Dec 28th - Jan 5th, 2012 & 2013
As I landed in Honduras and began to interact with the beautiful Honduranian people, my thoughts turned quickly to the words of the prophet Joseph Smith, (paraphrased here) "Once your life has truly been touched by the Lord, you will not be content to bless the life of your family alone, but desire to roam the face of the earth blessing the lives of all His children." Returning home from Uganda a year and a half ago, my heart was heavy and I struggled re-acclimating to my life in a developed country. The words of the prophet comforted me then, as they do now embarking on this adventure. I know that one of my great callings in this life is to serve others and I am so very thankful to the Lord for this opportunity. Service to God is our greatest calling, and I know that when I am in the service of others, I am only in the service of my God. I know that in being here that the Lord will leverage my efforts to do the greatest good and bless lives. Even the smallest things and actions will be leverage for the greatest good.
As I accepted full-time employment, I was scared that the opportunities to do humanitarian work were a part of the past for a while. Earlier this fall, I prayed for several weeks for opportunities to serve others. While I was blessed with many opportunities to serve those around me, I pleaded with the Lord that I would have the opportunity to do more and travel internationally again. When Laura emailed me about this trip, I knew that, once again, my prayer had been answered. I am so thankful to again be among the Lords most humble and simple people. I am eager to do what I can to serve and make the lives of these people better. I pray that my strength will be adequate and that my heart & mind will be open to the teachings of the Lord while I am here among this beautiful people. Stay tuned for more updates from my first time in Central America!
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Tonight I visited my roommate in the hospital. He is an older gentleman and was the only child in his family. He lost his parents over 15 years ago and has no family remaining. As I sat there and visited with him, I was overwhelmed with gratitude of family and friendship. I am so grateful for my beautiful family and the love and support they constantly give me. I am grateful for friends who are always there for me. Tonight, I have been inspired to do more and be more. I have decided to reach out to the local FFA chapter and as well the adult education programs here in Greeley and hope to find new opportunities to serve my fellow men. God has blessed me with a great love for people, I can't wait to serve Him through others!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Tonight I was the last one to leave the Bush School. I walked outside and the birds were chirping and the stars were beautiful! It was a beautiful moment of reflection and ever grateful to a loving Heavenly Father for the life He has blessed me with. Here's to the next 44 days and on to the next adventure!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The capital city of Canada is Ottawa. It is located in the province of Ontario along the Rideau River. We left there there this morning. We're currently on the train to Montreal. We had so much fun! We were able to meet with great organizations and people during our stay. We meet with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Minister of Defense, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and many other members of parliament, including the entire war council yesterday in a secure room. Here are a few pictures of the area.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
We made it to Montreal yesterday! It is a beautiful city. I got to spend the afternoon with Mikey (Elder Stewart). He took me to his university (McGill) and I got to go see Faby and meet their daughter Emma! They live in a nice condo in a suburb of Montreal. AND I we shared a plate of the real deal poutine! On the train this morning heading to Ottawa. More pictures to come!