A Husbands Testimony
Last night I went to an earnest, heartfelt fireside with speaker Josie Thompson. Before Josie came up to speak her husband spoke a bit about what they have dealt with. He mentioned that we live in an imperfect world with real, difficult adversities we must endure. He said,"What's temporal? Money, degree, your home, car...but family is what lasts. You can go without the other things, but without family, everything else falls apart. It's upon that foundation of God and family that we should build our lives." He added,"I told Josie I loved her and asked her to marry me. Josie knew I would be marrying her darkness. I said to her 'I will go to hell and back if it means being with a perfect Josie for eternity.' I'm going to school full time and working almost full time, there are still difficult days we face."
Following Brighton Soloman's remarks, Josie's came up to speak. Josie spoke of the overwhelming struggles faces in her day to day life. Never once did Josie pretend or make it appear that her struggles were ever easy. It was not long before my eyes began to water. She spoke of living away from family and her traveling a bit around the U.S. living with strangers. Josie was provocative in informing the audience of her exasperating battle with mental health. "There were mornings I had trouble just getting out of bed. I would just lay there and not move," she says. She goes on,"I left home. One day my mom advised me to stay gone. I was living life and although my struggles were still there, I was getting out of bed."
I usually avoid going in depth of my own personal story and I will not go into much detail now. However, I will say that I understand and have family members with similar stories. I have dealt with storms which consisted of strenuous, infuriating, and almost impossible days. The Gospel makes it possible for all of us to more fully face our struggles with Gods help. In Joshua 1:5 we read of Gods promise to us,"There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." I humbly hope and pray that you find comfort in knowing that pain ends. One day the pains and adversities we face will go away. We will be perfected. Peace will then fill our souls as we live life eternally.