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Hi I'm Faith

18. Small town. Affinity for knitting and baby animals. Psyche splits rent with depression. Mormon.

About Me

High school student. Loves poetry, dimples, and things that smell like raspberries. Fan of Charles Bukowski, Calvin Coolidge, and Peter Pan. Dislikes mushrooms, the color orange, and being cold. I'm a youngest child, currently prepping to serve a mission, then head off to school. Interests include reading, psychology, flying kites, and manatees. I love learning about anything and everything. I have lived with depression and anxiety disorders from a young age. It's been a long, hard road that has brought me closer to my Heavenly Father than anything else could have. I am proud to share my story so that others can have the comfort I do. I love the gospel and I am grateful for its influence in shaping who me into who I am: a happy, healthy, confident chick.

Why I am a Mormon

Raised Mormon, I spent a lot of time resenting church; I didn't think of myself as religious. But then I went through the most challenging period of my life: diagnosed with depression and anxiety, I was eventually hospitalized. I had never felt so completely alone and was angry with God; I often doubted if he was even there. At fifteen I went to a church summer camp, sullen and hesitant, but had to make the best of it. I sincerely searched for inspiration for the first time. There I read Mat. 11:28-30 for the thousandth time. "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me[...] and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Oh, was I heavy laden and I so needed rest. Finally I really began to seek to understand. When Christ gave the Atonement, He felt each sin and pain and suffering of each soul ever created. He didn't just know what it was like to be depressed, He knew precisely what I felt when I heard the door lock behind my mother as she left me in the hospital. Finally, someone truly understood me and loved me all the same. Finally, I didn't feel so heartachingly alone. Finally, I didn't need to question how it was possible that a man could take upon him the sins of the world, I had the faith this was the truth. Finally, I felt the love the church had tried to share with me my whole life. It was a chain reaction. If it was true that Jesus atoned for us, that must mean there really is a God who loves me. If there is a God who loves me, that must mean He would want me to have the fullness of His gospel. If I found the fullness of the gospel through this church, that must mean Joseph Smith really was a prophet. "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." (John 8:12) Without the light of Christ, I can't say that I would have my life today.

How I live my faith

I am a member of a local youth committee that plans activities like dances and youth camps for teenagers 12-18 in my area. I have led in my local program for teenage girls and work with the children's program whenever I can.