Tuesday, May 12, 2015

May 11, 2015

Well, this is it.  This week was great.  I pretty much ignored the fact that I'm going home, and did what I'd do anyways.  It was great.  And then last night, I took some time and packed my belongings, and later today we're going to buy some last souvenirs, and then visit some of my favorite members, then I'm going to buy martabak and ice cream and have the best final dinner ever, and then tomorrow at 4 in the morning I'll get picked up at the house by a brother from church and my plane to Jakarta leaves at 6:15. It lands in Jakarta at 8:30.  Then I'll go the mission office, get interviewed, get all my stuff together and weighed, etc, the hope is to leave with Elder Barrus and do missionary work at 12 until 4ish, because we have a farewell dinner at 5 and then a fireside at 6, and after that we're leaving for the airport immediately.  It's going to be a crazy day.  Our group flies to Hong Kong then part ways heading to the states.  I’m with Elder Kyle until Seattle.  Well, I gotta get going.  But I love you all, and I can't wait to see you later!
Elder Heiner

Monday, May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015

Hello, everyone,
So....  We had a good week, and this next week is going to be the best week.  We're going to make it the best week.
The highlight was when we had a baptism for an 11 year old son of a new member.  His dad baptized him, and it was a really neat experience.
Because my life seems really boring from a non-Elder Heiner point of view, how about you just come by the house in 11 or 12 days and I'll answer all your questions.  Then you can just hear the cool stuff you're interested in and not just a bunch of boring writing.  I'm not lacking motivation to do missionary work, but writing this just seems kind of pointless because I'll be home so soon, and it would be so much faster/easier in person.  So have a great week!
Elder Heiner
We did some service out in the middle of nowhere.
It was great.
Pretty much the biggest spider I've ever seen.
It fell down from a tree and passed out (we think).
It is about as big as my hand all spread out.
I have a picture in comparison with my foot but for some
reason the computer won't let me send it.
Me on the volcano.

Monday, April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015

So, first things first, sorry for no pictures.  We went to Tomohon to see the volcano and the statues of Christ's walk with the cross, and while we were there, it rained on us.  So my camera is at home trying to dry out.  I'll try to do better next week. 
Things in Manado are great.  I like being here, and we're seeing a lot of success, so that's nice.  People here are just so nice. 
We've been teaching an 11 year old the past few weeks, and he's great.  The Sisters just baptized his parents, but because he's 11, he doesn't really want to talk to girls.  So we're teaching him, and he's planning to get baptized this Saturday.  So that's been fun.  We also had 2 investigators come to church yesterday, they live in a city called Bitung, it's about an hour away.  There's a member who takes us out there once a week.  There's 4 people in the house, and the mom/sister is a member but works in Malaysia, so she wanted us to teach her kids and mom and brother, so that's what we're doing.  And they finally came to church, which was great.  I love it when people finally make it to church.  
I don't know what else to write about because it's just the same as last week, and the week before, and the week before.  Now things happen, but for the most part, it's just the same as before, just with different names and faces.
Thanks for the support!  I'll try to send pictures next week because I know that's the only reason you'd ever read this.  I'm not the most exciting of writers.
Elder Heiner

Monday, April 20, 2015

April 20, 2015

Things here are good.  We're teaching, and working, and it's great.  We went to Surabaya on Tuesday until Wednesday, so that was nice.  It's nice to see missionaries that I've never met before.  The new ones have such great faith, it's so cool.  Sometimes I wish we were closer to some other missionaries, but that's the price of living in paradise, I guess.  We were busy today cleaning our backyard and burning the plant stuff.
Until later,  Elder Heiner
PDL in Surabaya.
Sorry not to have more pictures today.  If you hold on a few more
weeks, I have about 2000 or so we can look at.

Monday, April 13, 2015

April 13, 2015

Dear all y'all,
So, this week was a week like any other.  We did work every day, no one got sick, no one got mail, no one got baptized, no one completely rejected us.  It was pretty normal.  (Please don't think that I'm begging for mail.)  We did get to watch conference, rounding out my 2 years of only hearing conference in Indonesian.  Maybe I'll get to be a translator at the next conference, that'd be kind of fun.
This coming week should be good.  We're going to Surabaya tomorrow, and we'll come back on the day after.  There's PLD, so that will be fun.  The last one before I go home...  All sort of these "last" whatever keep happening, and I don't like it.
Anyways, it’s been good, Love you!
Elder Heiner
Me and a couple of random people we found.
They aren't interested...
The view from where we met those folks.

Monday, April 6, 2015

April 6, 2015

Hello everyone,
This week has been really typical.  No one came to visit, and we taught a bunch of people, which was fun.  And I went on splits with Elder Campbell and then Elder Honda, and it was great.  They're both great Elders who are making good progress and becoming better.  I am happy to have worked with them.
The Sisters had a baptism this week, and that was pretty great.  I always like seeing that, it helps everyone to work harder, and helps the members to see that things are moving along.  It was the 6th in our branch this year, which is great!  It's been a great year.
When President Donald was here last week, he went to a couple of lessons with us.  And when we got out of one of them, we walked up some stairs to the road, and there was a car, and its front tire popped right there in front of us.  So President Donald and I swapped it with the spare, and Elder Sinaga talked to the guy, he's 18 and a senior in high school, and we taught him immediately, and we've been there 3 more times since, and that's where we're headed later tonight, so it's been really great.  He's a great investigator, and he would have come to church last week, but there was Easter, which is a really traditionalized holiday here.
Things are still nice here, it's pretty hot, and not too rainy, and I'm still healthy.  Life is good.
Elder Heiner
Birthday picture from last week.
Eggs and flour tradition.
And my cake.
At least he's got no blind spots.
False advertising at it's finest.

Monday, March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015

Hello, everyone.  This week has been pretty good, it seems like it was pretty quick, too.  It was a little different because President Donald and Elder Barrus and Elder Wintolo came up for a visit.  It was nice to have some change.  I really enjoyed that.  Elder Barrus is the only person that came to both my mission birthdays.  That was also good, my birthday.  We didn't really do anything special, just ate some cake and then got eggs and flour thrown all over me.  So that was exciting.
On Thursday, I had to sign up for BYU classes, which went surprisingly well, considering that I hadn't researched anything.  I'm in some classes now, so if all else fails, I know what I'll be doing on the 31st of August.  It always surprises me to think that I'm going back to America fairly soon...  Not worth thinking about.
Other than the visit from President and the AP's, I don't think anything of particular mention happened.  I never really remember what goes on, week to week, because it's all so similar every week.  Or maybe I just forget.  Oh well.  It's a good thing we don't get that much time to email, otherwise you'd just get a bunch of rambling like this every week.  Have a great week!
Elder Heiner
PS this computer is not able to attach my pictures.  It says that it's trying, but then it says attachment failed, so you're just going to have to wait...  Sorry.

Monday, March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015

Hello everyone, Summing up last week,  I got to Jakarta at 11 ish, and there were lots of missionaries using the computers, and we left to go play paintball at 12, so there wasn't much time anyway...  We were going to leave at 4, but something happened, and then there was traffic, and I just had time to shower, send a quick email, and then go and do missionary work.  P-day is only until 6, so that's what we did.  Jakarta was good, I enjoyed myself.  The flight was long, though.  3 1/2 hours is a long time to sit in a plane, especially when I  never sit for very long.  But it works out in the end.
Other than that, this week has been pretty regular.  We didn't do anything special, or go anywhere special.  Just investigator's houses and member's houses...  So that was exciting.
Last week, we had 3 baptisms in our branch, one was taught by the Sisters, and two were taught by my companion and me.  It was great to see them get baptized.  I really love them.
Other than that, I feel like everything is pretty normal.
I love you!
Elder Heiner

Monday, March 16, 2015

March 16, 2015

Dear Family, friends and other people...
I am sorry, I have no time tonight to email.  I went to Jakarta, and then we played paintball, and now we're getting out of the office late, and I don't have time.  I apologize, and I will tell you more next week.  Maybe.  But we did have 3 baptisms in our branch on Saturday!  It was pretty great.
Love,  Elder Heiner

Monday, March 9, 2015

March 9, 2015

So....  I'm running out of time (surprise).  The exciting news for the week is about transfers!  I'm not moving, my companion's not moving, but Elder Hethaura is.  And so is Sister Wihanda.  I really like them, and so that's going to be an interesting change.
Things here are good.  I really like it in Manado, and not only because we're in a tropical paradise.  It's great.  I'm healthy, happy, working hard.  Things are great.
I don't know of anything else out of the ordinary that happened this week.  I just got news about 10 minutes ago that I'll be going to Jakarta next Monday and Tuesday for MLC again.  That'll be fun.
Have a great week!
Elder Heiner
This is a picture of me and one of my investigators in Surabaya
who got batized after I moved.  His name is Ardi, he was Muslim,
and he is great.  It was a great opportunity to get to see him again.
These next pictures are from a Chinese celebration.
I don't know what the deal is but there were about a
squillion people there.
Sometimes we go to really cool places.
The sisters had a baptism and they asked me to do it.
She's a great girl who is 17 named Ella.

Monday, March 2, 2015

March 2, 2015

Hello everyone.  Things are good this week.  I still like being a missionary.  Here's a cool story about one of our investigators:  We were on an angkot going back to the area of our house, and the angkot driver decided to take some random shortcut.  We got a ways down the hill, and it stopped to pick someone up.  As the angkot was stopped, a 12 year old kid looked from the outside of the angkot and saw the Book of Mormon I was holding.  He asked if it was a Book of Mormon, I said yes, and he said that they had one of those, and then the angkot left, and I was too shell shocked to stop it, so we went on our way.  I asked the lady next to me what the kid's name was and where he lived, and so the next day we came by the same spot, and there he was.  He and 2 friends were getting some cooking oil, and they took us back to their house.  One of the 3 people is 18 and he is the one who really wanted to learn.  But he was crazy because his mom died a year ago and he didn't have proper grief counseling.  But he read the Book of Mormon and the teachings of Joseph Fielding Smith and the Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson and the Gospel Principles book, and as much other church materials that he could get a hold of, and he stopped being crazy.  It was kind of gradual, but it was seeable.  I was amazed at the peace I could see in his face.  He was able to concentrate, hold better conversation and a lot of other really amazing things.  It was super cool, and he's going to get baptized on Saturday. 
Other than that, I got to go on splits with Elder Hetharua, which was like old times again.  And also with Elder Campbell.  He's super cool.  He and I can talk for hours which is really weird.  It's because we're both geeks who read a lot of books and stuff.  It was great fun.  They're both awesome missionaries.
Gotta run, Bye!

Me and a Jesus statue.

Monday, February 23, 2015

February 23, 2015

Sorry for the lack of writing last week.  I was kind of busy in Jakarta.  About 3 weeks ago, I was told that I was not going to attend the MLC meeting for February.  But then 2 weeks ago on Friday, I was told that the plan changed, and so last Monday I went to Jakarta.  It was fun, but a little inconvenient because we had planned on me being in Manado...  It worked out in the end, though.  So yeah, last week, I went to Jakarta on Monday and came back on Tuesday, adding 7 hours to my accumulated flight time and bringing my "Domestic Indonesian Flights" statistic to 29.  I am in second place mission-wide, I think.  Elder Kyle still has me by a solid 5 or 6.  And I won't be able to pass him because he's in Medan and will fly every time I do.
The rest of the week was good.  We taught a bunch of people, and talked to a bunch of people, and did regular missionary work.  Life is good.  Everyone's still healthy and happy, so that makes things nice.
President Donald had us start to read the Book of Mormon in 80 days, 3 chapters per day.  And he gave us a calender with all the assignments on it.  I've gone my whole mission without using a calender, and now I was given one that only goes until the 12th of May - the day before I get released from full-time service as a missionary.  So that's strange to think that once I get through the Book of Mormon again, I will go home.  Which means I know exactly how many days I have to work really hard.  It gives me a headache to think about it, so I usually don't.   You can sleep when you're dead, right?
Elder Heiner
A 1 Kilo Chocolate Bar
This is the Indonesian version of Hawaiian Haystacks.
We have an investigator who lives up these stairs.

Monday, February 16, 2015

February 16, 2015

So....... I 'm in Jakarta today.  We had 10 investigators come to church yesterday, so that was very exciting.  And you get the rest of the week in pictures since there isn't computer time here.
Love, Elder Heiner

Monday, February 9, 2015

February 9, 2015

This week has been exciting.  We said goodbye to Elder Budi and Elder Eyre, which was sad.  And Elder Sinaga and Elder Campbell came in to Manado later that night.  Elder Sinaga is my companion, he's from Medan, he's about 5' 7" (maybe, I'm not actually any good at estimating heights) 100 pounds (again, the estimating thing...) he's been a missionary for 6 months, all 6 in Solo.  Which is a long ways away from here.  He's a good missionary.  And Elder Campbell's about the same, but Elder Campbell is considerably bigger, and from one of those Utah cities that all are the same place.
On Saturday, we had a baptism!  We went to go fill up the font, and then it turned out there was no water in the church.  The advice from the branch leaders was to baptize him in the ocean.  So we did.  It was an exciting day.  
I know this isn't much, but my time is about up.
Elder Heiner
It would have been cooler if there had been a sunset or
Mario.  The most golden investigator.
Sometimes we walk through the coolest places.
How much money does it take to keep
2 missionaries alive for 1 month?

Monday, February 2, 2015

February 2, 2015

Sooooooo, I'm sorry that there's no pictures again this week...  2 in a row.  I'll get it next week.  I did charge the battery, but I loaned my SD card out to a friend, and he hasn't gotten it back to me.  We'll get there.  
This week was pretty good, although not much happened by way of exciting things.  We taught a bunch of lessons, so I guess that was exciting, but to me, not really to you.  Whenever I sit down to write this email to you, I always am amazed by how boring missionary work is from an overview perspective.  I could tell you about specific lessons, but that would be like, we taught this guy the restoration, and this guy the restoration and this guy the restoration, and this guy, we followed up about the restoration, and this guy we went over the baptismal interview questions, and this guy we taught the restoration.  I could teach the restoration in my sleep.  Honestly, I probably do.  Elder Martineau does (true story, he sleep teaches).  
We didn't do anything out of the ordinary, just walked around and rode angkots and invited people to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith, repentance, and enduring to the end.  We didn't do any baptizing or giving the Holy Ghost this week.  But we're trying.  Life is good as a missionary.
We have a transfer coming up tomorrow, which is exciting.  I'll be staying here, and my companion will move to Manado South (still the same house), and my new companion will be Elder T. Sinaga from Medan.  He's been a missionary for about 6 months.  And Elder Hetharua's companion will be Elder Campbell from America.  He's also been a missionary for about 6 months.  The mission couple, the Welch’s, are with their children right now, and they will leave for home on Wednesday, so that'll be a sad change, too. Things are exciting in Indonesia!
Thanks for all the support!

Love,  Elder Heiner

Monday, January 26, 2015

January 26, 2015

Dear everyone.
First, sorry that there's no pictures, my camera has no battery.  And even if it did, I don't think I took any pictures this week...  You'd think that going to Surabaya would make me want to take pictures, but it didn't.  It was good to see Elder Headrick again, and it seems like the next time that that can happen is in America.  He's moving far away.  And I'm not (probably).  
PLD was good, we talked a lot about planning wisely, and we watched the AP's plan for a regular day.  That was kind of boring, but a good example.  Planning just isn't the kind of thing that is fun to watch.  But it's important, so that'll be good.  We'll work on getting better.
I've gained about 1 kilo here in Manado, so when I saw a couple of my friends from Surabaya (investigators), they told me that I was looking fat.  It's a good compliment here, but sometimes the sisters take those comments pretty hard.
We got off the plane on Borneo on the way home, which was cool.  We didn't go anywhere, and in fact, we didn't even get to walk around the airport, but I have been on a different island for reals.  We stopped there before, but didn't get off the plane.  
We're working hard, and it's fun, but I'm tired.  It's crazy.  Things happen all the time, and it is so exciting at the time, but I don't ever remember anything exciting when I get down to write this.  
Shout out to Uncle Rich and Aunt Laurie, congrats on the new baby.  She looks really cute.  
Life is good, although it's much the same every day.  I wouldn't have it any other way, otherwise I don't know if I could deal with it.

Elder Heiner

Sunday, January 18, 2015

January 19, 2015

Dear everyone,
This week has been pretty good.  I have nothing to complain about.  Or really anything to tell you about...  Things are good, but nothing really that exciting, I feel.  Lots of walking and riding angkots and meetings and teaching.  But as for cool things, not much.  Just normal stuff.  I'm going to get a haircut today, and we might watch some mormon messages.  There are 30 or so that have Indonesian subtitles.
This coming week, we have PLD in Surabaya, so that will be good.  We go down on Thursday and come back on Friday, and so that should be good.  Except for the flying part.  I'm growing tired of airplanes.  I have flown 23 times within Indonesia.  And 4 times as a missionary going to the MTC and to Indonesia.  I've got at least 3 domestic flights and 3 international flights...  I wish there was a better way to do it.  But I'd rather do that than swim to Surabaya...
I got to do splits with Elder Eyre and Elder Budi this week, they both are really good missionaries that do a lot of work.  I'm happy to be able to work with them.
Life is good, the work is hastening, and we’re super busy.  I've never been this busy my entire mission.  It's way nice.  I love it.
Love,  Elder Heiner

This sign says it is the river of living water.
I am not convinced.
We got a contact from facebook and it turns out
he lives up these 97 stairs.
How would you like to live here?

Monday, January 12, 2015

January 12, 2015

This week has been pretty interesting...
Monday:  Went to Jakarta and played basketball for 2 hours and taught a lesson with Elder Barrus with a man who is really ready for the gospel.
Tuesday:  Had our Mission Leadership Council, got in a taxi and waited at the airport...  Flew 3 hours and 20 minutes on Lion Air (the smallest, most uncomfortable airline in Indonesia) back to Manado, and got to our house at 12:30.  What a fun trip.
Wednesday:  Did some service helping a member clean up some storm debris, then walked around with little plan because I got back earlier that morning...
Thursday:  Elder Eyre was sick, so I went with the Welch's and Elder Budi to Tomohon to teach a woman there.  She is way cool, but lives very far away.  With some of the extra time we had, we visited a pagoda.
Friday:  We had district meeting and English class and taught a couple really cool people, and that was a good day.
Saturday:  Also a good day.  Just teaching like normal.  And there was a baptism of the child of a member, so that was good.  We had a couple of investigators come, so I'm really happy about that.  It rained all night.
Sunday:  It rained all morning, so there were floods and church started a little late.  But it's all good, and things ended up OK.  Just a lot of late people.  Then there was a small party for the kid who got baptized, and we ate there, so that was nice. 
That's the highlight reel for this week.  Earlier today we went to a volcano for p-day.  That was pretty cool.  There were some really cool views, but I don't know if it really shows up on the pictures...  You'll just have to come here and see for yourself.  And if you wanted, you could invite me and I'll translate for you.  But after I finish this mission thing.  I'm kind of busy right now. 
Things are good.  Never been better.

Elder Heiner

"The Statue of Blessings" (AKA Super Jesus) in Tomohon.
The Manado Facebook profile picture.
A pagoda we visited in Tomohon.
Me from the top of the pagoda.
Just a random spot on the drive from one village to another
with my companion and the coolest kid named
Steve in all of Indonesia.
This tree has been carefully cultivated to grow exactly
like a bicycle with no front.
At the top of the volcano.

Monday, January 5, 2015

January 5, 2015

Hello from Jakarta!  Tomorrow's MLC.
This week was good.  It was New Year's Eve, so that was exciting.  There was a LOT of fireworks.  From 11 until 1 there were too many to sleep and we went out and watched for a little while at midnight when they got really big (see picture).  That's just from our back yard, I'm sure it would have been better if you had somewhat of a view.  We have a wall, so we couldn't see that much.  
We had a good week, we did a lot of teaching, and I really enjoyed what we were doing.  I like this whole missionary work thing.  
I can't think of anything particular that happened, and I'm in Jakarta, so there's other stuff that needs to get done, so I apologize that this is short, but yeah....

Love, Elder Heiner
New Year's Eve in Manado.
A pimped out Angkot.
What a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup looks like after
it goes through the mail to Indonesia.
This kid is wearing a dead snake as a necklace.
Out the window on the flight from Manado to Jakarta.