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Class Information

Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.

Stress: Why Is It a Part of Normal Life, and What We Can Do About It

Taught by Matthew Fackrell


Day Time Location
Thursday, August 1 3 p.m. Ricks 173
Matthew Fackrell

Matthew Fackrell


Matthew Fackrell graduated from Rigby High School in 1993. After high school, he attended Ricks College where he received an associate’s degree in Pre-med. Fackrell went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from BYU in Zoology. He furthered his education at the University of Health Sciences (now called KCUMB) and received a Doctor of Osteopathy degree (DO). Fackrell completed his residency in family medicine in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is a member of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Fackrell believes that psychiatric training is an important part of family medicine. Stress, anxiety, and depression are common things that he councils patients about and treats. He has taught at Education Week at BYU-Idaho for the last two years and was an EFY councilor and speaker in the past.

He is the oldest of nine children. He has been married for 15 years to Amy Fackrell (formally Robinson) and together they have four children: a boy age 4, a girl age 8, a girl age 10 and a boy age 13.

Fackrell enjoys water skiing at Lake Powell, snow skiing at Targhee, oil painting, and playing the piano. He and his family love camping with an old 35-foot camper. He is currently serving on the High Council assigned over the missionary work, and absolutely loves it.

Class Outline

We will be talking about stress, the physiology behind stress, and what it can do to our bodies.  We will also talk about what can be done to help-using modern medicine and the gospel.  

Learning objectives:

I. Sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system
    A. Low serotonin
    B. Fear

II. What is stress?

III. What can we do about it?
     A. Temple attendance
     B. Service
     C. Attitude of Gratitude
        1. Wendy Bennion
        2. Stein Stance on life
            a. The philosophy that it does not matter what happens to us,
                but rather how we think about what happens to us that
                causes the problems.
    D. Ingratitude
    E. Alma 37:37-Counsel with the Lord in all things
    F. The book called "Thanks" by Dr. Emmons
    G. Benefits to you for gratitude
        1. Improved energy
        2. Less pain
        3. Increased joy
        4. Cope more effectively with everyday stress
        5. Take the gratitude Challenge