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joshua.wartena@gmail.com
or
Elder Joshua D. Wartena
Casilla de Correo 70
Bahia Blanca 8000
Buenos Aires
Argentina

Monday, October 25, 2010

An email to get you all choked up.

Yup, we have haircut apps at 5, so you get to read an email earlier than normal!
First of all, thanks for the email last week, I printed it off to read it at home. Thank you!
Let's give you the rundown for the week.
Our family of 7, Juan Pablo and NAtalia, are sitll doing very well. They don't have much knowledge of Christ or anything religios, and love hearing about Him and everything.
Challenge, they aren't married, and don't really want to be.
Plus, no problems whatsovever with the BoM, or having the spirit in the lessons.
Enter, Sebastian. If you can guage how much the Lord trusts you by the sisuation of the people he gives you, we're doing alright in that regard. He has been raised by the street in Buenos Aires since his parents died at age 8. He is now 21, living in the garage of the mother of a member, working 3 jobs, and is a massive cocaine addict that wants to change tso much it is impressive. He has no where else to go but God now and that's were we found him, after 550 pesos of cocaine.
The kid is awesome, to say the least. Heavenly FAther loves him so much, and is using us to show it, it feels SO COOL! Imagine just being filled with the most pure love while looking and listening to someone you don't even know and then being able to tell him.
YES; email from you, let's go read it.
You got it all right for the primary, I like it.
Back to the week.
OTher big news, we are going to start teachinga young man who thinks there is no forgiveness for what he did. You see, he caused his girlfriend to have an abortion, and now is tortured every day by it 9 months later. Alma the younger anyone?
We just teach screwed up situations, guess that's the best to teach about the atonoment to right? We are spending alot more time explaining the actual gospel this transfer than we are about convinving of the bookm of Mormon or the restoration. People are just accepting it.
Except for 50% of the people we find. 8 new investigators this week, but most of them really just let us in to be nice and ahve interest in listening or having us back, ever.
Oh well.
Still knocking a ton of doors. We're thinking of getting every door knocked in the area by the time we leave is a good goal. Oh, we're also going to be talking on a radio station either this week or next week. I'll let you know how it goes.
Sac meeting was only 40 minutes long this week. The son of a member was shot by a police officer. Be glad you live in the states. His body was in a coffin slightly stronger than cardboard, sprayed down with lysol for the smell, and placed in a local gymnasium for viewing.
Needless to say, we're avoiding that area for the next little while.
And, it's time to go get haircuts, but thanks for everything Mom, and family.
Thank you Dad for the email, I will be studying the scriptures when I get home!
Love you all!
Your missionary son and brother
Elder Joshua Wartena


I just read the whole thing and cried.  Our dear son seems to have entered a new phase of the mission.  He seems to really be there in a new way. 

I was going to say more, but feel I should stop.  Best wishes to you all.

Signing off for now,
The Mama

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