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Finding the Way Back
By josh
10/3/2006 11:52:18 AM
I loved conference this year, and was more into it than any previous conference, possibly with the exception of when I was on my mission. I am eagerly awaiting the publication of all the conference talks (which should happen Thursday), and in the meantime I have found myself perusing old conference talks. I came across one by Richard G. Scott entitled "Finding the Way Back" from the April 1990 conference, or May 1990 Ensign. Having experienced both regressing into addiction and progressing into recovery, I am simply amazed how an apostle of the Lord, someone who clearly has never been directly involved in an addiction like this, could have such a clear understanding of the feelings of one involved in this addiction, and the details of the pathway to recovery. Have you ever been reading or listening to something and you get one of those moments where you feel to exclaim, "Yes! I totally understand that!" or "That is so true - what a wonderful insight." I think that happened to me 10 times reading this article.

Alhough much of the talk is an invitation to *begin* the process of repentance for those mired in sin and in a bad situation, it has wonderful insight on continuing the progress you may have already made.

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"In recent years, as I have sung the hymns of the Atonement, it has been with an especially full heart—and also with full voice, when I can continue to sing—lines such as “How great thou art,” “I scarce can take it in,” “To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine,” “I stand all amazed,” and “Oh, it is wonderful!”"

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987