Depression and Mental Illness of Mormon Missionaries


“Shawn reads an article about a Mormon missionary who has depression so bad that it effects his ability to walk.”

On the surface, Mormons seem to be the happiest, nicest, friendliest folks around. In Utah, especially in the Salt Lake City area, all things are Mormon based and named; businesses, streets, suburbs, organizations, even the university, (Brigham Young), you name it.  Without doubt, Mormons have been successful in building a gigantic LDS empire. They are a very wealthy church and people.

But what about a people who are following the Mormon religion and brought up from childhood in a culture where any belief system outside the Mormon church is rejected as false? When one’s family, neighbors, friends, schools, stores, and everything else is Mormon, don’t you think it’s pretty much a given that most will come to accept and believe in Mormonism as their religion of choice, and that they will be expected to fall in line with the Mormon lifestyle?

I know the expectations to live up to the Mormon doctrinal standards are high, (from an LDS perspective).  Good works and faith in Joseph and LDS doctrine is part and parcel of the Mormon lifestyle.

But is there a facade, a dark side, if you will, in the underbelly of the LDS church? Apparently so, according to numerous reports. What happens when someone coming from a Mormon family, a young person for example,  begins to question and starts rebelling against their faith and bucking against the system?

I would like to do a series on this important subject as well as Mormonism in general, namely because one part of my family moved to Utah a couple of generations ago, and guess what? Became Mormons…..a lot of them. If Mormonism is the false cult which I believe it is, then many multitudes of people are deceived, and lost, if they don’t come to the knowledge of the Truth which is in the Lord Jesus Christ, not the false Mormon Jesus.

The video I’ve posted, illustrates just how pressured and unhappy, and even sick some people can become when they’ve grown up in this system, with the expectation they will have to do and perform the acts of a “good Mormon”.

 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2nd Corinthians 3:17

I would say this to Mormon folks coming here, I am not against you, and the Lord Jesus loves you dearly, and wants you to know the truth that will set you free. It may cost you your family, your job or business to break away, but it would be worth everything in the long run. Please don’t just accept what you’ve been taught all your life in rote, as truth. Study the Bible for truth, not just the Book of Mormon…… and compare. This is the information highway here on the Internet.  Get on YouTube and watch some videos that question Mormonism…and do this with a desire for learning the truth.

I pray Lord Jesus will open your eyes and set you free,


4 comments on “Depression and Mental Illness of Mormon Missionaries

  1. Scarlett, here is a link to Saints Alive, Ed Decker’s ministry to Mormons (and Masons). Decker is a former Mormon. He helped us with issues related to my husband’s brother who was a Mason.

    Love, M.

    Good post!

  2. Tom says:

    Hi Scarlett, I spent a lot of time studying Joseph Smith and the LDS as an objective observer many years ago. Below are some posts from August:

    Your last paragraph struck a chord. It’s hard for a person to turn away from the religion of their family and the religion they grew up with, but after accepting Christ there are zero regrets.

    • Scarlett says:

      Thank you so much for your comment. Yes, some of us have experienced family and/or cultural rejection at one time or another. In the state of Utah, one would almost have to leave the state if looking for a job due to the massive nepotism there. Leaving family would be the hardest thing to do. But, you know, even the Lord Jesus Christ’s brothers more or less rejected him.

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