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

Monday, November 1, 2010

Spring has sprung in Argentina

I decided to share the emails sent to both  the Papa and the Mama this week.  He is working hard.  Thus there is little time for typing emails to us all on pday.  He likes to divide the info between our two emails keeping each short and to the point; then we share with one another.  So this week we will share both with you as well.

Email to the Papa
Spring, rocks in Argentina
Winter, ridiculously cold, Summer, boil your brains hot, but Spring, really nice.
So, the investigators are all doing really well. Maria dropped us, and Juan Pablo is having a hard time paying attention or really caring about the message, but his wife Natalia loves it and is enjoying praying and putting forth the effort to read the Book of Mormon. Sebastian is just a stud. We were teaching him about the gospel of Jesus Christ, baptism, etc. And he really wants to do it all; but honestly has a hard time believing in God. Not that he doesn't want to believe, but he just never had any kind of base and doesn't know right now. He has a huge desire, and is reading and praying. Time for impromptu scripture application, Aaron and the King. He really loved the story and is doing alot better now. A sister who has been inactive for quite alpong itme decided to come back to church to join her son (Ezequiel and Luciana) and brought her boyfriend with her. HE asked us to come over and give him the discussions so that he can get baptized as soon as possible after they get married. He told us that he had had contact with the churh before but was unable to follow through with it but is so excited now to get married and in a year go through the temple. Well, we picked our jaws up off the floor to tell him that we could do that.

Then another less active who we reactivated (actually the lady who I commanded be healed in a blessing) brought her husband and he told us in a very manner of fact way that he needed us to come give him the dicussions too (a miracle seeing that he wanted nothing to do with the church before).
And we have found some other people, but that is the real exciting stuff going on.
So, I sent Mom the address for Elder Christensen in the last email, and am going to go write her right now. We have 4 family home evenings tonight and are kinda short on time. But thanks again for the email, keep up all the good work, and tell the ward hi from me and that everything is doing well. Hope you liked hearing about the work. Love you Dad
Your son
Elder Wartena
PS: Training ROCKS! It helps that my son is a stud missionary.
PSS: An all you can eat restuarant in Argentina run by Chinese people and is less than 30 pesos is always a bad idea. 

Email to the Mama

Dear Mother
Ok, so we have a ton of stuff to do tonight; as such, combine your's and Dad's emails to form one big email, deal?
This week was good, I will tell you about the cool stuff that happened.
I got sick on...Thursday? Yes and spent the weekend with Elder Risenhoover who has been ordered by Pres to stay off his knees. We had a grand old time popping pain killers and cleaning the houses in Viedma. But, it was a torrential downpour the entire weekend. As such, our comps got drenched, and we made them good food, hot chocolote, and all that.
So that was fun. I told Dad about the great success we are having in the work, which is always a great feeling. Elder Christensen and I are still doing great, apart from the growing heat of summer :D
Today was a good pday, I think we met the Argentina Mafia. I will tell you more about that next week, remind me, I'll have more time. Suffice it to say, they will do dollar to peso changes, no questions, names, or documents asked in less than 30 seconds. Something that usually takes a bank account, passport and visa, reason for being in the country, and lots of time.
It was fun....
Still no progress on the Radio thing.
And Maria dropped us, she doesn't want us coming by anymore.  That was a bullet, but hey, what can you do?  We found another lady that had the lessons awhile ago and now is ready to be baptised, knows it is true, and all that. It's pretty cool.
We finished reading chapter one just awhile ago (of Preach My Gospel).  It is my favorite, if I may say so. Also the most talked about in the MTC, teachers, everything is about ''the purpose''.
Reading assignemt for you then! Read about the sons of Mosiah and their missions. Alma 17-26. Look for people in your life that need what they gave to their bretheren the Lamanites.
Oh dear, time is up, I love you Mom.  Have a great week, and thanks for the emails every week. I will print this one off and answer all your questions...eventually.
Hugs to all! 
Your missionary
Elder Wartena 

There you have it.  He is busy, happy, working hard.  He loves it.  We love it.  Please pray for his safety and pray for the investigators.

Signing off for now,
The Mama

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