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mailbagI received a comment on our other site @ Life After I thought was worthy of highlighting.  What was telling about this note is the ‘assumption’ I’ve not done my homework. The article he took umbrage with is listed first and then his note.  John’s note is in black font. My response to him is in red;

 

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UtahBefore we begin here let me preface this article with an appeal to those who are reading this and are contemplating suicide.  I’m begging and pleading with you to stop and just for a moment imagine your life without pain.

There is help for you through very compassionate people who are waiting for you to reach out to them so they can help. If you’re in need of someone to help you it’s only a phone call away so PLEASE do this for yourself!

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

Deaf Hotline:

1-800-799-4TTY (4889)

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UtahMy heart sank earlier this week as I read the latest news from one of Utah’s papers reporting on the number of suicides in Utah this year.

Every other year I publish a report on the vital stats of Utah with suicide being the main focus.  While I always have to make amendments on the final numbers that come in from the health department I was taken aback at their final tally this last time.

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2010 Suicide in Utah:

“About One per Day”

Every couple of years I write an article on the basic vital stats of Utah with the main focus being the high suicide rate that seem to plague the Intermountain West.

http://lifeafterministry.com/2011/03/25/suicide-in-utah-2010

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Perfection is a Command

Ensign, November 2009, pg. 33; The Lord does not expect that we do what we cannot achieve. The command to become perfect, as He is, encourages us to achieve the best of ourselves, to discover and develop the talents and attributes with which we are blessed by a loving Eternal Father, who invites us to realize our potential as children of God. He knows us; He knows of our capacities and our limitations. The invitation and challenge to become perfect, to achieve eternal life is for all mankind.” – Jorge F. Zeballos

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Utah’s Dark Reality Just Keeps Getting Darker

2010 Utah Suicide Report

 Mark 12:29-34; “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

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2008 Vital Report

 Utah’s Legacy

 Before I sent this off to be published I wanted to add a few words, especially for the members of the LDS Church.

You know, as we live this life on earth we learn and grow while encountering things we never thought of before.  Years ago I went about making sure that I brought children into this world because I was convinced it’d get me into heaven.  Now of course I’ve learned this doctrine isn’t true, but more importantly there was one other thing I didn’t think about when having all these kids.  That one thing was growing attached to and feeling compassion for the kids my own children would one day surround themselves with in life.

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