This week has been a bit hectic, but in the end it worked out well. Sorry I haven't written in a while, there hasn't been much time. Today we went to a place called Tawangmangu for P Day with the Solo 1 Ward. Fun tidbit of the day, I ate rabbit on a stick today. Not one of my favorites but I'm still alive! This will be the last time I see most of the members for a while because we will be moving to a new ward on Wednesday! After 6 and a half months I'm leaving Solo to move to... Solo again- a ward called Solo Banjarsari, just on the other side of our area. At first I thought that it was a mistake, because I've been here for so long and haven't had much of "success" that I had looked forward to when I got here, but now I'm really excited. It'll be fun. We will be whitewashing, or in other words, me and my companion will be completely new to the area, so we won't know any of the investigators or members when we get there. I've worked with the Solo Banjarsari sisters before, so I know a little bit about the area, so we should be able to get along all right.
This experience has lead me to ponder why Heavenly Father wants from me, why He wants me to be in this same area for so long. I've been in Central Java my whole mission. And now He's sent me to the same city! The other missionaries say I'm serving in the Indonesia Central Java Mission. Haha. I still haven't received any answer as to why I've been here this entire time. But as one very wise Senior missionary told me, "Sometimes we don't need to know why" Sometimes we just go and do and it will all work out. I didn't know why I was sent to Solo when I was called here, but looking back on the last few months, I know. And I know that there is a purpose for staying here longer, even if I don't yet know the "why". If there's one thing I've learned, it's that things always work out in the end. We can't see the big picture until we've found every piece of the puzzle. So, I'll let you know what happens next week. Wish me luck!
HOLLEY STRINGHAM: Salt Lake City, born and raised; returned missionary from the Indonesia Jakarta Mission.; a simple folk aimed on changing the world