Disability News and Updates - February

Have You Considered a Church-Service Mission?

February 28, 2014

“I wish to be up and doing. I wish to face each day with resolution and purpose. I wish to use every waking hour to give encouragement, to bless those whose burdens are heavy, to build faith and strength of testimony.” —President Gordon B. Hinckley.

Those wishing to be "up and doing" can serve the Lord through a Church-Service Missions when a proselyting mission isn’t possible due to physical, mental, or emotional challenges. Church-Service Missions have enabled Elder and Sister Lake to serve with their two daughters who were born with cerebral palsy and cytomegalovirus.

Whether working online at home or serving in a bishop's storehouse, Church-Service Missionaries are helping people all over the world.

Believe In Miracles

February 26, 2014

Elder Holland’s General Conference talk entitled “Like a Broken Vessel” was highlighted in this month’s Conference Notebook section of the Ensign where he discussed mental and emotional health challenges.

“Believe in miracles. I have seen so many of them come when every other indication would say that hope was lost. Hope is never lost. If those miracles do not come soon or fully or seemingly at all, remember the Savior’s own anguished example: if the bitter cup does not pass, drink it and be strong, trusting in happier days ahead.”

Watch Elder Holland’s closed-captioned talk below:


Serving Amidst Adversity

February 21, 2014

Brittany keeps an eternal perspective by serving others. In a closed-caption video on the LDS Youth website she teaches that, by "reaching out to others you really forget your own problems.”

While her medical condition may have changed her life substantially, one thing remains the same: her belief in God and His ability to “lift us up.”

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Blind Youth Plays Organ in Church Meetings

February 19, 2014

President Henry B. Eyring stated, “Every person is different and has a different contribution to make.”

Kuha’o is a piano prodigy who not only shares his divinely given talents with his ward, but with the world as well. He is eagerly preparing for a full-time mission by serving as his ward’s organist, teaching his teachers quorum and serving others. Read or listen to the November 2013 New Era article on Kuha’o.

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February Friend Highlights Primary Children with Disabilities

February 14, 2014

"If you don't walk as most people do, some people walk away from you. But I won't! I won't!" In this month's issue of the Friend, children were encouraged to welcome, befriend and learn from those with disabilities. In the colorful two page spread, children with disabilities are highlighted in school and church settings.

As stated in the 2013 Primary Leadership Training, "Having children with a disability in our Primary is not a problem to be solved but rather, an opportunity for the whole primary. The Lord is aware of these children."

Learn more about adapting your Primary lessons to meet the needs of your class.

New Website for Youth Service Church Missions

February 12, 2014

“Whatever the circumstances and wherever they serve, the truth is that the Lord’s missionaries are daily sowing countless seeds of good tidings." —President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

Many faithful young men and women who have been honorably excused from serving traditional missions due to physical, mental or emotional challenges, are able to serve the Lord with their heart, might, mind and strength on Youth Church Service Missions (YCSM).