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Elder Joshua D. Wartena
Casilla de Correo 70
Bahia Blanca 8000
Buenos Aires
Argentina

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wednesday is my favorite day!

Dear Family and Friends,

It's funny how a day of the week becomes your favorite. For 8 weeks I loved Fridays. Then the favorite changed to Monday. What do ya know? Now I love Wednesdays. I'm just so fickle. Oh, well. You never know how much you're gonna miss them until they're gone. Even if you've been imagining this separation since they were two weeks old, and crying about it on a regular basis, you don't know how bad the hurt is going to be or how large the whole in your life will feel when they are gone. Every Wednesday we write, read, chat, and laugh. Then the email is turned off and the momma cries for a little bit. Some weeks are more tear stained, some are less.

Now don't worry. I'm fine. We're all fine. We just miss each other's daily company. It is truly the very best feeling in the world to know your kid is Choosing The Right. It makes a lot of the hurt better. Those times when I get to feeling real lonely and sad, I take a few minutes to read conversion stories of people. To read about a person who didn't have the gospel in their life who one day chose to listen to LDS missionaries can change your whole perspective. I feel a connection to the people Josh is teaching. We pray for them. We see their faces in the pictures, hear their stories, and have joy in their changed lives. A mission is a good thing after all--and for a while there I really didn't think I was ever going to be able to say that.

So here is another weekly partial letter from our missionary to share with you. Please enjoy this journey with us.

Sincerely,
Stacie


It's MY MOM!!!

Well, I am glad you had an exciting valentine's day, yup yup. Sooooo, yeah. We are tired! We are working very hard, it's nice, and odd at the same time. The ward is all working together with their mission plan and telling us to come over because they will have someone to teach, etc. Very awesome.
Let's tell you about our peoples here.
Juan and Celia will be baptised as soon as his divorce papers go through and they can be married. In the meantime we hope to baptise their kids!
Paula and her family. Her two daughters just come to church and will be baptised as well. We just need to teach the lessons and get the Mom in on it.
Richard wants to start coming to church, but he is a security guard who gets home at about 4 or 5 am, and is very tired but comes to church. He is going to get married to the member who he is living with and will be baptised.
Laura and her daughter Deborah are bomb investigators who just need to pray and come to church.
Martin is the 18 friend of a member who goes to church, youth conference, and will be baptised as soon as he prays
Then we have the Beloqui family who has some friends they have been teaching about the temple and are all amazing apparently.

It's a good time

And those aren't counting the less actives we are working with and the members, bishop, ward mission leaders and missionaries, etc. etc.
It pretty much rocks.
We had 6 people in church, that we didn't know were coming or brought.
We had a good cold night and rain this week, so the bugs have gone down quite a bit, which is nice. I was becoming a mosquito farm I swear...
We have a zone conference tomorrow, I will let you know how that goes.
Sorry this is like bullet points, the week just flew by and I don't have my ''email notes'' to write the stuff I wanted to remember.
Elder Palmer and I are still doing well, we are teaching well together, studying, yeah.
Anything specific you would like to know?
Yesterday was really cool, we went to a recent converts house to teach paula's kids the restoration, and one of her kids (the member) brought a couple friends! So we ended up watching the movie and teaching a ton of people the lesson. Felt like primary!

Yeah, if you haven't gathered, I am doing very well. Spanish, teaching, everything. Helps as well that the bishop told us that we shouldn't waste alot of time knocking doors. So we haven't, and have had alot more success finding and teaching worthwhile people (they are all worthwhile, but some won't listen, ya know)
Maybe it sounds like I am counting my chickens before they hatch, but I'm just happy!
What else, dang it..
I am officially playing futbol with Argentines, and being pitied...My poor comp, he played soccer in college, and loves it, but I never have, so I just get put in the goal half the time! I'm alright with it though, I learn alot watching.

Hmmm, studying the JSH this week, really good! Every time I read it I am just so impressed with how crazy his story is. I mean, the church is true. All these people don't join a church because a 14 said he saw God and was given gold scriptures buried in a hill 1400 years unless it's true!

Jon Bytheway is way good! I listened to a whole bunch of his talks in Tres Arroyos, I love how he talks about the scriptures. He teachs them like they are as familiar to him as his journals, and that personal.

Yeah! I think that is about how I am doing this week, just great.
Thanks for all the prayers, support, and just everything.

I love you so much, Mom!

Your missionary son
Elder Joshua Wartena

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