For my article this month, I asked an awesome girl in my ward (Megan Schofield) if she would talk about her service trip to Bolivia these past two weeks. She’s an amazing girl and I’m so glad she was willing to share her experience.
For the last 17 days I had the opportunity to go to Bolivia for a Humanitarian Trip. This trip was so amazing and I grew so much more spiritually than I ever thought I would. While we were there, we helped build a home for sexually abused women. We learned that in Bolivia one in every three girls and one in every five boys are sexually abused. We were able to spend time with some of the people we were building the shelter for. Never have I ever met people so humble and happy! I learned so much from these sweet people and I grew to love so quickly. The longer I was there, the more I realized that almost every problem I have is a first world problem. For example, getting a bad grade on a test, spilling food on our clothes, or even not being able to hang out with a friend for one night. Some of the people here are just worrying about getting food on to the table that night for dinner. But I have noticed that the people are filled with so much joy and don’t need worldly things to be happy. Coming home from Bolivia, I look at everything with a grateful heart and remember that everything on this earth belongs to God. Another lesson I learned in Bolivia was just to try to love everyone as God loves them. While I was on this trip, I was constantly reminded that every person on this earth is a child of God and he love each one of them completely. The people of Bolivia taught me so much in on 17 days, and I will be forever grateful for this experience.
– Megan Schofield