A family with 17 special needs children serves the 'least of these'

Frequently I refer to the analogy of "Italy and Holland." We plan our lives for a trip to "Italy," but as life takes us in a different direction than we planned or thought it would, we find ourselves in a similarly beautiful place, but one we never expected, "Holland."

I recently had an experience that will change my life forever. I met a couple who literally hijacked their plane and insisted they go to "Holland."

First, let me put it in to perspective. I have taught gospel doctrine for 12 years, served a mission and had many other callings in the LDS Church, and I may have learned more in one evening about the gospel of Jesus Christ than I have in all those experiences combined.

I was invited to the home of Chris and Sally Mart for dinner and family home evening. I admit I was nervous. After 11 years of marriage and several miscarriages, Chris and Sally have adopted 17 special needs children; two have passed away, and most are medically dependent. Chris and Sally, who have medical backgrounds, consider themselves ordinary people with an extraordinary opportunity.

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