August 19, 2018




Elder Doud

Week 17: Kemerdekaan!

This week was really slow, since 17 Agustus dominated the week. I don’t really have much to say, since most of the past days has just involved walking around and trying to find people to talk to!
17 Agustus is Indonesian independence day, and Indonesians are about as patriotic as Americans. Our ward had a party, which is pretty unusual for this congregation. It was actually a lot of fun, and our entire ward played games, which was awesome. It really built up our ward unity.
I didn’t do that well in the sack race, as the sack only came up to my knees.
I continue to talk to interesting people as we contact. It’s clear there are characters in all parts of the world.
I purchased a couple pairs of new pants, which has been nice. Losing 45 pounds has meant my old ones were just a bit big. I’ll probably buy a whole bunch of new clothes before I return since everything is so cheap.
Other than that, we had a service project this week where we helped an elderly lady clean out her garage, which was filled with stuff that was half-eaten by rats, which was fun. She gave me a beautiful wood statue of a garuda we found, which is the national symbol of Indonesia. I tried to refuse, but like grandma’s everywhere, she insisted.
It’s strange that I’m not missing the movies back in the states. I am excited for the fun lego sets my family are buying for me for birthdays and holidays, and placing on my bed. That will be something to look forward to.
We’re going on a trip as a district to some temples this afternoon, which is why this email is so short, since I don’t have much time to write. The mission transfers were delayed a week because of a mixup at the MTC, which is why we planned the outing for this week, since you never know what will happen at transfers. I’ll send my Dad more pictures of our trip this afternoon: Elder Doud is renting another nice camera.
Speaking of my trainer, next week I will finish my training, which is very strange to think about. It’s hard to believe I’ve been out for 17 weeks.
As a mission, we’re memorizing 3rd Nephi 5:13, which reads: “Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.” I’m so glad for this opportunity I have to serve a mission here in Indonesia. The culture and people that I get to experience here is awesome, and I’m so glad that I can help bring the gospel to them.
Elder Marr


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