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LOSTSOUL, if you are reading this...
By dog
11/19/2011 7:38:51 PM
...please come back. Please become active on this site again. We need your support as well as you need ours. You posted "LOST" on Sept. 14, and haven't been back, and you seemed desperate, as if you had given up on yourself, but you should never do that.

It seems that your depression is driving your addiction, and the Lord understands this. Remember that He -- not your wife, not yourself, not your bishop, not the Prophet himself, not the Church as a whole -- is the Author of Your Forgiveness. Let Him be the Great and Eternal Judge. And stop beating yourself to death. It only strengthens your addiction.

Something that helped me greatly to make me worthy of baptism was reading Elder Boyd K. Packer's talk "The Brilliant Morning of Forgiveness" (General Conference, October 1995). In it, he makes promises of forgiveness that came true for me, so they'll come true for you, too. You can have your own "Brilliant Morning of Forgiveness."

I tried to post his talk, but when I submit this blog, I get a "serious error" message, and I think that maybe it's too long. If you want, I can email it to you, or you can look it up online on www.lds.org.

Just go to "Menu", then look over at the right and you'll see "Study". Click on
"General Conference". When that screen comes up, look up to the left and click on "All Conferences". Then click on 1995, and then click on "October". Elder Packer's Talk is the last talk for the Saturday morning session.

Please take this talk to heart, because it's true. There are icy hills to climb, claw, and crawl our way up, but when we get to the summit, we will find a friendly sun in a clear sky and birds singing in the treetops in the fresh Spring air. For many of us addicts, there might be more than one such hill to climb, there might be many, but at the top of each we will find that brilliant Spring morning. If others abandon us, then I understand that, but Jesus Christ will never abandon us. He is our Savior.

If you wish to email me, please let me know. Just respond to this blog and I'll set it up with you. I have known many General Authorities and had many one-on-one chats with them about anything I wanted to talk about, and I've had many wonderful spiritual experiences. I think I can give some perspective about your particular situation if you'd like to discuss it. Just respond to this blog.

Peace, brother, and please come back.

Comments:

wonderful talk    
"thank you for the reference to elder packer talk. Amazing talk! everyone should read it. and thanks for your inspiring words. I really hope that "lost" will be back soon, my prayers go out.
-gettingthrough"
posted at 23:02:55 on December 10, 2011 by getthrough
You're certainly welcome, GETTHROUGH    
"I esteem that talk to be right up there with Paul's discourse on charity (I Corinthians 13), Alma's discourse on faith (Alma 32), and President Benson's talk "Beware of Pride."

And I hope that LOSTSOUL comes across this and joins this online support group again. We're here to help each other."
posted at 23:11:33 on December 13, 2011 by dog


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" Is it possible to reclaim a life that through reckless abandon has become so strewn with garbage that it appears that the person is unforgivable? Or what about the one who is making an honest effort but has fallen back into sin so many times that he feels that there is no possible way to break the seemingly endless pattern? Or what about the person who has changed his life but just can't forgive himself?The Atonement of Jesus Christ is available to each of us. His Atonement is infinite. It applies to everyone, even you. It can clean, reclaim, and sanctify even you. That is what infinite means—total, complete, all, forever. "

— Shayne M. Bowen

General Conference October 2006