The Work of Their Hands

Volume 57:1 (2018)
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The Work of Their Hands

Author Taylor Cozzens

When the author did construction work as a young man, he was favorably impressed by the Latino work crews. After serving a Spanish-speaking mission to Los Angeles, he found himself once again working for the same company, but now he could understand the Latino workers. He again appreciated their good cheer and their work ethic.

Eventually, he graduated with a degree in history, but his studies culminated with a research project on agricultural labor in California. He was then accepted into a graduate program in Monterey, California, a town adjacent to Salinas, where he again observed the work ethic of the farm laborers. His hope for these people is that they may see a fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy: "And they shall build houses, and inhabit them. . . . They shall not build, and another inhabit" (Isa. 65:21–22). This essay received an award in the BYU Studies 2017 Richard H. Cracroft Personal Essay Contest.