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Hi I'm Russell.

I'm a Mormon. My mind still works, but my body doesn't.

About Me

Nineteen years ago I was a huge Star Trek fan, editor of my high school newspaper, and a valedictorian of my graduating class. Then I got sick and over the course of the next few years lost my ability to walk, talk, drive a car, or even feed myself. I've endured 56 surgeries and many life threatening infections. I now use a power wheel chair instead of a car, a ventilator to help me breathe, and sign language to communicate. I am able to use the computer, listen to books on tape, and travel with my family in a specially equipped van and toy hauler RV. Life is still good. I can hardly wait to get up each morning to see what the day will bring. 

Why I am a Mormon

 I was born into the Mormon church and I would not want to live any other way. My faith helped me when I got sick and was robbed of nearly everything. The gospel has given me the perspective to take this situation and keep on living with faith and enthusiasm. I know that because of the atonement of Jesus Christ I will be made whole again someday at the resurrection, but I have so much to live for until then.

How I live my faith

I work at maintaining a positive attitude. I am always ready to tell how my faith helps me to have a good outlook. I am able to read scriptures on the computer. I have also made fliers for upcoming church activities. Two families come to my home each month to be taught by me and my Dad. I am a greeter at our weekly church meeting. I can't speak, but I have a firm handshake and smile for those who come.