• Quote of the Day

    “Surely the reason Christ said, ‘Father, forgive them,’ was because even in that terrible hour He knew that this was the message He had come through all eternity to deliver.”
    —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

I Almost Lost My Sister

Whether directly or indirectly, most people’s lives have been affected by someone who has suffered from some form of depression. And when someone close to you goes so far as to attempt suicide, your feelings and thoughts can range from confused to angry to guilty.

This month’s New Era includes a story called “I Almost Lost My Sister,” which, as the title suggests, was written by a young woman whose sister tried to kill herself. This young woman’s description of her reaction to her sister’s desperate act is poignant because it is so accurate and human.

This story has no miraculous ending, though it is a happy one, of sorts. And the lesson the author learns is no less impressive than a miracle: to cherish our family relationships and to “fight to keep the relationships strong.”

I’m glad to have these sorts of personal narratives in addition to the more general, clinical, or principle-based articles on subjects such as this.