Tatsu: Disabled, Wheelchair, Japanese, Tokyo, Handicapped, Asian, Mormon.

Hi I'm Tatsu

About Me

I grew up in Japan, and I used to go to school for the disabled in Tokyo. I was born with the Gospel and a severe disability, called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. So, my life is totally extraordinary positively. I'm happy! It's beause I know the Gospel which makes me positive and strong. I love my family, my friends, and Heavenly Father. And I'm thankful for every blessings from God!

Why I am a Mormon

Actually, I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, athough some people call the members a mormon. My parents raised me with the Gospel, so I I've known about this church since I was born. I believe in God, Jesus Christ and the teachings. The Gospel gave me hope and made me realize that I am blessed and loved by Heavenly Father. Because of my disability, I came to know that Heavenly Father loves each one of us regardless of any races, disabilities or cultures. Three of my siblings and I are physically disabled and my family have had a lot of trials. However, the scriptures and our prayers have helped us to get over these trials. Heavenly Fathers listens and answers when we pray. I am happy with the Gospel and my disability. I hope many people who are hopeless by their problems or a disability like me will be happy and understand they are actually loved and blessed by Heavenly Father. 'Be not afraid, only believe.'

Personal Stories

What blessings have come through your faith in Jesus Christ?

I'm in wheelchair bound and need a medical care every day. I used to go to school for the disabled and have had pneumonia several times. My parents used to tell me and my brothers about the second-coming and resurrection that when Jesus comes to the earth again our body can be healed perfectly. In the Book of ⅢNephi 17:7, it describes when Jesus came America after He was resurrected, “Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.” I often imagined I would play with my family in a park and feel free. I was so excited. When I was a teenager I was really depressed because of my limitation. Amid the gloom I could not tell anyone about my sadness because nobody could understand my unusual situation One day, I was in my room alone. I prayed to Heavenly Father to feel peaceful. Suddenly, I remembered I learned Jesus Christ sacrificed for us at church. I had not felt His atonement was related to me at that time; however, one phrase in the Doctrine and Covenants “he suffered the pain of all men” came to my mind. And I realized it means only He knows my pain and sadness. I still remember clearly Jesus Christ stayed next to me for a while at that time, and I knew He’s my Savior and I’m never alone. I’m thankful for everything in my life including my disability. If I didn’t have the gift, I couldn’t know such precious things. When I feel sad I always pray to God. He always answers my prayer. The Book of Mormon is true because Joseph Smith translated it. He saw God. The Gospel is a hope for me. I know I’ll see my brother and sister who already passed away again with perfect body in heaven. Family can be together forever by the ordinances at Temple. God lives and loves each of us. Everybody is worth in the sight of God.

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday, and I like to talk about the purpose of this life. I also like to talk with others about the blessings from our Heavenly Father. I feel happy when I comfort those who are having a hard time by listening to them and sharing my experiences and testimony. I hope those who are having a hard time for some reasons will know how they are loved by Heavenly Father and hopeful for the Gospel. I pray to Heavenly Father all the time. He answers my prayers and comforts me whenever I pray. I also like to read the scriptures. I read the scriptures every day. It helpes me enhance and remember the purpose of this life.