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Pastor's wife writes memoir on husband's infidelity

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Five years ago, life was well for Yolanda Stephen.  She was planning the wedding of her dreams, her daughter was happy. 

She never thought that all of that would change.  "I was at a low place in life.  I figured there was something going on in the marriage because things weren't the same. When they are not the same and they change just a little bit you know it's something, but you don't know what it is."

Yolanda says she eventually found out that her husband, a well known pastor in Columbus was having an outside relationship with young men in the church, she would later find out that her husband's indefinitely included women in the church as well.

"It was very devastating because at first I didn't see the signs of what was going on in my marriage and what was going on in my relationship, but it served as a catalyst to let me know not to depend on anyone but depend on God."

God is who she would turn to when the unthinkable happened.  Yolanda's husband of four years took his own life in September of 2010.

"I started thinking about my children and what was I going to tell my children because they are going to ask about daddy, they are going to wonder where daddy is they are going to wonder why he is not here."

Yolanda says she is stronger and a better person because of what she went through. Her challenges are chronicled in her book "The Upside of the Down Low - A Pastor's Wife Memoir".

Saturday morning she went back to the place that gave her the most comfort, hair salon Designs by Cassandra in Columbus. Yolanda shared her story with women who stopped by; letting them know that with God any situation can be overcome.

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