Serving in the church and recovery
By maddy
9/21/2012 12:24:27 PM
So our Stake Presidency was just reorganized and one of the new counselors is a man that started attending our ARP meetings just shortly after my husband and I did. I am hopeful and grateful that we have someone in our Stake Presidency that will understand the ARP program. We have watched him progress through the 12 steps and shared and cried with him as he and my husband have virtually the exact same life story. It feels a bit odd to know his full history at the same time it is liberating to see him in a leadership position like this. I am fully aware that we have men serve in priesthood leadership callings who are in every stage of recovery and addiction (we are all just human after all) but this has been an interesting example for me of sustaining someone knowing as much as I do about his personal struggles. I just want to say that we do recover. He is in recovery and his life is moving on. What a beautiful example. I just wanted to share.


This is amazing...    
"I always felt I was too damaged to ever serve an "important" calling. Forgiveness truly is real from the Lords perspective. I bet he will be a great counselor with a lot of experience with mercy and forgiveness. "
posted at 13:18:47 on September 21, 2012 by hurtallover
oh great    
"Thanks Maddy, it is a great example and I'm glad to read you post today"
posted at 11:57:49 on September 23, 2012 by mike81

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"I will speak briefly of the principle of repentance. How grateful I am for the understanding we have of this great principle. It is not a harsh principle, as I thought when I was a boy. It is kind and merciful. The Hebrew root of the word means, simply, "to turn," or to return, to God. Jehovah pled with the children of Israel: "Return . . . and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful . . . and I will not keep anger for ever. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God." When we acknowledge our sins, confess them and forsake them, and turn to God, He will forgive us."

— Richard G. Hinckley

General Conference April 2006