Grade 9 Religion Semester 2
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ANSON HUI - A YOUNG PIANIST WITH AN INSPIRATIONAL STORY

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Anson Hui's story is a story about a young boy who had everything going wrong for him, but that was soon turned around. When he was young, he was diagnosed Glycogen Storage Disease - a disease that prevents his body from storing sugars properly - and required a tube connected to his stomach to keep him alive. He was also diagnosed with autism. Because of this, he was bullied as a kid and his teachers wanted him "held back" a couple of grades. However, not everything was bad for Anson. He has been gifted with what musicians call "perfect pitch", the ability to be able to determine the pitch of a note just by hearing it. Through what he says is his God-given talents and hours upon hours of hard work and dedication, Anson was able to win many piano awards, turning everything around for the kid that was bullied because he was "too dumb." A video is attached to the article that shows Anson playing the piano around mid-way through the piece, and Anson is truly amazing. He fought the odds and worked as hard as he could to be where he is now.


Anson's story relates to a few of the topics discussed in class. Firstly, there's the fact that a human body still has dignity no matter what. Anson had many obstacles in his way, from the fact that he was physically different, to the fact that he had learning disabilities. However, this didn't stop Anson from continuing onwards and achieving greatness. Even though Anson has to be fed at night through a tube, he still has dignity, and he knows that. He knows that because he believes that God put him here for a reason, and because of that, Anson believes in himself. Also, Anson's story relates to the different kinds of "smarts" in our Religion unit. Anson had a hard time learning in the school environment, but excels at one-on-one homeschooling. Anson is very self-smart because he knows about himself and accepts his life the way it is and embraces it. He believes in himself and is true to himself. There's also the very obvious music (sound/rhythmic) smart. Lastly, this also shows the different types of love that people con have. In this article, you learn about Anson's mother and how she never gave up on him, going out of her way in late nights to even homeschooling him. She does this all out of love for her son. This isn't a love that has to be earned by Anson, but it is the love that parents feel for their children, and that support is one of the things that even kept Anson going. The storge is what keeps Anson going.


I really liked Anson's story and can recommend it for many, many reasons. One reason is that "Every single life is unique and special. Each has it’s own purpose and mission," as Anson says. Ansons felt unwelcome at first because of his hurdles in his way, but he knew that God had a plan for him, and he pushed forwards. Now he is an award-winning pianist. The same could happen to anyone of you reading this, as well. You may feel lost in this world, or feel like you don't belong - you may think "I'm not smart; I'm not athletic. What can I do with my life?". But you must remember that God has a place for you - you just haven't discovered it yet. I think that is the greatest reason to read this inspiring article said by Anson, himself. You have the strength to overcome your obstacles. You have the ability to find your place in this world. You have a fully functional body, so use it to your best ability. You have dignity in this world, just like Anson does. You may not be an amazing pianist like he is, you may be so. Either way, you must remember that God put you here for a reason, and he gave you people to guide and support you. You must find what you are good at and play to your strengths. That is how you will find your place to belong.

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Celine Suyat's comment, June 5, 2014 11:34 PM
Reading this article was very interesting and truly inspiring. I really liked how you related the article to so many aspects that we've learned in this course and I think that you've thoroughly explained them all. I also like how you included Anson's mother into your comment because although the article is mainly about Anson, his mother also played a big role in his life, which was one of the things I loved about the article. Overall, great job on this scoop!
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Love Your Neighbor: An Inspiring Story Of Two Friends

Love Your Neighbor: An Inspiring Story Of Two Friends | Grade 9 Religion Semester 2 | Scoop.it
Loving our neighbors, whether next door or at our door step, doesn't require a change in profession, just a willingness to speak, to listen and to give. May Brendan's story challenge us this week to step out of comfort zone.
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Brendan passed by Jackie, a homeless beggar, one day. She asked him if he had money. He replied "no," and Jackie swiftly replied, saying "you better not, because every day you say no." Brendan promised to treat her out to dinner that day if he got the job for his upcoming job interview. He did, and their friendship didn't stop at just dinner. They became great friends who always looked out for each other. Brendan treated her out that night and continued to help support her as she moved from different temporary homes, making her way up. She also looked out for him, back. When Brendan's heater broke, she made him a blanket to keep him warm. And when Brendan lost his job, Jackie brought him groceries everyday throughout the winter, even though she barely had anything herself. In this video, Brendan is treating Jackie out to a homewarming shopping spree and began a fundraiser  to help fund the shopping spree (which has surpassed target donation). This story of Brendan and Jackie is truly a story of friendship and looking out for one's neighbours.

 

  This relates to our Grade Nine Religion units in many ways. Firstly, this story is a story of loving one's neighbours. Brendan didn't know Jackie at first, but he went and looked out for her by buying a stranger dinner. Also, Brendan wasn't turned away by the fact that Jackie was homeless. He found a friend in her and followed through with that by acting with a Christ-like love. Lastly, throughout the years, the two have shown great signs of a strong, Christian, relationship. They follow many of the characteristics of a healthy Christian relationship, including: Being Strong in Good Times and Bad (They were both low on money, but continued to look out for each other), Benefits Both Parties Involved (Brendan and Jackie follow through in a two-sided give-and-take relationship), Not Require the Other Person to Change to be Accepted (Jackie was homeless, but that didn't stop Brendan from being friends with her), and Being Our Priority (Jackie had it hard enough, but she chose to spend her money on helping out her friend, making Brendan her priority by buying him groceries. This video shows two people who strongly follow the teachings of Jesus when it comes to friendships.

 

I would highly recommend this video to others, even more so if the campaign was still running. This video is a great example of helping others even if you don't know them - loving thy neighbour. This is most likely something that we do not do very often in our busy worlds, but it really is a nice thing to do to smile at others, or giving to the homeless. I want this article/video to inspire others to make that change. Don't be that person who just turns away from those who are begging, but be like Jesus and give. Also, this can inspire us to be better to those we have in our lives, be it friends or family. Brendan and Jackie were there for each other, making the other their priority and helping each other out. We need to stop being so self-centered and truly appreciate how fortunate we are to not only be in our positions in the well-developed Canada, but also to appreciate our friends and our family that have been given to us. Brendan and Jackie truly appreciate each other, and that is something we can all learn from.

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Adrian Arulseelan's comment, June 1, 2014 9:37 PM
I really enjoyed reading this article and watching this video. What I liked so much was the limitless love Brendan and Jackie had for each other. Whenever one needed help, they didn't hesitate to help the other. When Jackie needed money, Brendan didn't hesitate to help her, and when Brendan needed warmth, Jackie made him a blanket. Such a love isn't witnessed too often in our everyday life, and it is definitely heartwarming to see such a friendship. A friendship that was formed from one small promise, that led to a small act of giving. One thing that I saw in this article that you have not yet pointed out was a Christ-like love. The Christ -like love of not calculating the cost of giving has been demonstrated by each person. Brendan got the job and took Jackie out for dinner, and cared only about fulfilling his promise. Jackie exhibited this Christ-like love when she made Brendan a blanket when his heater broke, as well as when she went out and bought groceries for him when he had lost his job. Jackie probably did not have a lot of money at the time she gave him groceries, yet she did it anyway, forgetting all about the cost and simply caring for Brendan's need. They also showed how a Christ-like love desires what is best for the other. They both made sacrifices in order that the other may have best is best (E.g. the blanket given to Brendan).
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Are You Happy? - YouTube

A short documentary on Morgan Warren, a girl with 11Q Syndrome, and her inclusion experience at an elementary school and how she affects everyone she comes i...
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   "Are You Happy?" is a video about  young elementary-school girl named Morgan Warren. She was diagnosed with 11Q Syndrome that set her back in many ways, such as speech delay, motor delay, and sensory problems. However, this mini-documentary shows that hope and happiness can be found even with hurdles to get in your way. Despite her condition, Morgan is included in her school community.
She has plenty of friends who look out for her, eat with her, and protect her from any potential bullies. Unlike what someone else with a syndrome such as this may face, Morgan is included. She also has a guy friend who makes sure she has her backpack and walks her to her car. Years ago, Morgan would be put in a special needs school with all the other special ed children. But in this time, she's put with all the rest of the kids to be fully included. Her mother describes her as an angelic child who spreads happiness to everyone, including strangers in an elevator. Morgan is truly a happy girl who doesn't let her disability hold her back, and she shines the light on everyone she touches.

  This story about Morgan relates to many different topics discussed in  our Grade Nine Religion Semester 2 Class. Firstly, there is the topic of inclusion. Inclusion is a major problem in our society, more so for those with disabilities. Morgan's friends act Christ-like in the fact that they include Morgan. They do not ignore her or shun her out because she is "different", but rather, they let her in and she is a part of their posse. Her mother states that it has nothing to do with her disability. This is something Jesus himself would do in this situation, and these elementary school students display it perfectly. In addition to that, these children act in a Christ-like manner in the way the love. They are not turned away by the fact that Morgan has this disability, but instead welcome her fully. This goes hand in hand with inclusion because Jesus would include everyone, even if they are not normally included. This includes the blind, the sick, and those considered to be unclean. Morgan's friends act very Christ-like, but in the end, it is because of how "angelic" Morgan naturally is. Morgan is happy with how she is. This relates to a fact that a human and a human body has dignity no matter what. Morgan spreads joy and happiness as a body who holds God, and she is happy because she does not let the fact that she has 11Q Syndrome set her back. 

   I really enjoyed watching this video. It's not like a typical video of someone with an illness such as this where it makes you want to cry, but instead it makes you want to smile. Morgan is a great person who we should all aspire to be like. She is happy with who she is, and we should be happy with who we are, too. It truly is inspiring to see how welcoming her community is, and even more so when you look at the date. This video was uploaded seven years ago. We have only moved forwards since then in society's movement of inclusion, and we can all do what we can to be better Christians by acting like Morgan's teachers and friends at school. We must be accepting and inclusive to everyone around us. But also, we are called to act like Morgan and also be happy, ourselves. By doing this, we can truly be Christ-like.

 

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Chandler Antrobus's comment, June 2, 2014 6:51 PM
This is an awesome scoop Anton. What i really loved about this video was that Morgan was put in a class of students that do not have difficulty developing. I was happy to see that she was socializing and getting to learn along side others with little to no struggles in development. I also like how you related this back to our lesson on inclusion. I liked this because Morgan's story truly does relate to inclusion. Her story relates to our lesson on inclusion because she is not treated as an outcast, instead she is being included in the regular activities that the other children get to do. in conclusion, I overall liked this scoop believe that others should take a look at it.