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Hi I'm Jay

I'm an adoptee, I have five college degrees, my last being a masters in psychology. Against great odds, I'm an active Mormon.

About Me

I am married to my sweetheart, Melanie, and we have one child, our daughter Jayme. Each of us deal with a mental illness. I survived a difficult childhood, though I had had symptoms since age 11, I didn't seek help until age 24. My adopted family was not interested in the church. How I gained a testimony, under trying conditions, is nothing short of miraculous. Misdiagnosed for years, from schizophrenia to schizoaffective disorder, etc, practitioners settled on depression, SAD (social anxiety disorder) and C-PTSD (Complex post-traumatic stress disorder). In 2007, I found a psychiatrist who specialized in treating PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). He too is Mormon. I was, for a time, diagnosed with DID (dissociaive identity disorder) by my LCSW. Prayerfully, with my wife, I sought out, from our Lord and Savior, which diagnosis was correct. I was told that the diagnosis from my psychiatrist, was the correct one. Thus, I am diagnosed with C-PTSD. I have undergone dozens of ECT (eletrocconvulsive therapy) treatments, over a dozen hospitalizations and been prescribed over 75 psychotropic medications (over the years). In 2003, I recovered enough to go back to school and earn an Associates in medical specialties, Bachelors in health care administration,Bachelors in respiratory therapy (I became registered and worked for a few years as a RT), and a Masters in psychology. Unfortunately, I had a breakdown from which I am yet to fully recover.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a family, being adopted, that while they had all been baptized, were all either agnostic or antagonistic toward the church. Alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, coffee, and tea were readily used and available. For some blessed reason, I had no desire to partake of any of these substances, though I was tempted daily. At age 13 I signed up to take seminary and attended all four years, graduating with my seminary diploma. Though attending church was hit and miss (when I attended it was always by myself), while going to seminary the Holy Ghost touched my heart and caused it to burn with a comforting warmth that said this Gospel is true. Still, I did not have a full testimony of the entire Gospel. While attending college as an 18 year old in Price, UT, I discovered an old chest (reminiscent of that of a pirate) that had been my great-grandmother's. I opened the chest and therein lie a very old pamphlet detailing Joseph Smith' first vision. I was inspired to take it to my dorm room. There I read it from cover to cover and was overwhelmed with a desire to pray to my Heavenly Father, and ask if what I had just read was indeed true. Within moments of beginning my prayer I was inundated with a warmth that enveloped my entire being. I felt that if I had looked toward heaven I would have seen angels and possibly, even the Lord Himself. Though I did not see heavenly beings, there was and is no doubt that I know that the Gospel and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are true. A few months later I turned in my papers to serve a mission and was called to The Netherlands, Amsterdam mission.

How I live my faith

Currently, while battling a physical chronic illness, plus mental illnesses, I haven't a calling, except that of a father and husband, for which I thank the Lord forever. Our daughter will turn eight in a few days and I hope to baptize her. Over the years I have taught classes from 3 year olds to adults.. Teaching is something I love to do and hope to return to a calling that includes this. However, any calling is a privilege to have.