Happy Thanksgiving to all!

On this wonderful weekend of thankfulness, be lifted by Deseret News Columnist Jerry Johnston, offering . . . as he has often done   . . . a fresh take on a subject we think we know everything about . . . Another Take on Thanksgiving.


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

Mr Rogers

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


Sesame Street Unveils Character with Autism

Since 1970, Sesame Street has broken ground in so many ways  . . . teaching tolerance and acceptance in fun and various ways.  Children with special needs began to be featured after awhile, but usually those whose disabilities or differences … Continued

Personal Essays


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



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


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


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


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


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

Conner Green

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


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


The Sword or the Angel

Sally and I sat on the top stair in our home and cried as we tried to deal with the shock of what we had just learned. Elijah had not developed the same as other children; he was delayed.  He … 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

Matt Wheeler

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