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Our newest Personal Essay is called These Special Ones Can Do Hard Things, Too.  Liahona Project Author Steven Palmer‘s previous piece about his son Elijah had one of the highest number of views and comments we’ve ever had.  This time around, he introduces us to a national program that teaches special needs kids to ride a two-wheel bike,  as well as the Utah website his family started in conjunction with it.  The program’s goal may clearly not be within your child’s realm of possibility, but the sense of aspiration it proclaims may inspire you to expand some of your expectations in other areas.

ALSO, don’t miss the latest update on “Caroline’s Cart“, an invention we’ve been following since this site’s inception.  The Title tells it all . . . Caroline’s Cart In Rolling Into Target Stores.


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Caroline’s Cart Is Rolling Into Target Stores

The Liahona Project has been following the success of “Caroline’s Cart” since shortly after its invention by Drew Ann Long, the mother of a special needs child who, out of her own need, designed a shopping cart that has transformed the grocery … Continued

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New TV Series About Down Syndrome

Premiering December 8, 2015, a new reality series on the A & E Network will focus on individuals born with Down Syndrome.   Seven young adults pursuing various goals will be profiled along with “the cast members’ parents and the joys and challenges they face … Continued

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Just The Way You Are

Some of you may not be old enough to remember Mr. Rogers and his Neighborhood.  Long before Sesame Street and other more lively children’s programs, he spoke quietly and sincerely to young children, both on-set and across the country, ending each show … Continued

Personal Essays

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These Special Ones Can Do Hard Things, Too

A spontaneous standing ovation erupted from the crowd of thousands as Elijah’s name was called.  Elijah couldn’t contain his excitement, so he sprinted up the aisle to the stage.  His grin stretched into a huge smile as he was given … Continued

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Her Voice

Last Sunday was our ward’s Primary program and Elise’s first one participating in. When the speaking parts were assigned and passed out to each child, I was pleased to know that Elise had a speaking part as well. It is … Continued

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It has been said that we should develop an “attitude of gratitude.”  I honestly strive to follow this counsel, and as part of that effort would like to share something that is both humbling and incredibly exciting. Challenges and triumphs … Continued

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Early Morning

Sitting here, Though it’s not really quiet, My heart listens carefully, the house is at peace. Morning air is still cool, the birds noisy, singing their love to the world, before day’s heat makes them cease. Already Two of my … Continued

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What Kindness Breeds

Energy. It is the most precious commodity in my life. No matter how many chocolate doughnuts I eat, I just can’t seem to create any more of it. Consequently, I have to conserve and protect the energy I have, which doesn’t … Continued

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It’s Okay To Be A Lower Light

Sometimes (often?) we feel like we have to know it all, do it all, be it all. Especially when you parent a medically fragile child, the feeling creeps in.  Do I really know enough? Can I do it?  I have … Continued

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Noble Spirit

David’s body has grown bigger and stronger, but his mind is still behind, trapped inside the prison of autism. His ability to communicate is severely limited and his functioning is impaired by odd behaviors, emotional outbursts and limited understanding. Even … Continued

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He Knows Each of Us

Last year we had the summer of I Love Lucy. Just about every night during the kids’ summer break we would watch an episode or two of Lucy.  It was tremendously fun to see the kids enjoy a classic show … Continued

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Leaving Home

Let’s be clear … I’m not God.  Nor am I His spokesperson.  But I have studied His words for the majority of my life.  I’ve poured my heart out to Him.  I have listened to His still, small voice.  And, I … Continued

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Not Sorry

When my daughter Callie was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy a couple of years ago, we received an outpouring of support and love from our friends and family.  Everyone was trying to be so kind and considerate of our feelings.  However, one sentiment that … Continued

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The Lion and the Lamb

Three years ago, our son Landen was born with a severe heart condition. We were shocked and devastated when doctors told us that he was not expected to live to his first birthday. Our little baby boy had a hard … Continued

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Love Unfeigned

In a March 1998 Friend article, Elder W. Craig Zwick of the Seventy wrote touchingly about his own son that is intellectually disabled.  Then he shared a favorite scripture:  Third Nephi 26:14.  You’ll remember this moment during Christ’s visit to … Continued