Note: Originally published as “LDS young women help leader with special needs earn Young Womanhood Recognition Award” on December 29, 2016, by Kelsey Schwab Adams, For the Deseret News.
Note: The Personal Progress Program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was discontinued in 2019. It has been replaced with the Children and Youth Program.
“They really are learning to see people the way that Christ does. I feel like they not only grew closer as a group, but they definitely grew closer to Heavenly Father. They are able to see the world in a totally different light now.”
When Erin Norton was born with cerebral palsy, doctors told her mother that she wouldn’t have enough brain function to eat or talk. Now at 35 years old, Norton’s favorite food is McDonald’s French fries and she “talks nonstop,” according to her mother.
To add to these accomplishments, Norton, a member of the Pinecrest Ward, Sandy Lone Peak Stake, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was able to receive her Young Womanhood Recognition Award on Nov. 16 with a little help from her nine best friends — the young women in her ward.
Featured Image: Erin Norton earned her Personal Progress medallion with a little help from her nine best friends: the young women in her ward. Kelsey Schwab Adams