Question about Patience
By dstanley
6/6/2011 1:13:46 AM
I’m reading Clean Hands, Pure Heart is written by an LDS man who had a porn and masturbation addiction. It is about working through the 12 Steps. I’m on Chapter 7 (in between steps 3 and 4). At the end of each chapter he has some questions to write about. Usually I don’t have any trouble writing about them. This chapter has me kind of stuck. The first question is “Write about your willingness to practice patience as a tool of recovery. How are you blessed by being patient with the struggles addiction presents?” I’m only sort of sure about my willingness, and totally clueless about how it’s a blessing. The other questions in the chapter are making me realize I have a long ways to go to get back to where I need to be, but I really don't know how to answer how I'm blessed by being patient (maybe that's because I'm so not good at being patient). I'd love to hear other people's opinions.



Mosiah 24:15    
"And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.

I have a problem with patience too. I talked about this scripture last night at my ARP meeting. Deep down I believe that the Lord has a timing problem because I want healing NOW. But real strength comes from perhaps waiting for the answer and having faith that the Lord has something more instore along the journey.

I love the phrase "submit cheerfull and with patience.""
posted at 08:35:32 on June 6, 2011 by maddy
"I like that quote, and it gives me something to think on. I like "the Lord did stengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease". I need some ease for my burdens. Just between the addiction and single parenting 2 kids with two loser dads is a major struggle, not to mention all the other things. I'd love to be cheerful and patient too. :)"
posted at 00:14:08 on June 7, 2011 by dstanley

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"Lucifer will do all in his power to keep you captive. You are familiar with his strategy. He whispers: “No one will ever know.” “Just one more time.” “You can’t change; you have tried before and failed.” “It’s too late; you’ve gone too far.” Don’t let him discourage you. When you take the path that climbs, that harder path of the Savior, there are rewards along the way. When you do something right, when you resist temptation, when you meet a goal, you will feel very good about it. It is a very different kind of feeling than you have when you violate commandments—an altogether different feeling. It brings a measure of peace and comfort and provides encouragement to press on. "

— Richard G. Scott

General Conference May 1990