Positively Dealing With a Chronic Illness

Name Withheld A year after the untimely death of my wife, I almost died of a broken heart. My health was wrecked and a massive heart attack left me in a chemically induced coma for a month and I was resuscitated 41 times - a hospital record. During one of these episodes I had a near death experience: I found myself in a relatively small town, where I was a shopkeeper of a general store. The people in the town seemed to know me and like me. It seemed as though I had lived in this town for dec...
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Why Did God Take My Grandma?

By Bree P It was a day when my world came to a stop. It was my senior year of high school, and I was living with my mom at the time. My dad and his family lived in another state, and I would occasionally visit them. I had just spent my junior year of high school with them. Everything was going great. I had good grades and fantastic friends I would hang out with on the weekends. I went to church, and was enjoying the spirit that I felt there. I read my scriptures and I prayed frequently. An...
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How Can We Cope with the Death of a Loved One?

By Tyler S. I was born in a religious home. I went to church every Sunday. By age eleven I had heard many times that when we die we can forever be with people we knew on earth. As great as that was from a theological standpoint, going to church included something better than what I was taught in the classroom. It was who was in the classroom. Almost all my friends went to church with me, including my best friend Daniel. Our families were all very close. We spent a great deal of time at eac...
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Where Can I Turn for Peace?

By Alexander B. In this voyage we call life, with all of its stresses, trials, and hardships; it can be easy to ask questions such as “Why is this happening? Who can truly understand me? Where can I find peace?” These questions can be even more difficult to answer when we learn about a God who is our loving Father in Heaven, and supposedly behind all of this. Then our questions may change to: “Why is God letting this happen to me? I know God understands, so why is He not making this easier? I...
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God, Where Are You?

By Russell D. There comes a point in every person's life when we ask ourselves, “Is there a God? Does he know me, and will He be there for me? My answers are “Yes, there is a God, He knows me by name; and He is there for me”. Our first son came into our lives after nine years of waiting. We were told that it was medically impossible for us to have children. One day a thought came into my mind that my wife was pregnant, but I did not ask her, I just wrote this thought down in my daily diary...
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How Do I Cope with a Suicide in My Family?

Name Withheld “John’s gone.” I slumped down into the closest chair, holding the phone to my ear. “John? Gone?” Vibrant, healthy, so full of life, just six weeks after his 38th birthday . . . must have been a terrible car accident . . . “He hung himself. [Long pause] I’m so sorry.” The reality slowly sunk in. My brother-in-law John – graduate student, in the prime of life, with everything to live for – wonderful wife, four charming children ages four to twelve, a promising career ahea...
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