Latter-day Saint Life

Testimony of a Saint with Down Syndrome: "I'm Thankful Jesus Loved Me Enough to Give Me a Body with Down Syndrome"


This is a Sacrament talk given by Lara West, a member with Down Syndrom who she shared many deep and personal experiences from her life.

This was my favorite: "For a while, when I lived in Las Vegas, I lived in a group home. Some of the things I did were not right and I stopped going to church. Then I heard the bad news, that my Grandpa Floyd Weston had died. My grandpa loved me and before he died he called me and asked me if I believed in God. I told him “Yes,” but that wasn’t true. I did not really believe in God anymore. . . .

Then after he died, I had a dream about my Grandpa and I told him the truth. Then I learned that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were real. My Grandpa said to me in my dream, “It’s all right Lara; I want you to give me a special gift. . . ."

My name is Lara Weston. I have lived in the Sunnyside Idaho ward for 6 and ½ years. I am excited to speak to you.

In John chapter 4 verse 19 it says “We love Him, because He first loved us.” Jesus has always loved me. He loved me when I lived with Him in heaven before I was born. He created this beautiful world for me. Jesus loved me so much to give me a wonderful family. I love Jesus and Heavenly Father because they gave me grandparents and a family who care about me. Even the best mom and dad.

I am thankful that Jesus loved me so much that He let me come to earth with a body that has Down syndrome. I used to think it was bad to have Down syndrome.

Lead image from Meridian Magazine.
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