I received my Gohonzon on 4 April 1982 while I was in the Air Force, at Kelly Air Force Base. I have been on tozan three times: once when we were NSA, once with two pioneer members from Japan, and once by myself. I have practiced in San Antonio, Texas; Macon, and Atlanta, Georgia; Phoenix, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Fort Walton Beach, Florida; and, New York City. I used to think that I would be happy if only I had a boyfriend sending me money. Then in 2003 I moved into a women's shelter. I lived there for over two years. One day after I had moved out, I realized that there was no boyfriend sending me money and I was no longer worried about paying bills. And, I was happy. I still struggle with enough money for transportation issues (buying a car or motorcycle). But, this time, I feel confident I can overcome this problem by chanting to the Gohonzon. Before overcoming the way I thought about men and money, I thought that that was the way life was.
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