Where do I send letters?

joshua.wartena@gmail.com
or
Elder Joshua D. Wartena
Casilla de Correo 70
Bahia Blanca 8000
Buenos Aires
Argentina

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hold Everything...that is until April 15th.


Alright, alright, alright...let me explain.  I got a call this morning at 8:30 a.m. from the Stake President.  After working with the computer for a while he found out that the paperwork can not be submitted until 3 months before the availabitility date.  Since Josh listed that date as July 15, 2009, the paperwork will have to wait until April 15th.  

Needless to say, Josh is a bit dissapointed at this news.  It feels just like hitting those really tall speed bumps in the Macey's parking lot.  They catch you unaware, give the car quite a jolt, but once you are on the other side of them you just slow down and proceed forward at a slower pace.  You still get where you want to be, it just takes a little bit longer.   

We were told that mission calls are coming back after the papers have been submitted within 10 to 14 days on average.  With the new submittal date it dawns on me that there is a good chance his call could arrive on my birthday, April 27th.  That would be only 12 days.  Let's wait and see.

Signing off for now,
The Mama




Monday, March 23, 2009

The Paperwork has been submitted!

Well, the time of waiting has come. Yesterday was the interview with the Stake President and all of Josh's mission paperwork was submitted. He passed--so far. Now we await "The Call." I think he is going to explode with excitement and anticipation. His mother and father are quite excited as well.

All these years of talking about and planning for a mission. It is hard to believe that the time is here. At the risk of being too sentimental, I will only say the time went by much quicker than I ever imagined.

I remember when Josh was a little tyke. One day I found him atop the back of our brown couch with a stick in his hand pointing it up high. I asked him what he was doing. He said he was Samuel on the wall with Jesus warning the Nephites that they were bad and needed to repent. He was such a cute, confident Samuel.

Please submit your guesses for where he will be called. There will probably not be a prize for a correct or close guess, but it is fun and helps to fill the waiting time.

Signing off for now,
The Mama

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Our new blog--the mission

Here is a special place for all our family and friends to come and find out how Joshua mission is going.  He has not actually started serving yet, but I thought we could start keeping you updated now.  We anticipate he will get to start serving sometime this summer.

Josh's has turned in all the paperwork he is required to submit to apply to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Our Bishop has interviewed him and turned in all of the paperwork he is to take care of.  He is waiting for an interview with the Stake President, but don't know when he will be back in town for that.  

That's all for now.  Hope to see you back here soon.

Signing off for now,
The Mama