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.