Josh has been a busy bee the past two weeks. He has a new companion these days. He is now senior companion, so busy learning to lead the companionship. His new comp is Elder Walker from Salt Lake City.
Next week Josh turns 20. It seems to be bothering him a lot that he is getting so "old". Maybe a few of you could take a minute to email him before the 15th and send him a Happy Birthday wish. I think it would ease his worries of being forgotten and all. Below is the latest email.
Well, another week, another Pday here in Punta Magotes. Can't say much has happened this week. Well, that´s a lie I suppose, but I´m still adjusting to a new comp, being older, all that stuff, so it all seems like a blur in my head. Last pday I actually set up a fake robbery with our neighbor teenagers. It was awesome, all 4 elders in the district got robbed with a fake rifle, me getting kicked, etc. My comp got 400 pesos, his 2 debit cards, and out cameras taken. Bless his heart, he tried to get his scriptures out and sneak the cameras too, but it didn't work. Great to just have them all be in shock and them get their stuff back right before calling pres.
Had another lesson with Liliana, with Javier and Paola, and some other members, but not really anything new or exciting to report. We were unable to get an appointment with Brisa on saturday, so we don't have the baptismal date yet. As well as Liliana being sick on sun, so that one fell through for this week as well. But the lessons are going well, we have another member to visit with us/take her to church, and it is just...well, cookie cutter I guess is the phrase. Nice, easy, accepting.
Not like Richard, who we went back to visit because apparently he ''has interest'' again. If going to the Jehovah´s Witness friend to ask questions about drinking is interest. I don't know, I have tried everything with this guy, but I feel like someone else will have to be the one to really help him when he is ready.
Contacted ALOT of people in the street, and have some that said they may be interested, we'll see how it goes when we visit their houses.
Oh, so remember that guy who came to church with the enormous dreadlocks, yeah, he gave us some cool quartz crystal formation thingies. Not sure what they are supposed to do, but they sure look good on the desks.
Church was...good. E Walker speaks very well, so he didn't have a problem giving his first testimonny. For the first time, nothing extremely weird happened in any of the meetings.
Yeah, just working hard trying to find new people and baptise the ones we have (finally!)
Get along strangly well with my new comp. He is a really great guy who loves the area and is excited to be here.
So yeah, that's about it for the work.
IT IS COLD!!! You don't think it is, but as soon as the wind picks up you just die. That's really the most exciting thing.
Miramar is sleeping over at our house again, the dist. leader and his comp (we seem to see an awfully lot of them) and we pranked them this morning. Set all clocks in the house 2 hours early and got up at 4:30 instead of 6:30. It seemed like a good idea at the time...namely the night before.
But had a good Pday anyway, went to the water tower again as a dist. (only Hermana Vazquez and I were there the last time) then the Museo del Mar (it sucked, waste of 16 pesos. They did have a cool shark though, and a touching pool to touch these fish that would come to the sides. It was odd) The aquarium was closed, or would be writing about that. We even made some dist. shirts in Centro, hopefully will be done tomorrow, and the Hermanas will pick them up. We each have a nickname, from Top Gun (E Walker and I had that idea, we even bought aviators today...for 5 dollars) Mine, Mavrick, yeah.
Wow, when the most exciting thing to happen to you...
But really, we're doing spectacular here, just great. Sounds like you guys are doing well, and Chris' Eagle Court of Honor! I am looking forward to pictures. Speaking of pictures, did E Palmer come by yet?
How is school going? Any exciting changes, boring changes, anything?
I don't have much more to write, but next week we have zone conference, on my birthday, so perhaps they will be something about that that will stick out more.
Mom, I'm turning 20, this is so weird. The mission goes by so fast. I wish I had enjoyed more before, being with all the brothers, not arguing as much, and all that good stuff.
Thanks for being the best family anyone could ask for.
I love you!
Your missionary son and brother
Elder Joshua Wartena
Anyway, it was great to hear from him again. I can hardly believe he has been out just shy of 11 months. Here's wishing you all a wonderful week.
Signing off for now,
P.S. Be sure to check out the flickr photos if you haven't lately.