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I am a wife of 14 years to my incredible husband. I am the mother to 3 children, all with a genetic disability called Fragile X Syndrome. I am a graphic designer. I am a singer. I am a performer. I am outgoing. I am happy.
My family is all Mormon. I was born into a Mormon family. You'd think, well, I didn't have a choice other than to be Mormon. Well, I do have a choice to be Mormon and I make that choice every day.
My children have been my greatest blessing of my faith and also the greatest challenge of my faith. I am continually rewriting my "parenting book."
As a carrier of Fragile X Syndrome I have a 50/50 chance of passing my affected gene onto my children that causes mental impairment, cognitive disabilities and autistic-like symptoms. When you hear something like that it can make you not want to have children at all. You wonder if they will ever lead a life that is any where near normal. You worry that they are not the same as everyone else. Knowing God's Plan gives me the strength to get through each day with the constant challenges and trials that come with raising children with mental disabilities. I know that Heavenly Father has a special place for them in Heaven. I know that when they are in heaven they will be whole and all the things they cannot express here on earth can, and will be, expressed in heaven.
I have done slideshows for stake presentations and I have written scripts for skits. I have worked with the youth from 18 months to 18 years. I have taught women 19 and better. I have had great times and hard times in all these things—and I am still willing to serve...