Monday, July 18, 2016

Last Week in Manado.

Hello all,
Well last week was my last full week in Manado, I only have 2 more days here after today. I will fly to Surabaya on Thursday morning for a zone meeting with the new mission president and then on Saturday I will fly to Jakarta with them and stay there until the 28th. I am sad that I will be leaving Manado soon, this place and the people here have been so good to me, I will never forget Manado.

Today for P-day we went to Lake Lenow in Tomohon up in the mountains and that was fun! We just got back a little bit ago and we are already a little late for a farewell party for me and Elder Lieske haha... being late to your own farewell party is probably bad.

Man did it rain a lot today.

Sorry I can't write to much more, we really got to get going!

This Gospel is so true and I love it! Share it with everyone!

Love, Elder Hymas

Monday, July 11, 2016

I am going to miss this..

This week hasn't been too crazy other than the fact that I am spreading the Everlasting Gospel in a foreign land to a people who really want to hear it! The fact that I am doing that still amazes me even up to now. It is really an awesome experience and the most rewarding! Sure the work is often hard and you can go through some emotional ups and downs but it is all worth it. I have seen some great success in my mission but I know that I planted even more seeds, and those seed will grow without me seeing it. We won't really understand the effect that we have on people while we serve but I believe that that effect is larger than we imagine.

A few days ago a member had a birthday party and she had a cool minion cake. Here in Indonesia, or at least in Manado, they have like little worship meetings for their birthdays haha. They will be a preacher to talk and they will pray and stuff. It is interesting and pretty different from my birthdays where we party and open presents haha. While we were eating dinner there I sat next to a man whose wife works with the member who is having a birthday. I talked to him and his name is Stanley. I was able to share some of our beliefs about family and I shared the Family: A Proclamation to the World. He really liked it and agreed with it. The branch president was sitting near us and helped a bit on sharing the gospel. I got his number and I will try to meet with him and his family again this week. I can never get bored of sharing this Gospel. This restored gospel is truth, plain, simple, truth. And because it is truth we can always learn and be uplifted by it. It is impossible to be bored of it. And the best thing we can do with this truth is share it and live it!

Well today after we email we will eat a nice lunch and then I will get my last haircut in Indonesia haha. It only costs about 15,000 Rupiah to get your hair cut here so it is a lot cheaper :) I am going to miss all the cheap things in Indonesia haha. Well Have a great week! Love ya all!

- Elder Hymas
Elder Lieske and I

Me and the Minion have the same smile :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July: the last month on the mish..

Happy birthday America! the 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays but it is just another normal day here in Manado haha I even forgot that it was the 4th of July until I opened up my email and I was like... oh ya today is the 4th... yay! Well next year I will make up for 2 years I have missed and celebrate hard!
So my old mission president President Donald went back home to Australia on the 30th and President Rowley came in to replace him. President Donald was a wonderful mission president and I will always treasure the counsel and everything I have learned from him and his example. President Rowley seems like a nice guy too but I have yet to meet him or even hear his voice haha being all the way out in Manado might be the reason why.
This week was good, we had some success but a lot of our investigators are still have trouble meeting with us, it is starting to get on my nerves a little bit but I gotta stay patient and love them. A few days ago we waited at a member's house for an investigator for like 3 house. The investigator kept telling us he was on his way but he never came and it was too late and we had to go home. It was sad, especially considering that I only have a few weeks left on my mission and all I want to do is teach these people and help them, but if they never show up how can I do that? It is tough but it is reality and we gotta make the best of it. I know that the Lord sees our effort and will help us!
I made some goals yesterday to not count down the days until the end of my mission and just have the mind set that I am still in the middle of my mission, that will help me focus and just work.
That being said the work is still going strong here in Manado and people here are learning the Gospel. A few days ago we went to an investigators house with a member named Sergey along with us. Well once we got to the investigators house the investigator had a work buddy over and it turned out that that work buddy is cousins with Sergey haha small world. So he stayed and joined in on the lesson with us and really liked our message, he was excited to meet again and go to church with us. So we set up an appointment for Saturday night at Sergey's house and then once Saturday night finally came we waited for about 3 hours at Sergeys house and he never came even though he kept saying he was on the way... yeah he was the one I was talking about earlier. He also didn't make it to church with us the next day which was too bad. We will try to meet with him again this week though and hopefully have more success. Well I love you all and I hope you all have a great week!
- Elder Hymas

some investigators

pretty good Sirsak/buah naga juice

some goo I ate