Shooting survivor Deserae Turner serves the mission of the Church | Utah News

CACHE COUNTY, Utah (AP) — When it comes to flowers, nineteen-year-old Deserae Turner says she can’t choose a favorite. They all make her smile.

“They just brighten up the day,” she said.

Four years ago, Turner was shot in the head by two of his classmates.

“I never imagined anything like this, ever,” said April Turner, Deserae’s mother.

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Deserae says the injury led her to take up a new hobby.

“A lot of people were giving me flowers when I came back from the hospital.” said Deserae. “I just fell in love with flowers.”

“People gave us flowers, and it was huge,” April said. “It was so nice of them to do that, but it also did something for us.”

Deserae now uses her knowledge of flowers every day as a volunteer missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fox13-KSTU in Salt Lake City reported.

“Right now, I’m donating my flowers and putting them in bouquets and vases to donate to hospices and nursing homes,” Deserae said.

Looking to the future, Deserae says she believes where flowers bloom, so does hope.

“The thing about the flowers, they’re all so different, but they’re beautiful like me,” Deserae said. “I am a disabled girl who functions well, but I am beautiful.”

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Charles K. Eckert