This is a vulnerable post for me, so please be nice.
I am grateful for second chances. That you can change what you want to be when you grow up.
I started drinking alcohol when I was 12. I overdosed from alcohol at 14 and almost died. I started smoking marijuana at 15. At 20, I started cocaine and meth (we called it crank), along with a variety of different drugs with different nicknames. Once, I was sitting around with a bunch of “bikers” and one of them said “We are free! We don’t follow laws! We live by our own rules!” I never felt so trapped and lost. I did meth every single day for six months, which almost destroyed my marriage. I quit cold turkey and never looked back.
So, if you ever wonder why I jumped at becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please reread the above paragraph. I feel like God personally plucked me out of a bad situation, and I thank Him every single day.
I am thankful for peace and comfort and the knowledge that our Savior understands us personally and never holds a grudge. It’s been about 7 years now that my dad said to me, “You must not be real smart and must be uneducated to be a member of the ‘Mormon’ church.” I respectfully said to him, “Would you rather have me doing drugs, drinking until I pass out, and having little to no morals?”
I ended with, “Thanks, but I am good staying just where I am.”
What a beautiful testimony of the power of the Savior–truly saving one of his valuable children! Thanks so much for sharing. I grew up in the church but am so thankful for the grace of second chances (actually infinite chances to repent). We are truly blessed.
Thank you for sharing. You are not alone. Others have traveled similar paths. The gospel of Jesus Christ is everything. Jesus SAVES! Again and again.
You are loved!! <3