I just came back from stake conference this weekend- and there one talk that really touched me.
Our mission president's wife was speaking and she talked about her daughter Lori-Beth.
Lori-Beth was diagnosed with downs syndrome shortly after birth and her mother sat there praying day and night the blood test that would confirm the downs syndrome would come back negative. But over the course of the next day she was reminded by 4 different people of an experience she had 5 years before.
5 years before Lori-Beth was born her mother was listening to a talk on Jesus and the blind man- the one where the people asked "Who sinned , that caused this man to be blind, him self or his parents." And Jesus answered "no one sinned." At that point the mother had a revelation that the blind man had a pre-exsistant assignment to glorify God.
The mother came to accept that Lori-Beth had a pre-exsistant assignment.
When they were called as mission presidents they were set apart- Lori-Beth was set apart and afterwords the one setting them apart looked directly into her eyes and told her that her presence there would change lives, lives of the missionaries, investigators and others.
Then she brought Lori-Beth up to sing "I am a Child of God." Most people would not call her performance musical. But that didn't matter to us. What mattered to us was the incredible spirit we felt. Lori-Beth had changed my life.
Now when I look at the angels in my care- 1 with autism, 1 with spinal bifida, and another yet undiagnosed- I can recognize that no only does their affliction help them achieve their spiritual needs in life- but also that they have a pre-exsistant assignment to help glorify God.