The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a new Mormon Message video which addresses the serious subject of suicide prevention. The Church’s official thoughts on suicide are as follows: “Although it is wrong to take one’s own life, a person who commits suicide may not be responsible for his or her acts. Only God can judge such a matter.” For those who may have family members or friends who have attempted suicide, more information and advice can be obtained by reading the LDS Living.com article titled “When a Loved One Attempts Suicide: What Not to Say to Friends and Family.” Help can also be obtained by contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
One of the people who are featured in the new video is Seth Adam Smith, the Editor-in-Chief of Forward Walking.com, and the author of two books, “Marriage Isn’t For You: It’s for the One You Love” and “Your Life Isn’t For You: A Selfish Person’s Guide To Being Selfless.” In the video Seth shares the story of how earlier in his life he attempted suicide and the fact that it was the love and support of his family that saved his life. Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has said, “Obviously, we do not know the full circumstances surrounding every suicide. Only the Lord knows all the details, and he it is who will judge our actions here on earth” (“Suicide: Some Things We Know, and Some We Do Not,” Ensign, Oct. 1987, 8). Therefore, as Elder Ballard counsels, we should not judge anyone who may be struggling.