At the age of 15, I started smoking marijuana, drinking alcohol, and going out to parties. I saw my friends doing it and thought that it was cool. So I started doing it too. I went to school high every day.
There was a lot of problems going on in my life. I would still go out with friends as if nothing was happing.
I didn’t really have a stable job. It was one job after the next. I was living form paycheck to paycheck but I would still go out and spend time with friends. But after the high’s gone, I would go back to reality and the made me feel really sad. I felt heavy and depressed. There were times that I cried and didn’t want to get out of bed. I smoked and drank to forget the problems.
My lowest point was when I had a terrible fight with my boyfriend and I didn’t know what to do do. I got so depressed and I cried so much.
I got to know the Universal Church through my mother-in-law. She was always inviting us to church. I was young and I thought, ‘I didn’t have to go’. Until my boyfriend got into trouble, and we decided to go.
When I came to church the first time, I was just relieved. The heavy burden on my shoulders was gone. I felt so free like I could do anything. I went back on a Friday, and as I continued I was delivered from depression, smoking, and drinking.Everything to change. There was no more cravings or had the urger to do them anymore.
Today I’m free and happy. I’m not depressed anymore. I don’t smoke or drink. I am blessed. -Mckeba