Becoming a Disciple of Christ
By Leo
2/24/2012 6:47:03 AM
The goal of all of this is becoming a disciple of Christ. I cannot just overcome an addiction and not change any other part of my life. It is all connected. I would encourage any person to go through the 12 step program. This program does not only help you overcome an addiction, but it teaches you how to be more Christlike.

Things really changed for me in overcoming pornography, when I wasn't so focused on how to overcome pornography, but how I can better follow God in my whole life. This included serving my family, my children, and others. Being more sincere in my religious practice... As I focusing on how to improve all aspects of my life, it is a bi-product that I am overcoming an addiction. Think about it. Our ultimate goal is becoming a disciple of Christ, no matter who we are. Focusing on this better prepares us and allows us to have the spirit more completely. I cannot just tell myself not to indulge in pornography and on the other hand not serve those around me, and expect to have the spirit sufficient enough to maintain strength to endure.

Service is key. Of all the things I am learning about this incredibly difficult challenge, is that service is essential. As I serve my wife, I value her more, respect her more, and realize the depth of true love. This goes with my children as well. In times I think of satisfying a craving, I replace it with service for those I love. This has helped me forget about my selfish desires and focus on others.

Lastly the Branch President shared this thought today "Either remove the source of temptation from you, or you remove yourself from the source of temptation."

I struggle often with this crazy addiction, but at the same time I know I cannot be perfect today, and each day I am taking one step closer to being a disciple of Christ.


"This is the most important thing I've learned about the 12 step program. It applies to everything. It's interesting watching the new teenagers come to our meetings just to get sober. We've started calling our meetings, DTC's. Disciple Training Centers. We aren't there toget sober. We're there to get better."
posted at 16:18:30 on February 25, 2012 by Iamstrong

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"Just as the landfill requires dedicated work and attention, laboriously applying layer after layer of fill to reclaim the low-lying ground, our lives also require the same vigilance, continually applying layer after layer of the healing gift of repentance.…Our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, feel sorrow when we choose to remain in sin, when the gift of repentance made possible through the Atonement can clean, reclaim, and sanctify our lives. When we gratefully accept and use this precious gift, we can enjoy the beauty and usefulness of our lives... "

— Shayne M. Bowen

General Conference October 2006