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.