January 16, 2020


Mocari, Monteria Colombia


Elder NoramBuena

Week 27-Sweet home Colombiana

Well I've officially been here in Colombia for over 6 months and it really does feel like home now. I think it does help that I've been in the same area with the same familias or as I call them my new familias. I have also learned that if I have about 50 dogs here that are my own since they seem to always recognize me and want to play even though I have never given them food or anything. The other 200 dogs that live here hate our guts and just bark till they almost pass out or someone throws a rock at them. We had a pretty good week here but it is hot and walking the 3 miles to the other town is brutal. We got to see a couple of cool birds and a snake or two but nothing crazy crazy. We have some really good people that we are teaching right now and some good families that like to keep us on our toes.

We started teaching a kid named Carlos who is 17 and his sister that has 21 years. We went by the other day and found out their dad was in the hospital because he used to smoke a ton and was having problems breathing and then this week we learned he passed away sadly. I'll tell you one thing to people of Colombia are a strong bunch both physically and emotionally and I love them.

Something we do as missionaries are called exchanges and we work with another missionary in another area or our area for a day and at the end of the day we have time to talk about what we can do better. So from that stems something I've learned and its to talk with emotion and to start smiling which I know I never in my life did maybe besides during sports or something. I wont lie it's hard to change and sometimes getting told you suck at this or that by someone else my age is hard but it's all good.

Interesting things is last Monday we cooked and ate some shark with a lady we are teaching which was good but we cooked and ate so much I nearly puked during and when we tried to walk home. Other than that one of the exchanges led to a taxi running out of gas so the taxi driver paying two motorcycle taxis to push the taxi for like 5 miles to get gas. I tried to get some pictures and a video but they aren't great. It's was really funny especially because as missionaries we are not allowed to use motorcycles at all. Sadly the taxi then tried to get us to pay double for the taxi to make up for us so we had to argue with him for like 20 mins over how much to pay.

Anyways I know I haven't really written to well the last month or so but it's been really busy the last couple weeks. Thanks to everyone that has reached out. I'll be turning 19 this week so we will see if I feel any different. I doubt it but there's a chance. Just riding through the time. hoping it doesn't go to fast.

Spiritual thought:
Well don't want to make this any longer but we learned a lot from fasting this week. A fast in the church is 24 hours and we start after lunch and go to the next lunch with no water or food. I'll tell you it gets hard but its is so worth it. Our days are so much better and it helps us feel the difference of the natural man and the spiritual man. I'd like to share my favorite scripture right now. It's in Mosiah 3:19

"For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father. "

Just speaks a lot to me and helps me find hope in dark times when i feel all is lost. Which isn't common. For all those that want to make a change in their lives this is the map to how. Put your life in the lord's hand who knows what best and wants what's best for you. That's how we grow to be our best person and how we can come to touch the lives of everyone we meet.

I'm so grateful for the chance to share the gospel with everyone I can meet and to be here on this earth to learn. The gospel of Jesus Christ has always been a part of my life but now that I've focused my life on him I'm finally learning to love, be happy and find the good in everything and everyone.

Love you all and thanks for the support.

Elder Hineman


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