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Hi I'm Patricia Nelson

I grew up in Texas. After starting a family, two of my children lost their hearing. My family speaks English & ASL. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a Single parent home most of my life. I was raised in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I was blessed to further my education at BYU. I became a teacher and taught Kindergarten for 3 years. I loved teaching and love children. My last year of teaching was a bit of a whirlwind as I got engaged, married and then pregnant. It's been a blessing to be a stay at home Mom. Our family was blessed with four children. Just after my baby was born, two weeks later, we learned my 3 year old lost his hearing. Both of my boys (3 and 8) have hearing loss. My family has faced many changes and challenges but we're growing. We're learning ASL as a family and we've been blessed to go to a deaf branch that's also latter day saint. ASL is beautiful and we are excited to continue to learn and hope to be fluent. My 3 year old has had a cochlear implant and we look forward to seeing how it will work for him. Technology is a blessing. He passed his newborn screening (all my children passed) and had language. He's pretty verbal for a deaf child. He attends a deaf preschool and has learned a lot of sign language. We know more challenges are ahead as more testing continues. He also has optic atrophy. I hope it won't progress to blindness but we know the Lord is in charge. It's been a challenging journey but we're up for the challenge.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church but I always appreciated that it was my choice. If I had a question, I could always pray about it. Joseph Smith restored the church. He had questions and made it a matter of prayer . James 1:5 encourages us..."if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." It was always a blessing to me that I didn't have to take his word for it, I could find out for myself. I took the challenge in Moroni 10:3-5 (https://www.lds.org/ensign/1994/04/moronis-promise?lang=eng) When I studied at BYU,I really had to decide what I wanted to choose. I knew living the gospel, keeping the commandments, and staying close to my Heavenly Father brought me happiness. I knew what I needed to do to continue to be happy. To this day, my membership in the church has brought me happiness. Life has brought challenges but with the Lord by my side, I can brave anything. When my son lost his hearing, I felt devastated. How was I going to teach him the gospel? As the Book of Mormon teaches, the Lord prepares a way when we keep His commandments. We started attending the deaf branch. We could include ALL my kids in prayers and scripture stories. There's even scriptures in ASL that we watch together as a family. The missionaries came to our home and taught us how to sign a prayer. I know that this life will be challenging but I also know the Lord will help us with our challenges. He may not take them away but He can lighten them. I have also covenanted at baptism (as have other members) to comfort those that stand in need of comfort. My family has been blessed by our ward family in little ways and in big ways. When these challenges came to my family, people wanted to know why I wasn't mad at God. I felt overwhelmed but I needed His help.

How I live my faith

We are blessed to attend our local ward (closer in proximity) one week and then the deaf branch the other week. We rotate each week because we have hearing and deaf in my family. I have a calling where I help coordinate sports for the young women (12-18 years of age) in the ward. They are amazing youth. The world can be hard and dark but these young women are young ladies of light. My son, Brayden, was recently turned eight years old and was baptized a member of the church. He joined the Cub Scouts. It's a blessing to have a troop that's sponsored at the local church building. He loves it and he's learning lots of wonderful things.