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Am I on the right track here?
By dog
1/6/2012 3:50:45 PM
Mosiah 5:1 — And now, it came to pass that when king Benjamin had thus spoken to his people, he sent among them, desiring to know of his people if they believed the words which he had spoken unto them.

Mosiah 5:2 — And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.

Over the past week, I've noticed a change in my appetites, a change I've felt before. I'm talking about food here, but hold on, this all has an application (I think) to the above scriptures, and what others have said about doing our "dailies" (personal prayer, scripture reading, service, attending meetings).

I was in excellent physical shape until I suffered a serious injury 2+ years ago. I was only able to start working out last week. So I've been jogging with weights in the hills or park on off days, and on 3 days a week, I've been going to a gym and doing 20+ minutes of interval sprints on the treadmill and 60+ minutes of circuit training on the machines.

Before this, I was eating 1-2 candy bars per day, plus lots of other junk. But once I started doing my "dailies", my appetites changed, and the very thought of eating some of these things turns me off now. I've found the same thing to be true with several of my cigarette-smoking friends: once they started doing a good jog every morning, they no longer craved cigarettes as much as they did before, and they cut down from 20 per day to 3-4 per day.

The change is natural and automatic. When you do your dailies, your cravings for unhealthy foods or for outright bad things is diminished greatly or even curtailed entirely.

While I did my spiritual dailies for seven years and still had my addiction (I still do) and still acted out on it often, I believe that the cumulative benefit has improved my ability to overcome it. But the rewards didn't come in a day. And I still have struggles. I know the Lord and he is aware of every move each of us makes, and he won't leave us twisting in the wind forever if we do our parts.

He is bound by law just as we are, and we don't know or understand those laws, but at some point, after a certain period of faithfulness (to the best of our capacities), fervent prayer, diligent scripture study, sincere service to others, upholding the authorities, and consistent, meaningful attendance at meetings, THE HEAVENS ARE BOUND BY LAW TO MOVE IN OUR FAVOR. That I know. It is an eternal and self existent law, and the Heavens must obey it.

But it's not as if they're lagging or taking as long as possible to help us. No. They're waiting breathlessly for us to take the right steps so that they, the Heavens, can spring into action and help us.

They will move in your favor to help you in your struggles, and you will be given strength and to spare, even in the moments of greatest stress and fear and anxiety and pain, so that you will have the choice to say "no" to acting out, even under duress.

anon16 just posted something that I think reflects a very good attitude, and it has to do with performing our "dailies", among other good things. You might want to read it if you haven't already. Thanks, anon16 (and to others), for reminding me to do my dailies, because when it comes to scripture study, I've been lagging lately and I need to get back to it.

And as we perform our spiritual dailies, may we lose our unsavory appetites and have them replaced with appetites for only the good things, just like the people who listened diligently to King Benjamin's speech.

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"You lived with your Heavenly Father in a premortal life. You were there with Him. Your spirit knows what it is like to live in celestial realms. You can never be truly happy in an uncelestial environment. You know too much. That is one of the reasons that for you, wickedness never can be happiness. What a great thing it is to decide once and for all early in life what you will do and what you will not do with regards to honesty, modesty, chastity, the Word of Wisdom, and temple marriage. "

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General Conference October 2006