Seth Adam Smith Tells of His Recovery from Attempted Suicide

This comes from SethAdamSmith.com, a blog that started with a suicide attempt in 2006:

I’m Editor-in-Chief of ForwardWalking.com, a website dedicated to helping people move forward in life.  Throughout my life, I have struggled with depression, culminating in a suicide attempt in 2006. Since working as a TrailWalker at the ANASAZI Foundation, I have come to know the healing power of walking “the path of WE,” that is, reaching out to others. Truly, walking “the path of WE” is what saved my life—and what has made life worth living.

About Seth

My name is Seth Adam Smith. I was born in Alaska and raised in the American West. My travels have taken me all over the world—from the Arizona desert to the Siberian wilderness—only to lead me back home, to marry Kim, the girl of my dreams.

Strangely enough, you might already know me as a direct result of my marriage to Kim. In November 2013, I wrote an article called “Marriage Isn’t For You.” It was a simple blogpost that shared some advice my dad had given me prior to getting engaged to Kim. 30 million views (and dozens of translations later), Kim and I are still shocked (and humbled) by it’s world-wide success.

That article has launched my literary career. Now I’m on a “literal” odyssey to publish and market three books—this year. Two of my books have already been accepted for publication (one through Berrett-Koehler Publishers, and another throughShadow Mountain Publishing). Authoring a book is something that I’ve wanted to do since I was ten, so the fact that it’s all happening is almost unbelievable. But I’m just a lover of literature and I’m constantly amazed by the power of words and the ability they have to shape and heal our souls.

As part of that, I created TheAlaskanMuse.com to share “the Northern Lights of Literature.” I also love being able to tell stories through video. Since 2004, I’ve produced hundreds of videos and articles for businesses, non-profits, artists, and political causes.

Meg Johnson | Paralyzed and Powerful

Meg Johnson is a motivational speaker, author, artist, teacher, non-profit founder, and extreme tuna fish eater. She always wanted to be a motivational speaker but after taking a few courses in college she dropped out because she simply “wasn’t passionate enough about anything” to speak about it. Her blog is called MegJohnsonSpeaks.com. – This video posted by Seth Adam Smith.

Fast forward a few years, Meg found herself at the bottom of a 40 foot cliff in St. George, Utah after jumping for what seemed to be a boulder right in front of her (in subsequent returns to this area, Meg wonders how she could have ever mistaken this rugged area for anything but what it actually looked like). Meg broke her femurs, arms, collar bone, and neck in the landing. The arms and legs healed, but Meg’s broken neck rendered her a C-7 quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down and without the use of her hands. Though Meg lost most of her abilities, she found her passion as she struggles to keep moving forward despite her inability to walk. Meg now speaks on her motto, which, she says, is applicable for people of all abilities: When life gets too hard to stand, just keep on rollin’!

Without the use of her legs, back, stomach, or hands, Meg refuses to sit still. She started out her time in a wheelchair by playing rugby with the Utah Scorpions. After realizing that sports aren’t really her thing, Meg craved something more feminine, which, she says, “isn’t really a part of the wheelchair world.” But when Meg found out about the national Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant, she jumped at the opportunity. “I never did pageants before I was paralyzed,” she says. “But I just wanted something – anything – girly.” Utah didn’t have a Ms. Wheelchair program so Meg competed as an independent delegate at Nationals in New York – 16 months after breaking her neck. She won the “Spirit Award.”

After returning home from Ms. Wheelchair America, Meg and her boyfriend (now her husband) founded Ms. Wheelchair Utah. With many contestants and an audience exceeding 1300. This state pageant has grown to include three age groups and has become one of the largest in the nation.

Meet Meg

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Meg finished her college degree at Weber State University in Communications and minored in English. She met her husband in college before she was paralyzed and he visited her while she was in the hospital. They were married four years later on February 29th in the Salt Lake Temple. Meg’s husband, Whit, is a finance analyst for Weber State University by day and a half-time performer by night. They enjoy doing business and home projects together and riding bikes (well, Meg rides her hand-cycle and Whit rides his unicycle. Together, they have four wheels and many strange looks). They have one daughter, Zula Mae, who was born in 2013.

By word of mouth, Meg’s popularity as a motivational speaker has grown and during the “busy season” (March – June) she averages 12-14 speeches each month. This website is a relatively recent addition and it allows people across the globe become inspired by Meg’s newsletter, Meg’s Monthly Message, her videos, and her blog. Read about Meg in the news.

Sistas in Zion | Hilarity Never Faileth

Are Mormons funny? (from the blog www.SistasInZion.com)

Oh, Heavens Yes! This is all about our point of view on all things MORMON. We’re just two Sistas with testimones in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We love to laugh and we think Mormons are hilarious, if we do say so ourselves. We don’t always agree with one another, but we always “Love One Another.” We are truly blessed to have one another as sisters, friends and SISTAS IN ZION.

Sista Beehive and Sista Laurel are Multimedia Personalties and founders of Sistas in Zion. They started their blog in 2009 as a way to keep in contact when they were no longer living in the same state. Being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the ladies decided to write on matters of faith. Their hope was to create a place where their friends and family of all faiths could openly converse and also share humorous aspects of Mormon culture. The plan to keep the convo between family and friends was instantly obliterated as people started to share their posts, now these women are a major part of the faith-based scene. Their media entity Sistas in Zion, has grown into much more than a blog, they now co-host Sistas in Zion Radio, speak to live audiences and have authored their first book due out April 2014.

What Not to say to General Authorities

Kickin It!

1. Do not grab their hand, place it on your heart (bosom) and “say bless my heart!” ‘Cause that’s real inappropriate and the wives don’t appreciate it either!

2. Don’t confess your childhood (or any other) sins to them. Unless that is the reason you’ve been summoned to meet with them. If that is the case “bless your heart!”

3. Don’t tell them that you did your genealogy and found their great grandparent on your family tree! Then immediately start referring to them as “Cuz!” Unless they say it first, this, of course would be really shocking!

4. Don’t confess to nothing that doesn’t involve you! Meaning don’t confess anyone else’s sin(s) (Yes, we did need to tell y’all that!!).

5. Don’t expect them to give you a life time layout of which choices will best suit you in life. “Who should I marry? What is the best career choice for me? Should I buy this house or that one?”

6. Asking an apostle to tell you something spiritual can only result in said apostle calling you to repentance… So, don’t ask and they certainly won’t tell!

7. Don’t ask “‘why Brother X got called to be the Stake President instead of Brother XYZ? ‘Cause Brother X isn’t even that spiritual.”

8. You may or may not know this but the LDS church doesn’t have a suggestion box. So, when someone is called into a position you can be upset, you can talk to the Bishop or Stake president, you can even oppose the call, you can do all that! What you shouldn’t do is tell any of the church leaders that they should call Sista Jones to be the next Relief Society President ’cause she is the best dressed person in the stake! ‘Cause your testimony will/shall stand as a testimony against her! Just saying…

9. Rapidly blinking your eyes to try to prevent G.As from piercing into the windows of your soul doesn’t work. Don’t ask us how we know, we just know!

10. Asking “Can you “autograph” my temple recommend?” Will only result in you getting your temple recommend confiscated, with the quickness!

11. Saying “when I found out that you were Sara’s grandfather I was so shocked! Because she don’t EVEN act like she is related to a General Authority! May result in one or two General Authorities acting real unchristian toward you. You can’t just be talkin ’bout folks grand-babies… Even if it is true!

13.  Don’t say to “Elder X, I LOVE your talks so much! Your so much better then Elder XYZ, he really bores err’body to death!”

14.  What not to say to them or their wives: “Hey Elder X, I think your pretty awesome! Will you tell Elder Urcthdorf that I think he’s foxy!” Don’t even try it, ’cause Sista Harriet don’t look like she plays that!!

15.  The single saintly Brotha’s get so tired of hearing  “Sorry your wife passed away, do you want to meet my grandma”? That ain’t cute! And, chances are they already know your grandma…

16. Saying to Elder X  “Your last conference talk wasn’t really my favorite!” (while making “sour face”) Could result in you being the topic of  a future conference talk!

17. It’s not really a compliment to tell anyone especially a GA, “seeing you in person, ummm, you look so regular! Wow! Um! You look much more spiritual on television.”

18.  Don’t ever ask them or anyone else for that matter “Do you really keep ALL the commandments?”

19.  When you say things to GAs like “So, most of the stories in the bible are metaphors right? You don’t really believe Moses parted the Red Sea, do you?”  Alerts them to the fact that you prolly dropped out of seminary, don’t attend anybody’s Christian God fearing church. And, that you and the Holy Spirit ain’t really all that tight.

20. You do not want to be the reason the Sista’s are up in arms! The wives (one wife for one man, we know we got some non-LDS folks joining us from time to time, just clarifying) of the Apostals are not only spiritual, they are savvy. They don’t need nobody stirring the pot! You might be tempted to say, “Sista X, do you have to follow him around wherever he goes? What do you do to keep yourself entertained?Don’t you get tired of ALL this??!?” When in reality the only thing you need to say is “Girl, I love those shoes, they look REAL comfortable! I hope Elder X realizes what a wonderful wife he has!” Like we said they are smart and savvy, the wives of General Authorities are readers, they can even read between the lines well enough to know that you know when they are bored and tired….

What do y’all got? What would you like to add to the list?

**This post is LOVINGLY dedicated to those  of you who are inspired to lead us. It was/is our sincere desire to get you take a break from whatever might be causing you stress at this time and enjoy the rainbow called life.**

Still Mad, Still Black, & Still Mormon!

Sista Beehive & Sista Laurel

About Us

http://sistasinzion.com/about-us

DIARY OF TWO MAD BLACK MORMONS authors, Tamu Smith and Zandra Vranes, discuss their new book and a few personal stories that helped inspire it.

Do Not Despair: Missionary Work Gets Easier

President Ezra Taft Benson gave a talk when he was an apostle when he said: “of all people, we as Latter-day Saints should be the most optimistic and the least pessimistic. For while we know that “peace shall be taken from the earth, and the devil shall have power over his own dominion,” we are also assured that “the Lord shall have power over his saints, and shall reign in their midst.” (D&C 1:35–36.)”

President Ezra Taft Benson gave a talk when he was an apostle when he said: “of all people, we as Latter-day Saints should be the most optimistic and the least pessimistic.

President Ezra Taft Benson gave a talk when he was an apostle when he said: “of all people, we as Latter-day Saints should be the most optimistic and the least pessimistic.

 

He counseled us. “With the assurance that the Church shall remain intact with God directing it through the troubled times ahead, it then becomes our individual responsibility to see that each of us remains faithful to the Church and its teachings. “He that remaineth steadfast and is not overcome, the same shall be saved.” (JS—M 1:11.) To help us from being overcome by the devil’s designs of despair, discouragement, depression, and despondency, the Lord has provided at least a dozen ways which, if followed, will lift our spirits and send us on our way rejoicing.”

The dozen ways are:

  1. Repentance. Open our mouths and they shall be filled.
  2. Prayer. Pray always, that you may come off conqueror.
  3. Service. To lose yourself in righteous service will get your mind off personal problems.
  4. Work. God has a work to do and so should we.
  5. Health. The condition of the physical body can affect the spirit.
  6. Reading. Many a man in his hour of trial has turned to the Book of Mormon.
  7. Blessing. Even Joseph Smith sought and received a blessing under the hands of Brigham Young.
  8. Fasting. A certain kind of devil goes not out except by fasting and prayer.
  9. Friends. The fellowship of true friends is priceless.
  10. Music. Inspiring music may fill the soul with heavenly thoughts.
  11. Endurance. The Prophet said I should never get discouraged reported George A. Smith.
  12. Goals. A man who is pressing forward to accomplish worthy goals can soon put despondency under his feet.

What Percentage of US Are Latter-Day Saints?

 

Source: http://religions.pewforum.org/reports

An extensive new survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life details statistics on religion in America and explores the shifts taking place in the U.S. religious landscape. Based on interviews with more than 35,000 Americans age 18 and older, the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey finds that religious affiliation in the U.S. is both very diverse and extremely fluid.

Although there are about half as many Catholics in the U.S. as Protestants, the number of Catholics nearly rivals the number of members of evangelical Protestant churches and far exceeds the number of members of both mainline Protestant churches and historically black Protestant churches. The U.S. also includes a significant number of members of the third major branch of global Christianity – Orthodoxy – whose adherents now account for 0.6% of the U.S. adult population. American Christianity also includes sizeable numbers of Mormons (1.7% of the adult population), Jehovah’s Witnesses (0.7%) and other Christian groups (0.3%).

  • Among people who are married, nearly four-in-ten (37%) are married to a spouse with a different religious affiliation. (This figure includes Protestants who are married to another Protestant from a different denominational family, such as a Baptist who is married to a Methodist.) Hindus and Mormons are the most likely to be married (78% and 71%, respectively) and to be married to someone of the same religion (90% and 83%, respectively).
  • Mormons and Muslims are the groups with the largest families; more than one-in-five Mormon adults and 15% of Muslim adults in the U.S. have three or more children living at home.