Thoughts on Suicide Prevention

'You know, Seth, I almost lost my little brother.  I don't think I'm gonna go anywhere for a while. I'm just gonna sit here with you for a bit.' "For the first time I recognized that there was a world outside of myself. There were people that cared about me and loved me and wanted me to succeed and live. The mere fact that they reached out to me in love, that is what did it. What my brother did is what changed my life." So many people need that love, that attention, that comfort.  This...
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At Christmas, Being Thankful for Those Never-Ending Chores

Seeing My Blessings Through Another’s Eyes Being the mother of a large family and the wife of someone who’s usually out of town, I frequently feel overwhelmed with work.  There are so many things to do, so many anxieties and concerns.  We are in a real financial hole, so there is that ever-present worry, with no money coming in and so many expenses just now. The Christmas season is approaching, which seems to multiply the chores.  There are cards to somehow find time to write.  There’s...
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Step 9: Restitution and Reconciliation – John’s Story on Drug Addiction Recovery

Starting with addiction to pharmaceuticals, John spiraled down with worse and worse drugs until he his family had left him, he was alone, and he was put in jail. Recalling his arrest:  "I remember the lights coming on, and I remember almost a relief coming over me, that maybe somehow in a weird way, maybe I'm done.... I began to be lifted from this addiction." "Step 9 says, make direct amends wherever possible. And I knew that I needed to be there so that anybody in my family could tell m...
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Step 8: Forgiveness – Larry’s Story on Drug Addiction Recovery

"Make a written list of all persons you have harmed, and become willing to make restitution to them." After a terrible fight, Larry didn't see his father for 13 years.  When he finally decided to forgive his father, out of the blue his father called him, and their reunion at a restaurant was sweet and tender. "When he started telling me his life story, I felt so much love and compassion for him. And then as I began to share my challenges with him, he began to cry, and he reached over and ...
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Step 5: Confession – Jessica’s Story about Food Addiction Recovery

250 pounds, 4 feet - 10 inches tall, this woman had been addicted to food all her adult life.  But she had other problems.  The loss of her family, and things she had to confess and get off her soul.  With the help of the Savior, she was able to get herself to where she is today.  Physically, she's lost weight until she's almost unrecognizable from the person she was before - and spiritually, she's at peace. Jessica's Story
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