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Hi I'm Savannah

I'm a recent high school graduate. I'm recovering from a neurological diesease, and just starting to walk again. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Two years ago, I was diagnosed with a neuro-muscular diesease called Chronic Demyelinating Polyneuropathy. My hands and legs became functionally paralyzed, and I've mainly been confined to a wheelchair since then. I am now starting to use a walker to get around. I just graduated high school after a lot of make-up work, since I missed a lot and have been going to physical therapy. I will start college online soon, but I enjoy doing more and more as my abilities increase. I'm an avid reader, enjoy swimming, and like spending time with my family. In the past, I've lived in several different states, most recently in Oregon, where I've left a lot of good friends behind. But my family and I were warmly welcomed here in Tennessee and made good friends soon. I especially like that our community is strongly religious and most people believe in Jesus Christ, like me. A year ago many hundreds of people in our suburbs came together to support me because I needed money for physical therapy. A friend on my school's student council worked with students and teachers to get my whole high school involved in a 5k fundraiser run. The run took place on halloween, so we encouraged the runners to dress up as superheroes, and named it Savannah's superhero 5k. It was a huge success! It was even talked about on local TV and radio. It was incredible to see so many people that cared about me. And with the money given, I worked hard and was able to walk across the stage at my graduation.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born and raised in a LDS family, I choose to be a Mormon every day because I have recieved witness from the Holy Spirit that the Book of Mormon is true. And since I know that the Book of Mormon is true, I know many other things are true; namely, that Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ, know me and love me; that Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of the world, and that I can be made perfect through His atonement; that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Jesus Christ's gospel fully restored on the earth today; and that everyone is given the opportunity to become perfect and live with God again, because God loves all of His children equally. Becoming mortal and experiencing trials is part of God's plan for me, and every one else, to return to live with Him again. He loves everyone, and no one is out of reach of His mercy and forgiveness. I am a Mormon because I'm not perfect, but I'm trying to be.

How I live my faith

I am very active in church and I love my ward family. We have recieved so much service from our ward, so everyone is so happy that I can walk again. I continue to testify to all that will listen about the miraculous blessings God has given me. I enjoy teaching others about family history work as I am called as a youth family history consulant. I know how important it is to find my ancestors and do their work. I also enjoy teaching my friends, teachers, and therapists about the gospel and my testimony of Jesus Christ. I know it is because of my faith in Him, and the prayers of many, that I've been healed so quickly. During this trial, I don't ask why God let this happen to me--I know it is because trials strengthen us and sanctify us, so we can become the righteous and faithful people Heavenly Father wants us to become. This trial may also be a way to strengthen the faith of those around me. So many people that I meet are impressed by my positivity that they ask me about my faith, and I tell them gladly. I've given several of my friends copies of the Book of Mormon, knowing that it will help them as they go off to college and leave their homes and families. I hope to inspire many people-- members or nonmembers-- to trust in Christ by way of my example.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Savannah
Women in the church are treated no less than men are. Women serve, teach, are leaders and organizers. God sees men and women as separate and different, but no greater than the other. This is why God gives men and women important but different responsibilities. Women are generally charged with caring for others and ministering to their needs, while men are charged to protect, preside, and hold the priesthood, or power and authority of God. Women don't hold offices in the priesthood, but this does not mean they can't exercise the priesthood in behalf of themselves or those they care for. Both men and women play important roles in the function of the church. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Savannah
The Bible contains the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, whom we believe to be the Savior of the world. It also contains prophecies about Christ and His commandments and doctrine. We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as long as it is translated correctly. In the early days of Christianity, the Bible contained the full truths of Christ's gospel. However, as the church grew, many important parts were changed or taken out entirely. That is why God brought forth the Book of Mormon--to clarify the Bible, and establish His full truth again on the earth. Show more Show less