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My Pain May Never End, But I’m Learning That’s Ok

My Pain May Never End, But I’m Learning That’s Ok

I’ve been thinking about pain this week. More specifically, my pain. The pain of abuse. The pain of depression and anxiety. The pain of grief and loss. The sort of pain that winds up unraveling you when you tug one little thread. I used to think it would get better one day. I thought I’d be better. I’m not saying …

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How to Educate Your Desires

How to Educate Your Desires

It is likely that if you paused right now, you could name at least one thing you really, really want. It could be something as simple as a taco for lunch or as a complex as a vulnerable relationship. Some of your desires may stem from the hunger of the natural man while others surely come from the deepest eternal …

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How to Enjoy Visiting Teaching If You Have Anxiety

How to Enjoy Visiting Teaching If You Have Anxiety

After publishing two articles, How to Enjoy the Temple If You Have Anxiety and How to Enjoy Church If You Have Anxiety, we received many requests to continue the series and discuss other aspects of Church life. Today, we want to help those who may be struggling to do their visiting teaching because of their mental illness. Visiting teaching is …

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4 Ways Shame Culture Corrupts Mormon Culture

4 Ways Shame Culture Corrupts Mormon Culture

There is a thriving shame culture in the world today. The shame culture is cancer and sadly, it has infected in many aspects Mormon culture. Having lived in the South, I experienced persecution for being a member of the Church. However, nowhere have I experienced more shame and persecution than by members of the Church. Like the olive tree overtaken …

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13 Ways People With Depression Can Help Themselves

13 Ways People With Depression Can Help Themselves

Recently, the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” has sparked conversations about mental illness and suicide. For those unfamiliar with the plot of the series, a teenager named Hannah Baker, after taking her own life, leaves behind thirteen cassette tapes detailing why she made that decision. The tapes are delivered into the hands of Clay Jensen, a boy with a flirtatious …

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How Forgiving My Abuser Brought Me Peace

How Forgiving My Abuser Brought Me Peace

It’s the little things I remember most. The screams when my mother made the wrong kind of spaghetti. The roar of the rain against the windshield as we went too fast on a winding road. The cold burn on my skin the day he punched me in the face with a ball of ice. The expansive hope that someone would …

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