Rio Rancho, NM – In early May, the king of the Bemba tribe in Zambia and a small delegation with him visited the Albuquerque area. They were scheduled to meet with a humanitarian organization called Women of Worth in the city of Rio Rancho (located next to Albuquerque) to personally thank the volunteers for their service.
Albuquerque, N.M. – When 91-year-old Theone Fife drove herself to our interview last April, she seemed much younger than her actual age. About five feet three inches tall, using a cane to walk, she exhibited a clarity of mind and spunky attitude that both surprised and impressed me.
Albuquerque, N.M. – When Kris Steel first moved to Albuquerque in 1999, she wanted to get to know her neighbors better. Although she reached out to them in a variety of ways, in 2004 she decided to host a nativity display in her home for residents of her immediate area in the Northeast Heights. So she invited these neighbors to display their nativities along with her own.
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Steel and her husband worked hard to prepare for the neighborhood nativity event. Parents of five children, they cleared out their living room and put all the furniture on the back patio. Then they brought in rectangular tables where local residents could set up their displays. [Read more…]
Albuquerque, New Mexico – Less than one year ago, Fuja Emedi lived with his wife and five daughters in a refugee camp in Tanzania in very dismal conditions. Today they reside in a modest apartment in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they feel safe and free from the unrest and uncertainty that existed in their homeland.
RIO RANCHO, N.M. – The first nativity scene, a “living” one, has been associated with Saint Francis of Assisi, the Italian Roman Catholic friar and preacher. Inspired by a trip he had taken to the Holy Land, he created a nativity scene in 1223 to help people focus more on worshiping Jesus Christ and less on the commercial aspects of the Christmas season.
Albuquerque, N.M. – “Be Prepared,” advised Albuquerque New Mexico Mayor Richard J. Berry, keynote speaker at an Emergency Preparedness Workshop at the church’s San Victorio chapel in Albuquerque. Drawing upon this Boy Scout motto, Mayor Berry, an Eagle Scout himself, addressed a diverse audience of faith leaders, city and federal representatives, and community members, explaining the need of both communal and individual preparation for disasters.