Author: LeAnn

It’s a Wonderful Life — a Mormon family and adoption blog

Post written by LeAnn I have a very dear friend named Deanne Walker that I admire so much. She is a woman full of faith and perseverance. Her husband Doug is her equal in all things. They are parents of 18 children. They have nine biological children and nine that they have adopted. The adopted children are from different countries: the US, India and China. Eight of their adopted children have special needs such as a learning disability, a drug baby, a Down syndrome, one with mild Cerebral Palsy, one with moderate  Cerebral Palsy, Amniotic Bandind, a severe heart defect,...

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The Healing Power of the Atonement

~by LeAnn Editor’s note: You can read the entire post at LeAnn’s blog, including a series of poignant personal experiences she and her husband had years ago. In the Book of Mormon; Alma 7:11-12 this comforting thought is given: 11. And He (Christ) shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will ‘take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. 12. And He will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. Again, in 2 Nephi 9:21 we find the following: 21. And He (Christ) cometh into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto his voice; for behold, he suffereth the pains of all men, yea, the pains of every living creature, both men, women, and children, who belong to the family of Adam. Christ. These scriptures tell us that as he walked the roads of life, he felt the pains and sicknesses of all mankind. Then He went forth and completed his work with the infinite Atonement. In the book; “The Infinite Atonement by...

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My Testimony Is My Greatest Treasure ~

By LeAnn @ Living Waters There is a song entitled: “I Have A Testimony” by Bettie L. Jones and Muriel C. Ashton. Here is just the first verse: I have a testimony sacred and dear to me. Something that lies within my soul, one that I can-not see. When life gets dark and its shadows hide all the brightness of day, I feel God’s arms around me, leading me on each day. This is truly how I feel. My own testimony is precious to me. As I read many posts from my Christian friends and others; I recognize their own strong testimonies of Christ. I respect their beliefs in our Father in Heaven and in our Savior Jesus Christ. In our church on the 1st Sunday of the month; we have a sacrament meeting where we come fasting. Our fast includes fasting of 2 meals, generally a 24 hour fast. This fast is dedicated to those who are poor and needy and for various other personal reasons. When combined with private prayer; we ask for blessings for those in need and for our own struggles. On that day we contribute fast offerings ; the reccommended amount is the cost of the two meals.  We give as much as we are able too. There is no set amount. This Sacrament meeting is called a fast and testimony meeting. On this day those...

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A Fond Memory – Teaching LDS Seminary

~by LeAnn I remember as a youth attending early morning seminary during my 9th grade year. We would walk to our LDS Stake Center in Rose Park and meet in one of the class rooms. At first I was more interested in the boys in the class than listening to the teacher’s message. I also remember falling asleep a few times because it was so early.  I do remember at that time we were studying The Book of Mormon. I would often feel the warm sweet feelings of the Spirit testify of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. We  had an excellent teacher who was engaging.  Later on while attending West High School in Salt Lake City; we had released-time seminary. This meant that we could walked over to a seminary building during the class hour that we scheduled for seminary. I have many fond memories of my classes. I am sure I was more alert since the classes weren’t in the early morning hours. I do have fond memories of carpooling with other parents to take our children to  early-morning seminary while living in Washington. I always thought how much fun it would be to be a seminary teacher. In my grown up years I loved teaching the youth so in the back of my mind I thought this would be a great opportunity. In October of of 1994, I received a call asking if I would be interested in teaching...

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Eliza’s Wish (a post about family, faith, trials, miracles, and service)

This is an angel named Eliza, she is the daugher of our Nephew Callahan and Nikki Williams. With their permission I would like to share her’s and her father’s stories. Eliza has a rare  disease named Metachromatic Leukodystrophy or MLD. It’s progressive and terminal. At the age of 18 months she was an adorable little girl doing normal things for her age. Her physical state began to deteriorate; she walked less and crawled more. Within a short while she could no longer run or jump. Her condition continued to deteriorate; it took some time before she was finally diagnoised with this condition. In 2007 about a month after being diagnoised with MLD, Eliza lost her ability to crawl, sit up, talk and eat independently. She now has a feeding tube. She can no longer see but she does respond to music and sounds. She loves to have books read to her. For the past two years her mother has been taking her to school with the belief that Eliza can hear and learn. It has been an incrediable experience for so many to meet Eliza,  especially the  children from her class as they learned to love and care for Eliza. Callahan and Nikki are remarkable parents. They have been blessed with another sweet daughter named Caroline; she was born on her mother’s birthday. She’s  a special gift to this amazing family. Through these difficult years, Eliza’s parents have  been successful in raising donations and increasing awarness of MLD. They have hopes the...

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