Rank #1: 23. Coach Jim Johnson ON: Think Bigger, Lead Better, Win More! Author of 'A Coach and A Miracle' True story of young man, J-Mac, with autism scoring 2...
Jan 12 2021
Rank #2: 22. Todd Sylvester ON: Addiction, Shame, Suicidal Thinking, How to hold on through the darkness, Service, Connecting with God, Giving back and helping...
Todd Sylvester shares his amazing journey from a Dark place lost in addiction to a soul on Fire now working full time to help others believe in themselves and gain the determination to believe in themselves and creating a great life. Todd currently works as an Addictive Voice Recognition Counselor at an addiction recovery treatment center for those struggling with with drug or alcohol addiction, where he provides one-on-one mentoring to both local and international clients. Described as having “a unique gift to develop trusting relationships quickly,” Todd has guided hundreds to sobriety and other behavioral successes through the individualized support he offers to each client. His ability to “speak to a person’s soul and help them find their true motive to change” has been the key for inspiring others to make permanent lifestyle changes. Todd’s profound influence grew from his own personal experience — a journey from self-hatred and hopelessness to faith and recovery. At a young age, Todd was exposed to drugs and alcohol and quickly became addicted. Years of rampant drug abuse lead to devastating failures and a conclusion that his young life had nowhere left to go. Change can come from the most unlikely of places. For Todd, that place was a neighborhood lemonade stand, when he made the spontaneous decision to become one little girl’s most generous customer. This simple act – and the positive reaction that came with it – provided Todd with a sense of hope that he had never felt before. Todd’s strengthening sense of purpose sparked a fervent determination to change his life and to prevent others from enduring the physical and emotional pain that had threatened his very existence. As he moved forward with newfound faith and a desire to serve others, Todd learned that the human soul – on fire – is more powerful than any addiction. Today, Todd utilizes his firsthand fight against addiction to connect with fellow addicts on an authentic level and provide hope to thousands of teenagers, parents, and adults. His story was recently told through a popular YouTube clip titled “The Hope of God’s Light,” that received over 3 million views and has been translated into 3 languages. Todd has been married to his sweetheart for 23 years. They have four children and live a happy, busy life together.
Check out Todd's Podcast found on all major podcast channels called, Beliefcast: https://toddsylvesterinspires.com/beliefcast/ His personal Website can be found at address: https://toddsylvesterinspires.com/
Todd, God bless you in your efforts to change lives. You are a great man!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cometowardsdelight/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cometowardsdelight/support
Jan 07 2021
Rank #3: 21. Stacey Harkey ON: Coming out Gay after 30 years of ignoring himself, Trusting and putting God first through the process, Courage to be Authentic s...
Jan 05 2021
Rank #4: 20. Chad Rawlings ON: Leaving his LDS mission early, twice. Overcoming Shame and Guilt. Staying engaged in Faith. Helpers that show up in our lives.
Dec 29 2020
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Rank #5: 19. Brady Bluhm ON: Leaving the Faith he grew up in and was devoted to, Continuing to seek after Truth and Light, Depression, Growth, Inclusion, and H...
Dec 17 2020
Rank #6: 18. Jon Willison DDS ON: PTSD and facing past trauma, Overcoming Doubt, Holding onto Hope during Questions of Faith, Achieving Dreams as High Jumper a...
Jon starts his journey by sharing the one single truth that has recognized and held onto throughout his entire life, “I am a child of God”. Through it all, good times and bad times, this single truth is what Jon has held onto and relied on to guide him in his decisions and efforts during his life on earth, and in dark times of depression and suicidal thinking. “I am a child of God”, is the message of Hope that has helped Jon not only overcome the odds to achieve the goals he set as a young boy to become an Endodontist professionally, but it is that very Hope that pulled Jon from the darkness of shame and worthlessness on the verge of Suicide, back into the Light.
Jon shares his inspiring story beginning as a young boy growing up in California, Mormon (LDS), in a family of 8. His family did not have much money and at times his Dad and Mom struggled to fill the pantry; however, what they did have... money could not buy, and that was the understanding that all people are Gods children and all people regardless of class, religious background, race, or politics are of infinite worth. Jon shares the way his parents lived and the example that they set of loving all without judgement and working hard doing good things shaped Jon into the man he is today.
At the age of 10, Jon’s father sat his children down and talked to them about his life working late night shifts for a job that he didn’t necessarily want, and that he wanted more for his children, believing a college education should be a goal for each of them. He let them know that he didn’t have the means to pay for their education and inspired them to work towards a scholarship to help pay. Jon took this to heart and graduated high school with over a 4.0 GPA, and an opportunity on the track and field team at a community college in California. As a high jumper in High school reaching a height of 6’7 he broke records at his school, but he knew that he needed to reach 7’0 to qualify for a scholarship and earn a full ride scholarship to BYU where he dreamed of going. So Jon went to work training hard which led to an opportunity to jump for a small community college, and after qualifying for the state finals he went on to reach a jumping height over 7’2 all while defeating his Nemesis, who he nicknamed “Sloppy Joe”. Jon shares and incredible experience he had with Prayer during His last two jumps which won him the championship and earned him a spot on the BYU Track and Field team with a full ride scholarship. After the match and his incredible experience during his last two jumps and prayer, Jon found a quite place near the stadium and in complete humility gave thanks to God.
During college he met his incredible wife Dorsey and they began a family of their own, things just seemed to be going right for Jon, but during his residency Jon was upended by sudden and unjustified feelings of “Doom”, PTSD from 9/11, and feelings of no personal value, causing Shame and Depression which lead to Suicidal Thinking. Jon talks about how at his “Rock Bottom” not even caring how ending his life would affect his family, that’s when he knew that he needed help. Throughout Jon’s story you will see clearly how God put people in place and like lighthouses leading a ship to shore these people showed up for Jon to say or do something that helped Jon feel love enough to hold onto HOPE. That vey HOPE carried Jon through the Dark and into the Light, and He shares some of the valuable Gifts he received from the experiences during this painful time.
A few years later Jon achieved his Professional goal of becoming an Endodontist, and is now doing all he can to be somebody else’s “Lighthouse” by paying it forward and living in gratitude each day. Jon is the Partner of 3 Endodontist offices in Northern Colorado and Wyoming.
Jon, thank you for sharing your story. You are a hero of mine and have been a lighthouse to me and my family. Thank you for sharing your Light!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cometowardsdelight/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cometowardsdelight/support
Dec 02 2020
Rank #7: 17. Josh Edlow ON: Checking all the boxes and still feeling empty, Unmet Expectations and finding your Identity, Overcoming the challenges caused by a...
Nov 17 2020
Rank #8: 16. Adrienne Gunn Hansen ON: Depression. Comparing ourselves to others. Infertility. Adoption. Raising a Special Needs Child. Suicidal Thoughts.
Nov 04 2020
Rank #9: 15. Tiffany Turley Bowcut ON: Sexual Assault, Suicidal Thoughts, Divorce, Looking to God in Darkness, Trusting in God's trust in you, Using her experi...
Oct 26 2020
Rank #10: 14. Mark "Dr." Pepper ON: 25yrs Addicted to Alcohol and Drugs, 2 failed marriages, and years of Suicidal thoughts, Mark shares about, Finding Worth, F...
Mark Pepper spent 25+ years as an alcoholic and drug addict in the dark feeling that he had no place in the world to fit in. Mark is Jewish and growing up in Utah he didn't quite feel like he fit in, as about half of the population of Utah are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons). Fitting in did not come easily for Mark growing up and as he entered his teens, he found his place with the "Stoners" which made it easy for him to access, use, and abuse, Drugs and Alcohol. Mark began drinking at 15, and it continued for 25 years. His second Divorce, due to his drinking left Mark in a place feeling very worthless, broken, and Suicidal. He literally chose his addictions over his first two marriages, but as his second wife was walking out the door with their 6 year old and baby boy in her belly, Mark had a vision of his future with no one in his life and alone, this vision gave Mark the desire to put in the work to become clean and sober, mend relationships with his Father and Family, and find Belonging.
Mark is very involved in working with youth and others who are deep in addiction, his life is focused on helping those who are suffering from the disease of addiction. He has so much knowledge, information, and experience that he shares with us that can truly help you if you are an addict, or help even parents think about how we are parenting so that we can prepare our children and equip them so that they are educated about the destruction these substances can bring to our lives, and the damage they can do to young minds.
Mark is an amazing man, who has been through so much. His Journey truly shows him suicidal in the dark, finding light, connecting with God, and coming to Delight. Mark was recently married and he and his wife look forward to a wonderful life together.
Mark you are a hero! God bless you in your sobriety since 10/10/2002, and in your efforts to help bring healing and strength to those who are lost in the chains of addiction.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cometowardsdelight/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cometowardsdelight/support
Oct 15 2020