By DaveC38
6/24/2012 8:23:18 PM
Hello everyone, my name is David, I am 37 years old. I have recently came back to the church 6 months or so ago after being inactive for many, many years. I was raised in the church for the most part, although I am currently the only active member of my family in the church.
I am a recoverying drug addict and alcoholic. Not only do I have an addiction to drugs and alcohol ( I have 1 year soberity ) I am also a sex addict. To be honest, I have lived a homosexual lifestyle for alot of years. I still struggle with same-sex attraction. Daily! I wish I didn't have this struggle. I pary I will be delivered from this, but in reality, I may struggle with same-sex attraction all my life. The church states that homosexuality is a serious sin, and it is, but that they are not 100% sure what causes homosexual desires in a person.
I know one thing, I never choose this. I wouldn't choose to be so different from others, or choose to be treated as an outcast. I do humbly repent of homosexuality and ALL sexual sin in the name of Jesus Christ. I will be speaking to my new Bishop ( I recently moved to another state ) and tell him of my struggles. I want to be a member of the church in good standing. I believe that this church is true. I no longer want to live a distructive lifestyle.
My question is, how can we, who struggle with many different addictions live the principles of Christ and His church? How can we resist sin when it is so enpowering, overwhelming? When exactly do we need ot confess to the Bishop our sins? How do we know that we are forgiven by our Father in Heaven? How can I personally recieve a testimony of the atonement of Jesus Christ? I know, alot of questions, for that I am sorry. But if any of you good people could throw me some words of wisdom on this issue, it would be appreciated. Thank you.. DaveC38


Good questions    
I won't attempt to directly answer your questions mainly because the answers are personal and individualized for everyone. But you are on the right path. And you are not alone. The road ahead may seem long and daunting but you take little baby steps one day at a time and eventually you see yourself so much better. I think about Paul who went about destroying the church and dragging saints out if their homes and imprisoning them and killing some until the Lord appeared to him...but it was 9 years before he was called to be an apostle. Conversion takes time and all must go through the refiners fire. All must ask the same questions you ask."
posted at 23:02:09 on June 24, 2012 by Hopeful1
Mr. Dave    
"I've been reading backwards so I guess things make more sense now. Homosexualitly is a hard thing. I unfortunately am struggling with Porn, most of it gay porn. I feel like homosexuality is the weed of ife and normal adultery is tabbacco. They're both bad, but the weed is so peculiar and forbidden, it's enticing. So I guess to live a life without homosexual experience, you have to let go of those desire of peculiar feelings, or at least accept normal feelings.

did I confuse you?"
posted at 01:51:10 on June 26, 2012 by moronidenovo

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"The Savior teaches that we will have tribulation in the world, but we should "be of good cheer" because He has "overcome the world". His Atonement reaches and is powerful enough not only to pay the price for sin but also to heal every mortal affliction… He knows of our anguish, and He is there for us. Like the good Samaritan in His parable, when He finds us wounded at the wayside, He binds up our wounds and cares for us. Brothers and sisters, the healing power of His Atonement is for you, for us, for all. "

— Dallin H. Oaks

General Conference October 2006