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Hi I'm Fatema Lewis

I am deaf and I came from Kenya. I love reading books and enjoy cross stitching. I live in Chandler, AZ. I am a Mormon.

About Me

When I was born, my parents noticed that something was wrong with me. We went to my uncle and he also noticed the same thing. My uncle explained to my family that I was deaf. My parents and I flew out to London to meet with a doctor. The doctor confirmed to my parents that I was deaf. My parents were shocked about the news and cried. It was hard for them to accept. The doctor suggested that I was to attend a Oral school for the deaf. My parents didn't like the idea of me being apart from my family. My uncle found a school for the deaf in Kenya, my family decided to move there when I was 7 years old. As I was attending school, my parents weren't happy with the education program. They weren't teaching my how to speak English. My cousin found a deaf school in Oklahoma and called my parents to let them know about the exciting news! My mom and I moved to America so I can attend school. Later, my whole family came to America. I was able to learn to speak English. My parents were happy with my progression in school. While living in America, I was mocked by many people. It was hard on me. My mom stood up for me against those who mocked me. In 1986, I graduated Oral school. I went to High School, mainstreamed, and graduated in 1989. I attended College. I have always had great friends! I have always enjoyed playing volleyball, swimming and doing math work. I always try to be positive in all I do during my daily life to always accept and overcome my challenges.

Why I am a Mormon

I was attending Oral School at the age of 14, I met with the Missionaries. They were very nice and caring. I haven't asked them about the Church until I was in my Senior year of High School. My teacher was explaining about the Civil War and how the Church helped out with food, clothing and etc. That story touched my heart because of the slavery issue. My friend invited me to her church, the first baptist assemble of god. I didn't feel comfortable with their teachings and I didn't like the Cross because it was constantly symbolizing the Savior's death and not His Resurrection. The Pastor also explained about that if you sin, you're automatically condemned to hell. My friend and I had our arguments about church. I told her that i prefer to stay with my religion, Muslim. Muslim's believe that family comes first and always be in service to others. I attended to several other churches. I didn't join any of them. My friend arrived home from Chicago where he served his mission. I went to his house to see him, but he wasn't home. I left a note and later, he come to my home. When he came over, he talked about his mission. He, then invited me to attend LDS Church with him. I have heard about many rumors about the LDS Church being false. I decided that I needed to find out for myself if it was true. I went to a Testimony Meeting, I didn't understand its purpose. Until one moment, a young boy, 8 years of age bore his testimony. He said "I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true Church on earth." I was puzzled by his comment, I later felt that the Holy Ghost touched my heart. I took up the discussions with the missionaries and l was baptized into the Church. I am happy about my choice in joining the true church. If it wasn't for the 8 year old boy, I wouldn't be able to join God's true Church. I know that as I do my part in reading the Book of Mormon, serving others, attending church, I will feel the spirit and love of the Lord in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my Faith by allowing the Spirit of the Lord to help me to better understand His gospel. One example is when I couldn't understand the Book of Mormon. I prayed and asked for help from Heavenly Father to understand His Words. I was able to understand the Book of Mormon with the help from above. When I serve others, I am able to feel the Spirit and Love from the Lord. I also learn how to love others through service. I teach young women to help them become better people in the Lord's eyes. They are a wonderful example to me and they help me to want to try harder to become a better person. I also enjoy visiting members of the church every month to help uplift them and become Saints in the Lord's way. Every 6 months, we have General Conference where we hear the Prophet speak. I am always touched by his words. The words from the Prophet are inspired words from Heavenly Father. I always try to apply what he says so I may be happy always. I know if we follow the Prophet, we are following Heavenly Father.