Elder Orr

Elder Orr

Monday, August 14, 2017

Dear family and friends,
          This week has been a crazy week! We had a early surprise Thursday night when our district leader Elder Ponte called us with news of what is going to take place with the transfers. We didn't think we were going to find out until today, but we found out Thursday what was all going to happen and it was a big surprise. I was pretty excited when I found out I was going to campo, especially when Elder Cobb told me there are tons of fishing opportunities in Junín! So today for P day I will just be packing and getting ready to head out tomorrow. We had to stay in yesterday from going out to proselyte because there was elections going on for a senate position. So we didn't go out and proselyte all day yesterday, it was kind of nice to have a little bit of a rest from walking and I had a little bit of a head cold so I could gain back my strength. Anyways really the biggest highlight for this week is the transfers that are coming up. Tomorrow I head out to the mission offices with all of my stuff and Elder Cobb will to because he has to pick up his hijo as well. It sounds like it is a little bit of a bus ride to get out to my new area so I will stay in Ramos Mejía for a night because we have a conference this Wednesday with Elder Bragg from the seventy. After that we will head out to Junín me and Elder Jacobson who will be my new comp. It's crazy Elder Jacobson was comps with Elder Cobb in the MTC in Provo! Small world really, it's funny all these people live so close to you but you don't get to know them until you are serving a mission in a dfferent country! It's been a good run in Paso del Rey though to be able to have the opportunity to see 4 people get baptized it is really cool! The Orosco family will always be in my heart! They are such an awesome family! Really I had nothing to do with converting them or nothing like that they were just so prepared to take the steps for baptism! I am glad to be able to be part of the experience with them, and I know I will miss them a lot but at least I can talk with them through email and facebook after the mission so that is a blessing really to have the technology that we have! I learned that just because you are a member doesn't mean you don't have to pray about the Book of Mormon or Joseph Smith being a prophet. You can have that same experience again and again to feel that spirit that your investigators are feeling! It's really true! I know it's true and I can't deny it! It's has brought so much joy in other people's lives and mine as well! Anyways I testify that it is true! Love you all! It's so much fun to talk every monday! Can't wait to write about Junín next week!
Love Elder Orr

Thursday, August 10, 2017


Queridos familiares y amigos,
          Any week that you have a baptism is always a good week! We had our baptism for the sibling of Brenda this last Saturday! They were confirmed yesterday in sacrament meeting as well! The Orosco family is now totally baptized and they are now members of the church! It has been a fun transfer to teach this family and be able to have the opportunity to be with them when they have made this decision to be baptized. We have one more week left until the transfer ends and who knows what is going to happen. If I move I would honestly be really sad because it´s been so much fun to teach this family the gospel and to be able to share my testimony with them. There has been some challenges in this area but also a lot of new things that I have learned. I feel like I have really grown as a missionary and as a person in this area. It might be possible that it is my last week here, we still have this week left to enjoy it but it will probably go by so fast. We had divisions in Moreno with the other Elders and it was really fun, I think I spoke my best Spanish yet on that day. I was able to talk to people more and understand about 95% of everything I´ve heard. It´s amazing to be able to speak a different language and to share the gospel in this language. It´s a really cool thing! Anyways it´s been a really fun transfer and I know I will miss this area if I end up leaving it next week. At least I have one more week here. This Orosco family that we have been teaching has been so much fun to get to know. The Hermana Orosco shared her testimony yesterday of the church and it was really good. She talked about when me and Elder McDonald first knocked on their door. Her daughter Brenda went to her and told her ¨Mom there is an Elder McDonald here that wants to talk to you.¨ She thought as first ¨What? I didn´t order any McDonalds or nothing like that.¨ Then her daughter was like ¨No mom it´s the mormons that talked to you the other day!¨ It was really funny! She told us how she had a dream once that she found herself in the church here in Paso del Rey and when she entered it her whole family was inside waiting for her. It was an interesting dream she had and an interesting conversion story. Once we started teaching them they were so prepared to take the steps necessary for baptism. It´s been a lot of fun to know them and teach them. Since Fast sunday was yesterday I want to share my testimony in Spanish.

En este área yo he visto muchos milagros. Es muy especial a tener estas oportunidades a compartir este evangelio con las personas que están preparadas. Realmente Sé que la familia es muy importante en el plan que Dios tiene para nosotros. Yo leí un discurso por Presidente Eyring de esta conferencia pasada que habla sobre las familias y la familia eterna de Dios. El amor que Dios tiene para cada uno de nosotros puede ser encontrado en nuestras familias acá en la tierra. El discurso habla de que Dios sabía que necesitábamos a nuestras familias por nuestras pruebas en esta vida. Nos sentimos el amor de Dios en nuestras vidas anteriores, y Dios no quería que nos olvidemos este amor en nuestras vidas en la tierra. Por eso Dios nos proporcionó la familia para que podamos sentir el amor de Él en nuestras vidas cada día. Cuando nuestras familias estén edificados en la roca de nuestro Salvador Jesucristo, nos sentimos la paz, la tranquilidad y el amor de Dios. Realmente sé que cuando una familia tenga las enseñanzas de Jesucristo y las aplique encontramos este gozo y amor de Dios. Antes la misión yo sabía que la familia era importante pero ahora puedo ver que las cosas que hacemos como familias no traen la felicidad pero es el tiempo que tenemos con nuestras familias. Hay cosas más importantes que pescar y cazar. La familia es donde podemos encontrar la felicidad. Sé que esta es la iglesia de Jesucristo, y Él es nuestro Salvador. Sé que estas cosas son verdaderas y las comparto en el nombre de Jesucristo nuestro Salvador. Amén.

Anyways that is everything that has gone on this week and everything that I have learned recently. Love you all and can´t wait to talk to you again next week! Have a fun and safe week!
Love Elder Orr

​Translation: ​
In this area I have seen many miracles. It is very special to have these opportunities to share this gospel with the people who are prepared. I really know that family is very important in God's plan for us. I read a speech by President Eyring from this past conference that talks about the families and the eternal family of God. The love that God has for each one of us can be found in our families here on earth. The speech speaks of God knowing that we needed our families for our trials in this life. We felt the love of God in our previous lives, and God did not want us to forget this love in our lives on earth. That is why God provided the family so that we can feel the love of Him in our lives every day. When our families are built on the rock of our Savior Jesus Christ, we feel the peace, tranquility and love of God. I really know that when a family has the teachings of Jesus Christ and apply them we find this joy and love of God. Before the mission I knew that family was important but now I can see that the things we do as families do not bring happiness but it is the time we have with our families. There are more important things
​then ​
to fish and hunt. The family is where we can find happiness. I know this is the church of Jesus Christ, and He is our Savior. I know these things are true and I share them in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Monday, July 31, 2017


Queridos familiares y amigos,
          Hey everyone, can´t believe another week has passed by! This is going by way to fast seemed like just yesterday I was in Padua thinking about the big long 9 week transfer that was coming with the new mission president! Now we are 2 weeks away from ending it! Paso del Rey has been a blast we are going to have two more baptisms this Saturday! We are way excited! We have been teaching the family of the two that were recently baptized and they are preparing for their baptisms this Saturday! It´s been a ton of fun to teach them and help them prepare. One thing I have learned this week is that you don´t want to be alone for your whole life. We have been teaching this guy that lives all alone and he is not married or has any family that is close to him. It is a way sad lifestyle. It definitely has made me realize how important marriage is and having a family. I used to not think of marriage as a number one priority for me when I get home. Honestly though it is super important. Family is so much in this life, because I have also seen people who have nothing but their family and they are more happy than people who have no one in their lives. Anyways that is a little something interesting I´ve learned on the mission sorry I didn´t have a whole to write about this week but that was the important lesson for the week. Love you all! Thanks for the support and love! Everyone have an awesome week!
Love Elder Orr 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


          This week has gone by super fast! I can´t believe this 9 week transfer is almost over! I have the same amount of time in Paso del Rey as I did in Padua! It has been a great week though! Beti and Brenda are doing really well going to church and learning more about the gospel and growing in their testimonies. We have been teaching Brenda´s sister named Maira and she is learning right now and preparing for her baptism for August 4 we are really excited for her and hope that she will be able to prepare by the time the day comes. It is really interesting how my perspective of things has changed since being on the mission. There I things that I used to do before the mission that I don´t think I would do anymore. It is interesting how different my perspective is on things in life. It has been a joy though to be a missionary it definitely makes me feel good to know that I am helping other people to be able to receive the ordinances necessary to be able to return and live with our Heavenly Father again. It is amazing how much the Lord helps you out too when you try to do what is right. Yo nunca pensaba antes que yo podía aprender español. I never though before that I would be able to learn spanish. It is quite amazing the gifts that God has for us if we just humble ourselves and believe that He can strengthen our weaknesses. Well I´m not perfect with Spanish still, there is still a lot that I need to learn but it is amazing where I am at right now. You definetly realize how important the Gospel is. If you have the Gospel in your life and you strive to keep the commandments of God He will come through for you and help you out with the rest in your life. I have definetly seen that in my own and life and what is even more cool is seeing it in the lives of other people that you are teaching. It has been an amazing experience and I am glad that I came out to do it and really 2 years is not a long time when compared to the rest of your life. It is an opportunity that you will not want to miss and you won´t regret it I can promise that. Anyways thanks for all the support and love! I love talking to you all and can´t wait to do it again next week! Love you all! Tengan una buena semana y recuerden que El Señor les ama mucho y Él quiere que tengan felicidad en sus vidas! Love you all!
Love Elder Orr

Monday, July 17, 2017


This has been a really great week! Sometimes you have those rougher weeks where it can sometimes be really hard and you might even start to get a little homesick but there is always a bright light at the end of the tunnel! Throughout the week I started to miss home a little bit, and I was a little sad throughout the week. We had interviews this last friday with President Resek. We traveled to the mission offices and had some training and a lunch. We then had interviews with President Resek. I was the last one to be interviewed actually and we had the baptism at 7 o clock. President Resek offered to give us a ride over to Paso del Rey because it was late so we could make it to the baptism. He hadn´t interviewed me just yet until we got to the chapel. I was able to talk to him about how I was doing and he was able to give me some advice to help me out. He talked about how the first 6 months are really hard normally for missionaries when it comes to being homesick. He then talked about how from 6 months to a year is when missionaries start learning at a rapid pace. He said most growth as far as experience, the language, and spiritual growth starts accelerating rapidly after 6 months up to a year. He basically said that I´m entering the best part of my mission as far as growth is concerned. It helped me to realize that there is still so much to do in the mission and so much to still learn. He even asked me about how I would feel with training someone in a transfer or two. It surprised me when he asked me and helped me to have a lot of confidence in myself. Anyways the interview was just really good and it helped me to have more confidence and believe that I can still continue to go forward strong. Then right after the interview we had our baptism and he stayed for it! It was such a great baptism, there were so many people from the ward that were there supporting it! After the baptismal service there was refreshments in the relief society room. Everyone in the ward was having a good time chatting and everything. One sister in the ward was like ¨Hey everyone in the ward loves baptismal services so just keep lining one up every week and make this a regular thing!¨ It was so great! One baptism that I will definitely remember for the rest of my mission! We have been teaching Brenda and Beti a lot in their home and it has been so much fun to teach them! Beti always makes us mate cocido which is kind of like green tea down here. We always have great lessons with them too. They have a really strong spirit and it is so special to be a part of it! Anyways always remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel whenever you feel sad or down. The bad moments don´t last forever and before you know it the good ones just start to roll in! Anyways love you all it has been so much fun to talk to everyone! Reading your emails every week really helps me to keep going forward! Have a great week everyone! 
Love Elder Orr

Monday, July 10, 2017


This week has been such an awesome week! We have had so much fun! A baptism always lifts your spirits and makes you really happy! It definitely reminds you why you are out serving a mission in the first place. We had a member in the ward baptize her so there could always be someone in the ward there for her, because eventually the missionaries are gone. Brenda was so much fun to teach though! She has such a powerful testimony of the gospel! I think she knows more about the gospel than I do! She has been reading from the Book of Mormon so much and she loved the story of Joseph Smith and how he was searching for the true church. She said it was the exact place that she was at, she was searching for a church to join because religion is important to her. We then showed up all of a sudden and started teaching her and her family and the rest is history. She was so prepared to receive the gospel! Her mom is going to be baptized either this week or the next week! We still have to figure out what day we are going to do it. We have been having so much fun in Paso del Rey! A lot of success is heading our way here! We had divisions with some elders in our district this last tuesday. I went with an elder named Elder Ponte from Perú I worked with him a little bit this last Tuesday in Paso del Rey! It was a ton of fun, it is a lot of fun to get to know other members of the church that live in different countries! It makes you realize that the gospel is so true to have so many people accept it into their lives! It has been so much fun to be a missionary! So many different experiences that you get to have every day! I have definitely enjoyed it and it has already been 6 months! It´s incredible! Anyways sorry I didn´t have much time to write today but love you all! Have a great week and I can´t wait to talk again next week!
Love Elder Orr 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


     This has been a fun and different week than normal. This last Friday we had divisions with the other elders in our district. I went over to their apartment and worked with another elder over there for the day and stayed the night. The next day on saturday we had a zone conference with another zone and we went to a different chapel outside of our area to meet the new mission president, President Resek. It was really fun, I was able to see my last comp Elder McDonald and see how he was doing. He is a zone leader over there in the area now so that was fun to see him again. I also was able to see an elder that was in the MTC with me. I was with this elder in the MTC named Elder Sparks he was in the same district as me in the MTC. It was really fun to talk to him again and we were talking about all the different stories we had and what our areas were like and that kind of thing. It was really fun we also had lunch there as well before President Resek arrived. When President Resek came he went around and shook all our hands and got to know us a little bit. We were able to get to know him a little bit and his family. They had a little training meeting and after the training meeting we headed back to our normal areas to proselyte the rest of the day. That was really fun especially to see Elder Sparks again, we then have been making preparations for Brenda to be baptized! She is going to be baptized this Saturday and then confirmed the Sunday after! We are so excited for her! Her mom and her other 2 siblings are also preparing to be baptized so we could potentially baptize all four of them this month! We have been planning Brenda´s baptism with the Ward mission leader and we are so excited! I just recently checked on how Daniel is doing in Padua, because there is a web page for the mission that you can check to see how your recent converts are doing. Daniel has the Aaronic priesthood right now and he is a Priest he has been doing family history work as well and taking names to the temple! He went one time to do baptisms for the dead! I was so excited when I read it! I didn´t know you could check their progress to see how they are doing until Elder Cobb told me. When I read it I was just filled with so much joy! I was worried it was going to say that he went inactive or something like that but when I read it I was so happy! It made me realize that I am here for a reason and there is so much joy in this work. It made me so happy to read that he was doing well still! Yesterday was fast and testimony meeting as well and they announced Brenda´s baptism in the ward. We hope that the members will come but we will just wait and see. I also wanted to share my testimony in Spanish too since it was fast and testimony yesterday.

El tiempo es muy rápido, es algo que me dio cuenta. Cada día estoy pensando en como puedo usar mi tiempo bueno, porque sólo es 2 años que estoy acá. A veces tengo sueños de que estoy en casa y no tengo conocimiento de español o del evangelio. Me dio cuenta que necesito trabajar muy duro. Necesito usar mi tiempo en una buena manera o voy a volver y tener dudas y remordimientos de que hice en la misión. Sé que es importante usar nuestro tiempo en una buena manera. Sólo tenemos esta vida para hacer lo que el Señor quiere que hagamos. A veces tengo remordimientos que no hice todo que pude hacer antes la misión y ahora sé que es importante que usamos nuestro tiempo en una buena manera. Recuerden que tiempo es importante y también cuando tengamos experiencias muy buenas, necesitamos disfrutarlas. La vida es muy especial. Es nuestro tiempo para aprender y comprender. Sé que el uso de tiempo es importante, y debemos prepararnos por la próxima vida y también debemos disfrutar el momento que estemos. No debemos buscar por una mejor vida de plata u otras cosas del mundo pero necesitamos disfrutar la vida que Dios nos dio. Sé que tiempo es importante y nuestro Salvador nos ama. 

Anyways can´t wait to talk next week! Everyone have a great week! Love you all and I look forward to talking again!
Love Elder Orr

Monday, June 26, 2017


     This has been a good week! We had stake conference yesterday. President Robertson came and it was the last time we were able to hear him speak. He shared his experiences when he first became a mission president and it was a great help for me. He talked about how it is important to act and not wait to be acted upon. It was a great talk and I was able to benefit from it. We have zone conferences this Saturday to be able to meet President Rezek and his wife. They will come to our zones and meet each one of us for this first time this saturday so we are excited about that. I am excited to be able to meet him! We have been working pretty hard this week, we found 4 new people to teach and we are still teaching this mother and daughter named Betty and Brenda. They will be baptized in two weeks so we are really excited for them. It has been such an honor to be a missionary for the Lord and to be able to meet some wonderful people. It is way cool to see a different culture and realize that there are other people that live outside of the United States. Betty and Brenda are so awesome! They are so prepared and ready to receive the gospel! They came to the stake conference that we had too and they were really excited to listen to the speakers and they love having us come over and teach them. They ask us a lot of questions yesterday at the end Brenda was asking us what kind of music we listen to as members of the church. We were talking about all the different music we listened to before our missions and it was really cool to see similarities between us and people that live here. It made me realize that we may come from different places but in the end we are all children of God and we are all the brothers and sisters. It has been so much fun to be a missionary, it is so rewarding la verdad. To share this joy that we have with other people is a priviledge. Anyways it has been a good week we were able to teach some new people and help Betty and Brenda prepare for baptism and take one step closer to it. Anyways it´s been an awesome experience thus far and I can´t believe it´s already been 5 months since I got on the airplane. Before you know it you´ll find yourself heading home stressing about college and finding someone to marry. At least I don´t have to worry about those things for a while though. Anyways love you all it has been so much fun to talk to you! Can´t wait to hear from you more next week! Tengan una buena semana
Love Elder Orr 

Monday, June 19, 2017


Another great week in Argentina! We had an interesting week with the transfers! It has been an interesting week. There was this guy that we talked to in the street that supposedly was a missionary or preacher in an Evangelist church. We told him we were representatives of the Church of Jesus Christ. He then told us that we ourselves like our bodies were representatives of the Church of Christ. He talked about the scripture in Corinthians that says our bodies are temples. Then went on to explain that our bodies are churches and that is why we dont need to go to church. We were like ????? So that was an interesting experience. He also thought that images of Christ are sin. ?????? How is a picture of our savior a sin? Anyways it was interesting he also thought we only were valiant during our missions and then thought he was more holy because he supposedly preached the word of God his whole life. He said to us -So after your missions you just go back home and forget everything in your church and live a life of sin and you dont preach anymore right? It kind of made me a little angry because it was like I am away from my family for two years and you have your little I phone listening to your music and somehow you are more holy than us because you believe your body is a building and you preach apostasy your whole life? I would love to see him preach in the United States in downtown Detroit trying to learn English. Anyways there are some people with the craziest beliefs. We had a great lesson with some investigators who are going to be baptized on July 8th! They are awesome, they are preparing so well and the one wants to read the entire Book of Mormon before her baptism. They are so awesome! They have been coming to church and wanting to learn as much as they can. We taught the Word of Wisdom and I shared the blessings that I have seen from keeping it. I talked about how I loved to hike in the mountains at home and look for Deer horns before I came to Argentina. I talked about the blessing of health that I have had to be able to keep doing the things I love to do. It was a great lesson and they commited to live it! They are capas! Anyways its been a great week! Love you all! Thanks for all the support and pics! Cant wait to talk again next week! Have a great week love you all!
-Love Elder Orr

Monday, June 12, 2017


This has been an awesome week! We have had a lot of success! We also just received some news of transfers! I will stay here in Paso del Rey for 9 more weeks at least. This next transfer will be longer because President Rezek the new mission president is coming, so this transfer will be longer so he doesn´t have to worry about organizing transfers for a little bit. Elder McDonald is heading to a different area, to be a zone leader. I had a feeling he was going to be a zone leader for some reason. I will be companions with Elder Cobb, he is from west valley. I met him when I was in Papua he was in the same zone as me. He seems like an awesome Elder from when I met him so I am excited! We had another service opportunity this week! We went to go paint a school and some potential investigators came to help us out too. The one problem is we forgot to take pictures! The bishop might send us some though so we will see. We found 6 new investigators this week! It was a great week for finding new investigators! We will definitely have some people to work with when Elder Cobb gets here tomorrow! It has been colder that is for sure, but a winter coat in the night time is good enough to keep you warm. The other day was way warm we didn´t even need to wear sweaters it was so warm. One investigator we are working with is so awesome! She wants to learn so much! She read the entire gospel principles book in a week! She got one last Sunday and read it throughout the whole week and finished it! She told us she plans to do the same thing with the Book of Mormon. She is awesome and wants to learn so much, she came to church yesterday with her mom and her sister who are also investigators. She has a baptismal date for the 1st of July with her mom too so we will see how it will work out but we are excited! Her name is Brinda, she is really smart and has a real desire to learn the gospel and follow the savior. She said she was just confused about which church is the true church, because her and her mom went to a lot of evangelist churches but never seemed to find the right one. She said until we all of a sudden showed up and she was ready to receive our message. She loved the story of Joseph Smith because she thought his situation is a lot like hers. She loves the idea of praying to God for an answer about which church is true. I think she knows too that she is receiving her answer. Anyways she is a capa! (she is awesome) I have loved all the service opportunities we had these last few weeks! It has been great to provide service for others and sometimes it is a nice change from just proselyting all the time. Hahaha! Anyways it´s been a great week and I look forward to what these next few weeks will bring! I need to take some better pictures though and not of cotton fruit pero bueno está bien. Loved talking to you all! I love writing every week! I look forward to writing again! ¡Tengan una buena semana y les amo mucho!
Love, Elder Orr  

Monday, June 5, 2017


         This week has been a really good week! We reached our goal of having 6 investigators come to church yesterday! Wednesday I had the opportunity to do a companion exchange with Elder Neto, he is from Brazil. Companion exchanges are when we switch companions with other Elders in our district for one day only. So we did that tuesday actually and I stayed at the apartment with the Elder Neto over in Moreno. Then Wednesday Elder Mcdonald came with Elder Neto´s companion over to the apartment and we then headed back over to paso del rey. I learned a lot from Elder Neto, he had a lot of excitement for the work and it helped me to re adjust some things. He came out the same time that I did so we had a little bit in common. He was a convert from Brazil and he has been a member for about a year and a half. He was awesome, I then went back over to Paso del Rey with Ëlder McDonald, we had another service opportunity as well this week. A recent convert in the ward had a scary experience. His roof in his house caught on fire and fire fighters came to put it out. He called us later in the day and said he needed help to keep up the mess. We went over there and helped him out cleaning out the left over water from the fire fighters and black ash in the room below the area of the roof that caught fire. Me and Elder McDonald were talking through out the week how interesting it was that his roof caught fire. This recent convert was in active and started smoking again he is 18 years old. He wanted to change though and he came to church the last Sunday for the first time in months is what Elder McDonald said and he came yesterday too. He has also quit smoking again, then the next thing you know after he comes to church for the first time in months his roof in his house catches on fire. We were talking about how it´s interesting how hard the adversary works to get people to not make changes in their lives or to be able to enjoy the fruits of the gospel. He came to church yesterday though despite what happened.

          We are pretty excited for these two investigators that we have. They both have baptismal dates for the 1st of July so we are really excited for them and hope that the dates w
 fall through! They came to church yesterday and it seemed to us that they had a really good experience. We have been teaching them for the last few weeks, it is a mother and daughter that Elder Dye my last companion told me to go visit. He was in this area before. It´s has been a fun area to be in. We are really excited for what is going to come these next few weeks I think we are going to have a lot of work for us. 

Quiero compartir mi testimonio porque ayer fue el primer domingo.

La oportunidad que tenemos para compartir el evangelio es muy especial. Que grande es la oportunidad que tenemos para ayudar a nuestros hermanos y hermanas. Sé que Dios ama a todos Sus hijos y Él desea que regresamos y vivir con Él después esta vida. Sé que Jesucristo es nuestro salvador y Él murió y sufrió por nuestros pecados para que podamos cambiar nuestras vidas. Sé que Dios puede ayudarnos con todos los desafíos que tenemos. Él tiene el poder para hacerlo. Que grande es un milagro cuando alguien quiere cambiar su vida. Sé que Dios tiene un plan para nosotros. Él quiere que compartimos este plan con otras personas. Es una bendición que tenemos. Es una esperanza que tenemos. Hay mucas personas que están buscando una esperanza y una felicidad. Lo tenemos y necesitamos compartirlo con otras personas. A veces es difícil hacerlo pero con la ayuda del señor nada es imposible. comparto estas cosas con mucho amor en el nombre de Jesucristo. Amen.

​I am including the English translation:
I want to share my testimony because yesterday was the first Sunday. The opportunity we have to share the gospel is very special. How great is the opportunity we have to help our brothers and sisters. I know that God loves all His children and He wants us to come back and live with Him after this life. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and He died and suffered for our sins so that we can change our lives. I know that God can help us with all the challenges we have. He has the power to do it. How great a miracle is when someone wants to change their life. I know God has a plan for us. He wants us to share this plan with other people. It's a blessing we have. It is a hope that we have. There are many people who are looking for hope and happiness. We have it and we need to share it with other people. Sometimes it is difficult to do it but with the Lord's help nothing is impossible. I share these things with much love in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Anyways everyone have a great week! Can´t wait to talk to you all next monday!
Love Elder Orr  

Thursday, June 1, 2017


 I tried to see if it was possible to send videos but the file was too large but at least I can still send pics. This week has been an interesting week, I have learned a few things that I have never though of before. Earlier this week we were walking around the town in Paso del Rey we passed a little shop that sales fishing stuff and they had a pellet gun for sale. I thought to myself ¨This is the closest I am going to get to Cabela´s for two years¨ Hahaha! Anyways it was interesting to see, we have been trying to find a lot of less actives because the member list is so small. We have been working a lot with our ward mission leader. He has come along with us on a few visits to help out with teaching some investigators. He has an awesome testimony and he was baptized only about 3 years ago. He always had a happy attitude about going around visiting all these different people. It made me realize that I need to try and have the same excitement that he has. Anyways we have been working with him mostly this week and it has been really good. I´m starting to learn that I need to just say things when I have them on my mind. I have let opportunities go by without saying anything and I feel really bad after the lesson. I have been learning to try and speak up more and try to say what is on my mind or in my heart. I have also learned how important prayer is, too often I treat prayer as something just regular and going through the motions kind of thing. When you think about it though prayer is one of the most awesome things in this world. We have the ability to talk to our Heavenly Father who loves us and is ready to listen to us. I have also learned to act on the things that I am praying for. When I don´t act on what I´m praying for it is really hard for Heavenly Father to bless me with what I need. Prayer is like a conversation, it is a conversation with our Father in Heaven who loves us and cares about us and wants to help us when we need it. Through Him I also know that weak things can become strong and when we really pray with real intent we find that our prayers are more powerful and we can feel the spirit more. I know when there have been times that I have either missed home or started to feel discouraged but when I pray to Heavenly Father I can feel the comfort of His spirit. It helps me realize that it doesn´t matter where you are at in life or how you feel. You can always pray to your Heavenly Father and feel that comfort that He has ready for you. Prayer is amazing. I almost forgot one story that happened this week. We gave service for a recent convert who has a lot going on. She is a single mother and is raising 4 kids. She has a hard time trying to get a lot of things done around her house. We dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt to go over and help her. It was weird wearing jeans it was the first time I had worn them in like 4 months. Anyways we went to her house and cleaned her yard up a little bit. There was a fire where they burned trash and that kind of stuff. We took a shovel and a wheel barrow and moved all the burnt trash and ashes out of the yard. We then took it over to this kind of canal man made river that was a few houses away and just dumped it in the river. We asked them where we should dump it and they just told us to dump it in the river. It was funny I thought to myself ¨Wow if you did this in the US you would get a $200 ticket!¨ My companion was funny he said something like ¨I feel like a horrible citizen of the world dumping this trash into this river.¨ It was interesting it reminded me that we aren´t in the US anymore. Then we went back to her house and chopped some bamboo like stuff with a machete. It was some interesting service work, one Elder I knew in Padua once was asked by someone to kill his chickens with a .22. He couldn´t use the .22 obviously so he killed them with a slingshot and some rocks. He showed me a video and everything. So I guess what we did wasn´t too weird. Hahaha! It was fun though, it felt good to help her out with some stuff that needed to be done around her house. It was actually the first bit of service work that I have done here in Argentina. It was a great experience though. One thing that is awesome too that I forgot to mention is I found OREOS! They taste a little different than the ones in the states but I FOUND THEM! It has been so much fun to be a missionary, I feel like I am learning something new about our Savior everyday. It is amazing how when you work with other companions and members en la obra misional (Missionary work) it´s amazing how much your love for these people grows. There are so many people that I have felt so honored to meet in the mission that I otherwise never would have met if I hadn´t come. Anyways that is all I have to say for this last week, it has been so much fun! Have an awesome week everyone and I will talk to you all next monday
Love Elder Orr