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Carolyn Fittipaldi is the Acting Executive Director of the New Mexico Education Trust Board. She said, “It’s never too early, and it’s never too late to start saving for future education. “The Education Plan” is New Mexico’s Official 529 College Savings Plan administered by the Education Trust Board of New Mexico. We are a state agency. A 529 College Savings Plan is a tax-advantaged way to save money for college or trade school.”

Find out more about “The Education Plan” at https://theeducationplan.com/.

Bernadette Shanaberget is the Principal of Calvary Elementary School; Teresa Garcia is the Director of Calvary Preschool; Dr. Brian Nixon oversees Education and Publishing for Calvary Church. Bernadette said, “We want our kids to be the best taught and best-loved!” Find out more about Calvary Preschool at https://calvarychurchpreschool.com/ and Calvary Elementary at https://calvarychurchelementary.com/.

Holly Slade is the Founder of Feed New Mexico Kids, and Tracy Rodden is the Community Outreach Director. Holly said, “New Mexico ranks number one in childhood hunger in the United States. Feed New Mexico Kids partners with Albuquerque Public Schools to get nutritious, single-serving food to children who might not know they will find their next meal. Food is collected at churches and police sub-stations across the city and packaged into weekend snack packs for food-insecure children.”

Support Feed New Mexico Kids online by going to https://feednmkids.com/.

Rio Grande Foundation President Paul Gessing reviews the results of the New Mexico 55th Legislative Session and the following topics:

  1. The Rio Grande Foundation Freedom Index results are in: https://errorsofenchantment.com/2022-freedom-index-results-published/. This is good information for voters.
  2. Legislature bill signing: https://errorsofenchantment.com/mlg-vetoes-pork-while-some-call-for-a-special-session/.
  3. New Mexico’s unemployment has recovered the least among US states since COVID 19: https://errorsofenchantment.com/wallethub-new-mexicos-unemployment-rate-has-recovered-the-least-among-50-states/.
  4. New Mexico also has the HIGHEST unemployment rate among states: https://errorsofenchantment.com/new-mexico-now-has-highest-unemployment-rate-among-us-states/. 5.9 %, not counting the decreasing Labor Force Participation Rate.
  5. With high gas prices, how is the Biden Administration keeping energy prices high? https://errorsofenchantment.com/help-ukraine-help-new-mexico-drill-baby-drill/.
  6. Energy: Lack of leases on federal lands (impacting New Mexico particularly). Outer continental shelf/ANWR are other options. Reduce regulations, encourage rather than discourage investment in the industry.
  7. Department of Energy: natural gas is the most affordable way to heat your home: https://errorsofenchantment.com/natural-gas-is-lowest-cost-way-to-heat-your-home/.
  8. New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich says, “Cooking on your stove is like letting your babysitter smoke in your house.”
  9. ABQ City Council ends the plastic bag ban. https://errorsofenchantment.com/albuquerque-city-council-poised-to-end-plastic-bag-ban/.
  10. Rising spending and declining student population put APS spending into record territory (nearly $23,000 per pupil): https://errorsofenchantment.com/albuquerque-public-schools-spending-rises-to-22877-per-pupil/.

Jennifer Bryant is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and the owner of Nourished Nutrition Counseling. She is also a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). She said, “It fuels me to help other people succeed!” Find out more about Jennifer’s unique Biblically-based approach to nutrition at https://nourishednutritioncounseling.com/.

Mercy Multiplied Freedom Advocate Leila Armstrong and Bible Teacher and Mentor Marie Franse describe their encouraging relationship with Tia Lorentzen and how God has worked to encourage them all! Mercy Multiplied is a 501 (c)3 ministry that exists to provide opportunities for all to experience God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and life-transforming power. Find out how more about Mercy Multiplied at https://www.newmexicoformercy.com/.


Calvary Elementary School uses the Paideia Method of teaching (didactic, coaching, and seminar) focused on whole-child learning (Luke 2:52), teaching all students to think, evaluate, and take action in ways that will help them thrive in our challenging world. Brian Nixon oversees education for Calvary Schools. Integrated learning is the focus of our interview in this episode of ABQ Connect. Brian said, “Integrated learning is the learning process of making connections among various subjects or concepts, providing students with various skills and experiences so this information and learning can be applied to higher-order critical thinking and application.”

Luke 2:52: Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people. NLT

Application and registration information is available at https://calvarychurchelementary.com/.

ABQ GOD’S TALENT show is coming up Friday night, April 1, 2022, at Hoffmantown Church, 888 Harper Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87111. Musicians and teachers Terry and Mariasari and the Janow Academy of Music are organizing the event. Friday night, April 1, 2022, the live show is planned at Hoffmantown Church, 8888 Harper Blvd NE 87111. THE DEADLINE FOR VIDEO AUDITIONS IS FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2022. Middle School and High School students are invited to submit audition videos at https://abqgodstalent.com/.

The top 10 of the Contestants will receive certificates and medals awards. There is no cost to audition, and the public is invited to attend the show on April 1 for FREE!

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will receive monetary prizes.
$500 –1st winner
$ 200 –2nd winner
$ 100 – 3rd winner

Dating before and after marriage with the romance and intention of Valentine’s Day is our focus on this episode of ABQ Connect. Pastor Santiago (Santi) Llanes oversees SPCTRM Student Ministries for Calvary Church. His wife, Averi, adds more flavor to the discussion about how she started dating Santi and their life as a married couple. Assistant Production Manager of KLYT, Abby Williams, joins the conversation to address the topic from a single person’s perspective.

Averi said, “You want to be sexually attracted to the person you are going to be married to, and you don’t need to be guilty about that.” Abby added, “It is important to use your single season to find out what you are meant for. What is your purpose in life?” Santi said, “God’s sole intention for your life is not only for you to be married. That is not his main goal. His main goal is for you to be like Him.”

Romance is alive and well. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Mike Howell is a Senior Advisor for Government Relations at the Heritage Foundation. Blue states around America are suddenly withdrawing “mask mandates,” and Mike says, “It tells you that “mid-terms” are coming up and they see the writing on the wall. Nothing has changed in (so-called) science that they “have relied” on for so long and followed.”

Mike also discusses “cancel culture” in America. He said, “Cancel Culture is one of the worst phenomenons of recent years. It’s ruined countless lives, and it’s done a lot of damage to individuals. It’s made people fearful to speak up and engage as active citizens. When you are faced with losing your job or being pushed out of your community or these other ways people will come after you, people retreat and don’t get involved. That space gets filled by these loudest, biggest progressive voices, and that is not the way this country was set up to be run.”