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

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The difference a day can make in your life.

HI!

Ok, to start off, here is the story of the week.

Many miles have been put in my shoes this week.
But we did find someone, one solitary person.
I felt like we should knock doors one night. This is not something we do often due to the high number of members, references, and ex investigators in the area. But I really just felt like we should. Elder Palmer did not share the sentiment.
Well, it was getting dark and I said that we had 7 minutes left, and that we only had to do one or two more doors and we could go home. Elder Palmer quickly looked around and saw a lady sitting in her doorway with a baby. Well, we contacted her outside the gate, she said no, but that if we wanted we could come back tomorrow when her boyfriend was there. Well, this is not unusual, so we just said thanks and went home.
Well, we went by the next morning and a guy, mid 20s comes out. Shaved head, cigarette, punk looking, yeah, we were going to get regected. Yeah, sure, come on in.
Suprise? Uh, yeah.
Well, turns out he has read the bible several times, likes religion, but not the catholic church or the evangelical that all his family is preaching for and such. He doesn't like how he smokes, and wanted to read the book we had (offered us money, we turned down the easy cash) Elder Palmer spent a good while talking to him, and he wants to have us over for lunch and to answer his questions that he will surely have after reading.

Yeah, jsut plugging along trying to find new people. Ever have the feeling you are supposed to learn patience? Yeah, that's a FUN trip. haha
So, yeah, that is about all that has happened this week sadly. We have a zone conference again tomorrow that should be good. Pres is coming to the house to give us our interviews this time, and to see the house, so we won't have to be in the church as long. As well there will only be three talks, Pres, Sis Detlefsen, and the APs. So it will be much better! (the zone conferences used to be so dang long...)
I am really excited for gen conference though! Feels like we had it about a week ago, which is odd. Elder Blackhorse pointed out that we are coming up on a year mark. Odd.
But I do remember several of those talks! Very very good, I am looking forward to the easter talks. Do you remember Elder Holland's two part talk a few years ago? Amazing, I watched it 2 tranfers ago.
Elder Torres is now a District Leader out in another part of the mission (somewhere by Santa Rosa) Elder Cox is comp. mayor and Elder Jones is assistant to the zone leader out in Tandil. Way weird.
Tell nate that he now has the carga of having my bike all tricked out and awesome by the time I get home. hehehe.
But that is really cool, way to go for what you want to do!
And the scouts, yeah...that is amazing. What happened? I mean, all of a sudden the boys want to get their eagles! That is how good you are, Mom.
OOOO, read Jesus the Christ! So good!!! I have read it twice so far and it is awesome! Be sure to read all the Isaiah prophecies about what would happen to Christ as well. Really cool stuff.
I am still reading the BoM. Just finished the whole Tree of Life stuff, and spent a good half hour in Enos this morning. Really impacted by the calling of a prophet. Maybe because Gen Conf is coming up. But prophets are so amazing!

I like classic yellow peeps.
And will be eating an easter egg and thinking of you all.
Send pictures of the quilt!

The Santa Monica Elders are flipping out about the blog Mom. You just alot of awesome points here.
I like it, ALOT.

And I was wondering where the music was coming from, then realized it was your blog! I like this mary did you know song.

Well, it must needs be that we get to our meeting again. Sorry for the boring week. However, we did cook a whole chicken and eat it today as 4 elders. So that was cool.

Love you all so much. Enjoy easter. Have fun watching conference in pjs! I will be in a suit at a stake center...grrr

Have a greast week!

Your missionary son and brother
Elder Joshua Wartena

Saturday, March 27, 2010

HI!

Well, I sure did enjoy reading your email this week! Thank you once again for the weekly letters that are just full of random good stuff.

The weather here can't seem to make up it's mind. Today is, literally, perfect. But earlier in the week it was horrible, so I guess that means we are in fall. Hmmm.
Today is actually a holiday (think, memorial day) and we went down to centro with the rest of the district and kinda just walked around and did some fun shopping. I bought my first mate (a big deal, mate is like the national drink. It is a type of tea thing, not sure how to explain it actually, but EVERYONE drinks it, and you use special cups made out of wood, glass, etc.) What is my mate cup? Well, I took the liberty to buy a cup made out the scrotum sac of a bull. Yes, I did.
I also bought a pair of casual shoes, since my tennis shoes are kinda dying from painting, running, etc. What was my choice of shoes? Well, logically, converse all stars. I like them quite a bit. These are some of the benifits of budgeting your money, you have extra at the end of the month. Poor Elder Palmer has no money...hehehe
So, all those meats you listed have so much more meaning to me now. I have seen every single one of them for sale except for the testicles (but I own a testicle as a cup now, so it's ok, although it is impracticle to drink out of, more for decoration) Tongue I hear is very good, and I now that heart, sweetbreads, and tripe are quite tasty. Brains look really nasty, not gonna lie. Not as nasty as the bag of nerves I saw though...
But all in all we really don't eat a ton of weird stuff. ALOT of pasta, and I mean ALOT. But with alot of different sauces and meats, and bread is a given at any meal. Actually part of the cutlery...
You sound really happy! And I am jealous of your spring break. Missionaries get no such luxuries!!!
Ben is in scouts, and getting baptised...this is weird to me. We just had a baptism this weekend! Matias Bartellone! And the family is now back in church. It is very nice to see something like that because of what you did.
Favorite investigator huh? Brisa, without a doubt. Very smart, cute little 12 yr old girl who comes alone every week with her younger sister. She has gone to alot of churches, and just feels better in our's! She will read, pray, and kinda takes the normal questions we ask as ''well, duh!'' She is just very, ''well, that makes sense, yeah.'' Her and her sister Rocio are way cool. We want a baptismal date with them, but at the same time want their parents baptised too. A predicament...prayer anyone?
Everyone is doing well here though. We found a few new people, we'll see how it goes. And a member's husband who is nto a member told us that he wants to change his life and have his family be better and needs the church for that. We agreed and are helping him to do just that. :)
Well, it depends, we usually attend priesthood, but if we have no one in church, we will go out and knock doors and talk to people in the street to find someone. But we go to the gospel principles class for the investigators and recent converts. Sunday school is not for the misionaries...but the other class is was smaller and fun anyway!
Odd random stuff.
Apparently mosquitos here are resistant to cold (from the lips of a member, not making this up!)
I feel that I have made a big step in my spanish by knowing the slang for flip flops and being able to understand the macarena
Hmmm, what else. Man, I feel so boring, my emails are getting shorter! But yeah, just plugging along still! Oh, we do not switch for daylight savings time, nope.
So, Mom, I have a question for you, what are your two favorite pictures of church related stuff, Jesus, etc?
And tell Ben I have a present for him.
Well, until next week! I love you all and am praying for you always. Thanks again for everything.
Love from Argentina
Your missionary son and brother
Elder Joshua Wartena

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ugh, thank you for such a happy email, it has not been the happiest week here.
Since sunday I have been in bed, with the exception of refusing to yesterday because we had an appt with Richard. I had been having bad headaches that were effectgin my sleep, and we were at our neighbor's when sis. Bartellone brushed my arm and said I had a fever. Well, find out it's a 101 degree fever...so I was ordered to bed and my comp took one of the YM Bartellones out to work. Well, yeah, that is about the story of my life since sun. Full of nights not being able to sleep, trying to nap during the day, and just wanting to bang my head against the wall.
Then for about two days before that it just rained and poured, and no one was home or would answer, and now it turns out that someone in the ward accused Elder Palmer of trying to do stuff with Virginia Fazzorlari (who is married to Fernando) This is of course ridiculous, I am always with him, and were with them alot because half of our progressing investigators are their friends, and so we teach with them and they come with us to contact their friends. Great couple. But, they have been having marital problems (easy to have when you get pregnant twice before turning 20 and don't really have a solid grip on life) and we didn't know. Now, the bishop and the ward mission leader both know and the mission leader has told us that we don't have to worry about anything, that he understands.
The worst part, the only reason that anyone thinks something is because Virginia is 19 yrs old, and very pretty. The other families that we work with (just as much as them) have no problems because they aren't the same.
Well, as well, a year or so ago we were told that something like this happened but that the missionary was alone with a lady for a few minutes and he had to have an emergency transfer.

We're just so excited for sunday.

Would you pray for these people?

Juan and Celia (still great, especially her, she is just eating up all the reading and defending the church and her decision to people)
Martin (still plugging along with teaching)
The Bartellone family
Brisa and Rocio
Patricia (we have another friend of the fazzolaris! She came to the first 2 hours of church, but was sick and couldn't stay for sac. mtg.)

Oh, not to make you nervous or anything, but I guess in the larger buildings in Centro you could feel the earthquake. But, this area has absolutely no lines or plates or anything for...along ways. Much more chance of having an earthquake in UT than here.
There were also a murder down the street this week (maybe the Lord was protecting me by being sick) and one in Santa Monica (the other half of our dist.) Something to do with drugs and money, and family problems. We actually went to an appt. and the lady said she couldn't stay because her friend just got killed and she had to go help. (that was a first hearing that one...)

Just a happy time here in Argentina for the moment. Nothing like migranes, earthquakes, murders, and neighbors getting shot at coming home from work to give you motivation to do better.
:D
Please don't worry though, I am fine.

Oh, address, yeah, the office changed, and there are two addresses for some reason, one for the stake center, and one for the office (but please just send them to the office)

I think you just forgot the bahia blanca part

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

I actually will be able to go to the temple before I leave! I will be making it just in time.

Well, you all sound busy, and I am glad to hear it. Hopefully next week will be a more exciting email with more stories. Thank you for all the prayers, letters, etc.
I love you so much.

Your son and brother
Elder Joshua Duveau Wartena