Monday, March 24, 2014

March 24, 2014

Dear Everyone,

Well, I don't know if there's anything too exciting that happened this week, it's just much of the same.  We did get invited to play basketball against the team of one of the deacons in the ward, so we gladly accepted, it's been a LONG time since we've played basketball, but we were fairly confident, after all, how good can a bunch of deacons be?   Our team consisted of us (the Elders), a deacon from the ward, a priest from the ward, the Elder's quorum president, and a guy from the 1st ward (he's got the sweet mustache).  So there were 8 of us, which was pretty brutal. Well, it turns out that they wanted us to play the good team that practices at the same place as this kid, so they were mostly high school graduates, a couple of them play on National teams, and we just got destroyed.  It was really sad, but also really fun.  Elder Canfield was the star of the game with his play "the doghouse," something they made up for church ball back in the day.  Quite the play and I scored all 2 of my points in that game from that one play.  It was good, but taught us how out of shape we are.  American basketball is fairly rare here, and usually the people are not very good, but these ones were awesome.

Hopefully this will counter some of the out-of-shape-ness (but I think it won't), we're getting bikes later today!    Maybe that'll help me to get some exercise in...

Life in Indonesia is good; I have nothing to complain about.  I can't say I really remember too many of the differences between non-missionary life, and life as I know it, so I don't know if I have anything to write you about.  I'm sorry for being so lame, but that's about it.

OH, and the 1 Elders had a baptism yesterday, that was really cool.  He's a cool guy, and he's converted from Islam because his fiancée asked him to try it out.  They've been a couple for 4 years, and she's just been waiting for him to soften up so that she can marry a member, and it finally happened.  He's great, and they're getting married in May.  They're great people, and he's going to make a great addition to the first ward.

Well, I think that's it for news from here, life in Indonesia is always super exciting, but at the same time, always the same.  And time keeps flying away.  Elder Heiner
Our team vs the Hawks.
Yes, we were really 32 at the end of the game.
And they were really 78.  The 4 Elders from Tangerang.
The "tornado potato".
It is such a great thing.  They take a potato (a whole one)
and put it on a kabob stick.  There is a machine they put
it through to cut it into a spiral.  Then stretch it out,
dip it in batter, and deep fry.  Then they flavor it... BBQ,
sweet cheese, roast beef, and a few others.
A typical Indonesian construction site...
with the staples of Indonesian construction.
Concrete, Rebar, and Bamboo.
A pick up truck.  They all look like this.
The BSD - Parung Angot.  We ride it about 5 times a week,
sometimes more.  We don't go all the way to Parung, that is
pretty much Bogor.  We get off at about the half way point.

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