I turned thirty this week. My twenties were personally challenging for me. Unlike many twenty-year-olds, I didn’t get to go off to college, live in a dorm or “find myself”. My parents never thought to prepare me for college, searching out scholarships, saving money and I never considered that I would have to worry about it until it was too late. So I stayed home, went to community college, decided to go to beauty school to help pay my way through college and worked. Shortly before my twentieth birthday I met a boy . . . who only a few months later would become my husband. I moved out of my parents’ house into a home with my husband and continued school and work until our first little baby arrived.
My Mormon Life
In nine and a half years of marriage, my husband and I have continually struggled with employment and income. We’ve tried multiple business ventures, suffered multiple job losses, and know well the stresses of financial instability and crisis. Every time we fail, we hope for more and try anew, only to fail again – or so it seems.
We live in troubling times. This is not new. It seems that every generation faces its challenges and we are no different. We all have our stories of struggle and strife. You yours, and me mine. Our economy verges on collapse, our nation wars, and our leaders often fall short. Is there potential for a promising future in such a world?
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