Many thanks to Teagan for sharing her testimony with us all today. Her testimony and willingness to share it are beautiful and inspiring!
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I’m not one to bear my testimony on a daily basis, due to social anxiety, but I know that someone, somewhere needs to hear what I have to share. Now, let me start off by saying that these past three years have been some of the darkest moments of my life. Three years ago, I ran away from home, to start a life with my then boyfriend and I completely went away from the Church and it’s teachings. During these last few years, I was trapped in a neverending battle between mentally dealing with anxiety and depression, and physically facing a war with various sins. I wanted nothing to do with the Church and it’s teachings that I had grown up with. This led to me leaving multiple jobs, hating myself and who I was, and abandoning my family who loved me unconditionally even though they knew I was making all the wrong decisions. I was so far from my loving Heavenly Father that I became angry, bitter, and depressed. I was at the lowest point of my life thus far. About a month ago, this all changed. I broke up with my boyfriend, stayed dedicated to the job that I’ve had since January, and started getting back into the Church and it’s teachings. Even though, I was heartbroken and suffering mentally from the breakup, I knew that Heavenly Father wanted this path for me. He wanted all of this to happen. By giving me my agency and allowing me to make the wrong choices, I have come to know my Father in Heaven, in ways that I never imagined that I could. I gained a deeper love and respect for the commandments set in place, not to restrict us, but to protect us from the dangers that are running rampant today.
I know that even at our darkest moments, where we feel like no one knows what we’re struggling with, our loving Heavenly Father knows the true intent of our heart. He knows what we face on a day to day basis, He knows what Satan has laid out to snare us, He knows what we’re destined to do in this life and in the eternities. And no matter what, our Father in Heaven will always be there waiting for us to come running home to him. Arms outstretched, tears in his eyes, and a heart full of unconditional love for each and every one of us.
I know that this is true. I’ve experienced it personally. I can testify that I have felt the love that my Father in Heaven has for each and every one of us. Even in our brokenness, He can make us whole, cleansed in the power of the Atonement.