This week has been a week of running on back up plans and hardly anything we planned went quite right. It’s been odd, still good, but odd. 6 of the 7 days this week we were fed American food! It was like everyone got together and officially decided together not to have Mexican food… There were two glorious days where we got pizza and fried chicken with mashed potatoes and then the other days were spaghetti and spaghetti and spaghetti AND then, lasagna. Not kidding. Hermana Cifuentes has been here for 5 months and has never seen spaghetti or lasagna until now. Not sure what was going on in the universe this week… Made me miss rice and beans!
Politics and Trump are a topic of particular concern down here… Most of the people we interact with are immigrants (legal and illegal) and they are all really scared right now, this past week especially. It’s been both heartbreaking and eye opening to see firsthand the struggles and fears they face. So many people here have become very dear friends to me, and I worry and care about them and their families a whole lot. Their reality is a whole different world than the one I grew up in and am a part of. It’s incredible what the majority of them have gone through to get here and how hard they have to work to provide for their families. I know I joke around about the food being too spicy and what not, but at the end of the day I really am so grateful that so many have been willing to open up their homes to us and share what they have. They are such good people.
If you all could remember my New Mexicans in your prayers, I would really appreciate it 🙂
I’m learning a lot out here, but perhaps the most important thing I’m growing to better understand is Christ’s Atonement. It changes lives. It has changed mine. My gratitude is deepened a little more each day for the sacrifice our Savior so freely and willingly gave on our behalf. Recently I was listening to a talk about the Atonement given by Jeffery R Holland called “Broken Things to Mend.” I 10/10 recommend giving it a read/listen (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2006/04/broken-things-to-mend?lang=eng) Holland talks about Christ’s invitation to all saying, “He said it to believers, and He said it to those who were not so sure. He said to everyone, whatever their personal problems might be:
‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
‘Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.’”
What a comfort it is to know that no one is beyond His reach of comfort and peace. His invitation is to all, that means my friends here, my friends back home, your friends, your family, me, you. Find some time this week to learn a little more about the Atonement. I honestly believe that there is no more important topic to learn of and understand, and I can’t think of any better use of our time. I know my Savior lives and that the power of His Atonement is real.