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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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"If, through our unrighteous choices, we have lost our footing on that path, we must remember the agency we were given, agency we may choose to exercise again. I speak especially to those overcome by the thick darkness of addiction. If you have fallen into destructive, addictive behaviors, you may feel that you are spiritually in a black hole. As with the real black holes in space, it may seem all but impossible for light to penetrate to where you are. How do you escape? I testify the only way is through the very agency you exercised so valiantly in your premortal life, the agency that the adversary cannot take away without your yielding it to him. "

— Robert D. Hales

General Conference, April 2006