Mexico changed my life. It was literally the best thing for me in my life as of right now. Last summer would have been too early, and next summer would have been to late, only this summer worked. I feel I am more prepared to start school in the fall. I feel I am more prepared to conquer life's trials ahead. I feel I am more prepared to served God and Christ. I feel I am more prepared to be a better person all around. Now do not get me wrong, I would not want to live anywhere else but here in my home in America, but I know that I will always have a second home down there, and always be surrounded brothers, sisters, and friends down there. Here are my reflections about the trip.
First, I figured out that I love food. Whenever I travel I always seem to love the food the most, and this time was no exception. I am surprised I did not gain 10 pounds, but I did not, still about the same. Everything from fresh hot tortillas, enchiladas, eggs, chile rellones, churros, pastel, pozole. You name in guacamole, chips. I forgot to tell about the last night in Mexico. We all went to Chapala again, except this time we got to eat the burritos because our cars never broke down. So we went to the burrito place, I got two burritos, both very very good. Then I had to say goodbye first because my flight was a day ealier than everyone elses. I was just crying in my friends arms, or my Mexican brother. Then I was crying in my American sisters arms, well my brother in laws sister, it was difficult to say goodbye because my heart had fallen in love with the Mexican people, and culture, and town I had spend the whole summer in. I loved the homes down there. I learned that you do not need lots of money and big homes to make you happy. These following things I learned that are the true things that makes one happy, well at least me happy. I am only one opinion.
First, God. God certainly lives. He is our Father in Heaven, He holds superior knowledge than any of us do. He has a plan for us. He wants us to return to Him and we only can through His sacred ordiances in God's holy temple. Second, that Christ is. He lives. Through his tender mercies, our lives can be made clean. If we ever had a pole with a nail through it, through him and can gain a new pole. There are so many times, I wanted to choose to be sad and unhappy, but I prayed on my knees and Christ softened my heart. There were so many habits of un patient, that could only have been changed through him, and softened my heart, it was beautiful. Third I learned about love. Love is one of the most powerful words in the world. And EVERYONE deserves to be loved with all of our heart, no matter who, every one is worth the time of day and loving. Build friendships and keep them, even with other nations. Fourth. Choice. You can choose to be happy or sad. I do not care how bad or horrible your situation appears to be or actually is, throuh the gospel of Jesus Christ and through a God in Heaven one can be happy. This earth life is to find joy. I encourage all to choose happiness. Remember God wants to give us all the He has, he wants to bless us abundetly, but he only can if we keep His commandments. But remember to be grateful for what you have. Always give thanks to God every day.
Now I did not need to be in Mexico to learn all this, but it sure helped. No advice changed my life. Christ changed my life, God changed my life. His hand is reaching down to all of us. Definately one of the best summers of my life so far. Te quiero Mexico. Hasta que Espana. Until Spain. Hasta luego, and Adios.