Story blogs

Share your story to bless others

I had my hair done a few days ago and had the BEST experience while I was there. I have been going to the same salon for many years. And my sweet stylist knows my whole story with my son and his autism. She told me she had a client who shared some of her struggles with her child and she thought of me. So she shared what we talked about in an effort to help her. I can’t tell you how honored I was to have her share my story.

Testimonials are a story

Thinking about that heartwarming moment, I remembered how many times my life has been blessed by others sharing their stories. Every first Sunday of the month is my congregation’s fast and testimony meeting.

We fast for 2 meals the night before and donate the funds we would have spent on those meals to help those in need. Then we have a special Sunday service called a testimony meeting.

In this meeting, those who are inspired stand up and share something they have learned and their testimonies of the Savior. It is a period of learning and growth. By listening to the experiences of others, my faith in God grows. And often the Spirit whispers solutions to the concerns and problems I have had. I’m amazed at how most testimonials begin with some sort of struggle.

Trials become testimonies

It reminds me of a magnet I saw in Deseret Book. The magnet said “Today’s trials are tomorrow’s testimony”. And I found this saying very true. I remember when we were struggling to have a baby and the miracle God sent us when my son was born. (I wrote that one under a different name.) And I remember struggling with this wonderful, adorable little boy who just couldn’t fit in at school. We wondered what we could do for him.

There are not enough resources for parents of children in difficulty. That’s why I started writing about autism. We were so overwhelmed with my son’s diagnosis and as we discovered some answers I just wanted to share. It helped me a lot.

Stories create connections

When I became a mother, I was amazed to find that I had an instant connection with any other mother because of our shared experiences.

And since then I have found a similar connection with any parent of an autistic child. We share stories and advice and find great strength in each other.

You have a story to tell. By sharing our struggles and sorrows, we uplift others who are struggling. I have been blessed with so many miracles in my life. The people I love, the joy of motherhood after the pain of loss, all are miracles. Your miracles are there. When they arrive, be sure to share them.