Monday, November 25, 2013

November 25, 2013

Another week is come and gone, and here we are again.  I can't believe that I've been in Tangerang for over a month.  I also can't believe that I've been in Indonesia for over a month.  Or that I got to college over a month ago.  What is going on with the time?  

This week was good.  We found more people to teach again, which is great.  I feel like they keep finding us.  We spend as much time as possible proselyting, or doing as much as we can to find people, but we have yet to find anyone by doing that.  For three weeks now, someone new has found us.  It's quite the miracle.  I have so much hope for the people we teach, and they just need to have a little faith and take that first step.  Read the Book of Mormon and say one prayer.  Or come to church.  It's so close, so I have really high hopes for this week.
I didn't eat anything too strange this week, I think.  I did hear about something that I don't think I ever want to eat.  Sometimes, people here take the contents of the intestines of animals they've killed for food and then make soto with that.  It sounds so gross; I don't think I could bring myself to eat it.  And I've eaten some strange stuff.
It hasn't really rained that hard this week, which means it's been SUPER hot.  It is hot all the time except on the top of Mt. Bromo (which was months ago) and during sacrament meeting for Tangerang 2.  The AC goes crazy and I just freeze to death.  My companion too.

OH, have you read the Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow book yet?  It's amazing.  I ordered it from the office and got it last week, and it's way good.  That guy really was a prophet of the Lord.  Super dang good.  

I think that's about it.  I mean, sure stuff happened, but I don't know what to tell you, and my time's up, so maybe you can just look at the pictures and imagine that I'm a better writer.  I'm healthy, as far as I can tell, and happy, and I'm learning a lot.  

Love, Elder Heiner
Typical, duck footed me.
The church in Tangerang.
The inside is the very same as every other Mormon church.

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013

Hello, Everyone,
This week has been good.  Well, it's really been quite fast, and I don't know how it's Monday again.  Heck, I can't figure out how November decided to be half over.  But here we are...  Like it or not.

Here’s some information about my companion as of now.  His name is Elder Sutarno, and he's 18 years old.  Which is the normal here, Indonesia is one of those countries that President Monson mentioned when he said that they'd had good results with 18 year olds from some countries, so they decided to open up the option for the rest of the world.  It has to do with the college system here.  You can't stop college once you start.  So for quite some time 18 year-old's have been able to leave on their mission from Indonesia.  Elder Wiradi and Elder Suryono are both in that same category.  Elder Sutarno is from Solo, he's the third child of three, his parents joined the church before he was born, along with his grandparents, so technically he's a 3rd generation member.  He's been a missionary for just over 3 months, and Tangerang's his first city.  He's way cool, has a lot of faith, and I often feel like he's teaching me way more than I could ever hope to teach him.  

This week was good.  Pretty normal.  We had ZTM on Friday, and on Saturday we did some service at a hospital with a mission couple, helping kids with Cerebral Palsy stay happy while they got measured for free wheelchairs.  It was quite the experience.  Then we went and visited an inactive member who's waaaaay the heck away.  He had requested our visit to President, so hopefully it was a good experience for him.  Between the hospital and the member, we rode 9 angkots and a bus, and we finished 113,000 rupia.

Yesterday, we had a member bring her boyfriend to church, and we taught him in Gospel Principles.  I taught chapter 16, which is "the church in olden times" or something similar to that.  I don't know the exact translation.  After the lesson is over, he looked pretty confused, and didn't ask a lot of questions, and then I found out that he was Muslim, which would explain a lot.  Hopefully we can meet him later this week start with who God and Jesus Christ are, and help him to understand more about that before going straight into the restoration and stuff...  But I have high hopes for him.  We didn't meet with our new investigators, which I know sounds bad, but they can only meet on Saturdays, and Saturday was our hospital service and nonmember visit day, so we will get out there this week. But things still look good.  I'm excited to be here.  
Elder Heiner

PS I was unaffected by the typhoon, which is good.  Thanks for everything and all who asked!
One of our many visitors.
Thought you might like the scale.  They are big!
Looking over part of the city.

Monday, November 11, 2013

November 11, 2013

Guess what?  I'm still alive!  And things are good.

We totally found 5 new people to teach this week, and it was a miracle.  A complete miracle.  Thursday night, we called a couple people that we wanted to visit on Friday, and they were all out of town, or had something going on.  So what do you do at that point?  Call random people in the phone filed under “S”, which means investigator in Indonesian.  We had about 6 people that didn't want to pick up the phone, 2 inactive numbers, 3 people that weren't available or didn't want to talk to the missionaries, but this one lady was ok with us coming over.  So we searched the area book to find her teaching record and therefore her address, but it wasn't there.  There wasn’t anything about her.  So we called again and asked for her address and how to get there, which is always a weird conversation to have.  "Hey, so I was wondering, how do I get to your house?"  Luckily she was OK with it, and told us what angkots to ride and how to get there.  And then she texted it because I'm white and not a native speaker and only mostly understood her, which was very kind of her.  We get over to her house, which takes like an hour and a half because of traffic, and it turns out she lives with her band, which is 3 other people, and they're all Christian and open to hear us.  We taught the restoration, they asked good, intellectual questions, and three of them accepted Kitab Mormons, (because we only brought 3...), and they invited us back.  Then the lady gave us a referral without us even asking, and we didn't have anything else we were planning on doing, so we went there.  She wasn't home, but her dad was, and he invited us in.  He was way cool, and we had a good two minute conversation or so, he told us when his daughter has time off, and gave us her phone number, and was cool with us sharing our message with him.  But then the Jehovah's Witnesses showed up.  They've been teaching him for a little while, and just happened to show up when we did.  When they saw missionaries they immediately forgot about the man that they came to teach.  They were just dying to debate, but I have never been one for debate, and Elder Sutarno's not a man of many words, so we listened, answered their questions, and after maybe 20 minutes, decided like this was not a particularly productive use of time.  We bore our testimonies, invited them to pray and got out of there very quickly.  Their words were very nice, but the meaning and intent was very malicious.  I don't want to say anything negative, they are children of God, and he loves everyone regardless of their choices, but it was not my favorite experience.  But I did learn, and I'm grateful for the experience.  We'll go back, though, and hopefully this time we can really teach this man.  Hopefully he'll really pray about what he knows and what we testified of.

I also ate something really delicious this week: martabak.  It's like a pancake with chocolate on the inside and you can get other stuff too, so I got peanuts.  You can also get cheese, because Indonesians are all about the chocolate/cheese combo, but I opted out of that.  There's also a kind that's eggs and onions and stuff, which is more "real food" and it's also delicious.

The rest of the week was good.  We didn't meet with the people from last week, one went out of town and the other was also out of town...  This week, though.  I'm excited for this week.  Things are looking good, here in Tangerang.

Elder Heiner

Our Backyard.
Maybe some yard work is in order.

Monday, November 4, 2013

November 4, 2013

Dear Everyone,

Well, I'm still in Tangerang, which is great.  I really love it here.  And this week was really good, too.  We started off with going to Jakarta for PLD.  Medan was there, so I got to see those missionaries, which was great.  It was the first time I'd seen Sister Hutchinson since she left for her mission, and the first time I'd seen Sister Jibson since we got to Indonesia.  Elder Gong was there, which was Awesome.  It was the first time I've met a General Authority, or at least the first time I remember meeting a General Authority, and it was way cool.  I kind of figured that meeting a General Authority would be kind of, I don't know, disappointing.  Like they'd feel rushed, or like you were stealing their time that they could be using to do General Authority stuff or something like that.  But it was really cool.  He was really interested in me, and really cared, and took real time to get to know me and my companion, and all the missionaries there.  I feel like he really tried to befriend us, and he succeeded.  If I saw him on the street, I wouldn't hesitate to go and say hi.  He was way cool, and had a lot of things to say, and was very supportive and I learned a lot.  It was a great experience.

The rest of the week was good.  Lots of riding in angkots but also a good number of lessons, so that's good.  We have a couple of people that are just on the edge of receiving a witness that this is true.  If they stick with it just a little longer, read a little more, pray one more time, they'll know that this is the truth.  That Jesus Christ really lived, died, and was resurrected so that we can be made whole again.  That He restored His church in this dispensation through his prophet, Joseph Smith.  And that they can partake of all the blessings that our Father in Heaven desires and has planned for them.  I ingin, which translates to desire, want for them to just take that one little step of faith.  It will change their lives.

We had a break the fast yesterday.  It was the same as every other break the fast I've ever been to.  Except the food was Indonesian.  And there was way more of it.  The members sent us home with 6 kilos of food.  It's really good food, too.  I have a couple favorite foods, and one of them we got a bag of.  They're called "ber-ken-dale" and they are so delicious.  They're like the size of a cream puff, and it's garlic mashed potatoes that have been deep fried.  That's what I thought they were, but I wasn't sure, so I asked the lady who made them, and actually, that's what they are.  I can eat like 50 of them.  But usually only 2, because that's what you can get for 1000 rupia at the padang.  

Yep, things are good.  I'm really enjoying things here, and hopefully things start to progress.  I can see it happening.  We're soooooo close.  
I love you all, Elder Heiner

Halloween on $11.
I tried to explain the Halloween traditions to my
companion.  He thought it was all pretty weird.
This makes me a little worried.
What's in them?
Everything is a little smaller over here.
Oregon Ducks at PDL!
Sister Hutcheson, the Lisks, and Me.
Mini MTC reunion.