Lindsey Stirling reflects on learning to love herself

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Dancing violinist Lindsey Stirling was on the cover of Utah Valley Magazine for the July/August issue. (Photo by Shervin Lainez)

Electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling reflected on a promise she made to herself and God in an Instagram post earlier this week.

“Wow! I wrote this back when I was deep in depression and when my life was controlled by anorexia,” Stirling wrote. “This note was a promised to god and to myself. I really did put in the work and it changed my life. This was also before I started my YouTube channel and I owe so much of my success to this promise that I made. God can heal anything. My career took off in 2012 and by then I was emotionally ready to handle what lay ahead. #happinesstakeswork”

The note, which was written in 2010, said: “I want to learn to love myself because Christ loves me and he thought I was worth suffering for. I will go to therapy and work out my issues. I will actually work on them. By learning to really love myself, I will be able to be a better tool for the Savior in blessing others. I will be able to love and serve others more if I’m not consumed by my issues. To do this I also need to come closer to the Savior and trust in his ability to heal me.”

This isn’t the first time the dancing violinist, who has nearly 11 million subscribers on YouTube, expressed gratitude to God for her success in her career. In March, Stirling was honored with the 2018 Star Award from the SCERA Theatre at the 13th Annual SCERA Star Awards. Before she was selling out concert arenas, Stirling got a break at the SCERA. She performed with local dance groups as backup dancers at the SCERA’s outdoor theatre for “Dancing Under the Stars.” As part of her acceptance speech, Stirling credited her Heavenly Father for her success.

“I know that the Lord keeps His promises and He will always guide our steps, maybe not to where we see ourselves being, because I definitely could not have seen this,” Stirling shared at the SCERA, “but He will guide us to where we’re supposed to be.”

Stirling is on the July/August issue of Utah Valley Magazine. She sat down with our editor in Los Angeles to discuss everything from her music to her fashion choices to her mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Read the cover story here.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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