Last September, the missionary department from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints asked me if they could tell my story as part of this year’s Christmas campaign called Light the World. They thought that my efforts to deal with my disability would be able to inspire others to think more about Christ and to focus more on Him during the holiday season. I agreed to it because, although I’m naturally a shy person, I feel strongly that Heavenly Father has a plan for me to use my challenges to help others overcome their own difficulties. It was weird to have a camera in my face for a whole day but the crew was super nice and made it as easy on me as possible. The video turned out very well and I like it. It is weird to see myself on the internet, I must admit, but it’s for a good cause so I’m okay with it. I really do hope that my story can help someone out there who is struggling with their faith and wondering if God is really there. I can testify that He is and that He loves us. I love Him and I love the Savior. I am thankful for my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If any of you who read this blog would like to know more about our church, please contact me on Facebook and we can chat. I will tell you what I know and will help you find the missionaries in your area.
Bonita Klingler saysNovember 28, 2017 at 8:57 pm
Love to hear about your experience. You are so cool!
Joel saysDecember 19, 2017 at 8:34 am
My Good Man,
Thank You For Sharing Your Thoughts and Insights.
Helps Me To Understand My Step Son Better.
Josh Steimle saysDecember 21, 2017 at 3:26 pm
Hi Aaron, thank you for sharing your message. I just read the Deseret News article, and teared up a bit, and then shared it on Facebook. I have friends with autism, friends with children with autism, and I hope the information you shared may be helpful to some of them.
Chrizelle saysDecember 24, 2017 at 2:31 am
Thank you for sharing your message and experience with the world. You were great in front of the camera! Thanks to you, we are all edifies and filled with a little more compassion and patience this Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family,
The Ransoms from Thailand
Kristen Piper saysDecember 10, 2018 at 3:23 am
Dear Aaron, I saw your Light the World video just this weekend – Dec 7, 2018 – I’m a little behind I know. Your message and story and voice have really touched my heart I was led to your blog and have been inspired by every post I have read! I should have left a comment for each, but I just wanted to keep reading. I work in a contained classroom with several students whom I love and I have always felt inadequate in expressing my appreciation for them because of the barriers in language and communication. I sense who they are on the inside – genuine, creative, honest, fun, polite, intelligent, noble, industrious, leaders, believers, and so much more. I always have a prayer in my heart that I will be able to meet them again in Heaven, and there we will finally be able to connect spirit to spirit, no blocks, no barriers, no disabilities – just friendship, love, and pure communication – then shall we rejoice and be exceedingly glad! Thank you for sharing your story and thank you for sharing your thoughts and personal insights and your testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ through your blog. I was struggling with some hard things this weekend and you have brought light to my world, thanks!