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.

Love,
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.