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How Do Mormons Cope with Stress?

By Mormon.org

Mormon methods for dealing with stress may seem a bit different because of the role religion plays in their lives. Thanks to health guidelines called the Word of Wisdom, Mormons don’t drink alcohol or use drugs or tobacco to unwind. Mormons believe happiness is achieved by following God’s commandments. This includes some basic faith-oriented principles that can lead to inner peace and a healthy perspective on life’s stress-inducing problems.

Scripture reading

Mormons often turn to the scriptures for comfort. The Bible and Book of Mormon contain verses that can provide hope, strength, and direction. These words from God are one way He gives peace to His children.

As it says in the book of Psalms, “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles” (Psalm 34:6).

In the scriptures, God has made it clear that you can call on Him when you are in a stressful situation. As an example, consider the classic Bible story of the Israelites being freed from the Egyptians:

“And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; and I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land” (Exodus 3:7–8).

The scriptures offer many examples of God helping His children when they desperately need it and turn to Him for relief. Learning trust and faith from these stories reduces stress; it also supports the need for prayer.

Prayer and service

Prayer can relax the mind and spirit by opening a line of communication with God. In a sense, prayer can be considered a form of meditation, inviting humility and bringing perspective to complex issues.

In the New Testament, Paul counseled fellow Christians to be “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer”. But he didn’t stop there. Christians should be concerned with “distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. . . . Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:12–13, 20–21).

Paul counseled the followers of Christ to always turn to prayer in times of tribulation. He also offered help for how to handle those who willfully oppose you and how to overcome the evil that is present in the world. By choosing to do good and by serving others, you can “overcome evil with good.”

Faith

Faith is a requirement for allowing God’s blessings to enter your life. Faith in God is also the first principle of Christ’s gospel. Faithful Mormons firmly believe that God can and will help during times of stress.

Acting in faith allows Mormons—and anyone who puts trust in God—to experience the wonders (and stress-reducing effects) of prayer, service, and scripture study.