In this week’s episode, I talked about how we can choose to follow God and choose to have his light in our lives. But I want to stress the realness of metal illness. I went through times in my life when, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t feel that light in my life. I would pray and fast and get blessings and still, things felt pretty dark. It wasn’t until I went to the doctor and got on some medication that I was finally able to feel peace and God’s love again. The clouds lifted. If you are doing the things to bring you closer to God, repenting and searching for his light, especially in the pages of the Book of Mormon and you just can’t feel it, please talk to someone. Please seek medical help. The Lord wants us to be happy. He designed us to be happy. And sometimes, our rotten physical bodies get sick, including our minds and we need help. You aren’t failing if you ask for help. You aren’t failing if you get on medication. You are winning!! God created genius people and medical miracles to help heal us. Trust that! Jeffrey R Holland said, “If things continue to be debilitating, seek the advice of reputable people with certified training, professional skills, and good values. Be honest with them about your history and your struggles. Prayerfully and responsibly consider the counsel they give and the solutions they prescribe. If you had appendicitis, God would expect you to seek a priesthood blessing and get the best medical care available. So too with emotional disorders. Our Father in Heaven expects us to use all of the marvelous gifts He has provided in this glorious dispensation.”
This was an episode of mine where I addressed some mental health issues last year.