The production of batik fabric is a labor intensive production that requires six to eighteen months to produce a single 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 meter piece of decorated fabric. The seven step process begins with the tracing of the pattern onto the fabric. The tracing was done by men.
In between the time of missionary and leader training on "To Turn the Hearts" and Family Tree we got to do the sight seeing we have talked about. We hope the family history training will help them as they work with their new converts and for the reactivation of members.
It was very humbling to be in Indonesia. There is a large amount of poverty everywhere. The workers in Jakarta were given a raise while we were there that would bring their monthly salary to $228 US a month.
While in Solo we had the opportunity to speak in Sacrament meeting in two of the wards. Of course we spoke on family history and the importance of that work. Tom based his talk on the talk given by Elder Richard G. Scott from conference and Garnalee based her talk on a talk given by President Eyring in 2005 entitled "Hearts Bound Together."
We also met a member of the church who showed us a pedigree chart that went back to Adam. It was from one of the Sultans. If the Indonesian people can tie their ancestry into the royal lines then they can go back at least 700 years and sometimes further. They still have sultans in Indonesia today. Some are just a figure head while others are functioning sultans.
Look for more Indonesian experiences next week.