By anon16
2/9/2012 6:15:48 PM
Hope is a strange thing. There are times when I think I don't know anything, that I'm a bad person, etc etc etc. But I'm trying to change that now. My bishop put it well when he said, "You have to give control to gain it." That is a foreign concept for me. It was never really discussed in my family, more an accepted fact that you relied on the Lord.

I'm starting to understand better what the change of heart actually means. I don't completely, but I'm starting to. That gives me hope that maybe I can actually "get it"

It also gives me hope that I have the sacrament back, on the provision that I don't have an issue before Sunday, but also in the future. I was amazed that I got it back, I had to ask my Bishop what I should do, young women are singing in sacrament, and sitting up front. That's when he told me.

It has been 4 months since I've been able to take the sacrament. I'm very nervous, but also to a degree happy that I'm back in full fellowship. Any suggestions on what I can do so I more fully appreciate it? I have been reading church books, I feel very strongly that I need to.

For the first time in a while, I feel hope. I have had several spiritual experiences this afternoon, and its helped a lot.

Thanks for letting me share.


So happy to hear it.    
"The only suggestion I have to more fully appreciate it is to take it all in and let it make you stronger for when the temptation comes. Because it will. But when you've given control to the Lord, He'll help you withstand. Remember that we all know how to stop. We've done it a million times. But what we don't know is how to not start again. So let the Lord teach you. Don't think it won't tempt you again. But use this hope to protect you :)"
posted at 19:37:41 on February 9, 2012 by iamstrong
Personalize the Sacrament    
"I like to read through the sacrament while the young men are passing the sacrament. Some of the songs are much more meaningful if I change them to the first person and use "I" and "me" where it refers to “we” and “us”. The same can be done with the sacrament prayers. Keep going strong. You are doing good."
posted at 00:33:23 on February 12, 2012 by justjohn
Hope through Christ    
"In my life it was when I was at my lowest point, dwelling in the darkness, that I found Christ. He found me, and brought me back to the surface where I received what I needed to build my life and climb upward, one level at a time. (Page 2, Whereas I Was Blind, Now I See)"
posted at 11:02:54 on February 27, 2013 by ChristyV

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"My brethren who are caught in this addiction or troubled by this temptation, there is a way. Don’t accommodate any degree of temptation. Prevent sin and avoid having to deal with its inevitable destruction. So, turn it off! Look away! Avoid it at all costs. Direct your thoughts in wholesome paths. Please heed these warnings. Let us all improve our personal behavior and redouble our efforts to protect our loved ones and our environment from the onslaught of ography that threatens our spirituality, our marriages, and our children. "

— Dallin H. Oaks

General Conference, April 2005