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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

September 15, 2015

Hi everyone,
So I guess I've been slacking on the story telling, so here's a fun story.  I included a picture of the guy, so you should get an idea of who were talking to.  I was out on splits with Elder McCleary, who is really cool, and we didn't have any appointments, so we decided to do that usual Indonesian Missionary thing where you ask where the Christians live and then knock on just those doors, and it works because Christians love talking to other Christians.  We found this man, (who claimed his name was Robin Williams, I'm not sure if I believe it).  He's from Timur, which means East, (Indonesian place names are really creative), and he was down to hear the Restoration, and he's going to read the Book of Mormon.  So that's good.  But he's going home to Timur for two months, so we'll see him again later, I guess.  But he was a funny guy because he is potentially the largest Indonesian with the largest beard I have seen in a long time.  He was very funny, and he owned the world's largest bible, so that was cool.  He also had the Jehovah's Witness translation of the bible, which is illegal to print here in Indonesia because all the rights are held by the Indonesia Bible Society, and they don't let anyone print their own bible, including us.  So we just use the random generic bible.  There are a bunch of translation errors, so we always have to be careful and read the scriptures we pick beforehand.  Otherwise Job ends up saying the "I shall see my redeemer without my flesh" and Jesus tells his parents that he "must be in his Father's house" and not "about his Father's work".  But the Book of Mormon is good.  So that's a plus.  
This week was pretty normal.  And by normal, I mean that we stayed in Surabaya Timur the whole time, which isn't really normal, but it works out.  I'm healthy, but Elder Headrick and I need to lay off the ice cream.  I'm trying to exercise every day, but I've only made it one day so far.  We'll see where it goes.  We're getting the bikes serviced today, my pedals are broken, so that's been annoying for the past 2 weeks or so.  Anyways, it's been real.
I love you! Elder Heiner

The man from the story.
Maybe sitting isn't the best perspective.
Indonesia's largest Bible.  It is the special Indonesian
translation from the Lambaga Alkitab Indonesia.
I now have full trust in a toaster oven.  Who knew it could be
so versatile.  First pork chops, then bread, now Betty Crocker
Chocolate Fudge cake.  Shout out to Sister Donald, thanks for
the chocolate frosting recipe.  And no, we don't have a real oven.
From last week... what it takes to get 12 missionaries
to Malang and back.  Yes, train tickets.
Best zone ever.

Monday, September 8, 2014

September 8, 2014

Hey, so sorry, the computer I'm on and my camera don't seem to like each other, so you don't get any pictures...  I had a good one of our zone, and one of Surabaya from a plane at night, and some random pictures of regular Indonesia.  So I guess you're missing out this week.  Maybe next week. 
This week was a really good one.  We went to Jakarta on Monday and then came back on Tuesday.  I have noticed a trend:  I have taken 13 plane rides in Indonesia, and also 13 hot showers in Indonesia.  If I learned anything from my stats class, it's that correlation means causation, so I'm pretty sure that taking hot showers causes riding in a plane.  This needs further investigation.
On Friday, we went to Malang for our ZTM, which was good.  Six hours in the train (round trip) and a 2 hour meeting followed by 2 ish hours of mass splits, it was a good day, too.  Shout out to anyone who knows Elder Martineau, he's great.
Other than that, things seem pretty normal.  For p-day, we're going to order pizza and watch Wreck it Ralph, which should be a blast.  I'm stoked.

Love you,  Elder Heiner

Monday, September 1, 2014

September 1, 2014

So, this week we're in Jakarta again, and I'm distracted by all the other missionaries here, and so this might be pretty bad.  
This week has been pretty good, we went to Malang and I worked with Elder Siahaan from Bogor.  He's great, and I really liked it.  We took the train there and back, and so it was fun.  And hot, and sweaty.  
And that was it for out of the ordinary stuff.  I don't know what else we did.  Seriously.  It seems strange, but I don't remember anything, days just run together.  I do know we did a lot of good stuff, and we worked hard, and I am very tired.  Enjoy the pictures.
I love you!  
Elder Heiner
Me in my biking gear.
We ride bikes a lot here.
In the train.
And the award for "the worst place to poop"
goes to...
ON THE TRAIN!
Just an average street corner in Surabaya.
Me and a giant banana.