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Hi I'm Maggie

I've suffered from depression and anxiety since I was 14. I'm a writer and college student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was 14 years old, I started losing interest in the things I'd loved. I lost interest in going to church, reading my scriptures, attending seminary, all of it. I felt so alone. My dad had been out of work for nearly 5 years, was going blind from a degenerative disease of his corneas, and my mom had to work constantly to support our family. I was being bullied at school. I couldn't fathom why Heavenly Father would do all this to me and my family. What had I done wrong? I couldn't figure it out. Eventually, I developed a dependency on self harm, which eventually turned into thoughts of suicide. The whole time, I was struggling to understand why Heavenly Father would let this happen to me. I began to lose my testimony. After my 3rd suicide attempt, my parents discovered my problems and had me begin counseling with an LDS therapist. She understood my feelings. Between the counseling, many priesthood blessings, and frequent visits with my dad and bishop, I began to recover. I was 15 then. Now, as an 18 year old, I am happy to say that my testimony of my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and their love for me has returned, stronger than ever. Looking back at my trials now, I see why I had to go through them. Without those experiences, I would have never been able to feel my Father's love for me as strong as I do now. I would have never formed as strong of a bond with my parents as the one I have. Those experiences shaped me as a person and as a member of the Church.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because this gospel gives me peace. I know that no matter what may happen on this Earth, that no matter what failings this imperfect body and imperfect mind may have, that once I return to His presence I will be healed and perfected in His love. Gaining that understanding was one of the most defining moments of my life. My Heavenly Father loves me. Jesus Christ loves me. They know me, they know my thoughts and feelings, and they want me to be healed. I know that through my faith in them I will gain all of that and more. As the Lord Jesus Christ said in Matthew 11:28-29, "28. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." I know this to be true. I have had the chance to humble myself before Him and He has given me peace and blessings beyond what I could ever ask for. This gospel is a gospel of love and hope, of repentance and joy! I'm so grateful for the chances I've had to grow and learn more about my Savior and my Heavenly Father. I've been so blessed by having the gospel in my life. I love this church, I love this gospel, and I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to set an example for others. Living in Salt Lake City means that 99% of the people I meet already know, have met, and/or have a preconceived notion of LDS people. I do my best to be a good example of my faith by showing people that LDS people come from every situation. We have the same struggles and hardships as everyone else. I always make it a point to smile, be friendly, and treat the people I meet as well and as respectfully as I would treat any member of the Church, no matter how this person may appear or live their life. It is my sound belief that no matter what a person may be doing in their life or what they may appear to be doing, it is never my place to pass judgement on them. I treat them with respect and courtesy. I allow them to make their decisions and I make my own. For me, unless what you do is going to directly affect my eternal salvation, it's between you and the Lord, and no one else. I accept people as they are and offer my opinion and advice when it's asked for, never at any other time.