Monday, December 16, 2013

December 16, 2013

Well, this week was pretty much the same as last week.  I think.  My umbrella's developed a hole, so I need to get a new one.  There's been a lot of rain this week, I’ll send a picture.  We've been living pretty economically, so on Tuesday, we decided to do Domino's "Two for Tuesday" which was pretty good.  2 pizzas for $5.  I'd totally do that in America, if it existed.  And free delivery.  Can't get better than that.  We might have to do that tomorrow, too.  For Preparation day today, we were going to try something new and go bowling in Indonesia, but then it turns out that the bowling alley doesn't open until 2, and we were there at 12, so it didn't happen.  Maybe in a couple weeks.  

We got news about what's happening in Tangerang!  Elder Sutarno and I are "moving" to Tangerang 2, and Elder Barrus and Elder Sutadiono are moving to Tangerang 1.  They're moving from Medan, which is on Sumatra, and SUPER far away, like 2 1/2 hours on a plane far away.  Yes, there's a lot of stuff... pokoknya.  Elder Barrus is from my MTC group, and he's coming here with the elder he's training, Elder Sutadiono, and they're going to be in the District here.  Which is really exciting.  So now our district will be us and them.  It also means that we will have district meetings again, which is not that big of a deal, but Fridays will be more scheduled, between weekly planning and District meeting and English class.  But that's cool.  I'm excited to have new Elders here.  That also means that we can attend all the meetings from one ward and not a campur-campuran.  Usually, we go to sacrament meeting for Tangerang 1, then wait and say hi to all the Tangerang 2 members and attend their sacrament meeting. Then maybe attend ward council for Tangerang 1, if there is one, and then priesthood from Tangerang 2, and so we don't ever go to Sunday School, except if we have an investigator, and then we teach Gospel Principles second block.  The wards are pretty big for over here, Tangerang 1 has about 75-80 active members, and Tangerang 2 is at 60-65.  The youth programs are decently sized compared to my home ward, the sacrament's always covered, 2 priests or new Elders (there are 5 recently returned missionaries in Tangerang), and 3 deacons.  The young women are at around 5 or 6 from each ward, which is pretty good.  I have only ever participated in the meetings a little, I bare my testimony and I gave a prayer, and I taught Elder's Quorum once, last week.  But other than that, we aren't given too many assignments in the ward.  And every week, I get to see Om Dimas (Om is Uncle.  All names for people that you don't know are family names. Mr is Pak or Bapak, meaning Dad/Father, Mrs. is Ibu/Bu, meaning mother/mom, young men are Om or Mas, which is Uncle or brother, and young women are mbak, which is sister.  There's a word for aunt, but that has a "loose woman" kind of connotation, so it doesn't get used.  Kind of cool).  Om Dimas is what I call Elder Wiradi these days, since he's no longer "Elder."  He's good, he's working for the bishop as a surveyor, and he travels a lot.  He went to Papua the other week, and Kalimantan last week, which is super cool.  I'll probably never end up at any of those places, since there are no missionaries there.

We have 3 Christmas parties that we're going to this week.  The first is a stake party on Saturday in Jakarta, then the Tangerang 1 party is on the 25th at 11, and then there's a missionary party on the 25th in the afternoon, so I think we can make both.  We might have to leave the tang party early, but I really want to see the zone, so yep.  We'll see how it all works.  And pday next week is on the 25th.

Well, Merry Christmas!  Elder Heiner

The best fruit ever.  Smells and tastes delicious,
not even kidding.  It is durian season, so there
are stands selling them everywhere. 
Who want's to go camping?
Our appointment was about 3/4 the way down this street.
The water was 4-6 inches deep.  Oh the rain.
Adventures in cooking.
French Toast-Fu.

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