Depression, abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, an early return from a mission and same-sex attraction are a few of the struggles that Preston Jenkins, author of “This Boy and His Mother,” has had to deal with.

Flyer for the “Do I Belong” fireside. Image credit: Dallin Jenkins.

Jenkins’ goal is to reach anyone that may need some extra help with faith. He shared a few suggestions for those experiencing similar hardships and reflected back on a few lessons he’s learned throughout his life and the healing he achieved through Christ. 

He talked about things that were helpful to him during his healing process. One of the biggest helps he mentioned was staying consistent with his gospel studies. 

“Another constant that has been a steady, good thing is just studying the gospel,” Jenkins said. “As I stayed consistent with my gospel study … That did a lot of good over time.”

When asked if he had any suggestions for those wanting to build that habit again, he referred to the importance of sticking to the doctrine and using it to fix behaviors that individuals want to change. 

“I have to believe that God wants us to be smart,” Jenkins said. “I don’t think He’s a hoarder of information who tries to keep secrets from us. We just have to put in the work and effort so that we can understand.” 

He also talked about the idea of line-upon-line learning, and letting the understanding of who God is build over time. 

“Sometimes we’re asking a calculus question to God, and we’re not doing our algebra homework,” Jenkins said.

Preston will speak at a fireside on June 10 at the Rexburg Tabernacle at 7 p.m. His message will focus on belonging within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There will be a Q&A at the end as well. People can submit anonymous questions and RSVP for the event through a Google Forms survey.