Giving it up, for good.
By Terrym
3/19/2012 12:40:09 PM
Step 1 - Action Step — Become willing to abstain
I always say that i'll give up my addiction but when it comes down to it, in a moment of weakness....i fail. In the past I've thought "do it now, repent later". Recently I went to see my Bishop and I have really come to understand that it is so important to be willing to abstain from my addiction, put it behind me and move on to a better, more Christ centered life. My question to all those who view this is: How have you been able to better abstain your difficulties?


Combination of many things...    
"In addition to increased prayer and scripture study, I became a student of my addiction, reading everything I could find. Attend meetings faithfully. In the ARP book, focus honestly on the action steps. Recovery takes ACTION. Listen to my body and become more aware of the times I am most vulnerable to temptation. Live a transparent life. Meet with Bishop as often as HE can stand it..LOL.
I have several sources that are not church related, but good. I like and I also like Tony Litster's
Tony is LDS. Get a twitter account and tweet about how you are feeling. Follow others who also struggle and encourage each other."
posted at 12:48:07 on March 19, 2012 by chefdalet
I Agree!    
"Yeah, loved the comment by chefdalet. Totally, its not one major thing that frees you terry, its a combination of many major things. I call it the tipping point. See, imagine a scale, the one where you'd imagine Lady Justice holding, lol, but what's special about this scale is that it will never be balanced. The wight of your sin, or the afflcition and power and grip that sin has on you is causing the scale to be unbalanced, its touching the ground as a matter of fact. One attempt at rearing the scale back up with for example, attending seminary, it adds more weight to the other side, but very little since you have to wake up early early in the morning (lol, jk), no its just not big enough. You keep adding things like time for studying the Bible, prayer - first its tiny small prayers, then its bigger and more sincere prayers, and eventually its praying every morning, afternoon, and evening, and taking in between prayers in your heart! Then its sacrificing and replacing, sacrificing and replacing, and more you add on to the other side, the more and more weight you'll have to fight it. Now, when you've gotten the scale to the tipping point, this is where God is going to look at you and say, "hmmm, I think he I can trust him with the desire of his heart" and suddenly, God's grace comes down and tips it for you and removes for you what you couldn't. That right there is freedom. (Ok, the analogy might suck but I'm working on it, aight) Remember, the solution to pollution is dillution!"
posted at 20:46:16 on March 19, 2012 by regal777

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"In recent years, as I have sung the hymns of the Atonement, it has been with an especially full heart—and also with full voice, when I can continue to sing—lines such as “How great thou art,” “I scarce can take it in,” “To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine,” “I stand all amazed,” and “Oh, it is wonderful!”"

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987