Monday, April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014

So, I just got about halfway through writing this, but then due to me clicking the wrong button, I threw it away.  Yep, sorry about that.  We didn't catch any rats this week, because we didn't actually set the trap.  But Elder Barrus saw a rat again yesterday, so we set it this morning.  It already went off once but didn't catch anything.

I thought the daily thing worked OK last time, so I'm doing that again...
Monday:  We went ice skating with the zone to mall Taman Anggrek (orcid garden).  It was great, but our appointment for the night got cancelled because someone had to go to the hospital.  Don't worry, it wasn't me or Elder Canfield, and everything's OK right now.  
Tuesday:  PLD!  We had interviews with President and we played futsol, and we slept in the Jakarta Elder's house, which is always not very nice.  This was no exception, but it was better than sleeping at home because we didn't have to take a taksi at 4 in the morning.  I've been reading the Teachings of Joseph Smith book, the one from a few years ago.  It was in the Jakarta Elder's house, and so I asked if anyone was using it, and because no one was, I brought it home.  It's a really good book, and I've really enjoyed studying the words of the Prophet.
Wednesday:  The meeting half of PLD.  That was great, too.  Just learning how to be a better missionary (surprise)!  And then we came home and did missionary work.
Thursday:  Nothing special, weekly planning and teaching people
Friday:  We tried out going somewhere on bikes that we usually just take the train, and it worked out pretty well.  I was tired, but we were a lot quicker to get to the next stop by taking bikes than by taking angkots.
Saturday:  We had English class.  I taught the little kid section with Elder Sutadiyono.  Elder Barrus and Elder Canfield teach the intermediate section.  There's no advanced section.
Sunday:  We went to church.  And met with our new Ward mission Leader.  He's great and makes me excited to work with our leaders.  It seems like he's going to have more time to help us.  Which is understandable, the last one was also the Sunday school president and something else, too.  One of the things I've really learned in Indonesia is to have an appreciation for the temple.  Some people save for years and years and barely get enough to go.  The church has a program here where if you save an entire year's salary (or something like that, I can't remember exactly how it works), the church will pay the rest.  It's a huge blessing.

I think that's about it, just normal, Indonesian stuff.  Having a good time over here.  I love you all! 
Elder Heiner
Zone conference.  I'm left center, kind of burried.
Mission President Donald is front and center.
Sights around town.  A regular wall.
Don't blow too hard, it might fall over.
It is very common to have a rich house on one side of the
street and a line of poor houses on the other.
Trying to fit on the train.  They get very full.
Only the sweetest DVD case ever.

Monday, April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014

Well, here's another week, come and gone.   Maybe we'll try a day by day approach:
Monday: We went to snow world.  It was soooo cold.  But it was also really cool.  The snow was almost like real snow, but not really.  It didn't taste like real snow, but it was cold like real snow.  And there was a big old ice slide, which was really cool.  We took a ton of pictures, but I only sent a couple home.  For a lot of people here, this is the only snow they will ever see.  Then we contacted some referrals that we got last Sunday.
Tuesday: We did splits, I was with Elder Barrus.  We taught a potential investigator, and it turns out he's actually in Elder Barrus' area, so we passed his information on.  
Wednesday: Splits again, me with Elder Sutadiyono.  We taught 3 lessons, to my favorite investigators, and it felt like the day was 5 minutes long.
Thursday: We did weekly planning and taught a friend of a member.  We've met her a handful of times, and that was good.
Friday: I don't remember.  And I just got a new planner, so I don't have a record of it with me...
Saturday:  We taught an old man and his wife, they are the craziest couple.  The wife is Muslim, but said "amen" about a thousand times while we were praying.  And the husband is just the craziest old dude.  He came to church yesterday, which was great.  
Sunday: Easter!  But nothing happened.  We don't celebrate Easter in this country, I guess.  The rumor is that we celebrate it every week when we take the sacrament.  So that seems cool.
 Yep, that's the week in a paragraph.  I think that's it.  I love you!  Elder Heiner

We are at "Snow World".  I can tell I am used to the warm
weather because I have never been so cold in my life!
Me an an ice garuda (eagle).
My name tag in "snow".  Don't know many missionaries that
can have a name tag picture on a beach and in the snow just
a couple weeks apart.  But I get to be one of them.
I no longer get sick from eating at these.
Seriously, everyone has a motorbike.  This is the train station
parking lot.
Even though we are in the city,
we still find cool places to ride our bikes. 
Telephone poles in the middle of the road.

Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014

Well, hello everyone,
This week has been pretty much normal, and all that that means is that no one got transferred, because there's really no such thing as a normal week.  Every week brings something new.  It was sunny for the majority of the days, but it still rained on us twice or three times, just not that hard, mostly it just misted.  Except on Sunday, it really did rain on Sunday.  Also, I was reminded that this week, I have been a missionary for over 11 months.  A year ago today, I was preparing for finals.  Which is weird to think about, so I usually don't.

We had zone conference this week, and Sister Sheffield is now in the Jawa Barat zone, so now, the only person from my MTC group that I haven't seen is my beloved companion, Elder Wood. He is currently in Manado, four hours away by plane.  So I don't know when I'll get to see him next.  Maybe when we sign to extend our KITAS?  

We also watched General Conference, which was great.  We watched it in Indonesian, so I only got the big picture themes out of everyone's talks.  The translators always use really big words, and even they sometimes get lost.  Especially when the speakers decide to go off the script.  You can always tell when people don't say what they planned to say. I'll just have to wait for the Liahona to show up.   I know I’ve been here a while, but I still am not quite perfect at this language.  

I think that's about it for this week.  We're still working, still healthy, and still happy.  Life as a missionary still moves on.  

Love, Elder Heiner

Pictures... A couple of pictures outside the warnet when I realized that I didn't really use my camera this week.  Plus one picture of the beautiful weather when I did use my camera.

Monday, April 7, 2014

April 7, 2014

Dear Everyone,
This week was pretty dang normal.  Except for the biking everywhere thing.  That's not as normal, but it is honestly faster than riding angkots because we can take more direct paths.  But we're a lot worse at talking to people, so if anyone's got any ideas about how to talk to people from a bike, let me know, we could use the help.  

We broke my personal record for lessons taught in one day.  On Tuesday, we got 4.  It was super cool.  Hopefully we can do that again.  We also tied my lowest lessons taught in a day: zero.  Not uncommon.  But I'm still way excited.  The bishop's mother in law is recovering from her sickness, so we're teaching her again.  But she got sick again yesterday so couldn't come to church...  We'll just keep taking it slow.  That other grandma that Elder Broberg and I met in January is back in Pamulang for a while, so that's cool. We've taught her last week and the week before and this week she's still around, so that's great.  

I don't know what else is of consequence enough to send it a million miles home.  Fun Fact… Everyone knows a little English.  But only a little.  Like, "what is your name?" but they often don't know what that means, they just know that it's English.  Indonesian is also a very respectful culture, so they always use titles for people, and the only one that they know in English is "Mister."  So I've been called Mister about a thousand times.  It's really weird. 
I think that's about it.
Love, Elder Heiner
New Bikes!
Spot the visitor.
Even if the place is nice, it is still Indonesia.
It is time for us to set our traps again.  There was one running
around last night that even broke a bowl.
Any time I see the "Warner Bros" sign, I will forever think
that it means "Warung Betawi".  It's a pretty popular
restaurant here, Betawi being a tribe name.