Monday, August 12, 2013

August 12, 2013

This week has been pretty quiet.  We didn't lose anything, and so that's good.  Also, Ramadan ended this week, so there were a bunch of fireworks Wednesday, and that was way cool.  But the tradition in Indonesia is that once Ramadan ends, Lebaran starts.  Lebaran is when everyone and their dog get the day off, and the next day, and the next day and they all go and visit their families.  So no one is home, and everyone here isn't from Malang, so it's been fun seeing new people.  Lots of trying to contact people, finding out that they're from another city that doesn't have missionaries, and then telling them to come to church if they're ever in a place with the church...  Yeah, that part has been a little difficult.  But we're still working hard, and this week will be better because everyone comes home today or tomorrow.
Sunday was the birthday of Arema, which is the Indonesian soccer team based in Malang.  So the whole day was like a procession everywhere.  Everyone was wearing Arema shirts and scarves, which I don't understand because it was way hot, and driving slow and singing the theme song, and playing music really loud.  It was way interesting during church and challenging whenever we tried to get anywhere.  Indonesia, it's a crazy place.

And then Independence Day is on Saturday, so that's exciting, too.  Everything here is red and white, painted or has a flag or something.  We'll bike through a neighborhood, and all the trees have been painted white from about one foot off the ground until five or six feet off the ground, which is kind of different.  I'm hoping there are more fireworks.  After Ramadan ended, that night there were fireworks everywhere.  The big kind you see when you go somewhere to see fireworks.  They're huge and right over your head, or off in the distance, or you see like four people lighting them off at a time, and it was way cool.  I'm hoping it happens again.  And then the next day, during the afternoon, people kept lighting them off, so that was strange.  I feel like if you can't see them, why light them off?  But they did.  It was just loud, and not nearly as cool as at night.  

I don't know what else to tell you, just that I'm doing well, and I'm healthy, and I'm enjoying Indonesia.  I couldn't ask for a better place to serve the Lord.  I've been reading the Doctrine and Covenants, and that's been fun.  There are so many other mission calls, and mission advice, and cool stuff in there.  I'm really enjoying it.  Enjoy the pictures.
Love you all,

Elder Heiner

Me in front of the government building,
all decked out for the 17th of August.
Rickety old bridge
Way sketch.
We went to another waterfall.
It was pretty cool.
An apple farm.
A sweet old temple thing.
Supposedly they did animal sacrifices where we
were standing, so that's cool.
I have no idea what this is
but I find it kind of creepy.

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