Monday, November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014

Hello everyone,
This week has been pretty normal.  I did regular missionary work, I got to do a baptisimal interview, and it was a good experience.  It was super far away.  We had to ride an angkot, another angkot, and then a bentor, which is that motorcycle thing with a basket in the front.  They live in the coolest place, and the husband (who's a member) climbed up a palm tree and cut down a coconut (the green kind, not the husky kind) and cut it open so we could drink it immediately.  Only in Indonesia.  The wife got baptized on Saturday and confirmed on Sunday, and it was great!
We didn't end up eating rat last week, they were sold out.  One of these days.  People here eat weird stuff.  Like bats and rats and dogs and cats.  Hopefully I get to eat all of that!  And hopefully it tastes good.  I've already had boar (here it's called forest pig).  That's pretty common, though.
We had Thanksgiving at the Welch's last night, and had a farewell for Sister Jibson at the same time.  They made way good food, and pie, and it was amazing.  I ate too much (surprise) and regretted it for the rest of the day.  But it was so tasty.  I don't actually regret it. 
People in Manado have been listening to Christmas music for 2 months now, from what I hear.  There's no Halloween or Thanksgiving to get in the way, so they get a huge run up.  The Christmas songs are exactly the same, English and everything.  Some of them are weird club remixes or rock covers. I also hear that when December rolls around there'll be lots of Santa’s and Pete's running around.  Pete is Santa's black friend (they paint someone black) who puts naughty kids in a sack and takes them to church and lectures them about how they need to be good or they won't get any presents. 
The Sisters that came to Indonesia with me are essentially done with their mission, which is really weird.  They'll go to America tomorrow night.  So I'm not sure how I feel about that.  I'm pretty sure I still have about 2 years left, right?  What happened to the time... 
Well, have a good week,
Elder Heiner
The coconut a member cut off his tree for me.
Then he cut off the top and put a straw in it.
We rode this bentor to get to his house.
The angkots in Manado are all tricked out.  This one had a disco
ball.  Angkots are like minivans with a bus route.
The district before Sister Jibson went home earlier today.
The mission couple here is the Welch's.  They're super cool.
They are from Arizona and Brother Welch taught with CES
for 30 years.  They are taking us to the beach later today. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014

This week has been pretty good, I enjoyed it.  It was also really fast.  I'm not really sure what happened, other than riding angkots and looking for people to teach.  We're still searching.  The other Elders are having great success, and so are the Sisters, so we're just trying to hold on tight and contribute to the work here.  There are so many people in this area, though.  It's so dang cool.  I love it here in Manado.  There are a million people, and they're all super nice, and about 900,000 of them are Christian, and they want to hear about the gospel.  It's hard to find addresses, though, and a little flaky, so if they say that they'll call, it doesn't mean a whole lot.  But the people are really friendly and like to talk to us.
We did have an earthquake...  It was a pretty interesting experience, and there is no damage at all, as far as I can tell.  We were studying, and I thought that my chair had started to buckle.  I have a bad habit of leaning back on my chair, so I thoughts the legs were giving in.  So I looked down, but all four were on the floor, when I looked up, my picture of the portland temple was shaking, and the fan was shaking, and my glass of water was shaking, and my companion said, "earthquake."  Then we went outside onto our driveway and waited it out.  We definitely felt it, and I think had it been any bigger/longer, there would have been problems.  But it was only sideways movement, as far as I can tell, so it wasn't a big deal. Nothing fell over and it was all fine.  It started in a different providence, and it sounds like there was some damage over there, though.  We were on a tsunami caution for the rest of the day, but nothing happened like that.
We did a service project at a sister's house who is a hoarder.  She could have been on the TV show.  Well, I've never actually seen the TV show, but from what I understand, she could have been on the show.  We filled a concrete dumpster (about 2 cubic meters, I think) with her trash.  It was more trash than I've ever seen.  I was amazed.  I can't imagine how you live like that.  And her house leaks, so under it all was a ton of mud.  It was no good.  We spent 2 mornings working on that, and it was really really gross.  We wore masks and everything.
But it's a lot better now.  Hopefully her habits change, too.
Anyways, have a good week.

Elder Heiner
Me and Elder Hetharua at the waterfall we visited
last week.
Elder Budi, Elder Hetharua, Elder Eyre, and me, our district.
The coastline.
Rain, lots of it.
One of the pretty places in town.

Monday, November 10, 2014

November 10, 2014

Well, here I am on a different island.  Weird.  This week was pretty good, very quick, though.  I am a little confused at how it all happened so quickly, but here we are.  If you were wondering, Manado is wonderful.  I have some pictures, and I'll send those.  My companion is Elder Hetharua (sorry if you were misled because I said someone else last week...  That's my bad).  He's from Bekasi (I've been to his house...), and he's a fantastic missionary.  He's new, 4 days now plus 12 at the MTC, and he's teaching me lots.  He's humble, and obedient, and ready to learn, and life is good. 
The district is good.  Elder Eyre has been here for 3 months and this is his first city, Elder Budi has been a missionary for 6 months and this is his 2nd city.  All 4 of us Elders live together.  Sister Wihanda has been a missionary for 6 months and this is her 2nd city, and she will be training a new missionary starting on Thursday.  She's now with Sister Jibson from my MTC group, who goes home on the 26th.
We're searching for investigators, but it seems like after this week we'll be able to really hit the pavement and know where everyone lives and where things are, and so I'm excited to be able to find my way around. 
It rains here, too.  Which is strange because it didn't rain the whole time we were in Surabaya.  I bought another $2 umbrella, and it's come in handy.
Later, we're going to a waterfall with the mission couple, and then we have an appointment with an investigator.  I have never met him, but I did text him, and he wants to meet, so that's a good sign.  Life is good here.
I love you!
Elder Heiner 

A bonus message from Elder Hetharua, answering Audrey’s question of how Elder Heiner is treating him… “he is good and i think he is missionary ferry ferry awesome”.

Me and our house.
The church.
It's in an office building, much like the ones
in Bekasi and Tangerang.
This is right next to the church, about a 3 minute walk.
One place we ended up this week.

Monday, November 3, 2014

November 3, 2014

Guess what?  I'm moving on Thursday!  Who has any guesses where I'm going?  No one?  Well, that's all I can expect, because I'm writing to myself...  Also, most people in America have no idea about any cities in Indonesia, so that's to be expected, I guess.  I'm going to move to Manado.  And because that means nothing to you, let me describe it to you (from what I understand).  It's on a different Island, and it takes about 3 hours in a plane to get there from the mission home.
It's in a different time zone.  There is a branch, with 40 or so active members, mostly young single adults.  The church is on the beach.  The city is all Christian.  It is an angkot area.  There are 4 Elders and 2 Sisters and a mission couple, and I'll be the District Leader.  I will also be training a missionary from Bekasi named Elder Boenari (not sure on the spelling).  Crazy stuff.
Other than that, the week was good.  I went on splits with Elder Anderson here in Surabaya, and he was a really impressive missionary.  He's been here for 3 months, and he's super humble and his language skills are really good.  I'm very impressed with his diligence, and he'll be training the cousin of the missionary I'll be training this coming Thursday.  Small world.  I also went out with Elder Getter this week, in Malang.  He's another great missionary.  He's a hard worker, and he has the greatest desires to be the perfect missionary.  He's been here for 1 month, and he's made a lot of progress.  Those were fantastic learning experiences for me, and I really appreciated it.
Time's up!  I love you!

Elder Heiner
In Malang.
A random spot.
I'm not sure what this kid is up to,
but he was having a good time.
PLD a couple of weeks ago.