My husband and I have been married now almost 26 years. We have known each other for 29. I know, it’s incredibly hard to believe, we both still look like we’re 20.
I adore him to no end. He is one of the most Christlike people that I have ever met. He is willing to do anything and everything for anyone. He works extremely hard at being a great husband, father, provider, priesthood holder, friend, example, and always continues to work on building his relationship with his Father in Heaven and his older brother Jesus Christ. Without his knowledge of the gospel, without knowing his older brother and what He has done for each one of us and how to turn to them, I’m pretty sure this amazing man that I know and love so deeply would’ve given up years ago.
Although I myself have never struggled with mental illness, personally I have watched someone whom I love so deeply suffer time and time again. I have watched him day in and day out drop to his knees, pour out his heart, turn his will to our Heavenly Father and Savior and let them guide him. It was a beautiful thing to watch my husband's transformation from when he hit his very low to where he is now. The relationship he shares with his older brother and how he continues to reach for Him when he starts to sink again gives me peace and hope.
I too experienced a lot of fear and a sadness as we went through those darker years together. I am grateful for the relationship that I too have with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. They are always with me and were with me through the ups and downs. They helped hold me up and give me the strength to keep going, to be the rock my husband needed and to support him. To see my husband for more than he is here upon this earth. To have a small little glimpse as to the amazing spirit he was before coming to earth and who he will be in the hereafter. It was something so sacred and special shared with me during this time. And although we have come very far, it is a daily battle we continue to face each and every day. But with the knowledge we know we won’t be fighting alone.
I’m so grateful for the knowledge I have of this Gospel and of my Heavenly Father and Savior. The comfort and peace that this brings me is like no other. I could not do this life without it. I know this to be true from personal experience time and time again. I feel it in my whole soul. Although things may seem extremely dark at times and you cannot see even the next step in front of you, please have Faith. Keep moving, take that next step. He will guide you and never let you fall.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ amen,
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