Week 50 - Merry Christmas/ Selamat Natal!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hello Everyone,
Hope you all had a great Christmas!  I have lots of pictures this week so I'll let them tell the story.  I've also added a few videos of what life in Indonesia is like!

Sometimes American food just "hits the spot"!
Christmas Eve hot chocolate and toffee.  Thanks mom!
Missionaries waiting to Skype their families

In my stocking was chips, peanut butter, peanuts, chocolate cinnamon bears!  It was great!

All the missionaries got to relax at the Mission Home.  It was nice!

Playing games

Indonesia is full of these blood sucking creatures!

taking a break :)

Yes, we are in the rainy season!

feet? heads? innards? or a mixed bucket of original recipe?

It was fun skyping with the family for Christmas.  Hope you all have a great week!  Happy New Year!

Love,  Elder Jones

Week 49 - Things missionaries have to deal with...

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Hello Everyone,

YES!  This is a real sign on the wall of the bathroom
Who wants to hear about my toe surgery?  ha ha 

I have an awesome video of them taking my toenail off...but will spare you.  So, because of all the walking we do as missionaries, I got an ingrown toenail that got really infected so they had to take the whole nail off.  Elder Wills took the video for me.  I got to work in Flip Flops for a few days because I couldn't put shoes on.  That was kind of fun until it rained and my foot got soaking wet.  Stuff missionaries have to deal with!

Nice to see my MTC companion Elder Davies and a few other Elders and Sisters.  Christmas is coming this week and I'm excited to Skype home!

Ok Dad, here is a funny story for you.  Yesterday while we were at church and the power went off.  There are only 2 windows at the church and it was getting hot!  Since there was no power, no AC, and it was kind of dark in the church everyone started leaving and going home.  That didn't make the Bishop very happy.  The power never came back on so church was kind of shot yesterday.
How is Tithing Settlement going Dad?  I'm really impressed by all the members here who just don't have anything but faithfully pay their tithing.  There are lots of really good people in this world.
Thank you so much to everyone who has sent me Christmas cards, letters and packages this week!  They really mean a lot to me especially being so far from home during the holiday season.  Grandpa, all that dehydrated food was awesome, thanks!  Cool idea! 
Love,  Elder Jones

Week 48 - Mudslide

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello Everyone,

So I guess you heard on the news there was a mudslide in Indonesia this week.  There weren't any missionaries in the area but that mud slide is right out side of Semarang in Banjarnegara.   It's really sad.  I have a few friends and people I know who live out there.

This week was really busy so I'm just sending a bunch of pictures of what downtown Jakarta looks like and a few of me and the other Elders.

Have a great week!  I can't wait to talk with you on Christmas Day!

Love,  Elder Jones

Week 47 - Be Thankful

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Hi Everyone,
So for P-day this week it was... SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS EVERYBODY! (the song) (lagu-nya)
 We all got shots for the flu, took it like a champ and didn’t even get watery eyed!  Then we went ice skating again, it was fun! I’m pro, but we discussed that last week ha-ha!  
I got asked to take a picture with these high school kids and one of the girls says, " boleh paluk nggak ?" (can I hug you?) and I forgot what paluk means,  and I said,  "Boleh". "Yeah you can", and then she hugged me?!?!? and I was like... what the heck are you doing ?!?  It was an awkward missionary moment! :/

Merry Christmas in Indonesian
Thanks mom for the tree, decorations and presents :) I'm the missionary ornament at the top, see?
 One day this week we went to Ancol.  We spent 9 whole hours proselyting. It was intense!  Only got one contact that is interested.  I can't even tell you how hard the work is here.  Then we went out to the ocean and that’s always refreshing to get the ocean breeze. From the real thing other than my Old Spice ocean breeze body wash #swagger... (I have to make these jokes to keep the spirits up!)

Wait? How did I get on these?!

Then we went into a little kampung (village) next to the rail road station.  It is so poor out here. We need to ALL be thankful for what we have! :( The little kids out there are so cute and funny though! I bought 5 little kids ice-cream for only .60 cents American money! Crazy huh? Then 6 mangos for $1!

On Wednesday we woke up to a call at 7.... Yes we slept in ... my fault. (Good thing we have the Atonement). Anyways, woke up to a call from an investigator who wanted to meet with us that second!  So we jumped up and got ready in less than 5 minutes which was cool, then ran outside to the bus and meet up with our pal so he could tell us he didn’t want to learn again. So that made us sad. We also had 2 appointments later that night at the church.

On Sunday it was Stake Conference. It was great! I learned a lot and it’s nice to be fluent in the language now. I can actually understand all that is being said! Elder Randy D. Funk gave a great talk too! It was awesome to hear from a 70... After that we had lunch with Sister Ita from Bogor! I love them they are just great.  I miss serving in Bogor! It was so nice to see some old faces today! I also met with Elder Hasibuan, my trainer.  He gave a good talk in the meeting! 
I've included some pictures from our Thanksgiving dinner last week. 

Best food I've eaten in the last 11 months!

If you want to send me a Christmas card that would be awesome!  We love to get mail!
My address is:  Elder Tyler Glenn Jones, Jalan Senopati 115, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta 12190, Indonesia
Have a great week!
Elder Jones

Week 46 - Thanksgiving In Jakarta

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ice skating on p-day

Jakarta traffic at night

Hello everyone,

Monday (p-day)

Today we went ice skating and it was awesome!  Im a pro ;) and I'm not even from Utah!  It must mean I took too many girls on ice skating dates ;)  Then after that we went to CARLS JR! It was so good and tasted like America :)
Later that night I lost Elder Prayitno by the bus! We were split up for 2 hours in Jakarta in the pouring rain.  It was funny but also scary.  Then after that we went and looked for people to teach


Today was alright.  We had an appointment with an investigator and that went well! Then later we went and proslyted again!


Today I went on a split with Elder Barrus! It was pretty good ... We went way far out in north Jakarta and met with an investigator who wants to get baptized.  Then we met with a guy in his news office. The office was great! It looked like something outta the Anchorman movie, all 70's and red carpet.  Everyone there smoking and it was just funny!!


Happy Thanks giving :) ! Today was pretty good!  Sister Donald and Sister Lukerenie made thanksgiving dinner for us all.  It was the best food I've eaten in 11 months !!!! They are so wonderful! and I'm sure you'd be happy to know mom, me and Elder Wood and Elder Campbell were the only ones who stayed and did all the dishes :) Then later we had a solid appt fall through which was crumby .. but oh well got a few new contacts!


We had district meeting and then we had a little thanksgiving with our district which was very nice :) Then went to work ! We had english class later that day and that was fun.

Thank you Gretta and mom for the packages!   Life is good here and the work is progressing.

Love -Elder Jones