I turned thirty this week. My twenties were personally challenging for me. Unlike many twenty-year-olds, I didn’t get to go off to college, live in a dorm or “find myself”. My parents never thought to prepare me for college, searching out scholarships, saving money and I never considered that I would have to worry about it until it was too late. So I stayed home, went to community college, decided to go to beauty school to help pay my way through college and worked. Shortly before my twentieth birthday I met a boy . . . who only a few months later would become my husband. I moved out of my parents’ house into a home with my husband and continued school and work until our first little baby arrived.
The other day I spoke about Purpose in Pain. This video takes us way beyond that. Having survived a near fatal plane crash, Stephanie Nielson teaches us the joys in having faith in God and our Savior Jesus Christ.
I am not my body. I am beauty, I am a mother. ~ Stephanie Nielson
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Stephanie’s Blog: NieNie Dialogues
Music featured in the video: Mindy Gledhill
Mormon in the Real World
This is my deathbed scene, as prompted to write for my Death and Dying class.
Alone for the past few years, she became content with forgotten solitude; content until losing all association with it, barely grasping which world she lay in. At least she no longer felt trapped, being beyond the captivity of her body, unaware of its final beating. The numbness seeped into her bones, silently overruling her soul. There was something though, faint and distant in her colorless world. She rarely registered them, but heard their voices now. Her grandchildren, singing a once familiar tune: Continue Reading . . .