Man Surprises Family With First Word

Man Surprises Family By Uttering the First Word He’d Ever Spoken at Mount Timpanogos LDS Temple Open House

By Ken K. Gourdin

Salt Lake City’s Deseret News commemorated the 20th anniversary of the dedication of American Fork’s Mount Timpanogos LDS Temple October 13. See the story here (last accessed October 13, 2016):

I was deeply touched by an account of something that happened at the open house. I sent the following e-mail to family and friends:

I was deeply touched and impressed by something that happened at the open house.  In addition to being home to the Mount Timpanogos Temple, American Fork also is home to the Utah State Developmental Center, which helps developmentally-disabled folks, for whom I have a soft spot in my heart because, while I am not cognitively disabled, Cerebral Palsy, which I do have, is a developmental disability.  One family was wondering if they should take a family member, one of the Center’s residents, to the Temple open house.  Their fears appeared to be confirmed as this gentleman, who had never uttered a word in his 60-odd years on this planet (indeed, before what happened that day, no one knew he even could speak) grew agitated as they wheeled him toward the Temple in his wheelchair.

Fortunately, the gentleman calmed down in the lobby of the Temple.  In that lobby, there is a painting of the Savior holding a lamb in his arms.  I’m not sure if it’s the exact one I gave some of you personalized copies of for Christmas a couple years ago (You know who you are!!!) but I suspect it’s either the same one or very similar.    To the surprise of all of his family members who had accompanied him, the man uttered his first spoken word in mortality upon seeing that painting.

“Jesus,” he said.

Eyes still dry?  I know.  Mine aren’t either.

Love to all.

About kenngo1969

Just as others must breathe to live, I must write. I have been writing creatively almost ever since I learned to write, period! I have written fiction, book- and article-length nonfiction, award-winning poetry, news, sports, features, and op-eds. I hope, one day, to write some motivational nonfiction, a decent-selling novel, a stage play, and a screen play.
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