The Best of #IWasAStranger on Instagram

by | Jun. 02, 2016

FunMormon Life

"It is our hope that you will prayerfully determine what you can do—according to your own time and circumstances—to serve the refugees living in your neighborhoods and communities," Linda K. Burton, general Relief Society president, said in the women's session of general conference. And Latter-day Saints have stepped up to accept the challenge!

Check out these heartwarming, creative, and incredible posts we found on Instagram that shows just a snippet of what those around the world are doing to help in this effort.

'We're all just walking each other home.' 💗 #refugeebychancenotchoice #iwasastranger #operationlighthouse

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#UtahLocals- anyone interested in helping refugees @secretsofatraveler and  @serverefugees are collecting summer fun items to distribute to refugee children. Wouldn't it be wonderful if each child had something fun to play with during the summer?  We would love to have these items by June 4th but if you are unable to get them to Jamie at Fun For Less- by then please still send anything you can! There is a huge need!  There are two drop offs. Or if you don't live nearby you can also mail items or Walmart gift cards to Fun For Less Tours. Go to secretsofatraveler.com for all details. ▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃ Hours M-F 9-5 Fun For Less Tours Attn secrets of a traveler 382 E 12300 S Suite D Draper, UT. 84020 Or Hours M-F 1-4:30 Old Granite High School 3305 South 500 East Salt Lake City, west entrance ▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃ And- watch #FreshLiving TV today at 3:30 for more info! #iwasastranger

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On the heels of @LDSChurch General Women's Session, see how @BYUnursing students serve refugee families. Read @alynncor 's student reflections at http://ow.ly/100TlH. #IWasaStranger #BYU #Nursing PC: @brack_slack

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Three nights ago I got to go to the apartment we set up and welcome the Burmese Refugee family of 8 to their new home fresh off of their plane to America. It was humbling to see the father run his fingers across the walls and marvel at simple things such as doors and lamps. They lived in their refugee camp for 10 years. Four of their six children were born there in the camp. I taught them how to use a trashcan and how to lock the door at night. The next morning we went to the New American Pathways headquarters and fed them and two other refugee families lunch. That was when we really bonded trying to teach them simple words such as body parts and words like brother and sister. It was one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences of my life. I loved seeing them smile and even though we couldn't really speak to each other I know what was communicated was kindness, gratitude, and love. More now than ever I am grateful for this country that we live in and the freedoms and simple luxuries that we have. I am looking forward to staying in contact with this precious family and learning from them. (This image is used with permission from the family.) #iwasastranger

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A picture is worth a thousand words, but for me the real story is in the eyes. Yesterday I had the opportunity to photograph young #refugees for #mystorymatters . Most of them had been in the United States for less than two weeks and had never seen a camera or had their picture taken. While this posed several unique challenges as a photographer, it was almost a spiritual experience witnessing the moment these kids saw a picture of themselves for the very first time. Some eyes couldn't hide the anxiety and trauma that preceded their safe arrival in the United States. Others were filled with hope and excitement for what the future would bring. How I hope that this country is as good to them as it has been to me. #iwasastranger #maceyeskelsen #maceyeskelsenoriginals

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During the years we lived outside of Utah, my girls had many friends that were recent immigrants and/or refugees. They were so lucky to be friends with so many brave kids- very young kids, that often times had to help their parents navigate the cultural and language barriers that life in a new country demands. We love these people. As we listened to Women's Conference last weekend Scarlett doodled this quote from Sister Burton's talk. It's astounding to think about the millions of people displaced around the world. Sobering to think that half of them are children. Somewhere out there is probably another goofy, smart, spunky 10-year-old girl just like Scarlett, but unlike Scarlett she was forced to leave behind everything she had ever known. With that in perspective Scarlett (with the help of her 12-year-old sister Ruby) has decided to do what she can to help. Most refugee centers require volunteers to be older than 10-years-old. But all refugee centers are in need of monetary donations. So Scarlett and Ruby have spent the weekend copying and coloring these little doodle prints. Each one is unique 😉 and full of the kind of "special touches" you'd expect from a 10-year-old, but all of them are made with love for all the other 10-year-old kids out there that just want a chance to grow-up in a place where they feel like they belong. #ldsconf #iwasastranger **********************$2 Each, $2.50 if we need to mail them. ALL PROCEEDS will go to a reputable refugee center that helps refugee children. You can send the money after you get your picture ☺️. Text/DM me with any questions. Amandaarussell@gmail.com

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