I believe deeply in the concept of our bodies being temples and, thus, that we need to take care of them in every way possible. I recognize that I have not followed this counsel well at certain times in my life, since I have been overweight for extended periods of time since graduating from college many years ago, but I do believe in it.
As evidenced by the number of posts I've written here about various mental and emotional issues, I believe just as deeply that treating our bodies as temples includes taking care of chemical imbalances, which means, in many cases, for
people with depression and other similar issues, using proper medication
- even as medication might not be needed for others or needed long-term.
Some people still attribute mental and emotional issues to evil spirits. I can agree that there might be evil spirits at work in some cases
and not have a problem with suggestions for prayer and Priesthood
blessings - but only as long as the type of comprehensive, balanced approach being
advocated by phrases like "taking care of your body" includes
professional counseling, medication, diet, etc. in an attempt to
pinpoint exactly what the issues are for each individual.
any approach discourages trying counseling, medication, diet, etc. and
focuses exclusively on "spiritual causes", I reject it without
For that reason, I was ecstatic to hear Elder Holland speak in General Conference so directly and clearly about depression and the need to do more than just try harder or just exercise more faith. God bless him for addressing such a common ailment in the way that he did.
Here in my waiting place
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