Sunday, December 28, 2014

December 28, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  And Happy New Year!  
This week has been pretty good, we keep doing what we're supposed to be doing, so there's a lot that's going on as missionaries.  We're pretty busy.  But riding angkots and teaching first and second lessons is not that exciting to tell about when that's all we do for days on end.  But it is pretty exciting from here.  I sure love it.
Christmas was good, we got up and then went to the Welch's.  We skyped our families, which was the highlight of the day, and then we lounged around.  Sister Welch is one of the greatest cooks ever, so we ate a ton of snacks that she made, and we played some games, like a word search, and a white elephant thing, and so that was good.  A couple of the members here joined us, which was fun.  We also celebrated Elder Budi's birthday, which is the same day.  So Sister Welch got him a sweater vest and we put some egg and flour on his head.  
I got to go on splits with Elder Eyre again, which was good.  I really like him.  He's a great, humble, hard working missionary.  I always enjoy going out with him.  It was way fun.  
Life is good as a missionary, even if it is the same every day.  I really like it here, and am really happy with my companion and my district and my area and my investigators.  Everything seems to be going perfectly, as far as I can expect it to go perfectly.  
Well, the time's up, I love you!  Elder Heiner

A picture of me at "Bro Mart".
Bro Mart is like a gas station store, there isn't much inside.
I don't know what the name stands for, but it is funny.
The chapel decorated for the Christmas party.
A photo from the mission tour with Elder and Sister Funk.

Monday, December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014

Dear Everyone.
I only have a couple of minutes today, so I'm sorry if I didn't reply to your email or if this isn't that much to read.  This week was good.  It's still hot and rains occasionally.  Hopefully you all have a great Christmas.
Elder Heiner

This is how you know it's Christmas.
Sun, ocean, and a sweet island.
We decorated for Christmas.
Except for the trash, it's just on it's way out.
The view from a village called Koha.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014

Merry Christmas!  There's only 9 days left! 
This week has been fun, I only went to Jakarta for Mission Leadership Council, and to Surabaya for a mission tour with Elder Funk.  Pretty Cool. 
Anyways, my time is up because this computer takes forever to type on and there are some other things we need to take care of. 
Have a great time!

I love you,
Elder Heiner
Me and Elder Randy D Funk.
Me and Brother Ferry at his
Christmas Tree Celebration.
An Indonesian gas station.
The view from McDonalds.
My allen wrench.  They took it on the 15th time it had been
through security.  That's OK, I got it back.

Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8, 2014

Hello everyone,
First, I would like apologize for the lack of pictures.  I am currently emailing on the Welch's computer (we came here for p-day to watch the Christmas devotional), and I don't want to risk giving a virus to this one.  You'll just have to wait till tomorrow.  And by tomorrow, I use that in the Javanese sense that means on a day in the future. 
This week was pretty good.  It's now December, which means that Manado is in CRAZY mode.  There are people who dress up as Santa Clause and as his sidekick Sinter Pete, and they ride around in a truck and Santa gives the nice little kids presents and Sinter Pete takes the naughty little kids, puts them in a bag, drags them to church, sits them down and tells them that they need to shape up or they won't get anything.  Pete is way scary. He's painted black with a white face, and most children are scared of him.  And they roll around town in the back of a pickup and blare Christmas music REALLY loud.  It's a very strange tradition. 
We didn't have a whole lot go on this week.  Because Christmas is starting up, a lot of people are really busy and trying to meet with them is difficult.  They don't want to make appointments, so we have a lot of no-sure-appointment time.  But everyone is really happy, and they like to talk to us, they just don't really want to let us in.  It's OK, and it's this way every year, from what I hear from other missionaries, but it makes things pretty slow. 
We had another earthquake, or so they say.  This one wasn't big enough for me to feel it, so it probably wasn't anything to worry about. 
Life in Indonesia is pretty normal.  It's still about 90 degrees every day, and it rains for part of almost every day, and some days for a long time and some days for just a little.  I bought a new umbrella (I didn't bring the one from last rainy season in Tangerang), and it's just about destroyed.  It's okay because I only spent 20.000 rupia on it.  And it's lasted me a month.  But now when I use it, everyone just laughs at me.  I'll have to take a picture so you can laugh too. 
Anyway, that's about all I've got time for. I'm going to the airport here in a little bit, my flight to Jakarta is at 2:50, and I get into Jakarta at 5:10.  There's a one hour time difference, so it's a pretty long flight.  Jakarta traffic is pretty gnarly at 5, so chances are good I'll get in at 8 tonight or 9. Tomorrow is MLC, it will be fun.  Have a good week! 
Love,  Elder Heiner

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014

Dear everyone,
This week was pretty good.  I enjoy being here in Manado.  It's like we're in the jungle.  Except with regular things, like running water (even if you can't drink it, and it's cold), and grocery stores, and places where we can email home.  It's been pretty rainy recently, which is nice because it isn't that hot, but not that nice because it's wet.  
I got to go on splits with Elder Eyre this week, and that was fun.  He's a solid missionary with a really good work ethic, and he's really good at talking to people.  He's always ready to talk to everyone, everywhere, which is awesome.  I really enjoyed working with him. We are going to eat later today as a district.  We have 6 missionaries and a mission couple, I'll send a picture.  3 of the missionaries are from Java.  We don't have zone leaders out here because we aren't a zone.  We are the only district our here and we are way out in the boonies.
Thanksgiving was this week, and I forgot.  It happens when the Christmas season is in all the months that end in "ber."
The cost of gas went up in Indonesia about 10 cents, so now all the angkots are more expensive by about 6 or 7 cents.  You'd think that doesn't make a difference, but it does.  That's about 50 cents a day, and when I try to live on $5 a day, that changes things.  But not that much, we're still doing fine.  Don't worry.  
I went through some really old teaching records last night, which was fun.  There's a box full of them.  Literally.  There's records going back to 2009.  I want to try a lot of them, but the information is not complete...  So just a heads up to all you future missionaries, make sure the information on your records is complete.  They need an address and a phone number, and if neither of those are on there, it's hard to get a hold of people.  And by that, I mean impossible.  So just do it.  You'll help the missionaries that are there in 5 years.  
I think that's all I have to say.  I always forget what cool stuff happened.  It's a good thing I keep a journal.  Oh yeah, I hit the 8 year anniversary of keeping a daily journal.  That's a milestone for sure.  I recommend keeping a journal, it's nice.
Love,  Elder Heiner
We went to a beach.  There's the Welch's (that's the mission couple),
 Elder Eyre (the only other white guy that's not me or the Welch's),
 Elder Budi (he has glasses), Elder Hetharua (my companion), 
Sister Wihanda (she's from the same ward as Elder Budi),
 and Sister Baricante (she's from the Philippines).  
The shirt... was given to me by an investigator down
in Surabaya.
This is what it looks like everywhere once you get about 
20 minutes away from our house.  
It's like we're in the jungle all the time.
Elder Eyre and I rode in the back of a truck, but it's OK
because it had roofs and seats.  And we pay for it because
it is the way to one of our investigators houses.
The view from a member's house.

Monday, November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014

Hello everyone,
This week has been pretty normal.  I did regular missionary work, I got to do a baptisimal interview, and it was a good experience.  It was super far away.  We had to ride an angkot, another angkot, and then a bentor, which is that motorcycle thing with a basket in the front.  They live in the coolest place, and the husband (who's a member) climbed up a palm tree and cut down a coconut (the green kind, not the husky kind) and cut it open so we could drink it immediately.  Only in Indonesia.  The wife got baptized on Saturday and confirmed on Sunday, and it was great!
We didn't end up eating rat last week, they were sold out.  One of these days.  People here eat weird stuff.  Like bats and rats and dogs and cats.  Hopefully I get to eat all of that!  And hopefully it tastes good.  I've already had boar (here it's called forest pig).  That's pretty common, though.
We had Thanksgiving at the Welch's last night, and had a farewell for Sister Jibson at the same time.  They made way good food, and pie, and it was amazing.  I ate too much (surprise) and regretted it for the rest of the day.  But it was so tasty.  I don't actually regret it. 
People in Manado have been listening to Christmas music for 2 months now, from what I hear.  There's no Halloween or Thanksgiving to get in the way, so they get a huge run up.  The Christmas songs are exactly the same, English and everything.  Some of them are weird club remixes or rock covers. I also hear that when December rolls around there'll be lots of Santa’s and Pete's running around.  Pete is Santa's black friend (they paint someone black) who puts naughty kids in a sack and takes them to church and lectures them about how they need to be good or they won't get any presents. 
The Sisters that came to Indonesia with me are essentially done with their mission, which is really weird.  They'll go to America tomorrow night.  So I'm not sure how I feel about that.  I'm pretty sure I still have about 2 years left, right?  What happened to the time... 
Well, have a good week,
Elder Heiner
The coconut a member cut off his tree for me.
Then he cut off the top and put a straw in it.
We rode this bentor to get to his house.
The angkots in Manado are all tricked out.  This one had a disco
ball.  Angkots are like minivans with a bus route.
The district before Sister Jibson went home earlier today.
The mission couple here is the Welch's.  They're super cool.
They are from Arizona and Brother Welch taught with CES
for 30 years.  They are taking us to the beach later today. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014

This week has been pretty good, I enjoyed it.  It was also really fast.  I'm not really sure what happened, other than riding angkots and looking for people to teach.  We're still searching.  The other Elders are having great success, and so are the Sisters, so we're just trying to hold on tight and contribute to the work here.  There are so many people in this area, though.  It's so dang cool.  I love it here in Manado.  There are a million people, and they're all super nice, and about 900,000 of them are Christian, and they want to hear about the gospel.  It's hard to find addresses, though, and a little flaky, so if they say that they'll call, it doesn't mean a whole lot.  But the people are really friendly and like to talk to us.
We did have an earthquake...  It was a pretty interesting experience, and there is no damage at all, as far as I can tell.  We were studying, and I thought that my chair had started to buckle.  I have a bad habit of leaning back on my chair, so I thoughts the legs were giving in.  So I looked down, but all four were on the floor, when I looked up, my picture of the portland temple was shaking, and the fan was shaking, and my glass of water was shaking, and my companion said, "earthquake."  Then we went outside onto our driveway and waited it out.  We definitely felt it, and I think had it been any bigger/longer, there would have been problems.  But it was only sideways movement, as far as I can tell, so it wasn't a big deal. Nothing fell over and it was all fine.  It started in a different providence, and it sounds like there was some damage over there, though.  We were on a tsunami caution for the rest of the day, but nothing happened like that.
We did a service project at a sister's house who is a hoarder.  She could have been on the TV show.  Well, I've never actually seen the TV show, but from what I understand, she could have been on the show.  We filled a concrete dumpster (about 2 cubic meters, I think) with her trash.  It was more trash than I've ever seen.  I was amazed.  I can't imagine how you live like that.  And her house leaks, so under it all was a ton of mud.  It was no good.  We spent 2 mornings working on that, and it was really really gross.  We wore masks and everything.
But it's a lot better now.  Hopefully her habits change, too.
Anyways, have a good week.

Elder Heiner
Me and Elder Hetharua at the waterfall we visited
last week.
Elder Budi, Elder Hetharua, Elder Eyre, and me, our district.
The coastline.
Rain, lots of it.
One of the pretty places in town.

Monday, November 10, 2014

November 10, 2014

Well, here I am on a different island.  Weird.  This week was pretty good, very quick, though.  I am a little confused at how it all happened so quickly, but here we are.  If you were wondering, Manado is wonderful.  I have some pictures, and I'll send those.  My companion is Elder Hetharua (sorry if you were misled because I said someone else last week...  That's my bad).  He's from Bekasi (I've been to his house...), and he's a fantastic missionary.  He's new, 4 days now plus 12 at the MTC, and he's teaching me lots.  He's humble, and obedient, and ready to learn, and life is good. 
The district is good.  Elder Eyre has been here for 3 months and this is his first city, Elder Budi has been a missionary for 6 months and this is his 2nd city.  All 4 of us Elders live together.  Sister Wihanda has been a missionary for 6 months and this is her 2nd city, and she will be training a new missionary starting on Thursday.  She's now with Sister Jibson from my MTC group, who goes home on the 26th.
We're searching for investigators, but it seems like after this week we'll be able to really hit the pavement and know where everyone lives and where things are, and so I'm excited to be able to find my way around. 
It rains here, too.  Which is strange because it didn't rain the whole time we were in Surabaya.  I bought another $2 umbrella, and it's come in handy.
Later, we're going to a waterfall with the mission couple, and then we have an appointment with an investigator.  I have never met him, but I did text him, and he wants to meet, so that's a good sign.  Life is good here.
I love you!
Elder Heiner 

A bonus message from Elder Hetharua, answering Audrey’s question of how Elder Heiner is treating him… “he is good and i think he is missionary ferry ferry awesome”.

Me and our house.
The church.
It's in an office building, much like the ones
in Bekasi and Tangerang.
This is right next to the church, about a 3 minute walk.
One place we ended up this week.

Monday, November 3, 2014

November 3, 2014

Guess what?  I'm moving on Thursday!  Who has any guesses where I'm going?  No one?  Well, that's all I can expect, because I'm writing to myself...  Also, most people in America have no idea about any cities in Indonesia, so that's to be expected, I guess.  I'm going to move to Manado.  And because that means nothing to you, let me describe it to you (from what I understand).  It's on a different Island, and it takes about 3 hours in a plane to get there from the mission home.
It's in a different time zone.  There is a branch, with 40 or so active members, mostly young single adults.  The church is on the beach.  The city is all Christian.  It is an angkot area.  There are 4 Elders and 2 Sisters and a mission couple, and I'll be the District Leader.  I will also be training a missionary from Bekasi named Elder Boenari (not sure on the spelling).  Crazy stuff.
Other than that, the week was good.  I went on splits with Elder Anderson here in Surabaya, and he was a really impressive missionary.  He's been here for 3 months, and he's super humble and his language skills are really good.  I'm very impressed with his diligence, and he'll be training the cousin of the missionary I'll be training this coming Thursday.  Small world.  I also went out with Elder Getter this week, in Malang.  He's another great missionary.  He's a hard worker, and he has the greatest desires to be the perfect missionary.  He's been here for 1 month, and he's made a lot of progress.  Those were fantastic learning experiences for me, and I really appreciated it.
Time's up!  I love you!

Elder Heiner
In Malang.
A random spot.
I'm not sure what this kid is up to,
but he was having a good time.
PLD a couple of weeks ago.

Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014

Well, this week was pretty dang quick.  It's crazy how time flies when you're busy.  
I went on splits with Elder Martineau earlier this week, and that was great.  He is a fantastic missionary, even though he's only been here for 2 months.  I was very impressed with him; he's a great teacher and a great listener, and a very humble man.  I really like him.  Also, he had some Reese's Peanut Butter cups from his family and he shared them, so he's also selfless.  A way better man than I, I don't think I shared those in America, where you can get them anywhere.

We taught a bunch of people this week, and one's super cool.  He's Muslim, and about 19 years old.  He works with one of the sister's investigators, and came to English class a handful of times.  He's super cool, and he read some of the Book of Mormon that the sister's investigator had, and he really liked it so he asked us if he can also learn.  He prayed and asked about God and felt the spirit, and he wants to get baptized, but his family may not be supportive.  We've only met with him twice, so we're going to talk about that the next time we meet.  He's so ready for the gospel, just like most of Indonesia, but he's humble enough to look for it, so he found it.  He also wants to be a missionary.  I hope that his family will not be a problem...

Life in Indonesia is good.  It's an adventure every day, but a very small adventure and they all blend together so that I don't have very much to say.  
I love you!

This is a picture of me.
The words say "Free Parking".
This is a very, very large mall.
We met an investigator here.

Monday, October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014

Well, this week has been pretty good.  
The highlight of the week was PLD (big zone conference).  That was really good, I got to have an awesome interview with the big man himself, President Donald, and then we had a good meeting after words.  I translated almost all the meeting because I love translating, except for the part were Elder Headrick and I were teaching, because I can't teach and translate at the same time.  That was both fun and interesting.  We learned a lot, and I think it is going to be a good 3 months before the next one.  I also learned that I have been selected to train a new missionary this coming transfer, so that's exciting.  There are a handful of Indonesian missionaries, a couple of Americans, and one from the Philippines, so I'm not sure where he's going to be from, or where we will move to, but the one thing I know for sure thing is that he's a boy.  
We've done a TON of finding this week.  None of the people we have really are active in wanting to meet with us, and they just seem to be letting us in for the sake of having white people in their houses, but that's not really that helpful.  So we're on the hunt.  I don't know if any of the people we found this past week will be those we're looking for, but now we have a fresh batch of people.  It's looking pretty good for this coming week.
Thanks for everything.  

I love you,  Elder Heiner

A sweet member family we were visiting this week.
This is not the same picture we took in Jakarta a year ago,
just the same people from my MTC group.
This sign reads - Sorry we are praying.  Please wait 15 minutes.
Kind of nice in Indonesia to get a prayer break.
I don't know why you would ever want to drink
another person's sweat.

Monday, October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014

Well, another week has come and passed; who would have thought it went so fast, wake me up, when six thirty comes...
This week was pretty much just like last week.  Except we didn't go to Malang, and we had conference, and well, I guess a lot was different...  It was a good week.
Conference was super great.  I really enjoyed things, even though I didn't understand everything since we listen to Indonesian translators.  Like President Monson in his Priesthood talk, used a lot of boat-related vocab, and I haven't got to that point in the language...  So that was rough.  And the ones that were not English in the first place were a little difficult because the Indo translators were a little confused, it seemed.  It was still pretty good.  I really enjoyed Elder Scott's talk, and President Eyring's talk.  They were so good.  I love listening to the Prophets and Apostles.  What an uplifting weekend. 
We had a pretty awkward situation the other day.  We got into a man's house, and he told us that it had been a really long time since he'd seen us, but he was glad we finally came around.  We asked him what he was talking about, and it turns out that 2 or 3 years ago missionaries had come by and taught him.  It ended by him telling them that he wasn't interested at all, but if they wanted to join Catholicism, they could come back and he'd set things up.  Other than that, they were only allowed back on Easter and Christmas.  It wasn't Easter or Christmas, so he thought that we were at his place ready to become Catholics.  That was a funny situation, but we invited him to conference and never saw him again... 
Also, we found a house full of people from a different island, and we went there twice last week.  We taught 17 different people there in two sessions, and they seem really cool.  The hard thing is going to be meeting them consistently.  They're all college students and none of them are from here, and it's crazy at their place.  But they are good people, and we'll be back there a few times this week.   So that was fun. 

I love you!  Elder Heiner

Me in front of our house.
You know when the missionaries go anywhere.
We went to the wedding of a recent convert.

Monday, October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014

 Hey everyone!
This week has been pretty exciting.  We did missionary work, but I can't really remember anything from Monday until Thursday because of my 4 day memory span.  Rest assured, we did missionary work, we do a lot of that.  On Friday, we had our ZTM, which was fun.  It was in Surabaya, and then I worked a little with Elder Getter, who is a pretty cool guy.  He's from Utah, like 75% of the white missionaries here.  He's a good worker, and we taught a lesson, used facebook, ate chicken, and then the Malang missionaries, me, and Elder Headrick got on a train and came to Malang.  Saturday I worked with Elder Wills, who is one of my favorite missionaries.  Probably because we were in the same house for 3 months.  It was pretty great.  Sunday we went to church in Malang, and had a good time, and I got to see a whole bunch of people that I hadn't seen for over a year, and we also did a presentation about facebook at the church which was really good.  And now we're still in Malang until noon, when we get on a train to go to Surabaya.  The plan is to watch a movie.  It's going to be fun!  
I can't wait for conference. I’ve hear it’s really great. We’ll get to listen next week.
Elder Heiner

In Malang.
In the Zone.

Monday, September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014

Well, this week has been exciting.  I love being a missionary.  I think back, and it seems like a normal week, but then I realize that we went to Jakarta and everything there, so it turns out that it wasn't a normal week at all.  Monday was normal, we did preparation day stuff, we played basketball at a member's house, and then Tuesday was pretty slow, a lot of people cancelled on us.  And then Wednesday we went to Jakarta, and Thursday we were there, Elder Headrick hung out with his MTC group until they went home, and I went out with Elder Blaser and Elder Garth, who is brand new.  He seems pretty cool.  Elder Blaser is cool, as normal.  Then Friday we had MLC and it was great.  And then we went home.  So now I've flown 15 times within Indonesia, kalau enggak salah (which means "if not wrong," or I think...).  Saturday we had our district meeting and our branch mission leader meeting and English class.  We taught a couple people, but not very many. There wasn't a lot of time.  And we did weekly planning on Sunday, so that took a bunch of time, too.  Today we played volleyball at the other church with all the Surabaya missionaries, then Elder Headrick and I got haircuts, then an investigator took us to Pizza Hut, which is a really high class restaurant here in Indonesia.  Next he took us to the doctor because Elder Headrick's shoulder has been hurting for a while and Sister Donald told us to go to the doctor.  We taught that investigator, and then we went to another investigator and he wasn't home, and that brings us to now, we're emailing. 
This coming week looks good, we're going to have our zone training meeting on Friday, and then Friday night we're going to Malang to do splits. Sunday we're doing a presentation about facebook in church, and then we're going to do p-day in Malang for the first bit, and then use the other half to travel back to Surabaya.  So that's going to be fun.  They're getting 2 new elders there, and they just moved houses, and the rumor is, there's a ghost in the house… So that should be fun.
I'm reading the Doctrine and Covenants in Indonesian for my language study.  It's been fun.  I have the institute book for it, which is interesting, too.  Fun note, the word for covenant in Indonesian is just "promise" with emphasis.  "Janji" means promise, and "Perjanjian" is covenant.  The Per- -an beginning/ending combination makes it an abstract noun.  If you wanted to know.
I think that's about it.  We're still working hard and doing good.
I love you,

Elder Heiner
I know these guys... past comps.
This statue means "2 children enough".
This is a sign on all the buss-way buses.
A random neighborhood.

Monday, September 22, 2014

September 22, 2014

Well, another week has come and passed, and I don't know what has happened to the time.  This week has been pretty regular, nothing really special. I did give a talk in church yesterday though. 
I did splits over to the other half of Surabaya, I got to go out with Elder Wintolo.  He's a pretty cool guy, and I really enjoyed working with him.  It's kind of strange because I've been to his house about 5 times when I was living in Tangerang.  He's a way good missionary, and he's doing a good job training, too.  I had a really good time. 
Elder Headrick's KITAs ran out a couple weeks ago, so we've been waiting on news on when he has to go to Jakarta, and we finally got wind that he has to go on Thursday.  But then MLC is the next Tuesday...  So President changed the MLC schedule, we're headed to Jakarta on Wednesday in the late afternoon, and then Thursday Elder Headrick will sign for his KITAs with the rest of his MTC group, and the Friday is MLC, and Friday in the late afternoon we'll get sent back to Surabaya.  The really cool thing about that is that on Wednesday, all the brand new missionaries are coming into Jarkarta, the ones from the MTC.  So in Senopati (the mission home) there will be all of that brand new group, all of Elder Headrick's group that isn't in the Jakarta area, and also Elder Kyle and me from our MTC group.  It's going to be quite the party.  I'm pretty excited.  Also, I'm stoked for MLC, that's always a fantastic meeting.  
Other than that, I think we're looking at a pretty regular week.  Just kidding, we only have 4 days in Surabaya, and so that's really not regular.  But if feels just about normal because there's nothing normal out here...  It all works out.  

Love you! Elder Heiner

There's a monkey in this picture (no, not me).
The monkey's that I've seen are usually on leashes, like this one.
We are in a city of 7 million people, so the wild monkeys
go some place else to hang out.
If this were in America, I am sure someone would be
sued for copy rite infringement.
A not-so-great picture of our district before things get
changed up this week.