MICHELLE Duggar confesses that before she was “saved” into Christianity at age 15, she was a “liar and a thief” and lived an “empty and void” life.
The 19 Kids and Counting star is a devout fundamentalist Christian who believes in extreme modesty and has deeply religious values.
Michelle Duggar admitted to being a ‘liar and a thief’ as a child[/caption]
During the episode, the mom of 19 discussed her relationship with Jesus Christ, and when she first opened her heart to religion.
She explained: “When I was 15 years old I met Jesus for the first time in my life. I’d grown up in a very loving home, but my life was empty and void. I was searching for meaning in life.
“I was trying to be a friend to everyone that I would meet because I thought if I was a friend, I would have a lot of friends. But there was still this emptiness and this void in me.
She grew up in Springdale, Arkansas[/caption]
The mom of 19 shared the ‘guilt’ that she felt as a teenager[/caption]
“There was a guilt, just a heaviness in my heart. I had done so many things wrong, and I didn’t want anybody to find out about those things.
“So in my mind I thought, I’ve got to cover all of this. This guilt was so heavy, I didn’t want anybody to know I was a liar and a thief,” Michelle admitted.
“Yet, when I heard about Jesus and that he died for my sins and that I could be forgiven for everything that I had done wrong, and know that I have eternal life, I was amazed, I was shocked.
“It was instant for me, I wanted to have that relationship with Jesus. When Christ came in, I was born again,” she closed.
Michelle was a cheerleader on her school team[/caption]
She and Jim Bob married in 1984[/caption]
Michelle grew up in Springdale, Arkansas and was a cheerleader for her high school team.
They were married in 1984 when Michelle was 18 years old and proceeded to have 19 children over the next 25 years.
Michelle did not always hold the modest values that she carries today[/caption]
She wore pants and had boyfriends before marriage[/caption]
For the sake of the story, the girls changed her name to Marie, saying: “On the outside, Marie had what everyone else wanted, but on the inside, she felt sad and empty.”
Michelle and Jim Bob are normally very strict about public displays of affection[/caption]
The couple shared a long, intimate moment during their Christmas celebration[/caption]
Fans of the family criticized the behavior on Reddit, judging: “Gross. It’s like they feel like they have to prove the spark isn’t gone.
“I’d imagine after having that many kids that sex is more of a chore than anything.”
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Another added: “I really think it’s because they are trying to prove to everyone that ‘waiting is worth it.’”
A third noted that it was even “creepier” that one of their children “wants to memorialize their parents’ kissing on film.”