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