Sometimes, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints question their own self-worth and feel they can’t live up to real, or perceived, standards. This may result in self-shaming, crippling cases of anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, scrupulosity and perfectionism- to name a few. Perhaps most tragic, these personal assessments and degradations tend to be in direct contrast to the actual doctrinal tenets of their faith. In this presentation, a candid and personal account of how our family journeyed through this challenge with our teenage daughter, we’ll explore how the interplay of faith, medical intervention, therapy, and the unwavering support of our community guided us to find our way through this experience. We’ll also discuss how to discern where doctrine ends and negative cultural assumptions begin.
Eric Stauffer was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Florida. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Education, both from Utah State University. While attending USU, he met his incredible wife Emily. They have 4 children who teach them life’s most important lessons. They reside in Providence, UT. Professionally, Eric has been a religious educator to youth and young adults for 22 years and an adjunct online professor for BYU-I for 10 years. He feels honored to be the Director of Education for Paz Wellness hoping to find ways to bring peace and relief to those who suffer directly or indirectly from the many complexities of mental illness. In his free time, Eric enjoys pickleball, food, golf, music, travel, and time with his family.