My Bishop
By DaveC38
6/27/2012 12:21:12 PM
Hello all, last night I had an appointment to speak to my Bishop as I have recently came back to the church 6 months ago. I was nervous to say the least. I am the first to admit, out of pride, I wanted to do repentance on my terms, but I went into his office and was honest with him. I told him of my past addictions to drugs and alcohol, criminal history, and even about my current struggle with same-sex attraction! To my surprise, my Bishop treated me with nothing but love, respect, and genuine concern. His heart went out to me, and I know he was sincere. He has decided to send me to see a church sponsered therapist. I can not afford one at this time, ( $100 an hour ), so the church will pick up the bill for me. Sweet! However, he did tell me NOT to take the sacrament for the entire month of July. YIKES!!! The whole month... Is this normal? Has anyone heard of something like this before? Is this common? I heard it is, I don't know. And, how will I know when Heavenly Father has totally forgiven me. Any advice would be appreciated through this process. Thank you in advance... DaveC38


"dear friend,

First of all congratulation for your honesty and courage,
Remember it is a great opportunity for your to show to our savior his sacrifice is important and not taking the sacrament mean a sense of respect and repentance

I Did not take the sacrament for 15 months, it up to the bishop and also to your self

God bless you

Your friend from europe"
posted at 14:19:18 on June 27, 2012 by mike81

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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