is it possible
By churchgirl
12/27/2011 8:51:04 PM
for someone to receive a calling
to keep them out of trouble or to prevent them from going back to their old ways?


"Absolutely. While I have not gotten a full calling, not being eighteen, I have heard from people that that does happen. I have had it to a degree being president of my class

posted at 21:24:44 on December 27, 2011 by anon16
steps 4 and 5    
"I just have never worked the steps the way they ask-didn't start the program until 18 months ago. my Bishop says I don't have anything else. I tend to have left over guilt and shame about mistakes and choices. I told my Bishop I've looked at the porn to see if I could get it-was afraid I had been filmed and paniced once. The years of secrecy and loyality landed me volutarily in the hospital with severe depression. On Ambien for sleep, I scared my family by saying I didn't want to live-I have no memory of episode. I felt so sorry for hurting and worrying my family. I have prayed that HF would just take me home out of the pain and suffering. I am older, not working, not well and dependent on spouse for now. They talk about SA and porn-there is always so much more to this disease than these two words. I went from loving life to being leery of everything. Working on detaching so I can get through this latest episode. Afraid of his anger. Told me my promptings are "false". More than promptings-have physical proof."
posted at 21:26:24 on December 27, 2011 by NightFury1
Service work is essential to recovery but...    
"it is not a cure for addiction."
posted at 21:56:15 on December 27, 2011 by Anonymous
"You sound like you're in a real tough spot. Please know that you are not alone. Maybe you can start your own thread and elaborate on what's been going on. I know how utterly depressing life can get when dealing with a loved one's addiction. There is hope, though and I think you said one of the magic words, "detach". It can be so hard to detach from our spouse's addiction and work on ourselves but it is the only way I have found that works. Don't give up! You may be one day away from a miracle. All we can do is work on the trials of "today" Tomorrow will take care of itself. (And sometimes all we can do for today is to not give up)"
posted at 22:03:04 on December 27, 2011 by Anonymous
steps 4 and 5    
"i am lost with that..please explain?"
posted at 12:25:58 on January 7, 2012 by churchgirl
I have had callings    
"And I don't think they were really to keep me out of trouble or to prevent me from slipping back. I think I was called because I had work to do. And needed this experience so that I could see the real me. I was able to see that I am strong. I am loving. I am a good person. I am good at some things. And so like it is with anyone, my callings were a growing experience where I could serve others."
posted at 19:10:48 on January 7, 2012 by Iamstrong
u had    
"Callings while u were struggling btw its churchgirl"
posted at 17:30:54 on January 8, 2012 by Anonymous
"I had callings while I was struggling. I had callings while I was working with the Bishop. I have a calling now. And I am nowhere near being free from this addiction. I am only on day 8. But just because I have a weakness, it doesn't mean that I'm useless. You can be used for good despite your weaknesses. And as you overcome your trials, you will gain more strength and have a greater capacity to be used."
posted at 18:18:53 on January 8, 2012 by iamstrong
"Yes, I am currently struggling with masturbation, and I am still Primary president. My bishop is fully aware. Sometimes I feel like such a hypocrit, but at least I have confessed to him."
posted at 21:10:08 on January 9, 2012 by want2change
"I am the facilitator of my Addiction Recovery Group. For a long time I didn't feel worthy to be the facilitator. I asked to be released & my Stake Pres. wanted me to come see him. So I went & visited with him. He thought I should stay facilitator, mainly just so I have a bigger reason to continue to go to addiction recovery. I have had a calling in some capacity or another throughout my entire recovery process."
posted at 21:35:18 on January 11, 2012 by ME

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