Getting through the hard times
By iwillnot
1/27/2011 10:23:50 AM
Things have been great for the last couple weeks. I've taken the sacrament again, have had productive work days, and am accomplishing what I want. The temptation has been relatively simple.

Until now. I feel I'm in a dry spell. The temptation is getting stronger and I feel it wearing away at me. So far today I've read scriptures, written in my journal, and am currently at the Family History Center to do some work (I've found this is one thing that helps me). I know the next day or two will be a dangerous time, as I will be alone and mentally fatigued. I've come up with a plan to keep safe--keeping away from the internet, etc.-- but I'm still worried. I feel like I'm in a real dry spell and I don't see the end of it.

I guess I just want some reassurance that these tough periods have an end. I know they do, I've heard of them many times before, but too many times recently I've given in during one. Has anyone out there been through a similar stage? Can you give me some hope that this will end? Please help me.


It Will End    
"I too have done more giving in recently, but I have been through rough patches before. You're doing good with having a plan etc. Keep reminding yourself that you can do it and that it will pass. Is there anyone you can check in with so you're not alone? If not, maybe you can commit to coming here often and checking in. I know for me keeping connected is important. Also keeping my plan firmly in mind and sticking to it. Good luck! You can do it!"
posted at 11:03:39 on January 27, 2011 by dstanley
It ends    
"Don't worry.

Anxiety seems to be a problem.

Worrying about something that has not happened yet and that YOU CAN CHOOSE TO AVOID is just useless to your welfare.

Hey man tell yourself that the next 2 days are going to be fan-flipping-tastic and just move on like you have the last few days.

This is what I do every day and it has not failed me - I want this bad."
posted at 11:50:26 on January 27, 2011 by ruggaexpat

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"Now, my brothers and sisters, let not Jesus’ redemption for us stop at the immortalizing dimension of the Atonement, “the loosing of the bands of death”. Let us grasp the proffered gift of eternal life! We will end up either choosing Christ’s manner of living or His manner of suffering! It is either “suffer even as I”, or overcome “even as [He] … overcame”. His beckoning command is to become “even as I am”. The spiritually settled accept that invitation, and “through the atonement of Christ,” they become and overcome! "

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