"the Lord did not see fit to deliver them from bondage"
By derek
9/7/2006 8:37:23 PM
Mosiah 21:15 — And now the Lord was slow to hear their cry because of their iniquities; nevertheless the Lord did hear their cries, and began to soften the hearts of the Lamanites that they began to ease their burdens; yet the Lord did not see fit to deliver them out of bondage
Sometimes the Lord doesn't remove our afflictions. In this case, he helped make the people of Limhi's burdens lighter, but they were still in bondage. We have to struggle, have trials, be tested. That's why we're here. But the Lord can make things bearable. The Lord has eased my burdens that I brought on myself through my addictive behaviors. But I am still and will probably always be "an addict", at least for the rest of this mortal life. Knowing that helps me to stay humble and always seek the Lord's help. I think that's part of WHY the Lord doesn't just free us. "I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." He doesn't say he'll take the weak things away. Instead, if we're humble, he'll give us the strength to deal with them.


posted at 22:13:19 on August 31, 2014 by Maddy
I feel your pain    
"It’s interesting that you should write this. I was addicted to porn for 48 years and narcotics for 11 years. I have no desire for either of them anymore, but I still suffer the consequences of one of those addictions. I have a lot of trouble sleeping as a result of Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome. It’s been 20 months since I last took drugs and I still have a buzzing sensation when I get stressed.

Heavenly Father has not taken that consequence away yet and I understand why. When I get stressed, the PAWS acts up and I have trouble sleeping. I discovered that my pride was causing a lot of my stress, which has made me focus on overcoming the pride. I have made great inroads into this and my sleep has increased to something approaching normal, but if I have a pride attack and I don’t do something about it immediately, I can forget sleeping that night.

As for the porn addiction, those consequences are a thing of the past. I have had a mighty change of heart. It is not a temptation for me in any way, shape or form. I understand what porn really is and it revolts me in a very fundamental way. What once was a weakness is now a raging strength for me.

The old saying, “Once an addict, always an addict,” is not true. I speak from experience. I have been completely healed from my addictions. However, there is something you should realize. When you die, you don’t leave your addictions behind. If you are still acting out, you take your addictions with you into the spirit world. Hartman Rector, Jr., gave a talk on this in the October 1970 conference.

“So, we do not change just because we die. If we are addicted to drugs, bad habits, or evil desires here upon the earth, we shall be addicted to the same things in the spirit world; if we are a "pill" or a "crank" or a liar here, we will still be a "pill" or a "crank" or a liar there.” (CR, Oct 1970, Pg. 74)

This is why it is so absolutely vital that you develop the necessary faith to be healed. Brigham Young said that it is 100 times harder to repent in the next life than this. The reason for this is that it is easier to overcome temptations and addictions while you still have a body. Find out what it is that keeps driving you on.

One thing I learned about addicts is that there always is some form of emotional trauma they experienced some time in their past. Quite often it is in the form of abuse: mental, physical, or sexual. Another trauma could be simple neglect by a parent. Unless you deal with that trauma, you will still be inclined to act out. Porn addiction is a false Band-Aid that makes you feel good for a short time, but all it really does is compound the problem."
posted at 00:24:59 on September 1, 2014 by Healed
Box of Darkness    
"I've learned so much in overcoming my addiction. God had helped me by strengthening me. Overcoming has been a slow process. But I've made so much progress. He makes all things quirktogether for our good."
posted at 22:34:22 on September 1, 2014 by Anonymous
Thank you, Maddy    
"We have so much to learn along the journey of recovery. Truly,He is able to strengthen us."
posted at 06:09:35 on September 6, 2014 by Anonymous

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"I need not define your specific problem to help you overcome it. It doesn’t matter what it is. If it violates the commandments of the Lord, it comes from Satan, and the Lord can overcome all of Satan’s influence through your application of righteous principles. Please understand that the way back is not as hard as it seems to you now. Satan wants you to think that it is impossible. That is not true. The Savior gave His life so that you can completely overcome the challenges you face. "

— Richard G. Scott

General Conference May 1990