Certainly, there are plenty of websites out there that deal with special needs children. The purpose of this site is to have a place where Latter-day Saints can … Read more
Celebrating the “birthday” of The Liahona Project 6 years ago, we are republishing the very first Essay. It expressed the motivation for the Site’s creation as well as the hope that Latter-day Saint families would both share their own stories and find comfort and encouragement in reading those of others. Thanks to a readership that spans America and beyond, both purposes continue to be served. Now, once again, The Red Sea Place.
Of interest to all LDS parents of children with disabilities, the Church has produced a comprehensive guide for Primary workers that educates them in understanding different disabilities and how to fulfill their divine responsibility to “include and show compassion toward children … Continued
Engineering and physical therapy students at the University of North Florida have teamed up to fill an important gap in the toy industry. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (that good woman’s work for … Continued
“Without the examples of both my older brothers, I wouldn’t be who I am today.” So says 31-year-old firefighter Evan Fitzgerald of Kaysville, Utah. He and his much loved older brother James, who has Down Syndrome, have created an exercise class for those … Continued
Have you come to the Red Sea place
___ in your life
Where in spite of all you can do,
There is no way out.
There is no way back.
There is no other way but through.
I want to kiss it! I want to plant my lips right on that big squished glob on the sole of his shoe. You know why? Because there is a big squished glob on the sole of his shoe. Which … Continued
Currently, most pregnancies where the fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome are terminated through abortion. Today, Down syndrome and several other disabilities can be detected through genetic and other testing “in utero”. When the news is given, often these shocked … Continued
Mid-October 2016 This has been the most amazing of hard weeks in many ways. But this morning, I am only thinking of one of them. Today is the hinge-point of a new adventure. Over 2 years ago, my 21 year … Continued
What do you do for those days when it suddenly hits you that your child may never have the life experiences that you hoped for him? That he might always be on the sidelines, watching others from the fringe? I know … Continued
A high pitched squeal of laughter pierces the otherwise reverent Sacrament Meeting as my son, Cohen, races at full speed towards the stand. My husband’s feet are heavy and loud as he sprints after him. Besides a few suppressed smiles, … Continued
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
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
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
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
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
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