Drugs and Suicide

Drugs & Suicide
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One of the most common things I’ve seen in my career is drugs and suicide. They are also two of the most common things I’ve experienced in my life that have interrupted happiness.
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I’ve lost my friends and family members to the two categories. Many times, I’ve asked myself what I could have done to prevent it, and I’ve beat myself up for years.
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I still don’t have a best answer for myself or anyone who many have experienced the passing of a loved one due to either of these.
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It doesn’t get easier, either. You just learn how to manage it better.
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One thing I have learned, everyone is going to battle their demons. Sometimes, we hide them so well that no one but God will ever know.
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A second thing I have learned, we can all reach out to someone and offer assistance or just an ear to listen.
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A third thing I have learned, I am not in control of my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. I don’t make their decisions, and I don’t need to know exactly why they allow overdose, suicide, murder, sexual abuse, pandemics.
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Now, here is the best thing I have learned, and I’m still learning. I will learn how to manage these interrupted times of happiness. As I align my will towards the Lord’s, I’ll have a better understanding of these things.
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It’s not my will but His. Nothing I do is my will. The quicker we can learn that, the easier it will be to manage devastating moments.
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That’s what I love about the Gospel and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have hope! The plan of salvation is the plan of eternal happiness. We have the opportunity to live again with our loved ones.
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It brings me great comfort, knowing this life isn’t the end. We need to hear Him! As we do, we will manage better and our faith in Christ will increase. We will gain testimonies of our own and know he broke the eternal bands of death and rose again! We will, too. He has shown us the way.
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Art by Annie Nader

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