Church News: President Oaks, Sister Oaks speak on anxiety, stress and gospel peace at BYU-Hawaii

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  • rlsintx Saratoga Springs, UT
    June 16, 2019 7:44 p.m.

    Too many messages too early.
    Shut down the extraneous, focus on building a solid core as a person.
    It's too easy to compare to millions, when really just your close circle needs to be who you care for most of all.

  • Johnny Triumph Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2019 11:54 a.m.

    @more - I think it's all factors of life. Where previous generations have had only a single or a few sources of negativity and comparison we're today bombarded with it. It's time we get our kids to disconnect, play outside, have a small yet functional group of friends with a loving, caring, and supportive family and local community (neighbors, church, etc) around them.

    While I'm not trained at all to help with anxiety issues I can certainly be those things to the youth around me. We all can play a part in emotional health.

  • estreetshuffle Window Rock, AZ
    June 13, 2019 8:43 a.m.

    I read a book recently that showed through research that other countries have more hardships than the United States but less stress and anxiety. In contrast, the United States has fewer hardships but more stress and anxiety. We turn on the TV and somehow those dang Kardashians seem to monopolize the screen with their seemingly faux or faux pas lifestyle. That young probably has someone else taking care of her baby while she runs around have naked on the screen. This and others on social media our own "young ones" compare too. The value of hard work is out of style.

  • sgallen Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2019 5:23 p.m.

    God doesn’t want us to be perfect, or seek meaning through external sources, he wants us to connect with him personally. Anxiety and depression can be a prelude to finding your inner source of strength. Hopefully we’re witnessing an awakening of our culture.

  • Justin M Roseville, CA
    June 12, 2019 5:05 p.m.

    @moresureword: You've selected a number of boundaries that support the conclusion you want to support regarding the source of stress, but consider these limitations that are asked of us within the LDS religion, and whether or not there is additional stress by NOT following them:
    - Chastity outside of marriage, complete fidelity within the bounds of marriage
    - avoid unnecessary debt
    - gain an education (and continue learning)
    - Alma 7:11 regarding letting the Lord take on our ills or suffering
    - loving one another and serving them
    - obeying the laws of the land
    - have marketable skills
    - keep a well stocked food supply, and savings for emergencies

    So, here's some of MY thoughts on why there's so much stress:
    - Incessant news media continuously highlighting bad news,
    - endless spectrum of opinion stated as fact, leaving people without an anchor of honest facts,
    - the lack of decorum in discussing topics of importance, resulting in balkanization or splintering of social groups
    - the presentation of unrealistic images and lifestyles which are unattainable.
    - fracturing of families and lack of parental skills
    - reliance upon schools/institutions to teach questionable values

  • Orson Woods Cross, UT
    June 12, 2019 2:16 p.m.

    moresure,
    Well, anything is possible, but you got the gist of Pres. Oaks teachings backward--that religion, or the plan of salvation, can help resolve and heal these issues.

    But disciples of Christ have to endure persecution and opposition, which is a cause of stress and anxiety.

    And take your example to its conclusion: the contests among the religious parties of the day caused him great confusion, perhaps even anxiety. So he read his bible, followed its counsel, prayed, and then had one of the greatest experiences any man has ever had, seeing a vision of God the Father and Jesus the Son and conversing with them.

    Seems like a pretty sweet result to me.

    Then he had more anxiety keeping neighbors from stealing the gold plates he was translating. Then more trying to get the translated book published; then more starting a church, building temples, etc.

    Seems like a life free of that isn't in the cards for disciples of Christ.