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My experience with Bishop
By mike81
12/10/2012 3:26:31 PM
Hello everyone,

I always wanted to share my experience regarding bishop since I started my recovery in marche 2011.

First of all I'm not trying to teach or pretend I have the knowledge but I just want to share my experience
I started to confess my addiction and all sins I have done in march 2011, my bishop was new, young and had no experience, I was the first to confess such addiction in the stake.

He never tried to judge me and we started to build a strong relationship with trust and faith, of course he warn me and suggested to pray and read the scripture.

But I was able also to teach him about the addiction, the 12 steps and my journey to recovery, I gave him books to read and he shared my experience with our stake and region.

I learned also to share my slips with him each time and even when I did some worse things, each time he was just encouraging me, not trying to fix anything and because I trusted him I shared my step 4 with him, he is the person who knows be the best after good and when I have struggle, trigger I can call him.

The bishop is called from god, he has power but he is not perfect and don't have all wisdom and knowledge.

I'm glad that I can continue this journey with god and because I had a great man who really tried to help me and not judge me but I had to be really honest and not hide anything even my dark side.

I still make mistake and it took almost one year until I was able to partake the sacrement and use my priesthood again but I'm so happy today.
I'm working with him to enter again in the temple in january. I'm not perfect and I still make mistake but I have the base to continue in the recovery.

I hope I did not hurt anyone with my blogs

I love all of you and wish you great success in your recovery

Your friend from europe

Comments:

Thank you for sharing.    
"I'm encouraged to hear about your recovery. Thanks :)"
posted at 16:37:19 on December 10, 2012 by Anonymous
Thank you    
"I'm working on it"
posted at 08:42:51 on December 12, 2012 by Mike81
Very positive    
"I really liked the positive nature of your post, it helped me. Sounds like you have a great bishop. Keep up the good work."
posted at 10:12:25 on December 12, 2012 by yosemitesam


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