To him, blindness is not an excuse

CEDAR CITY, Utah — When a call went out to the priesthood brethren to help a sister put a new roof on her house, Don Anderson of the Cedar 5th Ward, Cedar City Utah Stake, shouldered his way with the others and went to work. Situated in his section of the project, he labored for several hours doing meticulous work.

Such behavior is typical of Brother Anderson, first counselor in his ward bishopric, according to Dale Orton, his stake president.

Brother Anderson is eager to serve wherever he can in spite of the fact that he might more likely be on the receiving end of service. But to him, his blindness is not an excuse.

"He does not let his disability get him down," Brother Orton said.

Employed in social services for the state of Utah, Brother Anderson takes care of himself as well as reaching out to others. While landscaping his back yard recently, he had a load of top soil delivered and dumped in his driveway. One wheelbarrow at a time, he moved the load of soil around his house, through a fence gate to his back yard. To help him negotiate the path, he tuned two radios to a local station and placed one by the gate and the other in the back yard.

Brother Anderson and his wife, Erlene, have four children.