, baptized a family the sunday before. (2 of the older kids still arent baptized)  And 3 were confirmed yesterday. Awesome!  And now we have 2 other baptisms set up for this weekend!  A 17 year old Rosa, and a 9 year old Delfina. We got our work cut out for us here! there is a ton to be done!
Being district leader is an adventure.  More than anything it is a blessing to be senior companion now so that I have the chance to stretch my wings a little bit. My spanish has amazingly increased a lot. Elder Frandsen is an AWESOME companion.  A super humble, full of love Elder.  7 months in the mission. He has trouble with the language and needs some more confidence so I’m really trying to help him build it up!  The first 8 months of my mission were hard!  Because everything was still being learned, everything was still growing.  So I’m trying to help him see that with patience, work and faith, everything will come and he will feel like he is SOARING, like how I feel!  Which comes after trials and being faithful to God!
We live at Santa María 3737, Rosario, Santa Fe, ARG.  Its an older apartment but I still think it’s great!  Even though there are cockroaches roaming around on my desk at night and sometimes in the morning there are some random slug snot trails on my backpack, its legit!
Mi residencia.
3732 Sta Maria
The other day we were walking about.  There was a ton of commotion, fanatics of the soccer team Newells Old Boys its called, were going crazy with black and red which are the team colors. People get crazy.  I look down and realize that I have on a Rosario Central blue and yellow tie on, the rivals of Newells Old Boys. So my companion and I are freaking out, but we slipped away unnoticed down the other block.  This ain’t Kansas anymore!  (Don’t worry I will be very careful and smart MnD.)
SO many blessings, and I feel overwhelmed with them. Elder Frandsen and I are ready to use all these opportunities to the extreme to do much good and show thanks and faith to God for these blessings.
Love you all, Onward and Upward!
Elder Orme


Cristina is still set for baptism this coming October 12th.  Ramón had an interview with the Bishop and has given the okay that he can baptize her!  It has been difficult for Ramón to quit his vices for the drink and the smoke, but together, Cristina and Ramón have been growing and seeing the blessings of following Christ!
We had an awesome Men´s Dinner activity, a photo is below.  We have such young studs in the ward.  It´s a great blessing because they add fun and energy to the ward.
Below is also a picture of the awesome Granny that feeds us.  The one that loves eating with us, “chicos lindos.”
We gave service to an in-active family this week, a picture of their boys on their make-shift cart below!  I hope their hearts will be softened by our service to return again.
One thing I know is that my nature has changed through my study and application of the gospel.  I detest all types of sin!  My spirit is filled with such joy in the message of repentance and faith.  The message of the Restoration of the Gospel is beautiful and soul-satisfying.  My only wish is that all would be humble to hear this message and not cast it out due to their unbelief!  But apply the words of Christ read in the holy scriptures and spoken by the words of holy prophets.  So much uncomprehended joy is found in living the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
I will remember to detail more exciting stories for the next week´s letter :)
Transfers are next week.  I don`t want to leave Baigorria!!! But let the Lord´s will be done!
Love you all!
Elder Orme IV
Capitán EO

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.

Departure to Argentina!

Arrival to Argentina!

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

Mission home

View from the mission home.

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!

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

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

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.

Elder Orme