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By will
3/1/2012 5:39:51 PM
I have committed to give a periodic progress report here, ie: struggles, acheivments, things I've learned etc.

I've tried unsuccessfully many times to give up my addiction. However, I feel that I've learned a number of things along the way. In D&C 150:14, it says God will fight our battles. After several years of struggling with this concept, I think I'm finally starting to get it. I've used to pray fervently for God to give me the strength to overcome my problems. But what I was doing was asking God to make ME strong enough to fight Satan. Needless to say, it didn't work very well. The last several weeks, when even a hint of temptation comes, I tell God I can't overcome it and ask him to lift me above and beyond the temptation and to fight that particular battle for me. I've only been doing this for a little over six weeks, and I don't pretend this is going to be an easy "ride", by remarkably, I haven't held an inappropriate thought for even a second. The key will be to keep it up, but at least it is a start.

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What version of the D&C are you using?    
"I went to look up the scripture and realized that section 150 hasnt been written yet..
ARe you from the future?"
posted at 08:36:27 on March 2, 2012 by Anonymous
tag your partner    
"Anon,
On this site we should be able to forgive a little dyslexia. :) D&C 105:14

Will,
I have looked at this issue for a long time like being on a wrestling tag team with my Savior. I can stay in the ring and get the tar beat out of me, which I have often done for too long, or I can tag my partner and watch from the stands while the Lord beats the living daylights out of Satan! Usually after I am out, I look back and wonder why I stayed in there so long. I know I can’t beat him on my own. I have proven that time and again.

Amen to your thoughts,
Love,
John"
posted at 08:35:23 on March 3, 2012 by justjohn


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"By emulating the Master, who endured temptations but “gave no heed unto them,” we, too, can live in a world filled with temptations “such as [are] common to man”. Of course Jesus noticed the tremendous temptations that came to him, but He did not process and reprocess them. Instead, He rejected them promptly. If we entertain temptations, soon they begin entertaining us! Turning these unwanted lodgers away at the doorstep of the mind is one way of giving “no heed.” Besides, these would-be lodgers are actually barbarians who, if admitted, can be evicted only with great trauma."

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987