Is my addiction going to prevent me from being set apart?
By andrewb
12/29/2012 8:23:01 PM
I posted earlier about my addiction, and I am supposed to be set apart to be a priest in weeks. I have been talking with my bishop about getting things right again, and I'm in the middle of repenting, but will he allow me to be ordained to a priest? I am really scared if I have to be delayed, then I have to tell my parents which is the last thing i want to happen. Any thoughts?


"The best thing is to be honest with yourself, the Lord and your Bishop and talk to him now, rather than wait. Each case is different and HF will guide your Bishop in making that decision. Keep moving forward and focus on the Lord and how much he can help you in this process. Most of all you being ordained worthily is more important that putting on a facade and being ordained unworthily. DO it for you! Do it for the right reasons!"
posted at 21:57:54 on December 29, 2012 by rachp
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"Talking to your parents about this might not be the worst thing in the world - when I opened up to my Dad he was really supportive and it was nice to have someone love me for who I really was and to care and to talk to. Whether or not you get delayed, I would suggest talking to one or both of your parents and asking for their support. If you do get delayed, don't be afraid. Most people won't even notice, and the ones that do ask, just tell them that you are working on some things and want to make sure you are ready to take on the responsibility of higher level of God's priesthood. People are surprisingly supportive and non-judgmental, because let's be honest, you're not the only boy/man in your ward with this problem. Good luck!"
posted at 11:31:45 on January 1, 2013 by recovery.gdo

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