Wednesday, June 26, 2013

She arrived... Letter from Mission President

Dear family of Sister Sheffield,                                                  
June 2013
 Greetings from Indonesia!
 We are thrilled to welcome Sister Sheffield to the Indonesia Jakarta Mission.  Upon her initial arrival, we enjoyed a welcome dinner and getting acquainted. Sister Sheffield was then temporarily assigned in the Jakarta area until her group goes to immigration to obtain a KITAS (a card that gives approval to reside temporarily in Indonesia). She and her group were all good sports when their luggage was several days late arriving.  Tuesday she will begin in her first area, Jogjakarta (called Jogja in Central Java), with Sister Suryani who will be a wonderful trainer and companion.
 Indonesia is a challenging mission and can be quite an adjustment at the first but we know that Sister Sheffield will rise to the challenge. Already we can see that she is enthusiastic, smart and helpful.  We love these missionaries and will do all we can to keep them safe, healthy and happy in their service to the Lord here.Missionaries are encouraged to write their families every week. On preparation day (Monday) they have one hour to email the mission president and their family and friends. All postal mail can be sent to the mission office and will be distributed.

We encourage families to write each week too. Letters are such a lift and a wonderful source of encouragement for the missionaries.
 Sister Sheffield is already using the language studied in the MTC.  She will be a blessing to the mission. Thank you for preparing and sharing a faithful daughter. 

Sincerely, President and Sister Groberg

 Indonesia Jakarta mission

Jln. Senopati # 115, Kebayoran Baru

Jakarta 12190, Indonesia

Monday, June 24, 2013

First week in Mission

24 June13
Where to even start?! Short synopsis of my week.
First pictures in Indonesia with Sister Jibson

Food: WONDERFUL! I love love love it! I think I have tried something new at every meal like papaya or sate or snake fruit or chocolatey jelloy stuff or guava or landeng (not sure how to spell any of those). I have had a few spicy things and one of the members got me to try this spice you pour on top and look at me, I am handling it fine ya!

People: SAYA MENGASIHI MEREKA! (I love them) They are so cool. Like seriously they are nice and funny and unique and have cool style and smart... the members are rock solid. My favorite times are with the members. The rest of the people of Jakarta (all millions of them) are so awesome! They usually just stare at me but if you ask them something then they become your best friend and want to help you. The little kids on the streets always shout Buleh! Buleh! (white person {ps hahaha family... we aren't gringo's here, that's a spanish word}) And when I say hi to them they get shy and try to say something in english. "Haaroo" I think means "how are you" ya? :) We have met some realllllly poor people and some really classy people but the craziest thing is that I am SO TINGGI! (tall) Like seriously I tower over everyone ya! I have never been this tall and it makes me so self conscious! Whoops this isnt very short.

Travel: I love just walking around. The traffic is always crazy and you are always shoulder to shoulder (more like elbow to head since I'm like a giant). It usually takes about an hour and a half to go anywhere with all the traffic. I have traveled in a busway (think subway surfing), a taxi, a bagai (little three wheeler motorized carts), a enkot (a tiny van that I always hit my head in because they are so short) and a bis (the bus rides are so entertaining because every ride is basically a ride on the knight bus on Harry Potter). The only thing left is a motorcycle and it's a good thing you're not allowed to ride in them because people here are AMAZING at driving them ya? I am surprised no one ever crashes.

Jakarta: The air here is really sweet and has this mix of a million other smells-- delicious food, old things, b.o., fruit, smoke, sewage, bread, smog and people. The streets are so colorful that I want to take a million pictures (like dad) and send them to mom to have her watercolor them. Waduh!

Now to answer some questions. I have been on exchanges with all of the sisters in Jakarta (so has sis Jibson) and all of the elders are either nearby or two of them are with the AP's. We got all of our luggage but get this! Funny story- I opened my bag of extra everything and there was this notice saying that my bag had been inspected and there was an empty ziploc bag BUT I have no clue what they took! Haha oh well! After living without luggage for a couple nights, I think I packed waaay to much stuff. Packing for my transfer though I still am always shoving as much in as possible and barely under weight limit. We have been staying with some of the sisters in their apartment which is small. And maybe something is wrong with me, but it hasn't really phased me that much to sleep on a floor and shower in a bucket and all that. I might be eating my words in a few weeks ya?
View from Sister Trainers' apartment

OH! I should probably tell you my first area....  Drumroll please.... I'm going to Yogyakarta!!!! (Pronounced like Jokjakarta or just jokja for short). I'm so excited! They tell me that my trainer is great too. But get this. I can't even believe this. Elder Wood is also going to Yogya! Ha. So did you know that we basically are the same person? Ya! Sister Jibson in gonna be in Solo which is like an hour away and I don’t know if you want to know where everyone else is transferred to but I'll tell you later if you want.  I LOVED your email. I loved dad's talk and I love the updates on everything with you and with the ward. I want to know the big things and the home things. I want to know it all :) It is long but I am getting faster... mungkin (maybe)...

 Weird : I keep having the strangest dreams! They have all my family and friends in them and I am usually at home or something but Sister Jibson is always there and I always have on my name tag and I always still have to follow mission rules! Like last night when Gaylin and Teresa and Jus and Alyss came to my mission in my dream and I had to go to bed like 10 minutes after they showed up!

I love you all and always think of everyone back home but I have to be honest, there is no place I would rather be than my mission, here in Indonesia. The Lord has blessed me (and I think most missionaries) with the feeling that my mission is home now. The second I stepped off the plane in Jakarta, I felt comfortable. I was sitting on the floor with Sister Treyes in this tiny house in this area near train tracks that was a maze to get into and there was no sun or light in this 'street' and there were stray cats and little kids running around without shoes and everyone smokes in Jakarta and everything is worn out BUT I felt happy. I felt the spirit when those little members bore their testimony about the temple. The people are darling and so generous. I cannot believe that we were sitting on the floor at the house of this old blind lady who lives with her older brother who can't read and she just went out on the street and bought a huge plateful of food from a cart and asked us (Sis Hickman and I) to eat the whole thing. She probably has no money and yet she wanted to make sure she took care of us. We just read the Book Of Mormon with them since they can't do that for themselves and it was so tender to watch the brother try to read with us and to have her help correct my pronunciation of words. And when we sang Aku Anak Allah (I am a Child of God) with them, nothing else mattered.

Oh I have so many stories I want to share but I have no time left and I still have to email all my friends and of course President Groberg! I know I am leaving out big things too! Let me think. This will be very scatterbrained... Oh we did the musical number in sacrament on Hari Minggu. (sunday ya?) Um my fave Indo foods are sate, nasi gorang and something that we had at a members house but I have no clue what it was called. President Groberg's older brother is the Elder Groberg from The Other Side of Heaven! I LOVE President and Sister Groberg. I am so grateful that I got to know them even just for a couple weeks. I want to make a jump rope out of rubberbands tied together like these little kids I stopped and played with the other day. I am really clumsy here and the best word to describe myself is an oaf (I just feel so tall and gangly and oblivious here hahaha).

Yesterday was the first time I really heard the call to prayer and it goes on for HOURS. Non stop. And it's funny because there will be a few of them going at once and they all just sound like "eraaaohaieeeooohaaareehhhhooooooohah" all at once for hours ya! It's unreal how funny and true that is. Everything here is so picturesque. Did you know that I live in a movie set now? Ya any second now Tom Cruise is going to whizz past on a motorcycle. It honestly feels like that! I love that there are basically no rules here but everyone gets along and is so kind that no one ever gets hurt. (I shouldn't say always and never because I know things happen and I know it's not perfect.)

Last thing. It was day five yesterday. Day five is notorious for being the day when everyone gets sick. Your stomach starts to rebel and you start to notice bug bites and you feel like you want to go home and your language is terrible. But as far as the list goes, I just felt a little sick yesterday and have had a few mosquito bites, but all is well! (I can't speak for all the other missionaries yang baru (new missionaries) though). WADUH! I always write too much! Maaf! (sorry) I really have to get off now. I thought we would get 1.5 hours to email out in the field but apparently it is still 1. So I will have to talk to you all later! Pray for me as I head to my first area! I pray for you always. Kasihmu selalu! (Love you always!)
-Sis Pemasak Ladang (Chef Field)
PS My name is SO hard to pronounce in Indonesian! Everyone ends up saying "Sefeld" ya!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

I'm Here!

June 19 2013

Halo! I am emailing from the mission home and it is just past 8 PM. We left Utah on Monday, our flight was delayed and then we about missed our connection from SanFran to Taiwan so we did not get luggage. Dun dun dun! S'moga (hopefully) they will come tomorrow. Until then, I am the only person with a change of clothes but we are just going with the flow. I am seriously exhausted right now but it has been so great. I LOVE INDONESIA! It is crowded and is a total sensory overload. So many colors and crazy smells and loud noises. We went out shopping with the AP's when we first got here then had a delicious meal with President and Sister Groberg and the AP's topped off with brownies and ice cream. I just wanted to tell you I am safe and happy... and about to fall asleep! 
Selamat malam! (Good night!) Kasihmu selalu!

June 13, 2013

I don't have the exact times with me right now but we fly out of SLC Monday night. We leave to ride the frontrunner at 5 PM then I think our flight is around 9ish I think? I will probably call home from like 7-8:30ish. (I wrote more specific in the letter.) We fly to San Francisco. Then our next flight leaves around 1:30 AM for Taiwan. Then we leave for Jakarta around 6 AM the next day (local times) and get to Jakarta around 1 PM on the 19th. I hope that helps! I bought a calling card but Elder Wood also was sent a cellphone from his family so I will try to call either home or your cell on his phone first. I hope your week has been bearable! I know you've worked an insane amount. I love you and can't wait to talk to you soon! 
Love Em
PS I had a few other things that I hoped to have you send but I am unsure if you'll get the letter in time to send them. The Lord knows what he is doing.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

MTC Address

Sister Emily Adelaide Sheffield


2023 N. 900 E. Unit 811

Provo, UT 84602

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Big News, We think we leave June 17 not July 8

June 6 2013
Dear Family
Drumroll please..... We are only here for 6 weeks total! Remember how they told us that we were 90% likely to be here for 9 weeks? Well apparently the Indonesian district has slipped through the cracks on a few things (haha I could’a told you that) but now we are 99% sure that we leave on June 17th!!! CRAZY! If we get travel plans today then we know for sure. I really dislike email time because it is not nearly satisfying enough.
I always get such fun letters from you after I email and have to wait a week to respond (I should get better at handwriting letters although we are only supposed to write on p-day) and then such big news will come after I've emailed in the morning! (PS I LOVED your letters last week. I love hearing about all the fun things you are doing. And Andrew, thanks for the letter and scripture scouts songs! Haha I needed Elder Barrus's help to remember how they all went!) SO after we taught a couple members last Thursday at TRC, we went back to our classroom and they told us 2 announcements. 1. We got a new teacher (Bro. Rawle-- he is the BEST!) and 2. we were officially only going to be at the MTC for 6 weeks meaning that we were already more than halfway done with the MTC! I kinda went into shock mode. It was the worst feeling because I felt disappointed in myself. Would I really be ready to go in just a few more weeks? Had I taken full advantage of the MTC while I had been there? But I want to go out there and serve!
But the next morning our district kicked into gear. We did SYL (speak your language) at breakfast and our new teacher, Bro. Rawle, is an extremely fast talker and we asked him to only really speak in Indonesian. After having such a rollercoaster p-day, Friday was a fulfilling day! We were teaching our Progressing Investigator "Jon" and the spirit was so strong that I committed him to baptism! We hadn't even planned on it but it was too perfect of a moment to pass up on! Sister Jibson and I left that lesson and ran out to the parking lot to do a celebratory dance! We were laughing and smiling because we knew that the spirit had touched him! I can't imaging what it will feel like once we are really in the field!
Bro. Rawle
But I know the Lord gives us extreme lows and highs on a mission. It is the only way to be humbled and learn and still love your mission and be full of the spirit. Side note: I have a new favorite hymn-- Secret Prayer. But I love it in Indonesia! The chorus goes: "Berdoa setiap hari, dengan sepenuh hati. Semoga 'kan menyatu, surga dengan jiwaku!" Meaning pray every day with sincere heart. Hopefully will ____ heaven with spirit (I actually realized I don't know what menyatu is) Anyways...
Saturday we started with a service project at 6:05 AM and then had gym time. We had another great day of class. It's so funny. Our teacher Sister Collins will speak Bahasa Campur or Englonesian and this is what it sounds like. "What did you suka about these iyat's we've membaca'd?" (What did you like about these verses we've read). Hahaha it's so hard to take seriously sometimes. We practiced contacting as if we were on the bus with someone and only had 3 minutes to talk. Things like that make me have a lot of faith that the Lord will have to help me when I am in Indonesia. I mean, no one does well when they first get there, but they all learn and become effective missionaries! But I also get SO excited to go when we do things like that! PS there is a word in Indonesian that reminds me of that really really really long name from that children's book we love about the boy who fell in the well. What is it? Like kichikichi-kumi-no-sa-rumbi-barri-barri... no clue. But the Indonesian word is memperingatkan and it actually means "to warn"! (My email is so scattered because I am just going through my small daily journal and these are some of the things I write during the day. We also have had some fun with Indonesian words that are easily mistaken for the wrong thing. More on that later.
Sunday was our first time attending alllllll of the leadership meetings since we are now Sister Training Leaders. But we had an excellent fast sunday. We had a 2 hour district conference where we heard from Sister and Elder Jenkins. I LOVED his talk. He talked about the  devil's tool of casual-ness. We should not bring our Lord, Jesus Christ, down to our level in order to make us closer to him. He is a God. He is not our buddy, He is not a man, He is SO much more. He is our Savior and Redeemer. We must reverence him and worship him. Then we heard from Sister and President Roach. They talked about using the scriptures and keeping a missionary attitude always. Sister Nally spoke of the Priesthood and the blessings it brings. President Nally spoke about enduring to the end. We sang the hymn, if you could hie to Kolob. President Nally said if he could add a verse he would add a line about "there is no end to enduring". I am on my mission to serve others. I also have many selfish reasons like learning a language and growing closer to Christ. There are no bad reasons but some reasons will make you happier and help you endure to the end. I also realized that our MTC experience is similar to the parable of the 10 virgins. When the 6 weeks come will we be prepared to leave even if we had planned for longer?

Later that night we had a Devo by brother Ted Gibbons who did a unique thing. He played Willard Richards, a friend and companion of Joseph Smith and spent the entire hour telling about the story of the restoration from Willard's perspective. We sang Praise to the Man afterwards and it was intense. That night we had to say goodbye to all the Greeks from our zone. I miss them so much! Sister Blanchard and Sis. Nilsson are darling! We have gotten so close! And Elder Johansson, Elder Mead and Elder Martinez are such great friends of mine now. It feels strange that we really aren't even in the same mission when our whole time so far has been with each other. But to "celebrate" we (the sisters) melted cheese on tortilla's using a blow dryer. It wasn't that successful but we had a lot of laughs. Sis Blanchard also brought Vegamite for us all to try but you know how my gag reflexes are.... I felt sick even the next day when I thought about that nasty stuff! Our theme for the night was "Tomorrow you'll be worlds away! And yet with you my world has started!" How grateful I am that the Lord blessed me with wonderful new friendships here on my mission. And now when I take a European tour, I have 5 friends to stay with haha. Kidding!
Monday was typical. We are speaking the language as often as we can (well trying to) and sister jibson and I fell alseep on our apartment's couch that night reviewing flashcards. PS Andrew: instead of doing your Bane voice and saying "where is she?!" you need to say it in Indonesian! "Di mana dia?!" haha so much better right?!

Tuesday morning gym was exciting because the sand volleyball court had flooded making it mud volleyball (kinda). But I lost my CTR ring! I miss it dearly. I think I am going to try to buy one today but if you remember what my old one looked like (silver band with a small protruding light green shield size 7.5) would you mind sending one. I know it shouldn’t matter but I haven’t ever not worn one! Back to my email! In class we practiced contacting in a minute. It really helps you focus on what the most important part of our message is for others you know. So that was helpful! But we don't really understand everything our teachers say so when one elder said (in Indo) "hello! Where are you going? Our teacher said "the hospital" and Elder Heiner was like "Good, good! So I am from..." hahahaha.
But you know everyone is a truth seeker and we need to be confident in what we are sharing because this message is what every single person needs. I answered an investigator's question about how we are baptized using the scriptures and that felt good. Our devo. was by Sister and Elder Callister. He talked about the blueprint of Christ's church and how ours is the ONLY church that is exactly that blueprint. Did you know Christ had 70's? I didn't but it is right there in Luke 10:1!

Yesterday we asked Sis Collins a little about what we should take to Indonesia. We also snuck ice cream out of the lunchroom to put in our classroom freezer for our teachers. And we discovered that the word for devil and wife are VERY similar and the word for peacock and hell are VERY similar. Some elders have made the mistakes in saying "You and your devil can live together forever!" or "We believe in heaven but not really peacocks." Haha and the word for smell and kiss are exactly the same! I am not sure why we know that one actually but it makes for good jokes. When we taught our investigator that night, his wife walked in during the lesson (remember these are just our teachers playing roles but it feels very real) which was a total shock! We wanted to teach Jon about receiving the Holy Ghost after baptism but his wife wanted to know about Joseph Smith and the Kitab Mormon (Book of Mormon). Although I didn't feel like it was our best lesson. Our teachers were impressed. We had some rough patches but were able to teach her and had Jon help us by bearing his testimony to her, which also increased his faith and knowledge. It's funny from that experience and also seeing our teacher in street clothes when he was leaving a meeting, we consider both to be "crazy!" Maybe it's because we do so much of the same everyday but it is funny how your brain is almost wired differently on your mission. Anytime I see a boy and girl at the temple or walking past campus I have to remember that they’re not missionaries so its ok to hold hands, haha.

If I had to sum up my week in a sentance.... Everyday is full of highs and lows but write them all down: the highs so you can laugh at them later and the lows so you can learn and grow from what you were supposed to.
I love my mission. I love the people I see every day: companion, district, teachers, zone. I love the truths I am learning. I love the new skills and talents I'm discovering. I love the crazy changes every day. I love the mail I get. I love the schedule and rules we follow. I love this gospel. But besides all of the things that I love, I know that this is not about me and I am here to serve the Lord. I love my family ;) Gotta love inside jokes right?
Jacob- I can't believe you've already grown taller! You sound like you're having so much fun!
Samuel-  Well you're the best brother in the universe no call backs!
Joshua- WHAT? You can’t be a freshman! Holy cow. PS I'm rooting for you to outgrow Mom!
Andrew- how was the mountain biking? Are you excited for Italy? "Di mana dia!?" P.S. They keep telling us that the MTC is not EFY or youth conference and that we need to be above that so it is funny that you've said a couple times that that’s what it sounds like hahaha.
Mom- thanks for all of the notes. I love you to the moon and back plus infinity! Have fun in Italy! You will be gone when I leave for Indonesia!
Dad- I love you! Thanks for all of the things you have taught me both by word and example.
P.S. I don't know anything about the visa situation. It could become a problem now that we leave sooner.
P.P.S. give everyone my love!

Love Sister Sheffield