Many of you know of the struggle I've had with mental illness over the last 10 years. I feel great right now, and my postpartum anxiety is finally at bay so I feel like I can share this with a perspective of looking into the glass instead of being on the other side of it trying to get out. During my bouts of depression saying prayers was one of the hardest things for me to do. I didn't pray as much because I felt unworthy to pray. I felt that I was too worthless and not good enough to pray. This is so untrue, I know this now but in the middle of it no matter how many times I tried to tell my self that was untrue I never grasped that concept. Reading scriptures and conference talks was what helped me the most. I felt they gave me the strength that I needed to keep going and it also gave me a testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ and how he can help me with my struggles.
I had a list of go to scriptures that would help me the most, as well as stories of prophets and apostles who also struggled with mental illness. Did you know these stories exist? They do and I hope this list will help some of you. Remember that "the worth of souls is great in the sight of God" (Doctrine & Covenants 18:10) , and you are worth it, I promise!!
Psalms 40: 1-3
Jeremiah 17: 7-8
Matthew 26: 37-38 (one of my favorites. It talks about when Christ was going into the garden of Gethsemane and how his soul felt. This one helped me the most realize that even our Savior has felt these feelings)
1 Corinthians 15:19
2 Corinthians 1: 3-4
Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ
2 Nephi 4
Alma 36: 1-24
Doctrine & Covenants
Section 121: 1-9
General Conference Talks
April 2009: None were with Him Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Oct 2009: Hold on Ann M. Dibb
Oct 2013: Like a Broken Vessel Elder Jeffrey R. Holland