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By Brady
11/25/2012 10:18:58 PM
Hey everyone, I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. My name is brady and I have been in recovery from pn and mb for 4 years now. I started attending meetings 3 years ago and have served a mission as well. I have been home for 2 months and have been trying to find ways to serve since then. I have been going to ARP which is great, but I wanted to just let anyone out there know that if they need my help I am here. I think this site is a beautiful thing. I feel so grateful to the Lord for the soberness He has given me. I know there is so much ahead of me and a lot of room to grow, but I feel confident that this addiciton will not rule my life. I am starting to appreciate that it keeps me humble. I appreciate that it constantly keeps me on guard. I know that I have to submit to the Fathers will everyday. If I don't life is so much harder. This addiction is becoming a strength. While it can be very difficult at times, I know that without it I could not be who I am today. It helped me so much on my mission. If this addiciton was not a part of my life, I don't think I would understand the atonement the way I do. I don't think that I would pray and study and partake of the ordinances of the gospel with the meaning that I do today. This addiction has made me stronger. The most sacred moments of my life have come to after the strongest temptations I have ever faced. I have learned that I am not a bad person or a slimeball or an idiot for being tempted to look at pn and mb. I am a son of God here on this earth being tested and tried. Though the test is not easy, and the temptations hard to bear, the Savior has paved the way. He has been down that path. He knows perfectly how to help me. I love Alma 7:11-13. I most love the part that teaches that, "he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities" I know that He knows what we go through and it is nothing new to Him. How could He possibly judge us for having those temptations when He himself had been through them. And because He felt that, because He stayed strong, we can have confidence that we can be strong if we but let Him in and show us the way. His hand is held out, but He often doesn't reach, He wants us to do that part. He wants us to come unto Him. In doing so, we increase in strength and become like Him. My Mission President was Bruce Summerhayes, a pro golfer. He said this, "Elder, if you do this you will never fall. Go with the PROS. P-ray R-ead O-bey S-erve. And then T it off at the temple." I testify that this works. Do these things every day and then visit the temple as frequently as you can. Even if you are only able to walk the ground. I love you all my brothers and sisters. I hope you know I am here to serve you. For I know I will need your help and support too as I will always be recovering from my natural man. Please contact me if you feel I could help you. God Bless you all! -brady

Comments:

Awesome story!    
"Thank you for showing us that there is hope."
posted at 02:15:42 on November 26, 2012 by Anonymous
Interested    
"Brady I will be interesred as I live far away I would love to get advise and an lds sponsor"
posted at 02:24:33 on November 26, 2012 by mike81
Mike81    
"Mike, I would be more than happy to help in any way my brother. I am new to this site so I'm not sure if there is a way that I can get your info or talk privately. Here is my email-brady.schvaneveldt@gmail.com. Shoot me an email and we will talk. You can do this my friend. Believe in yourself and believe in the Lord. Looking forward to talking with you."
posted at 23:02:49 on November 26, 2012 by Brady
Thanks    
"I too love this site. Please tell me you've been clean for 4 years. It is hard for me to believe. But I do have hope. I do believe it is possible. I have tried everything for the past 14 years, except getting a counselor, sticking with a community and dealing with my childhood.
But I finally have the footing I need to walk solidly ahead. I can't wait for LDSARP on Wednesday.

I would love to keep in touch from time to time to ask you questions, a kind of online sponsor so to speak."
posted at 20:55:34 on December 2, 2012 by SimonLeper
Sounds grat!    
"Feel free to email me. The email is right there. I am always game to talk recovery. I would love to hear your insight as well."
posted at 00:06:12 on December 6, 2012 by brady
Thank you    
"I appreciate the reaching. I went to my 2nd group last night. My wife went to hers. It's so great to go and to be with other addicts and to reach out. There was tension before we went and nothing but peace, happiness, sharing and love afterwards. I am so thankful to the Lord for His understanding. It's absolutely wonderful to think that the Lord has inspired this group. He knows how difficult this is and is absolutely a God who rolls up His sleeves and helps us out of the dirt, the muck and the mire!
He understands our hearts and loves us all!"
posted at 09:59:50 on December 6, 2012 by SimonLeper
online blogs    
"Hey Brady,
Thanks for the willingness. Another way to help is to make your own or visit others online blogs. It's a nice way to record your thoughts on recovery and to see others' as well. I just started mine about a month ago and it's been quite rewarding (recovery-gdodaat.blogspot.com). I stayed clean for my mission as well, but things got worse about 5 months after... so keep up the good work and the enthusiasm. Staying active in recovery is key. Even the smallest step in the wrong direction is too much. Good luck!"
posted at 16:23:30 on December 11, 2012 by recovery.gdo


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