My friends name is Bob. (Sorry, I don't want to spend too much time coming up with a name for him.)
Bob was abused when he was a child -- something I am finding out to be unbelievably common.
As an adult, Bob has the kind of problems that you would assume. Some post traumatic stress, trust issues, relationships issues, sexual issues -- you know the drill. And these issues are difficult to deal with, and make being his friend unpredictable.
Then there are ongoing issues with the family he grew up in. Obviously, by my writing this, it is obvious that he wants out. His background affects everything he does, including his relationship with the LDS church -- which he is actively pursuing. He would like to go through the temple, etc.
Now, I know all about the atonement and how what the Lord did for us makes everything possible, but it is hard to convince Bob (did I really pick the name Bob?) that this applies to him; That the atonement includes him and his situation regardless of how evil (his word) he may feel.
I know that this is sooo not politically correct for me to ask, but how many of you, dear readers, have come from a similar circumstance?
If you comment, please feel free to keep it anonymous.