Happy Cinco De Mayo! Yesterday, I asked Hector, our janitor at O’Neil Software, if the Mexicans celebrated Cinco De Mayo, and he said that they didn’t. So, it seems to be a Mexican-American Celebration.
According to Wikipedia:
“Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Contrary to widespread popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is actually celebrated on September 16.”
I am thankful for my freedom, and I believe that my freedom is a gift from God. My freedom is a blessing coming from His Spirit, which dwells in the hearts of righteous men.
Yesterday evening, I was talking with my neighbor, and he is organizing a Neighborhood Watch, which I think is a very good idea. We have had some crime in the area. Just recently, the sheriff’s department reported a stolen car on our street, within the past month. By looking out for each other, we can prevent crime from happening, in an organized way. Furthermore, there is a suspicion that the crime is caused by some illegal activity that might be occurring in the neighborhood; and by organizing, this illegal activity can be exposed.
Also, ever since I moved in, I have wanted to get to know my neighbors, and this organization is probably a good way to do so. I have resources at my disposal which can help to disseminate information, like the missionaries serving in our Ward. They can go door-to-door, and pass out information. People don’t realize what the Church can offer, in the way of service for the community. That is what the Church is for: to serve each other, so we can build Zion in our community.
Our community does not have to be all of the same faith to have peace in our community; but it does help. All it takes is the desire for us to be good people, and respect each other for our differences.
At this time, I think about my scripture reading, and it just so happens that I just read about when there was peace in the community:
“there were no contentions and disputations among them, and every man did deal justly one with another.
And they had all things common among them; therefore there were not rich and poor, bond and free, but they were all made free, and partakers of the heavenly gift.
. . . and there still continued to be peace in the land.
And there were great and marvelous works wrought by the disciples of Jesus, insomuch that they did heal the sick, and raise the dead, and cause the lame to walk, and the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear; and all manner of miracles did they work among the children of men; and in nothing did they work miracles save it were in the name of Jesus.” (4 Nephi 1: 2-5)
So, peace can come to the land, if we all work at it; and miracles can take place through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is what I previously wrote after reading 4 Nephi 1: Recordkeeping Leads To Happiness And Prosperity