I’m your typical Mormon, I have pioneer ancestry from both sides, I live in Mesa where my great great great grandfather was one of the founders. About 4 years ago, after battling depression and being out to my family as gay, I became suicidal and blamed my religion and even God about it. My parents didn’t know I was in disbelief and still going to church.  My dad sent me to dialectic behavioral therapy where it was then I found the source of my depression was my faith. It was in DBT that I knew where I will go, it didn’t take overnight to get going or arise.  But like the Phoenix, I have risen from the ashes of depression and shame and can say I am happier than ever. My journey of where I will go is a daily one and I am enjoying it as my true authentic self.

Mike Woods in AZ

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Losing my religion wasn’t the end

The Mormon faith has always been a strong influence in my life and upbringing. However at a young age, I chose to become inactive. I was a very confused young adult with a lot of questions. The answer I was given: to pray... which I did but I still felt very unsure...

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