Monday, March 17, 2014

March 17, 2014

Hello everyone,

It's been a pretty good week, and it's been way fast.  I can't believe how quickly the time passes.  I guess there's only 54 more days until I've been a missionary for a year (that was told to me, I promise I'm not counting) which is unbelievable.  

We had zone conference this week on Tuesday, which is unusual but not that unusual.  It was the little kind of zone conference.  Then we ate at Burger King, which is the best burger I've had in Indonesia.  And then swung by Senopati (the mission home) so that Elder Canfield could switch out some stuff.  And then came home, so that was pretty expected.  And then on Wednesday we did splits with the Zone Leaders, who are Elder M. Johnson and Elder Suryono (remember him?).  I got to be with Elder Suryono, which was way cool because my Indonesian has gotten a TON better since I was his companion in Malang and also his English has gotten better, too.  So we could actually communicate.  Crazy.  

On Sunday, we didn't have any appointments after church, so we decided that we'd go home and eat (OK, that was the plan all along) and then call everyone we know and see if someone is at home.  So we get in the angkot and there's a kid sitting next to us, and Elder Canfield talked to him, we didn't say much about the church, but we invited him to English class and gave him a passalong card with the Book of Mormon on it, and then he got off to get to his church.  About 15 minutes later, we get a text from a random number asking us if we're the church that teaches about the Book of Mormon.  Of course that's us, so we asked what we could do.  It turns out it was this guy, he's 21, and he read the card (which is rare, there are a lot of words on the card) and he wants to know if he can join our church.  We said yes, "of course, can we meet with you?"  So at 5, we meet him at the church and he's been curious about our church for a long time.  We asked him where he heard about our church, and he's a big fan of American music, and his favorite singer of all time is none other than David Archeluta,  whose facebook page says he likes the Church and the Book of Mormon. Our friend had read a little about that, and when he saw the book in our hands, he wanted to meet with us, but he didn't really want to talk to us because we're scary white people.  So we taught him the Restoration of the Gospel, and he accepted it immediately.  We asked him if he would pray about it, and he was like, "I don't know if I need to, I feel that it's true."  We told him to anyway because a personal testimony is very important.  He lives right across from the street, and he's just super cool.  That is the other Elder's area, but it doesn't matter, the point is that he wants to come to church.  He does work Sundays, so we'll have to see how this all plays out, but I have faith that this is the man we've been waiting for.  And hopefully he has lots of friends that are also searching for the truth.  It was crazy, and the Spirit was so strong there, and it was really cool.  Miracles really happen every day.  

Also, shout out to my little brother, who got his mission call last week; he'll be tearing it up in Sweden.   I'm way excited.  Love, Elder Heiner

Zone conference featuring some MTC friends (plus 2)
Scenery we pass every day.
More scenery.  A regular street.
Book of Mormon names are everywhere!
By everywhere, I mean the hospital next to the church.

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