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Published: Thursday, Aug. 28 2014 7:15 p.m. MDT

Updated: Thursday, Aug. 28 2014 7:15 p.m. MDT

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take2ndbreath
Princeton, TX

How wonderful! I am in a wheelchair due to multiple sclerosis. I taught in Relief Society, but I often felt left out of activities. I was talking to my bishop one day and he asked me if I felt included in the ward and did I feel the ward was utilizing all of my abilities. I simply answered "no" (with a smile.) Well, be careful what you wish for - I now have new opportunities to serve and teach in the Primary (which I absolutely love.) I have made new friends, but I don’t like leaving my electric wheelchair at home and having my friends push me in my manual chair. Well, people have come up with creative ideas to try to get my electric wheelchair to special events (like Pioneer Day), and I just learned that a brother in the ward is looking into purchasing a lift that transports electric wheelchairs. His plan may not come to fruition, but just him thinking of *me* and trying so hard to provide me more independence and participation touches me beyond description. I’m very grateful that the Church has become more aware of the disabled.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

I grew up in Lehi and we had multiple opportunities to serve in this amazing Ward, mostly pushing wheelchairs and getting to interact with the residents. This service left a memorable impact on me and how I view those with disabilities. We were even able to participate in Ward 'Dances', having fun and being part of things. Between this service opportunity and that of holding Sacrament Mtgs at local nursing homes for the elderly I feel that I received, and our youth today continue to receive, chances to expand our mental and spiritual horizons.

Wellhellothere
Idaho Falls, ID

We have family members that served missions there. We visited the ward a couple of times. I will never forget how precious and wonderful all of the ward members are. We were so impressed with the valiant youth and others who faithfully serve each Sunday, and other days too. It was a wonderful experience for us. One that will live in our pleasant memories forever!

MIMom
Mt Pleasant, MI

I'm really curious as to why most media coverage relating to those with disabilities usually only provides the perspective of those without the perceived disability and not the perspective of those with the disability. If there are members of this ward who hold the priesthood and are baptized I'm sure they can express themselves and I would love to hear of their perspective of being in a ward like this and what they gain. In other fairly recent articles I noticed the same thing. There was maybe one reference to someone with a disability or maybe a parent or family member. But they are people too. I'd love to hear their voice in these matters.

call_me_ishmael
ROY, UT

My 22 year old son has autism and lives in a similar facility in Orem. He and the other members of the "Mesa Vista" family have been incredible blessings in my life. They have an amazingly positive outlook on life, enjoying each little thing. We take our toy poodle with us on visits. A few residents who never speak and seem to have "blank emotions" just come to life when they pet our dog. When we have attended Sacrament meeting with Charlie, it is beautiful to watch the love that the residents have for one another. Some residents can't pick up the bread or water, so, another resident will help them, even setting the bread in their mouth. In seeing these beautiful people, I can honestly say that I have seen angels.

timpClimber
Provo, UT

And Richard Dawson and other evolutionary atheists would have all such people aborted and not ever experience mortality. Having been a substitute teacher in schools for the disabled in Utah valley I can also add my voice to other readers that I have learned much about gratitude and innocence from these people and that God loves them deeply.

sukiyhtaky
us, CA

If these individuals who face challenges 'here' will have them removed in the next life according to LDS doctrine, why wouldn't they need to have all the normal ordinances performed here on their behalf? If not individual things like the LDS endowment then at least baptism and sealing to parents and family. I have seen many here in California developmental disability homes go on to get married. Are they denied LDS temple marriages? This seems to fly in the face of being inclusive of those who are disabled.

Demisana
South Jordan, UT

They don't need to have the ordinances because they are in the same position as children who die before the age of 8, they are considered to be without law and will be saved in the celestial kingdom without the ordinances. The atonement of Christ already fully covers them. When we do ordinances, we are making covenants. That requires the ability to understand the covenants. Sealing to parents is about the only one that doesn't require understanding, but is not necessary if a child is born in the covenant to temple married parents. As for those who get married, if they can understand marriage, then most likely they would have sufficient understanding to go through the temple and receive their endowment and be sealed. But that would be decided on an individual case between that individual and their family and priesthood leaders.

The Wraith
Kaysville, UT

@timpClimber

First of all the man's name is Richard Dawkins (Richard Dawson was the host of Family Fued for many years). Secondly, Dawkins views are in the minority among atheists. Don'y mistake the fact that because he has a loud voice that he's popular. The man has said several things that atheists have called him out for and are just utter garbage. There are many of us (yes I am a proud atheist) who see Dawkins as harmful to the perception of atheism as a whole because of what he says. I'd also like to point out that I am an atheist and the father of a wonderful child with Down syndrome. I strongly support the rights of people with disabilities and recognize the great joy they can bring to our lives and the joy they can experience in their own life.

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