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The Spirit of Elijah and Healing
By 3R's
1/2/2011 11:28:52 PM
Here is something that I have found to be very helpful in addition to my Daily's.
I have involved myself in doing Family History. Not just name collecting but learning of the struggles that my forefathers went through concerning their addictions. There is a long history of alcoholism and sporadic episodes of sex addiction. I can see the literal fulfillment of how the sins of the Fathers are passed down to their children to the third and fourth generation. My own mother had carried a burden since childhood that she told me would be carried down to the grave where it would never see the light of day. She was referring to a sexual addiction of close family members that had left deep scars and emotional devastation.

Even on my fathers side I learned the sad tale of one of my grandmothers who enjoyed Bootleg whiskey and the bad company that came along with it. Those acts have been passed down to be repeated over and over again. "That old saying "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it" is true.

I have another very powerful tool and that is this: I have a corkboard in my home office and on it I have pictures of my children and now grandchildren. Those beautiful faces keep smiling at me everyday. I tear up when I sing that Primary song "Families Can Be Together Forever".

I will be true to my covenants. I will be true to them.

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"As Latter-day Saints, we need not look like the world. We need not entertain like the world. Our personal habits should be different. Our recreation should be different. Our concern for family will be different. As we establish this distinctiveness firmly in our life’s pattern, the blessings of heaven await to assist us."

— Robert D. Hales

"Gifts of the Spirit" Ensign, Feb. 2002