Monday, January 26, 2015

Transferring to Magelang

This week was a good one. For P-day last week we met up with other missionaries from our zone because they came earlier for PLD. We played billiards at the mall at it was really fun. I'm a little rusty but I did alright. On Tuesday We had the first day of PLD. It is when President Donald interviews all of us and tells us if we are being transferred or not. I am getting transferred! I am going to Magelang! It is about a 4 hour bus ride from Solo. It is a small city in the middle of the mountains so it is going to be cold! There will only be 4 elders there and no sisters (dang). My new companion will be Elder Widigdo, he is an Indonesian. The moves will be on the 3rd of February, so I have about 1 more week left in Solo. Elder Sadiyono is staying in Solo and my old companion from the MTC is going to be his new companion in Jebres, Elder Arthur!

The second day of PLD was the big meeting where President, the APs and the zone leaders talk to us. It was really good. One important thing President spoke about was safety. Because we are in a country where some people don't like Americans at all. Even if you are from Australia, England, or New Zealand, you are still an American to them. So we got new rules to follow to make sure we are safe from stalkers and other fun dangers like that. Don't worry! Most the people in Indonesia are awesome and love us, but there are some radical Muslims that don't like us. And those people are not considered real Muslims, because the Muslim religion isn't about terrorism or war.

The rest of the week has been pretty good. We didn't really get any good new investigators. Brother Herdik is doing awesome. I am really happy I could help him join the church. He is getting the Aaronic Priesthood next Sunday. We moved JJ's baptismal date back another week earlier this week because he wasn't quite ready. But then he didn't go to church with us yesterday because he was busy or something. So I don't think his baptism will happen while I am in Solo. But hopefully it will happen soon after I leave.

Today for P-day we are going to go to A&W at the mall and get a root beer float, and then we are playing billiards again!

Have a great week!
- Elder Hymas
Playing Pool on P-Day

Monday, January 19, 2015

Herdik Baptized!

This week was great. Yesterday we had a baptism for our investigator Herdik. I had the opportunity to baptism him, so that was really special. The spirit was strong and he is happy to be a new member of the church. Our other investigator JJ (from Madagascar) came to church and watched Herdik's baptism. JJ is planning to get baptized next week, if it all goes right than we should be having another baptism next Sunday

For P-day last Monday the mission couple took us to a temple site in the mountains and then we went to a waterfall. It was the same waterfall that I went too like my fist week in Solo but it was even better the second time because there was a lot more water this time. There were lots of monkeys at the waterfall. I don't really like the monkeys, they are kinda scary. 

One of the new goals for the missionaries in Indonesia is to hand out 14 Kitab Mormons a week. That is quite a task and we tried our best, but we ran out of Kitab Mormons in our house and tried to order more, but the mission home ran out of them too haha so I don't know when we will get more.

This week is PLD! So President Donald and the APs are coming down here for a big ol' meeting and interviews. I will find out tomorrow in my interview with him if I will be transferring or not. I'm pretty sure that I will be transferring to a different city. There is a chance that I might just transfer to a different area in Solo. I'm excited to find out what's going to happen. 

I heard McKay Forsyth got his mission call to Tegucigalpa Handuras! That's awesome, selamat untuk dia!

Have a great week!

- Elder Hymas
Air Terjun!

Dr Seuss Fruit

Us at a temple

Herdik and us 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Baru is like Cali

This week has been a good one. We were able to get lots of lessons in and that is always a good thing. We had a zone meeting in Jogja on Friday. Jogja is a cool city, It would be cool if I get to serve there one day. They gave us new standards of excellence at the zone meeting, which are like the standard of how many lessons we are supposed to have a week and how many Books or Mormon we are supposed to give out. And let me tell ya, these new standards are pretty dang high. But with hard work I'm sure we can meet them, I hope.

For P-day last week we went to Solo Baru, it is like a 40 minute bike ride away so we took a taxi haha. Solo Baru is super nice compared to Solo Jebres where I am at. There were nice buildings and really really nice malls. It felt really weird because it felt exactly like I was in California or something for a little bit. But then you ride your bike 10 minutes away and you are back in a 3rd world country.

Our awesome investigator Hendrik is progressing really well and is all set and ready for baptism on Sunday the 18th. It is really amazing to see the change that the gospel has brought in his life. He is so much more happier. It was a good reminder on why I am serving a mission. Our other Investigator JJ is barely came back to Solo from touring Indonesia with is friend for a month haha. We got to meet with him a few days ago and he is still doing good. Both Hendrik and JJ went to church with us yesterday.

Weather Update: Still incredibly hot and wet!

My Diet: Rice, Chicken, and Es Jeruk! Yum!

Have a wonderful week!
- Elder Hymas
Me in Jogja

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year from Solo

This New Years week was good. For P-day last Monday we went up to the mountains to hang out and visit the Solo 2 ward bishop's villa. The mountains were super cool and the view was awesome. The weather was the best part though, It was cold! Like maybe 70 degrees! It felt so nice. We played volleyball and ate food and visited a waterfall nearby his villa. All in all is was maybe my favorite P-day here so far.
We went to a wedding reception of a less active's daughter in the Banjasari ward on Tuesday. It was pretty cool. There was a lot of good food, that always makes wedding reception great.

Wednesday morning and Saturday morning I got pretty sick. On Wednesday I threw up and had diarrhea (diarrhea is like a daily occurrence anyways) But I didn't feel good those mornings, but once the afternoon came I was fine and went to work.

On New Year's Eve night the missionaries in Solo ate at a pretty cool restaurant and talked and chilled for a little bit. Then we went home at 9 o'clock and went to bed at 10:30. Just as we went to bed the power in our house went out. So that means our A/C and our fan were dead too. And that means no sleeping for us. So we lay there in the box cement room sweating and praying for the power to turn back on, it felt like forever. Then finally the power turns back on at 11:59 PM New Years night. So we cheered and said happy New Year and listened to our neighbors fireworks go off right next to our window for about 20 minutes. And then finally we were able to go to sleep.

We had another lesson with our investigator Hedrick this week and he really wants to be a part of our Church. He says that the Spirit is always so strong when he is here and everything we say just makes sense. We set a baptismal date for him on the 17th of January and he is excited for that. He came to church with us yesterday and the past 3 weeks. I am excited and happy for him.

That's about it for this week. Elder Sadiyono broke one of his teeth a few days ago so we are going to the dentist today to fix it hopefully. And then maybe we might go to Solo Baru and hit up some malls.

Have a great week!
-Elder Hymas
Me on top the mountain #Selfie

Our church building