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.

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