Indonesia, Jakarta Mission 3/13 - 3/15

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Putting on a Roof

Man, sounds like it was a pretty terrible game!  That is a bummer!  I was totally going for the Broncos, too, because I wanted Peyton to win the SuperBowl with 2 different teams!  And from what I have heard from others, it was a bad day in Vegas, too, because the analysts had the Broncos winning, too. Bummer.  It wasn't even close!  That is a pretty lame game!  Well, I hope at least the commercials were pretty funny!  But enough on that.

So, this week.  Well, there is not too much to report on this week.  But it was a pretty good week.  So, Ibu M. and her kids came to church again, which is awesome!  They are really busy, though, and so we have not been able to teach them as often as we would like, but they still really want to be baptized, and we are hoping we can get them ready by the 16th, if not at the very latest the 23rd (before transfers on the 24th because we are fairly certain that one of us will be transferring, but still not sure really.  Just guessing.).  But they are totally awesome and her kids love church and singing Primary songs and stuff. We were going to go out there today to teach them, but it ended up falling through because of timing and we couldn't get anyone to come with us.  It is hard now, because if we go visit anyone that is a female, we have to have another responsible adult there, and we are having a really hard time finding people that have the ability or time to go fellowship with us, and we can't ask the bishop every day.  So that is something new and frustrating that we have been having to try to overcome.  To this point, because of it, we have had to delay or cancel a few appointments despite having called everyone we can think of.  It is making it a lot harder to do the work, but it is from President, so I am sure it is inspired, so we are doing our best to follow it.  So, if the missionaries ever ask you, try your best to make time to fellowship with them or help them find someone who can.  Thats my advice for this week to help other missionaries out.

We have also found a few more new investigators this week, several of which look like they have some pretty good potential to progress and make the baptismal commitment.  So we are going to try to work hard with them and keep looking for more people to work with.  It is exciting to start finding new people and share the gospel with a lot more people!  

On Saturday I went on splits with Elder Giolas to his area.  That was a lot of fun to meet new people and see another area.  That morning we did some service at a new members house.  We helped them put up a new roof.  That was kinda cool.  It reminded me a lot of when I was working on building the shed up at the cabin with Grandpa. While we were there, we had a lot of time to just talk. Elder Giolas and I have gotten to be pretty good friends while we've been here.  (he's the one who's parents just moved to Midway).  He offered me a job to work with him for his dad when we get home as an HVAC salesman.  It sounds like a pretty cool job--going on sales calls, get paid to golf every Friday with clients, and whatnot.  So I don't know, that might be kinda fun.  But not something to think too hard about right now.  I'll focus on that when I get home.  But its good to have options.  That day we also visited several of their investigators and had some good appointments and it was a lot of fun!

In just a few minutes we are going to play futsal for p-day with the missionaries and hopefully a bunch of members and their non-member friends.  Trying to find some more new investigators in fun creative ways.  Then we have an appointment with an investigator tonight, then we are taking another new investigator on a church tour, then hopefully we will have a family night with an inactive member family.  So it should be a pretty good day.

This morning we spent some time cleaning the house, then I wrote a few letters to each of you and a few other people.  I put them all in a big sturdy envelope along with a MicroSD card taped to the back of a picture (I did it more carefully this time so hopefully it doesn't break), and I will put that in the mail tomorrow (its closed now).  Hopefully that gets to you soon!

Thanks for all your love and prayers!  I'm glad to hear you are all doing well!  Tell everyone Hi for me! And I will pray for some water back home, too.  Thats crazy!  Kinda scary!  Well, I love you all so much!  Hopefully that letter gets there soon!  Thanks for the letters and emails!  You guys are awesome!  I love you!

Love, Elder Wood

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