amykeim Posted June 19, 2019 Report Share Posted June 19, 2019 (edited) 2 hours ago, Anddenex said: Two points: 1) We are not completely separated from "Babylon" on our mission. I know missionaries who embraced "Babylon" even on their mission. 2) Anxiety isn't a brain disorder. Let's review scriptures from the Book of Mormon: Jacob 2:3, "but I this day am weighed down with much more desire and anxiety for the awelfare of your souls than" (emphasis mine) Jacob 4:18, "I will unfold this mystery unto you; if I do not, by any means, get shaken from my firmness in the Spirit, and stumble because of my over anxiety for you." (emphasis mine) To some degree the majority of the population experiences "anxiety." Even our prophets of old recognized how "anxiety" is able to increase our desires, and our "over anxiety" can cause us to fear more than we should, and I find Jacob's words enlightening that over anxiety can cause us to stumble and be shaken from a firmness in the Spirit. (obviously, Jacob probably used a different word than anxiety, but that is how the Lord translated the word used by Jacob) As one who struggled with anxiety, it took me four years to overcome a specific over anxiety I faced. There is an aspect in my life where I have to watch my levels, and I haven't yet found/discovered the root of this anxiety. Anxiety doesn't "need" to be treated; however, if a person feels therapy or medicine will help that is a personal choice. Line upon line, precept upon precept, over four years (two of those on my mission) the Lord showed me the catalyst to my over anxiety and through the atonement helped me to overcome. Anxiety in and of itself is not bad (not a brain disorder), over anxiety is what we have to watch for in ourselves. Have you read “Like a Broken Vessel”? Not everyone has clinical anxiety and depression, but some — like Elisha — actually have chemical imbalances that cannot just be fixed by sheer willpower. And anxiety IS classified as a disorder, especially depending on what type of anxiety you have — there are panic disorders, generalized anxiety disorders, etc. Also, Elisha is a beautiful, wonderful person, and it makes me sad that instead of sympathizing with the struggles she faces and applauding her for turning to God in her moments of darkness, people want to focus on how her struggles with anxiety may stem from her own poor choices regarding what music she listens to or television she watches. Of course what we watch, listen to, and allow into our homes and lives affects us — but I think the things the author mentions aren’t worthy of the condemnation people on this post have issued and I think it’s a huge stretch to say that they are the root of her anxiety. Edited June 19, 2019 by amykeim carlimac 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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