Time for Christmas

Today, I have been pondering about how mankind has become so dependent on technology to function. Hardly a minute is spent away from our phones or IPads or our computers. I know that these things are useful and in many ways have improved our lives. In fact, without them, I would be unable to even share my voice so I am not calling anybody out. But, how much of the time that we spend looking up needless information could we use in a better way. In my world, I find that if I look at something too much, I can’t get it out of my head. So, I need to be selective about what I look at. I want to fill my brain with things that are worth perseverating about. This time of year is my favorite. I love the lights and the trees and the presents. I love Christmas music. I love snow on the mountains. But, what I really love most is the story of the Savior’s birth. I love to imagine that I was there, in the manger, when the shepherds came and the angels sang his praises. For unto us a child is born. Unto us. We were watching from heaven, I believe. Maybe we were part of the angelic choir. I love to think that I could sing and shout for joy before my voice was taken away by autism. These are the things that I choose to perseverate about this month. Not Donald Trump or North Korea or who is being accused of sexual assault. To me, Christ fixes all of that. I plan on focusing my energy on Him.
Love Aaron.

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Aaron Jepson

I am a 20-year old male who was diagnosed with autism at age 3. I am only partially-verbal and have a very difficult time expressing my thoughts by mouth but I am able to type on an I-Pad. My goal in life is to help other people with disabilities, and to let the rest of the world know that most people with autism are intelligent and capable and can make a great contribution to this world. I am funny, athletic, and most of all, handsome. And I am a fast runner, a cool skier, and a sweet mountain biker.

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    Bonita Klingler says

    Love your comments! You very good and deep thoughts. So glad you share them.

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    Nora Lopez says

    Hi Aaron
    So glad that you posted this today! Really needed to read this! Thank you so much. Love the idea of being then when Jesus was born. I will focus on this during this wonderful Christmas season.

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    LaNae Stout says

    Hi! We just saw you in the Light the World video and are so excited because our son, Luke has autism too. Luke will be 16 years old next month. Your video inspired us to try harder to teach Luke how to type. We are working with him now. Thank you!

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    Troody Campos says

    You are amazing, you gave me the strength for to continue.
    Thanks a lot.

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    Jaisey says

    Dearest Aaron,
    Thank-you for sharing your thoughts about the Savior. I found out about your story through the church’s light the world campaign video. My son is 14 and also has autism. I would really love to visit with you and your mother to gain insight and better understanding of how I can better help my son. I have always known my son is intelligent beyond anyone’s knowledge, but we haven’t found a way for him to share his voice. I feel overwhelmed with gratitude that Heavenly Father lead you to a way your voice could be heard. I stand humbled and feel a real reverence for your adversity. Keep up the good work. Your light has blessed my life and I know Heavenly Father is using you in remarkable ways.

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    Lori Wood says

    Aaron,
    Uncle Ryan and I have enjoyed sharing day 19 with everyone we know. Talking to you is different than talking to other people because you are so close to God. I still remember our first conversation in Eden last winter, you told me that I have kind eyes. You are so important and you r voice is needed. I need you in my life.

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    Sarah says

    I wanted to thank you. I saw your story posted on Facebook today. I felt understood; I used to hate my life, too. I am grateful beyond words for it now. All good things come because of Christ, who suffered for us “even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death.”

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