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Identity, creating understanding, covenants, a worldwide Church, faith crises, change in the Church—these are topics Melissa Inouye, a scholar, addresses in an effort to explain how she has “found the fruits of this life (the life of a Latter-day Saint) to be worthwhile—costly, to be sure, but also rich and nourishing, a source of deep joy.”
In October 2018, the four original Osmond brothers—Alan, Jay, Merrill, and Wayne—came together with Marie at an interfaith devotional in Hawaii. This event came in the midst of a series of health crises the Osmond family has experienced this past year, which Marie spoke to People about.
In a religion that so constantly emphasizes “knowing”, being faced with the struggle of even believing can be heart-wrenching. We are told in Luke 22 that when we are converted, we should strengthen others. But sometimes we do a crappy job of that, due to misunderstandings and a lack of compassion. Here are things we need to all keep in mind when trying to help someone going through a faith crisis.
Have you ever needed to see a doctor, but when you call the office no one answers? You hear the automated message that says, “If this is an emergency, please hang up and dial 911.” This doesn’t just happen when we are physically ill. If you are reading this and find yourself in the middle of a great spiritual tailspin—that dark night of the soul, the notorious faith crisis—you may indeed feel like this is an emergency. What you’re experiencing is real and probably terrifying, or at least, at times, anxiety-ridden. It can be disorienting and exhausting, but I want you to know that things will be okay. Trust me, I’m a doctor (it’s true, I’m a literal doctor).
“What we really care about is helping people spiritually, emotionally and physically recover and build their societies back.”
Latter-day Saint singer Marie Osmond is asking for prayers for her newborn granddaughter.
“There’s a pretty key difference between a healthy striving toward trying to become like our Savior, realizing that the only way to do that is to yoke ourselves to Christ through covenants, and thinking that you need to become perfect on your own,” BYU associate psychology professor Scott R. Braithwaite said.
Even though we’ve probably never met, I feel like I know you—and I wish I knew you even better. You are not the first person in my life to face a crisis of faith in recent years. I understand that it can be frightening to find yourself questioning a faith you have accepted and embraced. Let me reassure you that there is nothing wrong with having serious questions about your faith. I say that, in part, because I am a questioner, too.
“Dear LDS Senior couples – where are you?! We Need You!!”
Hugh B. Brown served as an apostle, and later, as a member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Before that, he worked for a short time as a professor of religion at Brigham Young University. While there, he received a letter from a close friend who was experiencing what is now commonly called a “crisis of faith.” The advice he gave nearly seventy years ago has never been published, but is still pertinent to us today as we all struggle to “keep the faith.”