Where do I send letters?

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

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Time flies

I have discovered if I do something for my kids I actually do it.  For instance, when I am pregnant I exercise, eat wonderfully, go on bedrest, get proper sleep, etc. just for the baby.  I worry about not getting this blog updated each week cause it's for my kid.  Perhaps I should set up all my goals in life with the welfare of one of my kids as part of the deal.  Hmmm.  Food for thought.

Now, while I'm thinking about that, you enjoy the email we received this week.

Hi Mom!
Haha, I remember making that CD! Years ago, woah...so I got 2 letters today from the Weavers! Jacob is 9? Uhhh, when did that happen, I remember the kid being born..
Just a slight what happened to time moment. I have been a missionary for 10 months and my comp for 4.5 of those is going home in a few days.
Mmmmmm, cheescake. Huh, oh, I'm awake. Your package is on it's way too! Well, kinda, it's coming with E Palmer, and he will probably come over about a week after he gets back and heds up to SLC. He is being flown right into St. George, which is nice.
Woah, get Jo a blessing and bed!
Ok, I have to tell you about the lady we found this week. Went over to a member families house to see her before she goes into hip replacement surgery(today) and she tells us that she has a friend that left her church the day before, wants to join our's and wants to hear us. And that she is ready. Now. Well, we go over and teach a first lesson, she starts reading that night and calls her friend with questions. Comes to the activity the next day in the church for Independence day, we teach the plan of salvation that night and it all goes great. She just is perfectly happy to accept and cumplir with any commitments and has no problems. And, she is an english teacher, which is just cool.
She's going to get baptised. That is really the most exciting thing to hàppen teaching wise.
Oh, lie, we taught Brisa and Rocio again after quite a while and we just had an overview of nearly everything. Well, we say once again how she can know the BoM and the church are true by praying and she tells us ''I know it's true'' Oh, really? ''Yeah, I asked God and he told me'' Then little Rocio pops in ''You should ask him too!'' Well, now we have too baptise her, since she gained a testimony and all.
The activity in the church went well. 25 de Mayo revolution that led to the independence day. We all dressed up in clothing that made us all look about 200 years old and had theater acts, stories, all good.
It rained for about 5 days straight before that though. Thick, nasty, humid, warm rain that made everything mud. Blech. Thank heaven for coats.
Pday, E Palmer's last Pday ever. Writing to his family for the last time ever. It's good. Had luch with the zone in an all you can eat place, walked around, played on the beach, took pictures with the ocean and everyone. Guess who got eaten by 2 monster waves on the pier? Yup, E Wartena. It was cold with the wind, and very salty.
Tell Jo thanks for me!
So, the package is coming with a Cd of all the pictures and videos up to this point, so you will have a copy of everything.
Oh my goodness, I thought I understood a little of Isaiah before I came out here. Then I spent a month and a half and 50 pages of study journal in Tres Arroyos on Nephi's quoting.
I have been reading a little of D&C every day, studying lessons and chapters in PMG, and reading John in the NT. D&C always strikes me as one of the oddest books we have. It is almost llike a collection of pat. blessings to the early saints/words of instruction and reproof. I like it alot, very helpful to read from a missionary mindset. I decided I needed a better testimony about the Savior, so I started John, that's all.
PMG is an inspired work. Amazing book, I wish I had read it more before.
So, how do I feel when I feel the Spirit? Honestly, it's kinda weird. I feel like God is slightly pushing me physically in a certain direction and saying ''come on, you know what this is, just do it, I'll take care of it.'' Which gives me 2 options, obey or not. When I obey, ''Good job, I told you so, Elder, look how I can use you to help other people and don't you feel good?'' Not obeying '' (open hand hitting me accross the head mentally) what was that? You knew it was my spirit. Repent and go fix that.''
I'm slowly fetting better and recognizing and obeying immediately.
Well, tell everyone hello for me, and gives hugs all around. I will be sending a big ol video letter to everyone, show you some stuff, etc. But that's pretty much how it is here. Just going along. Thanks again for the emails and the prayers. I love you all so very much.
Your missionary son and brother
Elder Joshua Wartena
''And THAT is why the Lord created man...'' 2 Nephi 2:25

Love to all for another week.

Signing off for now,
The Mama

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Another week -- actually the beginning of week #44 we figured out today -- another email.  It is amazing how fast this mission is going by.  Enjoy the email.

Hi Mom!
Hey, it rained all night long here too...but we woke up to fog and humidity. But no worries, all is good and beautiful now.
I will give you the quick rundown of the week before anything else.
Had divisions 1.5 times (they forgot the keys and had to come back, that is 1.5) and it went...well. Neither of us like divsions too much, we are too used to teaching with each other
Nancy likes the BoM and the church, but doesn't see why she has to get baptised or why she can't just share catholic with Mormon...back to square one
Javier is giving up drinking, smoking, and swearing! And we haven't even had a commandments lesson yet...just goes to show what a real ''change of heart'' does to a person. He was so proud to tell us too, it was just great. Went over to their house and they were at the table reading the BoM! Needless to say, an excellent lesson on prophets. (aka, spirit and interest were there)
The ward still sucks, that is all.
Not really anything interesting happened, I mean, I broke into Miramar's house with the dist leader after divisions because it was cold, the other companionship had the keys, and I didn't want to just stand outside at 9 pm.
Visited the old Mar del Plata water tower today. Much cooler than it sounds, I will have pictures up hopefully next week.
Went to Caisamar on the other side of Mar del today as well to visit a family from E Palmer's old area. We are sunburned for some reason
After 8 months Elder Cox and I saw each other again! Anticlimactic, yes, but it was cool to have Elder Backhorse, Elder Cox, and Elder Wartena all together again.
Oh, went to another big catholic church and had holy water flicked at me (let's just say that some missionaries are less...respectful haha) it burned.
I think I was put on a dist./zone leader list. I am getting mission newsletters, zone stuff, and dats for everyone in the mission...cool I guess.
The raingutter boats look cool, good job. We were talking about pinewood derbys this week actually.
AGH! You already have the conference edition!!! I am jealous, we don't have it yet. Ah well, I guess patience is a virtue...Last conference was the best one I have ever heard, the church is so true...
Thanks for sharing all that with me, Mom.
Well, 40 weeks huh...wow. One more transfer and 1 year. WOAH! I am turning 20 years old! I just got that weird feeling of realizing stuff like that...woooooah.
I am afraid to report that I am falling victim to the missionary aging effect...your emails become shorter as time goes on. But I'm also in the process of writing letters to send home next week with Elder Palmer (who is still working spectacularly and doing great) So you can hear about the girls who tried to get us to come to the casino/21st birthday party today in centro, the ocean, my camera almost breaking, and all that good stuff in your letter.
But yeah, still just plugging along down here. 2 little engines, weeeee...
Thanks again for the emails every week, I love reading how everybody is doing. Keep doing well, give hugs, enjoy the sun, etc.
I love you all!
Your missionary son and brother
Elder Joshua Wartena

Every week we look forward to our special time writing and sending emails.  When your child/brother is thousands of miles away you just have to treasure every little moment of communication no matter how it comes.  Happy trails to all.

Signing off for now,
The Mama

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

After Mother's Day

Our talk with Josh on Mother's Day was just wonderful.  He is doing great.  He has decided he wants to serve a mission with his wife one day because that would have to be the Celestial Kingdom on Earth.  Enjoy the email.

Dear Mom,

Ok, so I will just tell what has happened since sunday.
Not much.
Had a dinner with Javier and Paola again, DELICIOUS chcken thing. Drool...
Also had breakfast that day with a great new couple in the ward who wanted to get to know the missionaries. We're ok with that. Same day we had lunch as canalonies...yeah, we're still pretty full.
But now full enough to turn down a BBQ today! Woot, dist. activity. I will put some pictures up of where we went, what we did, all that good stuff. Having sister missionaries in your district makes activities alot funner. Adds difference.
Oh, para que sepas, sea lions may be the nastiest things I have ever smelled.
Talked with Cato, the hippie guy who likes to learn about different religions and came to church. He loves the book of Alma, and wants to be baptised.
We don't think it is for the right reasons though, he just likes churches. We'll teach him and see where it goes I guess.
Yeah, talking to alot of people in the street, fun stuff.
Weather is about the same here. MASSIVE amounts of humidity and a ton of fog this morning. But still stays pretty cold apart from the middle of the day.
Ok, I have changed my mind.
Bday, letters, nothing else. For this year and next year. You don't need to send me money, nothing, just little stuff like pictures and letters.
Why do I say this? Well, I may have bought a bday present for this year...and next year...yeah.
Yeah, I got a bday present.
Bought it from Elder Palmer, who traded his basketball shoes we wanted to sell and Javier absolutely loved for the jacket that Javier wanted to sell and I loved. So Javier has shoes, I have a jacket, and E Palmer has money.
I will put pictures, but to buy in the states would run you about 250 dollars. I got it for about 70. 

Well, Fernanda is actually the one who suggested calling! We didn't know what to do and she saved us! She says it was a pleasure though, when her son goes on a mission she hopes he has someone to help take care of him there too. :)
Ah, tell Dad not to worry, I won't be able to email him this week either. We have to run to an appointment and got here late because we had to clean up at the house after the BBQ. Just you today I'm afraid. Don't you feel special? I sure do, get an email from my Mom every week.
People all having babies, getting married, what is this!? I am going to come home to a completely new family.
You are going to have to write a book about teenage boys after we are all grown up and gone, Mom. But seriously, that would be a good idea.
Oh, ummm, I have started telling people that I was born in spain and we moved to utah when I was a little kid. This way they don't think I am just a stupid N American who can't speak at all. Amazingly, they don't have problems understanding anything when you say this...placebo effect anyone?
That is something I see in our mission pres, actually. I had never thought of it in that was though. He doesn't say that there has to be a huge change NOW. But rather, you make goals, plans, and work as hard as you can to do the best you can.
Make 48 changes per day!
I really liked that talk too. I even liked the talks that were directed to the ladies, jeez that was a good conference.
I will try to remember to put in your letter with your present how I feel about all that revelation stuff. Not anything profound, but just how I feel when I feel the spirit.
How do you feel when you know the spirit is talking to you, Mom?
Little study for the both of us, we will come back next week with answers, deal? Ok, awesome, thanks.
Well, it must needs be that I run again. Such is the life. Wait all week to write, and then have to rush as fast as you can! Haha.
Thanks for all the love, Mom, I love you guys too. I just like letters every once in awhile from the brothers is all. I like email more, but every couple months a letter from one of the bros or you or Dad unexpected just helps.
Well, keep chuggin' along! We'll keep working hard here in Argentina and keep you updated. You guys are always in our prayers.
Love you all
Your missionary son and brother
Elder Wartena

Happy wishes being sent your way.  Thanks for sticking with us through this mission.  It sure is fun and educational.

Signing off for now,
The Mama

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Only 4 days till the Mother's Day Call--and All is Well.

We are very excited here as we anticipate the arrival of Mother's Day.  Yes a call from Josh will be coming, one of two we get each year.  Wish us well connecting.  We wish you all a Happy Mother's Day as well.

Ok, so we were in centro for pday, and got back late, had to change, and don't have alot of time. Normally I would feel bad, but...I'm calling you in 4 days so I don't.
I will tell you about all our investigadors sunday, deal? Remind me to tell you about Javier and all the lessons, Nancy/moving and taking the cigarettes away from her, the hippie, and Hermana Gigli.
That is all about the investigadors. (Oh, and I caught an awesome pass in the end zone of the beach today, Dad can be proud.)
Bday, ok I have a list actually
Dickies work pants, my black pants are begining to get nearly see through thin in the rear
That is all.
I paid for the doctor visit with personal money, which is what you have to do for the eye doctor. The mission will pay for other doctors, but eyes no. It cost about 25 dollars to get a complete check up. It was cool though, he used these hand lenses and had a huge box of them.
Speaking of birthdays, I have your's and Nathan's presents, they will come home with Elder Palmer.
Thank you for the garlic and onion stuff! I took some garlic the other day and was really wondering how I could just get some oil and well, everything you sent me. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Thanks for the info about Sadie. I'm very glad to know she is ok.
Ok, so I was talking to E Palmer about the best people in the Book of Mormon, or ones I really liked. Nephi is probably on my top 5, just...amazing. Yeah, I don't know how to explain my thoughts on that, but I really want to meet him after this life.
I felt the Spirit reading your testimony, Mom.
Did you know you are a missionary, it's true. You have 6 converts, us!
The church is true, and God loves us more than we can comprehend. If we all remember and feel His love it will turn our all right.
Ok, I have to go, but I will talk to you soon!
Love you
Your missionary son
Elder Wartena

Signing off for now,
The Mama