This is the video that BYU made for Gordon Carter when presenting him with the BYU Distinguished Service Award at Homecoming 2012.
THOU SHALT NOT JUDGE
While in Tijuana, Mexico on a humanitarian expedition I supervised 45 volunteers from various universities and families. On the first day, I noticed this tall male college student. He had long hair to his shoulders and was rather quiet. I immediately thought he might be rebellious and I had concerns on how the week would go. He willingly took on the work assignments for his group. The cutest girl there sort of shined up to him. I ,again , could not reconcile how this beautiful girl could team up with this long haired guy.
Later in the week I visited one of the work sites and found these two working on building a fence. I talked to them and found out that both were returned missionaries. Long hair????? Returned missionary???? It just didn’t compute. While visiting them at the work site a little Mexican boy came up and begged for money. This long haired returned missionary dug into his pocket and gave the boy a few pesos. Again, this action just did not compute with the long hair. How could this be?
After we returned to the USA, I got to meet the mother of the beautiful volunteer. I found out that the two were now planning a temple wedding. Wow, long hair and a temple wedding??? I then had the courage to ask the mother of the bride about the long hair.
She then told me the following story. Upon his return from his mission his mother was diagnosed with cancer. She had to go through radiation and chemotherapy. Knowing that his mother would loose all her hair, the returned missionary decided to grow his hair out so his mother could have a wig. He did and she got the wig. Well, before we went to Mexico, this great young man found out that his aunt had the same cancer and treatment. His long hair was now going to be used as a wig for his aunt. Oh how small I felt. I had misjudged this good young man strictly on his appearance.
THOU SHALT NOT JUDGE.
India – Feb. 24, 2013 to March 4
Guatemala – Dec. 26 to Jan. 3
Mexico-TJ – Dec. 26 to jan. 3
Mexico- Rocky Point – Dec. 26 to jan.3
Mexico – Agua Prieta – Dec. 26 to jan. 3
Ambulance headed for Mexico.
Over the weekend my Dad and I loaded up this ambulance so it could be driven to Mexico. We tested several computers and monitors and loaded some wheelchairs in the back to be delivered once it arrived. I sure hope everything makes it without any issues.
We had 6 UVU dental students and 21 USU dental students and 26 contruction volunteers from USU and Weber State go to TJ for spring break. What a great group. They worked hard, played late every night. They helped on an orphanage, a house was completed, on an autistic program lot and building, repaired a roof for a elderly man and wife, helped support a funeral for a teenage girl’s mother, delivered 2 computers, keyboard, and quilts to the orphanage, a gave 2 computers to a church for geneology. Great work. Great people. All are in my heroes book.
Here is a great article written in the USU Statesman about USU students volunteering for Charity Anywhere during spring break.
We finished the Utah Dental Convention Friday afternoon. We made some wonderful connections. So many people who had been on expeditions with us came to our booth and we relived their exciting adventures. It is so amazing to be around such great people who know how to serve and love others. It enlivens the soul!
Our next adventure will be to Tijuana in a couple of weeks.
There are three new Tijuana Mexico Expeditions that have been scheduled for 2012. All of them will be construction projects
Each costs $325, plus $10 if you want a CAF Mexico tee shirt
I great blog article was posted in December about a family doing some charity work. Below is a short quote. To read the full article, please click on the link at the bottom.
AMAZING EXPERIENCES IN THE ANASAZI VALLEY
“When I heard the talk “Opportunities to do Good” by President Henry B. Eyring in the April 2011 General Conference I excited about the blessings he promised, particuarly to families who served together. Following the example of a great family in the ward we (as a family) have been doing regular service with the Provo Food and Care Coaltion, but I wondered if there was more we could do. Another family in the ward had had a great experience serving in Mexico with Charity Anywhere, and we arranged to go to Tijuana for Christmas (that’s why we were making blocks)……..
Read more about this service project HERE at http://lanihilton.blogspot.com/2011/12/amazing-experiences-in-anasazi-valley.html