Friday, August 1, 2014

Week 4 - Rock Paper Scissors Indonesian Style & An Abundance of Food

Hello Family!!!

How are things going with everyone? Thank you all for the emails, letters and packages. With that being said, I hope that I have received them all! Here is a funny story about the package that my Dad put together for me.

-- A couple days ago, I was sitting at dinner when Elder Peterson comes up to me and says, "You're Dad hooked it up with the package!" I had no idea what he was talking about because I had not got mine. After dinner I headed over to the post office place and got my package and all I hear in the back room is, "Oh WOW!!" The other lady went back there to help the first lady bring it out. When I first saw the box it was a box for a huge speaker and microphone. Now, I asked Dad for a speaker (a portable one) and when I saw that I was like, "What the heck am I going to do with that?!" I went back to the room and opened it and thankfully it was just food and pictures! Not that I needed anymore food because I already have so much but it is nice to receive! I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have to go the cafeteria for the next 6 weeks even if I still had that time!

Anyways, things are going great! Earlier this morning we did a session at the temple and that was really amazing! Other than that, things are pretty much the same! Yesterday, the 12 of us had the opportunity to be the host missionary for the new missionaries that were arriving! My first missionary was foreign. He was from Tongo heading to Oakland, CA speaking tagalog so he was already fluent and it was interesting to talk with him as this is his first experience in America. My other missionaries that I hosted one was going to Guam and the other to Detroit, MI! Yes, I was the mean missionary that only had to allow the family 3 minutes with each other before I took the missionary started with their work! That was really fun!

Just a few spiritual things for the week are the devotionals as always. Sunday's speaker was Stephen B. Allen and he was so funny but when he got serious, he wasn't messing around. He shared a story about a companionship that separated for only maybe 30 seconds and now one is in prison because someone accused one Elder of doing something wrong and he couldn't prove his innocence so that scared pretty much everyone! On Tuesday, the speaker was John Groberg from "The Other Side of Heaven." His talk was about bearing testimony and how as missionaries no matter what we are doing, we are bearing testimony! I really enjoyed that!

This week we learned how to play Rock, paper, scissors in Indonesian. It's just weird because it goes Elephant, human, ant (Gajah, orang, semut)! We now settle things by playing that! Also we have been practicing our contacting skills. In America, if you talk to a stranger, you typicall ask how they are doing, or talk about the day. Nope, in Indonesia, you come out with the stalker questions of "Where are you going?" "Where are you from?" "Tell me about your family" It's been interesting to get used to saying and thinking that's what we are saying to people.

I'm not exactly sure when we get our travel plans but I sure hope it is SOON!!!!!! 

You MUST TELL CARL THAT I SAY HELLLLOOOO!!!!!!!!! I want to know how he is doing and he is the perfect coach for Zach! Although that practice schedule seems intense for an 8 year old! As for the girls, they better do so well in their sports that they make the news in Indonesia so that members can tell me all about it! ;) 

I Love you all!! I got my second Japanese Encephalitis shot so hopefully I don't pick that up now! My district is so cool and we are all really close! Things will only get better from here!

Elder Hayes

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