Where do I send letters?

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

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A week in the life of a missionary

Dear Family and Friends,

All is well, all is good.  Josh survived turning the big "20".  Now he is off tracting some more in Argentina.  

Well, we will be leaving the internet place soon, I can only hope your email gets here in time!
I love email, so easy to write you guys.
Anyways, this was a FUN week...kinda.
The World cup, ugh. I love it, and hate it. You can look up all the stats online, but really the only thing that matters is that Argentina is doing extremely well, which translates into not alot of people out, but most everyone is pretty satisfied with everything and not complaining.
Liliana dropped us, just ignored us at her door, locked the door, and won't talk to us. We don't know what happened, but suspect it has something to do with her week in Buenos Aires or something with family and someone ''talked to her' about the church. But, we have someone new to teach (finally, oh my goodness) Luciana! 22 yrs old, 2 kids, and was contacted byu the sister missionaries in their area, but lives in our's. We taught her the first lesson, and it went very well, we know get to see if she will read/pray. The family that was ''so ready to be baptised'' according to the members who gave us the reference, turns out not to want anything. I don't understand the ''when God gives me the sign, I will listen.'' You have two guys from the united states who traveled here to tell you this stuff, what more of a sign do you want!
But hey, that's life sometimes.
Still waiting on the info for the guy who wants to be baptised and has been attending another ward for a year but lives in our ward. And Brisa, just waiting to get the signature from the Mom. All fun stuff.
Contacting alot of people in the street...you sure meet the weird ones whiel working. Or the drunk ones...but that generally happened after the soccer games. Needless to say, we were advised to get home a little earlier on those days.
But yeah, Elder Walker is great, good comp, good guy. We're working really hard, it just seems like we aren't finding many people to teach.
In month 12! Definitely an odd feeling.
Well, I can't really think of anything else exciting that happened this week, or good stories. Well, we did almost get attacked by dogs, but decided to turn around and not deal with it. And were nearly drowned with all the rain this week. Got VERY cold and humid, and windy. All bundled up and thankful for coats like we never have been before.
When did I say I knew how to cut hair? Not sure, but our dist leader and then my comp asked me to. Turned out quite well if I do say so myself. But, we learned cutting your own hair is a different story. It looks fine now, hard to mess up a missionary cut, but it was close for a minute or two...
Until next week
Your missionary son and brother
Elder Joshua Wartena

Can you believe he tried cutting his own hair?  It only took him 20 years to try that one.  Most kids do it at about 3 or 4 years old.  My son . . . kinda slow, yeah.  We love him just the way he is.  He is a "special spirit".

Signing off for now,
The Mama

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