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Hi I'm Christy Deline Reed Ray

I found help through Recovery, Int'l. for my nervous and emotional problems and became a group leader. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married to my loving husband of nearly 40 years. We have 4 children and nearly 9 grandchildren. I love spending time with my family and friends, designing and sewing brightly-colored quilts for loved ones, working in my garden, exercising on my stationary bike while reading (I LOVE to read!!), eating healthily, and leading children in singing. I used to have a children's community singing and performing group that I REALLY enjoyed. I also used to lead a Recovery, Int'l. group, which helps people with nervous and emotional problems). I LOVED doing that, but my husband and I are now "snowbirds",so I can no longer lead a group since we don't live in the same place year round. I enjoy attending groups wherever we're living, though, and helping those in attendance if I can. I struggled with nervous and emotional problems for 4 long years before being led a church-oriented pilot program of Recovery, Int'l. in the L.D.S. church in 1975. It turned my life around. I was eventually diagnosed with O.C.D. I have also received a lot of help from 12-Step programs and other forms of therapy, such as right-side-of-the-brain therapy, the "light table:, and medication, which I'm not longer taking. I am immensely grateful for all of the help I've been led to through the years, and for where I am in my mental health.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up L.D.S., thanks to my grandmother, who took me and my sister to church after our mother died in a car wreck when I was 4 years old. When in college I prayed to KNOW if God really existed, and I was given a beautiful and strong feeling that He does. I have never doubted His existence since. While going through repentance for a transgression in college, my Bishop told me to read from the Book Mormon daily. I had already read it the previous year while taking a religion class at B.Y.U., but this time it was different. As I read, I felt A PART OF the stories - it was AMAZING to me!! I prayed with all my heart for forgiveness, and met my husband a few months later. He was leaving for his 2-year L.D.S. mission in a few months, and I prayed and fasted to know if I should wait for him. At the airport the day he left, Heavenly Father put the words CLEARLY into my mind, "This is the man you're to marry" over and over into my mind, while giving me the most beautiful love for my future husband that I had ever felt for ANYONE, plus letting me feel God's AMAZING LOVE for ME. He also gave me an understanding that he loves not only ME that much, but EVERYONE WHO HAS EVER WALKED THE FACE OF THE EARTH! It was an indescribably beautiful spiritual experience, and made a deep impression upon my mind. I felt that God must have forgiven me to give me such a beautiful experience. I will always be very grateful for it, because it helped me hang on through some tough times through the years. Years later when I was feeling bad about the mistake I had made, these words came very forcefully into my mind, "Just because you made a mistake doesn't mean you're a bad person - it means you're a GOOD person who made a mistake." I have not had trouble with guilt about that mistake ever since. I KNOW that Heavenly Father lives, that He loves us each with an INDESCRIBABLY BEAUTIFUL LOVE, and that He hears and answers our prayers - though in HIS way and timing.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by fulfilling to the best of my ability my church calling to help the children's choristers in our area. I was a children's chorister in our church myself for about 20 years and LOVED it! I also try to go to the Temple weekly, and I enjoy going Home Teaching each month to the couples my husband and I are assigned to visit. I also very much enjoy getting to know the ladies my Visiting Teaching partner and I are assigned to visit monthly. I receive great joy in attending Recovery, Int'l. meetings whenever I can, and helping those in attendance suffering from nervous and emotional problems.