|Artist: Greg Olson|
We have a severely developmentally disabled young woman in our ward. We have watched her grow up through the years and when she reached YW age, we looked for ways to include her and have the girls come to know her. Another ward in our Stake had a similar situation and following their example, we asked the girls if they would be willing to earn her Young Womanhood Recognition Award in her behalf. What a marvelous experience this was! One of the Laurels spearheaded the work as a Laurel project, keeping track of who did what and when it was completed. It was a two year labor of love. Each of our girls took on extra Personal Project Value Experiences and Projects so that E could earn her Medallion. Each Sunday, our Laurel posted a chart with our progress. It was such a blessing in all of our lives! Our YW in Excellence last year was an experience beyond words as we watched E, with the help of her father, walk slowly up to the pulpit and receive her Medallion. The Spirit so strongly testified that these girls had done something of great love. We are so grateful for the girls who gave so much of themselves and when they meet E on the other side of the veil, I am sure she will thank them for their efforts and they will thank her for teaching them Christlike love.